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The Forgotten Trauma of a Forgotten War As the World Looks Away, Death Stalks the Democratic Republic of Congo, by Nick Turse
With at least $24 trillion in gold, diamonds, tin, coltan, copper, cobalt, and other natural resources beneath the ground, it’s often assumed that Congo’s violence is intimately connected with the desire to control its mineral wealth. By Nick Turse Tom Dispatch October 10, 2019 GOMA, North Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo — The boy was sitting next to […]
MOAB, tomahawks and the threat of nuclear war
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.
From the article: “If you run they will kill you, so you just close your eyes so you don’t see the rapes.”
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.
“Pain at sunrise, regrets at sunset – dawn or dusk, life isn’t fair anymore.”
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 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 […]
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. 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 […]
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 […]