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Sudan's widespread violence threatens oil industry

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December 24th 2013, the United Nations Security Council voted to increase peacekeeping forces in South Sudan, whose independence from the North US-NATO powers has only been celebrated recently. Democratic elections in South Sudan didn’t, however, lead to peace. Two ethnic groups, Dinka and Nuer, were responsible for slaughtering one another.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stated, “We have reports of horrific attacks. Innocent civilians are being targeted because of their ethnicity. This is a grave violation of human rights, which could fuel a spiral of civil unrest across the country.” South Sudan contains vast oil reserves, borders Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and could be a major threat to these surrounding areas due to the horrid acts of violence.

Spread of the crisis would further destabilize a significant part of Africa. Western-style democratic elections, the panacea touted by Western agencies such as the National Endowment for Democracy, and related Western NGOs, have not only failed to provide peace but has diminished enhanced standards of living for many countries where they have been implemented (or imposed, militarily by US-NATO intervention, such as in Iraq, Libya, and Afghanistan), but are instead beginning to appear to being the precursor of ethnic and social violence and disintegration in many notable instances in Africa, amongst other continents.

September 20, 2013, at the opulent Westgate mall in Nairobi, Kenya was the point place where a deadly terrorist attack which was responsible for slaughtering more than 40 people, including several Europeans. The Al Qaeda affiliated Shabab, the Islamic Jihadist group based in Somalia took responsibility for the attack, ostensibly in reprisal for Kenya’s participation in the African Union’s mission to combat Shabab’s domination of large areas of Somalia.

Less than two months later, in Security Council action, on November 15, the Security Council failed to support a resolution submitted by the African Union, in accordance with Article 16 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, to defer, for 12 months, prosecution of Kenyan President Kenyatta and Deputy-President William Ruto. The deferral would enable President Kenyatta to concentrate his efforts on combating the terrorism that is destabilizing Kenya, and the terrorism by the Jihadist group whose imposition of the barbaric Sharia law includes the burial of young girls up to their necks in sand, and then stoning these innocent children to death.

The African Union pleaded for this deferral to prevent the serious distraction of the Kenyan President’s attention from his efforts to combat this recent upsurge of terrorism in Kenya. The Security Council failed to adopt this resolution, thereby abdicating its primary responsibility to protect peace and security. The Security Council’s failure to adopt this African Union resolution could also be perceived as a “double message” in the effort to eliminate terrorism.

The democratic elections have clearly failed to enhance the quality of life and standard of living in numerous African countries and elsewhere in other continents. Kenya, once a picture of great stability, economic and social advancement became a country in which democratic elections in December 2007 unleashed horrendous inter-ethnic slaughter and violent destabilization in a once peaceful country.

An anonymous source accredited that the United Nations observed a pattern emerging in African countries where western NGOs with links to U.S. intelligence were based and operating when the ethnic violence suddenly erupted, and this phenomenon was occurring in even the most stable countries. One of these western NGOs was based and operating in Kenya since 2003, a full four years before the sudden eruption of inter-ethnic warfare and violent destabilization that followed the December 2007 democratic elections.

This indirect influence on dependent foreign elites could be the hidden trigger provoking and inciting the violent ethnic and political conflict that appears to be rapidly spreading, undermining previously functioning economies, national structures, and institutions.

What could be a possible reason for the violent attacks? A substantial part of China’s oil supply comes from Africa. Chinese contracts with African nations are more equitable than those of US-NATO countries, and therefore have preferential status in many African countries. With China contributing to the construction of infrastructure, and offering considerably higher payment for oil extracted it’s very much in China’s interest that the internal stability prevail in these African countries, in order to perpetuate this arrangement. Brutal violence, spreading terrorism, and civil conflict just may ultimately serve the purpose of driving China out of Africa.

There are conspiracy theories that point to large-scale geopolitical engineering that are responsible for disrupting and depriving China of its oil supply in Africa, and for all of the turmoil in Africa that has been endured.