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    Freedom Rider: Media Silence on Libya

    by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

    Four years ago, the United States and its NATO and royal Arab allies destroyed the government of Libya and handed the country over to jihadists, who now include factions aligned with the Islamic State. Thousands of heads have rolled in the wake of Obama’s 2011 air war – none of them American. “Libyans and Egyptian migrant workers pay the price for western aggressions.”

    Black Agenda Radio, February 23, 2015

    U.S. and Europeans Seek Control of Nigeria

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    Our Girls are Still Not Home: Boko Haram and the Politics of Death

    by BAR editor and columnist Ajamu Baraka

    Nigeria’s neighbors have pledged military help in the fight against Boko Haram, which continues its offensive in the northeastern corner of the country. The civil war threatens to destabilize Africa’s most populous nation. Boko Haram certainly does engage in terror, but folks should not “ignore the social/economic conditions and religious ideological factors that still provide the foundation for Boko Haram’s recruitment and popular support.”

    What is Boko Haram, and Where DId It Come From?

    By Gary K. Busch

    Uncle Sam and AFRICOM claim that Boko Haram is the Nigerial franchise of Al Qeda, and provide the justification for open armed intervention in the affairs of Nigeria and its neighbors.  The truth is deeper, more complicated, and intimately tied to the military and kleptocratic politics of post-colonial Nigeria.

    Kidnapped Girls Become Tools of U.S. Imperial Policy in Africa

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    The “humanitarian” U.S. military occupation of Africa has been very successful, thus far. “The Chibok abductions have served the same U.S. foreign policy purposes as Joseph Kony sightings in central Africa.” Imagine: the superpower that financed the genocide of six million in Congo, claims to be a defender of teenage girls and human rights on the continent. If you believe that, then you are probably a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

    Ford and IBM May Have to Answer for Their Role in Apartheid

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    It’s taken 12 years, but victims of South African apartheid finally convinced a U.S. federal judge to hear their case against IBM and Ford Motor. The plaintiffs say the two multinationals sold the white regime the products it needed to torture and oppress the Black majority – and that the companies intended their vehicles and computers be used for that purpose.

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    Nigeria Risks Losing Its North

    by Dayo Olaide

    Nigeria’s northern region is victimized by an ethnic politics of “winner-takes-all” that “is dangerous and unsustainable.” The crisis is exacerbated by a northern political elite that hopes “to disempower the people, minimizing potential resistance to their power and political influence over flows of petrodollars from the central government.”

    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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    Obama on Wrong Side in Shell Oil Human Rights Case

    Obama on Wrong Side in Shell Oil Human Rights Case

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Shell Oil, which profits most from the Ogoni people’s degradation and oppression, claims it is just a bystander, an innocent party.”

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    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.”

    Ecocide & Genocide Are The Secrets of Capitalist Efficiency

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce A. Dixon

    We hear all the time about what geniuses the masters of capital, the lords of innovative technologies and global supply chains are. But are modern supply chains really that different from the transAtlantic slave trade, which brought genocide of Native American and African peoples and destruction of natural environments?

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    As Gas Fires Burn, Devastated Nigeria Pays Horrific Price to Ensure Profits of Big Oil

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

    Big Oil ranks among the most profitable enterprises on earth. But capitalist corporations don't pay their own costs – these are borne by the people and their environments. Few have paid a higher price than the oil-producing regions of Nigeria, now among the most devastated and toxic wastelands on the planet.

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    UN Report Whitewashes Mass Murder, Ecocide by Shell Oil and Nigerian Government

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    For more than 50 years, the Royal Dutch Shell corporation and its Nigerian government partners have inflicted the world's worst oil pollution on the people of the Niger River Delta. Now, the United Nations squanders its dwindling prestige to help whitewash the vast environmental and human rights crime. According to a UN report, the Nigerian people are to blame for soaking the Delta in 9 to 13 million barrels of oil. 

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    Shell Oil Settles with 1995 Niger Delta Victims’ Families, But War Escalates

    flaringA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

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    Nearly a fifth of US oil imports come from West Africa and that proportion is only expected to grow. Western oil companies, chiefly Shell, BP and Chevron have pumped trillions of dollars worth of black gold from eastern Nigeria, but it remains the poorest and most polluted places on earth. Although oil company scofflaws have settled out of court with representatives of the families of a handful of the murdered the pitiless rape of eastern Nigeria continues.


    Big Oil on Trial For 1995 Nigerian Executions


    children and flares in nigeria's river statesA Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford
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    The multinational oil corporation Royal Dutch Shell faces civil charges of complicity in Nigerian government crimes against its citizens, most notably the execution of writer/activist Ken Saro-Wiwa and others in 1995. Shell will no doubt present itself as a victim. "It is a false dichotomy to separate the corruption of Nigeria's governments - military or civilian - from the predatory presence of Big Oil. The two are locked in the deepest embrace." Both the paymasters and the thugs are equally guilty of the crime.


    Shell. Guilty.

    Almost a fifth of the oil imported by the U.S. comes from Africa, and in the decade to come this percentage will rise.  The eastern part of Nigeria, from which Big Oil has pumped more than a trillion dollars worth of black gold since the 1960s, remains the poorest part of the country, and one of the most ravaged and polluted on earth.  Thousands of gas flares have burned for decades, generating acid rains that have poisoned fisheries and crops.  The land is crisscrossed by thousands of miles of leaking pipes and dotted with oil slicks.  The air is unbreathable, cancers are endemic, there are no schools or hospitals and life expectancies are among the lowest on the African continent.  Shell Oil is on trial in a New York courtroom, accused of hiring the Nigerian government to murder its own citizens for protesting the pollution of their environment and demanding a share of oil revenues be spent where the oil is extracted.

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    Freedom Fighters or Criminals? AFRICOM Doesn’t Care.

    by Mark P. Fancher
    AFRICOM extends its tentacles on the east and west coasts and deep into the interior of the continent. Its mission: “to keep Africa safe for western corporations that need access to the continent’s oil and mineral resources.” All indigenous opposition to imperial policies and interests is deemed “criminal” or “terrorist” – whether along the internationally exploited shores of Somalia or in the oil-rich delta of the Niger River. As African Liberation Day approaches, we must understand that “AFRICOM…is really all about building the capacity of western corporations to hold fast to Africa.”

    Africa – Where the Next US Oil Wars Will Be

    by BAR Managing Editor Bruce Dixon
    On Feb. 7 George Bush announced the formation of AFRICOM, a new Pentagon command which will, under the pretext of the so-called "Global War On Terror", plan and execute its oil and resource wars on the African continent.  What does this mean to African Americans?  And to Africans?  BAR consults Prexy Nesbitt, an architect of the anti-apartheid struggles of the 70s and 80s
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