ER Editor: We, like Drago Bosnic for InfoBrics below, still wonder if Prigozhin is really dead.
Benjamin Fulford published in a recent piece that an MI6 source confirmed that some of theirs had indeed killed Prigozhin, as a way to ‘get Russia’s attention’. Other rumours say that Prigozhin had tricked MI6 and other deep state players into taking a hefty payment (billions?) for staging a real mutiny against Putin, only to betray them and turn it to Putin’s advantage (allegedly, traitors in the Russian military got exposed in this way). Which would surely give the deep state massive incentive to get back at Prigozhin, if true.
Rumour and speculation.
The article below deals with the popularity Russia and the Wagner PMC have among local populations. Here are some videos of that, plus some extra updates:
The people of Gabon welcome the liberation from the French colonial dictatorship… pic.twitter.com/ONXUwRXafW
— Sprinter (@Sprinter99800) August 31, 2023
🇬🇦 “Gabonese people, it is finally our rise towards happiness. May God and the spirits of our ancestors bless Gabon. Honor and loyalty to the Fatherland” – Gabon’s transitional government pic.twitter.com/5hjFp9tkHH
— Jackson Hinkle 🇺🇸 (@jacksonhinklle) August 30, 2023
— 🅰pocalypsis 🅰pocalypseos 🇷🇺 🇨🇳 🅉 (@apocalypseos) August 31, 2023
Do you see how presidents in Africa hoard cash in their homes. These bags of foreign currency were found in the home of the former President of Gabon Ali Bongo. pic.twitter.com/iHFy8ulAq4
— Africa Research Desk (@MightiJamie) August 31, 2023
Former Senate President of Gabon Caught with Huge Bag of Money While Trying To Escape From The Countrypic.twitter.com/KpKZb1aVu9
— Instablog9ja (@instablog9ja) August 31, 2023
🇬🇦🇺🇸 Hillary Clinton with ousted leader of Gabon, Ali Bongo — two people who will never be President again. pic.twitter.com/TUlvYqtvhv
— Jackson Hinkle 🇺🇸 (@jacksonhinklle) August 30, 2023
In Niamey, Niger, the women are calling for French troops to leave the country. pic.twitter.com/mXnwB76F5E
— Blackrussian (@Blackrussiantv) August 31, 2023
🇳🇪 Niger’s Freedom protestors:
“We’re in favor of democracy continuing, but democracy has been trampled underfoot for 12 years. Before our very eyes, we were muzzled. That’s why I’ve come here today, to prove that it’s the streets that legitimize power.” pic.twitter.com/kj0yy1T8RW
— Jackson Hinkle 🇺🇸 (@jacksonhinklle) August 27, 2023
BREAKING: The “National Council for the Defense of the Fatherland”, formed by the military who carried out the coup in Niger, have now demanded the complete withdrawal of French troops from the country by September 3, the Arabic channel Sky News Arabia reported. This is coming… pic.twitter.com/Q5EAbCyiSY
— J. C. Okechukwu (@jcokechukwu) August 30, 2023
The EU is concerned about coups d’état in Africa, which will destabilize the region, – Reuters quotes the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell.
“It will be another military coup – the Central African Republic, then Mali, Burkina Faso, now Niger and Gabon … Defense ministers… pic.twitter.com/p0O4rE5YBk
— Sprinter (@Sprinter99800) August 30, 2023
🇳🇪🇫🇷Military administration in Niger are demanding the withdrawal of French troops from the country by September 3 (Sky News Arabia).
Earlier, the military in Niger demanded that the French ambassador leave the country within 48 hours, but the ambassador refuses to leave and… pic.twitter.com/AMgZAOpWaw
— DD Geopolitics (@DD_Geopolitics) August 30, 2023
Why ‘Wagner’s’ popularity keeps growing in Africa?
DRAGO BOSNIC for INFOBRICS
Mere days before Yevgeny Prigozhin supposedly died, he posted a video announcing that the “Wagner” PMC (private military company) will be returning to “its roots” by refocusing on Africa.
