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    At this point, it is important to understand that Congo became, and remains to this day, an intersection of three competing resource extraction networks that were instantiated and entrenched during the years of conflict in the post-Mobutu era.  Described in stunning detail by several reports from the UN Security Council Panel of Experts who studied the Illegal Exploitation of Natural Resources and Other Forms of Wealth of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, these three networks are controlled by three proximate powers in frictional conjunction in the mining zones of eastern Congo: Uganda, Rwanda and the Congolese government.  Each governing entity provides armed forces -- often supplemented with and trained by private western military contractors -- which have installed themselves in various regions adjacent to their own countries, and have maintained a baseline equilibrium since the end of the Second Congo War.  As is well known, these various armies, militias and other militant factions are almost all backed by the United States and various European governments.  Rwanda and Uganda are both ardently supported by US interests.  Indeed, Rwandan president Paul Kagame is essentially a US military asset planted in central Africa, having been trained at US military command school in Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas up until the Uganda-backed invasion of Rwanda by the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) in 1990.  The invasion led to the installation of Kagame as president.  He remains firmly entrenched in Kigali, with enthusiastic US support.

    Read the entire article here at Imperial Clash on the Congo Resource Front

    "Imagine better than the best you know." Neville Goddard.

    by boatsie on Thu Jul 02, 2009 at 10:07:04 PM PDT

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