America: Corporate Imperialism Abroad (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Blind patriotism has infected the American populace, allowing the corporatocracy the ability to interact with sovereign power in an unhealthy alignment between corporate and political power; thus resulting in a passive citizenry and subservient media that blissfully observe the imposition of business interests in regions such as Sub-Saharan Africa.

American Foreign Policy has been Defined by Corporate Interests

Under the cover of American exceptionalism, the corporations have purchased governments and legislatures, created its own personal armed enforcers, engaged in systemic fraud of domestic and foreign peoples, plundered national treasuries, and engaged in imperialistic exploitation of foreign lands through paramilitary operations.  American exceptionalism refers to the theory that US occupies a special niche among the nations of the world in terms of its national power, historical evolution, political and religious institutions.  Along with the phenomenon known as White Man’s Burden, the US has justified the impositions of its interests on foreign peoples as merely protecting the causes of freedom, democracy and justice worldwide.  With corporate-owned mass media communications denying cases of exceptionalism and imperialism, a systemic strategy of propaganda to manufacture public opinion into a subordinate constituency base, the CIA marauders have infiltrated and undercut popular governments and peoples movement in numerous regions of the world for the sake of protecting American interests.  US imperialist policies are the products of the excessive influence of certain sectors of US business and government – the arms industry alliance with political bureaucracies and more often than not other industries such as oil and finance, a combination known as the military-industrial complex.  Under the cover of the Cold War and after, the CIA has justified the imposition of its Orwellian oppression on foreign territories in order to protect the big businesses therein invested.  This cycle of international manipulation has perpetuated into an intensifying scheme of capitalist monarchism, underscoring the corporate control of American policy.  Beginning with the corporate interests in the slave trade, the corporatocracy has fueled American imperialism and materialism in Ethiopia, Congo (Zaire), Niger, Uganda and Somalia.

“To join the corporate army for God and country, give up your life.  Don’t try to figure out what’s wrong or right.  You never tried to stop, to look, to see that you’re exactly what you’re told to be.”
– Anti-Flag, “Their System Doesnt Work for You”

As with the post concentrating on corporate influence through operations in the Americas, the imposition of capitalism in Sub-Saharan Africa came through the manipulation of the CIA and the domestic political agenda rallied around anti-communism.  Though the US sensationalized the communist threat during the Cold War in order to exploit public fervor around intervention abroad, the same cannot be said about the US in Ethiopia in 1935.  Though the public agenda was opposed to the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, the large profit margins earned by the oil corporations in America not only subdued any embargoes or retaliatory actions by the US, but also encouraged Eisenhower to double shipments to Italy.  Endorsing the fascist regime in its colonialist expansion and undercutting the concept of democracy was clearly justified by the profits earned by the corporations dependent on natural resources, who also continue to govern this country’s foreign practices today.  The dependency on natural resources has driven America’s expansionist policies throughout the world, ruthlessly intervening in the internal life of dozens of nations to prevent them from choosing the leader they did want, or stop them from ousting one they didn’t.  The US has been importing  raw materials such as cobalt from Zaire and Zambia, chromium from Zimbabwe, uranium from South Africa, Namibia and Niger, bauxit from Guinea, and industrial diamonds from Angola, South Africa and Zaire.  Africa’s rich mineral resources have tempted and will continue to tempt Western economies in general and the US economy in particular because each of these minerals can add to their power potential.  Especially, the uranium from South Africa has been used by the US to build its nuclear potentials.

“You’ve heard it every day, since the first day of your life.  But you never stopped to think, what you heard was full of lies.  You can’t think just for a minute, can’t think just for a second.  Cause you’re nothing but a tool, whose thoughts are tailored and fashioned each night by the evening news.” – Anti-Flag, “Until It Happen to You”

The American cult of personality is defined by the materialistic ethics, made viable by the privatization of democracy by corporate business owners.  The leaders of the corporatocracy have organized a theocracy in which corporate interests reign supreme, managing the government expenditures to finance CIA operations into third world regions for the purpose of undercutting populist regimes to ensure their profit margins are secured for the next quarter.  So saying, the shareholders of the government stock are protected by the development of a capitalist monarchy, creating a structured society in which the elites are guaranteed their lifestyles at the expense of others.  A clear illustration of this exploitation is seen in blood diamonds and the investment of the American government into the corrupt dictator, Mobutu, to ensure the viability of the countries resources.  The popularly supporter Prime Minister of Congo, Lumumba, sought international aid in an endeavor to suppress civil strife by a succession movement in Katanga.  The US was the first country from which Lumumba requested help but Lumumba’s pan-Africanism and his vision of a united Congo gained him many enemies among the corporate elite in America, all of whom benefited from  the civil strife.  Therefore, Lumumba sought help from the USSR which further antagonized US anti-communist fervor.  Lumumba, for his part, not only denied being a communist, but said he found colonialism and communism to be equally deplorable.  Nevertheless, the CIA ordered his assassination but could not complete the job.  Instead, the CIA covertly funneled cash to Mobutu’s military group, who was then able to capture and execute the former Prime Minister.  Thereafter, Mobutu installed one of the most repressive and brutal military dictatorships in Africa with the help of CIA training and US corporate investment.  Because of their bilateral ties, US corporations were given access to the Congo’s minerals for more than 30 years.

