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Woke West watches as Russia and China rape Africa


IN times of extreme instability and uncertainty humans turn to religion, or a form of it. The West’s replacement of Christianity with the quasi-religious cults of Covid-19, climate change and transgenderism is another death knell for our once-great civilisation. But in Africa, Christianity has always mutated as a way to survive. A unique hybrid of evangelical doctrine, indigenous belief systems and ancestral worship, it offers a sense of security and community, of honouring kinship ties, and making meaning of impoverished, brutal lives which has characterised it from the arrival of the first missionaries.

How shrewd then for one of Africa’s more recent colonists, Russia, to establish a Russian Orthodox Church in one of Africa’s poorest countries, the Central African Republic (CAR). For, as was once the case with Catholic and Anglican missions, spiritual colonialism is proving an effective way for Russia to gain the population’s trust in a country suffering the further evil of being ripped apart by civil war, corruption and the Islamist persecution of its Christian majority. 

CAR is rich in natural resources but thanks to the corruption and conspicuous consumption by its political class, three-quarters of its population live in extreme poverty. United Nations and African Union forces have unsurprisingly proven ineffectual in their collective attempt to stabilise the tiny country, with the last French troops leaving in protest last year over its flourishing friendship with Russia. 

This arena of lawlessness and poverty is a perfect storm for colonial powers to sweep in and take advantage. CAR is already heavily indebted to the Belt and Road Initiative, the Chinese Communist Party’s perniciously exploitative form of economic colonialism. Now Russia has proxy there too. A military outfit called the Wagner Group has solidified Russia’s grip by supplying troops to prop up the weak CAR government in exchange for access to gold and diamond mines.

Despite being accused of human rights violations in the country, Wagner appears to be proving popular with the locals, especially through its success in quashing fundamentalist Islamist insurgents whose persecution of Christians is rife in Africa. The West has only itself to blame for this power vacuum. Ignoring the genocidal slaughter of its Christian brothers and sisters in Africa in favour of woke narratives such as ‘micro aggressions’ and ‘misgendering’ opened the way for Russia and China, who are more than ready to fill it, accelerating their colonial activities there while a distracted West eats itself. To survive their new colonial masters, African churches will need to shift their theological beliefs and allegiance from Rome to Constantinople and from London to Moscow.

Wagner’s almost 2,000 operatives are in CAR not for altruistic reasons. They have confiscated diamonds and gold from destitute mining communities and control mineral exports by manning border points. The wealth obtained through these wrongful pursuits enables Russia to circumvent the futile and self-defeating sanctions imposed on it by a foolish West, and so shore up its troops in Ukraine. The Kremlin is also pushing to lift an international ban on CAR’s blood diamonds.  Given the rising power of Russia and its burgeoning friendship with China, it will no doubt succeed.

This new scramble for Africa by Eastern powers is indicative of the global changing geo-political paradigm. Almost half of Nato’s members are former Soviet states nursing a grudge against their previous colonists while obtuse Western governments are nothing but pawns in this war against Russia. Diplomatic solutions for the Russian invasion of Ukraine bypassed in favour of beating the war drums pushed Russia out into the cold and into the arms of the CCP, and by proxy, Iran. This consequential realignment was obvious to anyone not brainwashed by official propaganda on the conflict. Instead of weakening Russia, Nato and its Western puppets have short-sightedly strengthened it, and by doing so unleashed a powerful new enemy alliance.

China and Russia recently signed bilateral trade agreements worth $200billion, deepening their economic and diplomatic relationship. Wagner also purchased 2,500 drones and 20,000 military helmets from Chinese companies, proving Russia’s ability not only to survive but to thrive despite the sanctions against it. 

Russia is also aligning itself with Nato member Turkey, and together with China is a rising big player in the Middle East. In a show of its global prowess, the CCP recently brokered a diplomatic deal between Iran and Saudi Arabia, ensuring that its import of fossil fuels from both countries continues unhindered. This deal also has the dual purpose of augmenting CCP allies such as Russia and further diminishing the West’s diplomatic and economic power. 

This sinister new world order seemingly doesn’t bother foolish Western politicians who blithely carry on plundering their populace’s dwindling resources to finance that neo-Nazi enabler, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. There are no punitive New Green Deals or Net Zero for China or Russia as there are in the West. Both Russia and China are free to rape Africa of its resources unencumbered, easy pickings in a continent shredded by poverty and Islamist terrorism. Those dense enough to fly the Ukrainian flag on their front lawns and beat the war drums against Putin are complicit in aiding this new scramble for Africa.  

The West’s own failing states are becoming ever more vulnerable to the combined might of Russia and China. While Britain is set on proscribing Wagner as a terrorist organisation, a laughable gesture given that we are now like a tiny yapping dog to these new superpowers, it has all but abandoned its traditional Christian roots in favour of woke tyranny.

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Karen Harradine
Karen Harradine
Karen is an anthropologist and freelance journalist. She writes on anti-Semitism, Israel and spirituality. She is @KarenH777on Twitter.

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