‘U.S. Aims To Dominate Land, Resources And Labor Of African People’

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“United States foreign policy towards Africa has not fundamentally changed since World War II. Washington’s aim is to dominate the land, resources and labor of the African people,” Abayomi Azikiwe, the editor of the Pan-African News Wire, told Muslim Press in an interview.

In what follows, the full transcript of the interview has been presented.

Muslim Press: What has been the result of U.S. foreign policy in African countries? How has U.S. foreign policy in Africa changed since Donald Trump became president?

Abayomi Azikiwe: United States foreign policy towards Africa has not fundamentally changed since World War II. Washington’s aim is to dominate the land, resources and labor of the African people. Successive administrations backed the colonial policies of Britain, France, Portugal and the former settler-colonial regimes of Rhodesia and South Africa. In Feb. 1966, the administration of President Lyndon B. Johnson engineered a military and police coup against the First Republic of Ghana under President Kwame Nkrumah. Later in Oct. 1975, the administration of President Gerald Ford deployed the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to support a military intervention into Angola by the former racist apartheid South African Defense Forces (SADF) to prevent the genuine independence of that former Portuguese colony. Successive administrations funded the counter-revolutionary UNITA organization which worked closely with apartheid South Africa to undermine the sovereignty of Angola and block the independence of Namibia. It would take the assistance of the Republic of Cuba led then by President Fidel Castro Ruz to eventually defeat the SADF, paving the way for the consolidation of Angola, the independence of Namibia and the destruction of apartheid in the Republic of South Africa. By 2008, the administration of President George W. Bush, Jr. had established the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). This military command structure has furthered the imperialist militarization of the African continent. AFRICOM under President Barack Obama was enhanced through the expansion of Camp Lemonnier in the Horn of Africa state of Djibouti. Routine bombing operations are conducted in Somalia utilizing the AFRICOM base in Djibouti and other outlets in the region. U.S. presence in Djibouti serves as a springboard for the ongoing genocidal war against the people of Yemen and Syria. Since taking office in January 2017, current President Donald Trump has deployed additional troops to Somalia. The administration has threatened African governments over their normal relations with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Trump administration represents a continuation of previous presidents and their desire to hamper African liberation, unity and economic development.

MP: To what extend has oil been the reason for the West’s colonial policies in Africa?

Abayomi Azikiwe: Oil production is still a major factor in U.S. foreign policy. As a result of the domestic policies of the Obama administration the price of oil and other commodities produced in Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Russia have undergone precipitous declines. The aim is to arrest the capacity of states which have independent outlooks, or even the potential for acting outside the realm of the interests of Washington and Wall Street, from acquiring the ability to determine their own destinies.

MP: How do you view the situation in Libya? For what goals has such a prosperous nation been sacrificed?

Abayomi Azikiwe: The North African state of Libya has been destroyed due to the Pentagon-NATO carpet bombing and surrogate ground operations of 2011. This once prosperous nation has never recovered. Instead it remains divided with at least three identifiable sources of purported authority. ISIS was able to set up a base there and was only defeated after tremendous human losses and injuries.

Libya has become a major source of instability and terrorism throughout North and West Africa. It is also a principal hub for human trafficking. Just recently several thousands of Africans from other states were found in captivity where they lacked food, water and other amenities. Thousands of people have died just this year off the coast of Libya seeking to flee to Europe. The United Nations has drafted yet another plan to bring unity and stability to Libya. We will be watching closely to see how this latest machination unfolds. The only goal of the U.S. is to dominate Libya which has large deposits of oil and natural gas. The country is located in a strategic area in the North of the continent along the Mediterranean Sea.

MP: You have called on the U.S. government to end all of its military involvement in Africa. What would be the consequences of that?

