AFRICA

May 26 13:03

Government by dicts: my comprehensive resources to prove US fascism, rigged-casino economics

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Fellow Americans: literally for the love of God, it’s time.

It’s time to recognize the overwhelming evidence of unlawful and lie-based US Wars of Aggression, rigged-casino economics, and a complicit corporate media that echoes propaganda for our lying sacks of spin “leaders” who operate above and in contempt of US law.

It’s time to recognize “leadership” of both parties are the Left and Right arms of one oligarchic political body. The proper academic label for this government, not even close to a constitutional repubulic, is fascism.

The US government is run by dicts, as in dictatorship; doing whatever they dictate and unlimited by rule of law.

May 25 20:09

GORDON DUFF: THE ARMS CIRCUS, ISRAEL KEEPING THE WORLD IN TURMOIL

THE ART OF KEEPING AMERICA AT RISK FOR FUN AND PROFIT

This week, newspapers around the world received reports and signed documents from South Africa. The reports said that, in 1975, Israel agreed to sell South Africa nuclear weapons. South Africa then released an arms agreement signed by current Israeli President Shimon Peres. This is the document “heard round the world.”

May 16 09:40

Military to Deploy Social Scientists to Africa, Searching for Signs of War

In Afghanistan and Iraq, the U.S. military has embraced social science as a tool of counterinsurgency, embedding anthropologists and sociologists within brigades as part of an effort to understand local cultural and tribal dynamics. It’s a controversial approach, but in theory, it’s supposed to make military operations less lethal by helping commanders identify who their friends are.

In Africa, the military wants to try the same experiment, with a twist: The idea is to help top military planners better understand Africa and its peoples, and perhaps provide some “early warning” to prevent conflicts before they start.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: this is about finding ways to exploit Africa's untapped wealth by creating the minimum amount of antagonism from the people of this continent who rarely see their fare share of that wealth come back to them in goods and services.

And remember: the US's "AFRICOM" is so widely despised in Africa that they couldn't even bribe an African country's leadership to host their headquarters in Africa, so they are operating out of Stuttgart, Germany!

May 02 10:27

Media Coverup on the Corporate Pillage and Destruction of sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda is not unique-- despite the attempts to wrap it in its very own "war crimes tribunal" (ICTR). In fact the proper comparison for Rwanda is Indonesia (1965) where a million odd were murdered at the insistence of US and UK corporate interests represented by their governments overtly and covertly. The US and its international harem of corporate-driven states used the same tactics in Rwanda that they did when they gave Suharto the green light to annihilate anyone who might be capable of continuing support for the post-colonial nationalism of Sukarno.

May 01 10:09

Thirty dead in Somalia mosque bombings

At least 30 people have been killed after two bombs exploded at a mosque in the Somalian capital Mogadishu on Saturday.

A high-ranking member of Somalia's most powerful militia, who was inside the mosque during the blast, is believed to be the target of the attack.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This proxy war, where the "transitional government" is supported by the US and the UN, is all about who will ultimately get access to Somalia's oil.

Apr 30 00:11

U.S.-Trained Somali Troops Defect to Insurgency

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Hundreds of Somali troops trained with millions of U.S. tax dollars have deserted because they are not being paid their $100 monthly wage, and some have even joined the al-Qaida-linked militants they are supposed to be fighting, The Associated Press has learned.

The desertions raise fears that a new U.S.-backed effort beginning next month to build up Somalia’s army may only increase the ranks of the insurgency.

Apr 27 01:52

Japanese Military Joins U.S. And NATO In Horn Of Africa

Japanese navy commander Keizo Kitagawa recently spoke with Agence France-Presse and disclosed that his nation was opening its first overseas military base – at any rate since the Second World War – in Djibouti in the Horn of Africa.

Apr 23 14:47

They're laughing at Obama overseas

Until he reached the White House, Barack Obama repeatedly insisted that the United States apply more pressure on Sudan so as to avoid a humanitarian catastrophe in Darfur and elsewhere.

Yet, as president, Mr. Obama and his aides have caved, leaving Sudan gloating at American weakness. Western monitors, Sudanese journalists and local civil society groups have all found this month's Sudanese elections to be deeply flawed - yet Mr. Obama's special envoy for Sudan, Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, pre-emptively defended the elections, saying they would be "as free and as fair as possible." The White House showed only a hint more backbone with a hurried reference this week to "an essential step" with "serious irregularities."

Apr 13 07:43

At Least 21 Civilians Killed in Mogadishu Violence

Violence in the Somali capital of Mogadishu today killed at least 21 civilians and two government soldiers, and left scores injured. The bulk of the civilian toll came, as it so often does in Mogadishu, with AU shelling against a densely populated residential area.

Apr 11 11:00

AFRICOM Backs Bloodshed in Central Africa

The eastern Congo remains awash in bloodshed due to western mining companies and their proxy armies, the military regimes of Paul Kagame (Rwanda), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda), and Joseph Kabila (DRC), all hidden behind reams of western newsprint blaming Congolese victims for their own suffering.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When it comes to potential resources to be exploited by the West, Africa has absolutely become the new Middle East, with various foreign governments scrambling for position in terms of taking the spoils

Apr 11 09:44

Abuse charge against Catholic priest roils Kenya

After three young men and a boy told police last June an Italian priest had been sexually molesting them for years at a shelter for poor children, the most senior Roman Catholic cleric in Kenya announced the church would investigate thoroughly.

Ten months later, nothing has been investigated by the church, its lawyer says, and the Vatican has not been notified.

Apr 10 09:27

U.S. Pushes for Somalia Offensive, But Settles for Starving Somali Civilians

Unable to make headway against the Shabab Islamic militants that control 95 percent of south and central Somalia, the Americans step up their war against the civilian population, withholding food from the millions that depend on foreign aid to keep from starving.

Apr 09 08:03

The US was behind the Rwandan Genocide: Installing a US Protectorate in Central Africa

From the outset of the Rwandan civil war in 1990, Washington's hidden agenda consisted in establishing an American sphere of influence in a region historically dominated by France and Belgium. America's design was to displace France by supporting the Rwandan Patriotic Front and by arming and equipping its military arm, the Rwandan Patriotic Army (RPA)

Apr 05 08:54

Monsanto GM-corn harvest fails massively in South Africa

South African farmers suffered millions of dollars in lost income when 82,000 hectares of genetically-manipulated corn (maize) failed to produce hardly any seeds.The plants look lush and healthy from the outside. Monsanto has offered compensation.

However environmental activitist Marian Mayet, director of the Africa-centre for biosecurity in Johannesburg, demands an urgent government investigation and an immediate ban on all GM-foods, blaming the crop failure on Monsanto's genetically-manipulated technology.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

These crop failures are the last thing this beleaguered country needs right now.

Apr 05 07:33

Fighting in Mogadishu Kills 20, Injures Over 30

Apr 03 09:09

Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa

This growing U.S. military involvement in Africa reflects the fact that counterinsurgency has once again become one of the main elements of U.S. security strategy.

Or, as a senior U.S. military officer assigned to Africom was quoted as saying in a recent article in the U.S. Air University’s Strategic Studies Quarterly, "We don’t want to see our guys going in and getting wacked. … We want Africans to go in."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What Africa needs to confront insurgency is the reduction of poverty and corruption in those countries to whose leadership we are now supplying guns and training.

Progress in infrastructure, the introduction of microcredit, education and healthcare, can all contribute to improving the lives of the people in these countries.

Of course, that would be a logical, long-term solution for stability.

Apr 02 19:42

S.Af. Christians show Easter solidarity with Palestinians as Gaza is attacked

South African Christians show Easter solidarity with Palestinians as Gaza is attacked
2 Apr 2010
In an Easter message, more than 60 South African church leaders and Christian, Jewish and Muslim lay theologians have conveyed their solidarity with Palestinian Christians in their Kairos call to action for a just peace.
The message comes as Israeli forces are launching a further massive assault on Gaza, further to a series of recent low-key military exchanges, including rocket attacks from Hamas.

Mar 31 07:36

Somalia: Al-Shabaab Prepares Fighters for War in Central Region

Somali militant factions are preparing for heavy confrontation over control of towns in central Somalia where the groups have strong presence.

The two, Islamist militant group of Al-Shabaab and local clan based Ahlul-Sunnah Wal-Jamaa for the last few weeks have been building up armies in central Somali region of Galgadud, causing panic among residents in the region.

Mar 26 01:50

Have a Nice World War, Folks

This is Americanism, the only predatory ideology to deny that it is an ideology. The rise of tentacular corporations that are dictatorships in their own right and of a military that is now a state with the state, set behind the façade of the best democracy 35,000 Washington lobbyists can buy, and a popular culture programmed to divert and stultify, is without precedent. More nuanced perhaps, but the results are both unambiguous and familiar. Denis Halliday and Hans von Sponeck, the senior United Nations officials in Iraq during the American and British-led blockade, are in no doubt they witnessed genocide. They saw no gas chambers. Insidious, undeclared, even presented wittily as enlightenment on the march, the Third World War and its genocide proceeded, human being by human being.

Mar 24 10:20

More 1,000 to Be Deployed in Somalia

At least 1,000 UPDF soldiers will leave next month for Somalia to replace one battalion which is coming home after one year of keeping peace in the war-torn Somali.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How in the name of all that's reasonable can any one characterize what these soldiers are doing as "keeping the peace in Somalia"?!?

These forces are simply propping up a US-sponsored government which is too weak to really take care of its people in any meaningful way.

As with most of the rest of Africa, it's all about the resources here, and who gets access to them.

Mar 21 10:12

The US-NATO Conquest of Africa

NATO has now joined AFRICOM’s first war, in Somalia.

The bloc’s Allied Command Operations website announced on March 18 that from March 5-16 the North Atlantic military alliance had airlifted 1,700 Ugandan troops from their homeland to the Somali capital of Mogadishu for the intensified fighting that began there earlier this month.

The Pentagon supplied the transport planes “under the NATO banner” and the operation was “undertaken by USA contracted DynCorp International.

As with the government of Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan, the Western-backed Transitional Federal Government doesn’t even control its own capital. Since last week fighting there has led to hundreds of people being killed and wounded and thousands displaced.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This has nothing to do with freedom, democracy, human rights, or desperately needed aid for the Somalian people; this has everything to do with Somalia's as-of-yet unexploited resources, and which countries have access to those resources.

Mar 19 07:49

Billionaires and Mega-Corporations Behind Immense Land Grab in Africa

The experience of Nyikaw Ochalla, an indigenous Anuak from the Gambella region of Ethiopia now living in Britain but who is in regular contact with farmers in his region, is typical. He said: "All of the land in the Gambella region is utilised. Each community has and looks after its own territory and the rivers and farmlands within it. It is a myth propagated by the government and investors to say that there is waste land or land that is not utilised in Gambella.

"The foreign companies are arriving in large numbers, depriving people of land they have used for centuries. There is no consultation with the indigenous population. The deals are done secretly. The only thing the local people see is people coming with lots of tractors to invade their lands."

Mar 17 16:16

U.S. Directs Large-Scale Offensive In Somalia

In addition to using such a multinational regional force in Somalia, the U.S. can also deploy it against Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels in Uganda, Congo and Sudan, and could even employ it against Eritrea, Zimbabwe and Sudan, the only nations on the African continent not to some degree enmeshed in military partnerships with Washington and NATO. (Libya has participated in NATO naval exercises and South Africa has hosted the bloc’s warships.) [11]

Mar 09 10:23

1985 Live-Aid concert for famine relief may have been a scam

Now, 25 years later, the BBC says that after a year of investigation, it turns out that most of the money went for weapons, not for food.

That's because there was a war going on between Ethiopia's Russian-backed government and an American-backed rebel group, the Tigrayan People's Liberation Front (TPLF). And the famine was taking place in an area controlled by the TPLF.

And so, Geldof and all those nice folks collected millions of dollars, and turned it over to the TPLF, after getting them to promise that they'll spend it on food for the starving masses. Instead, they spent 5% of the money on food, and 95% of the money on support for military and political campaigns, according to the BBC report.

Mar 07 09:13

How food and water are driving a 21st-century African land grab

An Observer investigation reveals how rich countries faced by a global food shortage now farm an area double the size of the UK to guarantee supplies for their citizens

Mar 05 19:35

Can rats help clear Africa's landmines?

