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Clinton’s Africa tour advances U.S. militarism, attacks on China

first_imgStudents protested outside as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Cape Town, South Africa, Aug 8.Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton toured nine African countries over an 11-day period beginning Aug. 1. During the tour Washington’s top diplomat pushed U.S. militarism and verbally attacked the People’s Republic of China. Clinton’s visit comes just two weeks after a major Africa-China summit meeting in Beijing between 50 countries on the continent and Chinese government leaders.During the first stopover in the West African state of Senegal, which has been a close ally of the U.S., Clinton immediately launched into a tirade against China, implying that the White House is more concerned than China about the well-being and human rights of African people. This assertion comes as the Wall Street bankers and corporate chiefs are facing the worst economic crisis since the 1930s Great Depression. Consequently Africa and other developing regions of the world are looking for funding alternatives outside the Western capitalist states.The movement toward economic and political independence from the U.S. and other imperialist states derives from the clear observation that the capitalism system is in crisis. Even leading economists in the West predict no end in sight to the downturn. U.S. diplomatic officials not only must overlook the economic downturn in Europe and North America, but must also avoid the scrutiny of their involvement in centuries of slavery and colonialism in Africa.Therefore it seems absurd when Clinton said in Dakar, the Senegalese capital, that we “will stand up for democracy and universal human rights, even when it might be easier or more profitable to look the other way. Not every partner makes that choice, but we do and we will.” (News24.com, Aug. 5)This is the same U.S. government that overthrew the sovereign North African state of Libya last year and oversaw the assassination of Libya’s leader, Col. Moammar Gadhafi. As Clinton was touring Africa, U.S. drones were bombing areas in Somalia under the guise of fighting “terrorism.”China immediately responded to Clinton’s attacks: “Whether Clinton was ignorant of the facts on the ground or chose to disregard them, her implication that China has been extracting Africa’s wealth for itself it utterly wide of the truth. Her remarks betrayed an attempt to drive a wedge between China and Africa for the U.S.’s selfish gain.” (Xinhua, Aug. 2)Characterizing China’s relations with Africa, Xinhua noted, “China’s booming economic relations with Africa have stemmed both from their time-honored friendship and complementary needs of development. Its genuine respect of and support for African countries’ development paths are lauded and welcomed across the continent. The friendly and mutually beneficial interaction between China and Africa gives the lie to Clinton’s insinuation.” (Aug. 3)More militarism to ensure profitsThe more Washington can stifle growing partnerships and alliances between China and Africa the more domination U.S. imperialism will have over the economic and political direction of the continent. The U.S. Africa Command, known as AFRICOM, is designed to enhance the presence of the Pentagon and CIA in all regions of Africa.Clinton’s visits to Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria and Benin were in line with U.S. imperialism’s efforts to dominate the next phase of resource exploitation. New discoveries of oil and natural gas in West, East and Central Africa are estimated to be worth trillions of dollars in investments and trade.In South Sudan, Clinton urged the government to reach a deal with the Republic of Sudan to get oil flowing again. South Sudan is a close ally of Washington. The partition of oil-rich Sudan into two countries has provided an opening for the U.S. to reenter that country’s oil industry, which had been dominated by China.Throughout Central and East Africa, the U.S. has dispatched Special Forces units with the pretext that they are tracking down members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which was formed in northern Uganda over two decades ago. There are plans to train an additional 2,000 African Union troops to pursue Washington’s policies within the region.In Uganda and Kenya, Clinton stressed the need for African states to maintain a military presence in Somalia. There thousands of regional troops from Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti, which the U.S. finances and trains, are attempting to prevent the collapse of the Transitional Federal Government. Somalia and its breakaway regions are now producing oil, and the potential for deeper capital penetration is enormous.Although the U.S. has backed Somalia’s TFG regime, even engineering Kenyan and Ethiopian invasions of the country during 2011, the security situation remains precarious. Al-Shabaab resistance fighters are still hitting back at U.S.-supported regional troops and the puppet governmental forces based in Mogadishu, the capital.An Aug. 4 Associated Press report pointed out, “The U.S. has killed al-Shabaab militants in special forces raids, offered $33 million in bounties for the capture of its leaders and supported the interim government, which this week passed a draft constitution despite suicide bombers’ attempts to blow up the venue where they met to vote.”The AP report noted that the Brookings Institution drew the link between corporate interests and the Pentagon: “There is increasing commercial interest in East Africa from the U.S., which sees its national security interests tied to security energy supplies.”The report went on: “U.S. oil and gas companies are increasingly taking on acreage in East Africa. Houston-based Marathon Oil Corp. paid $35 million to Africa Oil Corp. for stakes in two Kenyan prospects last month, while Anadarko Petroleum Corp., also based in Houston, has made the decade’s biggest gas discovery off Mozambique and has rights to explore off Kenya’s coast.”In Malawi, Clinton praised new President Joyce Banda for her commitment to economic reforms that make Malawi attractive to investors. Banda recently declined to hold the 54-member African Union Summit in Malawi because an African leader the U.S. considers an enemy, President Omar Hassan al-Bashir of Sudan, was planning to attend.In South Africa, a business summit between corporate interests and U.S. capitalists took place in Sandton where governmental and business officials were seeking clarity on the continuing eligibility of Africa’s largest economy to participate in American Growth and Opportunity Act initiatives. AGOA proponents in the U.S. Congress are concerned about South Africa’s joining the BRICS states — Brazil, Russia, India and China — which have plans for economic relations outside Western dictates.Peter Draper, of the South African Institute of International Affairs, said of U.S.-South African business relations that “there have been rumblings over the years concerning whether South Africa should be part of AGOA. U.S. industrial and agricultural groups want certain products excluded, or South Africa totally out.” (BusinessDay [SA], Aug. 6)According to the same article, South African Ambassador to the U.S., Ebrahim Rasool, said that the “consequences for our companies and our country would be enormously unfavorable should the act and South Africa’s participation in it not be continued after 2015.” Rasool also said South Africa’s membership in BRICS was problematic and that “There is a feeling that South Africa, having joined BRICS, isin another league and does not qualify.”U.S. has limited options in AfricaIn light of the deepening economic crisis in the U.S. and the growing role of China in Africa, the Wall Street bosses and their government functionaries offer little in the way of new policy overtures for Africa outside militarism and disadvantageous business deals. Mass unemployment in countries such as South Africa illustrates the limitations of capitalist economic methods for even advanced postcolonial states.Military policy that places emphasis on the broader intervention of AFRICOM will only bring about more instability in Africa. The current situations in Libya, Mali, Sudan and Somalia are evidence of the futility of African states forming partnerships with the Pentagon, since inevitably the economic and humanitarian situations worsen.Africa must break with imperialism to place itself on a trajectory of genuine development and progress. Workers and farmers must be empowered to form governments based upon their own interests and not those of the imperialist states. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Bolsonaro win in Congress seen hindering impeachment drive

