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Sep 20 10:13

In Somalia, U.S. weapons end up in al-Qaeda hands

As the Somalia conflict spirals into a new proxy war between Al-Qaeda and the United States, there is mounting evidence that U.S. weapons and Somali soldiers are ending up under the control of Islamic terrorists, Somali politicians say.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Again, the US Pentagon and White House have ingested some of their "magical thinking tea", which would cause them to embrace the "logic" of believing that simply propping the existing government with guns will lead to nation-building against Islamic fighters.

It's not going to happen.

Unfortunately, the only reason we're in Somalia has to do with its vast untapped resources.

And that lumping of every militant group into an "organization" known as "Al-Qaeda"?!?

In standard Arabic, the word means "the base"; however, in Arabic slang, it means " the toilet".

Would someone please tell me, what self-respecting militant group is going to name itself "the toilet"?!?!? Absolutely none.

The US simply made that moniker up to give the American people yet one more allegedly horrendous group of which to be afraid.

So any time any insurgent group is fighting against a government we're propping up, they get tarred with the title of "Al-Qaeda".

Sep 19 08:14

US Attack in Somalia Leads to More Calls for Intervention

It didn’t take long to see the fallout from Monday’s US incursion into Southern Somalia. Just days later insurgents launched a deadly car bombing against an African Union (AU) base, killing at least 16 people.

It has underscored just how fragile the AU force in the nation is, but the attack has also led to yet more calls for international intervention by both the AU and the self-proclaimed Somali government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It's all about the untapped and unexploited resources that we are in Somalia in the first place.

"Nation-building" is just a polite euphemism for setting up a government pliable to the West's demand for those resources.

Sep 17 08:34

Africa: Spanish trawlers armed against pirates

Private security firms which protect Spanish fishing boats from Somalian pirates in the Indian Ocean will be allowed to use long-range weapons, Spain's junior defence minister said on Tuesday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"By golly, you WILL let us dump toxic waste in your waters!!!!!"

Sep 16 19:41

How UK oil company Trafigura tried to cover up African pollution disaster

The Guardian can reveal evidence today of a massive cover-up by the British oil trader Trafigura, in one of the worst pollution disasters in recent history.

Internal emails show that Trafigura, which yesterday suddenly announced an offer to pay compensation to 31,000 west African victims, was fully aware that its waste dumped in Ivory Coast was so toxic that it was banned in Europe.

Thousands of west Africans besieged local hospitals in 2006, and a number died, after the dumping of hundreds of tonnes of highly toxic oil waste around the country's capital, Abidjan. Official local autopsy reports on 12 alleged victims appeared to show fatal levels of the poisonous gas hydrogen sulphide, one of the waste's lethal byproducts.

Sep 16 08:09

United States invades Somalia

It is official now. According to the Associated Press, witnesses have spotted U.S. troops invading the town of Barawe, Somalia, near Mogadishu. Spelled out, the war on terror has found a new home front.

Sep 15 09:53

US troops raid Somali town controlled by fighters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Here a war, there a war, everywhere a war, war, ee eye ee eye oh!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 15 05:08

US Launches Military Strike in Somalia Against al Qaeda Target

The dead terrorist, Saleh Ali Nabhan, is believed to have taken part in the 1998 attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. He is also believed to have orchestrated the 2002 bombing of a resort hotel in Mombasa, Kenya, and a failed missile attack on an Israeli airliner leaving Mombasa airport.
Several sources tell ABC News at least one U.S. helicopter fired on a convoy carrying suspected al Qaeda targets in southern Somalia. An American official says a U.S. Navy ship was also nearby to monitor the situation and provide assistance if needed.
Ali Nabhan's death has not yet been officially confirmed, but sources tell ABC News that his body is now in U.S. custody.

Sep 14 15:30

US troops raid Somali town controlled by fighters

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"If at first you don't succeed ... declare war on someone." -- Official White Horse Souse

Sep 11 01:44

Kids Being Grabbed Out Of Refugee Camps

It was first written off as a sex ring, but that didn't make any sense. Who is going to pay $2,000 to have sex with a 12 year-old black boy, when you have hundreds of 10 year-old white Ukrainian girls all over Tel Aviv. But someone is paying $3,000 a kid wholesale, and the reason is black market organs.

It's just economics in organ trading. You bring in a 12 year-old into Tel Aviv, and you don't just grab one $5,000 kidney, and then spend $200,000 raising the kid through college. That kid hits the operating table and he has kidneys, liver, cornea, heart, lung, marrow, etc., and everything is removed. That kid is murdered for his organs. It happens in Israel because of the security needed to cover the operation.

Sep 02 14:13

Human cost of mining in DR Congo

What is the human cost of a mobile phone?

Sep 01 07:46

AU holds Israel responsible for Africa woes

The president of the African Union (AU) holds Israel responsible for all the woes facing Africa, calling on member-states to cut diplomatic ties with Tel Aviv.

Israel is "behind all of Africa's conflicts," Muammar Gaddafi said on Monday and demanded the closure of all Israeli embassies across Africa.

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Aug 31 02:02

Flashback: Israel helped Idi Amin take power

But why was Israel so interested in a landlocked country in Central Africa? The reason is spelt out by Slater in a later telegram. Israel was backing rebellion in southern Sudan to punish Sudan for supporting the Arab cause in the Six-Day War. "They do not want the rebels to win. They want to keep them fighting."
The Israelis had helped train the new Uganda army in the 1960s. Shortly after independence Amin was sent to Israel on a training course. When he became chief of staff of the new army Amin also ran a sideline operation for the Israelis, supplying arms and ammunition to the rebels in southern Sudan.

