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Plunder Blog! Obama, Congo and Somalia

I would like to join the crowd that considers the possible victory of Senator Barack Obama as an historical event. When I see the hope of his family and people in Kenya, I am moved to tears. I doubt that a single man could change history, but perhaps in Africa his policy might be less immoral than that of his predecessors, Republicans and Democrats.A few thoughts on Africa on the news inspired by Calchi Novati.Somalia has been on the news twice in the global media in recent times: for “pirates” in Puntland and for the stoning of a poor girl in “Islamic courts” controlled Kisimayo. Single spectacular events are singled out of context while no news are given of a daily low intensity warfare with Ethiopian occupation troops supported by the U.S, in blatant violation of international law, committing all sort of atrocities to local exhausted people. The price is political control of the Horn and keeping open a dump for nuclear waste.Not far from the Horn, in the lake region, a “tutsi” leader Laurent Nkunda, is now in control of North Kivu threatening a final assault on the city of Goma. U.N troops, much stronger than Nkunda, are watching. French and British foreign ministers, Kouchner and Milbrand tell nonsense about the need of more UN troops. Western friendly Rwandan Tutsi leader Paul Kagame is on board. The excuse is protection of Tutsi in the area from Hutu violence. Once again, like in Sudan, the good guys against the bad guys. But in the lake region the price of disorder is not only Western strategic positioning. Here there are, as there have been through the history of this unfortunate area, major mineral resources to plunder. It is well worth inventing an ethnic clash. Indeed Tutsis do not look as African as Hutus. Like Barack who does not look “really” African-American.

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Another disturbing result of

Another disturbing result of the tutsis-hutus/minerals conflict in the lake region is that it has endangered the subsistence of one of the last colonies of wild gorilas, the one in Virunga National Park, many of which have been hunt down amidst the disorder. It is not just a conservationist issue (as if mantaining the gene pool wasn't important enough). It also limits the possibility for economic activity (as in ecoturism) in the future, which could limit the dependence on selling resources.