Saturday, September 27, 2008

Anglo-American versus the Chinese in Zimbabwe; will UK military return to Zimbabwe?


Who will control Zimbabwe's army and its mineral wealth?

Both Anglo-American and the Chinese would like Zimbabwe's mineral wealth.

F. William Engdahl, at Global research, wrote: "Chrome, copper, gold, platinum, huge hydroelectric power potential and vast coal reserves are what is at stake for Washington and London in Zimbabwe.

"The country also has unverified reserves of uranium, something in big demand today for nuclear power generation...

"In June 2006 state-owned Zimbabwean businesses signed a number of energy, mining and farming deals worth billions of dollars with Chinese companies." - Mugabe’s Biggest Sin

Reports by Western diplomats, on 27 September 2008, suggest Zimbabwe's power-sharing agreement may collapse, as a result of actions by President Robert Mugabe and his generals.

Both the U.S. and the EU have decided to maintain their targeted sanctions against Mugabe.

Harare deal close to collapse

Nearly two weeks after the power-sharing agreement was signed, Mugabe's ZANU-PF party and Tsvangirai's MDC have not yet agreed on the division of the ministries.

It has been agreed that Mugabe is to control the Defence Ministry, which controls the army and the Central Intelligence Organisation.

But Mugabe also wants to control the Home Affairs Ministry, which runs the police.

And he also wants the Finance Ministry.

Mugabe is a 'bad guy'. More than a third of the Zimbabwean population has fled abroad, and about one million may have died as a result of starvation, political violence, AIDS and the collapse of the health-care system.

Prying Zimbabwe From Mugabe's Hands

Mugabe and Tsvangirai have called for Britain to "accept its responsibilities" and compensate the 4,000 commercial farmers who have lost their farms.

Tsvangirai wants to invite back the British Military Assistance and Training Team, which trained the army and police after independence in 1980.

Tsvangirai wants to end the power of Mugabe's 'war veterans' and Zanu-PF youth league, known as the Green Bombers.

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Monday, September 01, 2008

ANGOLA

Photo of Angola's capital Luanda by Silje L. Bakke

Angola is very similar to a number of Western countries.

In May 2008, Bob Geldof declared that Angola is run by "criminals". (Angola's poor have yet to taste fruits of country's oil riches)

Angola has parliamentary elections on 5 september 2008.

Angola has oil and has become one of Africa's most important powers.

"With one of the world's fastest-growing economies thanks to surging oil output, the southwestern African OPEC member already enjoys increasing influence, though critics say it still has a poor record on human rights and transparency.

"President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, one of Africa's longest-serving leaders, is banking on Angola's first election since 1992 to improve the country's image, especially after post-election turmoil in Kenya and Zimbabwe this year." (Election speeds Angola's rise as African power)


José Eduardo dos Santos, President of Angola.

The United States sees itself as a friend of Angola.

In May 2008, Nicolas Sarkozy became the first French president to visit for a decade.

Angola earned around $41 billion in oil exports in 2007.

In Angola, "almost 70 per cent live on less than $2 a day, and one in four children die before their fifth birthday.

"For all its wealth, Angola languishes on the bottom rungs of most development indices, including life-expectancy and education." (Angola's poor have yet to taste fruits of country's oil riches)


Tribes in Angola

In 1975, Angola gained independence from Portugal. This led to struggle between the MPLA, backed by Cuba and the Soviet Union, and the FNLA plus Unita, supported by South Africa and the US.

In 1992, Mr dos Santos's MPLA party was returned to power in Angola's first multi-party election.


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CIA BOMBS IN ALGERIA?


Photo from: User:Damouns

Are the CIA and its friends using terror in order to put pressure on the government of Algeria?

On 19 August 2008, a bomb attack east of Algiers killed 43 people (Algeria bomb attack kills 43) and al Qaeda (the CIA) has been blamed.

The USA and Russia are competing to get control of North Africa's oil and gas.

The Globe and Mail, 18 August 2008, reported (Russia crushes Europe's energy strategy):

"Thanks to Russia's invasion of Georgia on Aug. 8, Georgia's role as a secure energy transit point to Europe has been shattered...

"Time for Diversification Plan B. A big part of the plan would have to see Europe turning the Mediterranean into mare nostrum - our sea - as the Romans called it in the empire years.

"The North African countries of Libya and Algeria, and Syria in the Eastern Med to a lesser extent, have vast, undeveloped oil and gas fields...

"Algeria's gas reserves are mammoth."

On 6 August 2008, Algerian state-owned energy group Sonatrach announced four oil and gas finds in the Sahara desert, bringing to 13 the number of hydrocarbon discoveries this year. (Algeria's Sonatrach says makes new oil/gas finds)

Iran and Algeria, holders of the second and sixth-largest natural gas reserves, support the formation of a gas exporters group similar to OPEC. (Algeria, Iran want to see a natural gas 'OPEC' )


Photo of Algiers coast by Damien Boilley, August 3, 2005. Source: Flickr.

On 11 December 2007, bombs exploded in Algiers.

A number of students at Ben Aknoun university were killed.

What was the reaction of students at the Ben Aknoun campus?

Students, while taking part in a protest at the University, made it clear that they are very well informed about what is really going on!

When asked by a journalist from El-Watan, the demonstrators 'began by discounting Al-Qaeda's authorship of the attacks.' ( Reactions to the December 11, 2007 Algiers Attacks )

'They should stop babbling on about Al-Qaeda and the GSPC,' said a certain Sara...

She added: 'They (i.e. those who accuse Al-Qaeda and the GSPC) shouldn't be laying this on Islam...'

'It is the U.S. that, at the Pentagon, makes and breaks the world. Who created Al-Qaeda? They're just something that the CIA thought up…' said Hakim.

The newspapers and 'extremist Islamic' websites available to students in Algeria are most likely controlled by the CIA and its friends in French and Israeli intelligence.

So it is good news that these Algerian students have not been taken in by the lies and propaganda of the CIA controlled media.



In March 2006, Russia and Algeria signed military equipment contracts worth around $8 billion. This was after Putin had visited Algeria.

In August 2006, the state gas companies of Algeria and Russia signed a cooperation pact.

In 2006, Algeria supported Russia’s suggestion of creating a ‘natural gas OPEC’.

However, on 10 December 2006, the terror began. A bus carrying foreign oil workers was bombed 10 km (6 miles) west of Algiers, killing the Algerian driver and a Lebanese worker.

On 4 March 2007, a Russian was killed in a roadside attack southwest of Algiers on a bus carrying workers for a Russian gas pipeline construction company.

The Algerian oil and gas company then declared that it was stopping cooperation with Russia's Gazprom.

And, Algeria suspended weapons supplies from Russia.

Ruslan Pukhov, director of the Strategy and Technology Analysis Center, believes “there is a confrontation of interests between military and energy officials” in Algeria’s political elite.

“In both groups, there are pro-Russia, pro-France, and pro-American groupings which fight for their partners’ interests. At least six ‘clans’ confront each other, winning in turns,” the expert said. (One-Sided Cooperation)



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