Aug 26 11:29

AFRICOM: Pentagon's First Direct Military Intervention In Africa

The U.S. has intensified military involvement in Africa over the past seven years with such projects as the Pan Sahel Initiative (PSI), launched by the State Department but which deployed US Army Special Forces with the Special Operations Command Europe to Mali and Mauritania among other locations. U.S. military personnel are still engaged in the counterinsurgency wars in Mali and Niger against Tuareg rebels.

Aug 23 11:38

AFRICOM: Western Self-Serving Interests or African Security?

America’s establishment of the so-called African Command(AFRICOM), should be seen for what it is: America’s self-interested armada of protection for America, and her allies and not for Africa’s security. Africa has steadily and increasingly become more important by playing the role for Westerners as repository of energy resources which powers the engine-rooms of Western economies.

Aug 16 10:10

Africa: U.S. Military Holds War Games on Nigeria, Somalia

President Obama has decided instead to expand the operations of Africom throughout the continent. He has proposed a budget for financial year 2010 that will provide increased security assistance to repressive and undemocratic governments in resource-rich countries like Nigeria, Niger, Chad, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and to countries that are key military allies of the United States like Ethiopia, Kenya, Djibouti, Rwanda and Uganda.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Africa is the next "Middle East", in terms of resources to be exploited.

That's the reason "Africom" was created in the first place.

Aug 15 08:50

Africa: U.S. Military Holds War Games on Nigeria, Somalia

August 15, 2009

Stop NATO

-In addition to U.S. military officers and intelligence officers, "Unified Quest 2008" brought together participants from the State Department and other U.S. government agencies, academics, journalists, and foreign military officers (including military representatives from several NATO countries, Australia, and Israel), along with the private military contractors who helped run the war games: the Rand Corporation and Booz-Allen.

-The list of options for the Nigeria scenario ranged from diplomatic pressure to military action, with or without the aid of European and African nations. One participant, U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Mark Stanovich, drew up a plan that called for the deployment of thousands of U.S. troops within 60 days....

Aug 09 07:49

Somalia and Africom

The 21st Century scramble for Africa is taking us to some very strange and ugly departures. The US estimates that in six years, a quarter of its oil will come from Africa, but the trouble is that - as the establishment Committee on Foreign Relations complained some years back - China is doing a good job of getting its foot in the door. So, America responded by forming Africom, initially as a subdivision of Eucom and then, by October last year, as an independent command. Just on the off chance that anyone doesn't get this, Africom is specifically charged with running military operations in 53 African states. That is it's job. It's formation consolidated a conscious drive to increase military intervention into the continent.

Aug 08 18:10

Is Somalia the new Afghanistan?

The slick video showing the last moments of a suicide bomber, entitled “Message to those who stay behind”, is part of the latest recruitment propaganda to emerge on English-language websites directed at young wannabe jihadis.

Its origins were not, however, in Afghanistan, Iraq or Pakistan, the usual bases of jihadi recruiters, but Somalia, the war-torn east African state.

The site has been traced to Al-Shabaab, a radicalised Islamist militia group led by Somalis trained in Afghanistan and aligned with Al-Qaeda. The group is fighting against Somalia’s fragile transitional government, which is backed by the West and the United Nations.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Somalia is cursed to be sitting on such national resources as: uranium, iron ore, tin, gypsum bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, and likely oil reserves.

And it's the oil which has the West's (and definitely Washington's) attention.

As reported by Global Research, May 27, 2006:

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=2524

"“Washington’s choice of Somalia and Yemen is a matched pair, as a look at a Middle East/Horn of Africa map will confirm. Yemen sits at the oil transit chokepoint of Bab el-Mandap, the narrow point controlling oil flow connecting the Red Sea with the Indian Ocean. Yemen also has oil, although no one yet knows just how much. It could be huge. A US firm, Hunt Oil Co. is pumping 200, 000 barrels a day from there but that is likely only the tip of the find."

“A new US cleansing of Somalian ‘tyranny’ would open the door for these US oil companies to map and develop the possibly huge oil potential in Somalia. Yemen and Somalia are two flanks of the same geological configuration, which holds large potential petroleum deposits, as well as being the flanks of the oil chokepoint from the Red Sea.”

Aug 08 09:34

Tons of Imperial Fun: Hellfire Hillary Pours Oil on Somalia's Fire

There is apparently no path blazed by George W. Bush that Barack Obama will not eagerly follow. Surges, assassinations, indefinite detention, defense of torture, senseless wars and rampant militarism -- in just a few short months, we've seen it all.

Jul 31 07:04

Nigerian Islamists routed as army storms mosque

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather convenient timing for that internet cable to fail, isn't it?

Jul 29 07:59

Nigeria fighting rages as death toll passes 300

Troops struggled to crush an Islamist sect in northern Nigeria Wednesday as the death toll from four days of clashes surged past 300 and thousands of people were forced from their homes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

In the rush for unexploited natural resources, Africa is fast becoming the new Middle East.

And various countries are looking to prop up any governments - no matter how corrupt they might be - to protect those assets for themselves.

As reported in:

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/06/07/nigeria-abusers-reign-midterm?print

on 7 June, 2009:

"President Umaru Yar'Adua of Nigeria, halfway through his presidential mandate, has undermined the country's foremost anti-corruption body, done little to rein in an abusive police force, and failed to address the root causes of the escalating crisis in the Niger Delta, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Yar'Adua that there have been serious setbacks during the first two years in addressing Nigeria's chronic human rights problems and endemic corruption."

Jul 27 18:12

Deadly Nigeria clashes spread

The fighters belonged to a group known as Boko Haram - which means "Western education is sin" in the local Hausa dialect - and have called for a nationwide enforcement of sharia (Islamic law).

Jul 22 18:47

Congo Rapes, Violence Linked To Multinational Companies: Rights Group

The militarization of mining in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is prolonging the armed conflict which has been tearing the country apart for more than 12 years.

