Obama’s Military Presence in Niger: US Control over Uranium under the Disguise of Counter-terrorism

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President Obama’s military incursion into Niger, ostensibly to establish a drone base to counter «Al Qaeda» and other Islamist guerrilla activity in neighboring Mali, has little to do with counter-insurgency and everything to do with establishing U.S. control over Niger’s uranium and other natural resources output and suppressing its native Tuareg population from seeking autonomy with their kin in northern Mali and Algeria.

By Wayne MADSEN for GlobalResearch.ca

The new drone base is initially located in the capital of Niamey and will later be moved to a forward operating location expected to be located in Agadez in the heart of Tuareg Niger… The base is being established to counter various Islamist groups – including Ansar Dine, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), Nigeria-based Boko Haram, and a new group, Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa (MOJWA) – that briefly seized control of northern Mali from Tuaregs, led by the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, who took advantage of a coup d’etat in Mali to establish an independent Tuareg state called Azawad.

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The U.S. has long been opposed to any attempt by the suppressed Tuareg people to establish their own independent state in the Sahara. American opposition to the Tuaregs dovetails with historical French opposition to Tuareg nationalism.

However, U.S. State Department and CIA personnel have been discussing a U.S. presence in Niger since February 25, 2010, when a U.S. delegation met with the Chairman of the Supreme Council for the Restoration of Democracy (CSRD), General Souleyman Salou, just one week after the military junta overthrew democratically-elected President Mamadou Tandja in a coup and suspended the Nigerien constitution.

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Mali: les dessous impérialistes d’une intervention franco-américaine

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« Au Mali, les menaces d’intervention américano-françaises [visent] à profiter de la déliquescence [de l’Etat] sous domination continue depuis les indépendances [afin de] réintroduire directement une présence militaire camouflée derrière des armées locales dont nul n’ignore l’insigne faiblesse».

Par Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France, experte à l’ONU et présidente de la Fondation Frantz Fanon – Médiapart

L’écoute attentive du discours des deux candidats à la présidence des Etats-Unis a confirmé l’orientation stratégique de déclencher une nouvelle guerre, aux conséquences totalement imprévisibles, contre l’Iran. Dans ce but, l’establishment américain et ses médias n’hésitent pas à instiller l’idée que ce pays est sur le point de finaliser la bombe nucléaire. Dès lors serait un danger pour l’ensemble du monde mais particulièrement pour l’Etat d’Israël, dernier rempart moyen-oriental d’un Occident dont l’influence se contracte irrésistiblement et dont le modèle libéral est entré dans une crise terminale.

Les Etats-Unis se posent en gardien de la paix et de la sécurité internationales. Ainsi qu’on a pu le voir en Irak où leur intervention a été imposée à la communauté internationale par le mensonge, en Afghanistan où celle-ci a été justifiée au nom de la démocratie et contre la situation faite aux femmes, les Etats-Unis ont bien l’intention d’attaquer l’Iran dès que leur calendrier sera en cohérence avec celui de l’Etat d’Israël. Mais, entretemps, Washington ne perd pas de vue son objectif principal: contrer la progression globale de la Chine dans la grande guerre pour les ressources de la planète. Et dans ce conflit encore feutré mais qui pourrait se transformer en guerre chaude, l’Afrique est le continent de tous les enjeux. Le rapport «Horizons stratégiques» publié par le Ministère français de la Défense, avril 2012, anticipe cette éventualité et s’inquiète du face-à-face Chine-Etats-Unis: « enfin, sans conduire à une logique bipolaire, le format de la relation sino-américaine devient, qu’on le souhaite ou non, l’enjeu de la gouvernance de demain ».

