by Pepe Escobar, first published at The Cradle and posted with the author’s permission
Forget development. Washington’s primary interest in Africa today is keeping the Chinese and Russians out.
In a rational environment, the 77th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) would discuss alleviating the trials and tribulations of the Global South, especially Africa.
That won’t be the case. Like a deer caught in the geopolitical headlights, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued platitudes about a gloomy “winter of global discontent,” even as the proverbial imperial doomsayers criticized the UN’s “crisis of faith” and blasted the “unprovoked war” started by Russia.
Of course the slow-motion genocide of Donbass russophone residents for eight years would never be recognized as a provocation.
Guterres spoke of Afghanistan, “where the economy is in ruins and human rights are being trampled” – but he did not dare to offer context. In Libya, “divisions continue to jeopardize the country” – once again, no context. Not to mention Iraq, where “ongoing tensions threaten ongoing stability.”
Africa has 54 nations as UN members. Any truly representative UNGA meeting should place Africa’s problems at the forefront. Once again, that’s not the case. So it is left to African leaders to offer that much-needed context outside of the UN building in New York.
As the only African member of the G20, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently urged the US not to “punish” the whole continent by forcing nations to demonize or sanction Russia. Washington’s introduction of legislation dubbed the Countering Malign Russian Activities in Africa Act, he says, “will harm Africa and marginalize the continent.”
South Africa is a BRICS member – a concept that is anathema in the Beltway – and embraces a policy of non-alignment among world powers. An emerging 21st century version of the 1960s Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is strengthening across the Global South – and especially Africa – much to the revulsion of the US and its minions.
Back at the UNGA, Guterres invoked the global fertilizer crisis – again, with no context. Russian diplomacy has repeatedly stressed that Moscow is ready to export 30 million tons of grain and over 20 million tons of fertilizer by the end of 2022. What is left unsaid in the west, is that only the importation of fertilizers to the EU is “allowed,” while transit to Africa is not.
Guterres said he was trying to persuade EU leaders to lift sanctions on Russian fertilizer exports, which directly affect cargo payments and shipping insurance. Russia’s Uralchem, for instance, even offered to supply fertilizers to Africa for free.
Yet from the point of view of the US and its EU vassals, the only thing that matters is to counter Russia and China in Africa. Senegal’s President Macky Sall has remarked how this policy is leaving “a bitter taste.”
‘We forbid you to build your pipeline’
It gets worse. The largely ineffectual EU Parliament now wants to stop the construction of the 1,445 km-long East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) from Uganda to Tanzania, invoking hazy human rights violations, environmental threats, and “advising” member countries to simply drop out of the project.
Uganda is counting on more than 6 billion barrels of oil to sustain an employment boom and finally move the nation to middle-income status. It was up to Ugandan Parliament Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa to offer much-needed context:
“It is imprudent to say that Uganda’s oil projects will exacerbate climate change, yet it is a fact that the EU block with only 10 percent of the world’s population is responsible for 25 percent of global emissions, and Africa with 20 percent of the world’s population is responsible for 3 percent of emissions. The EU and other western countries are historically responsible for climate change. Who then should stop or slow down the development of natural resources? Certainly not Africa or Uganda.”
The EU Parliament, moreover, is a staunch puppet of the biofuel lobby. It has refused to amend a law that would have stopped the use of food crops for fuel production, actually contributing to what the UN Food Program has described as “a global emergency of unprecedented magnitude.” No less than 350 million people are on the brink of starvation across Africa.
Instead, the G7’s notion of “helping” Africa is crystallized in the US-led Build Back Better World (B3W) – Washington’s anaemic attempt to counter Beijing’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – which focuses on “climate, health and health security, digital technology, and gender equity and equality,” according to the White House. Practical issues of infrastructure and sustainable development, which are at the heart of China’s plan, are simply ignored by the B3W.
Initially, a few “promising” projects were identified by a traveling US delegation in Senegal and Ghana. Senegalese diplomatic sources have since confirmed that these projects have nothing whatsoever to do with building infrastructure.
B3W, predictably, fizzled out. After all, the US-led project was little more than a public relations gimmick to undermine the Chinese, with negligible effect on narrowing the $40-plus trillion worth of infrastructure needed to be built across the Global South by 2035.
