Who’s Profiting From African Wars? George Clooney Will Find Out

Who’s Profiting From African Wars? George Clooney Will Find Out
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The perpetrators who fund and profit from the seemingly never-ending war in Africa will soon be exposed and dismantled by an organization co-funded by George Clooney. The Sentry is an organization that will examine the techniques used to finance and profit from Africa’s deadliest conflicts.


Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, the Central African Republic, are hijacked states

Apart from how the majority views Africa as failed states, The Sentry presented the reality that Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia and the Central African republic are actually hijacked states.

“Political, military, and commercial elites in these countries – often collaborating with neighbors – control and run the state and its institutions, use their power to transfer a large fraction of society’s resources to enrich themselves, and use brute force to remain in power,” The Sentry upholds.

“In these states, high-level corruption linked to violence is not anomalous; it constitutes the actual system of governance.”

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The Sentry believes that behind Africa’s deadliest conflicts are individuals and businesses “that use legitimate systems of international finance, trade, and transportation to fund and equip conflict actors, as well as launder the spoils of war.”

George Clooney believed that “real leverage for peace and human rights will come when the people who benefit from war will pay a price for the damage they cause.”

John Prendergast, co-founder of The Sentry, explained that the organization will follow the money and deny those war profiteers the proceeds from their crimes. He said that the organization’s ultimate objective is to alter the incentives for funding or profiting from violence and mass atrocities.

“This will lend greater support to broader accountability measures as well as provide leverage to peace efforts aimed at ending Africa’s deadliest conflicts,” he said.

The root cause of evil in Africa: Multinational extractive industries

According to Africa Sun News, the conflicts in Africa will be abolished by making it imperative for multinational extractive industries to make their net taxes, fees, royalties and other payments to the government in public knowledge.

Africa Sun News reported that there currently fifteen countries involved in the never-ending war in the region: Cote d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, and Togo in West Africa; Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda in East Africa; Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda in Central Africa; Algeria and in South Africa, the countries include Angola and Zimbabwe in North Africa.

Notably, these countries are rich in timber, oil, diamonds and other natural deposits extracted by foreign industries, Africa Sun News said. Such foreign businesses have unreported payments to the governments that are use to create and fund wars, it said.

Africa Sun News uphold that the wars are happening to distract the attention from the fact that multinational companies would want to displace and rob Africans of their rich natural resources that “are easily converted to cash.” The profit will then be use by the ruling parties for their own selfish motives.

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