Building an Empire Through Third World Exploitation

Exploitation of the poor is a long standing tradition among empires throughout history.  From the Roman empire to that of Imperial Japan prior to World War II, killing and enslaving peoples in order to steal natural resources has been common practice.  And today is no different.

The American empire, built of collusion between the military, corporations, government, banks, and intelligence agencies, has managed to do the same as many empires of the past.  In the 1960s and 70s, our America was responsible for several assassinations as well as other orchestrated coups in order to install leaders that would be receptive to our interests in the region.  Today, we do this in the Middle East and Africa, with Cameroon being no exception.

Back in 2000, a corporate coalition led by Exxon Mobil started a project to build an oil pipeline from southern Chad through Cameroon to the Atlantic Ocean.  This western-financed project was met with resistance from the native people of both countries and was surrounded with all sorts of controversy.  Never-the-less, the pipeline project was completed and the banks and oil companies made off with the cash, the elites of Cameroon and Chad became more wealthy, and the citizens footed the bill.

For more about the history of American empire-building, read John Perkins‘ books Confessions of an Economic Hitman and The Secret History of the American Empire.

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