Tag Archives: Africom

Would Dr. King Oppose NATO?, Black Alliance for Peace

Black Alliance for Peace  January 19, 2019 The United States attempted to co-opt the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by recognizing his birthday. The ruling elites tried to strip King of his militancy and suspend him above the mass movement that produced him. The state certainly had no intention to remain the focus of […]

Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report, by Nick Turse

“U.S. bases abroad cost upwards of $50 billion per year to build and maintain, which is money that could be used to address pressing needs at home in education, health care, housing, and infrastructure,”

Nick Turse | Breaking the Camouflage Wall of Silence: When AFRICOM Evaluates Itself, the News Is Grim

What’s strange, however, is that none of this seems to have caused anyone in the national security state or the military to reconsider the last 15 years of military-first policies, of bombs dropped, troops dispatched, drones sent in, and what the results were across the Greater Middle East and now Africa. There is no serious recalibration, no real rethinking. The response to 15 years of striking failure in a vast region remains more of the same. State of failure indeed! –Tom

David Swanson | Guess Who Wants Authority to Murder by Drone

And, of course, in numerous cases civilians have been killed in large numbers and people have been targeted without identifying who they are.

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.

Nick Turse: Problem Partners, Ugly Outcomes U.S. Special Ops Missions in Africa Fail to Stem Rising Tide of Terror Groups, Coups, and Human Rights Abuses

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure  By Nick Turse   Tom Dispatch  September 10, 2015 Let’s take a moment to consider failure and its options in Washington. The U.S. has been warring with the Islamic State (IS) for more than a year now. The centerpiece of that war has been an ongoing campaign of bombings […]

Flounders | The Pentagon: The Climate Elephant

Flounders: There is an elephant in the climate debate that by U.S. demand cannot be discussed or even seen. This agreement to ignore the elephant is now the accepted basis of all international negotiations on climate change.

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.

Nick Turse: Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya, How Not to End Violence in a War-Torn Land 

Tomgram:  Nick Turse, The Pentagon, Libya, and Tomorrow’s Blowback Today Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. By Nick Turse  TomDispatch.com  April 15, 2014 Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to? That’s what I asked a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM). “I am surprised by your […]

Nick Turse: AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly 

U.S. Officials Talk Candidly (Just Not to Reporters) about Bases, Winning Hearts and Minds, and the “War” in Africa Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. By Nick Turse  April 13, 2013  TomDispatch.com What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things — especially when it comes […]

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 […]