Africa Re-Enslaves Itself


A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

Although China, India and other rising powers have eclipsed the U.S. as a trading partner with Africa, Washington’s military dominance over the continent grows by the day. At relatively little cost, the U.S. Africa Command has subverted the militaries of 53 African nations. The African Union, which was envisioned as an incubator of continental unity and collective defense, is a pitiful front for the U.S. war in Somalia.


Africa Re-Enslaves Itself

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

The African Union has been transformed into a vassal of AFRICOM.”

Kwame Nkrumah, the first prime minister of Ghana, will forever be remembered as a great Pan-Africanist whose goal was the establishment of a United States of Africa. Instead, in 1966, Nkrumah was overthrown by a United States-backed coup. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi assumed the presidency of the African Union in 2009, vowing to work towards a United States of Africa with “a single African military force, a single currency and a single passport,” so that Africans could “move freely around the continent." Two and a half years later, Gaddafi was overthrown and killed by forces backed by the United States. The 53-member African Union had stood by, seemingly helpless to halt the overthrow of a sovereign African state by the Euro-American war machine.

Fifty-five years after Kwame Nkrumah’s Ghana won its independence, the military force that counts most in Africa is the United States. Increasingly, the African Union has been transformed into a vassal of AFRICOM – the U.S. Military Command on the continent. The war in Somalia, which now involves the whole of the Horn of Africa, is, on paper, an African Union military operation. But the AU is just a front for the U.S., which provides all the training, weapons, equipment – everything the 15,000 African soldiers from five different nations need except their salaries, which are paid for by the European Union and the United Nations. The recolonization of Africa is well underway, but it will not require a huge American or NATO occupation force. The nations of the African Union will provide the troops for their own subjugation.

The African Union pretends not to be a puppet of the United States, but even the Los Angeles Times cannot avoid the conclusion that the Somali mission is “largely a creation of the State Department and Pentagon, trained and supplied by the U.S. government.” Rwandan soldiers have been doing the Pentagon’s bidding in Africa so long, and so loyally, a group of them has been brought to Alabama to learn how to operate the U.S. Army’s drones. Kenya soldiers are also undergoing drone training, so that they might better find, fix and destroy America’s African enemies.

The nations of the African Union will provide the troops for their own subjugation.”

That’s all most African armies are good for, now that 53 of the continent’s nations have become military partners with AFRICOM. African officers learn from Americans how to communicate with their troops, how to deploy them in the field, and what tactics are best for defense and attack. They train on American equipment, using American intelligence, and are probably indirectly paid by the Americans. Many of these militaries have closer ties to their American counterparts – to AFRICOM – than to their own governments. As a defense against U.S. aggression in Africa, these guys are quite useless. But they fit perfectly into President Obama’s calculation, that the American public has a great tolerance for war, as long as Americans are not the ones who are dying. By subordinating the African Union to the Pentagon’s purposes, Obama has made it possible for the U.S. to militarily dominate the continent, at very little political or economic cost. Essentially, the Africans are being paid to kill and enslave themselves.

Come to think of it, we’ve heard that story, before.

For Black Agenda Radio, I’m Glen Ford. On the web, go to

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No kidding

Africa's leaders are a curse to the continent.  They are either wickedly stupid or they are just a bunch of spooks.  Is it only Africa? I don't know what to say anymore but I have to be honest, it is very bad.  Africa's future is so bleak. The comprador class have pitched their camp with the imperialists.  Stupidly enough, most of them are so naive to think Obama is on their side because his father is Kenyan.  I could see Zbiniew Brezinski laughing cynically on his bed.  Glen, the leaders are bad news for our people.  How did it all happen?  You may find the answer in the colonial educational legacy.

They Used a combo of Over-throw, Corruption along w misEducation

First they got rid of [aka made decapitation strikes against &  examples of ] Leaders who challenged their hegemony [IE: NKrumah, Lumuba, Sankara, Machel, Bikko, Malcolm & Martin, & more recently Aristide & Khadaffi]. Then they corrupted &/or found vain corrupt guys who they could get to sell the people out for fame & fortune [& too often got many common folk to 'compromise' as well].  They did all of this in conjunction w their system of mass {mis}Education [of the Negro].    


I posted a comment here about two months ago. On that posting,  I mentioned that the election of Mr. Barack Obama to be the President of USA was a very well thought out coup and this is the the reason why:

Before the ascent of president Obama to the White House, many African leaders,  with the exception of Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni of Uganda and Mwai Kibaki of Kenya, were opposed to the hosting of AFRICOM forces on African soil. Imediately after his inauguration, President Obama's  appointee to national security advisor post was  James L. Jones. This is the rest of the story

Through AFRICOM, Africans young men are trained to kill fellow Africans in order to protect US and Europe's interests in Africa! There is massive unemployment of African youths everywhere in Africa and Africa's ruling elites, in collaboration with the multinational corporations, are acquiring wealth from the vast natural resources in African while sending the young African men to  participate in killing other Africans at AFRICOM's command.  GREED  and STUPIDITY BY AFICAN ELITES is to blame!!

Beware the pseudo-Left

Here's why this group is a non-starter (from the statement) ...

We believe that there is a special significance to working with progressive Jews in the USA and Israel who share our abhorrence to the system of oppression experienced by the Palestinian people.

The fact that this is suppose to be an African diaspora initiative that needs to appeal and appease Jews.  "Progressive" Jews have now taken control of the BDS movement to the point of neutering it.  Jews will do the same and dominate this movement or any movement that interfears with their aim for supremacy.  Either these "negros" are naive or their are fronting for the Jews -- not unlike Obama himself.

You think Jews consult Blacks on issue of their own interests.  The fact that these negros much "genuflect" to Jews says a lot about their WEAKNESS of their desire to betray their own interests.

Read the Mask of Zion ( analysis of the Zionist goals for North Africa and the Middle East.  This shit is bigger than Obama and laying the blame on Obama is a deliberate and wasteful diversion.  This is about Jewish goals.  Obama is a mere STOOGE.

This organization is extremely late well after the demise of Qaddafi an event that these so-called "progressive Jews" supported wholeheartedly.