THE NEW SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA!

Millions of people have been reading newspapers and listening to radio but the issues that are going to be discussed in this article are lacking in the corporate media. The corporate media is misleading the people as to what the intervention in Mali is all about.

A February 1994 publication of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) called Foreign Affairs, published an article rooting for the recolonisation of Africa. A few days later, Canada’s national newspaper The Globe and Mail editorialized similarly.

Those who are familiar with the modus operandi of the CFR will not be surprised by such a call. As for the Globe and Mail, it is owned by one of Canada’s wealthiest families, the Thompsons. One would not be bamboozled if the Thompsons attend the annual meetings of the Bilderberg Group. The Bilderberg Group’s agenda is similar to that of the CFR.

Now back to the issue at hand, Geopolitical analysts and commentators have recently written about the recolonisation of Africa, a topic I grappled with about twenty years back or more.

Geopolitical analyst Alexander Mezyaev wrote in early February that the military operation in Mali launched on January 11 is another vivid example of special activities aimed at recolonisation of the African continent. It’s an orderly and consistent capture of new African territories by Western powers.

In the very recent past, the western imperialists got hold of Sudan by dismembering it (taking away the oil deposits from the major part of the country), captured the Nigerian oilfields in accordance with the International Court of Justice rulings, annexed Libya through a direct military intervention, conquered Cote D’Ivoire… thanks to a small-scale military action conducted under the aegis of the United Nations. They go about recolonizing Africa through different modus operandi but the desired end is the same. Developments in the past 3 to 5 years indicate that the Agenda of recolonizing Africa is gaining momentum.

At the end of January another Geopolitical analyst, F William Engdahl, wrote that out of the blue in the last days Mali has suddenly become the focus of world attention. France claims it has been asked to militarily intervene by Mali’s government to drive Jihadist terrorists out of the large parts of the country. The conflict in Mali is hardly about what we are fed in the mainstream media. The motive behind France’s military adventures in Mali is their desire to exploit vast untapped mineral and energy resources and further the re-colonization of Africa under the disguise of promoting human rights.

On the same subject, Dr. J. Peter Pham, a leading Washington insider and an advisor of the US State and Defense Departments, stated openly that among the aims of the new AFRICOM, is the objective of, “protecting access to hydrocarbons and other strategic resources which Africa has in abundance … a task which includes ensuring against the vulnerability of those natural riches and ensuring that no other interested third parties, such as China, India, Japan, or Russia, obtain monopolies or preferential treatment.”

In testimony before the US Congress supporting the creation of AFRICOM in 2007, Pham, who is closely associated with the neo-conservative think-tank, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, further stated that “This natural wealth makes Africa an inviting target for the attentions of the People’s Republic of China, whose dynamic economy, averaging 9% growth per annum over the last two decades, has an almost insatiable thirst for oil as well as a need for other natural resources to sustain it. China is currently importing approximately 2.6 million barrels of crude per day, about half of its consumption…roughly a third of its imports come from African sources…perhaps no other foreign region rivals Africa as the object of Beijing’s sustained strategic interest in recent years…… many analysts expect that Africa—especially the states along its oil-rich western coastline—will increasingly become a theatre for strategic competition between the United States and its only real near-peer competitor on the global stage, China, as both countries seek to expand their influence and secure access to resources.”

This statement is similar to Henry Kissinger’s National Security Memorandum 200 which this writer first quoted in an article in 1994 in The Final Call article on Rwanda. This memorandum also talks about killing people for their resources. It was declassified around 1970. This article can be accessed in the internet under Mosalage Ditshego. Mosalagae is the writer’s African name.

Mali alone boasts endowment of following mineral and natural resources: Gold, Uranium, Diamonds, Iron ore, Bauxite, Manganese, Copper, Marble, Gypsum, Kaolin, Phosphate, Lead, and Zinc. Mali’s petroleum potential is already attracting significant interest from investors.

The sustained campaign to get rid of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF Party is part of the recolonisation agenda. Some African leaders are colluding with the West to subjugate the African people. According to them it is honky-dory for African people to die for their resources. Some of them are contemplating to house Africom military bases in their own countries, something Moammar Gaddafi fought against with all his being. The African people must fight with whatever means necessary for control of their resources and destiny.

By Sam Ditshego
The writer is a Senior Researcher at the Pan Africanist Research Institute (PARI).