In their broader struggle to seize economic, political and military power, all the main warring parties have carried out the most horrific human rights abuses, including widespread killings of unarmed civilians, rape, torture and looting, recruitment of child soldiers to fight in their ranks, and forced displacement of hundreds of thousands of people. The lure of eastern Congo's mineral riches is one of the factors spurring them on.

Jul 12 18:16

Ghana's PR used to cover up the Obamas' ineffectiveness in Russia

Putin Did All the Talking
By John Batchelor July 12, 2009
Behind POTUS’s journey to Ghana was the POTUS embassy in Moscow, and I mention that there are large, unattractive, compelling questions about the three days in Moscow.... The word from Russian sources, via my sources, is that POTUS and his team were ineffective, presumptive, hasty, evasive, unprepared, unappreciative, aimless, superficial. ...The second night, POTUS stayed in the hotel while all official Moscow puzzled what could there be to this behavior. .. At breakfast the third day, Putin lectured POTUS for two hours. Putin usually does all the talking, however he is usually dominating Russians, not a president.
http://mirroronamerica.blogspot.com/2009/07/goodbye-ghana.html
Goodbye Ghana, Saturday, July 11, 2009

Jul 12 12:39

‘African Blood’ Saved Obama From Scrutiny in Ghana

‘African Blood’ Saved Obama From Scrutiny in Ghana
New America Media, Commentary, Edwin Okong'o, Posted: Jul 12, 2009
“There are wars over land and wars over resources,” Obama said. But his African blood prevented us from asking him whether most of those resources (diamonds) end up in the hands of Africans. What about that other resource that has caused so much havoc in the Niger Delta? Is it because in Nigeria, “the rule of law gives way to the rule of brutality and bribery?” Do the multinationals that give these bribes have any role in this war over resources? And, is there any likelihood that a newfound resource (oil) off Ghana’s coast pushed the country higher on the American chart of “democratic commitment?”

Jul 01 18:05

Africa Alone Could Feed the World

DOOM-MONGERS have got it wrong - there is enough space in the world to produce the extrafood needed to feed a growing population. And contrary to expectation, most of it can be grown in Africa, say two international reports published this week.

Jun 27 09:59

World’s largest refugee camp keeps growing

The bloody conflict in Somalia has created the world's largest refugee camp, with 500 hungry and exhausted refugees pouring into this wind-swept camp in neighboring Kenya every day, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.

Dadaab, just 50 miles from the Somali border, is home to more than 280,000 refugees in an area meant to hold just 90,000.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is all about which multinational interests wind up controlling Somalia's unexploited natural resources.

Thing of Africa as "the new Middle East", and the picture of why this area of the world is now such a flash point for violence and death comes into very clear focus.

Jun 25 03:26

A Conflict Mineral Bill Tries to Walk a Fine Line

The drumbeats are distant now, but they will grow louder. Soon they will be coming out of your mobile phone, screaming in your ear that by dint of using your cellular device, you are complicit in the murder, torture and rape of millions in the remote eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Jun 22 10:48

Heads up! Somalia in western sights?

While your eyes have been diverted to the "colour revolution in Iran... things have been heating up in Somalia!

Jun 17 11:42

AFRICOM research agenda: coups, chaos, resources theft

AFRICOM building research center
Knowledge development team is expected to be fully staffed within 6 months
By John Vandiver, Stars and Stripes
European edition, Monday, June 15, 2009
STUTTGART, Germany — A social science research center is under development at U.S. Africa Command headquarters, where researchers from the academic world are being recruited to help map the complicated human terrain on the African continent.
"We have no combat mission in Africa," said Col. Dean Bland, who is heading up AFRICOM’s research center effort and insists the social scientists would have no role in targeting people.

Jun 15 07:42

Somalia: Ethiopian Troops Say They Arrived in Balanbal Town to Fight Against Foreign Enemies in Somalia.

The Ethiopian troops who reached in Balanbal town in central Somalia recently have said that they want to fight against what they called foreign enemies of Ethiopia in Somalia, officials told Shabelle radio on Sunday.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Translation; by again backing Ethiopian troops in this invasion of Somalia, other countries are again looking to re-destabilize this region until it gets leadership to its liking, which will give them the favorable terms and conditions they want for exploiting its natural resources.

As reported in:

http://allafrica.com/comments/list/aans/post/post/id/200906140007.html#c|main|main|id|09CO17ODWwxI-yz

"It is an open secret that Ethiopia is given the green light to mould Somalia in to a desirable candidate for the planned near future confederation with Ethiopia which is deemed by the US as the most viable alternative to tame Somalia once and for all. Ethiopia’s craving for swallowing Somalia is affirmed by the international community as the paramount goal and hence supersedes all other stake holders’ needs and wants."

Jun 14 08:19

Report: Shell ‘co-opted Nigerian military’

In its efforts to contain protests over its environmentally devastating operations in Nigeria, Shell Oil systematically co-opted the country’s military to suppress opposition to its operations.

That Shell was so actively involved in the violent suppression of the Ogoni people comes as no surprise to environmental and social justice activists, who have alleged misdeeds by Shell in Nigeria for decades. But the documents obtained by The Independent, if accurate, would provide a historical record of the situation for the first time.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

You can almost bet that SHELL was not alone in these kinds of practices.

The recently settled lawsuit involving the family of Ken Saro-Wiwa was an attempt at damage control.

Jun 13 09:17

Witnesses: Ethiopian troops enter Somalia

Somali residents say heavily-armed Ethiopian soldiers have crossed into central Somalia by entering a border town controlled by a pro-government militia.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Ethiopian troop incursions into Somalia have previously been supported by the US government.

One might well assume that this situation is no different, and for precisely the same reason; who gets control of Somalia's natural resources, which include uranium, and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, and gypsum.

The Chinese have been making deals for natural resources in Africa; unfortunately, the US's response to needing other countries' resources is either to engineer a regime change, bomb, or having a proxy army doing our fighting for us.

