Morning Reads: self-determination, mining murders & AFRICOM/Congo training

Africa Must Stop the West” by Stephen Odoi-Larbi

The First Deputy Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament, Ebo Barton-Odro, has told the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) that the time had come for Africa to act swiftly to stop the West from dictating to the continent, when it comes to legal matters that have international character.

Chinese Kill Two Ghanaians” by Albert Nana Asante

Illegal mining activities in the Obuasi area turned nasty on Wednesday, after Chinese, who are also engaged in the illegal mining activities, shot dead two Ghanaians who were acting as landguards to protect the site of their countryman.

The third Ghanaian, whose conditions is said to be critical following the incident, has been rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital from the Obuasi Government Hospital, where he is receiving treatment.

The dead, Eric Kojo Ofori, 32, and Andrew Boateng reportedly questioned the Chinese as to why they had trespassed on their land.

US-trained Congolese Battalion Among Units Accused of Rape” by John Vandiver

The [United Nations] report, issued Wednesday by the United Nations Joint Human Rights Office, accused members of the 391st Commando Battalion — which was trained by special forces troops assigned to U.S. Africa Command — and other Democratic Republic of Congo troops of engaging in a range of atrocities, including the mass rape of women and young girls in eastern Congo.

The abuses by the soldiers were committed “in a systematic manner and with extreme violence,” according to the report. At least 102 women and 33 girls, reportedly as young as six, were victims of rape or other acts of sexual violence perpetrated by government soldiers, the report stated. The soldiers also were responsible for the arbitrary execution of at least two people and the widespread looting of villages, it said.

It should be noted that this news is coming right after reports that sexual assault in the US military is on a sharp rise.

And lastly, Zero Anthropology picked up my AFRICOM/USAID article and included it in the Encircling Empire: Report #21: Search and Distort Missions.

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