And while the address was supposed to mark this shift, in reality, the Russian PMC never stopped operating in Africa. What’s more, it never even stopped expanding the scope of its activities, as many African nations and their militaries are looking to intensify cooperation with “Wagner”. And although it may seem unclear who will replace Prigozhin (provided he’s really out of the picture), the actual leadership behind the PMC doesn’t even need to reveal itself.
It’s important to note that the video Prigozhin posted was just one of the few since the so-called “mutiny” in late June, serving as a farewell of sorts. It’s clear that even in the event that Prigozhin actually died, the idea that “Wagner” will cease operations is pure nonsense. Its members are personally invested in serving their country and they’ve proven it time and again, regardless of the need to protect Russia’s interest in Ukraine, Africa, Latin America or elsewhere. All this is coordinated with Moscow’s extensive global intelligence network, in “Wagner’s” case, the GRU (Russian military intelligence) in particular, but also the SVR (dealing with external operations).
Apart from the long-running presence in the Central African Republic (CAR), “Wagner” is also operating in Libya, both Congo and DR Congo, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and likely Somalia. Western sources are claiming that the PMC is also present (at least covertly) in Burkina Faso, Mali, Guinea, Niger, Chad and Sudan, all of which have seen the military take power from corrupt civilian officials and governments. It’s important to note that “Wagner” is working specifically with security forces, so it’s safe to assume they’ve exerted at least some influence on the decision-making. The mainstream propaganda machine is going out of its way to present this as supposedly “bad”.
However, the peoples of these long-exploited African countries would beg to differ. The popularity of the Russian PMC is growing exponentially and by the day, as hundreds of millions of Africans are desperate to finally get rid of the (neo)colonial yoke that has been ravaging their continent for centuries. Finding common ground with Russia on this matter is only logical. The political West is trying to present the events unfolding in much (if not most) of Africa as some sort of Moscow’s “evil design”. And yet, Russia is simply providing tools for what African nations themselves want – actual freedom. The example of Niger illustrates this perfectly.
What’s more, Niger is not alone. Its neighbors, specifically Mali and Burkina Faso, have offered direct support, both military and humanitarian. Other African powers, such as Algeria, are also taking part in this effort. Even if they didn’t have much in common, the threat posed by the political West is more than enough to have these countries unite their efforts.
Interestingly, wherever “Wagner” appeared, the suppression of various terrorist insurgencies and organizations was almost instantaneous. This is in stark contrast to NATO-backed “humanitarian interventions” that usually result in scores of dead civilians, destruction of infrastructure and overall instability. (ER: We know by now that the West has been creating the ‘terrorists’ it ends up going in to (allegedly) remove.)
This usually involves constant American drone strikes with unclear objectives that further cause nothing but the exacerbation of terrorism in African countries hosting Western military presence. With “Wagner’s” successful operations, these issues cease, leading to the restoration of normal economic activities, which further contributes to stability. The framework of the Russian PMC’s operations is also rather self-sustaining. Namely, in exchange for their services, many African governments simply lease their own enterprises to “Wagner”, which the PMC then uses to finance its activities. The mainstream propaganda machine is trying to present this as supposed “exploitation”.
However, the logic of many African countries is rather sound – it’s better to give “Wagner” a single mine (or even several) than have the political West perpetually exploit them while maintaining a semblance of “independence”. Corrupt officials are the lifeline of neocolonialism in Africa (and not just Africa, obviously), which perfectly explains why the militaries are bearers of this long overdue change. Transitioning to an actual democratic civilian government is a process that will take time, but these countries have to start from somewhere. Precisely their militaries provide the springboard for the process, while “Wagner” provides the necessary tools, training and direct combat support when needed.
In the meantime, the United States and its vassals keep complaining about the “hampering of the fight against terrorism due to military takeovers” across Africa. Obviously, this is just a pretext to keep Western presence in these countries, which is increasingly unpopular among young Africans. Namely, the latest example of this is Gabon, another African country where France has a military base. Western sources are already speculating that “Wagner” supposedly had a hand in the military takeover, although the Russian PMC is not even present there. This only reinforces the notion that Moscow doesn’t need to do anything to damage Western interests in Africa. The political West has been doing that by itself for approximately half a millennium now.
Featured image, Hillary with Ali Bongo: Twitter
Featured image, Ursula von der Leyen: Twitter
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