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    Reparations: The Case For Settlement

    by Courtenay Barnett

    The recent British monetary settlement with elderly Kenyan survivors of British colonial repression sets a precedent for reparations to all of the Empire’s victims. “The Caribbean has a very strong case to be brought for reparations for the Atlantic African Slave Trade.”

    There is No Effective Constituency for Africa in the United States

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The next chief of AFRICOM wants a 15-fold expansion in drones and other intelligence-gathering. The full-court press against the continent has begun, with the U.S. “building the capability to militarily control all of Africa, in conjunction with its European allies and its African proxies.” But the Black American Misleadership Class couldn’t care less.

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    Low-Intensity Warfare In Africa: The US "Policy Wonks" Behind Covert Warfare & Humanitarian Fascism, Part 1 of 2

    by Keith Harmon Snow

    From the 1980s to today, an elite group of Western intelligence operatives have backed low-intensity guerrilla warfare in certain African 'hotspots'. Mass atrocities in the Great Lakes and Sudan can be linked to Roger Winter, a pivotal U.S. operative whose 'team' was recently applauded for birthing the world's newest nation, South Sudan. Behind the fairytale we find a long trail of blood and skeletons from Uganda to Sudan, Rwanda and Congo.

    Beware the Rotten Fruit of AFRICOM Training

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. military command in Africa, AFRICOM, has trained thousands of officers on the continent, including the young captain that overthrew his own government in Mali, this year. “If AFRICOM’s protégés have taken careful note of how the U.S. military is routinely used to try and take whatever the U.S. wants in Africa, often without regard for law, custom or prudence, it is not hard to imagine how or why Amadou Sanogo might do the same thing in his own country.”

    Imperialist-driven War on Somalia Raises Casualties

     

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    America’s African proxies are waging a “three-prong attack in several regions” of Somalia, in a war instigated by George Bush in late 2006 and expanded by Barack Obama. In that time, Somalis have suffered two catastrophic humanitarian crises that claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. U.S. drones have killed hundreds in the current offensive, involving troops from Kenya, Ethiopia, and mostly Ugandan and Burundian soldiers fighting under African Union auspices. The Al Shabaab resistance continues to put up a determined defense. “The current military interventions in Somalia harbor a strong strategic underpinning,” given the discovery of large oil deposits in the country.

    Africa Open for Plunder Now that Libya Has Fallen

     

    by John Pilger

    The “Son of Africa” in the White House has fired the starter pistol in the next great foreign predation of the continent. “The de facto conquest of Libya by the US and its imperial partners heralds a modern version of the ‘scramble for Africa’ at the end of the 19th century.” China has been drafted as the necessary enemy of U.S. imperial aims. AFRICOM will likely soon find a home on the continent.Libya, and now Uganda, South Sudan and Congo, provide the main chance” for a permanent AFRICOM address.

    Obama’s Tragic Rorschach Perceptions of the Law, Africa and Military Intervention

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    President Obama uses his training as a constitutional lawyer to find opportunities to spread violence and impose U.S. imperial will on Africa. He makes war against Libya and then denies having done any such thing. He sends troops to Uganda and other central African nations, at precisely the time when Uganda is discovered to possess huge reserves of oil. Are the soldiers there to protect Uganda, whose army is quite capable, or is it there to draw a line against China’s commercial “advance into the Congo basin.”

    Somalis Under Relentless Drone Attack as U.S. Tightens Military Grip on Continent

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Africa, under President Obama, is an expanding theater of war for the United States. There are few points on the African map where the U.S. military does not operate, independently, through proxies, or by agreement with local governments and militaries. AFRICOM has penetrated the armed forces of the continent to a degree no single European power could have ever aspired. Indeed, “the U.S. has so thoroughly infiltrated African armies, many, if not most, would be of no use for national defense against the Americans.”

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    Colonial War Crimes in Africa

    by Jemima Pierre

    The western-manipulated International Criminal Court, which has indicted only African leaders, tries to give the world the impression that barbarity descended on the continent when the white colonists left. But four aging Kenyan “Mau Mau” freedom fighters, demanding reparations, are forcing Britain to acknowledge the savagery of white settlers and soldiers. “The generation of Africans who fought against colonialism is dying without recognition of their fight or their suffering at the hands a racist colonialism.”

    Kenya and Rwanda Have Little in Common – Except Colonialism

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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    Death in Kenya? Tribalism. Genocide in Rwanda? Tribalism plus innate African savagery. Failure to construct functional state mechanisms? Tribalism plus an inherent African lack of "responsibility."  European and American media offer the same explanations for everything that goes wrong in Africa, whether they know anything about the particular country, or not. The abiding taboo, of course, is discussion of colonialism's legacy on the continent - especially when tribal conflict and societal disarray are directly attributable to previous white rule. The last thing Africa needs is nostrums from their former masters, the destroyers of civilizations.


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