Posts tagged with "africa"


An in-depth video exposing how racism in Israel has led to the persecution of Africans - mostly migrants from the horn of Africa, an incredibly worrying and escalating trend that has had violent consequences.


Thousands of people forced to flee Mali amid French war

File photo shows Malian refugees from the north arriving at the new United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Imbaidou refugee camp, near Ayorou, northwest of Niamey in Niger.

'Thousands of people in Mali have been forced to flee their homes amid the French-led war on the West African nation.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that more than 5000 Malian refugees have arrived in Mauritania alone since January 11, when France launched a war on Mali under the pretext of halting the advance of fighters in the country.

In addition to Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Niger are also providing the displaced Malians with shelter.

Meanwhile, the UN agency said aid is needed to prevent what it calls the worsening of the now acutely fragile humanitarian situation across the Sahel region.

It highlighted that almost 380,000 people have fled their homes to seek safety both inside and outside Mali.

On January 18, UNHCR spokeswoman Melissa Fleming warned that “in the near future there could be up to 300,000 people additionally displaced inside Mali, and over 400,000 additionally displaced in the neighboring countries.”

The United States, Canada, Britain, Belgium, Germany, and Denmark have voiced support for the French war on Mali.

France has also imposed media restrictions on the developments on the ground with the help of the Malian army, which human rights groups say has committed ‘serious abuses.’

Some political analysts believe that Mali’s abandoned natural resources, including gold and uranium reserves, could be one of the reasons behind the French war.

Chaos broke out in the African country after Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22, 2012. The coup leaders said the move was in response to the government’s inability to contain the Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country.’
Apr 7

The Untold Horrors in Cabinda

'I met two exiled campaigners from the African state of Cabinda while I was in Hawaii and learned of the horrific atrocities being inflicted on the people of Cabinda by the government and military of Angola on behalf of western oil interests.

I took part in a film highighting the plight of the Cabindan people and also the occupation of Hawaii by the American government and I will post this when it is ready.

Please do whatever you can to circulate what is happening in Cabinda largely unreported by the mainstream media.

Read more …

Click here for Free Cabinda website …

Goodbye My Kony Island Baby: March 13, 2012, WideShut Webcast (by wideshutuk)

' - This week Keelan discusses the frenzy surrounding Kony 2012, and the possible imperialist agendas behind it.

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Youth Movement Promotes US Military Presence in Central Africa:

Angelina Jolie CFR Link (google for more):…

Invisible Children Kony 2012: Avoiding Scams and Irresponsible Donations:

Why #StopKony2012 is malicious, vile and repulsive:

Has Obama Just Kicked Off Another Oil War — This Time in Africa?:’

Lawmakers Push For US Invasion Of Africa Following Kony 2012 Fraud

'Two House lawmakers have introduced a resolution that seeks to deepen US Military involvement in Africa on the back of the Kony 2012 hoax, despite the fact that Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army have been virtually inactive for six years.

“The resolution, introduced by Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. and Ed Royce, R-Calif., calls for, among other things, expanding the number of regional forces in Africa to protect civilians and placing restrictions on individuals or governments found to be supporting Kony,” reports CBS News.

As we have seen from US involvement in Libya and its attempts to destabilize Syria, the “humanitarian” justification is merely an excuse for expanding US hegemony into Africa where China has aggressively staked its claim.’

KONY 2012: State Propaganda for a New Generation

'The overnight viral sensation KONY 2012 brought worldwide awareness to the African war criminal Joseph Kony. Beneath this commendable cause, lies however an elaborate agenda that is presented in the video in a very manipulative way. We’ll look at the agenda behind KONY 2012 and how it uses reverse psychology to not only justify a military operation in Africa, but to actually have people demand it.

KONY 2012 is a viral sensation that swept the entire world in less than 24 hours. Its main subject is the African rebel leader Joseph Kony, his war crimes and the clearly defined “movement” to stop him.  Countless celebrities have endorsed the movement, news sources have reported it and social media is buzzing with it. While the problem of guerrilla warfare and child soldiers has plagued Africa for decades, and several documentaries have already been produced regarding the issue, this particular 29-minute video made managed to obtain mass exposure and support.

KONY 2012 is less of a documentary than it is a highly efficient infomercial that is tailor-made for the Facebook generation, using state-of-the-art marketing techniques to make its point. Young people like “underground movements” and want to feel like they are changing the world. KONY 2012 taps into these needs to bring about something that is not “hip” or “underground” at all: A military operation in Uganda. Not only that, it urges the participants of the movement to order stuff, to wear bracelets that are associated with an online profile and to record their actions in social media. This makes KONY 2012 the first artificially created movement that is fully track-able, monitor-able and quantifiable by those who engendered it. In other words, what appears to be a movement “from the people” is actually a new way for the elite to advance its agenda.’

Neoconservatives Planned Regime Change Throughout the Middle East and North Africa 20 Years Ago

'General Wesley Clark … said the aim of this plot [to “destroy the governments in … Iraq, … Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Iran”] was this: “They wanted us to destabilize the Middle East, turn it upside down, make it under our control.” He then recounted a conversation he had had ten years earlier with Paul Wolfowitz — back in 1991 — in which the then-number-3-Pentagon-official, after criticizing Bush for not toppling Saddam, told Clark: “But one thing we did learn [from the Persian Gulf War] is that we can use our military in the region – in the Middle East – and the Soviets won’t stop us.