C’est bien sous cet angle que doit être évaluée la situation du Mali et les menaces d’intervention américano-françaises. Il s’agit de profiter de la déliquescence d’Etats sous domination continue depuis les indépendances pour réintroduire directement une présence militaire camouflée derrière des armées locales dont nul n’ignore l’insigne faiblesse. Dans ce jeu géostratégique, le Mali devient otage d’une volonté des Etats impérialistes et de leurs soutiens. Ceux-ci souhaitent porter partout la guerre sans fin, de façon à interdire la progression d’une puissance adverse et, dans le même mouvement, d’éradiquer toute volonté des peuples à résister à l’ordre ultralibéral mondialisé construit sur la financiarisation et la militarisation. En répondant à l’appel à l’aide de son allié français désormais incapable, à lui seul, de gérer son pré carré africain, les Etats-Unis démontrent leur sens de l’opportunisme. La présence américaine dans le Sahel permet de contrôler directement l’accès à des ressources essentielles, l’uranium notamment, et de conférer une profondeur stratégique à leur action sur le continent et au Moyen-Orient.

Les Etats-Unis et Africom

La première étape pour les Etats-Unis qui avaient compris que l’ancienne puissance coloniale de l’Afrique francophone, la France, n’avait plus les moyens de jouer le rôle de soutien et de protecteur effectif des transnationales implantées pour capter les ressources naturelles indispensables à leur domination économique, était d’implanter des bases Africom. Il y a six ans, les Etats-Unis, par le biais d’Africom, ont décidé d’un cadre militaire spécifique au continent afin de faciliter sa mise sous tutelle.

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AN ONGOING DISASTER: Libya, Africa and Africom

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MORE THAN 50,000 DEATHS

By Dan Glazebrook, GlobalResearch.ca

The scale of the ongoing tragedy visited on Libya by NATO and its allies is becoming horribly clearer with each passing day. Estimates of those killed so far vary, but 50,000 seems like a low estimate; indeed the British Ministry of Defence was boasting that the onslaught had killed 35,000 as early as last May. But this number is constantly growing. The destruction of the state’s forces by British, French and American blitzkrieg has left the country in a state of total anarchy – in the worst possible sense of the word. Having had nothing to unite them other than a temporary willingness to act as NATO’s foot soldiers, the former ‘rebels’ are now turning on each other. 147 were killed in in-fighting in Southern Libya in a single week earlier this year, and in recent weeks government buildings – including the Prime Ministerial compound – have come under fire by ‘rebels’ demanding cash payment for their services. $1.4billion has been paid out already – demonstrating once again that it was the forces of NATO colonialism, not Gaddafi, who were reliant on ‘mercenaries’- but payments were suspended last month due to widespread nepotism. Corruption is becoming endemic – a further $2.5billion in oil revenues that was supposed to have been transferred to the national treasury remains unaccounted for. Libyan resources are now being jointly plundered by the oil multinationals and a handful of chosen families from amongst the country’s new elites; a classic neo-colonial stitch-up. The use of these resources for giant infrastructure projects such as the Great Manmade River, and the massive raising of living standards over the past four decades (Libyan life expectancy rose from 51 to 77 since Gaddafi came to power in 1969) sadly looks to have already become a thing of the past.

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‘Plan AFRICOM’? Mali Coup Leader US-Trained

Shocking as it may seem, Mali’s coup leader, Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, had been given US military and intelligence training by the US Africa Command, through the US State Department-sponsored International Military Education and Training program.

The narrative is that Tuareg fighters returning from fighting for Gaddafi in Libya were stirring up trouble in Mali and the elected government of President Amadou Toumani Toure was not aggressive enough in combating the rebels in the north. Being a good patriot, Sanogo’s soldiers took matters into their own hands.

Proving that Sanogo was paying attention during his State Department-funded training, he named his movement to overthrow the legitimately-elected government of Mali the “National Committee for the Return of Democracy and the Restoration of the State.” Democracy is what we say it is. You return to democracy by overthrowing democracy. To understand the logic, it may be necessary to take US State Department-funded “demokra-speak” lessons.

The Washington Post reports another interesting AFRICOM link:

The Africa Command had planned to hold a major regional military exercise in Mali last month but canceled because of Mali’s struggles to contain a Tuareg insurgency in the northern part of the country. The exercise, called Flintlock 2012, was supposed to bring together security forces from West Africa, Europe and the United States to coordinate counterterrorism missions.

