American troops in Uganda for human rights, almost too good to be true. — Brooklynian

American troops in Uganda for human rights, almost too good to be true.

And truth comes out. If you start thinking.

First seems pretty noble than realize, oil is up for grabs in the country and new country north of it(south sudan loaded with oil), has tons of oil up for grabs too. So how much oil money did the Obama administration get in donations?

Uganda's energy minister said she expects to send three petroleum bills to parliament by the end of the year as the government moves quickly to put laws in place to regulate the country's nascent oil sector before the start of production.

Earlier in the week, President Yoweri Museveni said he would discuss a parliamentary vote to delay UK exploration company Tullow Oil's planned sale of stakes in local oil fields, pledging to defend the country's interests in the case.

Instability in South Sudan?s oil-rich Unity state threatens the already fragile, newly independent country, the International Crisis Group has warned

The ICG considers Unity a test case for the broad range of deferred internal issues that South Sudan has to deal with after six years of focusing on the peace deal that ended decades of civil war with the north and culminated in peaceful secession in July.

"Unity State, a territory of unique importance and complexity in the fragile new country of South Sudan, faces a perfect storm of political, social, economic and security dilemmas," some of which are shared across the new country, the ICG said in a report released late on Monday.

Analysts say Unity is the most important oil-producing area in South Sudan, which gained 75 percent of the oil with secession and relies on it for more than 95 percent of total revenues.

But the landlocked country is still negotiating with Khartoum over transit fees and revenues sharing and how to demarcate borders in critical zones such as Unity.

The think tank warns that a complex web of national interests, political and military alliances and the economic isolation of this resource-rich "frontline state" are compounded by new issues.


  • Altruism is a strange myth.

    Some people imagine that others are capable of it, but very few people actually believe that they (as individuals) are capable of it.

  • All countries act in the self interest of securing the benefits of cheaper and more stable supply of oil and other natural resources for themselves.

    In contrast, some countries still have a policy of going in (with arms or money or other aid) and simply ignoring humanitarian relief, human rights violations and war crimes issues in their quest for natural resources to feed the engines of their hungry economies, supporting violent and repressive regimes that have been sanctioned or outright trade-banned by other countries.

    The US used to be more equally guilty of that in the past in the post-WWII cold war days, less so now that the public and media are far more aware of these things.

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