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

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

Call for entrepreneurship courses in ECOWAS unis

Cross-posting some highlights from a May 8th article in AllAfrica: Accra - Ghana — Ghana's Minister of Employment and Labour Relations, Honourable Nii Armah Ashietey, has called for the introduction of entrepreneurship as a course in institutions of higher learning in ECOWAS Member States. Exposure to the rudiments of the course may influence some young … Continue reading Call for entrepreneurship courses in ECOWAS unis

AFRICOM in the Guardian and the Gulf of Guinea

There was good coverage in the Guardian last week with a piece by Mmanaledi Mataboge who was apart of a South African group of journalists who were invited to the AFRICOM base in Germany as part of what I call a wine and dine affair, Mataboge fondly termed a "media charm offensive," and what was officially … Continue reading AFRICOM in the Guardian and the Gulf of Guinea