Organizing Notes

Bruce Gagnon is coordinator of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space. He offers his own reflections on organizing and the state of America's declining empire....

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I'll be taking an 'unpaid leave of absence' from my job at the Global Network from December 15-March 15, 2020 in order to help my friend Lisa Savage on her campaign for the US Senate in Maine. She's running as a Maine Green Independent Party member and needs to gather 2,000 petition signatures of registered Greens during that period. I'll be back to GN after March 15.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

CONTROLLING AFRICA FOR RESOURCE EXTRACTION


One of the major sticking points in the upcoming referendum on south Sudan's secession from the north is the future of Abeyi, an oil-rich border region which both sides want to control.

Solving the dispute temporarily, a deal has been made to postpone the decision over who controls the nation's oil wealth.

We don't hear enough about how control of resources, like oil, is behind much of the conflict in Africa.

Maine is a major resettlement state for African war refugees and I will never forget listening to one man during a panel discussion a couple years ago say that the weapons that are used to kill so many innocent people on the African continent are not made there. They are supplied by the major powers who have created instability in the region in order to take control of the abundant resources on the African continent.

The Pentagon's creation of the Africa Command (AfriCom) is but one key example of how the U.S. is moving to expand its military control over the continent so that the corporations can control the extraction of resources.

The people? They are just in the way of making big money.

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