|Africa News Digest
London-Directed Chaos Operation Targets Sudan
March 5 (EIRNS)While the Darfur conflict is kept in the news, with the media holding only the Sudan government responsible, a new press campaign has begun, saying that the conflict between the Sudan government and South Sudan, will flare up again, and will be a worse than the rebellion in Darfur. The long-running conflict between the Sudan government and the South was settled by a Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA), signed on Jan. 9, 2005, which set up a procedure for working out the differences between the government and the South.
Now Reuters AlertNet, the Christian Science Monitor, the International Herald Tribune, and the New York Times, have carried stories in the last few days asking if southern Sudan could be the next Darfur.
The story is being put out that a conflict is brewing over the implementation of the CPA, and that the resultant war will engulf more people, over a wider area than Darfur. One issue that is being manipulated, is will control the oil-rich border area. The immediate potential flashpoint is the small, ethnically diverse enclave of Abyei, which is on the border line between Sudan and South Sudan. The reports indicate that the Arabic-speaking part of the population (Messeriya Arabs) wants to stay with Sudan, and the non-Arabic-speaking farmers (Dinka) want to stay with the South. Nicholas Kristof, in a piece in the New York Times, claimed that "it looks increasingly likely that Darfur will become simply the prologue to a far bloodier conflict that engulfs all Sudan."
Reconciliation in Kenya Under Attack
March 5 (EIRNS)Even though Kenyan opposition leader Rail Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), has not yet had his position as prime minister approved by parliament, he had his first meeting with President Mwai Kibaki yesterday, as prime minister designate. The British media is trying to break up the agreement between the two. The BBC today said that it has heard allegations of state-sanctioned violence. Supposedly, meetings were held in the official residence of the President between the banned Mungiki militia and senior government figures, in which the Mungiki were given the task of attacking anti-Kikuyu (Kibaki is of the Kikuyu ethnic group) areas in the Rift Valley. The government has denied the meeting. But the BBC says that, "there is growing suspicion that some of the violence ... was orchestrated by both sides of the political divide."
Negotiators for the ODM and the PNU (Kibaki's party) have agreed to set up: 1) a truth, justice, and reconciliation commission; 2) a panel of inquiry into the post-election violence; 3) an independent review of the election; and 4) a roadmap for constitutional reform. Odinga says his party will discuss how to divide up the cabinet with the PNU.
Greenpeace Founder Promotes Nuclear Energy in Africa
March 4 (EIRNS)Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore is promoting nuclear power on a lecture tour of South African universities, sponsored by the Nuclear Industry Association of South Africa.
In one statement at a lecture at Sandton University, reported in the South African press, Moore said, "Climate change has made me a strong supporter of nuclear power.... I find it logically inconsistent for people in the environmental movement who say that climate change threatens the very existence of our civilization and could drive millions of species into extinction, to then oppose one of the most important technologies that could bring about the resolution of this crisis." He went on to say that modern environmental activism is spreading dangerous myths leading young people into pessimism, instead of encouraging them to develop new technologies. He pointed out that most of the arguments against nuclear power are based on emotion and not facts.
On nuclear waste, he pointed out, "That is a problem solved by France 30 years ago. Nuclear plants produce very little waste, which is the first reason environmentalists should be in favor of them. Nearly all of their waste can be recycled to be run through nuclear power stations again. This has not been possible in the U.S. because of laws introduced by the Carter administration. But France has demonstrated that nuclear waste is a manageable problem."
Moore dismissed wind and solar power as alternatives, pointing out that Germany has spent billions on wind farms, without replacing a single coal-fired power station. He praised Finland for starting a "renaissance" for the nuclear industry, which now has now been joined by China, India, and Russia.
Moore, who was president of Greenpeace Canada when he left the organization in 1986, is making his tour of South Africa at a time when the country is taking a leading role in the drive for nuclear energy throughout Africa. South Africa, which already has a tender out for a new nuclear power station, is the only country in southern Africa with a functioning nuclear power station, and is planning to build at least six more. Of even greater significance is the fact that it is the only country in the region with expertise in the nuclear field: It is developing a new high temperature reactor called the Pebble Bed Modular Reactor, designed to shut itself down automatically in the event of any mishap.