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Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya

Nick Turse | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

There may be no nation that can get things entirely right when it comes to Libya but one nation has shown an unnerving ability to get things wrong. Should that country really be the one in charge of the delicate process of building a cohesive security force to combat violent, fractious armed groups?

AFRICOM Goes to War on the Sly

Nick Turse | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

What the military will say to a reporter and what is said behind closed doors are two very different things -- especially when it comes to the U.S. military in Africa.

U.S. Military Averaging More Than a Mission a Day in Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 03.27.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

Since its inception, U.S. Africa Command has consistently downplayed its role on the continent. Meanwhile, far from the press or the public, the officers running its secret operations have privately been calling Africa "the battlefield of tomorrow, today."

Washington's Back-to-the-Future Military Policies in Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Nick Turse

Since 9/11, the U.S. military has been making inroads in Africa, building alliances, facilities, and a sophisticated logistics network. Despite repeated assurances by U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) that military activities on the continent were minuscule, a 2013 investigation by TomDispatch exposed surprisingly large and expanding U.S. operations.

The Terror Diaspora

Nick Turse | Posted 08.18.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Ten years after Washington began pouring taxpayer dollars into counterterrorism and stability efforts across Africa, the continent has experienced profound changes, just not those the U.S. sought.

UN's Ban Ki-moon Visits Congo: Admonishes Army While Delivering Aid

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 07.30.2013 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon visited the Democratic Republic of Congo last week, and the publicity, coupled with a $1 billion aid package from the World Bank, inadvertently spotlighted President Joseph Kabila's image as an ineffective manager of the affairs of his impoverished nation.

Mali and the Primacy of Civil Authority

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Christopher Holshek

While it's also not clear the elections or MINUSMA will bring peace or more conflict to Mali, there seems to be a longer learning curve at work on peace and security in Africa.

America Should Stay Out of Africa

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

France will shortly be engaged in rebuilding Mali, a country twice the size of Texas. Does the U.S. really want to join in another nation-building exercise, in a Muslim country, on a continent where Americans are not welcome?

The Nature of the U.S. Military Presence in Africa

Nick Turse | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
Nick Turse

The U.S. military "presence" anywhere is much more than simply a question of troop levels. Nevertheless, given that the U.S. is technically not "at war" in Africa, the more than 200 percent increase in U.S. personnel there since 2005 seems striking to me.

Kony 2012 and the Failed Fantasy of Firepower in Libya, Syria, Uganda...

Lisa Schirch | Posted 05.10.2012 | World
Lisa Schirch

Echoes of victims call out to us over television or even twitter with bloodied images of civilians suffering. Those with empathy want to stop it. There is vast appeal for a fast fantasy of firepower solution

Libya and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.08.2011 | World
Conn Hallinan

War always has consequences, although not all of them are initially obvious. In war, as Carl von Clausewitz noted, the only thing you can determine is who fires the first shot. After that it is all fog and plans gone awry.

Why We Pay Attention to Piracy

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia DeSanctis

There is no government in Somalia to speak of, and the pirates are self-governing anyway. It is dramatic, challenging, surprising and odd place for a test of America's strength in the post-Bush world.

AFRICOM's Effective Public Diplomacy Venue

Philip Seib | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Seib

One of the most impressive online U.S. public diplomacy venues is Magharebia, a website and news service for North Africans that is published by the ...

AFRICA: The Mother of All PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

With all the attention being paid to private military and security contractors working in Iraq and Afghanistan it is easy to forget they operate in ot...

Military Still Fumbling Humanitarian Projects

Dan Madden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dan Madden

The U.S. military has been conducting development-like activities in Africa regularly since 2002 -- and we're still building white elephants.

Satellite Imagery Proves Catastrophic Failure of Joint Rwanda/Congo Military Exercises

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Reported have said that joint military operations between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have been a catastrophic failure. Now satellite imagery of the Busurungi area in North Kivu clearly shows burned villages.

Anthropology Association Condemns Work with U.S. Counterinsurgency

Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeff Stein

Anthropologists should not be helping U.S. military forces gather information about Afghan villagers and their way of life, a study commission sponsored by their academic organization said today.

Happy Birthday, AFRICOM!

Brian Palmer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Palmer

Unbeknown to most Americans, the Departments of Defense and State maintain a wide web of military programs across Africa. Collectively, they fall under the jurisdiction of AFRICOM.

Liberia: The Real Danger is Not Spending Enough

Ruthie Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ruthie Ackerman

Conservatives will ask why during an economic recession should we spend even more money in Liberia. My answer: for the security of Liberia and the entire West African region.

Support Our Troops: Combat Climate Change

Charles London | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Charles London

Displaced, vulnerable populations are a breeding ground for extremism and contribute to the instability and failure of states. Now, U.S generals say climate change acts as a "threat multiplier."

Stop "Crimes Against Humanity and Geological Scandals": Give AFRICOM a Chance In Congo

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

This is going out to the end of a very long limb, but contrary to the rumblings in progressive think tanks, let's suggest that AFRICOM must be given a chance in eastern Congo.

America: Gassed to Death

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John Feffer

In 2008, when oil prices spiked, Americans drove less, and that saved lives. When gas prices went up by a couple dollars per gallon, we saved more lives than perished in the September 11 attacks.

How Much Does the U.S. Empire Cost?

John Feffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Feffer

Obama's product -- America -- has taken a beating in the marketplace over the last eight years or so. The president has to do some serious rebranding.

Piracy and Us

Marcia DeSanctis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marcia DeSanctis

Piracy in the Gulf of Aden might seem like a pebble dropping, but the ripples may be felt everywhere.

As Opposition Grows, Africom Could Be A Headache For Obama

GroundReport | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
GroundReport

Originally published on GroundReport.com, the citizen journalism platform that covers world news at the local level. By Charles Rukuni United State...