And we’ve got about 5 or 10 years to clean up those old Soviet regimes – Syria, Iran, Iraq – before the next great superpower comes on to challenge us.” Clark said he was shocked by Wolfowitz’s desires because, as Clark put it: “the purpose of the military is to start wars and change governments? It’s not to deter conflicts?”’

Nov 8

US researchers and pharmaceutical companies conducting human experimentation in Africa

'In one experiment on HIV sponsored by Gilead Sciences, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and operated by Family Health International, Cameroonian subjects were given details about the experiment in English even though many spoke only French and were illiterate. Five women were allegedly infected with HIV in the experiment but were not given antiretroviral drugs.

In another experiment in Nigeria led by Pfizer physicians, researchers injected children with an antibiotic called Trovan during a meningitis outbreak without providing their families with informed consent forms that fully disclose the side effects and purpose of the experiment. Eleven children died and many were left paralyzed.

In South Africa and Namibia, mothers with HIV/AIDS are routinely sterilized without their informed consent. Countries that perform these procedures are known to receive funding in the form of grants and incentives from USAID and other aid organizations.’

Obama, The Son of Africa, Claims a Continent’s Crown Jewels

'On 14 October, President Barack Obama announced he was sending United States special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there. In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only “engage” for “self-defence”, says Obama, satirically. With Libya secured, an American invasion of the African continent is under way.

Obama’s decision is described in the press as “highly unusual” and “surprising”, even “weird”. It is none of these things. It is the logic of American foreign policy since 1945. Take Vietnam. The priority was to halt the influence of China, an imperial rival, and “protect” Indonesia, which President Nixon called “the region’s richest hoard of natural resources …the greatest prize”.

Vietnam merely got in the way; and the slaughter of more than three million Vietnamese and the devastation and poisoning of their land was the price of America achieving its goal. Like all America’s subsequent invasions, a trail of blood from Latin America to Afghanistan and Iraq, the rationale was usually “self defence” or “humanitarian”, words long emptied of their dictionary meaning.’

Somalis Under Relentless Drone Attack as U.S. Tightens Military Grip on Continent

'Scores of Somali civilians have been killed in U.S. drone attacks in the southern region of the country, as Washington tightens its military grip on much of the continent.

The current offensive involves thousands of Kenyan troops that are threatening the major Somali city of Kismayo. The American drones are supporting the Kenyan invasion. The drones’ origins are officially secret, but it is known that the U.S. operates drone bases in Ethiopia and Djibouti, which is home to a huge American base.

For all practical purposes, the U.S. has made proxies of Ethiopia and the five member states of the East African Community: Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. The Ugandans and Burundians safeguard the airport that is the lifeline for Somalia’s puppet regime in Mogadishu, where the CIA operates a major facility. In September, the militaries of the East African Community held’ joint exercises with AFRICOM, the U.S. Africa Command.’

US building drone bases in Africa

A US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile setting off from its hangar at Bagram air base in Afghanistan (AFP Photo / Files / Bonny Schoonakker)

A US Predator unmanned drone armed with a missile setting off from its hangar at Bagram air base in Afghanistan (AFP Photo / Files / Bonny Schoonakker)

'Pakistanis have long asked America to get its drones out of their country. While Obama isn’t necessarily going to end spy-plane operations throughout Asia, it looks like the US is building drone bases elsewhere.

Now it appears as if the latest bases will be built in locales throughout Africa.

A report from the Washington Post reveals that the United States is expanding its controversial drone program into Africa, building bases throughout the continent in order to run unmanned planes over al-Qaeda territories in the ongoing War on Terror.

In the Post’s report, an unnamed source close to the operation confirms that the CIA is currently working on a secret base in the Arabian Peninsula in order to send more spy planes into Yemen. Bases are also said to be either in operation or under construction in Ethiopia and another in the Indian Ocean archipelago nation of Seychelles.

Both Seychelles and the United States had acknowledged the base in the past, but reported then that it was only there to track area pirate operations. The officials cited in the Post report, however, say that the increase in drone operations is being used to target al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, as the US builds up its drone bases despite continuing criticism of the competency of the spy planes.

Drones are unmanned, robotic aircraft that are able to fly at twice the high of standard commercial aircraft and are able to spot insurgents from upwards of 100 miles away. Once identified, command stations operating elsewhere can collect intelligence or order in strikes on militants to be carried out by the craft.

These operations are rarely as successful as the US would hope, however. A February drone strike in the Afghanistan province of Oruzgan killed around two dozen civilians — including two children — when US operators of a robotic plane mistakenly identified the victims as members of the Taliban. A report published by the UK-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism last month suggested that at least 385 of the casualties caused by unmanned robotic America drones in Pakistan have been civilians. Additionally, the Bureau claims that at least 160 of those deaths were of children under the age of 18.

A senior US official responded to CNN at the time that only 50 civilians have been killed in civet CIA drone strikes since 2001. Since May, the official adds that he “can’t confirm any noncombatant casualties.”

Casualties in all, say the Bureau, are at least 40 percent higher than what the US government reports.

Regardless, it looks like that operation will only be extended in the years to come. The post writes that the US will have four drone airstrips in the Horn of Africa alone once the current constructions are completed, including one in the small nation of Djibouti.

One official quoted by the Post said that spreading out the drone bases could prove not just crucial to wartime operations, but for the US budget. “A lot of bases [around Afghanistan] we had to pay a hefty sum of money to operate out of,” said an official speaking under anonymity. “You don’t want all your eggs in one basket.”

Meanwhile the US announced last month that they will be investing $23 billion into spy planes over the next few years.’