first_imgBRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — Lawmakers supported by President Jair Bolsonaro have been elected to head both houses of Brazil’s Congress in a major victory for the conservative leader’s effort to fend off a potential impeachment effort. In the most crucial decision Monday, Arthur Lira of the center-right Progressive party was chosen as speaker of the Chamber of Deputies with 302 votes against 145 for his main adversary. Any impeachment move would have to start in the lower house. Hours earlier,  senators elected Rodrigo Pacheco of the center-right Democrats party as the Senate president, giving him 57 out of 78 votes. Opponents of the president have been staging street demonstrations to demand his ouster over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has hit Brazil hard.last_img read more

Investment – Eire of optimism

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Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League season

first_img Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 22 Apr 2020 10:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4kShares Mikel Arteta could benefit from a new UEFA plan (Picture: Getty Images)UEFA have floated the possibility of handing out Champions League places for next season based on their coefficient scores if domestic seasons are cancelled, which would see Arsenal sneak back into Europe’s top competition.Contingency plans are being drawn up for if major leagues across Europe cannot be completed due to the coronavirus crisis.While there would be much argument over teams being awarded title and if sides should face relegation, there is also the issue of which teams qualify for Europe next season if this campaign is voided.UEFA held a video conference with all 55 national associations and one idea that was put forward was handing out European places based on the UEFA coefficient, regardless of current position in the domestic tables. AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThis would see Arsenal make it into next season’s Champions League, despite sitting ninth in the Premier League at the moment.The coefficient would also hand would also give Champions League places to Manchester City, Liverpool and Manchester United, with Leicester City and Chelsea missing out.If Man City’s two-year Champions League ban is upheld then it is Spurs, who are currently eighth in the Premier League, that would take their place, leaving Chelsea, Leicester and Wolves to contest the Europa League.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe team currently in seventh, Sheffield United, would not get a spot in Europe.The proposal remains just that at this stage, with Uefa President Aleksander Ceferin not thought to be in favour of it.UEFA are pushing for domestic leagues to be completed, being restarted by the end of June if at all possible.A statement from UEFA after their online meeting read: ‘There was a strong recommendation given to finish domestic top division and cup competitions.‘But some special cases will be heard once guidelines concerning participation to European competitions – in case of a cancelled league – have been developed.’MORE: Arsenal ‘flop’ Nicolas Pepe is being played out of position, says Stewart RobsonMORE: Chelsea eyeing shock deal for Arsenal star Pierre-Emerick AubameyangFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Arsenal handed Champions League hope by UEFA contingency plan for cancelled Premier League seasonlast_img read more

