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Archives by Tag 'Africa'
Carnage in the Congo
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The UN has condemned Rwanda’s role in the carnage in the Congo for supplying arms and aid to the M23 rebels fighting the Congolese army in northern Congo yet provides the Rwandan military ten$ of million$ in arms and aid for the thousands of Rwandan “peacekeepers” o...
Mali: West Africa’s Gate to Convenient Chaos, Intervention
RAMZY BAROUD
France is insisting on ‘rapid’ military intervention in Mali. Its unmanned drones have reportedly been scouring the desert of the troubled West African nation – although it claims that the drones are seeking the whereabouts of six French hostages believed to be ...
Isolating a Nation
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Award winning independent producer Afshin Rattansi, a frequent contributor to CounterPUnch, has released the groundbreaking documentary “Eritrea; A Nation In Isolation” on PressTV. The first authentic documentary on Eritrea since its independence 21 years ago a...
Why is Obama Silent Over the New Congo War?
SHAMUS COOKE
The last Congo war that ended in 2003 killed 5.4 million people, the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II. The killing was directly enabled by international silence over the issue; the war was ignored and the causes obscured because governments were backing gro...
The African-American Case Against Obama
AFEWORKI MEKONNEN
Over the last little while, a few individuals, claiming to be Eritrean-Americans, have come on the popular Eritrean website, Dehai, and tried to influence their fellow Eritrean-Americans to vote for Barack Obama. I see this as akin to asking Eritreans to reward Obama for ...
Which Africans Will Obama Whack Next?
PATRICK BOND
Durban, South Africa. Would Barack Obama’s re-election advance African democracy and prosperity? Evidence suggests not, though the alternative in the November 6 election would probably be worse. Obama’s most important important policy speech on ...
Somalia’s Election Farce
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
While the international media might trumpet “Somalia’s First Free and Fair Elections in 50 Years” reality on the ground in Mogadishu reveals a truly grand farce of an “election” process. First of all, the so called “Members of Parliament”, most of who...
Ethiopia’s Opportunity
GRAHAM PEEBLES
London. The death of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, announced on 22nd August after his mysterious two-month disappearance, presents a tremendous opportunity to Ethiopia. Let a new day dawn for the people, one filled with hope and fundamental chang...
The Trouble in Kenya
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Faced with a combination of body blows ranging from spiking prices for maize, import dependent Kenya’s staple food, IMF mandated food subsidy cuts, a foolhardy USA instigated invasion of Somalia, election triggered ethnic warfare and a simmering independence movement by...
The War in Mali
CONN HALLINAN
The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are ...
The Children are Still Dying
RAMZY BAROUD
Somewhere in my home I have a set of photo albums I rarely go near. I fear the flood of cruel memories that might be evoked from looking at the countless photos I took during a trip to Iraq. Many of the pictures are of children who developed rare forms of cancer as a resu...
Veiled Muslim Women and Boozing Western Intellectuals
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Nairobi, Kenya. I am scared. As I am writing this essay, the Eid-ul-Fitr is approaching; festivities that will mark the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan are about to start. Some 20 percent of the world population, which is Muslim, is now coo...
The Coming Corpse of Zimbabwe
PATRICK BOND
Zimbabwe’s political-economic crisis continues because dislodging decades of malgovernance has not been achieved by either a Government of National Unity that began in early 2009, civil society activism, or international pressure, including this week’s Maputo summit o...
The Meles Mystery
GRAHAM PEEBLES
To many Ethiopians the sudden disappearance of Prime Minister Zenawi is a source of joy and excited expectation, for his die-hard supporters apprehension no doubt and concern for their leader. Is he dead they ask, or perhaps critically ill, has he run away, finally overwh...
The Afghanistan of Africa
RAMZY BAROUD
Northern Mali promises to be the graveyard of scores of innocent people if African countries don’t collectively challenge Western influence in the region. Mali is fast becoming the Afghanistan of Africa. The tragic reality is that Mali – a large ...
Libor and Africa: Nothing New Here
KALUNDI SERUMAGA
While Africa’s rulers have become world famous for rigging elections, Europe’s’ financial class are acquiring their own reputation for rigging financial results. Both acts will have the effect of weakening democracy worldwide. Greece’s’ democracy is still...
Obama’s Scramble for Africa
NICK TURSE
They call it the New Spice Route, an homage to the medieval trade network that connected Europe, Africa, and Asia, even if today’s “spice road” has nothing to do with cinnamon, cloves, or silks.  Instead, it’s a superpower’s superhighway, on which trucks and sh...
Into Africa
MICHAEL BRENNER
America’s “war on terror” now has brought us deep into tropical Africa and the Sahel. We learned last week that Washington is engaged in an expansive project to hunt down an array of local “terrorists”, could-be “terrorists” and mayhem makers in general. Nea...
Anti-African Hysteria Sweeps Israel
URI AVNERY
“We shall not be a normal people, until we have Jewish whores and Jewish thieves in the Land of Israel,” our national poet, Haim Nahman Bialik, said some 80 years ago. This dream has come true. We have Jewish murderers, Jewish robbers and Jewish whores (though ...
How to Starve in Somalia on 10 Cents a Day
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
The UN announced its budget for feeding the over one million Somali refugees under its care for the next year and have allocated less than 10 cents a day to do so. Anthony Lake, once nominated to head the CIA, now UNICEF supremo, held a press conference in April 20...
Grasp the Future
VIJAY PRASHAD
In August 1964, Malcolm X spent several weeks in Egypt. While in Cairo, he wrote an essay in the Egypt Gazette entitled “Racism: the Cancer that is Destroying America.” Here, Malcolm X noted, “The common goal of 22 million Afro-Americans is respect and HUMA...
South Sudan’s Missing $10 Billion
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
South Sudan’s leaders have stolen at least $10 billion in oil revenues shared with them by Sudan in the past 7 years. With somewhere between $12 to $17 billion turned over to South Sudan, Africa’s newest “government”, during this time frame some say estimates ...
Grab Everything And Justify It By War
ANDRE VLTCHEK
Welcome to Kenya. Karibu sana! And welcome to the world of Kenyan politics, of intrigues and cruelty. Welcome to the world where ‘seemingly’ unconnected events like the Kenyan invasion to Somalia, kidnapping of Western tourists and aid workers, gigantic infra...
The African Roscius
CHARLES R. LARSON
If you have never heard of Ira Aldridge—“the most visible black man in Europe in the middle of the nineteenth century”—his biography, by Bernth Lindfors, will come to you as a revelation.  How can that be?  Aldridge, who was African American, left the United Sta...