The Secret Battle for Africa

08/12/201833 Comments

In October 2017 United States African Command confirmed that three Green Berets had been killed and two more had been wounded when their patrol was ambushed in Niger. Reaction to this news from the non-Corbett Report audience was: "What? There's a United States African Command?" followed swiftly by "What are Green Berets doing conducting patrols in Niger, anyway?"

First things first: As my long-time viewers will be aware, there is indeed a United States African Command (AFRICOM). It was established in 2007 and has been the spearhead of Uncle Sam's attempts to gain a military foothold on the African continent. My viewers will likewise be aware that the whole Kony 2012 psyop was similarly used as a cynical ploy to increase American military intervention in Africa.

But the extent of US Special Forces penetration in Africa (also reported on in these pages in recent years) is a reality that is still only gradually being revealed to the public. A recent congressional review of the incident in Niger has again cast a spotlight on the use of Special Forces around the world, with the Pentagon now floating the possibility that they will cut back on commandos in Africa to concentrate on the "real" enemies: Russia and China.

So what's the real story here, and what does it mean for the great (engineered) game of cat and mouse between Uncle Sam and Uncle Xi? Find out in this week's edition of  The Corbett Report Subscriber. Not a member yet? For full access to the subscriber newsletter, and to support this website, please become a member.

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  1. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I am continually amazed at Corbett’s vast grasp on geo-politics.
    The breadth of this article, The Secret Battle for Africa, is truly impressive. Some fascinating links.

    I think I will keep the following Corbett quote in mind, because it sure may be on the horizon.

    James Corbett says:
    “And, sadly, this is also why Africa is a prime target for yet another war lie, designed to get the American public on board with a more overt form of American military presence on the continent.”

  2. HomeRemedySupply says:

    I apologize because the following is off-topic. However, I wanted to communicate this on a “CorbettReport Member Only” thread.
    I want to give an example of how to segue promotion of the Corbett Report.

    As many folks here know, I help with the anti-fluoridation campaign. Today, I sent out an email to group members who are concerned about the safety of Dallas water. The folks in this group are mostly just regular folks who may not be aware of what Corbett members are of aware of. Members are from a full spectrum of interests and beliefs.
    Below is the group email…

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      EMAIL SUBJECT: “Weedkiller in Dallas tap water – Monsanto lawsuit landmark win!”

      As we all know, Monsanto’s weedkiller is present in our Dallas tap water, because of the run-off from pesticides into the streams and lakes.

      Many of you probably have heard this week’s news about the Monsanto landmark lawsuit which could pave the way for more lawsuits.

      Monsanto ordered to pay $289m damages in Roundup cancer trial
      Associated Press Article

      Monsanto Press conference (with Robert Kennedy, Jr)( Kennedy has a disorder in which the muscles that generate a person’s voice go into periods of spasm.)
      Robert Kennedy Jr Twitter
      (note the photo of he and his Dad)
      Kennedy and Vaccines

      (Tidbit sidenote: Robert Kennedy, Jr – His father (JFK’s brother) was reportedly assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan in 1968, the same year that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Attorney William F Pepper is the lawyer helping to defend Sirhan Sirhan and is also the lawyer who helped to defend the man accused of killing Martin Luther King, Jr. On the King Family website are the Federal Civil Court transcripts of the 1999 trial which proved that the government conspired to kill Martin Luther King. William F. Pepper about the trial –
      Of important note…
      It is hardly surprising that the first thing Bayer did after completing their takeover of Monsanto earlier this June was to announce that they were dropping the Monsanto name, merging the two companies’ agrichemical divisions under the Bayer Crop Science name.
      Bayer + Monsanto = A Match Made in Hell
      (23 minute video with transcript and sourced documents in description)

  3. pearl says:

    Years ago, my young kids and I would frequently visit and observe a large, old harvester ant colony in a field nearby. The grounds of this colony was well-worn and smooth, cleared of vegetation. The ants would trek great distances to lug and wrestle various seeds back to their storehouses. Then colonies of the much smaller, imported fire ant set up camp near-by, and the invasion began. Their numbers dwindled, their struggle, like blood in water, attracted other predators, such as these larger winged bugs that would stakeout on tall blades of grass, then swoop in to kill these struggling ants. Now, the colony is long gone. Their grounds still visible, but desolate. Harvester ants are no more in many places thanks to the aggressive, non-native fire ant. As it pertains to this article (not to mention the government’s long line of historical atrocities of conquest and domination), the U.S. and China remind me of those invaders.

