Thursday, October 15, 2009

THE CIA, DRUGS, BAUXITE, AND CHINA IN GUINEA

Guinea, formerly known as French Guinea, has bauxite and the drugs trade.

Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is head of the military junta that currently runs Guinea. (BBC Country profile: Guinea)

Reportedly, the junta is trying to crack down on the drugs trade.

Reportedly there are now Colombian paramilitary and secret service agents in neighbouring Sierra Leone. (Don't attack Guinea- Courrier des lecteurs)

Reportedly, certain people are trying to overthrow the Government of President Moussa Dadis Camara in Guinea.

Reportedly, three foreign nationals from the US , Cuba and Colombia, caught in a cocaine plane episode in Sierra Leone, are agents of the CIA, based in Miami. (Don't attack Guinea- Courrier des lecteurs)

The government banned a demonstration organised for 28 September 2009 in Conakry, the capital of Guinea.

But 'several political parties, trade unions and civic organisations' went ahead with the event.

Demonstrators set a police station and a police car ablaze

Riot police charged the protesters. (At least 58 killed in Guinea anti-junta protest)

In October 2009, some Guineans were on strike to remember the dozens of protesters 'killed by soldiers' during a rally on 28 September 2009.

On 19 September 2008, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met with Harouna Berete, Special Envoy of Guinea

Reportedly, Guinea has agreed a big mining and oil deal with China. (Guinea and China 'agree big deal')

Mines minister Mahmoud Thiam says a Chinese company will invest more than $7bn (£4.5bn) in infrastructure.

The company will be a "strategic partner" in all mining projects in Guinea.


If the junta is trying to crack down on the drugs trade, it will make some powerful enemies.

Hillary Clinton has declared that the Guinean military junta "cannot remain in power." (Clinton Condemns Guinea Violence)

The leader of Guinea's new military government should be put on trial for crimes against humanity, the EU's development chief, Karel de Gucht, has told reporters. (Guinea ruler 'must face charges' )

The president of West Africa's economic bloc, Ecowas, has criticised the junta.

There are 'widespread calls' for the junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara to step down.

The Chinese firm that intends to invest in Guinea is said to be the Hong Kong registered China International Fund.

Reportedly the firm will help build ports, railway lines, power plants and low-cost housing.

Guinea is thought to have the world's largest reserves of the aluminium ore, bauxite.

Dadis.

Captain Moussa Dadis Camara is Guinea's popular new leader.

Dadis took power in a bloodless coup after the previous ruler, Lansana Conté, died in December 2008.

Guinea

Lansana Conte had been put into power in 1984 by a Western/CIA backed military coup. (Captain Moussa Dadis Camara and the future of Guinea-Conaky)

Under Lansana Conte, there were continuing problems of poverty, unemployment, tribalism, interrupted electricity supply, lack of clean drinking water, lack of decent health centres and schools, and lack of decent roads. (Captain Moussa Dadis Camara and the future of Guinea-Conaky)

Guinea. Cette photo a été prise par Michel Tendil

Now things have changed.

Dadis personally interviews alleged drug dealers and corrupt politicians from the previous regime, live on television.

Ousmane Conté, a son of the previous president, was seen on TV confessing that he had been part of a drug-smuggling ring.

Several former ministers and a prime minister have agreed to give back money that went missing when they were in power.

Dadis is very popular in Guinea, but may not be popular with the CIA or the drugs barons.

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