Squeak, squeak, BOOM!

Mine cleared.

Mar 05 10:00

Ethiopia famine aid spent on weapons

Millions of dollars in Western aid meant for victims of the Ethiopian famine of the mid-1980s instead went toward purchasing weapons, a report says.

The BBC, citing interviews with former rebels and CIA documents, said militant leaders had posed as merchants in meetings with aid groups and diverted the money to weapons purchases as they attempted to overthrow the government.

Mar 01 08:01

Al-Qaida growing in strength and numbers in Africa

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: "Das Afrikacorp is ready to invade and we're gonna use the 'Al Qaeda' excuse because it's always worked before on the stupid American people and we can't think of any other reasons." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 27 03:46

Bill Gates' $10 Billon Vaccine Scam

Malaria is a parasite-based disease noted for its variety and quick development of resistance to medication. Any "vaccine," if even a billion dollars is able to produce such, would have a limited lifetime and new, patented medications would have to be bought by Africa's poor every few years.

So "donating" a billion dollars to develop a malaria "vaccine" could turn into tens of billions of dollars in drug sales in Africa alone, and Bill Gates, through his drug company investments, will quietly pocket more African blood money.

Feb 24 08:19

The Uranium Coup

The official story is that the members of Congress were focused on science, technology and humanitarian relief - at the very same time that the military coup was unfolding on the streets of the capital, Niamey.

This intriguing "coincidence" raises the question: Was this Congressional presence during a military coup another instance of a massive intelligence failure or something entirely different?

Feb 21 08:56

Darfur rebels sign truce deal with Sudan

Darfur's most powerful rebel group has initialed a truce with the Sudanese government, officials said Saturday, marking the rebel group's return to peace talks aimed at ending the Darfur conflict.

The truce between the rebel Justice and Equality Movement and the Sudanese government takes effect immediately, said Idriss Deby, Chad's president, in a statement.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Let's hope the truce holds.

Feb 18 09:55

US Ships Arms, Blocks Humanitarian Aid to Somalia

UN officials today issued their most public condemnation yet of US policy on Somalia, noting that the US government is preventing millions of dollars worth of humanitarian aid, including food aid, from reaching the Somali people.

The US defended the policy, saying that they had “evidence” that some of the contractors shipping the aid in were forced to pay protection tolls to militant groups. They have demanded the UN enact policies that officials say will restrict aid delivery even further in the nation, where the US-backed government controls only a few city blocks around the presidential palace.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The people of Somalia are totally irrelevant and expendable to the US government: the only thing which matters is who, ultimately, controls the oil and mineral resources.

Feb 18 09:39

Coup Attempt Under Way in Niger, Official Says

Smoke was seen rising from the presidential palace amid heavy gunfire in Niger's capital, Niamey, on Thursday in what one intelligence official said was a coup attempt.

Political tensions have been high in the central African uranium exporting country in recent months over President Mamadou Tandja's extension of his rule, which drew widespread criticism and international sanctions.

Feb 18 09:15

Massing Forces For the Battle Of Mogadishu

Both the Transitional Government and Islamic radicals are bringing more gunmen to Mogadishu, as both sides insist they will launch operations that will give them control. The Islamic radicals have been getting the worst of it lately, but neither side appears strong enough to chase the other out of the this city of over a million people. Meanwhile, the increasing number of police in Mogadishu are setting up more checkpoints, in an attempt to disrupt the growing number of car bombs being used by Islamic terrorists (particularly al Shabaab).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about who controls the largely unexploited oil and mineral rights here.

Feb 18 08:44

Soldiers launch coup against Niger president: sources

Soldiers opened fire Thursday in the Niger capital -- where explosions and long bursts of gunfire resounded across the city -- in what a top French official said was an coup attempt against President Mamadou Tandja.

Witnesses said the firing appeared to be centred on the presidency. State radio stayed silent on events, concentrating on playing traditional music as tensions erupted in the uranium-rich West African nation.

Feb 13 08:57

Al-Shabab declares all-out war in Somalia

Al-Shabab fighters have declared an all-out war against the fragile transition Somali government and African Union peacekeeping forces in Mogadishu.

Al-Shabab's declaration of war on Friday comes amid heightened tensions over a possible government campaign against the militia's fighters.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The US and UN wouldn't even be in Somalia, were it not for the potential oil reserves, waiting to be exploited.

Of course, the political situation has to be "stable" and the population "pacified" in order for that to happen.

And generally, those two words in conjunction, "stable" and "pacified", taken together, mean that the Somali people will get little to none of the money generated by the harvesting of these resources once the large corporations come in to develop the oil.

Feb 07 09:51

Nigerian militants attack Shell oil pipeline

Nigerian militants calling themselves the Joint Revolutionary Council (JRC) said Sunday they had attacked a major Shell oil pipeline in the volatile Niger Delta, in a statement obtained by AFP.

The group said the overnight attack "successfully disabled the trunk line belonging to Shell in the swamp of Obunoma" in the oil-rich Rivers State.

A key demand of the militants is that local communities benefit from the region's oil wealth.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.

One has to wonder just how soon the US is going to rush "military advisors" to the region.

Feb 01 09:43

Orphaned, Raped and Ignored

A peer-reviewed study found that 5.4 million people had already died in this war as of April 2007, and hundreds of thousands more have died as the situation has deteriorated since then. A catastrophically planned military offensive last year, backed by the governments of Congo and Rwanda as well as the United Nations force here, made some headway against Hutu militias but also led to increased predation on civilians from all sides.

Jan 30 10:24

Nigerian oil rebels threaten 'all-out' attacks

Nigeria's main rebel group Saturday called off a truce in the oil-rich Niger Delta, threatening an "all-out onslaught" and adding to the political and economic woes of Africa's oil and gas giant.

The announcement is a fresh blow for authorities amid uncertainty over the health of the country's president, in hospital in Saudi Arabia for more than two months, which has sparked an unprecendented political crisis.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The adults in the room in the halls of power in Nigeria need to negotiate with MEND leadership, which is simply asking that there be a more equitable distribution of oil revenues, which is a reasonable request.

The only other possibility here will be a massive civil war, which will be an horrendous outcome for all of Nigeria's citizens.

Jan 25 15:31

Another president gets "the shoe"

A Sudanese man hurled his shoe at President Omar al-Beshir on Monday but missed him, witnesses said, adding the assailant was promptly arrested.

Jan 14 06:33

Stupid USA Headed To Africa

The DC dimwit ghouls were after a pipeline right-of-way from Ashgabat, Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to the Pakistan port of Gwadar, Baluchistan Province, Pakistan.

Problem is China now controls that port and has announced a pipeline across Pakistan to China and their willingness to enter into the IPI (Iran, Pakistan, India) pipeline.

These nitwit planners in the US and UK evidently did not see that 'checkmate' coming. Even while the Ivory Tower zionists in DC and London were salivating over all of the natural gas in the Caspian Basin, both Russia and China sucked most of it up with shrewd and savvy contracts, and that is now where it's headed.

Jan 12 08:19

Blackwater/Xe mercs arrive in Somalia, Al-Shabab says

There are also allegations of US-sponsored bomb plots in the capital.

The bombings will be carried out in order to create a pretext to launch a campaign against Al-Shabab, a spokesman of the group, Sheikh Ali Mohammed Rage, told Reuters.

“We have discovered that US agencies are going to launch suicide bombings in public places in Mogadishu,” he told reporters. “They have tried it in Algeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan… We warn of these disasters. They want to target Bakara Market and mosques, then use that to malign us.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

If the US invades both Yemen and Somalia, they will control all access into the Red Sea from the Gulf of Aden. By threatening to cut off the flow of oil to the rest of the world, the US will then blackmail other countries into writing off US debt, and staying uninvolved while the US picks off one middle eastern nation after the next after the next for their Israeli masters.

Jan 10 11:25

Africom - Latest U.S. Bid to Recolonise Continent

African leaders must not forget that under the Barack Obama administration, US policy towards Africa and the rest of the developing world has not changed an inch. It remains militaristic and materialistic.

African leaders do not need prophets from Mars to know that US's fascination with oil, the war on terrorism and the military will now be centred on Africa, after that escapade in Iraq.

Jan 06 16:31

What does the US really face in Yemen?

Currently, the mass media are scaremongering using the label “Al Qaeda” to persuade the population of the western world to join a US war in Yemen. But the US is not at war in Yemen against Al Qaeda. It is against the Shia Houthis whose strict anti-Americanism has already been a thorn in the US’s and its lackeys in the Arabian peninsula’s flesh.

Since August 11th 2009 the Shia Houthis have resisted being “eradicated” by the presidents “Operation Scorched Earth” and are defending the area around Sadah against Yemeni government troops, Saudi artillery and aircraft, Moroccan and Jordanian special forces and the US It has been admitted in the Western press that the US has used “Special Operations Forces“ and “specialists from the CIA” for over a year, and more recently, cruise missiles.

Jan 04 07:59

Brown ‘crackdown’ on Yemen terror is exposed as just spin

Gordon Brown was accused of 'playing politics with terrorism' yesterday as the British Embassy in Yemen was evacuated after 'credible' threats of an attack by the Al Qaeda cell behind the syringe bomb plot.

The Prime Minister was forced into an embarrassing climbdown after Downing Street claimed that he was spearheading a Yemen terror crackdown with Barack Obama.

Mr Brown had to admit today that he had not even discussed the issue with the American President since the attack that nearly brought down a transatlantic airliner on Christmas Day.

Jan 03 11:23

The US and China: One Side is Losing, the Other is Winning

Asian capitalism, notably China and South Korea are competing with the US for global power. Asian global power is driven by dynamic economic growth, while the US pursues a strategy of military-driven empire building.

James Petras | January 3, 2010

One Day’s Read of the Financial Times

Dec 31 10:05

Buy an African baby; bomb some African villages

Did anyone ask movie star Angelina Jolie how much she paid for the Ethiopian baby she adopted? Or should I say how much she “donated,” most of which ended up in the hands of the national crime syndicate known as the Government of Ethiopia.

Just about anyone can buy a baby in Ethiopia these days, you know what I mean, “adopt”? It costs about $30,000. Cash. Some reports say over 3,000 were sold . . . adopted, last year alone.

It has turned into a major cash flow for the Godfathers of the Ethiopian “government.” Do the math, 3,000 times $30,000, in one year, and another London bank account or three is going to have to be set up to be stuffed chock full of some very sick money.

Dec 31 06:42

Detroit terror attack: United States 'plans retaliatory attacks on Yemeni soil'

The United States is planning to attack al Qaeda militants in Yemen in retaliation for the attempt to bring down an aeroplane over Detroit on Christmas Day, it has been reported.

Dec 28 22:34

Nigeria resumes massacres

LAGOS — Nigerian police have been accused of indiscriminate arrest and harassment against Muslims across the country since clashes with the militant Boko Haram group killed at least 600 people…

In July, Boko Haram, a militant group opposed to anything modeled after the West, went on rampage in three north-western states attacking police stations and other facilities.

A massive security operation resulted in the killing of hundreds of militants including their leader Mohammed Yusuf and alleged financiers.

There have since been reports of constant police harassment of Muslims on the streets across the country.

“What qualified me for this wicked charge is my beard and attire,” fumed Saleh, 29, who met a number of other Muslims at the police station, arrested on the same charge.

Dec 28 11:11

The UN in Somalia: Peacekeepers or peacekillers?

The United Nations via its proxies in the African Union supplied Ugandan and Burundi military have been randomly shelling civilian neighborhoods in Mogadishu in retaliation for guerilla attacks carried out by the Somali resistance.

The UN/AU has occupied a small “green zone” in Mogadishu after the expulsion of the Ethiopian military by the Somali armed resistance and claims to represent a “democratically elected” Somali government. In reality, this UN/AU band of “peacekeepers” is there to prop up the Western imposed puppet regime of allegedly Al -Queda linked “terrorist” Sheik Sharif.

