Some thoughts on the US militarized response to the ebola crisis

Last week I published a follow-up to my May article on militarized humanitarianism in Africa. Since its original publication in Foreign Policy in Focus, the piece has been republished in The Nation, AllAfrica, TruthOut, AntiWar.com, Common Dreams and InterPress Service News Agency. Six months into West Africa’s Ebola crisis, the international community is finally heading … Continue reading Some thoughts on the US militarized response to the ebola crisis

Planting the Seeds of Future Occupation: Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa

Last week Foreign Policy in Focus, an offshoot of the Institute for Policy Studies, published my article on US militarism and aid in Africa. In it, I argue not that aid and security aren't important, but rather that we should be wary of the ways in which the US is building up its presence in … Continue reading Planting the Seeds of Future Occupation: Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa

Spending the evening learning about the CPP

I'm a big fan of Kwame Nkrumah, but admittedly, I know very little about the Convention People's Party (CPP), the party started by Nkrumah during the struggle for Ghanaian independence and sovereignty. Nkrumah and the CPP ruled Ghana from 1957-1966, and n 1964, a (highly contested) constitutional referendum made Nkrumah leader for life, and CPP … Continue reading Spending the evening learning about the CPP

September reading list, so far.

For me, a really important part of scholarship is sharing, and so I wanted to share items I'm currently reading and really excited about. The semester is in full-swing and my mind is focused on organizing our department's 10th Annual Public Anthropology Conference, getting ready for my second comp, and writing grant proposals for pre-dissertation … Continue reading September reading list, so far.

And so it begins: the Obamas in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania

President Obama’s trip to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa is an ongoing PR campaign to boost American interests in the continent. Specifically, the Obama’s weeklong soiree will touch three countries that are significant in AFRICOM’s quest for influence and clout. AFRICOM has long searched for a permanent home in the continent, but has yet to … Continue reading And so it begins: the Obamas in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania

Friday Roundup: AFRICOM, France, and Load-shedding

Stories of interest from today: Niger: New Drone Base Highlights a Shift in US-West African Relations (ISN) Libya becomes 'the new Mali' as Islamists shift in Sahara (Reuters) If Mali is the "new" Afghanistan then does that make Libya the new Afghanistan? @1d4tw Classic narrative. Come in, destroy, get what you want, leave, shrug at … Continue reading Friday Roundup: AFRICOM, France, and Load-shedding

Obamas in Africa! Pt. 2… or 3. Whatever.

This week it was announced that the President and First Lady will be visiting Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania June 26-July 3. Apparently the trip will focus on : #OBAMAinSA Trip will focus on economic growth through trade and investment, engaging the next generation of African leaders, and democracy. — US Embassy Pretoria (@USEmbPretoria) May … Continue reading Obamas in Africa! Pt. 2… or 3. Whatever.

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

“Whereas other countries that don’t cooperate, we ream them as best we can.”

I'm re-reading Craig Whitlock's April 2013 Washington Post article on Niger and the US military in Africa: Human-rights groups have also accused the U.S. government of holding its tongue about political repression in Ethiopia, another key security partner in East Africa. “The countries that cooperate with us get at least a free pass,” acknowledged a … Continue reading “Whereas other countries that don’t cooperate, we ream them as best we can.”

For AFRICOM, All the World’s a Stage

On April 25th, AFRICOM, the US central command in Africa, joined USAID in celebrating World Malaria Day by spreading awareness of the US's counter-malaria efforts in Africa. But don’t let the humanitarian façade fool you; this was a PR campaign for AFRICOM’s military presence in West Africa. Using their Facebook page  and the hashtag #malariabuzz, AFRICOM attempted … Continue reading For AFRICOM, All the World’s a Stage