|Wednesday, February 13|
|·|| Opportunities and War in Mali |
|Thursday, January 31|
|·|| The Real Invasion of Africa is Not News |
|Saturday, December 01|
|·|| Zimbabwe Empowerment Lessons for South Africa |
|Tuesday, July 17|
|·|| Donor Dollars Aiding Political Repression in Ethiopia |
|·|| The Genocidal Fruits of U.S. Africa Policy |
|Saturday, May 26|
|·|| Colonialism never ended, it continues by different means |
|Monday, March 19|
|·|| Social Media Scam Alert: Top Ten Ways to Tell Kony is Phony |
|Friday, March 09|
|·|| Kony 2012: Invisible Children and Visible Racism |
|Friday, January 20|
|·|| Black America Still Paralyzed, Powerless, Irrelevant |
|Wednesday, January 11|
|·|| Hell No, We Won’t Go To War Against Africa! |
|Friday, December 02|
|·|| Africa Lies Naked to Euro-American Military Offensive |
|Monday, October 31|
|·|| Understanding Tunisia’s Elections Results |
|Friday, October 21|
|·|| America’s New African Empire |
|Saturday, September 24|
|·|| US Ambassador Echoes Cecil Rhodes |
|Tuesday, August 02|
|·|| End Game for Benghazi Rebels as Libyan Tribes Prepare to Weigh In? |
|Sunday, July 24|
|·|| Ground Your Warplanes, Save the Horn of Africa |
|Wednesday, May 04|
|·|| Who We Attack: History Can't Hide Hypocrisy |
|Wednesday, April 06|
|·|| What Is Behind The Libyan Defections? |
|Monday, February 21|
|·|| Challenging Western Distortions about Zimbabwe's Land Reform |
|Friday, December 17|
|·|| Zimbabwe's Road to Vindication |
|Africa Focus: Obama Pushes Africa Investment: US Corporations 'Drool' over Resources|
Thursday, August 07 @ 08:54:10 UTC
|Critics warn Obama's multibillion dollar push to open Africa for U.S. business will further dispossess and impoverish people across the continent.|
By Sarah Lazare
August 06, 2014 - Common Dreams
At a Washington, DC gathering of African state leaders and U.S. corporations, President Obama on Tuesday unveiled a multi-billion dollar drive to promote U.S. business investments in Africa. While the President said the plan will unleash "the next era of African growth," experts warn it amounts to more of the same extractive policies that have already impoverished and dispossessed people across the continent.
"All you have to do is look who has a seat at the table to understand what is happening," said Emira Woods, expert on U.S. foreign policy in Africa and social impact director at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice, in an interview with Common Dreams. "We're talking African leaders, some with bad human rights records, and American CEOs."
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|Africa Focus: How the Global Financial Elite Pillage Africa|
Tuesday, July 15 @ 11:56:37 UTC
|Behind 'Smokescreen' of Charity, Global Financial Elite Pillage African Nations $60bn Each Year|
"Notions of aid and charity are in reality aiding politicians and multinational corporations to continue plundering Africa behind a shroud of 'generosity'."
By Lauren McCauley
July 15, 2014 - Common Dreams
Under the "smokescreen" of giving aid or charity, western governments and multinational corporations are pillaging states in sub-Sahara Africa with losses nearing $60 billion each year, according to research published on Tuesday by a coalition of 10 Africa and UK-based NGOs.
The report, Honest accounts? The true story of Africa's billion dollar losses (pdf), finds that while an estimated $134 billion flows into the continent annually through a combination of loans, foreign investment and aid, African nations lose approximately $192 billion in profits made by foreign multinational companies, as well as through tax evasion and the costs of adapting to climate change.
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|Africa Focus: Questioning the #BringBackOurGirls Campaign|
Wednesday, May 21 @ 18:33:36 UTC
|By Danny Haiphong|
May 21, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“US imperialism is the real terrorist for African people and the root of terrorism in Africa.”
When tragedies occur, questions arise. If a close relative is injured in a car accident, the affected family may ask a number of questions for both clarity and guidance. One question certain to come up is “who or what is responsible for the accident?” Most people wouldn’t accept an answer to this question from just anyone. Instead, concerned family and community members would probably seek verifiable evidence that leads to logical conclusions about the nature of the incident.