    In the cited article about the abduction of the aged, retired Chinese professor during a live broadcast, I found the following quote…interesting:

    “‘Every time you hear overblown rhetoric about how we are on the verge of ‘tyranny’ or ‘authoritarianism’ in America remember what real tyranny and authoritarianism looks like,’ said US Senator Marco Rubio of the incident on Twitter.”

    On a cheerful note, I’m a big fan of “Bad Lip Reading”. Just a couple weekends ago, my family and I were in tears re-watching their ridiculous Trump/Hillary Debate. Done right, stupid tickles me so!

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      I, too, enjoy some of those old “Bad Lip Reading” videos. Some make me roll on the floor.

      I miss the harvester ants. They were what ants should be like. They are relatively large compared to Fire Ants. Like you said, their ant beds were easy to spot because of the clearing.

      As a kid in the late 50’s, I would dig a shallow 6″ X 6″ X 4″ deep hole not far from a harvester ant bed. Then I would place a small piece of cardboard or wood over the dug-out leaving an entrance to the hole. Put some dirt on the top to keep the cardboard in place.

      After a few days of hot Texas sun, I’d go check on my dug-out. Sure enough, often I would find a horny toad trying to get relief from the sun. I would play with the horned lizard for awhile, then let him go. They would get very calm when their belly was rubbed. Occasionally, a toad would get pretty mad and blood would ‘shoot’ out its eyes. They would try to bring their neck back with the horns to release my hold.

      In the 50’s, sometimes Universities would offer 5 cents bounty on the horned toad for their biology dissection labs.
      Horned Lizards (Official State Reptile), once prolific, are now a threatened species. Now-a-days, I would need a “special permit” in order to handle one.
      The horny toad eats those larger ants like the Harvester, not the psycho Fire Ants. The Fire Ants took over. They are psycho-vicious.

      I hate the Fire Ants, often getting stung. Continually, I wrestle with them in my yard.

      • pearl says:

        On the high hills of Junction (near Kerrville) we saw more than one Harvester colony. So, they’re still around in the more remote areas.

        Loved reading of your lizard trap! How I missed out; born and raised in West Texas but never did see a horned lizard. Now I’m in between Austin and San Antonio, where we have lots of these rough, spikey tree lizards, similar in size to the former, but the color of lichen. I’ll bet they go after the carpenter ants, whose numbers are doing just fine. 🙂

        • HomeRemedySupply says:

          I love that part of Texas.
          My son’s wife’s family is from Mason. They still have in the family the original 640 acres awarded during Stephen Austin’s German immigration.

          I could tell stories…like in the 80’s when I went to Mason with my metal detector and the Confederate Fort which once, both Lee and Grant were stationed.

          As a kid, I used to call those ‘spikey’ lizards “mountain boomers”.

          • pearl says:

            I could tell stories…

            It’s been noted by many here the enjoyment your anecdotes bring, so I hope you’ll keep ’em coming.

            • Mishelle says:

              Love seeing your promotion of Corbett and common sense, HRS, very inspiring. I still share him often on my blog and even stepped out of my comfort zone last week to share anti-geoengineering flyers at the Town Hall meeting where our Congressman Jeb Hensarling ignored my raised hand the entire time. 🙂

              Had to chime in on the ants even though it’s way off topic! We still have leaf-cutters around here and they are only slightly more popular than the fire ants with most folks. One small colony striped my lilies and roses in 3 days flat. The pine farmers poison them b/c they say they can take out a new planting so fast there’s no hope of recovery. But, I’d take them any day over the absolute invasion of the fire ants which you’d need to wear full body armor in the garden to avoid! Brutal bites!

              • pearl says:

                Fascinating! I’ve never seen those! That happens to my butterfly host plants: the caterpillars devour them to nothing where I’m sure the plant’s doomed, but then new leaves return, and the cycle repeats. I hope your lilies and roses bounce back as well.

              • HomeRemedySupply says:

                Mishelle, I bet the humidity in East Texas has been tough this summer with the hot days.

                I wonder if cornmeal interrupts the fungi of the leaf-cutters. Sometimes it helps to deter fire ants, because of its fungal aspects. Some people get rid of toe-nail fungus with it.

