West Africa's Deteriorating Situation

The Chinese get their projects done by having everything done by Chinese workers. On most of the Chinese projects in Africa and Eastern Europe, very few locals are employed, and almost none in any position of importance. All the materials and equipment come from China, straight through customs with no inspection or paperwork.

Typical model:

China: Hey Little country, want a new road/dam/power station/university/train line without all the bullshit that comes from asking the IMF, USA, UK, EU, Norwegians, etc?
Little Country: Would love to, however I'm skint and can't even afford new Mercedes for my brothers government ministers, and no-one will lend me money since I killed all those traitors from the other tribe/religion.
China: Not a problem! We will lend you the money at a very special compound interest rate, calculated in US$. We'll add a little something to enable you to get the Maybach Mercedes fleet you deserve. Just sign here...


...One small detail: miss a single payment and we'll own your airports and ports, as well as any other property we want in the country (military bases and your house excepted), up to the full value of the project.
Exactly and that was the point about racism. The Chinese don't trust any of them and we are so desperate to avoid the charge of racism, that we adopt an overly trusting attitude to all of them(african governments).

As a metaphor China is Mr Potter from its a wonderful life and we are George and his saving and loans. Except, the people don't turn up at the end to help, but really do loot everything not nailed down.
 
Exactly and that was the point about racism. The Chinese don't trust any of them and we are so desperate to avoid the charge of racism, that we adopt an overly trusting attitude to all of them(african governments).

As a metaphor China is Mr Potter from its a wonderful life and we are George and his saving and loans. Except, the people don't turn up at the end to help, but really do loot everything not nailed down.

With my most cynical hat on:
a. Democracies - thieving elites held in check by the ballot box.
b. Authoritarian regimes - thieving elites held in check by fear.
c. Failing States - thieving elites with no-one to hold them in check.
d. Revolutions - one set of wannabe thieving elites trying to overturn another by bypassing a, in order to create b and thereby enjoy the fruits of c...
 

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The Chinese get their projects done by having everything done by Chinese workers. On most of the Chinese projects in Africa and Eastern Europe, very few locals are employed, and almost none in any position of importance. All the materials and equipment come from China, straight through customs with no inspection or paperwork.

Typical model:

China: Hey Little country, want a new road/dam/power station/university/train line without all the bullshit that comes from asking the IMF, USA, UK, EU, Norwegians, etc?
Little Country: Would love to, however I'm skint and can't even afford new Mercedes for my brothers government ministers, and no-one will lend me money since I killed all those traitors from the other tribe/religion.
China: Not a problem! We will lend you the money at a very special compound interest rate, calculated in US$. We'll add a little something to enable you to get the Maybach Mercedes fleet you deserve. Just sign here...


...One small detail: miss a single payment and we'll own your airports and ports, as well as any other property we want in the country (military bases and your house excepted), up to the full value of the project.
Not just by any Chinese worker, they use prison labour for heavy construction projects. Time off for good behaviour. Impossible to beat on competitive bids because labour costs are so Low.

I remember watching a Nigerian TV programme on Chicken farming, the locals were showing off their scrawny birds and comparing them to birds produced on this massive Chinese run farm. The Chinese bred birds looked bigger than turkeys. Locals claimed witchcraft and evil wrongdoings.
 
Our borders are left wide open due to a succession of socialist parliaments, a HRA that is an abomination and a sub-set of lawyers that feed from it.
Burn the HRA and start re-writing it from scratch. Hang a few Leigh Day types as an example.
Quadruple the size of the Border Force (with its new powers) and our coastline will be as secure as Wilmington on Sea circa 1940.

Back to the Sahel - I cannot imagine how these Jihadi type organisations can exist without their mobile phones.
Flood the skies of this region with Int gathering drones to root out their organisational structure and then smite them , from above, regularly.

No more 'Hearts and Minds' stuff - it does not work with Islam.
Just plenty of drone on phone action - they will learn to understand that.

If you quadrupled the size of Border Force that's a lot more illegal immigrants being brought in each day
 
With my most cynical hat on:
a. Democracies - thieving elites held in check by the ballot box.
b. Authoritarian regimes - thieving elites held in check by fear.
c. Failing States - thieving elites with no-one to hold them in check.
d. Revolutions - one set of wannabe thieving elites trying to overturn another by bypassing a, in order to create b and thereby enjoy the fruits of c...
Very cynical and uncomfortably true... Though one could argue the democratic elite weren't held in check by the ballot box and generally treated most voters as people outside the mainstream. Until post 2008, when the masters of the universe suddenly became vulnerable.

I caught a South African ANC person the other day, talking about how the problem of today is nobody has any answers and its a good point and explains why even democracy is now struggling. Because pretty much all debates are now settled and we have an expert for all weathers and they're all offer the same forecast and woe betide anymore who dissents.

In a perverse way, why does all the elites fear IS or the Taliban, more than say China ?? to my eye, its fear not of sharia but fear of losing its stranglehold and whilst China is a competitor they're aren't a threat to the system(yet).
 