Dec 26 14:24

US Aids S. Sudan Secession

“The United States government, one of their goals now, is to make sure southern Sudan in 2011 is a viable state,” Gatkuoth said. (Washington Times)

12/25/09 — CAIRO — The United States is pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the pocket of South Sudan government to help it prepare for secession from the North.”The United States government, one of their goals now, is to make sure southern Sudan in 2011 is a viable state,” Ezekiel Lol Gatkuoth, representative of South Sudan in Washington, told The Washington Times Friday, December 25.

Dec 22 10:06

West warns that Somalia is becoming a haven for international terrorists

Pass beyond what is described as government territory in the Somali capital — a few blocks between the airport, the harbour and the presidential palace — and you are at the mercy of al-Shabaab, the extremist Islamic group that holds sway across southern and central Somalia. Where it rules, it has implemented laws and punishments reminiscent of Afghanistan under Taleban rule.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ever notice that "terrorists" rarely sit over areas of the planet which aren't chock-filled with various natural resources the West is slobbering all over itself to obtain, usually by invoking some state of war, or proxy war, as is happening in Somalia?!?

Somehow, in the mindsets of those who work in the US Pentagon, State Department, and White House, war is always the cheaper, better solution than sitting down and negotiating a fair deal with those sitting on those resources.

Of course, it's never their kids serving in the military who get killed or maimed for life in the process of pursuing a military objective for corporate profit.

Please remember; as late as August of 2001, the Bush administration was negotiating with the Taliban in Afghanistan about the price necessary for installing the pipelines to control Eurasian oil.

However, that price was considered too high, so very shortly after that came the US/NATO invasion of Afghanistan, allegedly justified by 9/11.

Here, the invasion and occupation had an additional "benefit"; the resurrection of - and control over - the opium poppy production, from which so many profit so handsomely.

Dec 22 08:36

Egyptian Officials Say They Will Not Allow Gaza Freedom March To Cross Border

The 1,360 peace activists from around the world currently on their way to Egypt will find the border to the Gaza Strip closed to them, say Egyptian officials.

The Gaza Freedom March Steering Committee said Monday that the Egyptian Foreign Ministry informed them that the Rafah border will be closed over the coming weeks, into January, citing escalating tensions on the Gaza-Egypt border. The Ministry did not give details, but the 'escalating tension' is likely a reference to a Palestinian attack on an Egyptian border guard several days ago.

Dec 22 08:20

Yemen al-Qaeda: War is against US

Men claiming to be leaders of al-Qaeda have made a rare public appearance in Yemen, telling an anti-government rally the fight is against the US, not the country's army.

Dec 21 10:49

HEADLEY, THE CIA, NARIMAN HOUSE, FALSE FLAG OPS

It could be argued that the Mumbai attacks of 2008 were carried out by the CIA and its friends. Attacks of this kind are normally the work of the security services. (False flag operations from Amman to Zambia)

1. On 20 December 2009, in the Hindustan Times, Vir Sanghvi wrote the following about the American called David Headley, who is suspected of planning the Mumbai attacks of 2008 (Did America keep mum on 26/11?):

“The only explanation that fits is this: he was an American agent all along.

“The US arrested him only when it seemed that Indian investigators were on his trail.

“He will be sentenced to jail, will vanish into the US jail system for a while and will then be sprung again — as he was the last time.”

Dec 21 07:05

US Says Uganda Anti-Gay Law Bad

Based on a U.S. Federal report earlier this decade, Uganda was a shining example of how to overcome the skyrocketing HIV rates in Africa. According to a 2002 U.S. Agency for International Development report on HIV, it said that Uganda was “now considered to be one of the world’s earliest and best success stories in overcoming HIV”. And why is that?...

Dec 19 07:42

NuoViso: "War Promises" (Full lenth documentary)

Millions of people believe that evidence proves that Western intelligence services organized the hideous attacks on New York and Washington on 11 September 2001. Even the mainstream media have stopped defending the official version and now prefer to ignore the issue altogether.

Distrust in Western governments grows as the wars of aggression waged by the USA and NATO continue to be justified with these “false flag” operations. Ever harsher domestic laws are being passed to crush all outrage and resistance in Western populations;

Dec 15 08:52

UN-Backed Congo Troops Killed More Civilians Than Rebels, Says Human Rights Watch

A U.N.-backed Congolese military operation to oust rebels from eastern Congo has caused more civilian casualties than damage to rebels, with more than 1,400 people deliberately killed over a nine-month period, human rights groups said Monday.

"For every rebel combatant disarmed, one civilian has been killed, seven women and girls have been raped, six houses have been burned and destroyed and 900 people have been forced to flee their homes," British-based organization Oxfam said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

Dec 14 16:40

Report: U.N.-Backed Congo Troops Killing Civilians

A U.N.-backed Congolese military operation to oust rebels from eastern Congo has caused more civilian casualties than damage to rebels, with more than 1,400 people deliberately killed over a nine-month period, human rights groups said Monday.

Dec 11 10:55

AFRICOM AIN’T THE PEACE CORPS

The U.S. military’s AFRICOM forces pretend their mission on the continent is humanitarian. In reality, AFRICOM is the sharp edge of U.S. imperialism, a killing force eager to impose American dominance. The military command "locks Africa into a state of dependency and maintains favorable political and social conditions for U.S.-based corporations that exploit Africa’s natural resources." This is not a bug in the system. It's a defining feature of it.

Dec 09 15:45

Belgian professor and Africa expert speaks on situation in DRC and Rwanda

Reyntjens said that in 1997 and 1998, Kagame, a Rwandan Tutsi who grew up in Uganda, decided that the only way to deal with Hutus exiled to Zaire from Rwanda was to “exterminate them.”

Kagame is now lauded around the world by uninformed “human rights” groups and governments for the “suffering” he and his comrades endured after the mass killings of Rwandan Tutsis in the aftermath of the aerial assassinations of the Hutu presidents of Rwanda and Burundi by Kagame’s forces on April 6, 1994.

Dec 05 08:32

Al Qaeda's new branch strikes again

Spanish authorities have blamed the kidnapping on an organization called "Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb." It is the same group authorities believe abducted a French man from his hotel in northern Mali just a few days earlier.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One has to wonder if this is simply sloppy reporting, or intense fear-mongering by this writer, lumping this group of African insurgents with Al-Qaeda.

And remember, in colloquial Arabic, the term "Al Qaeda" means, "the toilet"! What self-respecting group of insurgents wants to be known as "the toilet"?!?

When peaceful revolution is impossible, violent revolution is inevitable.

Why do people become insurgents? Does this happen when they have an education,believe the government actually listens to them, have a job,and hopes for better a life for their kids?

It happens when just the converse is the case.

Let's take a good hard look at conditions in Algeria, where this group comes from. As reported in:

http://moroccoboard.com/viewpoint/68-hassan-massiki/469-algerias-elections-raise-questions-about-european-a-american-commitment-to-democracy-in-north-africa

"With 74 percent of vote turn out and an “amazing” 90 percent of the votes going to the candidate Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Algeria is officially a banana republic."

"The Algerian youths are hurt the most with no job prospects, lack of housing, and a dim hope to make a decent life in their own country. Many proud Algerians are, for the first time, admitting to despair and are making the lethal journey to Europe by illegally crossing the Mediterranean to reach European shores. Mordantly, the needs, struggles, and concerns of the Algerian people were never discussed or debated during the so-called campaign. Bouteflika’s campaign rallies looked more like a dark comedy than a political gathering. To believe in the legitimacy of their campaign, the Bouteflika clan must either live in a bubble or think of their countrymen as brainless."

Unless and until the governments of both Algeria, and the rest of Africa and the Middle East, really make a concerted effort to address the needs of their people, movements like this are bound to spread like wildfire.

Dec 02 18:02

Terrorist schools drill hate for U.S.

The recruits gather in scorching desert hideouts, use portraits of President Obama for target practice, learn how to make and detonate bombs, and vow allegiance to Osama bin Laden. Training camps in the lawless nation of Somalia are attracting hundreds of foreigners, including Americans, and Somalis recruited by a local insurgent group linked to al Qaeda, according to local and U.S. officials. American officials and private analysts say the camps pose a security threat far beyond the borders of Somalia, including to the U.S. homeland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like the American public is being "softened up" for some kind of military attack against Somalia.

And why? One little 3-letter word: oil.

Dec 01 20:11

Top CIA official confesses order to forge Iraq-9/11 letter came on White House stationery

Tape: Top CIA official confesses order to forge Iraq-9/11 letter came on White House stationery

In damning transcript, ex-CIA official says Cheney likely ordered letter linking Hussein to 9/11 attacks

A forged letter linking Saddam Hussein to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks was ordered on White House stationery and probably came from the office of Vice President Dick Cheney, according to a new transcript of a conversation with the Central Intelligence Agency's former Deputy Chief of Clandestine Operations Robert Richer.

Nov 27 13:34

Shame on Britons and Arabs alike

November has been a month of shame for Arabs and Britons, with Egyptians and Algerians – aided and abetted by their bankrupt leaders – fighting it out over a football match, and Britons showing indifference towards the revelation that their politicians are in the pockets of Israel.

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 22:08

Thankful on Thanksgiving

While many Americans attempt to be thankful for anything in these trying and evil times, I am truly thankful there are people like Mike, who has created this site to fight for truth and decency against the murderous, hateful, worst examples of our species.

As we remember and reflect upon the gratitude we feel for the wonder that is in our lives, and the people whose talent, love, and inspiration guides us, this is for Mike Rivero, a true American hero and a beacon for the world.

Thanks MIke.

Joe

Nov 25 11:45

U.S. Starves Children in Somali War

The United States is waging a war of starvation against the people of Somalia. According to United Nations officials, Washington has interrupted the flow of desperately needed food to Somalia, on the grounds that some of it might find its way into the hands of the Shabab, the Islamists the U.S. calls "terrorists," but who are winning the war for control of southern and central Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unflipping believable.

What new horrors is the US going to unleash on other portions of the planet, because the people living there are sitting on resources the US claims should be its own?

Nov 19 07:23

U.S. Sows Seeds of Wider War in East Africa

Somali refugees and ethnic Somali citizens of Kenya are being recruited and trained by the thousands for a U.S.-backed offensive in Somalia, to begin next month. The Associated Press, citing numerous sources among refugees, young men who have deserted from the new militia and their families, local Kenyan officials and foreign diplomats, reports that the offensive against Islamist forces in Somalia is planned for late December, the end of the Somali rainy season. That’s the same seasonal window the Americans took advantage of three years ago, when the U.S. instigated an Ethiopian invasion of Somalia that plunged the country into what the United Nations described as the “worst humanitarian crisis in Africa.” That crisis continues, complicated by a severe drought and a U.S.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And here I thought we outgrew the desire to kill Muslim simply because they were Muslims a few hundred years ago!

Nov 17 09:21

SA gold miners on final deathwatch as scientist finds gold reserves more than 90% less than claimed

The apparent bottom line in a paper published in the South African Journal of Science is that South Africa's gold industry is on final deathwatch, despite claims of massive existing below-ground reserves. Chris Hartnady, research and technical director of Cape Town earth sciences consultancy Umvoto Africa, has found that South Africa's Witwatersrand goldfields are around 95% exhausted, and anticipates that production rates should fall permanently below 100 tonnes a year within the coming decade.

Oct 29 11:34

Gertler’s Bling Bang Torah Gang

Maurice Tempelsman is one of the top funders of the Democratic Party who has funded Barrack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Templesman was the unofficial ambassador to the Congo (Zaire) for years, but a new Israeli-American tycoon has replaced him. In the world of bling bling and bling bang, some things change, some stay the same. The CIA, the MOSSAD, the big mining companies, the offshore accounts and weapons deals—all hidden by the Western media. The holocaust in Central Africa has claimed some six to ten million people in Congo since 1996, with 1500 people dying daily.1 But while the Africans are the victims of perpetual Holocaust, the persecutors hide behind history, complaining that they are the persecuted, or pretending they are the saviors. Who is responsible?

Oct 28 13:28

Obama renews sanctions against Sudan

US President says Sudan 'hostile' to US 'interests', poses 'extraordinary threat' to Washington.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation: Sudan has oil and gas the US needs to steal.

Oct 26 06:48

The 'benefit' of Somalia's pirates

The increasing levels of piracy off the coast of Somalia have caused an unexpected spin-off, raising the levels of fish in the sea.