It appears we are seeing that third option playing out here.

Jun 09 17:26

Mogadishu civilians endure near daily atrocities: U.N.

More than 117,000 people have fled the city since May 8 when the latest round of fighting between government forces and rival Islamist groups erupted, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said.

More than 200 people are believed to have been killed in the last month alone, mostly civilians, and hospital reports indicate some 700 were wounded in the clashes, it said.

"It is clearly a critical humanitarian situation with regular atrocities being committed -- with shelling of civilians, widespread rape and hostage-taking," UNHCR spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing.

Jun 08 18:25

Shell will pay $15.5m to settle Nigerian human rights lawsuit

A landmark human rights lawsuit accusing Royal Dutch Shell of complicity in the execution of author and human rights activist Ken Saro-Wiwa some 14 years ago, will be settled for $15.5 million just days before its trial was set to begin.

“In a statement, the company said the agreement ‘will provide funding for the trust and a compassionate payment to the plaintiffs and the estates they represent in recognition of the tragic turn of events in Ogoni land, even though Shell had no part in the violence that took place,’” noted the Times.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Shell knew just how explosively damning the evidence against them would be, should this case actually go to trial.

Shelling out the money was absolutely the path of least resistance in terms of doing everything they could to just make this case go away.

Jun 04 08:59

Halliburton & Nigeria’s missing millions

US Vice-President Dick Cheney is embroiled in Africa’s biggest corruption scandal following an admission of guilty by his business associate Albert Jackson Stanley in September for coordinating over $180m of bribes on behalf of a consortium led by Halliburton, the US’s biggest and most profitable oil and gas services company.

May 24 10:08

Now at last it's time for Shell to atone for my father's death

Ken Saro-Wiwa's real "crime" was his audacity to sensitise local and global public opinion to the ecological and human rights abuses perpetrated by Shell and a ruthless military dictatorship against the Ogoni people. The success of his campaign had mobilised our community to say "No to Shell" and to demand compensation for years of oil spills that had polluted our farms, streams and water sources. My father called the world's attention to the gas flares that had been pumping toxic fumes into the Earth's atmosphere for up to 24 hours a day since oil was discovered on our lands in 1958. He accused Shell of double standards, of racism and asked why a company that was rightly proud of its efforts to preserve the environment in the west would deny the Ogoni the same.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Whatever the outcome, the practices in which Royal Dutch Shell indulged in Nigeria - and I am sure, elsewhere - will be seen the light of day.

I think that this man's dad - had he lived - would have been very proud of his son.

May 23 10:24

Death toll rises as bloody fighting rocks Somali capital

FIERCE clashes have left at least 29 people dead and about 200 wounded as Somali Government forces try to drive Islamist insurgents from the capital, Mogadishu.

With President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed holed up in his compound with a handful of supporters, his embattled forces have attacked insurgents in three positions they had lost over two weeks of fighting that has killed about 150 people.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would like to hope that the folks in Washington are not looking at any kind of US military intervention here: that would be the worst thing the US could do right now.

Of course, logic and US foreign policy have not always had a particularly meaningful on-going relationship in this country's history.

May 16 09:54

Scared Somalis running out of food as battles rage

Hundreds of foreigners fighting alongside Somali Islamic insurgents have driven this week's fierce battles against government forces, which have killed more than 100 people, the U.N. envoy to Somalia said Friday.

Concern that the government might fall is mounting. Observers fear that if the al-Qaida linked insurgents seize the capital, they will gain a safe haven on the Horn of Africa.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So what does the US do, invade Somalia "... to save it from itself"?!?!?

We can see just how swimmingly that strategy is working in Afghanistan and Iraq.

May 16 09:46

US Blames Eritrea for Somali Instability

It is hardly a unique story at this point, but once again the Somali government seems on the verge of collapse against a fierce offensive by the al-Shabaab movement. The US State Department is pointing its finger squarely at the nation of Eritrea, claiming it “has been instrumental in facilitating support of the extremists” that are imperiling the US-backed Transitional Federal Government (TFG).

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Eritrea?!?!?!? Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?!?

How about blaming an idiotic, spastic, US foreign policy having nothing to do with the the well-being of the Somali people, and everything to do with exploiting its natural resources??

As reported in http://indexmundi.com/somalia/natural_resources.html

"Natural resources: uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves"

And don't kid yourself: Africa is the "next Middle East" in terms of appropriating and exploiting its natural resources.

May 02 06:34

Sociology 101 - When you grow up a starving kid in Somalia - the most likely survival-prey are ships off your coast

BBC - UK ship seized by Somali pirates - A UK-owned ship, carrying 35,000 tons of soya, has been hijacked by Somali pirates south-west of the Seychelles, the Maritime Security Centre says.

[I hope no one thought there ever were old pirates who climbed up and boarded ships. You have to learn to think for yourself, our you'll get shoved around.]

May 01 11:27

Kenyan Women Urge Sex Strike

The fight for political reform in Kenya has moved into an unlikely venue -- the nation's bedrooms.
Activists in the East African nation are urging women to withhold sex for a week to protest the growing divide in Kenya's coalition government.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

See "Lysistrata!"

May 01 05:17

Pirate Suspect to be Charged as Adult in New York

The New York Times - B Weiser -[In the case of ...] Abduwali Abdukhadir Muse, a Somali who speaks no English...

[...] a New York police detective, Frederick Galloway, who went to Africa as part of an investigative team, told the judge that Mr. Muse [the father of the defendant], after giving different ages, said he had been untruthful, apologized and said he [his son] was “between 18 and 19.”

“He also said, ‘I’m sorry for lying to you,’ ” Detective Galloway testified. “He said, ‘When I pray again, I’ll ask Allah to forgive me for lying to you, and I won’t lie to you again.’ ”

Apr 18 15:17

Israelis warn of Eritrea flashpoint

Security sources say Israel and Iran are conducting rival intelligence operations in Eritrea, the poor African state on the Red Sea.

