Russia has made a generous offer to Africa with its grain. Though that is a good start, it is only half the work.
Although Field Marshall Rommel’s Afrika Korps gained a reputation for fighting a “war without hate”, NATO’s Afrika Korps can claim no such garland as Niger shows they are the scum of the earth. If a Nazi comparison is needed, think Reinhard Heydrich, rather than Rommel or Kesselring.
Consider Emanuela Del Re, who is the European Union’s Special Representative (EUSR) for the Sahel. This tramp gloats that her Niger sanctions mean “there is not enough medicine, food, electricity” in Niger and that Niger must suffer more pain until they come to heel.
To put this reincarnated Madeleine Albright into perspective, Niger is the world’s second poorest country and is third last on the WHO’s HDI. Because it is currently a disaster with or without sanctions, Niger’s patriotic army officers have decided to go for broke, to strike for their people’s freedom or die in the attempt.
NATO’s Afrika Korps are having none of it and no sooner had the dust settled on this coup than France resurrected its ISIS bogeyman on Niger’s borders and Del Re, Albright 2.0, was boasting of all the Nigérienne babies her sanctions murdered.
Gold-rich Uganda, meanwhile, is under attack because this tropical paradise is a cold house for homosexuals and minor attracted people of European extraction. Because of this, the World Bank is denying further financing to Uganda, which was a black spot at the height of the AIDS plague. Unless Uganda allows its children to be sodomised, it seems the World Bank will refuse them their mafia loans, which has kept it on a leash since Britain granted it nominal independence in 1962.
Although my previous article predicted much of this, it did not go nearly far enough in finding the solution Uganda, Niger and all of Africa deserves. That solution can, in the first instance, only come with the help of Algeria, Russia, China, Iran and allied countries as part of their BRI initiative.
As things currently stand, Niger, Uganda and their fellow African countries are little more than basket cases. Here, for example, are Uganda’s exports, which include mate, the Argentinian drink the Pope loves and that the heroic Syrian Army subsist on. And here are Uganda’s imports. Niger’s relevant figures, modest though they are, may be found here.
Because those countries are not strong enough to withstand NATO’s whirlwind, Russia recently donated 50,000 tonnes of grain, about $22.4 millions’ worth, to African countries in need in an effort to take the sting out of NATO’s Afrika Korps’ offensive.
Whatever about Russia’s motives, Del Re leaves us in no doubt about the Afrika Korps’ motives. And nor does NATO’s Rand Corporation, which, incredibly, tells us that sanctions on African children are like carpet bombing, just another useful weapon in NATO’s arsenal of democracy, which can be unleashed against impoverished upstarts when needed.
No matter whether Algeria, Russia, China, Iran, Uganda and Niger like it or not, that is the nature of the amoral beast they are dealing with. The problem then is to mitigate sanctions’ effects and, if possible, turn them on their heads.
Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and Japanese financial history indicate all this is eminently achievable. If Uganda tells the Afrika Korps that they can keep their minor attracted persons and that Uganda will keep its gold, then Africa can trade with the BRIICS nations on that mutually respectful basis for which China, more or less, already has the patent.
Although the BRIICS, China in particular, have talked a lot about their proposed new currency, to ordinary Africans, all of that is hot air, mumbo jumbo pie in the sky. Because Africans’ basic needs are more urgent and immediate, if the BRIICS learn from Japan, then all sides stand to benefit.
The first step in this process would be for Russian aligned groups to fortify their bases in Mali and allied Coup Belt countries and to use them as trade distribution and trading bases much as how Japan used rice granaries to begin its long march to a functioning and credible central bank.
The idea here would be that Algeria, China, Russia and allied nations would distribute, say, $1 billion of aid over a number of years of standarised packages of a narrow range of basic goods across the Sahel. These goods would consist of grain and other basic foods, cooking oil, generic medicines, hygiene, baby products and so on.
This aid would be conditional on the Sahel countries giving serious consideration to developing mutually beneficial trade with the relevant BRIICS countries where, at some future agreed upon time, those goods being traded would be priced marked to market. Thus, assuming all went well, the residents of the Coup Belt could rest assured their basic needs were met. Given that, with the sole exception ofSomalia, Russia is a far more important source of wheat than Ukraine is for supplying wheat to Africa, there is the sound basis to change the prevailing paradigm and, with the appropriate armed security, to stop NATO’s African sanctions in their tracks.
If we assume we had a series of such centres in the Coup Belt countries, then trade would be built without recourse to any currency, the Yankee dollar, the West African CFA franc and the Central African CFA franc in particular. Goods would be flown into those countries and, in time, goods, marked to global prices, would, taking Japan’s traditional long term view of working with trusted partners, be flown out of them.
Though the advantage to the countries today’s Afrika Korps are ravishing is obvious, benefits would flow to Russia, China and their allies too. First off, by ridding the Sahel of NATO’s Afrika Korps, the BRIICS countries would enhance their credibility, which might not have much immediate market value in those impoverished countries but which would have immense tangible value on the global stage, when Argentina, Brazil and other middle income Latin American and Gulf State countries see the tangible benefits of forsaking the dollar and other symbols of bondage for trade in kind.
Though the Yankee dollar is going nowhere and will remain central to global trade for decades to come, large swathes of Africa and Latin America can go nowhere until the Yankee dollar and the other currencies linked to it get off their windpipes.
Russia has made a generous offer to Africa with its grain. Though that is a good start, it is only half the work. Russia must now not only up the ante but get its major Chinese and other partners to join it and show NATO’s Afrika Korps that the day of Africa’s liberation has finally arrived.