              • HomeRemedySupply says:

                Howard Garrett, The Dirt Doctor, talks about cornmeal on his organic gardening website.
                He helped with the Dallas anti-fluoride campaign and spoke to the Dallas City Council (on YouTube).

  4. FlyingAxblade says:

    so then the stealing of “whites” lands is being propagated by Chinese money?

    • Duck says:

      That I doubt… the communists in S.Africa are happy to exploit the fact that the economy is disintegrating down there to basicly rob the white farmers for personal/family/tribal/party/factional gain. The whites are just another tribe there, and like all rich minority tribes in africa are targets for dislike and envy. I doubt that he Chinese would bother themselves with encouraging a land grab when they have nothing to gain from it (that I can see anyway)
      The Chinese would prob be just as happy to deal with a bunch of racist whites as with a bunch of racist blacks- maybe more so since the Chinese folks I know are kinda racist against darker skin and prefer whites over blacks in personal dealings.
      The chinese would also prob prefer to deal with a more stable nation rather then one where things could get ugly and disrupt trade and mess up investments they might have put money into.
      Thats my opinion, but I guess there may be more going on that I dont know about

  5. Ukdavec says:

    Link to another facet of ‘soft’ Chinese diplomacy, albeit in the pacific

    Only a matter of time before this type of event is seen in Africa I would guess.

    • manbearpig says:

      “…The ship, he said was designed to provide medical services and emergencies…”

      Designed to provide emergencies!?

      Then again, that’s what trojan horse naval “peace” ships do best, I suppose…


      • Ukdavec says:

        The content editorial level of the Fijian media is clearly at the same level as that of the western world.

        • Duck says:

          I suspect that local papers may have their articles written by the same people…. I read a couple of years back that some papers hired 3rd world folks to do some local stories based on Internet available data.
          It would explain why my local papers quality dropped down the pan… I know one guy who works for them and he now works from home and had to apply for his job vs some guy from out of state.

  6. mkey says:

    “minivanjack” on the UBI video closes with “… it will tear our society to shreds”. I’d add, that’s exactly what it’s supposed to happen.

    • mik says:

      I have no doubt about conclusion.
      Don’t like to quote dark web intellectuals, but this one is great:
      “Man is a beast of burden.”

      Interesting, what happens to animals without burden.
      The Mouse Utopia Experiments

      I don’t think demise of society will start with inflation caused by UBI. This is pre-QE economic thinking. We have been taught inflation is imminent when printing presses are working overtime. Well, QE proved differently.
      Now we have explanation why. Excess money was used by the richest, it was monetarily sterilized.

      Today economy is very monopolized. By the time UBI could be reality it will be even more (trends go that way).
      With monopolized economy markets can be controlled. Particularly in the absence of cash. It’s just a matter of “deal” on the highest levels.
      UBI would be used mostly for food and “generic drugs”, so these prices have to be under control. Any increase in demand here is just great, for them.

      • HomeRemedySupply says:

        The Cslhoun rat/mouse experiments…interesting video.
        I often wonder whether some researchers, such as Calhoun, try to ‘curve’ the results towards a preconceived notion. Al Gore did it. Regardless, it was fascinating.

        Those Norway rats can get pretty dog-gone big. 12″-18″ inch bodies with a 4″-6″ tail.

        Last week, I killed two rats which were hanging out in my garden.
        Just to see if it works…I recently ordered the “Walk The Plank Mouse Trap” which Shawn Woods features on his YouTube Channel. The guy is an expert on mouse traps and rat traps.

        • mik says:

          As I remember Calhoun designed enclosure with some barriers to reduce free movement that resulted in increased territorial fights. Somehow he decreased utopia.
          I think Calhoun overemphasized importance of density of population.

          I haven’t read everything, but I saw no mention that utopia itself might be part of problem.

          But, man, Al Gore politician scumbag…he is definitely in different class…trash.

  7. nrob says:

    This jogs our memories back to the 80’s when it was slowly revealed that there were Cuban and Soviet troops guarding Angolian oil fields.

  8. NES says:

    Yes, absolutely correct on all counts. Those who have been following this trend since China went into Africa buying up favors and resources already know the score. The US looks like an idiot in its waning influence at gun point. Even so, Kaddafi’s statement about China was like a child’s whether the US appeared behind the curve, then or now. Nevertheless, the worldwide key controllers have not been sitting idly for decades as James has pointed out before. They’ve been dealing both sides.