Have YALI, will travel
Imperial initiatives in Africa – apart from the US military’s Africa Command (AFRICOM), which amounts to raw militarization of the continent – brings us to the curious case of YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative), widely touted in the Washington-New York axis as “the most innovative” policy of the Obama years.
Launched in 2010, YALI was framed as “empowering the new generation of Africa leadership” – a euphemism for educating (or brainwashing) them the American way. The mechanism is simple: investing in and bringing hundreds of young African potential leaders to US universities for a short, six-week “training” on “business, civil leadership, entrepreneurship, and public management.” Then, four days in Washington to meet “leaders in the administration,” and a photo op with Obama.
The project was coordinated by US embassies in Africa, and targeted young men and women from sub-Saharan Africa’s 49 nations – including those under US sanctions, like Sudan, Eritrea, and Zimbabwe – proficient in English, with a “commitment” to return to Africa. Roughly 80 percent during the initial years had never been to the US, and more than 50 percent grew up outside of big cities.
Then, in a speech in 2013 in South Africa, Obama announced the establishment of the Washington Fellowship, later renamed the Mandela-Washington Fellowship (MWF).
That’s still ongoing. In 2022, MWF should be granted to 700 “outstanding young leaders from sub-Saharan Africa,” who follow “Leadership Institutes” at nearly 40 US universities, before their short stint in Washington. After which, they are ready for “long-term engagement between the United States and Africa.”
And all that for literally peanuts, as MWF was enthusiastically billed by the Democrat establishment as cost-efficient: $24,000 per fellow, paid by participant US universities as well as Coca-Cola, IBM, MasterCard Foundation, Microsoft, Intel, McKinsey, GE, and Procter & Gamble.
And that didn’t stop with MWF. USAID went a step further, and invested over $38 million – plus $10 million from the MasterCard Foundation – to set up four Regional Leadership Centers (RLCs) in South Africa, Kenya, Ghana, and Senegal. These were training, long distance and in-class, at least 3,500 ‘future leaders’ a year.
It’s no wonder the Brookings Institution was drooling over so much “cost-efficiency” when it comes to investing “in Africa’s future” and for the US to “stay competitive” in Africa. YALI certainly looks prettier than AFRICOM.
A few success stories though don’t seem to rival the steady stream of African footballers making a splash in Europe – and then reinvesting most of their profits back home. The Trump years did see a reduction of YALI’s funding – from $19 million in 2017 to roughly $5 million.
So many leaders to ‘train’
Predictably, the Joe Biden White House YALI-ed all over again with a vengeance. Take this US press attache in Nigeria neatly outlining the current emphasis on “media and information literacy,” badly needed to tackle the “spreading of disinformation” including “in the months leading up to the national presidential election.”
So the US, under YALI, “trained 1,000 young Nigerians to recognize the signs of online and media misinformation and disinformation.” And now the follow-up is “Train the Trainer” workshops, “teaching 40 journalists, content creators, and activists (half of whom will be women) from Yobe, Borno, Adamawa, Zamfara, and Katsina how to identify, investigate, and report misinformation.” Facebook, being ordered by the FBI to censor “inconvenient,” potentially election-altering facts, is not part of the curriculum.
YALI is the soft, Instagrammed face of AFRICOM. The US has participated in the overthrow of several African governments over the past two decades, with troops trained under secrecy-obsessed AFRICOM. There has been no serious Pentagon audit on the weaponizing of AFRICOM’s local “partners.” For all we know – as in Syria and Libya – the US military could be arming even more terrorists.
And predictably, it’s all bipartisan. Rabid neo-con and former Trump national security adviser John Bolton, in December 2018, at the Heritage Foundation, made it crystal clear: the US in Africa has nothing to do with supporting democracy and sustainable development. It’s all about countering Russia and China.
When it learned that Beijing was considering building a naval base in oil-rich Equatorial Guinea, the Biden White House sent power envoys to the capital Malabo to convince the government to cease and desist. To no avail.
In contrast, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov was received like a superstar in his recent extensive tour of Africa, where it’s widely perceived that global food prices and the fertilizer drama are a direct consequence of western sanctions on Russia. Uganda leader Yoweri Museveni went straight to the point when he said, “How can we be against somebody who has never harmed us?”