Fisherman in Kenya have reported bumper catches of shark and shellfish because commercial fishing boats from China and Japan have been scared away.

Now the fishermen are able to catch up to £200 worth of fish per day in an area where the average daily earnings are less than £5.

The massive factory trawlers which used to drain their fish stocks have been scared away and that means there is a huge bounty for local fishermen as well as helping to restore the health of the marine eco-system.

Oct 25 08:54

Rapists, hunger and hyenas attack Somalia's displaced women

There is no shortage of dangers for women in the grim refugee camps of northern Somalia.

But it is still better than the horrors they fled: civil war battles in Mogadishu, drought in neighbouring Ethiopia, inter-clan warfare and what they say was state-sponsored ethnic persecution and killings.

Oct 23 08:02

Shabab threatens Uganda and Burundi

Somalia's al-Shabab fighters have said they will attack the capitals of Burundi and Uganda in revenge for rocket attacks by peacekeepers from the two countries.

The threat follows the killing on Thursday of at least 30 people in Mogadishu, the capital, by Amisom, the African Union's peacekeeping force to which Uganda and Burundi contribute troops.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This nasty proxy war has to do with the reality that, Somalia is sitting on a wealth of natural resources, including oil reserves, iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, and natural gas.

The US wants a government favorable to US development of those resources. In fact, wants them so badly, that, as reported in

http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009/09/10/arming_somalia

"Late in May, as violence consumed the streets of the infamously violent capital city of Mogadishu, Somalia, packages of ammunition, weapons, and cash began arriving from the United States as part of an attempt to help the country's flailing Transitional Federal Government (TFG) stave off collapse. At the time, the Somali government was literally about to fail, reportedly controlling no more than a neighborhood in Mogadishu thanks to a fresh assault by two Islamist insurgent groups: al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam."

FEATURE PRINT | TEXT SIZE | EMAIL | SINGLE PAGE
Arming Somalia
The United States sent RPGs, machine guns, mortars, and -- in the words of one U.S. official -- "cash in a brown paper bag" to Somalia last spring. Foreign Policy reports on how the shipments took place, and who's not happy about it.
BY ELIZABETH DICKINSON | SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

Late in May, as violence consumed the streets of the infamously violent capital city of Mogadishu, Somalia, packages of ammunition, weapons, and cash began arriving from the United States as part of an attempt to help the country's flailing Transitional Federal Government (TFG) stave off collapse. At the time, the Somali government was literally about to fail, reportedly controlling no more than a neighborhood in Mogadishu thanks to a fresh assault by two Islamist insurgent groups: al-Shabab and Hizbul Islam."

The contents of those shipments, not previously reported, included 19 tons of ammunition, 48 rifle-propelled grenades, 36 PKM machine guns (a model of the Russian-made Kalashnikov), 12 DShK machine guns (Russian-made anti-aircraft weapons, mostly used in Somali technicals), and 10 mortars (the firing apparatus for shells). The shipment was detailed in a letter from a U.S. official to the U.N. Security Council committee set up to oversee the 17-year-old arms embargo on Somalia."

Your tax dollars at work, folks; while homeless Vets sleep in our streets, and our infrastructure crumbles.

Oct 17 07:34

US to make Blackwater-style entry into Somalia

The grounds have reportedly been established for armed American presence on Somali soil with a US security firm winning a contract in the war-ravaged country.

The contractor's operations team was composed of former military and law enforcement personnel, including Special Forces, Michigan Live added.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Another proxy war against the Somalian people, courtesy of the US, appears to be well and truly in the making.

Oct 12 07:29

Ethiopian Troops Pour Into Central Somalia

Ethiopia appears to have launched yet another incursion into Somalia, with hundreds of Ethiopian soldiers pouring across the border into Central Somalia and rounding up villagers suspected of having ties to the insurgency.

Oct 01 07:28

A Cold War Man, a Hot War and a Legal Gray Area

The government of Sudan, eager to curry favor with a U.S. government that accused it of genocide, sought help last fall from an unlikely source: a former Reagan administration official known for his role in the Iran-contra scandal.

The approach by Sudanese officials led to a $1.3 million contract for former national security adviser Robert "Bud" McFarlane, who went on to meet with two of the Obama administration's top policymakers on Sudan and its strife-torn Darfur region, according to documents and interviews.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The buying and selling of US foreign policy consensus is nothing new.

It's just that with McFarlane, it's right there, out in the open, and under the noses of the American people.

And it stinks, just as badly as did Iran-Contra.

Sep 22 08:20

Somalia: Rebels Vow Allegiance To Osama Bin Laden (VIDEO)

An Islamic insurgent group that controls much of this lawless nation has released a video showing its members vowing allegiance to Osama bin Laden, training in dusty camps and slamming Somalia's U.S.-backed president as a traitor.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What an interesting piece of propaganda to get folks in the US angry about these people expressing their fealty to the dead guy!

More ramping up of the "booga-booga" before we go on a major assault here.

It's all about who will control Somalia's natural resources, folks.

Sep 21 09:17

US assassination in Somalia

The primary destabilising force in the Horn of Africa in general and Somalia in particular is the US. The explosive spread of militarism is rooted in the deepening crisis of US capitalism. As the economic foundations of the United States claim to global hegemony weaken, Washington is driven to ever greater reliance on its residual military superiority. Somalia provides a case study in the immense destruction and human suffering produced by this policy.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the resources, folks.

Sep 20 10:13

In Somalia, U.S. weapons end up in al-Qaeda hands

As the Somalia conflict spirals into a new proxy war between Al-Qaeda and the United States, there is mounting evidence that U.S. weapons and Somali soldiers are ending up under the control of Islamic terrorists, Somali politicians say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the US Pentagon and White House have ingested some of their "magical thinking tea", which would cause them to embrace the "logic" of believing that simply propping the existing government with guns will lead to nation-building against Islamic fighters.

It's not going to happen.

Unfortunately, the only reason we're in Somalia has to do with its vast untapped resources.

And that lumping of every militant group into an "organization" known as "Al-Qaeda"?!?

In standard Arabic, the word means "the base"; however, in Arabic slang, it means " the toilet".

Would someone please tell me, what self-respecting militant group is going to name itself "the toilet"?!?!? Absolutely none.

The US simply made that moniker up to give the American people yet one more allegedly horrendous group of which to be afraid.

So any time any insurgent group is fighting against a government we're propping up, they get tarred with the title of "Al-Qaeda".

Sep 19 08:14

US Attack in Somalia Leads to More Calls for Intervention

It didn’t take long to see the fallout from Monday’s US incursion into Southern Somalia. Just days later insurgents launched a deadly car bombing against an African Union (AU) base, killing at least 16 people.

It has underscored just how fragile the AU force in the nation is, but the attack has also led to yet more calls for international intervention by both the AU and the self-proclaimed Somali government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the untapped and unexploited resources that we are in Somalia in the first place.

"Nation-building" is just a polite euphemism for setting up a government pliable to the West's demand for those resources.

Sep 17 08:34

Africa: Spanish trawlers armed against pirates

Private security firms which protect Spanish fishing boats from Somalian pirates in the Indian Ocean will be allowed to use long-range weapons, Spain's junior defence minister said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"By golly, you WILL let us dump toxic waste in your waters!!!!!"

Sep 16 19:41

How UK oil company Trafigura tried to cover up African pollution disaster

The Guardian can reveal evidence today of a massive cover-up by the British oil trader Trafigura, in one of the worst pollution disasters in recent history.

Internal emails show that Trafigura, which yesterday suddenly announced an offer to pay compensation to 31,000 west African victims, was fully aware that its waste dumped in Ivory Coast was so toxic that it was banned in Europe.

Thousands of west Africans besieged local hospitals in 2006, and a number died, after the dumping of hundreds of tonnes of highly toxic oil waste around the country's capital, Abidjan. Official local autopsy reports on 12 alleged victims appeared to show fatal levels of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulphide, one of the waste's lethal byproducts.

Sep 16 08:09

United States invades Somalia

It is official now. According to the Associated Press, witnesses have spotted U.S. troops invading the town of Barawe, Somalia, near Mogadishu. Spelled out, the war on terror has found a new home front.

Sep 15 09:53

US troops raid Somali town controlled by fighters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Here a war, there a war, everywhere a war, war, ee eye ee eye oh!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 15 05:08

US Launches Military Strike in Somalia Against al Qaeda Target

The dead terrorist, Saleh Ali Nabhan, is believed to have taken part in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is also believed to have orchestrated the 2002 bombing of a resort hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, and a failed missile attack on an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport.
Several sources tell ABC News at least one U.S. helicopter fired on a convoy carrying suspected al Qaeda targets in southern Somalia. An American official says a U.S. Navy ship was also nearby to monitor the situation and provide assistance if needed.
Ali Nabhan's death has not yet been officially confirmed, but sources tell ABC News that his body is now in U.S. custody.

Sep 14 15:30

US troops raid Somali town controlled by fighters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If at first you don't succeed ... declare war on someone." -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 11 01:44

Kids Being Grabbed Out Of Refugee Camps

It was first written off as a sex ring, but that didn't make any sense. Who is going to pay $2,000 to have sex with a 12 year-old black boy, when you have hundreds of 10 year-old white Ukrainian girls all over Tel Aviv. But someone is paying $3,000 a kid wholesale, and the reason is black market organs.

It's just economics in organ trading. You bring in a 12 year-old into Tel Aviv, and you don't just grab one $5,000 kidney, and then spend $200,000 raising the kid through college. That kid hits the operating table and he has kidneys, liver, cornea, heart, lung, marrow, etc., and everything is removed. That kid is murdered for his organs. It happens in Israel because of the security needed to cover the operation.

Sep 02 14:13

Human cost of mining in DR Congo

What is the human cost of a mobile phone?

Sep 01 07:46

AU holds Israel responsible for Africa woes

The president of the African Union (AU) holds Israel responsible for all the woes facing Africa, calling on member-states to cut diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv.

Israel is "behind all of Africa's conflicts," Muammar Gaddafi said on Monday and demanded the closure of all Israeli embassies across Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 
Aug 31 02:02

Flashback: Israel helped Idi Amin take power

But why was Israel so interested in a landlocked country in Central Africa? The reason is spelt out by Slater in a later telegram. Israel was backing rebellion in southern Sudan to punish Sudan for supporting the Arab cause in the Six-Day War. "They do not want the rebels to win. They want to keep them fighting."
The Israelis had helped train the new Uganda army in the 1960s. Shortly after independence Amin was sent to Israel on a training course. When he became chief of staff of the new army Amin also ran a sideline operation for the Israelis, supplying arms and ammunition to the rebels in southern Sudan.

Aug 26 11:29

AFRICOM: Pentagon's First Direct Military Intervention In Africa

The U.S. has intensified military involvement in Africa over the past seven years with such projects as the Pan Sahel Initiative (PSI), launched by the State Department but which deployed US Army Special Forces with the Special Operations Command Europe to Mali and Mauritania among other locations. U.S. military personnel are still engaged in the counterinsurgency wars in Mali and Niger against Tuareg rebels.

Aug 23 11:38

AFRICOM: Western Self-Serving Interests or African Security?

America’s establishment of the so-called African Command(AFRICOM), should be seen for what it is: America’s self-interested armada of protection for America, and her allies and not for Africa’s security. Africa has steadily and increasingly become more important by playing the role for Westerners as repository of energy resources which powers the engine-rooms of Western economies.

Aug 16 10:10

Africa: U.S. Military Holds War Games on Nigeria, Somalia

President Obama has decided instead to expand the operations of Africom throughout the continent. He has proposed a budget for financial year 2010 that will provide increased security assistance to repressive and undemocratic governments in resource-rich countries like Nigeria, Niger, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to countries that are key military allies of the United States like Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Rwanda and Uganda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Africa is the next "Middle East", in terms of resources to be exploited.

That's the reason "Africom" was created in the first place.

Aug 15 08:50

Africa: U.S. Military Holds War Games on Nigeria, Somalia

August 15, 2009

Stop NATO

-In addition to U.S. military officers and intelligence officers, "Unified Quest 2008" brought together participants from the State Department and other U.S. government agencies, academics, journalists, and foreign military officers (including military representatives from several NATO countries, Australia, and Israel), along with the private military contractors who helped run the war games: the Rand Corporation and Booz-Allen.

