Tag Archives: africa

Threats to World Peace and America’s Imperial Wars: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea

MOAB, tomahawks and the threat of nuclear war

The Drone Papers | Part 8: Target Africa

Turse: Africom and the Pentagon jealously guard information about their outposts in Africa, making it impossible to ascertain even basic facts — like a simple count — let alone just how many are integral to JSOC operations, drone strikes, and other secret activities.

Samer Muscati: South Sudan’s War on Women

From the article: “If you run they will kill you, so you just close your eyes so you don’t see the rapes.”

Nick Turse: The Child Veterans of South Sudan Want to Know, Will Americans Support Them?

Tom Englehardt: It’s been an incredibly quiet show. In recent years, the U.S. military has moved onto the African continent in a big way — and essentially, with the exception of Nick Turse (and Craig Whitlock of the Washington Post), just about no one has noticed.

Al Jazeera: The girls of the Lord’s Resistance Army

“Pain at sunrise, regrets at sunset – dawn or dusk, life isn’t fair anymore.”

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military’s Battlefield of Tomorrow

Turse: In 2013, the combined total of all U.S. activities on the continent reached 546, an average of more than one mission per day. Last year, that number leapt to 674. In other words, U.S. troops were carrying out almost two operations, exercises, or activities — from drone strikes to counterinsurgency instruction, intelligence gathering to marksmanship training — somewhere in Africa every day.

AFRICA: A War of New Connections

The close links between American surveillance of Africa and military facilities in England are revealed by campaigners working for non-violent social change. PAUL ROGERS  OpenDemocracy.net  December 24, 2014 The kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in April 2014 by the Boko Haram movement in the town of Chibok, northeast Nigeria produced a strong reaction in the western […]

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Christmas in July and the Collapse of America’s Great African Experiment

As a Man-Made Famine Looms, Christmas Comes Early to South Sudan: The Limits of America’s African Experiment in Nation Building Posted by Nick Turse  tomdispatch.com  August 7, 2014 Tom Englehardt’s Introduction On return from his recent reporting trip to Africa, Nick Turse told me the following tale, which catches something of the nature of our battered […]

2014 Global Peace Index Released

U.S. ranks 101st in the GPI; Iceland #1 GPI rank ThePeaceAlliance.org  June 2014 Last week the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) released the 2014 edition of its annual Global Peace Index (GPI), which “ranks nations according to their level of peace.” The GPI measures the “absence of violence and absence of the fear of […]

Tomgram: Nick Turse, America’s Non-Stop Ops in Africa

 U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa Documents Reveal Blinding Pace of Ops in 2013, More of the Same for 2014 By Nick Turse  March 27, 2014  TomDispatch.com Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. The numbers tell the story: 10 exercises, 55 operations, 481 security cooperation activities. For years, the U.S. military has […]

Naomi Maina: AFRICOM: Forging New Chains

Is it conceivable that a massive foreign military apparatus was created with intentions that were merely benign and solely in the interests of security for the African people? By Naomi Maina  Women Against Military Madness Newsletter  January/February 2014 January/February Index The U.S. has divided the entire world into military commands (1), providing its military with missions […]

Rwanda and the New Scramble for Africa: From Tragedy to Useful Imperial Fiction

Philpot shows that U.S. and Western intervention  in Rwanda was crucial both in preparing the ground for the 1994 bloodbath  and in the failure to stop it after it was well underway.    Review by Edward S. Herman  January 2014   Z Magazine     By Robin Philpot  Baraka Books (MontrealCA), 273 pp Robin Philpot’s important new […]

Eugene Robinson: Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

South Africa’s apartheid government had been brutally repressive for nearly five decades, and the country’s black majority was justifiably full of anger. Mandela led his people in channeling that anger—not suppressing it but using it in constructive ways. By Eugene Robinson  Posted on Dec 6, 2013  Washington Post via Truthdig.com “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” South African […]

Stephen Gowans> Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa

Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa The next time that empire comes calling in the name of human rights, please be found standing idly by By Stephen Gowans  what’s left Posted in Africa, Libya by what’s left on November 9, 2012 Maximilian C. Forte’s new book Slouching Towards Sirte: NATO’s War on Libya and Africa (released November 20) […]

The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War

The New Obama Doctrine, A Six-Point Plan for Global War Special Ops, Drones, Spy Games, Civilian Soldiers, Proxy Fighters, and Cyber Warfare By Nick Turse   June 14, 2012    Tom Dispatch It looked like a scene out of a Hollywood movie.  In the inky darkness, men in full combat gear, armed with automatic weapons and wearing […]

Insight on Conflict> An Interview with Johan Galtung

AN INTERVIEW WITH JOHAN GALTUNG By Ben Baruch March 12, 2012  Insight on Conflict  Professor Johan Galtung talks to Insight on Conflict’s Ben Baruch about the Arab Spring, his concepts of positive peace and negative peace, the conflict in Sudan, his views on mediation and the merits of local vs. outsider participation in peace processes. Insight on […]

A U.S.-Made Catastrophe: Most of the Blame for the Crisis in Somalia Goes to the U.S.

A U.S.-Made Catastrophe: Most of the Blame for the Crisis in Somalia Goes to the U.S.  Tue, 11/08/2011 – 14:51 — Asad Ismi    Black Agenda Report Somalia by Asad Ismi Somalia faces the worst food crisis in the world, but “the U.S. response to this catastrophe it has created in Somalia is to cut […]

Video: NATO massacre in Zlitan, Libya, August the 8th/9th 2011

NATO massacre in Zlitan, August the 8th/9th 2011 Uploaded by stopnatowarinlibya on Aug 12, 2011 via Diane Johnstone A large number of casualties occurred in the city of Zliten, in the district of Misurata. In Zliten, 85 people were killed including 33 children, 32 women, and 20 men as a result of NATO’s deliberate targeting […]