On 13-15 December, the White House plans a major US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington to discuss mostly food security and climate change – alongside the perennial lectures on democracy and human rights. Most leaders won’t be exactly impressed with this new showing of “the United States’ enduring commitment to Africa.” Well, there’s always YALI. So many young leaders to indoctrinate, so little time.
Trillions in carbons/minerals/metal resources have been extracted from Africa and yet I’m still seeing TV ads begging for money to fund water projects. These bastards are EVIL.
Rape, pillage and plunder. Business, the American way.
Don’t forget the European imperialists.
YALI is very akin to the Rhodes Scholars program of the early 1900s, originating in Great Britain. Indoctrinate young people for a certain political purpose. Bill Clinton is a Rhodes Scholar and look what he did with NAFTA, the beginning of the exodus of America’s self sufficiency. Africa has been so exploited by USAID, Pharma, philanthrocapitalists, agrobusinesses, others, for so many years; it’s great to see them assert themselves to express their needs. I think Russia’s SMO has imbued many countries with courage to speak out against western dogma.
But you’ve got to admire the packaging and marketing of their dismal product.
Timely article with the usual Pepe verve
There is also this West Africa Nigeria to Morocco pipeline under similar threat as per linked article
And the use of the so called ‘Green Revolution’ misnomer, Bill Gates again !, to push intensive industrial agricultural projects such as those afflicting East Africa, which generally spell Death Row for the poor and transfer resources to the rich, and mimic the situation in the oil industry, where food producers ship raw product overseas and import transformed foods
Nothng could be more colonial than that, except the network of Africom CSLs
RF has made careful proposals to ship out fertiliser and grain, as cheap prices some even for free, so far frustrated by the failure of the UN sponsored deblocking of grain shipments
Actually, the “Green Revolution” came about when Bill Gates was still in high school. In response to Elrich’s population bomb and forecasts of wide starvation in the 1960s, the Western geniuses promoted industrial agriculture with its fossil fuel inputs, new varieties of crops (hybrid seeds locking in producers), and some “management” innovations such as consolidation. This was a worldwide phenomenon, including the US, and while having short-term benefits of increased production (averting projected famine), it is a major cause of soil depletion and loss of soil fertility and water retention, not to speak of inadvertent greenhouse gas release switching farmland from carbon sink to carbon emitter.
There was a time when the USA under JFK might truly have become a force for good in Africa and the world. JFK was a friend to the social justice champion Patrice Lumumba. Things changed utterly when Lumumba was assassinated by proxy by the CIA.
JFKs anguished dismay at the news is captured in the photo in this article https://jfkjmn.com/new-page-1/
All hope was lost completely after JFK then RFK were assassinated by the CIA and FBI. View Oliver Stone’s documentaries to get the facts.
AmeriCANs lost control of their country, it was taken over by AmeriCUNTs
I wouldn’t give the cia or the fbi that much credit, they are bad, but not that bad.
FBI is today compared to GESTAPO.
Implications are FBI is much worse then CIA, more like STASI, and US not being a democracy, but a dictatorship. Biden has issued 99 Executive Orders, with a pricetag of $1.3 trillion.
Oh he’s a big spender alright, but is the sky the limit.
I do. Robert F Kennedy, Jr. clearly lays out the case for his dad’s assassination and government involvement. He is truly an advocate for us right now against the current US regime.
I had the privilege in the early 2000s to participate in an English language program at a major US university. We received students from all over the world singly and in big batches of Mongolians, Egyptians, Chinese, et al. The most rewarding were the Fulbright and Humphrey Scholars, students in the former, professionals in the latter. The Fulbrights had entrance to US universities, but needed to learn US scholastic ways as well as improving their English speaking and writing skills. For example, Asian students had to learn to speak up in class, to participate, which in their home universities would be a major breach of etiquette. Likewise, students had to learn American plagiarism rules, which for some were opposite to what they had been taught. In writing, the American discourse style was again contrary to their cultural ways. These were easy skills to teach.
I know that in our program, I did my best to present the truth of the American Way. One group of ‘professionals’ requested study about business, so I gave them a unit on W. Edward Deming; I recall concluding one lecture with “So you see, you cannot trust white people.” My African students liked that!