-The list of options for the Nigeria scenario ranged from diplomatic pressure to military action, with or without the aid of European and African nations. One participant, U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stanovich, drew up a plan that called for the deployment of thousands of U.S. troops within 60 days....

Aug 09 07:49

Somalia and Africom

The 21st Century scramble for Africa is taking us to some very strange and ugly departures. The US estimates that in six years, a quarter of its oil will come from Africa, but the trouble is that - as the establishment Committee on Foreign Relations complained some years back - China is doing a good job of getting its foot in the door. So, America responded by forming Africom, initially as a subdivision of Eucom and then, by October last year, as an independent command. Just on the off chance that anyone doesn't get this, Africom is specifically charged with running military operations in 53 African states. That is it's job. It's formation consolidated a conscious drive to increase military intervention into the continent.

Aug 08 18:10

Is Somalia the new Afghanistan?

The slick video showing the last moments of a suicide bomber, entitled “Message to those who stay behind”, is part of the latest recruitment propaganda to emerge on English-language websites directed at young wannabe jihadis.

Its origins were not, however, in Afghanistan, Iraq or Pakistan, the usual bases of jihadi recruiters, but Somalia, the war-torn east African state.

The site has been traced to Al-Shabaab, a radicalised Islamist militia group led by Somalis trained in Afghanistan and aligned with Al-Qaeda. The group is fighting against Somalia’s fragile transitional government, which is backed by the West and the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somalia is cursed to be sitting on such national resources as: uranium, iron ore, tin, gypsum bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, and likely oil reserves.

And it's the oil which has the West's (and definitely Washington's) attention.

As reported by Global Research, May 27, 2006:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=2524

"“Washington’s choice of Somalia and Yemen is a matched pair, as a look at a Middle East/Horn of Africa map will confirm. Yemen sits at the oil transit chokepoint of Bab el-Mandap, the narrow point controlling oil flow connecting the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. Yemen also has oil, although no one yet knows just how much. It could be huge. A US firm, Hunt Oil Co. is pumping 200, 000 barrels a day from there but that is likely only the tip of the find."

“A new US cleansing of Somalian ‘tyranny’ would open the door for these US oil companies to map and develop the possibly huge oil potential in Somalia. Yemen and Somalia are two flanks of the same geological configuration, which holds large potential petroleum deposits, as well as being the flanks of the oil chokepoint from the Red Sea.”

Aug 08 09:34

Tons of Imperial Fun: Hellfire Hillary Pours Oil on Somalia's Fire

There is apparently no path blazed by George W. Bush that Barack Obama will not eagerly follow. Surges, assassinations, indefinite detention, defense of torture, senseless wars and rampant militarism -- in just a few short months, we've seen it all.

Jul 31 07:04

Nigerian Islamists routed as army storms mosque

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather convenient timing for that internet cable to fail, isn't it?

Jul 29 07:59

Nigeria fighting rages as death toll passes 300

Troops struggled to crush an Islamist sect in northern Nigeria Wednesday as the death toll from four days of clashes surged past 300 and thousands of people were forced from their homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the rush for unexploited natural resources, Africa is fast becoming the new Middle East.

And various countries are looking to prop up any governments - no matter how corrupt they might be - to protect those assets for themselves.

As reported in:

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/06/07/nigeria-abusers-reign-midterm?print

on 7 June, 2009:

"President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria, halfway through his presidential mandate, has undermined the country's foremost anti-corruption body, done little to rein in an abusive police force, and failed to address the root causes of the escalating crisis in the Niger Delta, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Yar'Adua that there have been serious setbacks during the first two years in addressing Nigeria's chronic human rights problems and endemic corruption."

Jul 27 18:12

Deadly Nigeria clashes spread

The fighters belonged to a group known as Boko Haram - which means "Western education is sin" in the local Hausa dialect - and have called for a nationwide enforcement of sharia (Islamic law).

Jul 22 18:47

Congo Rapes, Violence Linked To Multinational Companies: Rights Group

The militarization of mining in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is prolonging the armed conflict which has been tearing the country apart for more than 12 years.

In their broader struggle to seize economic, political and military power, all the main warring parties have carried out the most horrific human rights abuses, including widespread killings of unarmed civilians, rape, torture and looting, recruitment of child soldiers to fight in their ranks, and forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. The lure of eastern Congo's mineral riches is one of the factors spurring them on.

Jul 12 18:16

Ghana's PR used to cover up the Obamas' ineffectiveness in Russia

Putin Did All the Talking
By John Batchelor July 12, 2009
Behind POTUS’s journey to Ghana was the POTUS embassy in Moscow, and I mention that there are large, unattractive, compelling questions about the three days in Moscow.... The word from Russian sources, via my sources, is that POTUS and his team were ineffective, presumptive, hasty, evasive, unprepared, unappreciative, aimless, superficial. ...The second night, POTUS stayed in the hotel while all official Moscow puzzled what could there be to this behavior. .. At breakfast the third day, Putin lectured POTUS for two hours. Putin usually does all the talking, however he is usually dominating Russians, not a president.
http://mirroronamerica.blogspot.com/2009/07/goodbye-ghana.html
Goodbye Ghana, Saturday, July 11, 2009

Jul 12 12:39

‘African Blood’ Saved Obama From Scrutiny in Ghana

‘African Blood’ Saved Obama From Scrutiny in Ghana
New America Media, Commentary, Edwin Okong'o, Posted: Jul 12, 2009
“There are wars over land and wars over resources,” Obama said. But his African blood prevented us from asking him whether most of those resources (diamonds) end up in the hands of Africans. What about that other resource that has caused so much havoc in the Niger Delta? Is it because in Nigeria, “the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery?” Do the multinationals that give these bribes have any role in this war over resources? And, is there any likelihood that a newfound resource (oil) off Ghana’s coast pushed the country higher on the American chart of “democratic commitment?”

Jul 01 18:05

Africa Alone Could Feed the World

DOOM-MONGERS have got it wrong - there is enough space in the world to produce the extrafood needed to feed a growing population. And contrary to expectation, most of it can be grown in Africa, say two international reports published this week.

Jun 27 09:59

World’s largest refugee camp keeps growing

The bloody conflict in Somalia has created the world's largest refugee camp, with 500 hungry and exhausted refugees pouring into this wind-swept camp in neighboring Kenya every day, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

Dadaab, just 50 miles from the Somali border, is home to more than 280,000 refugees in an area meant to hold just 90,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about which multinational interests wind up controlling Somalia's unexploited natural resources.

Thing of Africa as "the new Middle East", and the picture of why this area of the world is now such a flash point for violence and death comes into very clear focus.

Jun 25 03:26

A Conflict Mineral Bill Tries to Walk a Fine Line

The drumbeats are distant now, but they will grow louder. Soon they will be coming out of your mobile phone, screaming in your ear that by dint of using your cellular device, you are complicit in the murder, torture and rape of millions in the remote eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jun 22 10:48

Heads up! Somalia in western sights?

While your eyes have been diverted to the "colour revolution in Iran... things have been heating up in Somalia!

Jun 17 11:42

AFRICOM research agenda: coups, chaos, resources theft

AFRICOM building research center
Knowledge development team is expected to be fully staffed within 6 months
By John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Monday, June 15, 2009
STUTTGART, Germany — A social science research center is under development at U.S. Africa Command headquarters, where researchers from the academic world are being recruited to help map the complicated human terrain on the African continent.
"We have no combat mission in Africa," said Col. Dean Bland, who is heading up AFRICOM’s research center effort and insists the social scientists would have no role in targeting people.

Jun 15 07:42

Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Say They Arrived in Balanbal Town to Fight Against Foreign Enemies in Somalia.

The Ethiopian troops who reached in Balanbal town in central Somalia recently have said that they want to fight against what they called foreign enemies of Ethiopia in Somalia, officials told Shabelle radio on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; by again backing Ethiopian troops in this invasion of Somalia, other countries are again looking to re-destabilize this region until it gets leadership to its liking, which will give them the favorable terms and conditions they want for exploiting its natural resources.

As reported in:

http://allafrica.com/comments/list/aans/post/post/id/200906140007.html#c|main|main|id|09CO17ODWwxI-yz

"It is an open secret that Ethiopia is given the green light to mould Somalia in to a desirable candidate for the planned near future confederation with Ethiopia which is deemed by the US as the most viable alternative to tame Somalia once and for all. Ethiopia’s craving for swallowing Somalia is affirmed by the international community as the paramount goal and hence supersedes all other stake holders’ needs and wants."

Jun 14 08:19

Report: Shell ‘co-opted Nigerian military’

In its efforts to contain protests over its environmentally devastating operations in Nigeria, Shell Oil systematically co-opted the country’s military to suppress opposition to its operations.

That Shell was so actively involved in the violent suppression of the Ogoni people comes as no surprise to environmental and social justice activists, who have alleged misdeeds by Shell in Nigeria for decades. But the documents obtained by The Independent, if accurate, would provide a historical record of the situation for the first time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can almost bet that SHELL was not alone in these kinds of practices.

The recently settled lawsuit involving the family of Ken Saro-Wiwa was an attempt at damage control.

Jun 13 09:17

Witnesses: Ethiopian troops enter Somalia

Somali residents say heavily-armed Ethiopian soldiers have crossed into central Somalia by entering a border town controlled by a pro-government militia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ethiopian troop incursions into Somalia have previously been supported by the US government.

One might well assume that this situation is no different, and for precisely the same reason; who gets control of Somalia's natural resources, which include uranium, and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, and gypsum.

The Chinese have been making deals for natural resources in Africa; unfortunately, the US's response to needing other countries' resources is either to engineer a regime change, bomb, or having a proxy army doing our fighting for us.

It appears we are seeing that third option playing out here.

Jun 09 17:26

Mogadishu civilians endure near daily atrocities: U.N.

More than 117,000 people have fled the city since May 8 when the latest round of fighting between government forces and rival Islamist groups erupted, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.

More than 200 people are believed to have been killed in the last month alone, mostly civilians, and hospital reports indicate some 700 were wounded in the clashes, it said.

"It is clearly a critical humanitarian situation with regular atrocities being committed -- with shelling of civilians, widespread rape and hostage-taking," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing.

Jun 08 18:25

Shell will pay $15.5m to settle Nigerian human rights lawsuit

A landmark human rights lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of complicity in the execution of author and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa some 14 years ago, will be settled for $15.5 million just days before its trial was set to begin.

“In a statement, the company said the agreement ‘will provide funding for the trust and a compassionate payment to the plaintiffs and the estates they represent in recognition of the tragic turn of events in Ogoni land, even though Shell had no part in the violence that took place,’” noted the Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shell knew just how explosively damning the evidence against them would be, should this case actually go to trial.

Shelling out the money was absolutely the path of least resistance in terms of doing everything they could to just make this case go away.

Jun 04 08:59

Halliburton & Nigeria’s missing millions

US Vice-President Dick Cheney is embroiled in Africa’s biggest corruption scandal following an admission of guilty by his business associate Albert Jackson Stanley in September for coordinating over $180m of bribes on behalf of a consortium led by Halliburton, the US’s biggest and most profitable oil and gas services company.

May 24 10:08

Now at last it's time for Shell to atone for my father's death

Ken Saro-Wiwa's real "crime" was his audacity to sensitise local and global public opinion to the ecological and human rights abuses perpetrated by Shell and a ruthless military dictatorship against the Ogoni people. The success of his campaign had mobilised our community to say "No to Shell" and to demand compensation for years of oil spills that had polluted our farms, streams and water sources. My father called the world's attention to the gas flares that had been pumping toxic fumes into the Earth's atmosphere for up to 24 hours a day since oil was discovered on our lands in 1958. He accused Shell of double standards, of racism and asked why a company that was rightly proud of its efforts to preserve the environment in the west would deny the Ogoni the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever the outcome, the practices in which Royal Dutch Shell indulged in Nigeria - and I am sure, elsewhere - will be seen the light of day.

I think that this man's dad - had he lived - would have been very proud of his son.

May 23 10:24

Death toll rises as bloody fighting rocks Somali capital

FIERCE clashes have left at least 29 people dead and about 200 wounded as Somali Government forces try to drive Islamist insurgents from the capital, Mogadishu.

