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    The Real “Dirty Wars” in the Horn of Africa

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    While western progressives kept track of Obama’s drone wars around the world, hundreds of thousands of ethnic Somalis starved to death in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, as a consequence of state policy. The Ethiopian prime minister who engineered the genocide-by-famine “was later eulogized at his funeral by none other than Susan Rice, presently National Security Advisor to Barack Obama.”

    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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    Did Bloody Hands, Not Black Womanhood Sink Susan Rice Nomination?

    by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Did Susan Rice step down on her own or did she do so at the insistence of the White House. Did Republican oppostion doom her nomination, or was the Obama administration too afraid to have such a bare knuckled champion of disaster capitalism and African dictators as Secretary of State, lest its real Africa policy be more closely examined?

    Shocking Decline in Ethiopian Israeli Birthrate

     

    by Renee Ghert-Zand

    Jewish Ethiopian women were given contraceptive injections before immigrating to Israel and after arrival. The result: a 50 percent decline in birthrate, and a ‘missing generation’ of Ethiopian children.”

    US Africa Policy Will Remain Imperialistic

     

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    U.S. imperialism is escalating its aggressions around the world, especially in Africa. A system in general crisis tends to lash out in all directions.

    Is AFRICOM Preparing for Another “Humanitarian” Military Intervention?

     

    by Abdi Ali Diriye

    The U.S. Africa Command bills itself as a force for “humanitarian” intervention in Africa – but the only humans it serves are outside the continent. “The US has recently pushed itself into Libya, Uganda, Somalia, Sudan and elsewhere, and now has its eyes set on Mali.”

    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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    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.

    Coming Soon: Obama’s Big Move in Central Africa

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    President Obama would have you believe that 100 elite U.S. Special Forces soldiers are running around in the African Bush looking for what’s left of the Lord’s Resistance Army. “The real target is South Sudan, where the United States is setting the stage for an African proxy oil war with China.” The Green Berets are in central Africa to coordinate military operations by Washington’s African clients. “The United States and Europe can no longer compete economically with China in Africa, and must now resort to raw force, through African puppet armies.”

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    Eritrea: An Island of Food in Africa’s Horn of Hunger

    by Thomas C. Mountain

    Drought kills, but spiraling food prices can also bring hunger. While Ethiopia exported food for cash as drought and famine loomed, Eritrea is like “an island the size of Britain where affordable bread is there for all and slowly but steadily, life gets better.” Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, “basics like wheat, barley, sorghum and chick peas become so expensive malnutrition rates for children spike.” Naturally, Ethiopia is a U.S. client state, while Eritrea is on the American hit list.

    World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death?

    by Thomas Mountain

    To hear the corporate media tell it, the Shabab resistance in Somalia is to blame for the drought and famine. But ten million people are threatened in the neighboring Ogaden region of Ethiopia, largely populated by ethnic Somalis, many of whom are at war with the Ethiopian dictatorship. Ethiopia restricts the movements of foreigners in the Odaden, yet the World Food Program continues to operate there, as a partner with the regime.

    WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Twisted Ethiopia's Arm to Invade Somalia

    by Rob Prince

    U.S. officials were lying when they claimed to have attempted to restrain Ethiopia from invading neighboring Somalia in late 2006. Newly unveiled documents show that “the Bush Administration pushed Ethiopia to invade Somalia with an eye on crushing the Union of Islamic Courts,” which had established relative peace in much of the country. The U.S. also tried to assemble a “coalition of the willing” to overthrow Robert Mugabe’s government in Zimbabwe.

    U.S.-backed War in Somalia Comes to Uganda, Threatens to Set Whole Region Aflame

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    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The U.S. war against Somalia expands outwards and “has now blown back to Uganda,” the U.S. ally that, “along with the minority Tutsi dictatorship in Rwanda, is America's most reliable mercenary force in Black Africa.” Ethiopia and Kenya prepare to join Uganda in an offensive against the Somali resistance, to save America’s puppet mini-state in Mogadishu.

     

    U.S. Allies on the Ropes in Somalia

    Somalia againA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    When the Bush regime encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in 2006, it may not have realized the fierce forces it was unleashing in the Horn of Africa. Now its Somali allies are on the verge of total defeat at the hands of Islamists. The U.S. claims the ever-shrinking regime in Mogadishu is besieged by foreign jihadis, but “most analysts maintain the fighters are overwhelmingly homegrown.”

    Somalia: The Specter of Detrimental Trusteeship

    by Abukar Arman

    Somalia, invaded and occupied by Ethiopia with the encouragement of the United States, is now to be reduced to a "trusteeship" of Addis Ababa, the aggressor. "This is a case of putting the fox in charge of the barn so that he may teach the chicken how to function in an orderly manner!" Those Somalis that choose to recognize Ethiopia's authority will be targeted by the resistance, deepening conflicts in that wounded society. That may be Ethiopia's intention. "Ethiopia is set to discredit any vestige of nationalist leadership and to spread violence and hate."

    Condoleezza Stokes Flames of US Wars in Africa

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

     
    The U.S. military offensive in the Horn of Africa is poised to escalate, as Condoleezza Rice assures her African proxies of deepening collaboration in the “war on terror.” With at least half a million Somalis facing death by starvation and disease – and thousands more killed in resistance to the U.S.-backed Ethiopian occupation – Washington has set its sights on neighboring Eritrea as a rogue state that is guilty of “interference in the affairs of its neighbors” and “dangerous adventurism in the Horn.” The cookie-cutter U.S. propaganda/attack formula previously applied in the Persian Gulf has been imposed on Africa, and will surely reap the same catastrophic results. Yet African American “leadership” remains mute and impotent while Washington sets the continent ablaze. 

    Somalia Victimized by U.S., Ethiopia and Their Warlord Allies

    by BAR Executive Editor Glen Ford
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    America's rulers imagine that Arabs and Africans understand only the language of force, and believe themselves entitled to remake the world with armed violence, have purchased allies in the Ethiopian government, and some Somali warlords to do their bidding in that unhappy place.
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