The Israelis fear Eritrea could be a flashpoint if Iranian Revolutionary Guards continue to ship arms to militants in Gaza via the Eritrean port of Assab. Israel is said to have two Eritrean bases, one a “listening post” for signals intelligence, the other a supply base for its German-built submarines.

Apr 18 08:55

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

Even though "Africa is united in rejecting US requests for a military headquarters" inside Africa, there are reports that "from oil rich northern Angola up to Nigeria, from the Gulf of Guinea to Morocco and Algeria, from the Horn of Africa down to Kenya and Uganda, and over the pipeline routes from Chad to Cameroon in the west, and from Sudan to the Red Sea in the east, US admirals and generals have been landing and taking off, meeting with local officials. They've conducted feasibility studies, concluded secret agreements, and spent billions from their secret budgets." This is the future that awaits Africa with AFRICOM and the agenda to control the "oil, and the diamonds, and the uranium, and the coltan."

Apr 18 08:04

US Threatens to Invade Eritrea

The United States has reportedly threatened to invade Eritrea and subject it to “the same fate as Taliban-controlled Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 attacks” for providing support to the al-Shabaab resistance movement in Somalia, which the US has since attempted to link with al-Qaeda. The Daily Telegraph quotes one source as saying “There are consequences for working with al-Shabaab when President Obama cannot afford to look weak on terrorism.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Are you flipping kidding me?!?!?

Eritrea?!?!?!?

Is this the war the Pentagon and state department knuckleheads have decided is "winnable", without too many flag-draped caskets coming home?!?!

And believe me, this administration is hungry for a war - any war - to deflect public anger away from the the moral missteps it has made in not prosecuting the previous administration for lies and torture, and the economic missteps it has made with the bailouts of their cronies.

Apr 17 17:14

Navies to guard undersea cable from Somali pirates

Foreign navies have agreed to protect a vessel installing an undersea high-speed Internet cable from pirates off the coast of Somalia, a Kenyan minister said on Thursday.

"The process (of laying the cable) has begun and will probably take two months. It is likely that by the middle of June the ship should be anchoring in Mombasa, or rather delivering the cable to Mombasa," he added.

The $130 million cable will link Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

Apr 17 09:11

A Taste of AFRICOM: Somalia did find peace and tried to stop piracy until the US bombed the shit out of it in 2006

In 2006 “the CIA propagated that Al-Qaeda had made its base in Somalia where three senior leaders were residing. CIA then encouraged Ethiopia to invade Somalia in support of weak TFG forces (Transitional Federal Government) against UIC fighters (Union of Islamic Courts) and promised to provide intelligence and air cover. Ethiopian troops backed by USA invaded Somalia on 28 December 2006. The UIC was quickly defeated in a sweeping offensive and the six-month peace period was shattered. It was believed that the UIC leadership fled into Kenya or to Yemen and the hard-line fighters cached their arms and melded back into their clans leaving the mostly untrained, new recruits to face the Ethiopian troops.

Apr 14 16:01

The Rwanda Genocide Fabrications and Alison Des Forges

The Rwanda Genocide Fabrications

Human Right Watch, Alison Des Forges and Disinformation on Central Africa

by Keith Harmon Snow / April 13th, 2009

Apr 14 10:04

Heeeeeer's the wind up......and ................the pitch!!

Apr 13 09:13

Somali Pirates: Fighting Against Nuclear Waste and over-fishing?

Yo ho ho, mateys. Don't be so quick to make these Somali Pirates walk the plank. They might be havin' themselves a good reason to be arrestin and detainin them ships. (If you believe allegations of nuclear waste dumping and illegal fish-trawling, that is)

Apr 13 08:57

FLASHBACK - US accused of covert operations in Somalia

Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

Apr 13 08:38

Untold Stories about Somalia Pirates - European ships dump Nuclear Waste into Somalia Ocean

Yes: nuclear waste. As soon as the government was gone, mysterious European ships started appearing off the coast of Somalia, dumping vast barrels into the ocean. The coastal population began to sicken. At first they suffered strange rashes, nausea and malformed babies. Then, after the 2005 tsunami, hundreds of the dumped and leaking barrels washed up on shore. People began to suffer from radiation sickness, and more than 300 died.

Apr 12 22:39

Elisa Burchett: Fifteenth Anniversary of Rwanda Genocide

Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann, President of the U.N. General Assembly said, "Yes, the world feels remorse for standing by while these crimes unfolded across this verdant land. But these crimes did not spring out of thin air. We acknowledge too that the seeds for this genocide were planted long before and nurtured with lethal results by colonial policies that institutionalized ethnic tensions and resentments."

Apr 12 16:18

Piracy in the Red Sea: Saudi points towards Israel

Not only do columnists and analysts openly accuse Israel of sponsoring acts of piracy that multiply off Somali waters, but they also do not hide their fears of an internationalization of security in the Red Sea, where Israel plays a decisive role.

“What is happening in the Horn of Africa is not a simple case of piracy. These acts of piracy raise various questions about the capabilities and equipment of simple outlaws who are seeking ransoms,” wrote Tuesday (November 25) Nawaf Al-Meshal Sabhan in the Saudi daily Al-Iqtissadia.

Apr 12 03:52

Why Arabs are Backing Sudan's Bashir

Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, despite being indicted on March 4, 2009 on seven counts of war crimes by the International Criminal Court, was given a “hero’s welcome” by the Arab League Summit hosted by Qatar last week. The 22 nations warmly supported Al Bashir with a resolution opposing the dubious ICC arrest warrant.

Bashir called the ICC an “undemocratic institution that ... applied double standards, targeted the weak and gave a blind eye to the criminals.”

Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, also present at the summit, likewise objected to the ICC. “Why do they not order the capture of Bush? Why not order the arrest of the president of Israel?”

