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Stop Foreign Intervention in Africa – New Website Launched

 

By Shaun Ajamu Hutchinson 

 

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

 

With 

 

millennia worth of history, 50 plus countries on the multi-lingual African continent, several forms of government and countries linked with multiple global bodies Africa is the scene of intense economic and military rivalry. In one corner the countries who colonised the continent over centuries, in the other, more recent competitors such as the United States and China. The BRICS countries [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] are also contending to defend their own economic interests and provide a counterbalance to their economically more powerful adversaries.

 

For such an important part of the world abundant disinformation is promoted about the home of humanity. Much blinkered thinking results. A small effort to counter this phenomenon is now available through an important recently launched website publishing commentary, news reports, analysis and coverage from several sources on issues related to the military, economic and other interventions on the continent of Africa. 

 

The stated aim of the site is to oppose military, political and economic intervention in Africa by the British government, the governments of the other big powers, and the major monopolies and financial institutions - and to provide alternative information to the narrative and discourse which justifies military intervention.

 

New Scramble for Africa

 

Despite Africans being perceived as poor, hungry and diseased (especially with the recent onslaught of Ebola in West Africa), Africa’s physical resources such as coltan, uranium, oil and tungsten continue to be highly prized by foreign interests - especially the old slave owning/colonising Western industries [now assembled in IMF, World Bank, ICC, NATO] and world markets. It is an analysis such as this – that Western intervention is part of a ‘new scramble’ for Africa, in which there is contention between the big powers - including China - for Africa’s resources, markets and labour – which informs the editorial view of the site.

 

Defining Foreign Intervention

 

Reflecting that intervention takes on economic and military form as well as on the cultural and intellectual level by which foreign ideas, theories, perspectives and paradigms are consciously or subconsciously imposed on the African continent, the publishers of the site define foreign intervention in Africa as the multi-dimensional actions taken by foreign powers which are harmful to Africa and Africans and which are intended to solely preserve the interests of those foreign powers.  Identifying this issue as a demonstration of cultural imperialism which affects all continents, no less Africa, such intervention leaves African countries victim to the negative effects of foreign control of their key economic resources and victim to Western economic prescriptions.

 

The “Bring Back our Girls” Campaign

 

The collective behind the site Stop Foreign Intervention in Africa (STOPFIIA) arose from the concerns about the “bring back our girls” campaign instigated as a consequence of the abduction of over 200 children from a village in North eastern Nigeria in April 2014.

 

Recalling this episode, a representative of the Editorial Board described how the heads of state of Nigeria, Chad, Benin and Cameroon were summoned to Paris by diplomats from the US, France and European Union observers to conclude a global and regional action plan as part of the global war on terrorism and its manifestation in Boko Haram. In the wake of this conference, the US sent 80 troops to Chad and [Predator] drones to neighbouring Burkina Faso. Consequently, with the momentum of ostensibly rescuing the girls and international voices [perhaps speciously orchestrated] demanding ‘something be done’, the “Save our Girls” initiative arrived as a gift to Western imperialism to arrange for military advisors (British, American and Israeli) to be despatched to the continent.

 

Highlighting this recent history, the representative of the Editorial Board emphasised that: “We are opposed to foreign military bases in Africa and in particular the activities of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) on the African continent.  We aim to counter disinformation in the media by presenting alternative information and perspectives that informs and increases people’s understanding of the real motives for intervention”.

 

Refuting Western justifications that they are helping Africans the representative of the Editorial Board said the example of recent interventions in Libya and Mali have been highly damaging for the people of these countries.  “Libya remains a country in chaos and NATO, under the pretext of the UN, has contributed to the devastation of the country as a civil war engulfs it”. In fact, according to the Editorial Board representative “the NATO bombing of Libya has led to the disintegration of that African country, and has had the knock on effect of leading to an influx of arms from Libya to insurgents in Mali and in the rest of West Africa”.

 

This deepening militarisation of Africa under the pretext of assisting in the defence and security of Africa appears to be more about training African armies in death squad strategies and tactics via the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), as that country have done in several Latin American countries with disastrous effects.

 

As to the site itself the front page displays several arresting images depicting centuries of African history together with an Inspiring quote from Amilcar Cabral, independence leader of Guinea and Cape Verde. Links to the most up to date pieces are also found alongside links to pages describing further activities and ways to participate in the work.

 

Visitors to the site are invited to

  • give feedback and send links and articles to stopfiiauk@gmail.com,
  • share the website address http://www.stopforeigninterventioninafrica.org/ by as many means as are available
  • to send in reports, commentary, analysis, book reviews, links to relevant websites, interviews, articles and information related to stopping foreign intervention in Africa.

 

 

 

By Shaun Ajamu Hutchinson 

 

Shaun Ajamu Hutchinson is a Caribbean/London based arts editor, writer and journalist for www.thenewblackmagazine.com. 

He writes about political, social and cultural issues.

Email:shaunhutchinson@thenewblackmagazine.com.


Stop Foreign Intervention in Africa – New Website Launched

Stop Foreign Intervention in Africa – New Website Launched

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