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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.

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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.

(Republished from The Cradle by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. Notsofast says:

    thank you pepe, for once again bringing the big picture into focus and revealing the larger economic world war. at least p.c.r. has emerged from his bomb shelter and is no longer screaming we’re all going to die, he is now claiming credit for putin’s actions in his latest articles “putin takes decisive step to turn world away from armageddon” and “finally perhaps we can make sense out of putin’s decisions”, lol, “finally perhaps we…”, sorry paul, there were a lot of people who got it right away, like mr. escobar and immediately began to explain the larger economic war, that russian is engaged in and totally devastating the combined west. you would think an “economist” would be a little quicker to understand an economic world war, especially when he has zero experience or understanding of modern warfare in terms strategic and tactical analysis.

  2. 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

    • Replies: @anonymous
  3. Yee says:

    Control the native politicians and media, is always the US way to control other countries, whether they’re European or African…

    That’s why “election” and “free press” are most important.

  4. Another great piece, Pepe.

  5. How is American power projected in Africa? The strange case of two SEALS and two Marines charged with killing a Special Forces comrade provides some clue. It’s not just about military attaches.

    A veteran Green Beret, Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar, a native of Lubbock, Texas, died of strangulation after being attacked by the four others as he slept.

    “Opening statements made by defense attorneys were closed to the public because they contained classified information.”

    “Charging documents don’t state why the service members were in Mali. But U.S. Special Forces have been in Africa to support and train local troops in their fight against extremists.”

    https://apnews.com/article/africa-trials-9f85aed2bd12fa3acd6de2eb93b76cb3

    It is believed that the motive for the killing had nothing to do with operations. Melgar knew too much about about a break down of discipline of the SF ‘Operators’ in the off hours.

  6. Athena says:

    Egypt-Mercosur-Jordan
    https://anba.com.br/ar/
    (e-translation)

    Proposal for an electronic link between Egyptian and Brazilian customs
    12/09/2022

    [MORE]

    Cairo-the Egyptian customs authority is studying a proposal for an electronic link with Brazilian customs to exchange trade and customs data between the two countries.

    Shehat ghatouri, head of the Egyptian customs authority, received yesterday, Michael Gamal, regional director of the Office of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, to discuss the proposal submitted by the chamber for electronic link with the Brazilian customs authority.

    The meeting was attended by Ahmed Abul Hassan, head of the central administration for the affairs of the Office of the head of the customs authority, Osama Abdul Karim, head of the central administration for information and communication technologies, Ali Jalal, director general of the affairs of the minister’s office at the central administration for the affairs of the Office of the head of the authority, and Rania hijras, director of international relations at the chamber .

    Ghatouri said that the Egyptian customs authority seeks to facilitate the movement of trade with all countries of the world, especially Brazil, with which we have strong trade and economic relations, as Egypt receives many products from Brazil, including meat, corn, soybeans and sugar, and Egypt exports to Brazil some products such as chemicals, fertilizers, food industries and agricultural crops.

    He added that the customs administration system in Egypt is witnessing the largest development revolution under President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, through the adoption of a national project to modernize customs, based on updating the legislative structure, by issuing a new customs law in 2020, contributes to the optimal use of advanced technology and the localization of distinguished international experiences in the application of the “Single Window” System, and the transition from a paper-based work environment to Digital, which helps simplify procedures, reduce the cost of the import and export process, facilitate international trade, and reduce the time of Customs release.

    Gturi welcomed the cooperation with the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in this regard, and tasked the executive departments of the department to study the proposal and consider the experience of Jordan and Brazil, to identify the pros and cons of the proposed system.

    Omar ASSI \ANBA
    Michael Gamal hands over the Shield of the room to the head of the Egyptian customs authority

    For his part, Michael Gamal, regional director of the Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, said that the chamber has a complete electronic system ready for application with Egyptian customs and linking with Brazilian customs, pointing out that an agreement has been signed for electronic linking between Brazilian and Jordanian Customs and has already entered into force.

