There is an Italian man, a shop owner who closed his business and is running his little boat back and forth across the Mediterranean Sea, rescuing people off the coasts of North Africa. He and other individuals are doing this, risking their own lives in tiny boats across the sea, because nobody else is. Not governments, not militaries, not humanitarian groups, nobody but ordinary citizens whom have become aware of the thousands dying on the shores. The men, women, and children, on the shores and in tiny boats are those fleeing many countries from within and outside of Africa, including Egypt, Libya, and Syria. Running for their lives from war-torn communities, advancing foreign military, and homes burned to ruins. They have nowhere to go but to the sea, in hopes of crossing over to Europe.

A Grand Rapids, Michigan taxi driver named Gabrielle, who grew up in North Africa and still has family there tells says that there are hundreds of thousands of people fleeing from foreign militaries sent to annihilate the peoples in his home region. He says that the media published wars are not the only factor. Gabrielle reports that in addition to the civil wars, a Canadian mining company has taken over the regions of North Africa and hired militia to eliminate and move out the population off of the gold fields. Gabrielle and his family believe that the wars being shown on the American news are stories made up to justify the military taking over the land for oil, gold, diamonds, and other commodities. Further, he claims that many people from other countries are bringing their own personal boats to rescue them by handfuls off of the shoreline, including the Italian shop owner who closed his family store in southern Italy-giving up his family income-so he may save the lives of these families across the Med.

According to mainstream news and economic reports, Africa is the number one emerging market on the planet. reports, “Stock markets across Africa are booming and funds focusing on sub-Saharan Africa have exploded in the past few years. In fact, with a capitalization of well over $100 billion, Africa’s stock markets are substantially larger than Central Europe and Russia were in the mid-1990s when they opened up to foreign investors.” This in itself would not be entirely remarkable, however when considering that the sub-Saharan markets were virtually non-existent prior to 1989, and that between the years of 1992 and 2002, the markets more than doubled from $113 billion to $245 billion, it becomes noteworthy (AB). With a population of more than 800 million potential consumers, nearly three times that of the United States, foreign corporations are racing to the finish line.

North Africa and the middle east however, remain fertile territory as it has been largely undeveloped and yet is heavy with natural land resources. Thus, the energy firms, mining, and big agricultural firms are swarming in like bees to honey. The American media portrays groups like ISIS and other factions slaughtering innocents over political power and ideologies, but to the local populations these groups are nothing more than foreign government backed militias committing genocide to rid the land of her people in favor of commodities. Given the nefarious history of Nestle, Kraft, and other multi-national corporations in big agriculture and foods using millions of slaves-including children-it may not be that far of a stretch.

In fact, according to international investigative journalist, Naomi Klein, in her book, “Shock Doctrine”, this is exactly how it has been done for decades in countries such as Indonesia, and Chile, where government- backed multi-national corporations (MNCs) remove or otherwise shut-down indigenous peoples for the sake of free-market democratizing and creating a market production base for the corporations. As the American media is corporate owned by Rupert Murdoch and others and offers a published disclaimer as “entertainment media”, the validity of the stories told –or untold- to the rest of us regarding the happenings in Africa and the Midde East might be questionable.