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The Real Story About Bush, HIV/AIDS and Africa
ROB PRINCE
The thin thread – the pretext – for offering George W. Bush what  was originally entitled an “Improving The Human Condition Award”, now referred to as `a Global Service’ award (by the University of Denver) – is his supposed work to fight AIDs in Africa. ...
Ethiopia: Lives for Land in Gambella
GRAHAM PEEBLES
To many people land is much more than a resource or corporate commodity to be bought, developed and sold for a profit. Identity, cultural history and livelihood are all connected to ‘place’. The erosion of traditional values and morality (which include the observation...
Homophobia in Nigeria
IJEOMA EKOH
According to Nigeria’s Ministry of Information, its web portal was attacked on Jul...
Seeking Peace in Dadaab
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Many people living outside Africa, most perhaps, have never heard of the Ogaden (or Somali) region of Ethiopia, they know nothing of the murders rapes and destruction that the ethnic Somali’s allege are taking place there. We all have our problems and wh...
Obama’s Hypocrisy and CNN’s Blind Spot Over AIDS
GREGORY R. GRANT
CNN reported on Monday that “The U.S. government’s response to the epidemic in South Africa began in 2003”.  That is actually not true.  According to the Guardian August 9th, 1999, a heated controversy started in 1997 between South Africa and the ...
Africa Crashing
PATRICK BOND
Durban. Barack Obama’s weekend trip to South Africa may have the desired effect of slowing the geopolitical realignment of Pretoria to the Brazil-India-Russia-China-SA (BRICS) axis. That shift to BRICS has not, however, meant deviation from the hosts’ ...
The New Wild West
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Dancing to the tune of their corporate benefactors, governments of the ruling G8 countries are enacting complex agriculture agreements delivering large tracts of prime cut African soil into the portfolios of their multinational bedmates. Desperate for foreign inves...
Obama in Africa
HORACE CAMPBELL
In recent years, the United States has increasingly been sidelined in areas of deep economic transformation in Africa because US engagement with Africa has been primarily through militarism and military relations. The visit of US President Barack Obama to Africa should be...
Seeds of Change in Ethiopia
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Thousands march in the capital The people of Ethiopia have been suppressed and controlled for generations. Under the current EPRDF government, freedom of expression has been curtailed and an atmosphere of fear and intimidation fostered. Peaceful assembly has...
Zimbabwe: The Revolution Examined
ERIC DRAITSER
As I sit down to write the second part of my series on Zimbabwe, I am struck by the difficulty of the task before me. In the first article, Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues, I atte...
Ogaden Refugees Fleeing Government Persecution
GRAHAM PEEBLES
The Ethiopian military and paramilitary forces, operating in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, are, it is alleged, carrying out extra judicial killings and gang rapes; falsely arresting and torturing innocent civilians; looting and destroying villages and crops in a systemat...
Zimbabwe: The Revolution Continues
ERIC DRAITSER
The coming elections in Zimbabwe are no mere referendum on the leadership of the coalition government. Instead, the decision before Zimbabweans is a clear one: continue on the revolutionary path of Mugabe and ZANU-PF or follow Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T an...
The Language Wars of France
SERGE HALIMI
Paris. A single market, a single currency, a single language? The doors and bridges shown on Euro notes already reflect the fluid nature of deals between businessmen with no home and no history. So should students be free to cross borders, using English a...
Another Stolen Kenyan Election
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
That the fix was in was confirmed when the Godfather himself, son of a Kenyan, Barack Obama, called Uhuru Kenyatta, indicted for “Crimes Against Humanity” by those minions of Pax Americana, the International Criminal Court, to congratulate him for successfully conduct...
Nigerians in Obama’s America and Back Home
CHARLES LARSON
Years ago, before the country’s independence in 1960, Nigerians referred to a countryman who had spent time in England as a “been-to,” especially those who affected British mannerisms, sometimes after the briefest of visits.  In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s latest ...
South Africa’s Sub-Imperial Seductions
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. Thanks are due to an odd man, the brutally-frank Zambian vice president Guy Scott who last week pronounced, “I dislike South Africa for the same reason that Latin Americans dislike the United States”, and to our own president Jaco...
France and Mali: Hollande’s Bush Moment
BARRY LANDO
Paris. As Colin Powell famously warned George H.W. Bush...
East African Opposition, Really?