With President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed holed up in his compound with a handful of supporters, his embattled forces have attacked insurgents in three positions they had lost over two weeks of fighting that has killed about 150 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that the folks in Washington are not looking at any kind of US military intervention here: that would be the worst thing the US could do right now.

Of course, logic and US foreign policy have not always had a particularly meaningful on-going relationship in this country's history.

May 16 09:54

Scared Somalis running out of food as battles rage

Hundreds of foreigners fighting alongside Somali Islamic insurgents have driven this week's fierce battles against government forces, which have killed more than 100 people, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said Friday.

Concern that the government might fall is mounting. Observers fear that if the al-Qaida linked insurgents seize the capital, they will gain a safe haven on the Horn of Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what does the US do, invade Somalia "... to save it from itself"?!?!?

We can see just how swimmingly that strategy is working in Afghanistan and Iraq.

May 16 09:46

US Blames Eritrea for Somali Instability

It is hardly a unique story at this point, but once again the Somali government seems on the verge of collapse against a fierce offensive by the al-Shabaab movement. The US State Department is pointing its finger squarely at the nation of Eritrea, claiming it “has been instrumental in facilitating support of the extremists” that are imperiling the US-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Eritrea?!?!?!? Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?!?

How about blaming an idiotic, spastic, US foreign policy having nothing to do with the the well-being of the Somali people, and everything to do with exploiting its natural resources??

As reported in http://indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html

"Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves"

And don't kid yourself: Africa is the "next Middle East" in terms of appropriating and exploiting its natural resources.

May 02 06:34

Sociology 101 - When you grow up a starving kid in Somalia - the most likely survival-prey are ships off your coast

BBC - UK ship seized by Somali pirates - A UK-owned ship, carrying 35,000 tons of soya, has been hijacked by Somali pirates south-west of the Seychelles, the Maritime Security Centre says.

[I hope no one thought there ever were old pirates who climbed up and boarded ships. You have to learn to think for yourself, our you'll get shoved around.]

May 01 11:27

Kenyan Women Urge Sex Strike

The fight for political reform in Kenya has moved into an unlikely venue -- the nation's bedrooms.
Activists in the East African nation are urging women to withhold sex for a week to protest the growing divide in Kenya's coalition government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See "Lysistrata!"

May 01 05:17

Pirate Suspect to be Charged as Adult in New York

The New York Times - B Weiser -[In the case of ...] Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, a Somali who speaks no English...

[...] a New York police detective, Frederick Galloway, who went to Africa as part of an investigative team, told the judge that Mr. Muse [the father of the defendant], after giving different ages, said he had been untruthful, apologized and said he [his son] was “between 18 and 19.”

“He also said, ‘I’m sorry for lying to you,’ ” Detective Galloway testified. “He said, ‘When I pray again, I’ll ask Allah to forgive me for lying to you, and I won’t lie to you again.’ ”

Apr 21 19:12

PIRATE???? FREE THE CHILD Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse! This prosecution in NYC is heinous!

New York Daily NEWS - Thomas Zambito, Christina Boyle and Tracy Connor - Somali pirate's smile turns to tears; charged with crimes that could send him to jail for life

The courtroom was briefly closed for a hearing on his age after the defense disputed claims he was at least 18.

The judge called Muse's father, who said the suspect was his eldest son, born in November 1993, making him just 15.

[These criminals should be shot for treating a child like this! There are confidentiality laws concerning the prosecution of minor children! And this child is paraded before the world's press by proud American pirate hunters? Scoundrels.]

Apr 18 15:17

Israelis warn of Eritrea flashpoint

Security sources say Israel and Iran are conducting rival intelligence operations in Eritrea, the poor African state on the Red Sea.

The Israelis fear Eritrea could be a flashpoint if Iranian Revolutionary Guards continue to ship arms to militants in Gaza via the Eritrean port of Assab. Israel is said to have two Eritrean bases, one a “listening post” for signals intelligence, the other a supply base for its German-built submarines.

Apr 18 08:55

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

Even though "Africa is united in rejecting US requests for a military headquarters" inside Africa, there are reports that "from oil rich northern Angola up to Nigeria, from the Gulf of Guinea to Morocco and Algeria, from the Horn of Africa down to Kenya and Uganda, and over the pipeline routes from Chad to Cameroon in the west, and from Sudan to the Red Sea in the east, US admirals and generals have been landing and taking off, meeting with local officials. They've conducted feasibility studies, concluded secret agreements, and spent billions from their secret budgets." This is the future that awaits Africa with AFRICOM and the agenda to control the "oil, and the diamonds, and the uranium, and the coltan."

Apr 18 08:04

US Threatens to Invade Eritrea

The United States has reportedly threatened to invade Eritrea and subject it to “the same fate as Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks” for providing support to the al-Shabaab resistance movement in Somalia, which the US has since attempted to link with al-Qaeda. The Daily Telegraph quotes one source as saying “There are consequences for working with al-Shabaab when President Obama cannot afford to look weak on terrorism.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

Eritrea?!?!?!?

Is this the war the Pentagon and state department knuckleheads have decided is "winnable", without too many flag-draped caskets coming home?!?!

And believe me, this administration is hungry for a war - any war - to deflect public anger away from the the moral missteps it has made in not prosecuting the previous administration for lies and torture, and the economic missteps it has made with the bailouts of their cronies.

Apr 17 17:14

Navies to guard undersea cable from Somali pirates

Foreign navies have agreed to protect a vessel installing an undersea high-speed Internet cable from pirates off the coast of Somalia, a Kenyan minister said on Thursday.

"The process (of laying the cable) has begun and will probably take two months. It is likely that by the middle of June the ship should be anchoring in Mombasa, or rather delivering the cable to Mombasa," he added.

The $130 million cable will link Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Apr 17 09:11

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

In 2006 “the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing. CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover. Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered. It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Apr 14 16:01

The Rwanda Genocide Fabrications and Alison Des Forges

The Rwanda Genocide Fabrications

Human Right Watch, Alison Des Forges and Disinformation on Central Africa

by Keith Harmon Snow / April 13th, 2009

Apr 14 10:04

Heeeeeer's the wind up......and ................the pitch!!

Apr 13 09:13

Somali Pirates: Fighting Against Nuclear Waste and over-fishing?

Yo ho ho, mateys. Don't be so quick to make these Somali Pirates walk the plank. They might be havin' themselves a good reason to be arrestin and detainin them ships. (If you believe allegations of nuclear waste dumping and illegal fish-trawling, that is)

Apr 13 08:57

FLASHBACK - US accused of covert operations in Somalia

Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

Apr 13 08:38

Untold Stories about Somalia Pirates - European ships dump Nuclear Waste into Somalia Ocean

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

Apr 12 22:39

Elisa Burchett: Fifteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the U.N. General Assembly said, "Yes, the world feels remorse for standing by while these crimes unfolded across this verdant land. But these crimes did not spring out of thin air. We acknowledge too that the seeds for this genocide were planted long before and nurtured with lethal results by colonial policies that institutionalized ethnic tensions and resentments."

Apr 12 16:18

Piracy in the Red Sea: Saudi points towards Israel

Not only do columnists and analysts openly accuse Israel of sponsoring acts of piracy that multiply off Somali waters, but they also do not hide their fears of an internationalization of security in the Red Sea, where Israel plays a decisive role.

“What is happening in the Horn of Africa is not a simple case of piracy. These acts of piracy raise various questions about the capabilities and equipment of simple outlaws who are seeking ransoms,” wrote Tuesday (November 25) Nawaf Al-Meshal Sabhan in the Saudi daily Al-Iqtissadia.

Apr 12 03:52

Why Arabs are Backing Sudan's Bashir

Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, despite being indicted on March 4, 2009 on seven counts of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, was given a “hero’s welcome” by the Arab League Summit hosted by Qatar last week. The 22 nations warmly supported Al Bashir with a resolution opposing the dubious ICC arrest warrant.

Bashir called the ICC an “undemocratic institution that ... applied double standards, targeted the weak and gave a blind eye to the criminals.”

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, also present at the summit, likewise objected to the ICC. “Why do they not order the capture of Bush? Why not order the arrest of the president of Israel?”

Apr 11 12:30

FLASHBACK - US accused of covert operations in Somalia

Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Yo ho, Yo ho; a pirate's life for me!!!"

Apr 11 07:03

Oil Companies Dividing and Conquering Nigeria - Nigeria oil unrest 'kills 1,000'

The New York Times - Violence in Nigeria's oil region left 1,000 people dead and cost $24bn (£16bn) last year, a report says, according to an official and activist.

Ledum Mitee, chairman of the Niger Delta Presidential Technical Committee, says the figures only cover the first nine months of 2008.

Apr 08 09:10

U.S. crew may be in control of hijacked ship

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship but Pentagon officials later said they believed the U.S. crew was back in control of the vessel.

Apr 05 10:07

Shell in court over alleged role in Nigeria executions

Lawyers in New York will allege that Shell actively subsidised a campaign of terror by security forces in the Niger Delta and attempted to influence the trial that led to Saro-Wiwa's execution. The lawsuit alleges that the company attempted to bribe two witnesses in his trial to testify against him. Members of Saro-Wiwa's family will take the stand for the first time to give their version of events, among them his brother Owens, who will allege that Brian Anderson, managing director of Shell's Nigerian subsidiary, told him: "It would not be impossible to get charges dropped if protests were called off." Anderson is fighting the action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the brutal truth of how the "great game" for oil and other resources is played.

And right now, Africa is being looked at as "the next Middle East" in terms of rich, hitherto unexploited (or only moderately exploited) resources.

Mar 23 12:03

Nobel outrage at South Africa’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama

South Africa was plunged into a diplomatic row yesterday after the Government barred the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, from entering the country to take part in a peace conference linked to the 2010 football World Cup.

The decision, confirmed to The Times by senior government officials, was met with outrage by his fellow Nobel peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the former President F. W. de Klerk, who are organising the conference on March 27 with the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee.

Mar 13 07:57

FRIDAY’S TOONS ~~ DARFUR AND GAZA

Mar 08 20:33

Shoot-Out in Guinea-Bissau

One should not speak ill of the dead, but it's hard to resist the suspicion that the murder of the army chief of staff on March 1st and of the president on March 2nd in the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau were linked to the drug trade in Africa's first "narco-state."

On Sunday, a powerful bomb blew up the military headquarters in Bissau, the capital, killing Gen. Batista Tagme Na Waie, chief of Guinea-Bissau's military, and severely wounding five other senior officers. Less than twenty-four hours later, gunfire and rocket explosions were heard near the presidential palace, and shortly afterwards it was reported that President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira had also been killed.

Mar 06 17:27

Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife killed in crash as lorry hits their car

Zimbabwe was rife with speculation last night after Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife was killed in a car crash in which he was injured.

There was suspicion that the accident could have been staged by Zanu (PF) hardliners opposed to the power-sharing deal that led to Mr Tsvangirai becoming Prime Minister. This was only fuelled by reports that police had confiscated videos of the accident scene taken by members of his Movement for Democratic Change party.

Mar 04 18:59

Sudan's Response to ICC Arrest Warrant

"For us the ICC doesn't exist. We are not bound by its decisions and we are in no way going to cooperate with it. Indeed, the verdict that was announced today in The Hague does not deserve the ink used to print it."

Mar 04 08:58

ICC issues a warrant of arrest for Omar Al Bashir, President of Sudan

Today, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, President of Sudan, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is suspected of being criminally responsible, as an indirect (co-)perpetrator, for intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property. This is the first warrant of arrest ever issued for a sitting Head of State by the ICC.

Mar 02 06:04

Starvation and Strife Menace Torn Kenya

The New York Times JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Feb 28, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya — One year after this country exploded in ethnic bloodshed, trouble is brewing here again.

Ten million people face starvation, partly because farmers in crucial food-producing areas who fled their homes last year have not returned, instead withdrawing deeper into their ethnic enclaves, deeper into fear.

President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, has become a savior to many people here, in part because Kenyans say their own leaders have been such a disappointment.

Feb 20 19:34

Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa
by John Mbaira

Unwitting African countries are being coaxed and coerced to cultivate and consume genetically modified crops in a campaign bankrolled by giant biotech multinationals and executed by cash-rich “scientific” organisations who extol technology as the panacea for the continent’s hunger and low agricultural productivity.