Apr 11 12:30

FLASHBACK - US accused of covert operations in Somalia

Dramatic evidence that America is involved in illegal mercenary operations in east Africa has emerged in a string of confidential emails seen by The Observer. The leaked communications between US private military companies suggest the CIA had knowledge of the plans to run covert military operations inside Somalia - against UN rulings - and they hint at involvement of British security firms.

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"Yo ho, Yo ho; a pirate's life for me!!!"

Apr 11 07:03

Oil Companies Dividing and Conquering Nigeria - Nigeria oil unrest 'kills 1,000'

The New York Times - Violence in Nigeria's oil region left 1,000 people dead and cost $24bn (£16bn) last year, a report says, according to an official and activist.

Ledum Mitee, chairman of the Niger Delta Presidential Technical Committee, says the figures only cover the first nine months of 2008.

Apr 08 09:10

U.S. crew may be in control of hijacked ship

Somali pirates on Wednesday hijacked a U.S.-flagged cargo ship but Pentagon officials later said they believed the U.S. crew was back in control of the vessel.

Apr 05 10:07

Shell in court over alleged role in Nigeria executions

Lawyers in New York will allege that Shell actively subsidised a campaign of terror by security forces in the Niger Delta and attempted to influence the trial that led to Saro-Wiwa's execution. The lawsuit alleges that the company attempted to bribe two witnesses in his trial to testify against him. Members of Saro-Wiwa's family will take the stand for the first time to give their version of events, among them his brother Owens, who will allege that Brian Anderson, managing director of Shell's Nigerian subsidiary, told him: "It would not be impossible to get charges dropped if protests were called off." Anderson is fighting the action.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is the brutal truth of how the "great game" for oil and other resources is played.

And right now, Africa is being looked at as "the next Middle East" in terms of rich, hitherto unexploited (or only moderately exploited) resources.

Mar 23 12:03

Nobel outrage at South Africa’s decision to ban the Dalai Lama

South Africa was plunged into a diplomatic row yesterday after the Government barred the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, from entering the country to take part in a peace conference linked to the 2010 football World Cup.

The decision, confirmed to The Times by senior government officials, was met with outrage by his fellow Nobel peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the former President F. W. de Klerk, who are organising the conference on March 27 with the Norwegian Nobel Peace Committee.

Mar 13 07:57

FRIDAY’S TOONS ~~ DARFUR AND GAZA

Mar 08 20:33

Shoot-Out in Guinea-Bissau

One should not speak ill of the dead, but it's hard to resist the suspicion that the murder of the army chief of staff on March 1st and of the president on March 2nd in the small West African country of Guinea-Bissau were linked to the drug trade in Africa's first "narco-state."

On Sunday, a powerful bomb blew up the military headquarters in Bissau, the capital, killing Gen. Batista Tagme Na Waie, chief of Guinea-Bissau's military, and severely wounding five other senior officers. Less than twenty-four hours later, gunfire and rocket explosions were heard near the presidential palace, and shortly afterwards it was reported that President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira had also been killed.

Mar 06 17:27

Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife killed in crash as lorry hits their car

Zimbabwe was rife with speculation last night after Morgan Tsvangirai’s wife was killed in a car crash in which he was injured.

There was suspicion that the accident could have been staged by Zanu (PF) hardliners opposed to the power-sharing deal that led to Mr Tsvangirai becoming Prime Minister. This was only fuelled by reports that police had confiscated videos of the accident scene taken by members of his Movement for Democratic Change party.

Mar 04 18:59

Sudan's Response to ICC Arrest Warrant

"For us the ICC doesn't exist. We are not bound by its decisions and we are in no way going to cooperate with it. Indeed, the verdict that was announced today in The Hague does not deserve the ink used to print it."

Mar 04 08:58

ICC issues a warrant of arrest for Omar Al Bashir, President of Sudan

Today, Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) issued a warrant for the arrest of Omar Hassan Ahmad Al Bashir, President of Sudan, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He is suspected of being criminally responsible, as an indirect (co-)perpetrator, for intentionally directing attacks against an important part of the civilian population of Darfur, Sudan, murdering, exterminating, raping, torturing and forcibly transferring large numbers of civilians, and pillaging their property. This is the first warrant of arrest ever issued for a sitting Head of State by the ICC.

Mar 02 06:04

Starvation and Strife Menace Torn Kenya

The New York Times JEFFREY GETTLEMAN Feb 28, 2009

NAIROBI, Kenya — One year after this country exploded in ethnic bloodshed, trouble is brewing here again.

Ten million people face starvation, partly because farmers in crucial food-producing areas who fled their homes last year have not returned, instead withdrawing deeper into their ethnic enclaves, deeper into fear.

President Obama, whose father was Kenyan, has become a savior to many people here, in part because Kenyans say their own leaders have been such a disappointment.

Feb 20 19:34

Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa

Saturday, May 31, 2008
Biotech companies up GMO campaign in Africa
by John Mbaira

Unwitting African countries are being coaxed and coerced to cultivate and consume genetically modified crops in a campaign bankrolled by giant biotech multinationals and executed by cash-rich “scientific” organisations who extol technology as the panacea for the continent’s hunger and low agricultural productivity.

