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    African Currency Unit: An Urgent Question in the Midst of the Capitalist Crisis

    by Horace G. Campbell

    Massive capital drain from Africa and that Africa is a net creditor to Europe and North America. Without an African central bank functioning under democratic control and a credible African currency, the drain of resources will continue to rob Africa the means to achieve development. “It is in the interest of all to work for the new multipolar currency regime.”

    U.S. Deploys More Special Forces in Search of Kony, Africa’s Stand-in for Osama bin Laden

    by executive editor Glen Ford

    The latest deployment of U.S. Special Forces aircraft to central Africa is an escalation of an effective U.S. occupation of the continent, via AFRICOM and subservient indigenous armies. “AFRICOM’s mission is to lock the continent in a cage of steel, to imprison it in the imperial orbit.” President Obama casts Joseph Kony in the role of Africa’s Osama bin Laden, to justify the military buildup.

    Desmond Tutu is Wrong: The AU Should Quit the International Criminal Court

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The African Union is moving towards a break with the International Criminal Court, a tribunal that only indicts Africans who get on the wrong side of the United States. Desmond Tutu and others claim the ICC needs to be there, to defend “the victims.” But its brand of justice is highly selective. “The ICC is a tool of U.S. foreign policy, an instrument of neocolonialism.”

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    Zimbabwe: The Choice

    by Eric Draitser

    Next week’s elections in Zimbabwe pit President Robert Mugabe’s independent leadership against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s long collaboration with U.S. and British imperialism. “Both parties’ respective leaders enter this year’s elections as incumbents, and both must face scrutiny over their policies and their actions.”

    The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones?

    The War on Africa: U.S. Imperialism and the World Economic Crisis

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    The U.S. anti-war movement must adjust its focus to the realities of U.S. imperialist war policies. That means paying more attention to Africa, which “is a focal point for military intervention by the Pentagon, the CIA and NATO.”

    The African Union: Still Subservient After All These Years

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The African Union made a show of rejecting the International Criminal Court’s “race hunting” methods, but the facts of dependence on the imperial powers remain. “Virtually all the armies of Africa, except for Eritrea, Zimbabwe and Sudan, have become integrated into either U.S. or French military structures.”

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    Libyan Rebels and International Criminal Court Battle Over Gaddafi’s Son

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    Libya, delivered into the hands of lawlessness by the U.S. and its NATO allies, refuses to turn over Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of slain leader Muammar Gaddafi, to the International Criminal Court. Meanwhile, the ICC, which confines its prosecutions to Africans and “has been utilized to bolster imperialist aims and objectives internationally,” was soundly rebuked at a meeting of the African Union.

    The Irrelevance of the African Union at 50

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The African Union celebrated its 50th anniversary last week, marking the occasion with bombastic proclamations and a 50-year “renaissance” plan. However, Africa is, in some ways, less independent than it was a decade or two ago. “The United States effectively lords it over Africa to a degree unmatched by any single European power of the colonial period.”

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    Rebels and Love in Central African Republic

    by Okello Oculi

    The French and assorted European and Arab slavers loved the people of the Central African Republic to death. More recently, the country has repeatedly dissolved in lusty coups, abetted by her foreign lovers. It is time for the African Union to end the one-way embrace of the Central African Republic, and prosecute her rapacious suitors for “decades of willful expropriation and genocide.”

    Washington Aims to Turn Congo Military Mission into a U.S. Proxy Force

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    The new agreement in the Democratic Republic of Congo – which has already been violated by U.S.-allied forces – would field a peace-enforcement mission. However, “if the U.S. and the Europeans pay for this nominally African force, and train and equip it, as they do in Somalia, then the U.S. will actually be running the show in Congo.”

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    Meeting and Greeting the Crusaders in Africa

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Europeans are pouring into northwest Africa in such volume, the huge U.S. airlift capacity may soon be necessary to keep the “Crusaders” supplied. African militaries are being assembled to do the white man’s bidding. The U.S. hopes to establish a Somalia-like operation on the near side of Africa – with Americans in overall charge.

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    Don’t Depend on Obama

    Whatever happens in November, our job doesn’t change,” said anti-racism activist Tim Wise, author of Dear White America: A Letter to a New Minority. “The symbolic value of a Black face in a high place does not necessarily translate into structural change.” A mass movement is necessary to force elected officials to address social issues, “because they are not going to do it in and of themselves.”

    COINTELPRO Never Ended

    The government’s Counter Intelligence Program of the Sixties was never shut down, said Larry Pinkney, former Black Panther and political prisoner. The Feds continue to plant provocateurs in activist ranks. “It’s the oldest trick in the book,” said Pinkney, “and the reason it has consistently worked is, we’ve got too many ‘sheeple’ out there who are about to find themselves in a situation where they have no Constitutional or human rights.”

    Offshore Trillions

    Measuring the global elite’s offshore cash stashes is “like estimating the size of a black hole,” said James Henry, author of Tax Justice Network-USA study titled “The Price of Offshore, Revisited.” Between $21 trillion to $32 trillion is hidden from tax collectors, said Henry, a former chief economist for the McKinsey consulting group. Developing nations are actually net lenders to First World countries, “to the tune of $11 trillion, which is exactly opposite the way global capital markets are supposed to function.”

    Africa at Crossroads

    The African Union has proven itself incapable of resolving armed conflicts” in Libya, the Ivory Coast and Guinea-Bissau, said Dr. Gerald Horne, professor of history and African American Studies at the University of Houston. South Africa, the sub-Saharan powerhouse, is key to continental security. “It’s either get South Africa off the sidelines or invite in the United States or some outside power – and, obviously, the latter is too ghastly to contemplate.”

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    Africa Re-Enslaves Itself


    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Although China, India and other rising powers have eclipsed the U.S. as a trading partner with Africa, Washington’s military dominance over the continent grows by the day. At relatively little cost, the U.S. Africa Command has subverted the militaries of 53 African nations. The African Union, which was envisioned as an incubator of continental unity and collective defense, is a pitiful front for the U.S. war in Somalia.

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    AFRICOM’s Imperial Agenda Marches On


    by Dan Glazebrook

    U.S. neo-colonialism is, in many respects, not that different from the old European colonialism. The goal of American policy in Africa is to turn African states into black Gunga-Dins, “fighting and dying for western interests in the coming colonial wars against Africa.” Already, the U.S. Africa Command exerts immense influence over African militaries. “Fourteen major joint military exercises between AFRICOM and African states are also due to take place this year.”

    UN Starves One Million Somalis on 10 Cents A Day


    by Thomas C. Mountain

    The United States enlisted Ethiopia, Uganda, the African Union, and the United Nations to destroy the lives and sovereignty of the Somali people. The subjugation of Somalia has cost billions, which the Americans have freely spent, but Washington and its vassals can spare only 10 cents a day to feed the Somali victims – a budget designed for mass death.

    Somalia Recolonized – With African Help


    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Since at least 2006, Somalia has been the focus of the United States’ drive for military domination of Africa, with other African states lining up to join in the bloody, neocolonial feast. Sierra Leone is the latest. “Sierra Leone’s soldiers have become cogs in the imperial reconquest of Africa, with Somalia as ground zero.”

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    The West Wants to Take the Rest of Sudan’s Oil


    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Less than a year ago, Sudan was split in two after decades of U.S. support for the secessionist South. Newly independent and deeply impoverished South Sudan has now seized much of what remains of the North’s oil fields. The South refuses to return to its borders, despite widespread international denunciation – a boldness that is inconceivable without the connivance of the United States.

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