    He explained that the Chamber seeks to generalize the experience of electronic linkage, which has been successfully applied with the Jordanian customs with all Arab countries, especially Egypt, since Egypt is the only Arab country linked by a free trade agreement with Brazil “Mercosur Agreement” and therefore there is a great opportunity to double the volume of trade exchange between the two countries.

    He added that the process of electronic linking between the customs authorities in the two countries contributes to facilitating the movement of bilateral trade, and eliminating all forms of manipulation of papers and documents, explaining that Brazil has more than 2,700 signatures and seals, all of which are in Portuguese only, and there is difficulty in verifying their authenticity currently, but with the application of the electronic linking system, the customs officer in the two countries has the ability to verify the authenticity of all documents

    The meeting ended on the agreement of the parties to hold subsequent meetings between the technicians of the two sides to study possible aspects of cooperation and how to implement them

    • Replies: @Notsofast
  7. US guns and bombs over Africa, Africans dongs and buns over the West.

  8. Notsofast says:
    @Athena

    thank you for this very interesting information, i had no idea that egypt and brazil had become so close. it does seem a little worrying that bolsonaro and al-sisi have both been israeli stooges but bolsonaro will most likely be gone soon and we’ll see what happens when lula is back in town. interestingly enough however, this new information, hot off the web; “why beijing wants bolsonaro to win” published on foreignpolicy.com out of brazil, perhaps bolsonaro can read (contrary to popular belief) the writing on the wall and understands his only hope, is to side with the chinese and russians. the rats inevitably leave the sinking ship, maybe pepe has a take on this.

    • Replies: @Athena
  9. anonymous[173] • Disclaimer says:
    @Eric Arthur Blair

    Kennedy had many flaws, but was the last America First President. Nixon tried, but it was already too late for America by the dawn of the 1970s. There’s no way back now, and there shouldn’t be.

  10. Good article. Thanks.

    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.

    The Australians attempted a similar move (sans any real power) when China and Samoa signed a deal to strengthen diplomatic relations earlier this year.

    And although we have a new (Labor) government, we still get the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Ying-Yen Wong making (empty) threats to Russia over its so-called illegal invasion of Ukraine. Australia is becoming a more rabid lapdog to “American” interests with each passing year.

  11. Athena says:
    @Notsofast

    “why beijing wants bolsonaro to win”

    It’s possible. Bolsonaro advocated (in 2019) the creation of the peso-real, a single currency for Argentina and Brazil, which could later extend to Paraguay and Uruguay.

    And recently he seems to have distanced himself from the West (Victoria Nuland visited Brazil and reportedly told Brazilians “to trust their own electoral system” ! After the monstrous coup she made in Ukraine) :


    http://www.globalresearch.ca/us-confidence-brazilian-electoral-system-raises-suspicions/5779593

    ‘On the one hand, Jair Bolsonaro, who began his government with a stance of automatic alignment with the US, now appears to be the candidate with the most “neutral” foreign policy agenda, while, on the other hand, Lula, who is known for having maintained a strategy of regional integration and intra-BRICS cooperation during his terms, now seems to be the option desired by the globalist and pro-Western elites.’

    And on: http://www.globalresearch.ca/world-economic-forums-klaus-schwab-we-have-the-means-to-impose-the-state-of-the-world/5787719

    ‘On May 23, 2022, when asked by journalists about the WHO Pandemic Treaty, Bolsonaro said in no mistaken terms:

    “National sovereignty is not something to be handed over to the WHO, just to join a club of seemingly advanced nations”.’

  12. America –the great nation which recently liberated Libya-Somalia must dominate-control -exploit and absorb Africa because for only one good reason. The American people back home have insufficient numbers of Black residents and by becoming Hegomon of Africa—USA population can jump to 1 billion with 800 million Blacks and then others. Being an African Hegemon is key to the FIRE.

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