Below are two of our translations from RIA Novosti and rueconomics.ru, respectively. The story of US involvement in the Central African Republic (CAR) is like that in Syria. At first, the “War on Terror” was little more than an excuse to oust Assad. But when the Russians entered the fray in September 2015, suddenly the US actually started going after real terrorists. And the press collaborated fully in the US fake-to-lukewarm war, slandering Assad at every turn to prepare the Western mind to accept his overthrow.
The difference is that now, in the CAR, the Russians are there and have won the hearts and minds. If Russia sends in the S-400 or a few big bombers or fighter jets, the US can be expected to do very little but kick up a verbal fuss as they did in Venezuela.
CNN prepares provocation in CAR: announcement of FAN investigation
The CNN team of journalists arrived in the Central African Republic on May 21. It might seem like nothing remarkable: the republic is on the verge of a long-awaited peace, military-political groups have entered the government and are working together with the authorities, and the crime rate has greatly decreased.
However, it later became clear that the Americans are not interested in Central Africans. FAN journalists went to the Central African Republic to find out what Western journalists actually did in the heart of Africa.
How it got started
Let's start from the very beginning. On May 21, a plane landed at Bangui Mpoko Airport with Clarissa Ward, Benoit Facon, Sebastian Shukla, Tim Lister and two CNN operators on board.
Until now, the Americans had not been very interested in the life of Central Africans. They did not participate in the Khartoum negotiations and did not care about the reconciliation of the people.
Of course, they could not completely ignore the republic. France and the UN constantly conducted support campaigns, and the United States as a "great world power" should have done the same. However, CAR assistance usually ended with one modest charity event per year.
The Americans did not fully turn their attention to the republic until the beginning of 2018. Just after the Russians came to the aid of the Central Africans. Over the past year, Washington conducted four actions in the Central African Republic with a total budget of $23 million. For comparison: in the period from 2013 to 2017, the Americans spent 21 million to help the republic.
Interests have also changed. While from 2013 to 2017, [US] assistance was provided in various fields (it was sent to CAR refugees in Cameroon to develop and manage mineral resources and update the criminal court), in 2018 the United States focused exclusively on the armed forces (FACA). Vehicles and communications were purchased for the local military. In addition, in February 2018, Washington supported the EUTM European mission to train soldiers.
Shortly before that, in December 2017, Russia started to help the CAR. In the period from January to February 2018, Moscow organized the first supply of arms to the Central African Republic with the permission of the UN Security Council. Then five Russian military and 170 civilian instructors flew into the republic, and from the end of March to this day have been training fighters for the FACA at the base in the city of Berengo.
This Russian move completely captured the attention of the State Department. The United States was literally obsessed with Russian instructors, who in the West were dubbed employees of the so-called PMC Wagner, which some associate with Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin. Moscow’s help to Central Africans was seen as an attempt to capture Africa. In the United States in particular, and in the West as a whole, a large-scale campaign was launched to discredit the Russian presence in the Central African Republic: there were reports of the theft of diamonds, torture, and intimidation of local people. There was the fake report of a cut-off finger, which was later refuted by the “victim.”
However, due to lack of evidence, the Americans were never able to achieve their goal. Russia still enjoys full confidence on the African continent. Moreover, Moscow acts strictly within the framework of the law and agreements.
[Insert in this article: The CNN journalists who came to the CAR had previously worked with special services.
Besides Clarissa Ward, Tim Lister and Sebastian Shukla deserve our attention. Tim Lister worked for years in the Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan. He could hardly have worked there without the cooperation of the special services. Further, judging by information in matters of the CIA and MI6, detailed in the book “Agent Storm: my life inside al-Qaeda” [by Morten Storm], Tim Lister is familiar first-hand with the workings of the special services. Sebastian Shukla cannot boast of the same, although his “list of achievements” includes materials and activities of the Russian Federation in Africa, and, BTW, the book was co-authored by Tim Lister. The materials include fakes and inserts, as reported previously by FAN]
CNN reporters working on provocation in CAR
The FAN has published an investigation into the activities of CNN journalists in the Central African Republic. According to a news agency, CIA-related correspondents are working on media provocations.
A group of American journalists (Clarissa Ward, Tim Lister and Sebastian Shukla, known for their work in the hot spots) arrived in the Central African Republic to prepare materials on the political situation in the republic. The FAN conducted an investigation into the activities of CNN employees and found that it was not connected with the search for truth.
Probably, the journalists plan to organize a powerful media provocation and create an excuse for introducing the United States' “peacekeeping mission” into the country – in fact, it would be an occupation regime, as in Iraq or Syria. To do this, CNN uses fraud and also censors interviewees.
In the course of her work, Clarissa Ward asked the President of the Central African Republic, Faustin-Archange Touadéra, a number of questions. She asked, for example, about the republic’s relations with Russia. The journalist was required to obtain from the head of state evidence of "opacity" in the relations between the countries. However, Touadéra honestly said that Russia is helping the CAR within a certain framework. Thus, assistance in ensuring security was agreed upon with the UN, other agreements were concluded at the highest level, and their conditions are known. This statement turned out to be unprofitable for CNN – in the stories that have been published at the moment, the president of the CAR does not appear speaking about Russia. Unpublished parts of the interview were obtained by a FAN freelance employee.
Probably, the American media are once again trying to produce "evidence" of the unfair work of the Russian Federation in Africa. The activities of CNN journalists in the CAR have little to do with demonstrating objective reality - probably the Ward group was sent to the country to produce propaganda material that would free the hands of American politicians and ruin the peace that was restored in the CAR.
Author: Mikhail Shchelkachov