oil and resource wars

The Oil Siege Is Over, “The Cartel” Looks East

by Caleb T. Maupin

The western-backed collapse of oil prices has abated, and most of the targeted governments are still standing, partly because China has not cooperated with the siege. “The intention with the drop (siege) was to put Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Ecuador, and Bolivia out of business.” The lesson is clear: “Despite the US victory in the Cold War, the monopolists do not have the unipolar world they desire.”

AFRICOM: America's Empire of Military Bases in Africa

AFRICOM: America's Empire of Military Bases in Africa

by Nick Turse

The Pentagon claims to have only a single US military base on the African continent.  This is an outright lie.  the number of US military installations, training missions, military exercises and deployments on the African continent has soared in recent years under the Obama administration, and the Pentagon has taken active measures to conceal the depth and breadth of its African activities.  

The U.S. and Al Qaida in Love and War

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The U.S., Saudi Arabia and al Qaida are on the same side in the wars in Syria and Yemen. Indeed, the “international jihadist network owes its very existence to the United States,” which “created the global infrastructure of terror” in Afghanistan in the late 1970s. However, jihadist and imperialist interests are ultimately irreconcilable. In the end, the U.S. will be expelled from the region, and the Saudi royalty will lose their heads.


Africa’s Cuba: Eritrea Endures 13 Years of Illegal Occupation and Sanctions

by Elias Amare

Eritrea, a thoroughly secular nation of six million people that won its independence from much larger Ethiopia, has been subjected to withering sanctions imposed at the behest of the United States. The U.S. and Ethiopia make the ludicrous claim that Eritrea has aided the Islamic fundamentalist Al-Shabaab, in Somalia. “Punishing innocent Eritrea based on false premises has neither brought peace to Somalia nor security to the Horn of Africa.”

Freedom Rider: Why Al-Shabaab Kills

by BAR editor and senior columnist Margaret Kimberley

The whole world knows of the horrors inflicted on Kenyan civilians by Somalia’s Al-Shabaab. But, the “corporate media tells Americans little if anything about Somalia’s road to ruin,” paved by the United States and its Ethiopian and Kenyan allies. “If there were true justice in this world the United States and its puppets would not only have to leave that country but make restitution as well.”

Obama's War Plans Against Venezuela: Another Act of Imperial Desperation

by Danny Haiphong

U.S. manic belligerence towards Venezuela may seem counterproductive, given Washington’s growing isolation in Latin America. But the logic of imperialism dictates that it must destroy the Venezuelan model of economic and political development. “Venezuela is no threat to US ‘national security,’ but its resistance to Empire is a threat to US hegemony.” 

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