Obrigado, Pepe, as always.
We know you’re the “Eurasian guy,”
however, African readers were not mistaken asking you for an article on Africa. Your peripatetic life has turned you into a citizen of an ever smaller world, and your focus on Eurasia only opens your awareness to events in the background.
Africa has been a battleground between east and west, for as long as I remember.
The Cold War period confronted the good old Soviet Union against Western powers, mostly Euronazistan at that time, by supporting liberation movements against colonial rule. The US was busy countering “the domino theory” in Asia, doing counter-insurgency in Latin America, and Africa has never been in their radar. The post-Cold War period saw the rise of China, and with it, the expansion of relations between China and Africa, that started back with Zheng He, who circumnavigated Africa.
Recently, I met a brother from Senegal and we struck a conversation about his country and Africa.
He told me how China is investing billions in infrastructure in Senegal, and I asked him about how the input of so much money in a poor country contributed to ongoing corruption. He said Chinese don’t give any money to the government, they present infrastructure plans to the government, then they themselves oversee the construction. Or they bid for a project, and they are usually the winners.
China is investing massively in African infrastructure, highways, ports, airports, railways, as you well know, Chinese’s African version of BRI.
No matter the anemic attempts by the US/Euronazistan to keep their neo-colonial presence in Africa, they already lost the war against Russia and China. Lavrov’s visit to Africa was an apotheosis, he was welcomed as the returning prodigal son. His visit was followed by inane Macron, with whom African dignitaries followed protocol, a hand-shake, and good-bye.
Africans are keenly aware of what is at stake for them in the confrontation Russia/Collective West. They know who their friends are, and Museveni’s response could have been given by any other Africa leader. Africans will take advantage of the US’s NED-designed brainwashing, have their six weeks vacation in the US, will show the middle finger to the US, and return to Africa to go on with their lives.
As Marley sings, “you can fool some people some time…”
Just read that Kazakhstan will host CSTO’s exercises soon (see below), after they announced leaving the CSTO. Was that a blackmail operation from Tokayev’s mafia? Or just fulfilling the passing rites? Wonder what Xi’s visit before Samarkand brought to the table.
Just in case you know more…as usual…
CSTO exercises to be held in Kazakhstan
They will be held from September 26 to October 8, according to the Ministry of Defense of the Republic.(so much of Kazakhstan leaving CSTO)
– the G7’s notion of “helping” Africa is crystallized in the US-led Build Back Better World (B3W)
It is a common perception by Pepe it is all “US-led”. The CIA HQ in Frankfurt – presumable dealing with Africa – is promoting “US interest”? No. Africa is traditionally European domain,
The cities, Washington DC, London, Vatican, Qatar … are global. “US” is the army of the cities.
The prime targets for Russia should be RAND Corporation, Rockefeller Foundation, Cornegie Foundation, Clinton Foundation & Obama, Open Society, Big Pharma… and make sure German industry is not defaulted?
– American supremacy is the greatest threat to the world today.
Soros is a steaming POS. It’s he and his globalist buddies who have surreptitiously taken over the American government that are the real threat.
The quote “American supremacy is the greatest threat to the world today” is from Soros. Goal is to take down US … promoting illegal immigation … making Americans infertile .. promoting critical race theory in schools …. defunding police …
Soros is the front man for the redshield banking dynasty, who control most of the world’s central banks, with the notable exception of China.
Illegal immigration is not about keeping America great, but about subverting America, keeping DEM in power and turning America into 3rd world.
Terrific piece. For centuries, the UK, much of Europe and later the US have regarded Africa as a resource-rich region to be plundered by large corporate interests. A poster child for the theft of African resource wealth is Cecil Rhodes, described by Wikipedia as an ‘ardent believer in British imperialism’. With financial backing from Rothschild banking, Rhodes set up the De Beers diamond company in 1888, giving him monopoly control over the global diamond market; De Beers [Anglo American plc (AAUKF)] has a current market cap of circa $43 billion. Rhodes established the ‘prestigious’ international Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, the oldest graduate scholarship in the world and designed to ‘educate’ leaders, such as Bill Clinton, a Rhodes ‘scholar’, to promote western corporate interests. The ruling elite in the US/EU are apoplectic about the continuing decline of late-stage western capitalism and the looming debacles facing them in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and most recently, Ukraine, coupled with the increasing economic and military clout of the BRICS and SCO, led by the Russia-China-Iran axis. The US/EU have no intention of halting their plunder of African wealth.