Feb 20 19:28

Gates donate $48M for Bio-tech African cocoa/nuts

$90 Million to Boost Incomes of Small Farmers in Africa
Posted by: philcrosby on Thursday, February 19, 2009
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced two significant partnerships and $48 million in grants to help hundreds of thousands of small cocoa and cashew farmers in sub-Saharan Africa significantly increase their incomes so they can lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.
The two grants -- $23 million to the World Cocoa Foundation and $25 million to the German development organization Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH -- were awarded in conjunction with $42 million in cash and in-kind contributions from private industry.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ)
http://www.gtz.de/en/weltweit/afrika/8063.htm

Feb 18 22:26

Texas Armoring Corp.'s Nigerian market thriving

Violence, Theft, and Kidnappings Spur TAC Armored Vehicle Growth in Nigeria
* Wednesday February 18, 2009, 11:37 am EST

"Texas Armoring Corporation is a leading worldwide supplier of light-weight armored passenger vehicles and bulletproof cars, cash-in-transit vehicles, armored SWAT trucks, and custom luxury limousines. The firm’s origins date back to the 1970s when key staff members pioneered the luxury bulletproofing industry through producing bulletproof cars for world leaders. For more information on armored vehicles and Texas Armoring Corporation, please visit http://www.texasarmoring.com or call 210.333.0211."

Feb 18 15:43

The Conflict in the Congo is a Resource War Waged by US and British Allies

Feb 17 12:10

Another U.S.-Sponsored Catastrophe The Nightmare in Somalia

THE END result of the U.S. intervention has been untold destruction. Human Rights Watch published a report in December 2008 detailing the impact:

"Two years of unconstrained warfare and violent rights abuses have helped to generate an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis, without adequate response. Since January 2007, at least 870,000 civilians have fled the chaos in Mogadishu alone--two-thirds of the city's population...Somalia's humanitarian needs are enormous."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks.

Angry yet?!?!?!?

Feb 16 17:55

U.S./U.K. Roles In Congo's resources warfare

The U.S./U.K. Roles In Congo's Blood Diamonds Industry
Black Star News, Commentary, Kambale Musavuli , Posted: Feb 16, 2009

Since Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Congo in 1996, these countries have pursued a plan to appropriate the wealth of Eastern Congo either directly or through proxy forces.

The December 2008 United Nations report is the latest in a series of U.N. reports dating from 2001 that clearly documents the systematic looting and appropriation of Congolese resources by Rwanda and Uganda, two of Washington and London’s staunchest allies in Africa.

Feb 14 14:24

US Sponsored Rwanda Genocide/African Destabilization

THE US SPONSORED RWANDA GENOCIDE AND ITS AFTERMATH
Psychological Operations, Embedded Reporters, and Refugee Hunting
11 April 2008
keith harmon snow
http://www.allthingspass.com/uploads/html-238The%20US%20Sponsored%20Rw...

Rwanda's Secret War
US-Backed Destabilization of Central Africa
By Keith Harmon Snow*
WW3Report
December 10, 2004
http://www.globalpolicy.org/security/issues/congo/2004/1210secretwar.htm

Feb 14 14:18

Expert court witness on Africa, silenced in crash

Des Forges GRD '72, human rights expert, killed in plane crash
Gabriel Barcia
Staff Reporter
Published Friday, February 13, 2009

Alison Des Forges GRD '72, one of the world's leading experts on the human rights violations in Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo, was among the passengers killed in the commuter plane crash outside Buffalo, N.Y., late Thursday. She was 66 and lived in Buffalo.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090214/wl_africa_afp/usplanecrashrwanda_...
Rwanda genocide court stunned by air crash death of investigator
Sat Feb 14, 10:37 am ET

Feb 11 21:26

US Africom plans/funds killing, Congo chaos

UN official: Botched attacks on LRA rebels in Congo 'catastrophic' for civilians
The US helped plan the operation, which subsequently killed up to 900 people.
By Jonathan Adams
posted February 10, 2009 at 10:00 am EST

"The UN official's comments followed a New York Times report Friday breaking the news that the US had helped plan and fund the attack from its new Africa Command."

Feb 08 08:48

Massacres follow failed U.S.-aided Uganda mission: report

The U.S. military helped plan and finance a recent attack on a Ugandan rebel group which went awry, with fleeing fighters conducting a series of massacres that killed up to 900 civilians, The New York Times reported on Saturday.

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"Sorry. My bad." -- Official White Horse Souse

Feb 07 08:26

Arms ship set to leave for Kenya

A Ukrainian ship freed by Somali pirates for a reported ransom of $3.2m (£2.2m) on Thursday is preparing to leave Somali waters for Kenya.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Left unsaid by the "impartial" BBC; MV Faina is owned by an Israeli, Vadim Alperin.

Feb 01 14:16

Kenya petrol tanker explosion kills 100

The tanker explosion occurred near Molo, a small town in the Rift Valley Province -- about 130 kilometers (80 miles) from the capital, a spokesman for the Kenyan police said.

The tanker overturned along a highway spilling gallons of gas which hundreds of residents rushed to scoop up, said Titus Mung'ou of the Kenyan Red Cross.

"People were lining up trying to get the fuel," he said. "They were siphoning off petrol for over an hour. Some people had drilled holes in the tanker and were charging a fee for the assembled crowd."

The vehicle exploded about an hour later, apparently after one of the residents lit a cigarette or started a fire at the crash site, Mung'ou said.

Jan 27 13:16

Obama aims to topple Mugabe in Zimbabwe

From Times Online
January 27, 2009
President Obama leads US drive to topple Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

China and Russia have blocked previous moves against Robert Mugabe in the UN
Tim Reid in Washington and Jonathan Clayton in Johannesburg

President Obama wants a fresh approach to toppling Robert Mugabe and is discussing with aides an unprecedented, US-led diplomatic push to get tough new UN sanctions imposed against the Zimbabwe regime, The Times has learned.

During talks Mr Obama has had with his top Africa advisers in recent weeks, the central idea they focused on was taking the issue of Zimbabwe before the UN Security Council, but for the first time to combine such a move with an intense diplomatic effort to persuade Russia and China not to block the initiative.

Jan 20 23:05

Kenyans expect "their" Obama to save them

From The Times
January 21, 2009
Kenyans hail election of saviour Barack Obama
Rob Crilly in Nairobi

"“This man is Jesus,” shouted one man, spilling his Guinness as Barack Obama began his inaugural address. “When will he come to Kenya to save us?” If Barack Obama’s spin doctors have been trying to lower expectations since his election victory, the message clearly has not reached the land of his father.

