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Somalia Recolonized – With African Help

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A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Since at least 2006, Somalia has been the focus of the United States’ drive for military domination of Africa, with other African states lining up to join in the bloody, neocolonial feast. Sierra Leone is the latest. “Sierra Leone’s soldiers have become cogs in the imperial reconquest of Africa, with Somalia as ground zero.”

 

Somalia Recolonized – With African Help

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Washington’s actions have been calculated to ensure that a strong Somali state never rise again.”

With great fanfare from the international corporate media, the West African nation of Sierra Leone has committed 850 soldiers to the African Union’s forces in Somalia. In reality, Sierra Leone’s soldiers have become cogs in the imperial reconquest of Africa, with Somalia as ground zero.

Following the U.S.-backed invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia, in 2006, Washington and its European allies, including the old colonial rulers, Italy and Britain, propped up a puppet government in the capital city, Mogadishu, while simultaneously encouraging the breakaway regions of Puntland and Somaliland. The capital is occupied by AMISOM, the African Union’s military force in Somalia, which is paid for by United Nations and, for all practical purposes, an extension of U.S. foreign policy on the continent. AMISOM’s largest contingents are from the U.S. client states Uganda and Burundi, and the force is commanded by a Ugandan. Another contingent hails from Somalia’s neighbor to the north, Djibouti, a tiny country that is little more than a military base for the United States and France. Djibouti is the main center of operations for AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command.

Although the Americans pay constant lip service to the idea of a permanent national Somali government and to the territorial integrity of country, Washington’s actions have been calculated to ensure that a strong Somali state never rise again. Vast areas of the country have been occupied by Somalia’s historical enemies, Ethiopia and Kenya. The Ogaden region of Ethiopia is populated mainly by people of Somali origin, against whom Ethiopia’s military regime has waged a brutal counterinsurgency war. Parts of northern Kenya are largely inhabited by ethnic Somalis. Both Ethiopia and Kenya view an intact and unified Somalia as against their national interests. Yet these are the countries, along with Uganda, to which the U.S. has, in the words of one Somali analyst, “subcontracted” the war against the Islamist Shabaab – which the U.S. claims is part of its war on terror.

Oil companies also have an interest in a weak Somali government, and have already begun operations in the secessionist regions of Puntland and Somaliland.”

Kenya and Ethiopia can be expected to pursue what they consider to be their own national interests, bringing large parts of Somalia under their direct or indirect control, while fulfilling their obligations to the U.S. master. Ethiopia, especially, has exhibited the utmost contempt for Somali civilians under their control, arming and financing their own warlords and criminal gangs. Somalis widely believe that Kenya wants their oil.

But the truth is, the people that will ultimately get the oil are the multinational energy corporations favored by the United States and its European allies. These oil companies also have an interest in a weak Somali government, and have already begun operations in the secessionist regions of Puntland and Somaliland. In the national capital at Mogadishu, the international community – meaning, the United States and its allies – is overseeing the writing of a new Somali Constitution, one that effectively partitions the country into three territories: Puntland, Somaliland, and South Central Somalia. These same international overseers have warned that any “spoilers” that oppose the new order will be dealt with, harshly. Thus, we see that the recolonization of Africa is well underway – with the enthusiastic collaboration of other Africans.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to BlackAgendaReport.com.

BAR executive editor Glen Ford can be contacted at Glen.Ford@BlackAgendaReport.com.

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Great stuff glen!

Full map of the British balkanization of Somalia into five or six zones of influence:

Smug, racist Headline:

"International plans to help Somalis create regional governments are the best news in years for the miserable country"

http://www.economist.com/node/21548291

WSWS.org sorts this all out:

The leaks about Britain’s plans for air strikes came days before Cameron hosted an international summit on Somalia at Lancaster House in London.

The conference was attended by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, delegations from some of Somalia’s fiefdoms, and representatives from 40 other countries.

The aim is to negate the sovereignty of the Somali people and lay the basis for the dismemberment of the country, based on support for “sub-national entities” backed by neighbouring countries.

The conference proposed, along the lines of a paper by London’s Royal Institute of International Affairs, to accept that Somalia is made up of various fiefdoms—each with different regional backing—and, in effect, cantonise the country.

Somaliland in the Gulf of Aden, not internationally recognised as an independent state, broke away from Somalia in 1991 and will receive £105 million aid over three years.

The coastal region of Puntland, south of Somaliland, operates as an autonomous state.

The Ethiopians are backing their proxies, the Ahlu Sunna Wal Jamaa (ASWJ), which controls a block of land adjacent to Ethiopia.

Galmudug is another clan-based fiefdom bordering on Puntland and Ethiopia, while in the south, Jubaland, sometimes known as Azania, is backed by Kenya.