The #BringBackOurGirls campaign doesn’t appear interested in asking the difficult questions necessary to understanding the forces behind the kidnapping of 300 young girls in Nigeria. The campaign instead calls for US intervention to track down the so-called “terrorist” organization, Boko Haram. US imperialism responded quickly by sending marines to Nigeria, escalating US militarization in a country already dominated economically and politically by the West. #BringBackOurGirls supporters achieved their objective of further US militarization at the expense of African people. The #BringBackOurGirls campaign is thus not a social movement at all, and it must be clearly understood that there is much more to the kidnappings in Nigeria than the campaign is willing to address.
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|Africa Focus: Kidnapped Girls Become Tools of U.S. Imperial Policy in Africa|
Friday, May 16 @ 15:42:39 UTC
|By Glen Ford|
March 16, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“The Boko Haram, like other jihadists, had become more dangerous in a post-Gaddafi Africa – thus justifying a larger military presence for the Americans.”
A chorus of outraged public opinion demands that the “international community” and the Nigerian military “Do something!” about the abduction by Boko Haram of 280 teenage girls. It is difficult to fault the average U.S. consumer of packaged “news” products for knowing next to nothing about what the Nigerian army has actually been “doing” to suppress the Muslim fundamentalist rebels since, as senior columnist Margaret Kimberley pointed out in these pages, last week, the three U.S. broadcast networks carried “not a single television news story about Boko Haram” in all of 2013. (Nor did the misinformation corporations provide a nanosecond of coverage of the bloodshed in the Central African Republic, where thousands died and a million were made homeless by communal fighting over the past year.) But, that doesn’t mean the Nigerian army hasn’t been bombing, strafing, and indiscriminately slaughtering thousands of, mainly, young men in the country’s mostly Muslim north.
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|Africa Focus: How Not to “Bring Back our Girls”|
Tuesday, May 13 @ 09:14:43 UTC
|By Margaret Kimberley|
May 13, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“The last thing Nigeria needs is a foreign military presence to prop up its corrupt government.”
Bring back our girls. The message is a simple one that resonates with millions of people around the world. Those four words were first seen in a now famous twitter hashtag in the aftermath of the kidnapping of 280 teenagers from a school in Chibok, Nigeria on April 14, 2014. The Boko Haram group which is fighting that country’s government admits to holding the girls captive.
Only people who closely follow international news were aware of this situation until last week. It is right that so many people are concerned for the girls’ safety. Unfortunately, the effort to draw attention to this horror is of little use without a deeper understanding of Africa’s political situation.
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|Africa Focus: South Sudan: When the Empire is Your Liberator, You're Not Independent|
Monday, January 20 @ 06:20:00 UTC
|By Glen Ford |
January 15, 2014 - blackagendareport.com
“The South Sudanese military has broke up into its component warlord parts.”
For decades, the United States and Israel sought to bring about the fracturing of Sudan, which had been, geographically, the largest nation in Africa. Secession of the South was a special project of Israel, whose most enduring and fundamental foreign policy is to spread chaos and dissention in the Muslim and Arab worlds. Sudan, under the political control of the mostly Muslim North, joined the Arab League immediately upon independence, in 1956. Israel has sought to destabilize Sudan ever since, both to strike a blow at “Arabized” Africans and to curry favor among Christians on the continent.
John Garang, who rose to leader of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army, received military training in Israel in 1970, during Sudan’s first civil war. However, Garang favored keeping the South in federation with a united Sudan. In 2005, under a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, Garang became vice president of the whole of Sudan and premier of the southern part of the country. He died in a mysterious helicopter crash six months later. Garang was succeeded by Salva Kiir, who sports a black cowboy hat given to him by President Bush, in 2006.
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|Africa Focus: Mandela Is Dead: Why Hide The Truth About Apartheid?|
Monday, December 30 @ 05:31:19 UTC
|By Fidel Castro|
December 29, 2013 - monthlyreview.org
Maybe the empire thought that we would not honor our word when, during days of uncertainty in the past century, we affirmed that even if the USSR were to disappear Cuba would continue struggling. World War II broke out on September 1, 1939 when Nazi-fascist troops invaded Poland and struck like a lightning over the heroic people of the USSR, who contributed 27 million lives to preserve mankind from that brutal massacre that ended the lives of 50 million persons.
