Sunday, June 21, 2009


(Click here for the interactive version of this map. AFRICOM gets a budget boost)

Nigeria and Russia are doing deals in nuclear energy and in oil and gas.

And there may be military cooperation.

(Russia-Nigeria Nuclear Deal To Be Signed During Medvedev Trip)

In June 2009, Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev becomes the first Kremlin leader to visit Nigeria.

A joint venture between Gazprom and Nigerian National Petroleum Corp. will be signed.

The nuclear agreement "is for cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy especially for the purpose of electricity."

Russia and Nigeria signed an agreement on March 2009 to cooperate in building nuclear reactors and jointly explore for uranium.

"Other potential areas of cooperation will also be discussed, including military and technical cooperation," said a diplomat, who added that there was already "huge" and growing cooperation between the two countries.

China is now Africa's second largest aid donor and trading partner, behind the United States.

"But Russia, the second most-active emerging-market power, is gaining." (A Battle Over Africa's Riches. )

During the Soviet era, several African countries were considered "socialism oriented" - Algeria, Libya, Zimbabwe, Guinea Bissau, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Benin, Congo (Brazzaville), Angola, Mozambique, Tanzania, Mali, Zambia and Cape Verde. Besides, Sudan, Ghana, Somalia and Guinea were also considered socialist earlier. (RUSSIA: Chasing China in Africa)

Gabon's Bongo

In 2005, an investigation revealed that Abramoff offered to arrange a meeting between U.S. President George W. Bush and Bongo for the sum of 9 million USD.

Its bye bye Bongo.

The death has been announced of Gabon's President Omar Bongo Ondimba, who was born Albert Bernard Bongo.

He was one of the world's richest men.

Reportedly the Bongo family owned 33 houses and flats in Paris, with one mansion alone worth €18m.

Gabonese Stutz Royale

The source of the following is:

26 November 2005

1. There are financial links between Jack Abramoff' and his Gabon client President Omar Bongo.

2. Bongo serves on the board of an Islanic bank tied to "Al Qaeda" funding.

3. Reportedly, Abramoff is linked to a Bongo associate in Washington, named Joe Slavik.

Slavik reportedly became a "Mr. Africa" in Washington lobbying and government circles.

4. Bongo is a Muslim and Freemason.

Was Bongo becoming too friendly with China? Photo from

In 2004, it was announced that "China will continue encouraging Chinese enterprises ... to invest and make start-ups in Gabon, expand cooperation between the two sides in the fields of oil, mining, forestry as well as in agriculture, water conservancy and fishery." - Hu Jintao Holds Talks with President Omar Bongo of Gabon

China Corners Over 90% of Market for Rare-Earth metals.

China influence to grow faster than most expect: Soros Reuters