ANDRE VLTCHEK
In the three Western outposts of the eastern part of Africa – Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya – the opposition had either been totally smashed or is rotting in jail. Alternatively, it has ‘ceased to exist’. In East Africa, those who are in power and those who ...
Why France Won’t Intervene in the Central African Republic
SASHA ROSS
The French seem to have taken an active interest in rescuing Africa from itself. They struck Libya in the name of democracy and moved to invade Mali a year later under the same premises. So now that former French colony, the Central African Republic, has been overrun by r...
China Finds Its Place
VIJAY PRASHAD
An old colonial saw worries about the entry of the Asians into European colonies in Africa and its settler colonies (of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa) – they will arrive to be field labor and shop-keepers, multiply by migration and by procreation and then supp...
Firebombing Eritrean Centers in Sweden
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
On Sunday night February 24 three Eritrean community centers in Stockholm, Sweden were firebombed and burnt to the ground following a vicious attack on the Swedish Eritrean population by a program broadcast by Stockholm television station SVT. The pogrom style “d...
Achebe’s Legacy
CHARLES R. LARSON
Chinua Achebe—Africa’s greatest novelist—has died in a hospital near Boston. When Achebe’s ...
Harare: Is It Really the Worst City on Earth?
ANDRE VLTCHEK
For a change, I don’t want to discuss politics. I don’t want to debate whether big bad Mugabe is actually an African national hero, as many on this continent believe, or some brutal dictator, as we are told relentlessly by the BBC, The Economist and virtually t...
The Green Green Gold of Ethiopia
GRAHAM PEEBLES
Ancestral land that for generations has served as home and livelihood for hundreds of thousands of indigenous people in Ethiopia is being leased out, on 99-year renewable contracts at nominal sums to foreign corporations. The land giveaway or agrarian reforms as the gover...
An Interview with Michael Klare
KEN KLIPPENSTEIN
Michael T. Klare is the author of the book, The Race for What’s Left (2012), in which he...
Kenya Votes
ANDRE VLTCHEK
It is hot and dusty. Hundreds of thousands of Kenyan voters are trapped in endless queues, many feeling desperate and sick. They are angry; they are pointing their fists and fingers at the officials and police officers, threateningly. Both men and women scream insults....
Neo-Imperialism and the Arrogance of Ignorance
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
Most Americans do not realize the extent to which the U.S. is becoming involved militarily in the welter of conflicts throughout Saharan and sub-Saharan Africa (check out the chaos as mapped ...
Land Loyalties in Ethiopia
GRAHAM PEEBLES
With the coming of industrial-size farms in Ethiopia, local people, villagers and pastoralists (deemed irrelevant to the Government’s, economically-driven development plans) are being t...
Fallout from the Western Offensive in Mali
DAVID URRA
Plenty has been written and re-written about the events taking place in the Middle East, but it has not always been easy to comprehend that these events are the result of a unique plan that has been developing in the shadows and has only become visible in its final phases...
Drones, Africa and the Decline of American Power
NORMAN POLLACK
The announcement (Feb. 22) that the US has opened a drone base in Niger has been deliberately couched in abstract counterterrorism terms: unarmed Predator drones for reconnaissance purposes in order to track Al Qaeda and, never to be missed, “its affiliates.”  Who co...
Asian Pivot, African Target
EVAN TAYLOR
Barack Obama loves basketball, and the media loves to analyze his maneuvering of U.S. Foreign Policy as if it were a basketball game.  The first term was the “Asia Pivot,”—Barack backing down China in the lane, clearing out space for U.S. influence in Vietn...
Imperial Jockeying in Africa
BEN SCHREINER
As “the peril of guerrilla war looms” for t...
The West’s War Against African Development Continues
DAN GLAZEBROOK
Africa’s classic depiction in the mainstream media, as a giant basketcase full of endless war, famine and helpless children creates an illusion of a continent utterly dependent on Western handouts. In fact, the precise opposite is true – it is the West that is reliant...
Ethiopian Annihilation of the Ogaden People
GRAHAM PEEBLES
In the harsh Ogaden region of Ethiopia, impoverished ethnic Somali people are being murdered and tortured, raped, persecuted and displaced by government paramilitary forces. Illegal actions carried out with the knowledge and tacit support of donor countries, seemingly con...