Feb 20 19:28

Gates donate $48M for Bio-tech African cocoa/nuts

$90 Million to Boost Incomes of Small Farmers in Africa
Posted by: philcrosby on Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced two significant partnerships and $48 million in grants to help hundreds of thousands of small cocoa and cashew farmers in sub-Saharan Africa significantly increase their incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
The two grants -- $23 million to the World Cocoa Foundation and $25 million to the German development organization Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH -- were awarded in conjunction with $42 million in cash and in-kind contributions from private industry.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
http://www.gtz.de/en/weltweit/afrika/8063.htm

Feb 18 22:26

Texas Armoring Corp.'s Nigerian market thriving

Violence, Theft, and Kidnappings Spur TAC Armored Vehicle Growth in Nigeria
* Wednesday February 18, 2009, 11:37 am EST

"Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of light-weight armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211."

Feb 18 15:43

The Conflict in the Congo is a Resource War Waged by US and British Allies

Feb 17 12:10

Another U.S.-Sponsored Catastrophe The Nightmare in Somalia

THE END result of the U.S. intervention has been untold destruction. Human Rights Watch published a report in December 2008 detailing the impact:

"Two years of unconstrained warfare and violent rights abuses have helped to generate an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis, without adequate response. Since January 2007, at least 870,000 civilians have fled the chaos in Mogadishu alone--two-thirds of the city's population...Somalia's humanitarian needs are enormous."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

Angry yet?!?!?!?

Feb 16 17:55

U.S./U.K. Roles In Congo's resources warfare

The U.S./U.K. Roles In Congo's Blood Diamonds Industry
Black Star News, Commentary, Kambale Musavuli , Posted: Feb 16, 2009

Since Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Congo in 1996, these countries have pursued a plan to appropriate the wealth of Eastern Congo either directly or through proxy forces.

The December 2008 United Nations report is the latest in a series of U.N. reports dating from 2001 that clearly documents the systematic looting and appropriation of Congolese resources by Rwanda and Uganda, two of Washington and London’s staunchest allies in Africa.

Feb 14 14:24

US Sponsored Rwanda Genocide/African Destabilization

THE US SPONSORED RWANDA GENOCIDE AND ITS AFTERMATH
Psychological Operations, Embedded Reporters, and Refugee Hunting
11 April 2008
keith harmon snow
http://www.allthingspass.com/uploads/html-238The%20US%20Sponsored%20Rw...

Rwanda's Secret War
US-Backed Destabilization of Central Africa
By Keith Harmon Snow*
WW3Report
December 10, 2004
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/congo/2004/1210secretwar.htm

Feb 14 14:18

Expert court witness on Africa, silenced in crash

Des Forges GRD '72, human rights expert, killed in plane crash
Gabriel Barcia
Staff Reporter
Published Friday, February 13, 2009

Alison Des Forges GRD '72, one of the world's leading experts on the human rights violations in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was among the passengers killed in the commuter plane crash outside Buffalo, N.Y., late Thursday. She was 66 and lived in Buffalo.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090214/wl_africa_afp/usplanecrashrwanda_...
Rwanda genocide court stunned by air crash death of investigator
Sat Feb 14, 10:37 am ET

Feb 11 21:26

US Africom plans/funds killing, Congo chaos

UN official: Botched attacks on LRA rebels in Congo 'catastrophic' for civilians
The US helped plan the operation, which subsequently killed up to 900 people.
By Jonathan Adams
posted February 10, 2009 at 10:00 am EST

"The UN official's comments followed a New York Times report Friday breaking the news that the US had helped plan and fund the attack from its new Africa Command."

Feb 08 08:48

Massacres follow failed U.S.-aided Uganda mission: report

The U.S. military helped plan and finance a recent attack on a Ugandan rebel group which went awry, with fleeing fighters conducting a series of massacres that killed up to 900 civilians, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Sorry. My bad." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 07 08:26

Arms ship set to leave for Kenya

A Ukrainian ship freed by Somali pirates for a reported ransom of $3.2m (£2.2m) on Thursday is preparing to leave Somali waters for Kenya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Left unsaid by the "impartial" BBC; MV Faina is owned by an Israeli, Vadim Alperin.

Feb 05 08:36

Pirates receive $3.2M for Israeli ship

The Israeli-owner of a Ukrainian-flagged arms-loaded ship held by Somali pirates pays 3.2 million dollars in return for the vessel's release.

The vessel was carrying a cargo of 33 Soviet-type battle tanks, rocket launchers and ammunition, allegedly expected to reach rebels in the Sudanese violent Darfur region.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the Israelis, always begging the US for weapons, have enough left over to arm the Darfur Rebels?

Feb 01 14:16

Kenya petrol tanker explosion kills 100

The tanker explosion occurred near Molo, a small town in the Rift Valley Province -- about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the capital, a spokesman for the Kenyan police said.

The tanker overturned along a highway spilling gallons of gas which hundreds of residents rushed to scoop up, said Titus Mung'ou of the Kenyan Red Cross.

"People were lining up trying to get the fuel," he said. "They were siphoning off petrol for over an hour. Some people had drilled holes in the tanker and were charging a fee for the assembled crowd."

The vehicle exploded about an hour later, apparently after one of the residents lit a cigarette or started a fire at the crash site, Mung'ou said.

Jan 29 15:49

Zimbabwe abandons its currency

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Elephant poop is the new $20.

Jan 27 13:16

Obama aims to topple Mugabe in Zimbabwe

From Times Online
January 27, 2009
President Obama leads US drive to topple Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

China and Russia have blocked previous moves against Robert Mugabe in the UN
Tim Reid in Washington and Jonathan Clayton in Johannesburg

President Obama wants a fresh approach to toppling Robert Mugabe and is discussing with aides an unprecedented, US-led diplomatic push to get tough new UN sanctions imposed against the Zimbabwe regime, The Times has learned.

During talks Mr Obama has had with his top Africa advisers in recent weeks, the central idea they focused on was taking the issue of Zimbabwe before the UN Security Council, but for the first time to combine such a move with an intense diplomatic effort to persuade Russia and China not to block the initiative.

Jan 26 08:46

Police arrest goat accused of armed robbery

Vigilantes seized the black and white goat, saying it was an armed robber who had used black magic to transform himself into an animal to escape after trying to steal a Mazda 323.

Jan 23 11:17

KILLINGS AT DARFUR DISPLACED PERSONS CAMP WAS UNLAWFUL, CONCLUDES UN REPORT

Jan 20 23:05

Kenyans expect "their" Obama to save them

From The Times
January 21, 2009
Kenyans hail election of saviour Barack Obama
Rob Crilly in Nairobi

"“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father.

Millions of people around the country thronged giant TV screens or crammed into bars to watch the inauguration of a man viewed as Kenya’s best hope of a prosperous and happy future. "

"Kenya is a country in need of a saviour. Last year 600,000 people were left homeless by the violence that followed disputed presidential elections.

Jan 19 13:04

Obama selected to aid in African holocaust?

Tuesday, 9 December 2008, 4:53 pm
Opinion: Keith Harmon Snow
Merchants of Death: Exposing Corporate Financed Holocaust in Africa
by Keith Harmon Snow
www.allthingspass.com

War in Congo has again been splashed across world headlines and the same old clichés about violence and suffering are repackaged and rebroadcast as "news". Meanwhile, early indications out of America are that President-elect Barack Obama will assemble a foreign policy-team primed for business as usual.

How will Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State compromise the Obama Administration’s capacity to honestly redress the untold suffering, massive theft of resources and millions of deaths in Africa?

Jan 17 17:25

South Africa have starts international campaign to have the Israeli government charged at the International court of Justice in The Hague for War crimes and Genocide.

Jan 17 13:04

Cosatu wants SA to cut ties with Israel

The Congress of South African Trade Unions wants the South African government to cease all relations with Israel and close down the Israeli embassy in Pretoria.

Jan 15 19:43

FLASHBACK - UN Probes Alleged Israeli Arms Sales to Ivory Coast

Israeli officials have confirmed that the United Nations is investigating the alleged sale of Israeli arms to Ivory Coast - a possible violation of a U.N. arms embargo against the West African country.

Jan 11 07:21

Five Somali pirates drown as they squabble over their $3million ransom

Five Somali pirates drowned when a wave washed off their getaway boat as they squabbled over over how to split their $3 million ransom.

The ransom had been paid to the pirates to end the world's biggest ship hijacking.

The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star - observed by the U.S. Navy who provided these images - and the two-month ordeal of the 25 crew, including two Britons, was finally over.

Jan 08 09:57

Thousands march in anti-Israel protest

Thousands of demonstrators marched to Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday to call for an end to Israel's offensive in Palestine's Gaza Strip.

"South Africa, the bullets and bombs that you are selling to Israel are killing innocent babies in Palestine!" proclaimed one poster, held aloft by a marcher.

Dec 24 08:40

Somali Islamists must be part of peace deal-report

Somalia's government and the international community must deal with Islamists to avoid a security crisis when Ethiopian troops withdraw later this month, a think-tank said on Tuesday.

"Despite the reluctance of the international community to engage with the Islamist opposition, there is no other practical course than to reach out to its leaders in an effort to stabilise the security situation with a ceasefire and then move on with a process that addresses the root causes," ICG said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is a logical, credible approach, which means that the US is likely to ignore it completely.

What this is all about, at the end of the day from the US perspective, is having a Western-leaning government in place in terms of developing Somalia's vast untapped natural resources.

Dec 23 21:07

Obama, Gen. Ward : Black puppets for Africa

Kip’s Folly: A Black Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa
Africa - US Imperialism in Africa
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
by Mark P. Fancher

"From Clarence Thomas to Colin Powell to Condoleezza Rice - and many more African American mercenaries in between - U.S. rulers have had little problem finding Black front men and women for their intrigues and adventures."

Dec 21 17:52

Mugabe unleashes wave of terror with mass abductions

Fears are mounting in Zimbabwe for the lives of more than 40 opposition officials and human rights activists who have been abducted as part of a renewed crackdown by the regime in Harare. At least two more members of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change have disappeared in the past week, along with a freelance investigative reporter.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

One wonders just how much more the Zimbabwean people will be willing to take until this regime just crumbles from its own weight of neglect and corruption.

Dec 20 07:32

Forget Depp: Somali pirates risk all for riches, women

NAIROBI, Kenya - There's at least one job these days that's recession-proof, if you can handle shark-infested seas, outrun some of the world's most powerful navies, and keep your cool when your hostages get antsy.

A pirate's life in Somalia isn't for everyone. However, nothing comes easily in one of the poorest and most unstable countries on Earth, and when you consider the dearth of career options for Somalis on land, a pirate's life starts to look more than cushy by comparison.

Dec 18 18:09

Zimbabwe cholera toll hits 1,111: UN

This figure, as horrific as it is, may well not be telling the full story.

As reported in

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/cholera-kills-3000-in-zimbabwe-14080561.html

Dec 18 11:10

Abandoned by the World: UN Declares Open Season on Somalia

And now the Bush Regime -- going out in a Götterdämmerung of blood and fury aimed at the world (and at the American people) -- wants to intensify the chaos in Somalia, laying it bare to more invasions, "precision strikes," death squad operations, renditions and other atrocities, this time coming from not just from Washington and its Terror War proxies but from all directions.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

But this act is "blood and fury" with a very specific purpose: to ultimately install a pliant government in Mogadishu which will look favorably on the development of Somalia's natural resources, once this is all over.

Dec 18 10:09

US says piracy resolution allows for air strikes in Somalia

The US government said Wednesday that it believes a new UN Security Council resolution on Somalia authorizes air strikes against pirates in Somali territory.

The resolution "authorizes states cooperating with the Somali Transitional Federal Government to extend counter-piracy efforts to include potential operations in Somali territorial land and air space, to suppress acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea," the State Department said in a statement.

The final version of resolution 1851 does not explicitly say Somali air space can be used.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Memo to the UN Security Council: are you collectively deaf, dumb, and blind to what you have done by not explicitly stating in this resolution that Somali air space cannot be used?!?

The US government's position has been characterized as believing that this resolution "....authorizes air strikes against pirates in Somali territory."

