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What was the real purpose of Barack Obama’s $100m visit to Africa? | Stop The War Coalition

There is little room for optimism that Obama will transform America’s militaristic Africa agenda into one that promotes peace and development in accordance with what Africans want.

Today the so-called War on Terror has emerged as the new paradigm for Washington’s policy toward Africa. Framed as ungoverned territory ripe for Islamic extremism, wide swaths of the African continent are now on the Pentagon’s radar.

The Pentagon has been trying unsuccessfully to gain a foothold on the continent for its Africa Command (AFRICOM), but no country wants to host it.

Still based in Stuttgart, Germany, AFRICOM is billed as part of Washington’s “efforts to bring peace and security to the people of Africa and promote our common goals of development, health, education, democracy, and economic growth in Africa.” Its real purpose, however, is to secure the interests of America’s biggest companies and expand the reach of the Pentagon.

Take AFRICOM’s leading role in NATO’s intervention in Libya, which opened up the country’s vast oil reserves for ExxonMobil and other oil giants, unencumbered by Moammar Gadhafi’s restrictive policies.

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