Black People Politics : From Puppet Soldiers to Puppet Journalists: AFRICOM Grows Its War Machine

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  1. RAPTOR

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    by Mark P. Fancher
    AFRICOM’s primary project is to transform the militaries of the continent into
    dependencies and pawns of U.S. foreign policy. It’s second most import objective is the
    hide Washington’s actual intentions behind a “humanitarian” mask – such as
    participating in the search for Nigerian schoolgirls from Boko Haram. Some African
    journalists are eager to be part of the ruse.

    AFRICOM is courting journalists and attempting to direct media coverage of U.S. military activities.”

    The greatest danger to Africa posed by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) involves neither drones
    nor armed troops. It is instead the command’s sinister, cynical use of manipulative deception. With
    Houdini-like misdirection it opportunistically draws attention either to its military operations or to
    its purported humanitarian missions. All the while it is simultaneously engaged in low profile,
    seemingly harmless psychological operations that have the potential for long-term devastating
    effects on the African continent.

    One of the most recent of these operations was a so-called “public affairs and media symposium”
    conducted for African journalists. This weeklong event attracted more than 60 participants who
    heard presentations on humanitarian aid, reporting on armed conflicts, social media, and how to
    interact with military public affairs offices.

    AFRICOM’s website quoted a journalist from Togo as saying: “This is an opportunity for me as a
    director of the editorial staff of my journal to get closer with the Army to know their problems and
    understand their issues before I form my public opinion.”

    General David Rodriguez, AFRICOM’s commander said the conference was part of the effort to
    build relationships with African countries. He said: “In the near term, we are working with
    multinational partners and interagency to address immediate challenges of violent extremism and
    regional instability including threats to both U.S. personnel and facilities.”

    Of course, the quickest, easiest way to protect U.S. personnel and facilities is to simply remove them
    from Africa. It is, however an approach the U.S. will never choose for reasons identified decades ago
    by some who helped usher in Africa’s era of flag independence. In 1965, Kwame Nkrumah
    explained: “Africa’s raw materials are an important consideration in the military build-up of the
    NATO countries, in which are included those of the European Common Market. Their industries,
    especially the strategic and nuclear factories, depend largely upon the primary materials that come
    from the less developed countries.”

    Nkrumah also identified the hand-in-glove relationship of the military and the media. He said:
    ”…the enormous monopoly press, together with the outflow of slick, clever, expensive magazines,
    attends to what it chooses to call ‘news.’ Within separate countries, one or two news agencies
    control the news handouts, so that a deadly uniformity is achieved, regardless of the number of
    separate newspapers or magazines; while internationally, the financial preponderance of the United
    States is felt more and more through its foreign correspondents and offices abroad, as well as
    through its influence over international capitalist journalism.”

    Read more: http://blackagendareport.com/conten...pet-journalists-africom-grows-its-war-machine
     
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    I wonder how many people living today have read and understand Dr. Nkrumah's book "Neo-Colonialism.

    The US is doing exactly what he wrote about and all of these regional conflicts are leading to one thing. The Balkanization of Afraka.
     
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    I'm thinking, how many people would want to?
    Which I am sure has something to do with the
    mis-education of black folk. Be it hear, the islands
    or where we are...
     
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    these days tell some people to read Nkrumah or other visionary type authors. You will quickly get a self blaming response.
     
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    Yeah, they're Aussies.
     
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