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American Wars Are off the Charts Under Donald Trump

    American Wars Are off the Charts Under Donald Trump

Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain — but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly well that the next word I plan to write will send most of you tumbling elsewhere in a universe in which “news” is the…

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Africa as Colonial as Ever: US “New Africa Strategy” Old Oil in New Bottles

    Africa as Colonial as Ever: US “New Africa Strategy” Old Oil in New Bottles

In February 2011, then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates stated at West Point that “any future defense secretary who advises the president to again send a big American land army into Asia, or into the Middle East or Africa, should have his head examined.” While blood was spilled in Libya by NATO coalition forces, killing hundreds from…

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AFRICOM is More about Natural Resources than Fighting Terrorism

    AFRICOM is More about Natural Resources than Fighting Terrorism

Amid the George HW Bush imperial death-orgy, the endless saga of Midtown Mussolini’s daily news cycle, the seemingly unprecedented political upsurge in France, and countless other show-stopping news stories, you likely missed three very sad, yet revealing, incidents out of the Sahel region of West-Central Africa. First, on November 18th, a massive offensive against a…

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The US Military Is All Over Africa Despite Not Being at War in Africa

    The US Military Is All Over Africa Despite Not Being at War in Africa

Around 200,000 US troops are stationed in 177 countries throughout the world. Those forces utilize several hundred military installations. Africa is no exemption. On August 2, Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier took command of US Army Africa, promising to “hit the ground running.” The US is not waging any wars in Africa but it has a significant presence on…

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America’s Drug Wars in Africa: Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million

  America’s Drug Wars in Africa: Missing Money, and a Phantom $500 Million

2017 was a year of investigations for U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).  There was the investigation of the two-star commander of U.S. Army Africa who allegedly sent racy texts to an enlisted man’s wife.  There was the investigation into the alleged killing of a Special Forces soldier by Navy SEALs in Mali. There was the inquiry into reports of…

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Boko Haram is CIA Covert Op

  Boko Haram is CIA Covert Op

The objectives of the US military presence in Africa are well documented: counter Chinese influence and control strategic locations and

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