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The authors of the study “Gorilla Conservation & Guerilla Warfare”, while reviewing millions upon millions of missing USAID funds, pose a question; what is the Pentagon doing auditing the books of the Dian Fossey Foundation?

“Investigations in Eastern Congo reported by these authors over the past six months indicate that USAID “conservation” funds—millions of taxpayer’s dollars—have been misappropriated, misdirected and disappeared. Evidence suggests that ongoing guerrilla warfare in Central Africa is receiving clandestine financial support in AID-for-ARMS type financial transfers. 

““Our efforts are focused on conserving and protecting the habitat of these magnificentanimals,” said Claudia A. McMurray, U.S. Assistant Secretary for State Oceans, Environment, and Science. “The survival of the mountain gorillas of Virunga is severely threatened by the tragic events in the region, and we will continue to devote whatever resources we can to protect the gorillas and other threatened species there.”

“However, as reported by these authors, millions of dollars in USAID funds given to Virunga Park through the Central African Regional Program for the Environment (CARPE) over the past ten years have virtually disappeared. Wildlife conservation in eastern Congo is a shambles, and “rebel”armies fighting in the region are receiving massive military support from unknown sources”

I will add, how is this related to militias & genocide in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo? And of course there is much more:

To read Gorilla Conservation & Guerilla Warfare click HERE

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Relevant to this, Alain Denault, a world leading authority on multinational corporations and globalization, points out how mining corporations as partners in military conflicts in Congo is a means to an end; rebels and governments in desperate circumstance for cash to fight their wars, sell mining concessions at rock bottom prices, boosting the value of the buyer’s stock:

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And at Of Blood and Gold:

“Barrick Gold and other mining companies are accused of making mining agreements in 2002 with two eastern DRC militias that had control of the mines. Both militias were also in the midst of murdering hundreds of civilians. In return for the gold mines, the militias were given housing and trucks, among other appeasements. Incredibly, as highlighted by independent journalist and Congo-expert Keith Harmon Snow, Barrick’s current and past advisors and directors include former US president George H.W. Bush, former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, Vernon Jordan, a close friend to Bill Clinton, and one-time Tennessee senator Howard Baker. Snow says Barrick and one its partners, Anglo-Ashanti, even sent in lawyers to help represent leaders of the militias after some were apprehended by the DRC government”

As recently as the beginning of 2013, when ‘rebels’ had overthrown the government of the Central African Republic, one of the first things mentioned had been the previous governments mining concessions made to China would be ‘reviewed.’ I’ll make an educated guess Barrick Gold & friends don’t appreciate the competition, in which case there are always USAID taxpayer funds to subsidize any necessary militia keeping the corporate bottom line (stock value) healthy and the shareholder happy. With former CIA Director George H.W. Bush (Salvadore-Allende-overthrow-to-October-Surprise-to-Iran-Contra-to-Commander-in-Chief-to-American-Deep-State-Godfather) facilitating matters, that could explain some things. You think?

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Meanwhile, we have Understanding Land Investment Deals in Africa, revealing (among other things) the United States Department of State egregiously lies in reports to many organizations (not only to the UN) on rights abuses associated with multinational corporate land investments in Africa. Here is the investigative conclusion:

“Southern Ethiopia’s Lower Omo Valley is one of the most culturally and biologically diverse areas in the world, yet the Ethiopian government is transforming more than 375,000 hectares (1450 sq. miles) of the region into industrial-scale plantations for sugar and other monocrops. A vast resettlement scheme for the local ethnic groups is accompanying these plans, as 260,000 local people from 17 ethnic groups who live in the Lower Omo and around Lake Turkana—whose waters will be taken for plantation irrigation—are being evicted from their farmland and restricted from using the natural resources they have been relying on for their livelihoods.

“The plantations are being installed and ethnic and pastoral communities are being forcibly resettled with the help of the Ethiopian military, which has become a central player in the implementation of the Ethiopian government’s development plans. Forced evictions, denial of access to subsistence land, beatings, killings, rapes, imprisonment, intimidation, political coercion, and the denial of government assistance are all being used as tools of forced resettlement. Meanwhile, international donors have been accused of supporting the programs connected with the resettlement sites.

“In response to these criticisms, a group from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) conducted a joint field investigation in the Lower Omo in January 2012. Although this group heard many credible accounts of abuses connected to the resettlement or “villagisation” program, the official stance of the United Kingdom government has since been to repeatedly insist that the “the Department for International Development was not able to substantiate the allegations of human rights violation it received during its visit to South Omo in January 2012.” Similarly, the US State Department’s Ethiopia 2012 Human Rights Report released in April 2013 indicates that donors’ visits “did not find evidence to support this claim [of human right violations] during visits.” DFID and USAID also reported this unsubstantiation of allegations of human rights abuses to the Development Assistance Group (DAG), which is made up of 26 of the major aid agencies that donate to Ethiopia including the UNDP, IMF, and the World Bank.

“This report provides unique insight into the investigation conducted by the donor agencies in January 2012. In stark contrast with the official discourse, testimony from the affected communities shows that egregious human rights violations have taken place. The author accompanied the assessment team as its translator and has audio recordings of the interviews conducted in several Lower Omo communities. Transcripts of these recordings, made public with this report, leave no room for doubt that the donor agencies were given highly credible first-hand accounts of serious human rights violations during their field investigation and they have chosen to steadfastly ignore these accounts.” -Oakland Institute report summary

The United States criminal policies in Africa could perhaps best be described using the metaphor ‘poisoned by Susan Rice syndrome

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Related: COUNTERFEIT COIN (Economics & Counter-insurgency)