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

“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