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Obama stalking Africa’s resources

Posted by seumasach on September 21, 2012

Professor Soul Gaika Kuni

Pan African News

20th September, 2012

The presidential election campaign is reaching fever pitch in the United States, but for Africans the zeal, pomp, zest and funfair over Barack Obama’s prospects of winning is non-existent. Unlike Obama’s first election campaign, Africans have nothing to celebrate about, for, they now know Obama as just another American president, pushing the same natural resources exploitation agenda.

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An ongoing disaster- Libya, Africa and Africom

Posted by seumasach on June 1, 2012

Dan Glazebrook


25th-27th May, 2012

The scale of the ongoing tragedy visited on Libya by NATO and its allies is becoming horribly clearer with each passing day. Estimates of those killed so far vary, but 50,000 seems like a low estimate; indeed the British Ministry of Defence was boasting that the onslaught had killed 35,000 as early as last May. But this number is constantly growing. The destruction of the state’s forces by British, French and American blitzkrieg has left the country in a state of total anarchy – in the worst possible sense of the word.

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Le feu est dans la maison africaine… Une explosion en préparation au coeur de l’Afrique sahélienne

Posted by seumasach on April 14, 2012

Jean Paul Baquiast


12th April, 2012

Au sens strict, le Sahel désigne une immense bande de territoires marquant la transition, à la fois floristique et climatique, entre le Sahara désertique au nord et les savanes où les pluies sont fréquentes, au sud. D’est en ouest, il s’étend de l’Atlantique à la mer Rouge. Dans le langage géopolitique devenu courant, le concept de Sahel intéresse directement la Mauritanie, le Mali, le Niger, le Tchad, le Soudan, le Sénégal, la Mauritanie. Il concerne aussi toute une série de pays limitrophes qui participent à l’unité géographique et culturelle de la zone: le sud de l’Algérie, le sud de la Libye, le sud du Maroc, le nord du Sénégal, le nord du Burkina Faso, le nord du Nigéria, l’Ethiopie et l’Érythrée.

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“Snowed in in Seattle”: a plea for peace to the White House

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2012

Cynthia McKinney

Global Research

22nd January, 2012

Most people know about being “Sleepless in Seattle.”  Well, I am “snowed in in Seattle!”  But even six inches of snow in Seattle don’t keep me from becoming steamed when I read the latest news reports on the activities of the U.S. war machine:

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Washington targeting China’s Achilles heel

Posted by seumasach on October 11, 2011

F.William Engdahl


7th October, 2011

While nervously watching China edging closer to becoming the predominant world power in the 21st century, Washington has also been keeping a keen eye on China’s heavy reliance on foreign oil to meet its growing energy needs. Engdahl analyses the oil trap that Washington has laid for China in Libya and through AFRICOM’s deployment across Africa.

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World’s Worst Humanitarian Crisis in Somalia: U.S. Sends in the Marines and Drones

Posted by seumasach on July 18, 2011

Glenn Ford

Black Agenda Report

13th July, 2011

Even as U.S. militarization of the Horn of Africa has contributed massively to the threatened starvation of millions, the Americans have announced an escalation of drone attacks against Somalia and the establishment of a Marine task force for the region. A United Nations spokesman describes the food and refugee emergency in Somalia as the “worst humanitarian crisis in the world,” with millions at immediate risk. Not coincidentally, the epicenter of the disaster is the area where Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia meet – which is also a focus of U.S. Special Forces, surveillance and logistics activity.

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Derrière la visite d’Obama au Ghana

Posted by seumasach on July 13, 2009

Manlio Dinucci


12th July, 2009

Après avoir tendu la main aux musulmans (tout en tentant de déstabiliser l’Iran), avoir tendu la main aux Russes (tout en continuant à préparer l’installation en Europe de l’Est de missiles pointés sur eux), le président Obama tend la main aux Africains. Partout, il propose de refonder les relations avec les États-Unis sans solder les crimes du passé. Manlio Dinucci révèle ce qui se cache derrière cette soudaine sollicitude.

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Obama administration plans forceful policy to end conflicts in Africa

Posted by seumasach on July 12, 2009

“This isn’t some abstract notion that we’re trying to impose upon Africa,” he told “There is a very practical pragmatic consequence to political instability and corruption when it comes to whether people can feed their families, educate their children. And we think that the African continent is a place of extraordinary promise as well as challenges. We’re not going to be able to fulfil those promises unless we see better governance.”

Behind the vacuous blether of the Great Charlatan lies a real threat to the African nations. With the empire in retreat everywhere else Africa should realize that it is now being sized up for soft pickings.


10th July, 2009

The US is planning a dramatically more assertive policy in Africa, sometimes backed by a threat of force, to end conflicts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Nigeria that are seen as among the principal obstacles to the continent’s revival.

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China’s US$9bn hostage in the Congo war

Posted by seumasach on December 2, 2008

F William Engdahl

Asia Times

2nd December, 2008

Just weeks after President George W Bush signed the Order creating a new US military command dedicated to Africa, AFRICOM, events on the mineral-rich continent have erupted that suggest a major agenda of the incoming Barack Obama presidency to focus US resources, military and other, on dealing with the Democratic Republic of Congo, the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, the oil-rich Darfur region of southern Sudan and increasingly the Somali “pirate threat” to sea lanes in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.
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