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Archives by Tag 'Africa'
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...