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War Against Somalia

Freedom Rider: Death and Somalia

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

U.S. corporate media deploy the most technically sophisticated information delivery systems in the world – yet fail to tell even a semblance of the truth when it comes to American crimes abroad. Satellites brought images of horror from a shopping mall in Nairobi, but “Americans know nothing about Kenya or its role as American partner in keeping Somalia in a constant state of war.”

Innocent Kenyan Blood Drips from Imperial Hands

by Mark P. Fancher

The carnage at a Kenyan shopping mall is a direct result of U.S. policy in Somalia. In 2006, Washington and Ethiopia invaded Somalia, overthrowing a moderate Islamic government and plunging the country into a war that has killed hundreds of thousands and left millions displaced. Kenya later joined the invaders, further escalating a U.S.-led conflict that has finally reached deep into Nairobi.

The Obamas Do Africa

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

President Obama claims he’s off to Africa in search of trade. But the Chinese have eclipsed the U.S. in that arena by offering “far better terms of trade and investment than the Americans.” Obama talks trade for public consumption, while the U.S. military locks Africa in a cage of steel.

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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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Freedom Rider: Chickens Roost in Woolwich

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

Two British-Nigerians frightened the great former colonial empire to death by nearly beheading a soldier, in London. Yet British and other western politicians have far more blood on their hands than the young Africans. “This killing was no more awful than those committed by the military from the U.S. or other NATO nations.”

R2P and Genocide Prevention

by Diana Johnstone

Humanitarian” military intervention under the dubious doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) is designed to negate international law regarding the sovereignty of nations, in order to justify aggression. “War is transformed into a chivalrous action to rescue whole populations from ‘genocide.’”

Solidarity with Africa, or Obama? You Can't Have Both

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

A new organization will attempt to mobilize African American solidarity with the peoples of North Africa and the Middle East. But that would mean confronting the First Black President. “The unprovoked war on Libya, where U.S.-backed racists massacred Black Libyans and African migrant workers, should have provoked a clear break with the president’s policies, as Dr. King broke with President Johnson over Vietnam.”

White House Strategy for Africa Revealed: Intensified Militarization and War on Terror

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The White House has put in writing its policies for sub-Saharan Africa. The problem is, there’s hardly a word of truth in the document, and not a single mention of AFRICOM, the U.S. military command on the continent. The presidential paper repeats Obama’s 2009 lecture to Africans on “good governance.” He also warned that they avoid the “excuses” of blaming “neocolonialism” and “racism” for their problems. Meanwhile, AFRICOM is “positioning the U.S. to launch coups at will against African civilian, or even military, leaders that fall out of favor with Washington.”

U.S. Escalates Military Penetration of Africa

 

by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

The Americans are preparing to establish a network of bases in Africa, initially to serve a 3,000-troop roving brigade to be deployed on the continent, next year. The brigade has all the markings of a permanent presence on African soil, while the bases are euphemistically called “safe communities.” U.S. influence over African militaries is already pervasive. With the establishment of joint bases, “regime change will never be farther away than a drink at the officers club.” All but a handful of Black African states routinely take part in military maneuvers staged by the Americans.

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