During my visits to West Africa since 2010, I can definitely attest that what Glen Ford is saying, from the 32:01 to 33:34 segment of the video, is true. The Chinese are there, doing exactly what Glen said - and more.
And speaking of China, remember the Changeling's little, "We're filing a trade case with the WTO against China over their Rare Earths materials" performance a couple months ago? Here's it is if you missed it:
"This case involves, something called rare earth materials, which are used by American manufacturers to make high-tech products, like advanced batteries that power everything from hybrid cars to cell phones. We want our companies building those products right here in America. But to do that, American manufacturers need access to rare earth materials – which China supplies. Now if China would simply let the market work on its own, we’d have no objections but, their policies currently are preventing that from happening, and they go against the very rules that China agreed to follow. Being able to manufacture advanced batteries and hybrid cars in America is too important for us to stand by and do nothing. We’ve got to take control of our energy future and we can’t let that energy industry take root in some other country because they’re allowed to break the rules.” (emphasis mine)Taking "control of our energy future" - is accomplished by bringing a trade case against China?? It's their shit!! As Maxine would say:
Or maybe he thought all of us did, Maxine.
Okay, he's threatening to sue China, over their rare earth materials, because our exceedingly greedy and consumptive country -
- doesn't make a damned thing on its own anymore, except of course - those things with which we and our allies kill others in sovereign countries (as Glen so wonderfully and succinctly explained from the 25:37 to 32:00 segment in the first video) and,
- didn't, and still won't, plan for this inevitability???
I'm not going to sit here and act like I understand all the specifics of this, but here are some folk who seem to:
I don't know about you, but it seems to me - we can't have our cake and eat it too. Food for thought.
Back to the UNAC video. I just got back from South Carolina a few weeks ago now, and Bruce Dixon's observation at the 45:26 click is dead-on. I told my brother as we rode through what used to be the predominantly Black eastside, "Riley and his cohorts are makin' sure the city will only be for white folk - and those Black folk who love to look down their noses at their own people." And he is. I'll write more about that, hopefully sooner, rather than later.