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PODCAST | France vs Russia: the renewed scramble for Africa
African countries are becoming more and more receptive to Russian overtures, especially from a security perspective
Africa is “the last business frontier” and that is why geopolitical tensions between countries like France and Russia include a renewed scramble for Africa. This is the view of Koffi Kouakou, an Africa analyst and senior fellow at the Centre of Africa-China Studies at the University of Johannesburg. He unravelled this claim in detail in the latest episode of Eusebius on TimesLIVE.
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Kouakou started off by narrating the continued effects of French colonialism on the African continent. He provided, and explained, evidence of economic, military and cultural domination from colonial times that still endure, in many concrete ways, today. When challenged by McKaiser about the role of neocolonial, political predator elites that took over from the French, Kouakou explained how the relationship between France (and French companies and the French military) and self-serving, often repressive black-led governments result in economic ruin for ordinary citizens, quite apart from human rights abuses when there is popular dissent. Blame is to be apportioned between colonial powers and repressive postcolonial governments...