    Point in case—I was watching YanCanCook two weeks ago. He was in China lauding its virtues, most especially Tianfu. He stated unequivocally that Tianfu is the model city for China–if you remember that story of clearing out anyone in their path to build it–and he went on to state it’s not just the model city for China but, “for the rest of the world”. Rather chilling statement and perhaps foreshadowing?

    He walks about the place showing how beautifully ultra-futuristic. Yes, the city is perfectly designed with a kind of creepy controlled aspect. In the very middle of his “model city for the rest of the world” there was prominently displayed on a huge landscaped site none other than Texas Instruments, a home-grown American company. He goes into the premier building that occupied the city center and which looks like a landed space craft to show how the general public just loves it. There are exhibits, eateries, etc. He strolls down the wide corridors beside looming glass walls and passes an exhibit while speaking into the camera. The sign reads–“APPROVED EXHIBIT” with some government jargon. Yes, ‘approved’. Talk about marketing China’s restriction of expression to the West. The Chinese lack of rights was clearly printed on the wall. Nevertheless, I could easily see that the American sleeping public would find this display palatable.

    Although I’d not seen this video in NM before now it had been created, as best I could determine, around 2004-05 among a series about China. However, when I went to find the video it was nowhere to be found. I could find information on the series and the video but not the video I saw presented on the local TV station. That was interesting, too.

    • manbearpig says:

      Interesting indeed. The new ‘approved’ restricted future of humanity…Alexa, remind me to opt out…

      Great comment!

  9. nicolai says:

    I was in Uganda back in 2010 in the rural areas surrounding Kampala and at that time there a small amount of Chinese activity. I was just back there in 2017 and the increased impact of Chinese influence is incredible. There is a huge push in construction and infrastructure. Even outside highly populated areas, there are huge road projects to connect all these outlying areas.
    Huge “embassy” buildings (looking more like huge compounds) are popping up, as well Chinese factories producing goods all with armed guards and razor wire.
    The people in the surrounding areas are beginning to become a bit vary of the influx of Chinese influence. They are worried that the government will begin selling a lot of usable land out from under some of the struggling communities. In the 70s and 80s It was Indian companies moving in and building factories and starting businesses, but this feels different.
    The only advantage in having the Chinese influx is that there is much better Chinese food to be found in Kampala.
    I’ll be heading back in January. I’ll try and get some “boots on the ground” information.

    • manbearpig says:

      Very interesting perspective, thanks a lot!

      (Sent from my chinese phone covered with French beach sand…)

    • HomeRemedySupply says:

      Thanks so much for the personal anecdote.
      They add “realism”, and a factor of credibility, to the news reports.

      I love anecdotes from Corbett members. It increases understanding and adds a “personal touch”, which in itself makes great relationships online in the community.

    • pearl says:

      Yes, very interesting. And interesting to gauge their progress in January, which I look forward to reading.

      (Sent from the ghastly hot and humid climate of Central Texas, where I’m longing for some of that French beach sand…)

      • manbearpig says:

        I’m afraid it’s hard to overstate the virtues of French beach sand…sigh…

        (sent from my rickety old computer stationed in a grey, rainy and polluted urban setting…)

    • NES says:

      Yes, quiet interesting. I’d really like to know how much of the new developments you see are benefiting the locals, if any. The US will spend a billion on invasion and strategic takeover of a country but balks at the idea of putting anything into the local communities to help the populace. Like to know if China is doing anything differently which would ingratiate them further.

      • nicolai says:

        The projects with the most impact and so the most conversation locally are the road and bridge projects.
        Some of these communities have had the worst dirt roads for as long as can been remembered.
        My first thought is: improve the road and bridge, move the goods. But also, there is immediate benefit for the entire community. That’s why I think the Chinese is are focusing on this kind of infrastructure. Immediate good will, prepping for the long game. It’s a smart strategy.

  10. Sonex says:

    Our church used to support a missionary in Niger. A couple years ago, he and his wife finally called it quits and have since moved on. When he told our congregation about Niger, he mentioned how he saw first hand how the Chinese were buying up access to all the natural resources there. Yes, it’s happening.

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