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|·|| Kony 2012: Invisible Children and Visible Racism |
|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 |
|Sunday, July 24|
|·|| Ground Your Warplanes, Save the Horn of Africa |
|Wednesday, May 04|
|·|| Who We Attack: History Can't Hide Hypocrisy |
|Tuesday, April 05|
|·|| Occupying the World: The New Colonialism |
|Monday, March 07|
|·|| Mixed Messages: Arabs Challenge Israeli Hasbara |
|Sunday, January 30|
|·|| Internet Access: Formidable tool to curb and control mass mobilizations! |
|Wednesday, April 14|
|·|| UK media's covert racism laid bare |
|Friday, April 02|
|·|| Africa: since ages living in the racist abyss of capitalist barbarism |
|Wednesday, March 10|
|·|| Quo Vadis, Africa? Some historic Reflections about a truncated Future |
|Thursday, November 19|
|·|| When electoral fraud is met by congratulations |
|Monday, August 17|
|·|| Washington fuels Africa's crisis |
|Monday, July 20|
|·|| Kenya's Mau Mau war: veterans demand justice from Britain |
|Wednesday, February 04|
|·|| Washington suppressed Kenyan exit poll to keep Kibaki in power |
|Thursday, June 05|
|·|| Mbeki Responds to Media Misrepresentations |
|Friday, February 08|
|·|| Who's pushing ongoing violence in Kenya? |
|Africa Focus: South Sudan: When the Empire is Your Liberator, You're Not Independent|
Monday, January 20 @ 06:20:00 AST
|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 AST
|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 AST
|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 AST
|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 AST
|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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|War and Terror: Innocent Kenyan Blood Drips from Imperial Hands|
Sunday, October 06 @ 22:56:19 AST
|By Mark P. Fancher|
October 06, 2013 - blackagendareport.com
“There has been speculation that the U.S. drive to dominate Somalia’s oil supply has prompted an interest in perpetual instability and division within the country.”
A 2011 report prepared for members of Congress lacks significant references to Kenya, but it details eye-opening events in Somalia that set the stage for the recent attack on a Kenyan shopping mall. The Congressional Research Service (CRS) report, titled “Somalia: Current Conditions and Prospects for a Lasting Peace” also contains facts that allow readers to conclude that much of the innocent blood shed by shoppers killed by al-Shabaab militants drips from western imperialist hands.
The recent shopping mall attack was reportedly in retaliation for Kenya’s participation in military operations against al-Shabaab in Somalia in 2011. Al-Shabaab became a force in Somalia after a 2006 military operation that dislodged a government run by “The Islamic Courts Uni0n,” a network of tribunals that administered Islamic law. In 2006, the U.S. State Department’s point person for African affairs was Jendayi Frazer, and she was quoted as saying: “The top layer of the [Islamic Courts Uni0n] courts are extremist to the core. They are terrorists and they are in control.”
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|Africa Focus: US & France Intervene in Mali To Protect Land & Resource Grabs|
Monday, April 29 @ 05:36:06 AST
|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 AST
|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: Opportunities and War in Mali|
Wednesday, February 13 @ 08:44:41 AST
No Security Firms for African Refugees: Opportunities and War in Mali
By Ramzy Baroud
February 13, 2013
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 government contract. But with growing unrest in North and West Africa, G4S is expected to make a speedy recovery.
The January 16th hostage crisis at Algeria’s Ain Amenas gas plant, where 38 hostages were killed, ushered in the return of al-Qaeda not as extremists on the run, but as well-prepared militants with the ability to strike deeply into enemy territories and cause serious damage. For G4S and other security firms, this also translates into growing demands. “The British group (..) is seeing a rise in work ranging from electronic surveillance to protecting travelers,” the company’s regional president for Africa told Reuters. “Demand has been very high across Africa,” Andy Baker said. “The nature of our business is such that in high-risk environments the need for our services increases.”
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|Africa Focus: The Real Invasion of Africa is Not News|
Thursday, January 31 @ 11:04:05 AST
|The Real Invasion of Africa is Not News and a Licence to Lie is Hollywood's Gift
By John Pilger
January 31, 2013 - johnpilger.com
A full-scale invasion of Africa is under way. The United States is deploying troops in 35 African countries, beginning with Libya, Sudan, Algeria and Niger. Reported by Associated Press on Christmas Day, this was missing from most Anglo-American media.
The invasion has almost nothing to do with "Islamism", and almost everything to do with the acquisition of resources, notably minerals, and an accelerating rivalry with China. Unlike China, the US and its allies are prepared to use a degree of violence demonstrated in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Palestine. As in the cold war, a division of labour requires that western journalism and popular culture provide the cover of a holy war against a "menacing arc" of Islamic extremism, no different from the bogus "red menace" of a worldwide communist conspiracy.
