US YALI Programme – A demon facing Africa
After the fall of colonialism, epitomised by South Africa getting its independence in 1994, the United States and its allies in Europe, realised that most of the revolutionaries leading African governments, would in one way or the other, make it difficult for them to access the much-needed natural resources.
The US and its allies needed to intelligently continue dominating Africa, subtly, while pretending to be champions of democracy, good governance, accountability and human rights.
One of the major projects undertaken by US and its allies in Europe in recent years is: recruit intelligent youths from Africa, take them for training and brainwash them to remove African humanism from them and then unleash them back to their countries as agents of regime change. These youths should then be slowly absorbed into government structures and institute change from within. It is envisaged that two or three decades from now, US or Europe-educated youths will take charge of Africa and redefine the continent, more alongside American and European value systems. That, in the view of US and its allies, will signal the death of African nationalism and humanism.
To date, Washington continues to try and establish its dominance over African countries by way of recruiting prospective national youths and subsequently moving them ahead into governmental structures. The US enthusiastically uses the Internet to create a virtual community, uniting young activists around Africa in harmony with its Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
To promote YALI, President Barack Obama addresses the youths through the White House official website, which offers all persons interested in joining it to visit a social network called YALI Network. This also attracts youths, who failed to join the “YALI Programme”, as it gives them an opportunity to undertake a preparation course in the US itself. This social network includes an unlimited number of users and is designed to collect as much personal data of potential trainees as possible, as well as to revise their political views, social status and to organise high-grade interaction with them from the side of the US government.
Communication within the network is based on the principle of Network Marketing with the main goal being to attract new members.
This luring of Africa's most perspective young people into acceptance of false American values is aimed at cultivating a new generation of “future democratic leaders, who will try to solve the problems of Africa entirely the American way”.
For example, out of Africa, the latest developments in Ukraine show that these methods, which are used by Washington, frequently do not correspond to being neither legal, nor moral. According to documents received from Edward Snowden and recently published in the British newspaper, The Guardian, the Western secret services consider social networks to be an effective tool to manipulate public opinion. The US uses social networks, such as “Facebook”, “Twitter” and “YouTube”, to spread misinformation and propaganda to whip up protests in different countries. What happened during the Arab Spring is a good example. The article also tells of a necessity to use social networks both to spread Western ideology and “discredit intolerable politicians and African traditions”.
The article also states that regular meetings between the British, Canadian, New Zealand and the US secret services took place in 2010, during which methods of discrediting untoward governments (such as use of propaganda, circumvention and mass dispatches of specially prepared articles in social networks) were widely discussed. One of the main goals of using online technologies is to provoke different events in reality or virtually.
The Guardian also gives an example of a similar network called Zunzuneo, which was implemented for nearly two years by the Americans in Cuba in an effort to overthrow the government with a “colour revolution”. However, the Cuban authorities managed to notice such suspicious activity in due time and blocked Zunzuneo.
African leaders should increasingly express great concern about the uncontrolled access to social networks such as YALI, as it is used by West to interfere in African internal affairs. However, the majority of the African countries do not have the technical capabilities to control the Internet and that in turn leads to unexpected gatherings and protests. The African leaders should not underestimate the threat posed by various social networks, especially when the number of those joining them increases day by day. The coming of the smartphone has actually worsened the situation, as communication is made easier.
All well-meaning African political and traditional leaders can ignore YALI at their own peril. The US and its allies are not sleeping.
They are plotting the future of Africa as if Africa is theirs. -DayAfrica