– The US/EU have no intention of halting their plunder of African wealth
And of course the ruling elite in China is worried about China running out of water, food and raw material. Africa is viewed as resource-rich, as well as North and South America.
To prop up (save) the dollar, break the currency of Europe (Euro)?
Is this one of the reasons behind the US/Fed to cut off the EU (especially Germany) from cheap energy from Russia and thus destroy the European economy (and its currency)?
“In relation to the dollar, the euro is also deteriorating. In the night to Thursday, one euro was paid at times only 0.9809 dollars. This was the lowest level in about 20 years. On Wednesday evening, the U.S. Federal Reserve had announced to raise the key interest rate for the third time in a row by 0.75 percentage points. The dollar is considered a safe haven for many investors in view of the difficult geopolitical situation, speculates the NZZ.”
If this was the Fed-USA’s brilliant thought, the not-so-genius layman wonders if it might not entail conflicting goals or unintended negative consequences?
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YALI, MWF, Forum of Young Global Leaders, etc. The puppet masters are building puppet factories on the cheap. It would be unwise to underestimate this. Look at the vacant child Sanna Marin they have inserted into Finland. Don’t underestimate the impact propaganda can have on hybrid war either. There is a method to their madness. Once they get sheeple conscripted and thrown at Russia as cannon fodder bad feelings spread about all those dead sheeple the Russians killed, reasons be damned. They will duplicate the Ukrainian model elsewhere, radicalize small sects in the countries they ruin and try to create a Syrian type of problem for Russia. Even though Russia is superior in a military sense they plan to wear her down, by using suicidal ants from everywhere. And they have the advantage. Most people are stupid and can be manipulated. Look at Europe, they are educated stupids. Look at the Polish, the puppet masters have a lot to work with, the Russians don’t because they need sagacious people and those are rare. Russia should pay attention to this Zionist method of warfare, By Way of Deception, Thou Shalt Do War, a weapon of great power to be underestimated at ones own peril. It’s not like Russia knows nothing about it. They were a victim of it for nearly a 100 years. Listen to what the Soviet era defector Yuri Bezmenov told the west about how the KGB poisoned western minds. I don’t know how you build a decent world when it is full of stupid sheeple with smart wolves keeping a close eye on them, but that is what Russia is going to have to figure out.
There were some surprising and successful moves in Africa by Russia in Mali and there is and has been a long-term all-around engagement by China. In the end, it is up to the African leadership, in particular the Muslim African leadership, to set the agenda for the majority of the 5 – 7 major regions of this Continent. Based on what I know, this will progress based on the on-going information received on the state of the world and will evolve based on the revelations and developments over the next 5 years.
‘The EU and other western countries are historically responsible for climate change. Who then should stop or slow down the development of natural resources? Certainly not Africa or Uganda.’
Powerful article. Clearly illustrates the US intention to psychologically indoctrinate the next generation of African bribed political leaders and continue the pillage of the planet.
“climate, health and health security, digital technology, and gender equity and equality,”
When what they need is clean water and less western paid corruption. Health security will be known in the future as a fascist genocide.
USA proposal for Africa. Translation from CIAspeak to common english:
Climate 👉 Scam based on the fake concept that there’s a carbon dioxide progressive heating of the planet
Health and health security 👉 More culling and more opression
Digital technology 👉 The USA spying on everyone
Gender equity and equality 👉 Social weapons to cull populations and control them
Thanks Pepe! Another informative, and erudite article.
One thing that I’m wondering, but don’t know where to find updated info on it’s progress, is that I had read somewhere not long ago, that Russia and/or China or in combo were working on setting up an alternative insurance facility for ships and cargo. An alternative to Lloyd’s of london that is.
Can someone point me to updated info on the progress of that, or when it’s likely to be in place?
Once established, wouldn’t that be a work around to the western sanctions and facilitate Russia’s exporting of grain, fertilizer and other commodities to African countries and others?