“It’s the same today as then, as US tax dollars are spent to rid the native insurgence in Mexico and any other US corporate interests.  The 3rd world is a modern playground for multinational companies.  And the tax dollars we’re forced to pay fund these heartless US policies.   Their explanation: ‘it’s national interest, national security.'” – Anti-Flag, “Start and Stripes”

Because of the exploitation of resources, Mobutu’s regime began to fear reprimand from the people it continually repressed.  For these reasons, Mobutu began to limit western exploitation in order to preserve his own wealth and security.  In 1998, US military-trained leaders in Rwanda and Uganda invaded the mineral-rich areas of the Congo.  The invaders installed illegal colonial-style governments which continue to receive millions of dollars in arms and military training from the US.  Their control of mineral rich areas allows western corporations, such as American Mineral Fields (AMF), to illegally rape the soil of its resources.  AMF landed exclusive exploration rights to an estimated 1.4 million tons of copper and 270,000 tons of cobalt.  San Francisco based engineering firm Bechtel Inc also drew up an inventory of the Congo’s mineral resources free of charge.  Betchel estimated that the Congo’s mineral ores alone are worth $157 billion dollars.  Through coltan production, the Rwandans and their allies are bringing in $20 million in revenue a month.  Rwanda’s diamond exports went from 166 carats in 1998 to 30,500 in 2000.  Uganda’s diamond exports jumped from approximately 1,500 carats to about 11,300.  The final destination for many of these conflict diamonds, is the US.

“A government untouchable by the people, run by the corporations of the world.  Enslaving mothers, fathers, sons and daughters.  Profits put before people.” – Anti-Flag, “No Border, No Nations”

Resource exploitation in Africa is not new, but the scale of agricultural ‘land grabbing’ in African nations is unprecedented, becoming the new colonization of the 21 Century.  Among the nations being decimated by state violence, funded by foreign corporations, is Nigeria.  The Nigerian military has carried out helicopter and gunboat attacks by land, air and sea on the oil-rich Niger Delta; reports have estimated casualty counts as high as in the thousands.  Nigerian military have carried out these attacks in an attempt to oust groups protesting decades of environmental exploitation, destruction and human rights violations.  As many as 30,000 civilians have been displaced without adequate food or water, and aid agencies have been barred from the region.  Major oil firms in the area, Shell and Chevron, have made record profits in recent years.  The US, home of the Royal Dutch’s subsidiary Shell Oil Company, located in Houston, Texas, imports almost 50% of Nigeria’s annual oil production.  Evidence has indicated that Shell has fomented civil unrest in Nigeria to protect its access to cheap oil.  In October 1990, Nigerian villagers occupied part of a Shell facility demanding compensation for the farm lands which had been destroyed by Shell.  A division manager at Shell Petroleum Development Company called the Nigerian military for assistance.  The military forces then fired on the villagers, killing some 80 people.

“This country’s flag flies as a corporate symbol.  This country’s flag strikes hearts with fear – cold fear!  This country’s flag represents oil interests.  The president wages an endless war so he can justify stealing fucking billions.” – Anti-Flag, “Gifts from America: With Love, the USA”

The Niger Delta region remains impoverished, with no schools, no health facilities, or basic infrastructure.  Most foods in the region is imported due to decades of contamination of the water and oil by the oil and gas companies in the region.  Environmental and human rights activists have, for years, documented atrocities on the part of oil companies and the military in the region. As the tactics of resistance groups have shifted from petition and protest to more proactive measures, attacks on pipelines and oil facilities have curtailed the flow of oil leaving the region.  Oil companies and the Pentagon. representing the military-industrial complex, are attempting to link these resistance groups to international terror networks in order to legitimize the use of US military to suppress these areas and secure their involvement.  The volatility surrounding oil installations in Nigeria, however, has been used by the US security establishment to justify military support in African oil production states, under the guide of helping Africans defend themselves against those who would hinder their engagement in supposed free trade.  The December 2006 invasion of Somalia was coordinated using US bases throughout the region.  The arrival of AFRICOM effectively reinforced efforts to replace the popular Islamic Courts Union of Somalia with oil-industry friendly Transitional Federal Government.

“They try to tell us a free we run this country, but nobody wants to talk about the CIA files,  files we can’t see.  “National security” concerns a whole country but we have no say.  Our “security” blamed for our restricted freedom.  A game the government plays.” – Anti-Flag, What You Don’t Know

In retrospect, the US Government is supporting atrocities occurring in Africa under the veil of national security, all in an effort to guarantee the investment of businesses and oil companies.  The US plays a large hand in the civil unrest happening in countries throughout Africa, a means of internal subversion to ensure the accessibility of minerals and oil.  It is a wide misconception that US involvement in the support of brutal regimes is non-existent.  It is with the help of the press corpse that the corporate elite are able to devise blanket stories in order to minimize the outcry of these foreign affairs, formally titles ‘perception management’.


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