And just what kind of action may the US think it has license to do, courtesy of this resolution??

Very possibly bombing the crap out of innocent men, women, and kids in order to prop up a completely dysfunctional government, now that the US-backed Ethiopian troops are (theoretically) going to be leaving Somalia shortly.

And why? Because the Muslim insurgency is becoming stronger, or that Somalia "may become a hotbed for terrorists" if they take over the government?

Think again: ever wonder why the term "war on terror" only seems to apply to countries sitting over enormous natural resources?

What the US wants is a pliant government in Mogadishu which will be favorable to Western countries in terms of developing Somalia's vast natural resources.

If the US thinks it has "carte blanche" to do this at least for the year this resolution runs, look to the US to initate a massive bombing campaign over sovereign Somali territory to decimate the insurgents.

Dec 18 09:01

U.S. Proposes International Gang Rape of Somalia

"The Bush regime now seeks to turn Somalia into a ‘free fire zone' in which any country in the world can shoot and bomb and kill at will."

Dec 17 22:36

US Commandos to attack in Somali

From The Times
December 18, 2008
American commandos get UN go-ahead to hunt down Somali pirates
Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Pirates operating from safe havens along the Somali coast could become the target of hot-pursuit missions by American commandos for the first time, after approval was given by the United Nations Security Council to launch land and air attacks on pirate bases.

Dec 17 09:50

Somalia's fractured government slides into chaos

Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf named a new prime minister on Tuesday, snubbing a vote by parliament to reinstate sacked premier Nur Hassan Hussein and further deepening rifts in the fractured government.

The split at the top of the Western-backed government is blamed for stalling a U.N.-hosted peace process and threatens to tear the weak administration apart at a time Islamist insurgents are camped on the outskirts of the capital Mogadishu.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somalia's current government is about to fall apart at the seams, and US intervention (through backing an Ethiopian occupation of Somalia) is very deeply at the heart of its current chaos.

This was never about "protecting" the Somali people; it was, and continues to be, about installing a government favorable to Western countries developing the vast, yet untapped, wealth of this country.

Dec 17 08:20

UN gives OK to land, air attacks on Somali pirates

The resolution sets up the possibility of increased American military action in Somalia, a chaotic country where a U.S. peacekeeping mission in 1992-93 ended with a humiliating withdrawal of troops after a deadly clash in Mogadishu, as portrayed in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This actually has nothing, really, to do with piracy, or "protecting" the Somalian people.

And if what the US-backed Ethiopian troops have been doing for the last two years can be characterized as "protection", I'll eat my hat.

It's about the US having the justification to go into Somalia to insure that its government is inclined to have western companies exploit its vast natural resources.

I have to shake my head in disbelief, because passing of this resolution gives yet another UN mandate to the US to act rashly and foolishly.

One would think that the UN would have learned by now, after what the US did in its interpretation of the Resolution on Iraq.

Apparently, that was not the case.

Dec 16 09:52

US to Propose UN Authorize Ground Raids into Somalia

A Bush administration proposal to allow foreign forces to go ashore into Somalia to hunt the country's notorious pirates is getting a cool reception from U.S. military leaders, regional analysts and some Somali officials.

The proposal — which Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to put forward Tuesday at the United Nations Security Council — is the boldest yet aimed at stopping the pirates, who've hijacked 55 ships this year, secured tens of millions of dollars in ransoms and kneecapped maritime trade between Europe and Asia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Considering just how brilliantly the UN mandate in Iraq went, the UN would be collectively mad to approve of such a proposal.

Let us hope the "cool reception" extends to a permanent deep-freeze on this kind of cowboy, knee-jerk proposal on the part of the US government.

This is not about the piracy, or "protecting" the Somalis from an impending Islamic government (which hasn't gone very well for the US-backed Ethiopian occupation, or the Somali people, thank you very much).

This is about getting a Somali government in place which is sympathetic to western development of the country's vast untapped resources.

Dec 14 09:19

U.S. Will Push U.N. for Somalia Mission

Meanwhile, the commander of the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet, Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, cast doubt on the wisdom of a separate U.S. plan to seek U.N. approval for commando raids against pirates on Somali soil, saying the possibility of inflicting civilian casualties "cannot be overestimated," according to the Associated Press.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the next flipping administration, can we PLEASE HAVE SOME ADULTS IN THE ROOM REGARDING US FOREIGN POLICY?!?!?!?

Remember 3 weeks week ago when Somali pirates attacked that tanker, and US warships refused to intervene?!? Was that because the US needed the pirates to justify an invasion of Somalia??

I cannot begin to tell you what a refreshing change that would be from the last 8 years, although the jury is still very much out as to whether this will be the case.

But for the US government, at this late date, with a lame duck administration, to have the gall, the hubris, of trying to get a UN mandate about the US conducting "....commando raids against pirates on Somali soil....", it is very clear what is going on here.

The US backed Ethiopian forces have absolutely made a complete, abysmal mess of their attempt to occupy Somalia.

As reported in the Telegraph:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/ethiopi...

""The testimony we received strongly suggests that war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity have been committed by all parties and no one is being held accountable," said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty's deputy director for Africa."

These same troops are supposed to be exiting the country, and the Islamists are resurgent.

But this US request has nothing to do with the fact that Somalia is close to becoming an Islamist state, and that the US is concerned that it will be an "incubator for terror"; it has everything to do with having a governmental structure in place which will favor the West when it comes to divvying up the largely unexploited resources of this country.

I would far rather see this country invest in the vision, technical savvy, and drive of American entrepreneurs to come up with workable, affordable energy alternatives than invest in wars of conquest.

We are the first country which, with will, determination and imagination, put men on the moon. One would think that in the 21st century, we'd have better answers to getting resources than wars of conquest.

Dec 13 10:05

Parties earn vast sums from illegal trade in minerals

Proceeds from the control of lucrative natural resources, from gold and coltan to charcoal and cows, remain a key driver of the insecurity in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

The report by the UN Group of Experts on Congo states that the main parties to the recent fighting - Hutu and Tutsi-aligned rebel groups as well as government forces - continue to earn vast sums from artisanal mines and captured farmland.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Africa, with its vast and untapped resources, is rapidly becoming the next "Middle East" in terms of foreign countries' battles for its resources at the cost of its people.

Dec 13 09:14

Floundering Somali Govt Nears Collapse

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi declared “mission accomplished” in their two-year military effort to prop up the self-appointed transitional national government of Somalia, and told parliament that Ethiopian forces would withdraw from the nation within weeks. Zenawi claimed the mission was meant to “defuse the plan orchestrated by Eritrea,” but conceded that it was not possible to bring lasting peace to Somalia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

How "Bushian" of Ethiopian Prime Minister to declare "mission accomplished", with about just the same kind of catastrophes waiting for Somalia those which were about to come to Iraq after Bush uttered those words so many years ago.

Dec 12 10:15

Zimbabwe neighbors should seal borders-US official

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe could be forced to step down if South Africa and other neighbors take the bold step of sealing their borders with the landlocked country, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.

"It takes something as simple as closing the borders. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country. The closure of the border, literally in a week would bring this country to its knees," he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the unsourced moron who made this comment.

Shutting the borders would mean that desperate Zimbabweans suffering from malnutrition and cholera would have no way of getting out, and getting at least some help, which South Africa and Mozambique have been generously providing in terns of re -hydration drips, even though their own health resources are very stretched.

Mugabe will not be brought to his knees by a border lockdown: he's seen to it that he has provisions, troops, and money in place to keep that from happening.

It's the people dying of cholera who will drop to their knees - and die.

Dec 11 19:31

Allies seek power to pursue Somali pirates on land and sea

The United States is seeking international authorisation allowing foreign navies to pursue Somali pirates on land as well as at sea in an effort to curb the growing threat to international shipping lines.

A draft proposal granting nations that are combating piracy permission to “take all necessary measures ashore in Somalia” is being circulated among UN Security Council members before a key meeting on the crisis next week.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you kidding me?!?!

This is not about pirates.

from:

indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html

"Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves"

This is, ultimately, about who controls the disposition of the vast resource wealth of Somalia, and which foreign powers will get first dibs on carving that wealth up.

Dec 11 10:10

Cholera victims turned away

Under normal circumstances the water-borne disease is relatively easy to treat. In Zimbabwe it is spreading uncontrolled amid the country's economic collapse and political turmoil as the 28-year-old regime of the President, Robert Mugabe, clings to power after disputed elections.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And as this continues, and the world watches, Mugabe states, with an absolutely straight face, that there is no cholera in Zimbabwe?!?!?

Dec 11 09:03

Sharif back in Mogadishu as death toll hits 16,210

Somalia's moderate Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Ahmed returned to Mogadishu for the first time in two years on Wednesday and a local rights group said fighting had killed 16,210 civilians since then.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is yet another of the Bush administration's covert military misadventures, gone awry.

But of course, it was Bush's foreign policy which supported the Ethiopian troops in their takeover of the country, through an interim government.

The outcome was as predictable as the other "successes" of this administration's foreign policy.

The real question is, who gets dibs on the vast wealth of natural resources this country possesses, if Sharif Ahmed does come back to govern?

Dec 11 07:48

Mugabe: 'There is no cholera in Zimbabwe

“I am happy to say our doctors have been assisted by others and WHO (the World Health Organization)... so now that there is no cholera,” said Mr Mugabe, in a speech screened on national television.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

There will be a point in Zimbabwe where, no matter how many henchmen Mugabe has surrounding him, the people will be unable to take any more of what he has done to them, and this country.

Were I a betting person, I would almost be willing to be that this point is not too terribly far away for the Zimbabwean people.

Dec 10 07:19

Witnesses: Ethiopians troops pouring into Somalia

Ethiopian troops are pouring into neighboring Somalia to fight radical Islamists who have taken over much of the country, raising fears of more violence in a country fighting a deadly insurgency and piracy, witnesses and the Somali government said Tuesday.

The Ethiopians' advance comes just weeks before they are scheduled to withdraw after an unpopular, two-year presence here. The Ethiopians are integral to protecting the Western-backed government, and their planned withdrawal at the end of the month will likely herald the administration's collapse.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

An Ethiopian troop "surge" and a "scheduled withdrawal" are mutually exclusive.

Right now, with new Ethiopian forces pouring over the Somalian border, I wouldn't place any bets at all on this "scheduled withdrawal" happening anytime soon.

Dec 07 14:21

Hyperinflation forces Zimbabwe to print $200 million notes

Dec 07 09:37

Situation in Somalia Seems About to Get Worse

The United States failed disastrously in its peacekeeping mission in the early 1990s. (Remember “Black Hawk Down”?) In 2005 and 2006, the C.I.A. paid some of Somalia’s most reviled warlords to fight the Islamists. That backfired. In the winter of 2006, the United States took a third approach, encouraging Ethiopia to invade and backing them with American airstrikes and intelligence.

“The Bush administration made a major miscalculation,” said Dan Connell, who teaches African politics at Simmons College in Boston.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Hey, it wouldn't be Bush foreign policy without a "major miscalculation".

Every foreign policy decision made by this administration has featured one - or more - "major miscalculation", ultimately exploding in its face like a really bad trick cigar.

Dec 07 09:25

Intervention call as cholera spreads

WESTERN calls for radical intervention in Zimbabwe rose dramatically over the weekend as the United Nations warned that the number of cholera cases in the region could reach 60,000 and the death toll rise to 3000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

OK, the West is calling for "...radical intervention".

Uh, just which countries' armies are going to be dispatched by their governments to provide that "intervention"?

Any takers?

Thought not.

Dec 07 08:57

Invisible Children

In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such as story. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and...all » In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such as story. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. A story where children are weapons and children are the victims. The "Invisible Children: rough cut" film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda.

Dec 07 08:49

Open letter to Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York

Condoleezza Rice and Gordon Brown are among the main responsible for the slaughter of more than a million innocent children of God in Iraq and dozens of thousands in Afghanistan but in your view that very same God would be acting through their blood-stained hands. What a grotesque (and sexist) idea of God you must have to invoke Her name in this unholy farce. Or do you think those innocent human beings are children of a lesser god?

Dec 04 08:13

MAP OF THE PNAC PLAN (Large graphic; heavy download)

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