War, on the other hand, is the only venture that the human race throughout history has failed to avoid, leading Einstein to say that he did not know how World War III would be like but most certainly the fourth would be fought with sticks and stones.
Added up, the means available to the two most powerful powers –United States and Russia— amount to 20,000 (twenty thousand) nuclear warheads. Mankind should know that three days before John F. Kennedy assumed the presidency of his country on January 20, 1961, a US B-52 bomber, in a routine flight, carrying two atomic bombs with a destructive capacity 260 times that of the bomb dropped in Hiroshima, had an accident and the aircraft crashed. For such cases sophisticated automatic equipment are in place to prevent the bombs from exploding. The first bomb landed without risks. In the case of the second, three of the four mechanisms failed, and the fourth, in very critical conditions could barely function. The bomb did not explode by mere chance.
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|Africa Focus: The Mandela Barbie|
Sunday, December 15 @ 17:51:09 UTC
|By Greg Palast|
December 13, 2013 - gregpalast.com
I can't take it anymore. All week, I've watched Nelson Mandela reduced to a Barbie doll. From Fox News to the Bush family, the politicians and media mavens who body-blocked the anti-Apartheid Movement and were happy to keep Mandela behind bars, now get to dress his image up in any silly outfit they choose.
It's more nauseating than hypocrisy and ignorance. The Mandela Barbie tells us in a squeaky little doll voice, not his own, that apartheid is now "defeated" - to quote the ridiculous headline in the Times.
Poor Mandela. When he's not a doll, he's a statue. He joins Martin Luther King as another bronzed monument whose use is to serve a new version of racism, Apartheid 2.0, worsening both in South Africa - and in the USA.
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|Africa Focus: Good Liberation Hero-Bad Liberation Hero|
Saturday, December 07 @ 19:54:42 UTC
|By Stephen Gowans|
December 07, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com
It seemed almost inevitable that on the new day Western newspapers were filled with encomia to the recently deceased South African national liberation hero Nelson Mandela that another southern African hero of national liberation, Robert Mugabe, should be vilified. “Nearly 90, Mugabe still driving Zimbabwe’s economy into the ground,” complained Geoffrey York of Canada’s Globe and Mail.
President Mugabe gives a toast to a closer relationship between Zimbabweans and progressive South Africans and to peace and prosperity in 1990.
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|Africa Focus: Mandela, A Life of Struggle: The History Most Mainstream Obits Omit|
Saturday, December 07 @ 07:34:55 UTC
|By Derrick O'Keefe and Jahanzeb Hussain|
December 07, 2013 - commondreams.org
Nearly 50 years ago, in 1964, Nelson Mandela — along with many other comrades in the struggle for the liberation of South Africa from racist white domination under apartheid — was sentenced to life in prison. His statement to the court, made when he was facing the real threat of execution, remains an historic demonstration of defiance and resistance.
Mandela’s sentence was “reduced” to life imprisonment. He would spend 27 years caged by the brutal racist regime in South Africa, before the resistance movement there and a worldwide solidarity campaign helped to force his release.
Many times, the apartheid government dangled a pardon for Mandela — if he would agree to publicly renounce the armed struggle. Contrary to liberal, depoliticized histories of the life of Mandela, he was in fact a political leader who believed in achieving liberation by any means necessary. Indeed, in 1961 he helped to found Umkhonto we Sizwe — which means ‘Spear of the Nation’ — an armed struggle wing of the liberation movement. Earlier that same year, Mandela gave his first ever television interview. In it, he alluded to the sense of futility of fighting against a violent apartheid regime with only non-violent means.
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|Africa Focus: US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs|
Monday, April 29 @ 05:36:06 UTC
|US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs, Not Because of Al Qeda|
By Bruce Dixon
April 29, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
On March 15, former General and AFRICOM commander Carter F. Ham testified before the House Armed Services Committee that the situation in the West African republic of Mali is, along with that in Nigeria and Somalia, “a direct threat to the national security of the United States.” In plain language, claiming a direct threat to US national security is the standard justification for murderous military intervention around the world, and Mali has just been added to the hit list.