Millions of people around the country thronged giant TV screens or crammed into bars to watch the inauguration of a man viewed as Kenya’s best hope of a prosperous and happy future. "

"Kenya is a country in need of a saviour. Last year 600,000 people were left homeless by the violence that followed disputed presidential elections.

Jan 19 13:04

Obama selected to aid in African holocaust?

Tuesday, 9 December 2008, 4:53 pm
Opinion: Keith Harmon Snow
Merchants of Death: Exposing Corporate Financed Holocaust in Africa
by Keith Harmon Snow
www.allthingspass.com

War in Congo has again been splashed across world headlines and the same old clichés about violence and suffering are repackaged and rebroadcast as "news". Meanwhile, early indications out of America are that President-elect Barack Obama will assemble a foreign policy-team primed for business as usual.

How will Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State compromise the Obama Administration’s capacity to honestly redress the untold suffering, massive theft of resources and millions of deaths in Africa?

Jan 11 07:21

Five Somali pirates drown as they squabble over their $3million ransom

Five Somali pirates drowned when a wave washed off their getaway boat as they squabbled over over how to split their $3 million ransom.

The ransom had been paid to the pirates to end the world's biggest ship hijacking.

The canister full of cash was parachuted onto the Sirius Star - observed by the U.S. Navy who provided these images - and the two-month ordeal of the 25 crew, including two Britons, was finally over.

Dec 23 21:07

Obama, Gen. Ward : Black puppets for Africa

Kip’s Folly: A Black Commander for U.S. Forces in Africa
Africa - US Imperialism in Africa
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
by Mark P. Fancher

"From Clarence Thomas to Colin Powell to Condoleezza Rice - and many more African American mercenaries in between - U.S. rulers have had little problem finding Black front men and women for their intrigues and adventures."

Dec 20 07:32

Forget Depp: Somali pirates risk all for riches, women

NAIROBI, Kenya - There's at least one job these days that's recession-proof, if you can handle shark-infested seas, outrun some of the world's most powerful navies, and keep your cool when your hostages get antsy.

A pirate's life in Somalia isn't for everyone. However, nothing comes easily in one of the poorest and most unstable countries on Earth, and when you consider the dearth of career options for Somalis on land, a pirate's life starts to look more than cushy by comparison.

Dec 18 09:01

U.S. Proposes International Gang Rape of Somalia

"The Bush regime now seeks to turn Somalia into a ‘free fire zone' in which any country in the world can shoot and bomb and kill at will."

Dec 17 22:36

US Commandos to attack in Somali

From The Times
December 18, 2008
American commandos get UN go-ahead to hunt down Somali pirates
Michael Evans, Defence Editor

Pirates operating from safe havens along the Somali coast could become the target of hot-pursuit missions by American commandos for the first time, after approval was given by the United Nations Security Council to launch land and air attacks on pirate bases.

Dec 03 05:14

Somalia: Another CIA-Backed Coup Blows Up

Up until a month ago, no one in the Bush administration showed the least bit of interest in the incidents of piracy off the coast of Somalia. Now that's all changed and there's talk of sending in the Navy to patrol the waters off the Horn of Africa and clean up the pirates hideouts. Why the sudden about-face? Could it have something to do with the fact that the Ethiopian army is planning to withdrawal all of its troops from Mogadishu by the end of the year, thus, ending the failed two year US-backed occupation of Somalia?

Nov 21 21:49

US/Rwanda still united in crime

The US Sponsored "Rwanda Genocide" and its Aftermath
Psychological Warfare, Embedded Reporters and the Hunting of Refugees
by Keith Harmon Snow
Global Research, April 12, 2008
Author's website www.allthingspass.com

Nov 21 21:40

Bush Sends US-Rwanda Treaty To Senate

Bush Sends US-Rwanda Treaty To Senate

(RTTNews) - President George Bush sent a treaty signed between the US and the Republic of Rwanda to the Senate Thursday.
[ http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2008/11/20081120-1.html ]

According to the president, the treaty was the first bilateral investment treaty signed between the US and a sub-Saharan African country since 1998. It would help to promote cross-border investment by providing legal protections for investors of each country for their investments in the other country.

Nov 20 22:33

MOU: Angola, U.S. Navy, offshore OIL

Angola, U.S. to sign MOU in military sector
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20:19, November 18, 2008

Angola and the United States are analyzing the possibility of signing a memorandum of understanding in the military sector, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.

Visiting Commander of the U.S. Naval Forces for Europe and Africa Adm. Mark Fitzgerald was quoted as saying that a military accord will be reached some time in 2009.

After meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Assuncao dos Anjos on Monday, the U.S. naval officer said both sides are discussing the date for signing the accord.

Nov 19 15:34

Indian warship destroys pirate ship

An Indian warship destroyed a pirate "mother vessel" in the Gulf of Aden, the navy said Wednesday, as bandits demanded a ransom for a Saudi super-tanker seized in the most daring sea raid yet.

The Indian frigate INS Tabar, one of dozens of warships from several countries protecting shipping lanes in the area, attacked the Somali pirate ship late Tuesday after coming under fire, navy spokesman Nirad Sinha said.

Nov 19 13:51

Pirates anchor hijacked supertanker off Somalia coast

The Saudi Arabia-owned supertanker hijacked by Somali pirates in a raid several hundred miles out to sea is understood to have anchored off the coast of Somalia.

The Sirius Star, which is fully loaded with crude oil, is understood to be at anchor close to a headland called Raas Cusbad, near Hobyo.

The owner of the ship, Vela International Marine, said the 25 crew members on board were safe.

The company said response teams had been established and were working to ensure the release of the crew and the vessel, which was seized by pirates on Saturday.

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