Beinart, Peter
June 2004
New Republic;6/21/2004, Vol. 230 Issue 23, p6
Claims that U.S. President George W. Bush's campaign to build relations with sub-Saharan African nations has more to do with gaining access to oil reserves than with helping the poor. Report that Bush has reversed his position on Africa since 2000, when he said the continent does not fit into the national strategic interests; Reasons why the Bush administration sees countries like Nigeria, Angola, and Gabon as valuable sources of oil; Report that a number of African presidents accused of political corruption and human rights abuses--including Angola's José Eduardo dos Santos, Gabon's Omar Bongo, and Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema--have been received by Bush in the White House; Details of the U.S.'s dealings with these leaders; Speculation about whether these alliances will further degrade America's reputation as a country committed to democracy and human rights.


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