Fab four for Willie Mullins at Fairyhouse

first_img Press Association While his success at Cheltenham came in handicap company, he handled the step up to Grade One class at Punchestown and looks set to take high rank in the novice chase division. Racing over two miles, a trip some way short of his best, he barely put a foot wrong in justifying odds of 1-5 under Ruby Walsh. “He seems to excel in that ground but I’d imagine over a distance he’d go on good ground.” A treble for Mullins and a double for Walsh was brought up by Allblak Des Places in the Book Online At fairyhouse.ie 3-Y-O Maiden Hurdle. Placed twice in France, he now runs in the colours made famous by Hurricane Fly. Walsh was hard at work on the run to the last and a better leap by Aidan O’Brien’s Outspoken, a decent performer on the level, may well have seen a different result. Outspoken rallied after the last but went down by a length and three-quarters to the 1-3 favourite. Mullins said: “He was a bit fortuitous and I’d say his experience won it for him. “His jumping was a big help. “Christmas will come too soon but I’d like to get another run into him, and timing wise the race at Gowran on Thyestes day would suit.” Three soon became four for Mullins as the Gigginstown-owned, Cooper-ridden Gangster skipped effortlessly clear in the Grade Three Kerry Group Stayers Novice Hurdle. The 5-6 favourite had far too many gears for Last Encounter, who was comprehensively beaten by 10 lengths. Mullins said: “He loves that trip and ground. “He’s a horse with a lot of stamina. “He’ll continue to pursue those types of races, and hopefully he’s good enough to go for the Albert Bartlett. “He has the speed to win over two miles which a lot of three-mile horses don’t have.” Walsh said: “We knew he stays and it’s great to win over two miles. “It’s testing ground. Hopefully it’s onwards and upwards.” Mullins quickly brought up a double with Roi Des Francs (8-13 favourite) in the Promote Your Business At Fairyhouse In 2016 Beginners Chase. Owned by Gigginstown House Stud and ridden by Bryan Cooper, he was unextended in seeing off classy hurdler Sub Lieutenant in the same colours. Second only to Monksland on his chasing debut, he looks another novice destined for big things for Mullins as he coasted to a six-length win. “He stays and he jumps,” said Mullins. “He’ll be one of our good staying novices, and the race that first comes to mind is the four-miler at Cheltenham. “He could be a National horse down the road. Killultagh Vic, a winner at both the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals last season, made a seamless transition over fences in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Beginners Chase at Fairyhouse – the first leg of a sparking four-timer for Willie Mullins.last_img read more

Jack Eichel injury update: Buffalo Sabres captain held out with upper-body injury

first_imgBuffalo Sabres fans received some unwanted news ahead of Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Flyers: the team’s captain and leading scorer, Jack Eichel, will not play due to an upper-body injury, the team announced just prior to puck-drop.While the cause and extent of his injury are unknown, the Sabres were forced to go to battle without their most lethal weapon. Eichel was originally slotted in the starting lineup, but the late change drew Conor Sheary into the game instead. Conor Sheary will replace Jack Eichel in the lineup tonight. https://t.co/GhWTe0iE8x— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) December 20, 2019The Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington speculated on Twitter that Eichel had “been feeling lousy for several days. Particularly hoarse during his pregame presser Tuesday in Toronto. But #Sabres announced upper body is why he’s out. They would have said illness if it was the flu.”Following the 6-1 loss, The Athletic’s John Vogl reported that head coach Ralph Krueger was “very strange” when discussing Eichel’s injury.”It was something that evolved in warm-ups, so we‘ll just look at the situation and get back to you tomorrow on that. . . Let’s not speak about the specifics right now. We’ll fill you in once we’ve assessed the situation,” Kreuger said.Sporting News: All-Decade team | NHL Athlete of the decade Eichel’s 50 points (24 goals, 26 assists) lead the team by a wide 18-point margin. The Massachusetts native’s outstanding performance this season also places him fifth on the NHL leaderboard. He ranks second in the league in goals behind Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak (28).Unfortunately, the forward’s 17-game point streak will officially come to a close, per the league, as streaks are measured in consecutive team games played.Buffalo (16-13-7) has dropped its last two meetings and sits 11 points behind Boston for the division lead with 39.last_img read more