Thomas C. Mountain's blog

Gambia; A Very African Coup

by Thomas C. Mountain

Just another week in neocolonial Africa, where every country’s military is armed, clothed, equipped and trained by the US through AFRICOM. Reports in the western press of a corrupt president refusing to leave office and being ousted to universal acclaim by the joint intervention of the Nigerian Air Force and Senagalese ground troops obfuscate or omit most of the story.

An Afar Wedding in Eritrea

by Thomas C. Mountain

Eritrea, a small African nation on the Red Sea, is surrounded by sectarian religious strife, yet maintains a remarkable amity and unity among its various peoples. Roughly half Christian and half Muslim, Eritrea shuns military alliances and economic dependency on the West. To keep the peace, the government makes sure that “no Da'esh or Pat Robertson ‘born again’ foreign funded religious centers are allowed.”

Preventing Cultural Genocide with the Mother Tongue Policy in Eritrea

by Thomas C. Mountain

Eritrea, a small nation on the African coast of the Red Sea, is home to six million people speaking nine different languages. Despite punishing sanctions imposed by western imperialism, Eritrea has made sure that young people from all nine language groups can read and write in their Mother Tongue, so that their cultures will survive.

Eritrea; The African Cuba

by Thomas C. Mountain

Eritrea and Cuba have a great deal in common. Both are relatively small countries attempting to build socialism in the crosshairs of imperialist embargoes, sanctions and constant military threats. In both nations, the basic means of production “belong to the people, through their governments,” and “education and medical care are accessible, universal and paid for by the state.”

The UN’s Next Genocide in Somalia

by Thomas C. Mountain

The United Nations, acting as a foreign policy arm of the U.S., allowed a quarter million Somali children to starve to death in 2011. Another drought, and continued occupation and war, now endangers the lives of hundreds thousands more kids. “The UN is responsible for feeding the internally displaced persons its war against the Somali people has been creating for a decade now, and simply fails to do so.”

The African Union: The West’s Gendarme in Africa

by Thomas C. Mountain

The African Union has become an appendage and agent of western powers, providing foot soldiers for the imperial occupation of Africa. It’s headquarters country, Ethiopia, is itself a colonial power, still waging war against its former colony, Eritrea, while occupying and looting Somalia. The Ethiopian regime sends “death squads to open fire on Oromo and Amhara demonstrators” and commits crimes against humanity in the Ogaden region.

25 Years of Struggle Building Socialism in Eritrea; Fighting the Cancer of Corruption

by Thomas C. Mountain

Eritrea, the socialist nation of 6 million people on the Red Sea that has been called “the Cuba of Africa,” is replacing all of its old currency with new bills and moving away from a cash economy. “If you are a black market agent using cash to do your business and have literally millions of Nakfa, the Eritrean currency, stuffed under your bed, you got some explaining to do.” That’s bad news for currency manipulators – both foreign and domestic.

Millions Starve as Ethiopia Rejects Aid Through Eritrean Ports

by Thomas C. Mountain

Ethiopians faces mass starvation. Drought is the immediate cause of the catastrophe, but the ruling minority regime has exacerbated the crisis by refusing to take up neighboring Eritrea’s offer of free use of its ports, to receive needed foodstuffs. “What kind of government sits back and allows tens if not hundreds of thousands of its own people to die of starvation because of some political dispute with its neighbor?”

Benghazi Smokescreen: Hiding Western War Crimes in Libya

by Thomas C. Mountain

Republicans and Democrats at the Benghazi hearings collaborated to disguise what the U.S. was really up to in Libya: regime change and the empowerment of Islamic jihadists in north Africa. As a result of the U.S.-NATO aggression, “fanatics from the entire region have a haven to rest and recuperate, and rearm, before returning to the front lines to commit more murder.”

Climate Disaster Hammers Ethiopia

by Thomas C. Mountain

Western capitalists are all the rage about the phenomenal “success” of Ethiopia’s economy. Yet, Africa’s second most populous nation cannot feed its desperately poor people. Foreign money goes largely to prop up “the largest, best equipped army in Africa,” which acts as “the policeman on the beat in East Africa for the USA.”

Eritrea: Where Muslims and Christians Live in Peace

by Thomas C. Mountain

Western media claim that religious hatreds have wracked the Middle East and Africa from time immemorial. But lethal fractures are not intrinsic to these societies, nor are they inevitable. The multi-ethno-religious – yet proudly secular – nation of Eritrea, is proof.

Remembering Dedon Kamathi

by Thomas C. Mountain

Dedon Kamathi, the former Black Panther and All African Peoples Revolutionary Party activist who educated listeners weekly on KPFK radio, touched many lives, including the author’s. “His spirit, embodied in the revolutionary consciousness of Pan Africanism and revolutionary internationalism, lives on.”

US vs China in Djibouti

by Thomas C. Mountain

China will soon station 10,000 troops in Djibouti, on the Red Sea in the Horn of Africa, alongside U.S., French and Japanese bases. When they wake up to the new reality, powerful members of the U.S. Congress can be expected to discover that “it is time for ‘regime change’ in the tiny country of about half a million people.”

The UN vs Eritrea

by Thomas C. Mountain

The United Nations, under the imperial sway of the United States, continues its vicious sanctions against Eritrea, an African country on the Red Sea that seeks only to claim its place as an independent nation. President Obama wants to name Eritrea’s nemesis as head of USAID. “Gayle Smith helped launch the Ethiopian invasion of Eritrea which culminated in a May-June 2000 war that left almost 150,000 dead Africans.”

Obama’s Failed State Policy in Africa

by Thomas C. Mountain

President Obama’s is a state-destroyer, especially in Africa. Chaos, misery and failed states are his legacy on the continent. Obama’s fatal touch causes “already failing societies to begin to disintegrate, filling our screens with ever more scenes of death and destruction.” South Sudan is a state that failed before it began.

Saudi Mercenaries and the Starvation of Yemen

by Thomas C. Mountain

Saudi Arabia buys tens of billions in high-tech arms from the United States and Europe. However, the rich Saudis don’t like to serve in the military. Consequently, their armed forces are made up largely of foreigners, including huge numbers of soldiers from Yemen, whose usefulness against their impoverished homeland is questionable. The Saudis may use starvation as a weapon “to bring Yemen to its knees.”

Surviving Climate Disaster in Africa's Sahel

by Thomas C. Mountain

The small, fiercely independent nation of Eritrea has mobilized its entire population to combat the effects of climate change. “When the rains failed in 2013, we had enough to eat while in much of the rest of the Sahel hundreds of thousands starved to death.” Reforestation and reservoir-building are key to surviving drought in new climate disorder.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch Plotted to Destabilize Eritrea

by Thomas C. Mountain

It appears that the corporate guardians of international “human rights” have acted as paid operatives of the U.S. effort to destabilize the fiercely independent east African nation of Eritrea. The scandal is reminiscent of operations against Cuban during the same period.

Eritrea: Doing Mining Right in Africa

by Thomas C. Mountain

Tiny Eritrea, which won a long war of independence from Ethiopia, has incurred Washington’s wrath because of its refusal to become trapped in western military and financial entanglements. Among the slanders is that Eritrea uses slave labor in its gold mines. The author asked people who work in the mines “if they ever considered themselves to be ‘slave labor’? They were rather insulted.”

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Thomas C. Mountain's blog