Abayomi Azikiwe: Washington must close down its bases, drone stations, airstrips, joint military operations, consulting projects and training programs with all African Union member-states. None of these efforts have brought peace and stability to the continent. What has happened is quite the opposite. Since the advent of AFRICOM, the situation has been far more unstable in the region. The consequences of U.S. withdrawal will be similar to what happened in Vietnam, Lebanon, Angola and other geo-political regions. The people will unite to resolve their own problems and challenges. This is the path that the U.S. does not want to see. Consequently, Africa must follow the line of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah as outlined in his 1963 seminal work entitled “Africa Must Unite.” Nkrumah called for a continental government under socialism, the closing of all foreign military bases held by the colonialists, neo-colonialists and imperialists. The continent should construct an All-African Military High Command to address internal problems and to defend the region from outside interference.

 

  • Amersham46

    Exploitive Colonialism,–
    in the name of truth, justice and the American way

  • Jed Grover

    Hopefully Cecil Rhodes is still fresh in memory.

  • AlanMacDonald

    This is what I replied to Jeffery St. Clair’s otherwise comprehensive article in “CounterPunch” about “What are we doing in Niger”? — which the NYT Editorial Board won’t even allow reader comments on — because the accurate answer is so obviously, “Acting like an effin EMPIRE”:

    While Jeffery St.Clair’s article is insightful, LOL ironically funny, deadly sad, , and, generally accurate, I’m “Shocked, Shocked” that he didn’t even mention
    that underLYING reason that American troops are in Africa, which is
    EMPIRE — instead only concluding with this incomplete answer:

    “Both political parties would much rather keep the focus on Trump’s malicious Tweets and far away from the true scope of America’s vicious intrusions
    in Africa, where if you admit nothing, you can get away with almost
    anything.” — when he could have really ‘exposed’ the cancerous disease
    and concluded by fully reporting: “Both political parties would much
    rather keep the focus on Trump’s malicious Tweets and far away from the
    true scope of America’s vicious EMPIRE intrusions in Africa, where if
    you admit nothing (and hide the FACT that the U.S. is a Disguised,
    Global, and crony Capitalist EMPIRE, you can get away with almost
    anything.” ????

    Think about it — All we need to do folks is to WakeTF-up and loudly
    ‘call-out’ and ‘expose’ our former country as being taken over,
    ‘captured’, and “Occupied” by an EMPIRE (just as Vichy France was in
    1940 by another wannabe Empire, the Nazi EMPIRE! If you don’t call it
    out as an Empire folks — then the essential Second America people’s
    patriotic peaceful “Political/economic and socialist Revolution Against
    Empire” won’t just happen by itself, folks, duh.”

    Never has it been so easy and obvious for ‘we the people’ to; tag, ‘expose’, ‘call-out’, and shout-down America as ‘acting like a global Empire’ — and yet, never has it been more obvious that the leading public intellectuals, academic experts, and renowned authors who all understand that America is now only the nominal HQ’ers of, and merely ‘posing’ as, our former country and has been infected with this cancerous tumor of EMPIRE — and yet few speak-out honestly, consistently, bravely, loudly, and strongly to ‘Educate’ the essential 3% to 5% (as Kevin and Dr. Flowers note) of vanguard American left progressives who will need to lead this Second American “Political Revolution Against EMPIRE”.

    WTF is the problem, folks? WakeTF-up and expose this now so obvious EMPIRE under this all so obvious EMPEROR Trump.

    Bottom-line — “If it’s not about EMPIRE, it’s not a real Revolution.”

  • Lonnie Lopez

    I have to call a little bullshit. The Muslim Press’s first question was “What has been the result of U.S. foreign policy in African countries? How has U.S. foreign policy in Africa changed since Donald Trump became president?” Is the Muslim Press aware that President Barack Obama told Africans to stop blaming colonialism and take responsibility for their future? Is the Muslim Press aware that Obama led an international military force to illegal invade Libya? Or that the US’s invasion of LIbya has led to destabilizatoins in other countries? Stop acting like imperialism began with the election of Trump.

  • kevinzeese

    You are right US militarism in Africa did not begin with Trump. In fact the first sentence of the article says “United States foreign policy towards Africa has not fundamentally changed since World War II. Washington’s aim is to dominate the land, resources and labor of the African people.” The article also describes Obama’s escalation of militarism and expansion of Africom. I’m not sure who you are calling “a little bullshit” on but it is not this article.