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Monday, February 18, 2008

The rise of the new USA (United States of Africa)

According to Voice of America I think Africa may follow Latin America and Middle East not only in unity, but in creation of the regional currency.

Culturally they are connected by reggae, for instance:

Babylon System (Ziggy Marley):


Africa Unite (Bob Marley):


And Libya may do it. Why Libya? Because they have oil and no rich-poor gap, if my understanding is correct.

3 comments:

Nikolay Kryachkov said...

The Tribune-Democrat reports in "Is Africa next Middle East?":

"In February 2007, the Department of Defense established the U.S. Africa Command.

AFRICOM is currently a subordinate command of the U.S. European Command, which has its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. The Defense Department is seeking a suitable location on the African continent for AFRICOM’s headquarters.

Establishing AFRICOM is an acknowledgement of the important role Africa will play in the future security of the United States.

The command’s Web site (www.africom.mil) calls AFRICOM a "different kind of command" that is focused on "security, development, diplomacy and prosperity in Africa."

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In the National Security Strategy (NSS) of the United States of America, the executive branch describes present and future security concerns and how the administration plans to deal with them. The current version contains numerous references to Africa. But one has to search the document carefully to discover the real security significance of the continent.

Buried on page 24 of the NSS is a reference to Africa’s energy potential. Yes, folks, AFRICOM is about oil! Just ask the Chinese.

As I noted in an August 2007 column, China signed an oil exploration agreement with Nigeria, one of the largest oil exporters to America, in 2006.

The Chinese are willing to deal with unsavory governments from which the United States will not import oil, such as Libya and Sudan.

Forbes.com reported in October 2006 that China now imports 30 percent of its oil from Africa and has three state-operated oil companies invested in oil in nearly 20 African countries.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Web site reveals that much of our nation’s oil imports come from unstable and, in some cases, downright dangerous parts of Africa, including Nigeria, Algeria, Angola, Congo, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Mauritania and Gabon.

Don’t forget Somalia either. While the United States doesn’t import oil from there, we are currently engaged with al-Qaida supported Islamic terrorists in Somalia and elsewhere across the Horn of Africa. The Horn currently falls under the military responsibility of the U.S. Central Command, but will likely shift to AFRICOM as the command grows and matures.

As happened in the Middle East, America’s foreign oil dependency will force us to become increasingly involved in African security issues as our dependency on African oil grows. As our military becomes more engaged in Africa, it and we will become increasingly exposed to potential Islamic terrorism".

Nikolay Kryachkov said...

Social development must improve African people's lives, says Kadhafi:

"The Libyan leader lamented that Africa, "instead of getting organised on the basis of an African ideology, imported the Western theory that turned Africa from a natural social system to the system of multi-party, elections and presidency, among others, which plunged countries in the continent into political problems and made African Presidents care only about politics and not about women, family, childhood and youth".

He said the need to rectify such problems, "in addition to the current tragedy of motherhood and childhood in Africa which he personally noted during his African tours" prompted him to unveil the project for a continental federation.

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"Now we would like to establish a genuine African unity and Africa must be strong like the United States of America or Europe," the Libyan leader said".

Nikolay Kryachkov said...

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