Breaking Mali
BARRY LANDO
Paris. There is a massive, historic upheaval gong on—one chaotic Islamic country after another–spanning more than 7000 miles of the globe—a huge tectonic shift—from Western Africa to the Western frontiers of China. And, despite a militar...
Cognitive Dissonance at the New York Times
DAVE LINDORFF
For a masterpiece in cognitive dissonance, just look to the foreign editors and the managing editor of the New York Times, who managed to run two closely related stories making opposite points in Saturday’s paper without referencing each other at all. The ...
The Ominous US Presence in Northwest Africa
SHELDON RICHMAN
Ominously but unsurprisingly, the U.S. military’s Africa Command wants to increase its footprint in northwest Africa. What began as low-profile assistance to France’s campaign to wrest control of northern Mali (a former colony) from unwelcome jihadists could end up be...
No Security Firms for African Refugees
RAMZY BAROUD
The British security firm G4S is set to rake in massive profits thanks to crises in Mali, Libya and Algeria. Recognized as the world’s biggest security firm, the group’s brand plummeted during the London Olympics last year due to its failure to satisfy conditions of a...
The “Long War” Rhetoric is Back
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
The bloodshed at the In Amenas gas facility in Algeria has brought into focus the deteriorating situation in north and west Africa and the role of France in the region. The rhetoric of the “long war” against terrorism is back. So is Western military involvement in yet...
The Eritrean “Coup” That Never Was
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The New York Times and its cult followers in the American media, amongst others, manufactured an attempted “coup” that never happened in the small East African country of Eritrea. The story of this “attempted coup” began last Monday morning, Januar...
The Open-Ended Global War on Terrorism
PEPE ESCOBAR
And the winner of the Oscar for Best Sequel of 2013 goes to… The Global War on Terror (GWOT), a Pentagon production. Abandon all hope those who thought the whole thing was over with the cinematographic snuffing out of “Geronimo”, aka Osama bin Laden, fur...
Ethiopian Regime on Life Support
THOMAS MOUNTAIN
“Soon come” as Jamaica’s Rastafarians say. In this case it applies to the end of the Ethiopian regime which is now in its terminal stage, in intensive care on life support and being kept alive only by an intravenous infusion of over $20 million a day in western “a...
Mali’s Secret Infrastructure
SASHA ROSS
The armed Islamists who fled to Mali after the fall of Qaddafi’s government are significant, but they do not represent a complete rationale for French intervention. The Tuareg rose up in revolt partly due to Islamist influence, but also through nationalist impulse due t...
France’s Tragic Path in Mali
BARRY LANDO
Paris. With hundreds of French troops in Mali, and hundreds more headed that way, the U.S. among other countries, has also pledged some limited support: intelligence, communication, logistics, unarmed drones. But Washington obviously would like to keep a l...
Obama in Africa
STEVE BREYMAN
Critics of President Obama’s 2011 aerial intervention in Libya may recall one of that conflict’s most striking features: the administration’s failure to invoke the 1973 War Powers Resolution (WPR). The War Powers Resolution is that tasteless congressional fruit of t...
A New Wave of Barbarism
BEN SCHREINER
The French military intervention into Mali on Friday — France’s second in as many years into a former African colony — was reportedly “...
Hotel Rwanda Revisited: an Interview with Paul Rusesabagina
DANIEL KOVALIK
With the takeover of the city of Goma in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (“Congo”) last year by M23 rebels, and with Rwanda receiving a seat on the UN Security Council last year as well, I wanted to talk to Rwanda’s most famous son, Paul Rusesabagina, about Rwa...
Using “American Power Wisely”
BURKELY HERMANN
In the morning after Christmas, I listened to a video from Democracy Now! detailing the day’s headlines. What I heard announced by Amy Goodman ...
Mali, Wahabis and Saudis
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
A well armed and supplied Wahabi movement in the African country of Mali, funded by the Saudis, has taken over most of northern Mali and has begun to, amongst other Wahabi practices, destroy tombs of Islamic African kings, the world famous Mansas of Mali that are world he...
African Odyssey Turns to the South
GUILLAUME PITRON
It’s noon, and Etienne Bokoli, a Congolese translator, is getting impatient. Babasar, from Senegal, has been inside the refugee reception centre since seven this morning. The high winter sun is beating down on the tin roofs of Messina, a small South African town near th...