Echoing official sources like General Ham, corporate media tell us that Al Qeda and related Islamist forces, flush with weapons from the recent conflict in Libya, are poised to overrun Mali. Should we believe them? Aren't they the same folks who once assured us Saddam, and nowadays Iran, have nuclear weapons? Of course they are, and the real reasons for US intervention are something else entirely.
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|Africa Focus: Africa: Imperialism's High Mark of Conquest in the 21st Century|
Wednesday, April 10 @ 13:24:17 UTC
|The US-NATO military curtain has fallen the length and breadth of Africa. 'Zimbabwe and tiny Eritrea are among the few nations on the African continent that have not yet been absorbed into the AFRICOM matrix.'|
By Glen Ford
April 10, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“Imperialism with a Black face has been fantastically successful, in Africa.”
At present, nothing stands in the way of the militarization and occupation of Africa by the United States and its junior imperialist partners. Every global and multinational organization of any consequence on the continent has been suborned to the service of the neocolonial military project. AFRICOM, the United States Military Command in Africa, has become the headquarters of recolonization, augmented by the militaries of NATO and legitimized by the African Uni0n, itself, and the global credentials of the United Nations.
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|Africa Focus: The fallacy of the whiteman's burden|
Wednesday, March 27 @ 11:36:20 UTC
By Mthulisi Ndebele|
March 27, 2013 - herald.co.zw
I am greatly concerned by the misconception that is awash in various foreign and local media that for Zimbabwe’s elections to be regarded as free and fair, they must be endorsed by the EU and USA.
The road from colonialism to one man one vote was a long one, accompanied by indiscriminate expropriation of African land and their rights. One such right was the right to one men one vote or universal adult suffrage which finally came after the sacrifices made by the gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe.
This right was fought for by our forebears for over 100 years from the first Umvukela to the war of independence. The ability to cast a vote meant they had a voice and they could choose our own leaders but through various colonial measures such as the qualified franchise a few Africans could vote in the then colonial Rhodesia.
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|Africa Focus: Gaddafi's warnings now used to justify Mali intervention|
Wednesday, February 27 @ 20:46:50 UTC
|Once derided, Gaddafi’s warnings about jihadists now used to justify Mali intervention|
By Stephen Gowans
February 27, 2013 - gowans.wordpress.com
In the January 20th New York Times, Steven Erlanger justifies the French intervention in Mali on these grounds:
Erlanger uses the word “legitimate” to describe Mali’s government. “Democratic” carries more weight, but Mali is governed by a military dictatorship, a truth one suspects Erlanger would prefer not to draw attention to. Neither does Erlanger’s report mention that Human Rights Watch accuses the Malian military of killing civilian Tuareg and Arab minorities (1). Being every bit a salesman, Erlanger presses “legitimate” into use as an inferior, though still high-sounding, surrogate for “democratic” and ignores the civilian killings. A military operation to help a legitimate government must be legitimate, right? In any event, it sounds a whole lot better than the truth, namely, that the West has mounted a military operation to prop up a dictatorship that kills its own people.
- It responds to “a direct request from a legitimate government.”
- It combats “the spread of radical Islamists, some of them foreign jihadists, strongly connected to terrorist groups like Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.”
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|Africa Focus: Imperial Jockeying in Africa: U.S. Intervention Sets to Deepen|
Wednesday, February 20 @ 14:57:52 UTC
By Ben Schreiner|
February 20, 2013 - workingleft.blogspot.com
As “the peril of guerrilla war looms” for the French in Mali, the United States prepares to step-up its intervention across Africa.
Speaking in Bamako on Tuesday, U.S. Senator Christopher Coons, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, stated that direct U.S. military support of the Malian government is likely to resume after the country’s July elections.
“After there is a full restoration of democracy,” Coons said, “I would think it is likely that we will renew our direct support for the Malian military.”
(The U.S. suspended direct military aid to Mali following a coup last year by a U.S.-trained Malian officer.)
Coons went on to deem al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) a “‘very real threat’ to Africa, the United States and the wider world.”
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