Very cynical and uncomfortably true... Though one could argue the democratic elite weren't held in check by the ballot box and generally treated most voters as people outside the mainstream. Until post 2008, when the masters of the universe suddenly became vulnerable.

I caught a South African ANC person the other day, talking about how the problem of today is nobody has any answers and its a good point and explains why even democracy is now struggling. Because pretty much all debates are now settled and we have an expert for all weathers and they're all offer the same forecast and woe betide anymore who dissents.

In a perverse way, why does all the elites fear IS or the Taliban, more than say China ?? to my eye, its fear not of sharia but fear of losing its stranglehold and whilst China is a competitor they're aren't a threat to the system(yet).

All elites love power, the getting, the having and the holding (to paraphrase Francis Urquhart) and they hate more than anything to lose, especially their control. Which is why their greatest venom and urge for revenge is reserved for events where perceived inferiors defeated them (BREXIT and Trump are examples).

In both cases, I'd argue that it betrayed the fatal flaw with elites; they feel themselves to be above judgement, that the rules don't apply to them and they don't need to explain themselves to inferiors. They also think the rest of us are too stupid to catch them out (and to be fair, this was also how the Donald snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in 2020).

Perhaps my biggest personal concern for the future is that although the ballot box is hanging on (just), we are more and more entering a feudal world of conflicting elites, with too much power and too little accountability, who are only a railway timetable away from triggering something we will all regret....
 
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All elites love power, the getting, the having and the holding (to paraphrase Francis Urquhart) and they hate more than anything to lose, especially their control. Which is why their greatest venom and urge for revenge is reserved for events where perceived inferiors defeated them (BREXIT and Trump are examples).

In both cases, I'd argue that it betrayed the fatal flaw with elites; they feel themselves to be above judgement, that the rules don't apply to them and they don't need to explain themselves to inferiors. They also think the rest of us are too stupid to catch them out (and to be fair, this was also how the Donald snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in 2020).

Perhaps my biggest personal concern for the future is that although the ballot box is hanging on (just), we are more and more entering a feudal world of conflicting elites, with too much power and too little accountability, who are only a railway timetable away from triggering something we will all regret....
They're can also cherry-pick the experts and cancel anyone who seeks to go against the orthodoxy and your left with governments who are bereft of any institutions, which encourages them to take on the global elites. Like I said, is it any wonder that the most conservative societies in the world(islam) were the first to break down under the external pressure and its left a gap for the likes of IS who entirely reject the expert opinions on everything to step in with a few fundamental truths.

What my biggest concern is the China model is now the predominant ideology. As our woke progressive one has simply radicalised our own politics to the extent, that we preach to the world and look utter hypocrites to tell a country that it needs to listen more to it own people and develop a social democracy with a bolted on guarantee of serious division embedded.. You sense a political or military defeat somewhere and arguably we've already suffered it in the ME.
 
I’ve worked with PRC SOEs in West Africa and Pakistan. The myth they treat the local population poorly and abuse their power wasn’t what I witnessed first hand. Regardless of position (CEO, chef (Chinese) or driver), they were assigned the same level of accommodation. They built their own Chinese restaurant, imported the chefs and food, you’d think you were eating in a mainland restaurant (totally different from a UK Chinkychu). Young highly educated management team, fluent English, high percentage of women, driven by a single goal - work in a shite location for five years, get posted to Canada or Australia, find a spouse and never return to China!
I once worked for a continental European mining company in Canada. Most of the managers were European expats who had spent much of their previous career in Africa. Prior to my working there things had gotten to the point that one of the local employees had to take one of the managers aside and tell him "I don't know how you treated your people in Africa but you're not in Africa any more, you can't treat people like that here". That apparently produced enough of a change in attitude to defuse the situation.
 
A French MTT operating ISO Benin troops in the North of Benin.

The ruggedness of the terrain and the foliage cover is in evidence here.

When operations will start there, they will be much more complicated than the current ops conducted in the Sahel area.

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Exactly and that was the point about racism. The Chinese don't trust any of them and we are so desperate to avoid the charge of racism, that we adopt an overly trusting attitude to all of them(african governments).
Where are you getting your information? Boris thinks they're all picaninnies and the FCO doesn't trust one of them.
As a metaphor China is Mr Potter from its a wonderful life and we are George and his saving and loans. Except, the people don't turn up at the end to help, but really do loot everything not nailed down.
Something, something...something?
 
The situation is better in Ghana than in the Sahel but nevertheless the threat remains and the country gets support from various Western nations to strengthen its defence forces

 
After months of denial, the Côte d'Ivoire authorities are now recognizing they have an islamist terrorist issue in the North of the country.

A Côte d'Ivoire TV report in French on Côte d'Ivoire armed force operations in the ZON (North Op Zone).

It's easy to mock many things in this report but at least things are done and the bigger picture (CIMIC...) seem to be understood

 
Looks like an attempted coup or at least a mutiny is ongoing in Guinea Conakry this morning.

No news of 83 year old Pdt Alpha Condé sor far.


Guinea SF have arrested the Pdt, Alpha Condé

 

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