From Lumumba to Gbagbo
Africa in the Eddy of the Euro-American Quest for Exceptionalism
About the Book
In recent years, the Euro-American powers have made multiple armed incursions into Africa. The election of President Obama, greeted by most Africans as providential for their centuries-old troubled relations with the West, instead inaugurated a destructive coalition against Africa. In places like Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt and Libya, the United Nations, the International Criminal Court, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have supported military intrusions, arbitrary imprisonments, deportations and political assassinations under the guise of bringing freedom and democracy to benighted Africa.
The destabilization of Africa, the division of the continent into lawless zones controlled by thuggish warlords, the displacement of millions of refugees and the systematic sacking of Africa’s resources are telling: In Africa, the West was not on a goodwill mission. This book examines the West’s policy of aggression in Africa over the last 50 years as a legacy of colonialism, with human and economic costs that are radicalizing African nationalists.
About the Author(s)
K. Martial Frindéthié is a professor of Francophone studies at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. His research interests include literature and film and the intersection of literature and political-ideological imagination.
K. Martial Frindéthié
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2016
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. Why Are We So Blest? The Euro-American Anxiety with Exceptionalism 11
2. Africa Caught in the Eddy of the Euro-American Quest for Exceptionalism 27
3. The Euro-American War on Algeria: Could a Mother So Yearn for Freedom but Keep Her Children in Bondage? 47
4. The Sarkozy-Obama Epic African Adventure 67
5. Hunting Laurent Gbagbo 85
6. Côte d’Ivoire: The International Community Hiding No More 127
7. Côte d’Ivoire: The International Community’s Panglossism 168
8. We Shall Remember as Far Back as Lumumba 197
9. The Congo’s Bumpy Road to Independence 213
10. There Shall Be Wars of Liberation 233
Chapter Notes 251