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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Another Election Façade in the DR Congo



The above image is from the cover of a new book, Dancing in the Glory of Monsters: The Collapse of the Congo and the Great War of Africa, by Jason Stearns. The book was published in March 2011. The book can also be ordered here, from Kalahari.com

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), formerly Zaire, is widely considered to be the richest country in the world regarding natural resources. Its untapped deposits of raw minerals are estimated to be worth in excess of US$ 24 trillion. This is more than the combined GDP of Europe and America!

Various reliable reports, including this online report, have revealed overwhelming evidence that the current Kabila regime was “made in the USA” (or the Illuminati-pack ruling the USA) just as was the Mobutu regime it overthrew.

In other words, one neo-colonial puppet ruler was replaced by another, by what may appear to be ‘Western’ powers. In reality most African leaders governing African states, especially potentially wealthy ones, have been groomed and planted by the global elite (aka Illuminati) who control all sides, both East and West. It stands to reason that due to the substantial amount of effort it must have taken to get someone in a position of power (especially in a volatile but wealthy region such as the DRC) , it would be most advantageous to keep them in their ‘posts’ for as long as possible. ‘Governing’ a wealthy country under a fog of war also has its benefits, for some!


Kabila in 2002, with Thabo Mbeki of South Africa, George W. Bush, and Paul Kagame of Rwanda, right, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City.
Joseph Kabila took office ten days after assassinating his mentor and adopting father, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila. He was elected as President in 2006 (at the young age of 36 - can you believe it?) and is standing for another term in the 2011 election. In his early years Kabila became the commander of the infamous army of "kadogos" (child soldiers) and played a key role in major battles on the road to Kinshasa. He eventually received further military training at the PLA National Defense University, in Beijing, China – Source.

The current presidential and parliamentary elections, held in the country on 28 and 29 November 2011, was marred from the start by massive technical shortcomings, from the late delivery of ballots to the chaotic tabulation centers where ballots were being dumped by the millions. There were not enough computers for poll workers to enter the data. Frequent power cuts plunged counting centers into darkness. The election commission failed to meet its Tuesday deadline for releasing results. They announced a 48-hour extension, which eventually turned into a 72-hour one.

When reading about all these ‘difficulties’ the first point that comes to mind is that - This Is Africa (TIA), and that this type of chaos is the norm in Africa. BUT, lately I’ve been pondering whether, or not, all these shortcomings were designed to perhaps deliberately create chaos. It surely explains why, in Africa, baboons in suits are kept in power.

The opposition in the DR Congo had repeatedly announced that it would reject the election outcome, raising fears that the country will once again be plunged back into war. Kabila, 40, controls the security forces but Tshisekedi, 78, commands fierce support on the streets of Kinshasa.

Reuters reported on late Friday (9 Dec 2011) that the main challenger in the DR Congo's election had already declared himself President and had poured scorn on provisional official results handing victory to incumbent Joseph Kabila… In other words, chaos is imminent!


Although international observers said the vote was flawed, they have stopped short of calling it fraudulent...
as they always do. Most say the irregularities were not widespread enough to have caused a change in outcome. However, the perception among opposition supporters (long before the millions of votes were completely counted) is that Tshisekedi won, setting the stage for a confrontation. – Source

Criticism has also been raised about the neglect of international organizations, namely the United Nations and the European Union in their support for the elections in the DR Congo (source here). This fact confirms my beliefs regarding a ‘planned chaos’.

On Wednesday when the delayed election results started raising fears of a return to war, tension was already mounting in Kinshasa, a sprawling city of 10 million. Several online sources reported that refugees were fleeing in their 1000’s. 
Incidentally, new destination countries for many Congolese includes South Africa and various points en route to Europe.

Anti-Kabila protests by Congolese expatriates also turned violent in Brussels, London, Paris, Johannesburg and Pretoria. I find it quite odd that the local SA media have been relatively silent on this issue.

Earlier in the week the Guardian reported that banks were closing, hotels were emptying and that people with suitcases were clambering aboard boats. Lorries carrying riot police patrolled the streets while the government blocked text message communications. Some 3,000 people fled Kinshasa at the weekend. Hotels in Brazzaville, the capital of the neighbouring Congo-Brazzaville, were fully booked. Boats continued to cross the Congo river on Monday, carrying fleeing residents with suitcases. A security official at the port, who asked not to be named, told AP that many of those crossing were politicians, including members of parliament and ministers who were taking their wives and children to safety.
Read the Guardian’s full report here, dated Tuesday 6 December 2011

Shall we briefly explore how matters in the DR Congo got so terribly ‘chaotic’, and why stability has been so elusive?

At the time of its independence in 1960, the DRC was the second most industrialized country in Africa after South Africa. It boasted a thriving mining sector and its agriculture sector was relatively productive. It has been widely reported that the recent conflicts, known as the First and Second Congo Wars, dramatically reduced national output and government revenue, and increased the country’s external debt. It has also been widely reported that various militias, particularly in east Congo, have raped and looted the region with impunity.