Reminiscent of the Scramble for Africa in the late 19th century, the US African Command (Africom) has built a network of supplicants among collaborative African regimes eager for American bribes and armaments. Last year, Africom staged Operation African Endeavor, with the armed forces of 34 African nations taking part, commanded by the US military. Africom's "soldier to soldier" doctrine embeds US officers at every level of command from general to warrant officer. Only pith helmets are missing.
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|Africa Focus: Zimbabwe Empowerment Lessons for South Africa|
Saturday, December 01 @ 00:50:32 AST
|By Rumbidzayi Zinyuke, Business Reporter|
November 30, 2012 - herald.co.zw
ZIMBABWE and South Africa have been urged to join forces in the fight for economic empowerment to ensure that the economies of the two countries lie in the hands of black people.
Speaking at the economic empowerment indaba that ended in Harare yesterday, secretary general of the Black Business Council in South Africa Mr Sandile Zungu said South Africa was faced with the same war that Zimbabweans were fighting to empower locals but reiterated that the situation was worse in his country.
“Less than 25 percent of the South African economy is in the hands of black people and less than 10 percent of large companies are owned by blacks,” he said.
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|Africa Focus: Donor Dollars Aiding Political Repression in Ethiopia|
Tuesday, July 17 @ 16:10:06 AST
|By Graham Peebles|
July 17, 2012 - dissidentvoice.org
An ideological poison is polluting all life within Ethiopia, flowing into every area of civil society. Local governance, urban and rural neighbourhoods, farming, education and the judiciary all are washed in Revolutionary Democracy, the doctrine of the ruling party. Human Rights Watch, (HRW) in their detailed report, "Development without Freedom" (DWF) quotes Ethiopia's Prime Minister for the last twenty years, Meles Zenawi, explaining that:
When Revolutionary Democracy permeates the entire society, individuals will start to think alike and all persons will cease having their own independent outlook. In this order, individual thinking becomes simply part of collective thinking because the individual will not be in a position to reflect on concepts that have not been prescribed by Revolutionary Democracy.
A society of automatons is the EPRDF vision — the Borg Collective in the Horn of Africa, men, women and children of the seventy or so tribal groups of Ethiopia all dancing to one repressive tune sung by the ruling EPRDF.
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|Africa Focus: The Genocidal Fruits of U.S. Africa Policy|
Tuesday, July 17 @ 13:59:12 AST
|By Glen Ford|
July 11, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
“Why does the United States place its strategic interests in the hands of the elite of a warlike minority in the heart of Central Africa?”
The United Nations has finally released a report detailing Rwanda’s latest destabilization of the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. As usual, the delay was caused by the United States, which routinely blocks criticism of its military and political client-state, Rwanda, which has since 1996 been deeply complicit in the death of 6 million Congolese. The United States is, therefore, also liable for the genocide in Congo – the largest mass killings since World War Two.
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|Africa Focus: Colonialism never ended, it continues by different means|
Saturday, May 26 @ 23:26:43 AST
|By George Monbiot|
May 26, 2012 - monbiot.com
The conviction of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, is said to have sent an unequivocal message to current leaders: that great office confers no immunity. In fact it sent two messages: if you run a small, weak nation, you may be subject to the full force of international law. If you run a powerful nation, you have nothing to fear.
While anyone with an interest in human rights should welcome the verdict, it reminds us that no one has faced legal consequences for launching the illegal war against Iraq. This fits the Nuremberg Tribunal’s definition of a “crime of aggression”, which it called “the supreme international crime”(1). The charges on which, in an impartial system, George Bush, Tony Blair and their associates should have been investigated are far graver than those for which Taylor was found guilty.
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|Africa Focus: Social Media Scam Alert: Top Ten Ways to Tell Kony is Phony|
Monday, March 19 @ 14:58:13 AST
|By Bruce A. Dixon|
March 18, 2012 - blackagendareport.com
Joseph Kony, the Invisible Children YouTube video tells us, is a bad guy in Uganda. He's a lawless warlord leading something called the Lord's Resistance Army, which kidnaps, enslaves and murders innocent children by the tens of thousands. We're never told exactly why, as corporate media simply paint Africa as a hellish and inexplicable place where things like that just happen. The Ugandan government, the video tells us, would gladly shut Joseph Kony down and bring him to justice if only the US would provide the advanced weapons, sophisticated tracking gear, military training and the boots on the ground to help get it done. To make this happen, all that Kony 2012's promoters ask of us is to help spread “awareness” of Uganda's “invisible” child soldiers by facebooking, tweeting and repeating the Kony 2012 video, and by emailing influential politicians and the one-name celebrities like Oprah, Bono, Rhianna, Cosby and Lady Gaga (OK, Lady Gaga is two names) to whom they listen. The Kony 2012 video aims to bring this criminal child-enslaving Ugandan warlord to justice by enlisting tens of millions of us little people in making Kony's name an odious household word around the planet, after which Washington DC will stretch forth its military arm to bring Joseph Kony, alive if possible, before the International Criminal Court for trial and punishment.
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