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America's Empire of African Bases


America's Empire of African Bases

Nick Turse

In the shadows of what was once called the “dark continent," a scramble has come and gone. If you heard nothing about it, that was by design. But look hard enough and -- north to south, east to west -- you’ll find the fruits of that effort: a network of bases, compounds, and other sites whose sum total exceeds the number of nations on the continent. For a military that has stumbled from Iraq to Afghanistan and suffered setbacks from Libya to Syria, it’s a rare can-do triumph. In remote locales, behind fences and beyond the gaze of prying eyes, the U.S.


Real journalism! Kudos to the gang at TomDispatch, a national treasure!


I'm watching to see how many comments this piece elicits.

Americans in general have little interest in what's going on in Africa...not even Americans of African descent. The phrase "Dark Continent" (coined by the Brits I believe) could be aptly used to describe coverage by the western MSM of news from Africa.


In his articles on the IMF, the entrenched Corporate dynastic families and how various foundations are used as social engineering tools, Andrew Gavin Marshal has written extensively on Africa. He has pointed out the Continent tremendously rich in natural resources that the world needs and were there ever to be stable Governments the sheer wealth of these nations would displace the "Western Nations" as the centers of Capital and Capitalism.

For this reason as far as those Western Nations concerned Africa must stay destabilized and at any possibility a leader or block of leaders should arise that might act to use those resources to turn themselves into prosperous states independent of the old Colonial nations , those leaders will be removed as they deemed a threat to the Western banking system.

Just as example if we look at the IMF less then 5 percent of all shares held in this (and yes it has shareholders) are owned by African Sates and 90 percent of this 5 percent split between two states. The G7 holds the vast majority of shares and use the IMF to assert control over poorer member states.

The US military is not there to stabilize the region or combat terrorism. They are there to ensure the resources of the Continent remain under the control of the Corporations and banking system of the west. It COLONIALISM nothing more.

I would posit a question.

After the terror attacks in France what if this question posed to the French people.?

"Would you support European and French Military intervention in Africa to prevent further terrorist attacks that might originate in the African states.?"

As opposed to.

"Would you support France reasserting its old Empire in Africa" ?


This is why Ghadafi was taken out; he was an Africa first leader.


China is purchasing land in Africa and instead of building military bases, apparently working to improve infrastructure. Africa is regarded as a potential bread basket to nations that can't grow enough of their own food.

I agree with most of your other points. However, it's arguable whether or not Haiti has precious resources. Nonetheless, the old European colonial powers were not about to see a successful (example of) Democratic state run by Black citizens. It might pose too great a precedent for African nations.


Actually Aristides "white paper" which inventoried Haiti's resources concluded there a wealth of minerals such as gold , and the very rare Iridium.There is also claimed to be vast oil resources off shore and on which the US wants to keep a cap on as a "strategic reserve". This source a more established Western paper but understand it for what it is as the aper now owned by Rupert Murdoch.

This next article claims that Haiti could have oil resources larger then Venezuela. Keep in mind that if true and exploited this much new oil on the market would have huge repercussions on the economy. IT IS in the best interests of Oil Companies that sources of oil this large NOT come to market.


From the article.

According to French scientist Daniel Mathurin, “The Central Plateau, including the region of Thomond, the plain of the cul-de-sac and the bay of Port-au-Prince are filled with oil”. He added that “Haiti's oil reserves are larger than those of Venezuela . An Olympic pool compared to a glass of water that is the comparison to show the importance of oil Haitian compared to those of Venezuela.”

Now it of course true the Western nations would like to see a Haiti remain poor not only due to that post colonial racism that exists but because they want cheap labor readily available so as to depress wages at home nad maximize profits. That said I was speaking of Africa in particular and its own mineral resources which remain one of the largest untapped resources on this Earth. Russia also has vast potential but they a Nuclear power and those nations in the west do not want a rival in Africa that could hold them at bay as can Russia.

Back to Haiti. Keeping Haiti poor is also very much in line with why the USA and the CIA always try to topple Socialist Governments. Had Arisitide stayed in power and asserted control over those resources, and had the people of Haiti prospered because of it, it would have set an example the Corporations and Capitalists would not have been able to compete with which in essense what you were stating.