The US government has condemned the coup in Mali, but as RT points out “is not planning to reconsider its $140-million aid program to Mali in 2012.” Sounds a bit like Honduras, doesn’t it? Remember the US government crocodile tears over the overthrow of President Zelaya, not long after Zelaya decided to join Hugo Chavez’s ALBA, the “Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America.”

I cannot help but wonder how much of this “democratic coup” can be explained by the very interesting lengthy study, “AFRICOM Report: Combating Chinese Economic Encroachment in Central Africa”. (h/t LandDestroyer)

Source: The LRC Blog

Globalists Pull Plug on #StopKony 2012 with Spectacular Crash & Burn

The ravaging of Africa will still proceed as scheduled.
by Tony Cartalucci ( Land Destroyer )

March 17, 2012 – Over the past week, as Invisible Children and their corporate sponsors performed desperate damage control, ties between the alleged “charity” and the US State Department, Wall Street speculator George Soros and his Open Society Institute, and a myriad of corporate-funded foundations began surfacing and spreading just as quickly as their documentary Kony 2012 rose to fame.

Image: (via Infowars) A visual representation of Invisible Children's true backers and master minds. They will gladly shed their front group in the name of self-preservation and making a clean escape.

Perhaps most importantly, the term AFRICOM began gaining wider notoriety as did the mission of AFRICOM – the neo-colonial plundering of all of Africa. And as this single backfiring propaganda stunt threatened to unhinge a continent-spanning corporate-military industrial campaign, the plug was abruptly pulled with news of Invisible Children’s director Jason Russell being arrested for lewd behavior in public. Continue reading

Obama Sends US Troops to Uganda

By Tony Cartalucci

Tony Cartalucci of Land Destroyer Report writes

Nobel Peace Prize-President quietly

opens 8th US battlefront.

Tony Cartalucci

While America occupies Iraq and Afghanistan, wages covert war on Pakistan, conducts drone attacks on Yemen and Somalia, bombards Libya, and positions for a wider confrontation with Iran and Syria, Nobel Peace Prize Laurette President Obama has now quietly, without much fanfare, sent 100 US troops to help Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni crush rebels threatening his 25 year dictatorship.

In what is essentially a “reverse-Libyan-style” intervention, the US is sending troops to crush, not assist rebels rising up against their despotic ruler. Ironically, just as with Libya’s rebels, Uganda’s rebels are also listed as a foreign terrorist organization by the US State Department. Instead of the corporate-financier contrived International Criminal Court issuing fictitious warrants for Uganda’s head of state, as was done with Qaddafi in Libya, it is the Ugandan rebel leader, Joseph Kony, who is being targeted.
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Washington is Conquering Africa using France, Human Rights, Terrorism, and the National Endowment for Democracy

                                    

by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya and Julien Teil

A repeat of the disorder and pandemonium generated inside Afghanistan is in the works for the continent of Africa.  The United States, with the help of Britain, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia, created the brutal Taliban and then eventually waged war on its Taliban allies. Similarly, across Africa, the United States and its allies are creating a new series of future enemies to fight, but after initially working with them or using them to sow the seeds of chaos in Africa. Continue reading

NATO’s War on Libya is Directed against China: AFRICOM and the Threat to China’s National Energy Security

by F. William Engdahl

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MAP above. Africom’s regional interests. Copyright Stratcom 2011

The Washington-led decision by NATO to bomb Gaddafi’s Libya into submission over recent months, at an estimated cost to US taxpayers of at least $1 billion, has little if anything to do with what the Obama Administration claims was a mission to “protect innocent civilians.” In reality it is part of a larger strategic assault by NATO and by the Pentagon in particular to entirely control China’s economic achilles heel, namely China’s Continue reading

BEWARE OF FALSE DEMONSTRATIONS IN ALGERIA SEPTEMBER 17TH 2011

Julien Tell examines in-depth the background, context and disinformation around the political situations in Libya and Syria in light of US/NATO intervention and crimes against humanity being committed in these regions, as well as the potential implications for Algeria.

(source: grtv)

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