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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.”

    The Illusion of Foreign Investment Growth? Africa Must Break With the World Capitalist System

    by Abayomi Azikiwe

    African economic growth may be irrelevant, if the fruits of its bounty never reach its people. “If Africa cannot effectively stabilize its own internal situation then no one can honestly say that actual progress is being made which is sustainable.”

    The Honey Obadger: He Don’t Give a Shit

    by Randy Shields

    “Honey obadger has a silver tongue, really big ears for hearing everything said everywhere in the world, lives (politically) almost exclusively on killing Muslims and blends in well with whatever people want to believe they’re seeing.”

    Dr. Gerald Caplan and the Rwanda Genocide Cranks

    by keith harmon snow

    Behind the genocide in Congo and elsewhere stand a host of well-paid academics, entertainers, politicians and professional propagandists for U.S. imperial policy. One of them, “Dr. Gerald Caplan, ignores the pain, mutilations, rapes and deaths caused by the western power brokers Paul Kagame and Yoweri Museveni to millions upon millions of Burundian, Congolese, Sudanese and Ugandan people.”

    Genocide Toll in Somalia Revised Upward

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

    A quarter million Somalis died in the great drought of 2011, according to a new report. “The death toll represents an American crime against humanity; just one chapter in an ongoing genocide that began in December, 2006.”

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    Meeting and Greeting the Crusaders in Africa

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Europeans are pouring into northwest Africa in such volume, the huge U.S. airlift capacity may soon be necessary to keep the “Crusaders” supplied. African militaries are being assembled to do the white man’s bidding. The U.S. hopes to establish a Somalia-like operation on the near side of Africa – with Americans in overall charge.

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    Susan Rice and Africa’s Unholy Trinity

     

    by Alemayehu G Mariam

    Susan Rice’s career has been a love affair with military strongmen and dictators – three in particular: Paul Kagame of Rwanda, Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and the late Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia. “She has shielded the ‘Fearsome, Threesome’ from legal and political accountability, deflected from them much deserved criticism and thwarted national and international scrutiny and sanctions against them.”

    The Shameless Vacuity of Susan Rice's Black Boosters

     

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Africa doesn’t matter, U.S. wars don’t matter, nothing matters to the Black Misleadership Class except the sickly prestige of basking in the (distant) glow of power. Susan Rice’s “Black boosters embrace an abettor of genocide and endless military interventions as one of their own – and indict themselves.”

    America and the Politics of Genocide in Africa

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Uganda threatened to pull out of the dirty war in Somalia unless it was afforded continued immunity for its mass murders in Congo. Washington is the Big Daddy of both bloodbaths. Within days, Uganda backed down, since a “withdrawal from Somalia would amount to going on strike against its employer, the United States.”

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    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.”

    Africa Re-Enslaves Itself

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Although China, India and other rising powers have eclipsed the U.S. as a trading partner with Africa, Washington’s military dominance over the continent grows by the day. At relatively little cost, the U.S. Africa Command has subverted the militaries of 53 African nations. The African Union, which was envisioned as an incubator of continental unity and collective defense, is a pitiful front for the U.S. war in Somalia.

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    Far from a Humanitarian Savior, the U.S. Causes Vast Misery In Africa

     

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Americans want to believe their president when he poses as a humanitarian world leader. But Africa knows different. Literally millions have died and been displaced as a direct result of U.S. imperial strategies. “American policy in Africa is to create chaos, and then to present itself as the cure.”

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    Africa’s Deadly Spy Infestation

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The expanding U.S. spy infrastructure in Africa, including a network of landing strips to service a fleet of intelligence-gathering aircraft, is inherently hostile to African self-dermination. That’s because “those who dictate U.S. intelligence policy make decisions on the basis of where access to oil and valuable minerals is threatened, or where an African leader has in some way resisted the imperialist program.” Washington is establishing the structures to recolonize Africa, in the guise of anti-terrorism.

