|Africa News Digest
Obama Administration Maintains Anti-Africa Offensive
May 26 (EIRNS)The British empire is still upset about the African-engineered formation of a Unity government in Zimbabwe, and last night the Obama Administration went out of its way, at an event to honor Africa, to show that it subscribed fully to British imperial perspectives for Africa. The implications of the pronouncement for British targets of balkanization, beginning with Sudan, are extremely ominous for Africa.
In his keynote address to the "Africa Day" dinner in Washington, D.C. last night, a gala event celebrating the May 25, 1963 founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), Johnnie Carson, U.S. Assistant Undersecretary of State for African Affairs, violated all norms of diplomacy by including a gratuitous attack on Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's ZANU party for alleged human rights and good governance violations: "In Zimbabwe, ruling ZANU-PF government officials continue to hinder democracy through harassment of the opposition and civil society and failure to honor their obligations to open the political space as called for in the Global Political Agreement."
Zimbabwe attained the highest level of education in sub-Saharan Africa after its independence in 1980, which represented a dangerous development for the British, who targetted the country consistently from that point. The British economic warfare against Zimbabwe provided the basis for the subsequent political destabilization campaign. This operation was up-ended by then-South African President Thabo Mbeki, who successfully negotiated an agreement on Sept. 11, 2008, for the formation of a Unity government in Zimbabwe.
This coalition government began stabilizing the Zimbabwe economy, thereby seriously hampering British-led efforts to blow up the country. The British and their allies then had no alternative but to drop their daily tirades on Zimbabwe, although they continued their campaign to refuse any assistance for the development of the economy. By dredging up an issue which had been worked out nearly two years ago, the Obama Administration showed its malice against an African country which had been targetted by the British.
After Carson's comment, Zimbabwe Ambassador H.E. Machinvenyika Tobia Mapuranga stood and told Carson, "You are talking like a good house slave!" He then left the dinner. Lawrence Freeman, director of EIR's Africa Desk, supported Ambassador Mapuranga and joined him in walking out of the event.
One of the founding planks of the OAU was that African borders, as inherited from their prior colonial masters, were to remain sacrosanct. The OAU's founders knew that if these borders were not maintained, then all African countries would be vulnerable to rebellions instigated and backed by the British imperial financial cartel, which could have led to dismemberment, along ethnic and cultural lines.
The Obama Administration has consistently supported the British policy of using the horrendous conditions created in Africa by imperial policies, as the pretext to prevent the development that would eliminate these conditions. It has supported the British demand for "democratization," instead of fostering development to eliminate the horrendous conditions created in Africa by imperial policies in the first place. It is these disastrous conditions, about which nothing significant has been done, that have created the conditions that create conditions that can be used to create conflict and destabilization.
Algeria Signs Nuclear Agreement With South Africa
May 26 (EIRNS)It was announced today in Algiers that Algeria and South Africa have signed cooperation agreements on the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The agreement was one of six signed during a two-day visit to Algeria by South African President Jacob Zuma, for talks with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika.
"We believe that the peaceful use of nuclear energy among the African countries is critical in contributing to the decimation of energy poverty on our continent and will catapult our two countries onto an even higher economic development," South African Energy Minister Elizabeth Dipuo Peters said, after she signed the agreement today with Dr. Chakib Khelil, Algerian Minister of Energy and Mines. There will be exchanges in the production of medical radioisotopes, training staff, and expertise. South Africa is developing the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor technology, which would be ideal for use in Africa.
Zuma arrived yesterday to attend the fifth session of the South Africa-Algeria Presidential Bi-national Commission.
Algeria has two experimental nuclear reactors, and has nuclear cooperation agreements with Argentina, France, China, and the United States.
On May 24, the day before Zuma arrived, the Algerian Cabinet approved an ambitious $286 billion five-year investment plan. The purpose of the plan is to diversify the Algerian economy away from oil dependency, according to Algerian sources. About $130 billion of the amount will go towards completing railway, road, and water projects, according to reports. The remaining $156 billion will finance new development projects, including other infrastructure, education, and improvements in agricultural production, among other areas. A large number of new universities will be built as part of the plan, according to Algerian sources.