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

Monday Morning Roundup: Obama in Africa (reflections, criticisms, and more)

Some great commentary coming from around the world on Obama's trip to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania: Obama Finally Scrambles Over Africa by Solomon Dersso #ChangeCourseObama by Jumoke Balogun (of CompareAfrique) A Cooler Welcome by the Economist  Obama's Trip Needs a New Policy Overhaul by Carina Ray ----------------------------------- Yesterday, in a talk at the University of … Continue reading Monday Morning Roundup: Obama in Africa (reflections, criticisms, and more)

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

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

Wednesday Morning Roundup: All Things Military!

This morning I've got my eye on two seemingly unrelated, yet related, topics.First is Steven W. Thrasher's scathing and ridiculously on-point article Haaay to the Chief: The Military-Industrial Complex Conquers the Homos, where he discusses the San Francisco Pride's recent decision to rescind Bradley Manning's Grand Marshall role, and then slams SF Pride and the … Continue reading Wednesday Morning Roundup: All Things Military!