Although it is true that much of the conflict in the DRC was focused on gaining control of the country’s substantial natural resources, it is my personal opinion that the Congolese militias only plundered the dust off the tip of the iceberg, and that the real BIG plunderers will eternally remain undisclosed.

The DR Congo wars resulted in approximately 5.4 million deaths since 1998, making it the world’s deadliest documented conflict since World War II. -
Source: Special Report Congo

The incessant greed for Congo's vast mineral wealth has made the situation worse. Even the UN mission in Congo, Monusco, which has 19,000 peacekeepers costing $1.4bn (£8.7m) a year, is implicated in illegal practices involving minerals. –
Source

The Congo is the world's largest producer of cobalt ore, and a major producer of copper, tin, and industrial diamonds, the latter coming from the Kasai province in the West. The Congo has 70 percent of the world’s coltan, and more than 30 percent of the world’s diamond reserves. The coltan is a major source of tantalum (substitute for platinum), which is used in electronic equipment such as mobile phones, DVD players, video game systems and computers.
See also: Congo War and the Role of Coltan, by Natalie D. Ware

Incidentally, long ago - when the country was still known as the Belgian Congo, it was also rich in uranium deposits (and probably still is). It supplied the uranium that was used by the United States to build the atomic weapons - used in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945.

In our modern day-and-age there have been a number of reasons cited for the discrepancy between the vast mineral wealth of the province and the failure of the wealth to increase the overall standard of living. Much has already been published regarding the role of multinational companies and foreign actors in the pillage of natural resources.

Bad governance practices has often been cited as one of the reasons, but never-ever will you see or hear the names of the real role-players and true owners of the so-called
multinational companies, who have for centuries manipulated and controlled the political and economic character of the DRC, starting from the time when the US government (through the covert transactions of the CIA) assassinated the Congolese independence leader and first legally elected Prime Minister of the DRC, Patrice Lumumba, in 1961. He was executed by firing squad, in a matter of a few weeks after the country gained independence from Belgium.

Since then there have been various other underhanded dealings and atrocities of all sorts, which unfortunately cannot be covered in a single blog-posting. Lately, it would appear that the machinery of various ‘legally authorized’ institutions, among others, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which is related to the World Bank – both created in 1944, and owned largely by the super-elite Rothschild and Rockefeller families, have become the major role-players in the drama.

One should never lose sight of the fact the theoreticians who drafted the World banking-plan were prominent Fabian Socialists from England, like John Maynard Keynes, and the Assistant Secretary of the U.S.Treasury, Harry Dexter White. White, who became the first Executive Director for the US at the IMF, was also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He was later discovered to be part of the Soviet espionage ring in Washington… Yep, as stated countless times before on the pages of this blog -- the ‘super-elite’ rule all sides, both left and right! Although they sit in high places, mainly in the USA and Britain, their blood-brothers are from the East, hence the reason why almost every techno-gadget found in the majority of ‘western’ homes are “made in China”.

One of the strongest criticisms of the World Bank has been the way in which it is governed. While the World Bank represents 186 countries, it is run by a small number of economically powerful countries (i.e. - elite people, who are all closely connected). These countries (or families – collectively called “The Illuminati”, according to several modern-day independent researchers and authors) choose the leadership and senior management of the World Bank. It thus makes perfect sense that their own personal interests will always dominate the bank.
Source: Woods, Ngaire. The Globalizers: The IMF, the World Bank, and Their Borrowers. Ithica and London: Cornell University Press, 2006, pp.190
See also:

In July 2010, an IMF press release announced that the IMF and the World Bank's International Development Association (IDA) have decided to provide support of US$12.3 billion in debt relief to the DR Congo. This money was granted on the ‘supposed justification’ that significant progress had been made by DRC authorities over the past several years in strengthening macroeconomic policy management and performance following a devastating decade-long conflict that destroyed the country’s economic and social infrastructure.

Yet, despite this enormous amount of money, malnutrition still affects approximately two thirds of the country's poverty stricken population. Young girls (kids) and women are still working in the mines in conditions of slavery, where they earn less than a dollar a day. –
Source


There is no doubt in my mind that the disputed elections in the DR Congo is going to create further chaos, and that all sorts of ‘business deals’ will take place under a fog of war, or at the very least - under a fog of impending chaos, which in turn will be blamed for the main reason why journalists worldwide will not be able to accurately and reliably report on what is really going on. 

We can however rest assured that ample smoke-and-mirror ‘news’ will be provided as usual, in sufficient quantities of ‘good news’ so as not to dampen the Christmas spirit.

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Several sources were researched while compiling this posting. Some of the online sources are as follows:


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Please take note that the “Congo” spoken of in some of these postings is the Republic of the Congo (sometimes known locally as Congo-Brazzaville). It should not be confused with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).


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