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Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Obama’s Africa Leaders’ Summit: A Corporate and Military Love Fest

Wayne Madsen

President Barack Obama’s much-heralded “Africa Leaders’ Summit,” held in Washington, DC amid an epidemic of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, was a grandiose photo opportunity for African leaders and corporate tycoons eager to further the exploitation of the African continent. Although Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma canceled their trips to Washington in order to deal with the Ebola epidemic ravaging their nations, other African leaders were happy to rub shoulders with American billionaire businessmen and senior officers of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)

AFRICOM has become the corporate centurions for U.S. oil and mining companies and other natural resource exploiters to ensure that Africa’s vast reserves of oil, diamonds, platinum, gold, uranium, and columbite-tantalite (col-tan) remain in Western, particularly American and Israeli, hands.

American plans to dominate Africa’s oil and precious metals markets is the reason why Hunter Biden, the son of Vice President Joe Biden, was present at the White House state dinner for the African leaders. The younger Biden is a member of the board of Ukrainian-Israeli business mogul’s Burisma Holdings, Ltd., which is not only involved in oil drilling and natural gas “fracking” in Ukraine but has its sights set on lucrative natural gas and oil fields in Africa. It also helps that another Burisma board member, Devon Archer, is a close personal friend and Yale roommate of Christopher Heinz, the stepson of Secretary of State John Kerry.

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