Al-Shabaab still controls much of southern Somalia, once the country’s breadbasket, while the pirates control the coastal strip between Eyl in the north and Haradheere in the centre.

Rather than intervene directly and openly, the imperialist powers are seeking to maintain their control over this vital region via local proxies.

Such plans carry the risk of clashes over borders and spheres of influence between the rival warlords and venal business cliques that depend on overseas sponsors, sparking a wider conflagration that could draw in their regional backers, who are themselves hardly more stable than Somalia.

Britain’s interest in the war-torn and poverty-stricken country reflects its position as the former colonial power in Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and breakaway Somaliland, and its desire to maintain its position as America’s most loyal partner to secure its share of the region’s natural resources.

Drilling by Africa Oil has begun in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the first oil exploration in 21 years.

Somalia occupies a strategic position in the Horn Africa.

It has a 1,000-mile coastline opposite Yemen on the Bab al-Mandab Strait, through which 23,000 ships transit every year carrying nearly $1 trillion worth of trade to and from Europe.

Somalia’s long coastline has been one of the reasons behind landlocked Ethiopia’s constant interference in Somali affairs.

The TFG has signed a treaty with Kenya changing the territorial waters of the two countries in Kenya’s favour.

Last week, newly independent South Sudan signed an agreement with Kenya to build an oil pipeline costing $4 billion linking to the Kenya port of Lamu, not far from the border with Somalia. This is to be South Sudan’s main oil export outlet.

The new port will be five times larger than Mombasa, Kenya’s Indian Ocean port that serves the landlocked countries in Kenya’s hinterland.

Another pipeline would link it to an oil refinery in Kampala, Uganda, which has recently started producing oil.

A further pipeline will link the Kenyan capital Nairobi with Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, providing Ethiopia with another export route if the oil exploration, currently underway in the Ogaden region which borders Somalia, is successful.

http://wsws.org/articles/2012/mar2012/soma-m05.shtml

Black capitalist forgets about possible NATO destabilization

He thinks NATO wants strong countries in E. Africa:

"Three African Nations Come Together for Progress"

By Harry Alford co-founder, President/CEO of the National Black Chamber of Commerce® (& NNPA Foundation Board of Directors & Board of Directors of the United States Chamber of Commerce & worked for Procter & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson [Is he Boule'?] and the Sara Lee Corporation & member of the 2008 Health Sector Assembly which is a think tank of national leaders concerned about healthcare)

http://www.nationalbcc.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=...

We are very excited about a new mega project being formalized by the nations of South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. 

This will entail many billions of dollars in projects for all businesses wishing to apply their talents and will create millions of permanent jobs for the citizens of these nations. 

This project is equivalent to the United States Interstate System during the 1950’s – 1960’s. 

Its impact will bring Eastern Africa into the modernized world. 

African American entrepreneurs should take a serious look at this and explore the endless opportunities. 

Here, we will be welcomed and encouraged to “jump in”. 

This can be our new day.

What has been designed is an economic corridor incorporating all three nations. 

It goes from the coastal region of Lamu in Kenya (northeast) to the new nation of South Sudan and inclusive of the Isiolo region in Southern Ethiopia. 

Right now these areas are remote and undeveloped. 

The starting infrastructure will be composed of the following: 

A deep water seaport located in Manda Bay of Lamu, Kenya; 550 miles of new open Highway; 1,069 miles of new Railway Line; Oil Pipelines (787.5 miles for crude oil and 612.5 miles for products from Lamu to Isiolo, and Isiolo to South Sudan and Isiolo to Ethiopia; Oil Refinery (120,000 barrels per day) in Lamu; new Airports in the towns of Lamu, Isiolo and Turkana; new Resort Cities at Lamu, Isiolo and Turkana areas. 

Other opportunities include:

Water supply and sanitation projects; fiber optic cable connections; energy generation and supply projects; irrigation projects; industrial parks; minerals exploitation and waste management.

Once the above is complete, the nations to the west such as Uganda, Burundi, Congo and the Cameroon will match this project. 

In the end we will have a pipeline, railway and intercontinental highway system linking the Indian Ocean side of the continent of Africa to the Atlantic Ocean side. 

Think of the industrial parks, hotels, restaurants, office complexes being created and employing people like never before. 

That still isn’t all. 

Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique to the southern portion of the continent will emulate the above. 

Thus, Africa will have two systems of mass transit, transport and economic corridors.

The National Black Chamber of Commerce is developing a firm partnership with the nations of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan. 

The first official meeting explaining the details of the project will be held in Washington, DC on April 30, 2012. 

Representatives of the three nations and also the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) will be involved in discussing the timing and how to go about competing for the myriad of projects that will be evolving. 

There will be competition from Asia and Europe but we Americans, especially African Americans, aren’t afraid of competition. 

Besides we have a natural affinity with the people of East Africa and they have made it clear that we are most welcomed. 



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