Everybody Loves Africa

4th EU-Africa Summit (2014)

The 4th EU-Africa Summit took place in Brussels on 2-3 April 2014. It brought together more than 60 EU and African leaders, and a total of 90 delegations, to discuss the future of EU-Africa relations and reinforce links between the two continents. Discussions at the summit focused on the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace”. Topics included education and training, women and youth, legal and illegal migrant flows between both continents, ways to stimulate growth and create jobs, investing in peace and ways to enhance EU support for African capacities to manage security on the continent. _ (emphasis added)

U.S. * AFRICA Leaders Summit

“I do not see the countries and peoples of Africa as a world apart; I see Africa as a fundamental part of our interconnected world – partners with America on behalf of the future we want for all of our children. That partnership must be grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect.”

President Obama

Isn’t that nice? The West wants to be good friends with the African nations and invest in people and prosperity and peace and partnerships grounded in mutual responsibility and mutual respect. Or, as Zero Hedge suggests, is there an alternative motive?

 

Okay. Africa has resources and the Western nations are big consumers of natural resources. So, what they really want to do “mutually beneficial” business in the nations of Africa. There’s nothing wrong with that, right? Ah! But, the West has some serious competition for Africa’s natural resources _ China. China has been making huge inroads in Africa in the last two decades.

So, what is the calculus that a head of state of an African nation must make when considering whether to do a deal with the West versus doing a deal with China? Can the West be trusted? Clearly, the African leader must consider what happened to the heads of state in Libya and Egypt. And, they must consider the results of the policies of the West in places like Syria and Iraq. And, what about al those “human rights” and “democracy” strings that come attached to doing business with the West? What business is it of theirs how we treat our women? China, on the other hand, doesn’t care we are dictators or democracies. China doesn’t care if we don’t send our daughters to school. China isn’t interested in imposing their culture on us. China only cares about doing business.

It’s said that if you visit Africa, a part of you stays behind when you leave. There’s some truth in that. I visited South Africa and Namibia (it was called Southwest Africa when I was there) several times in the early eighties. I was definitely taken with that part of the world. There is something magical about Africa. Unfortunately, the magic seems to work for everyone except the native Africans.

Well, that’s what I’m thinking. What are your thoughts?

 

Note from Jim:

I don’t  know how many of my readers are interested in the state of affairs in the country I live in, but I know some of you are.  For those who are interested, World Affairs has an excellent article you will want to read. If you do read the article, you will note the extremes that can be achieved by “community organizers”. And, although America is nowhere near as far gone as this country is, you will note some alarming similarities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 thoughts on “Everybody Loves Africa

  1. After a couple of hundred of them bring their Ebola with them at the conference coming up by Dear Leader, the charm may be diminished. But Obama says not to worry. He is checking it out. Now I can sleep.

    1. No doubt the CDC is counting on the Secret Service have everything under control and the Secret Service is counting on DHS to have everything under control and the DHS is counting on the CDC. Sounds like a circle of jerks.

  2. Glad to see you post the map. Too many times people just say we are there to steal the oil and you get labeled a conspiracy nut. Lots more to Africa than just oil.

    This is war (economic) with China. The U.S. has engaged in a policy of opening markets to global competition as a national defense posture for many decades. To openly conquer countries (or entire continents) with natural resources is a losing strategy long-term. Forcing commodities onto global markets and letting competition do the job for you is a far better strategy.

    Still the easiest way to deny your enemies price monopolies and supply hoarding. Besides, covert ops are far cheaper than open war and they take the public debate out of the picture.

    1. “Besides, covert ops are far cheaper than open war and they take the public debate out of the picture.”

      Some African leaders like to have the West fight their opposition for them. So far China doesn’t offer that option. 🙂

  3. Ebola is the next global warming scam. But unlike the changing climate which can be invented anywhere on the planet (hence global warming) Ebola must become a moveable feast and Obama is making the first move on behal of his buddies in the pharmacy industry. So beware, American Ebola may be coming to your state soon… Where is the UN’s $200,000,000 for Ebola fund coming from and how does Al Gore get in on the action?

  4. How revealing that map of Africa is!

    As for Ebola, mentioned in a comment above, we here in the D.C. area are quite wary about having so many from Africa here right now. This strain of Ebola could be a mutated form. The statistical risk of catching this strain of Ebola is very low here in the United States — but that risk means nothing if I myself become one of the statistics. I staying out of D.C. for a few weeks — nor will I be hailing a cab out here in Northern Virginia. Lots of cab drivers from Africa, and relatives come here to visit.

  5. Surprise, surprise, surprise. Its just now been reported on WABC radio that Obama is going to respond to the Ebola CRISIS in Liberia, etc. A new low in not letting a crisis go to waste. Get ready for the wave of West Africans into our best hospitals across the fruited plains. Could there be a turf war for beds between the South Americans and the West Africans? 👫👫👫👫👥👥👥👥

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