    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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    Uganda Or Somalia? Get Your Story Straight, America

     

    by Mark P. Fancher

    The U.S. and Uganda are playing a cynical game of musical chairs in Africa. The Americans send Green Berets to Uganda, ostensibly to help the beleaguered Ugandan military hunt down Joseph Kony’s LRA guerillas, while the Ugandans send thousands of soldiers to Somalia to prop up the U.S.-backed government in Mogadishu. “The U.S. has no real interest in the LRA, but is drawn instead to oil fields in Uganda and South Sudan.”

    Black Politics Atrophies Under Obama

     

    by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

    Traditional Black progressive and movement politics has been replaced by fear and sycophantism, as Blacks once again circle the wagons around Obama and contort the events of the last three years to justify their unrequited loyalty to the Banker’s President.” Can the proud African American progressive legacy survive another four years of cowing to the corporate servant in the White House?

    The London Conference on Somalia: An Act of False Generosity?

    by Abdi Dirshe

    The British government has taken it upon itself to organize a conference on Somalia, which raises a fundamental question: “Can the London Conference be in solidarity with the Somali people who are yearning to address their political, social and economic problems and at the same time continue to support the war crimes continually committed by Ethiopia and recently joined by Kenya?

    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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    A U.S.-Made Catastrophe: Most of the Blame for the Crisis in Somalia Goes to the U.S.

     

    by Asad Ismi

    Somalia faces the worst food crisis in the world, but “the U.S. response to this catastrophe it has created in Somalia is to cut its economic aid to that country by 88%, increase drone attacks, and encourage its vassal Kenya to launch another invasion.” Since 1991 the U.S. “has kept Somalia destabilized and in a perpetual state of civil war, resulting in a million deaths.” Washington’s goal is to make the country “an ungovernable killing ground where Somalis cannot use their own oil to develop their country or deal with famine and droughts or other environmental crises on a national level.”

    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.

    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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    Starving Somalia: U.S. “Other Wars” Kill More than Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    More people die because of U.S. military and economic attacks in places like Somalia and Congo than in the more widely acknowledged wars of American empire. These “Other Wars” consume “hundreds of thousands – millions – of lives, and have resulted in, or contributed to, the two worst humanitarian crises in Africa over the past four years.” President Obama’s announcement of $105 million for Somalia is a cynical diversion from the fact of U.S. use of food as a weapon of war.

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    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.

    Will the Last Mercenary Turn Out the Lights On U.S. Empire

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    The United States’ use of mercenaries is unprecedented in scope for a major power in modern times, and further weakens a decaying empire. Unable to defeat the resistance in two of the poorest nations on the planet, America increasingly depends on high-paid killers-for-profit to man the battlements. In Iraq, where the U.S. is reluctantly making an exit, “President Obama plans to substitute outgoing U.S. troops with mercenaries.” The same may happen, soon, in Afghanistan.

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    Somali Regime Hires Mercenary Outfit Rooted in Apartheid

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    Even the puppet parliament of the rump Somali state rebelled against association with mercenaries of the infamous Saracen International corporation, whose leadership cut their teeth in apartheid South Africa death squads. The parliament demanded severance of the contract with the soldiers of fortune. The U.S.-backed Somali mini-state is dependent on Ugandan troops for survival. “The Americans and their puppets have been militarily defeated by some of the most poverty-stricken guerillas on the planet.

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    Somalia: Obama's Unholy Alliance With Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni

    by Black Star News editorial desk

    The Obama administration’s ongoing alliance with Ugandan leader and war criminal Gen. Yoweri K. Museveni has allowed the dictator “to suppress domestic dissent and to commit wars of aggression against Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and now the Central African Republic.” Museveni’s service to U.S. policy in Somalia, where thousands of Ugandan troops prop up a “fictional” government, prevents the Somalis from forming a legitimate 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.

    Uganda, America’s Pit Bull, Wants to Lead a Larger War in Somalia

    A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

    America’s top hit man in Africa, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, is calling for a much larger air, sea and land war in Somalia – with Museveni’s forces on point. The saber-rattling follows on the heels of Uganda’s and Rwanda’s threats to withdraw from UN “peacekeeping” missions, such as in Somalia. What’s up?

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