|Africa News Digest
LaRouche PAC Demands: No Bush-Cheney War in Sudan
During his Oct. 31 webcast, leading Democrat and statesman Lyndon LaRouche was asked a number of questions on why he doesn't support military action against the nation of Sudan over the Darfur crisis. LaRouche responded with a clear warning that the Bush-Cheney regime, and their Anglo-Dutch imperial allies, simply are planning a new Iraq in Darfur. LaRouche's response was issued on Nov. 2 as a mass leaflet entitled, "Bush-Cheney Plan New Iraq in Darfur," by the LaRouche Political Action Committee, LPAC, which is distributing hundreds of thousands of copies of this statement.
LaRouche's full statement is printed in this week's InDepth report on the Oct. 31 webcast. LPAC announced on its website, www.larouchepac.com, that a PDF copy of the leaflet is available for downloading and printing.
China Opens Unprecedented Summit of African Leaders
Leaders from 48 of Africa's 53 nations arrived in Beijing Nov. 3 for what the Chinese have called an "historic event." The other five countries, which recognize Taiwan, had been urged to send representatives.
The main focus of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is on trade, which is expected to exceed $50 billion this year, a near tenfold increase since 1995. More than 2,500 business deals will be under discussion at the two-day summit beginning Nov. 4, according to Chinese Vice Commerce Minister Wei Jianguo. A declaration is to be issued Nov. 5. "The Beijing Declaration will aim to establish a new type of strategic partnership between China and Africa based on equality, mutual trust, economic win-win cooperation and cultural exchanges," an envoy from summit co-chair Ethiopia was quoted as saying Nov. 3.
China has also promised to make new pledges of aid and debt reduction to Africa during the summit. The event is being described in China as the most important international gathering since the founding of the Communist regime in 1949.
Also present will be Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir, who, at a press conference Nov. 3, thanked China for helping to stop a 20,000-strong UN peacekeeping force from entering Darfur, which he said would have led to an Iraq-style debacle. "We do appreciate the support that China has given Sudan in the UN Security Council," said Beshir, who had met Chinese President Hu Jintao Nov. 2.
China-Africa Summit Launches Development Plans
At a ministerial meeting Nov. 3, an action plan was passed, which lays out cooperative programs between China and Africa from 2007 to 2009 under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), chinanews reported.
The meeting was jointly presided over by Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing, Ethiopia's Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin, and Ethiopia's Minister of Finance and Economic Development Sufian Ahmed. Ethiopia is the FOCAC's co-chair country. Addressing the opening ceremony, Seyoum said China has given Africa a lot of support in the fight against colonialism and for independence and scrupulously observed principles of international law governing inter-state relations. He said that is the reason "why this forum has made such progress, and why on the African side there are full commitments to making the process a resounding success."
Trade volume between Africa and China hit $39.7 billion in 2005 after breaking the mark of $10 billion in 2000. Under the framework of the Forum, China has cancelled debt of 10.5 billion yuan ($1.3 billion) incurred by 31 Heavily Indebted Poor Countries and least developed countries in Africa, and has given zero-tariff treatment to 190 categories of import commodities from 29 African countries. During the second ministerial conference in Addis Ababa three years ago, China pledged to help train 10,000 professionals for Africa, in a program to be completed this year. The fourth ministerial meeting of the FOCAC will be held in 2009 in Egypt.
Bush Extends Sanctions vs. Sudan; LaRouche Says 'Assume the Worst'
On Nov. 1, President George W. Bush extended for another year sanctions against Sudan, and declared the country to constitute "an extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy" of the U.S., said a White House press release. A "national emergency" regarding Sudan has been in effect since Nov. 3, 1997, and the sanctions were last extended on April 3, 2006. In his statement, there was no mention of the deployment of troops by the United Nations, but in a stump speech last week, Bush called for an "effective" international military force to intervene in the Darfur region.
Referring to his statement on Sudan during the Oct. 31, 2006 webcast from Berlin, Lyndon LaRouche said, "assume the worst," about Bush's intentions, given the White House policy of war against Sudan.
The extension of sanction by Executive Order on Nov. 1, follows Bush's Oct. 13 signing of sanctions imposed by the U.S. Congress in the "Darfur Peace and Accountability Act," which freezes the assets of anyone deemed complicit in atrocities in Darfur and denies them entry into the United States. The executive order excludes some areas of Southern Sudan and makes exceptions for humanitarian aid to Darfur.
Meanwhile, on Oct. 14, U.S. envoy Andrew Natsios landed in Khartoum with a visa that would enable him to travel anywhere in the country. His mission was to demand that the Sudanese government accept a larger UN peacekeeping force of 20,000 troopsmandated by a UN Security Council resolution passed in July 2006to replace the current African Union force of 7,000.
Adding to the danger that an Anglo-American invasion could be forced, Central African Republic's President François Bozize charged Nov. 1, that armed men from Sudan crossed into the Central Africa Republic, and seized the remote town of Birao, Reuters reported Oct. 14. Bozize has called for UN peacekeepers to come to save them from further attacks.
But the authenticity of Bozize's charges is disputed. Sudan denies any role in the incursion into CAR, or even that the event occurred. And an earlier report from Associated Press said that the armed men who seized Birao, which is about 500 miles away from the CAR capital Bangui, were not foreign, but were rebels against Bozize from inside the CAR itself. By Nov. 1, the United Nations announced that it was sending fact-finders to CAR to investigate the charges by Bozize that the Darfur fighting had spilled over to CAR.
When imperial war is in the air, invasions have occurred on far less dramatic reports.
Synarchy's IRC a Major Factor Inside Sudan
The International Rescue Committee (IRC) website boasts of its operations inside war-torn Sudan since 1981, "active throughout the country, working with over 2.2 million people ... in three regions: West Sudan [Darfur], North and East Sudan." Sudanese government leaders have accused the IRC of smuggling arms into the country to aid the rebels. On the official level, "aid" money coming into Sudan from Israel is conduited through the Committee.
The International Rescue Committee was the instrument of the Leo Cherne/James J. Angleton/Allen Dulles pro-fascist wing of the intelligence world from the end of World War II, the milieu that bred John Train's career. John Train, Felix Rohatyn, and Henry Kissinger are among the IRC's overseers today.