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AFRICOM envisions two years of open-ended warfare in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 16 December 2017

The announcement marks a further escalation of Washington’s military offensive in Somalia which has been ramped up over the last year, including the deployment of 500 special forces personnel.

Amnesty International report exposes EU role in mass torture of refugees in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017

The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.

At Abidjan summit, EU and France intensify neo-colonial scramble for Africa

By Francis Dubois, 2 December 2017

Faced with the disastrous results of the imperialist wars in Libya and the Sahel, the European Union is proposing to intensify its neo-colonialist and military interventions.

IMF lays down the law for Zimbabwe post-Mugabe

By Chris Marsden, 27 November 2017

The International Monetary Fund is demanding that Zimbabwe curb “excessive government spending” and impose massive austerity cuts to “restore fiscal and debt sustainability.”

Terror attack on Egyptian mosque kills at least 235 worshippers

By Niles Niemuth, 25 November 2017

The Egyptian government has declared that the attack in the northern Sinai is the deadliest in the country’s modern history.

The way forward in Zimbabwe after Mugabe

By Chris Marsden, 24 November 2017

The goal of the new Zimbabwean president, Mnangagwa, is to impose an adrenalized version of the capitalist policies that have already created so much suffering.

US expands military offensive in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 24 November 2017

The official US military deployment in Somalia has increased to more than 500, the largest contingent of soldiers in the country since 1993.

Zimbabwe: Defying calls to step down, Mugabe faces impeachment

By Eddie Haywood, 21 November 2017

The Zimbabwean military appears anxious to avoid its intervention provoking any popular movement among the masses.

Campaign to force out Mugabe escalates in Zimbabwe

By Chris Marsden, 18 November 2017

It is China's support for the coup, rather than a supposed desire for a "democratic transformation," that accounts for the cautious reaction in the United States, Britain and other Western powers.

France intensifies intervention in West Africa with launch of Sahel G5 force

By Kumaran Ira, 18 November 2017

The spreading war in the Sahel, which flows from the 2011 NATO war in Libya, threatens to plunge the entire region into a broader war and humanitarian crisis.

Bubonic plague ravages Madagascar

By Eddie Haywood, 17 November 2017

Poverty and the lack of access to health care plays the largest role in the severity of the current epidemic.

“They are waging war when necessary”

Niger defense minister exposes US military role in West Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 2 November 2017

Washington has claimed that the 800 US special forces personnel stationed in Niger are restricted to providing training and surveillance assistance.

General lets slip US escalation in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2017

The general’s “slip of the tongue” served only to further expose the military escalation being carried out behind the backs of the American people.

Kenyan president declared winner in election re-run amid low turnout

By Eddie Haywood, 31 October 2017

The poll took place within an atmosphere of police violence and acts of intimidation, which almost certainly originated with forces loyal to incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta.

UN Ambassador Haley visits Africa amid US military escalation, social catastrophe

By Eddie Haywood, 28 October 2017

The tour happened against the backdrop of the Trump administration’s expansion of US military operations on the continent.

Washington exploiting Green Beret deaths to escalate Africa intervention

By Bill Van Auken, 27 October 2017

American imperialism is preparing to inflict upon the African continent the levels of carnage that it has already wrought upon the Middle East, where entire societies have been shattered.

Trump, Pentagon shaken by mounting crisis over Niger deaths

By Patrick Martin, 24 October 2017

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Joseph Dunford, held an hour-long press briefing Monday in an effort at damage control.

US and European military operations in West Africa set the stage for broader war

By Eddie Haywood, 20 October 2017

Underpinning the operations of American, French and German forces in West Africa is the desire to control the region's deposits of uranium, minerals and oil.

Bombings kill hundreds in Somali capital

By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 17 October 2017

Twin bombings in central areas of Somalia’s capital of MogadishuSaturday killed at least 302 people and injured 300 others, with thedeath toll expected to climb.

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

By Eddie Haywood, 14 October 2017

The October 4 killings of four US Green Berets in Niger has provided a rare glimpse into far-reaching American military operations which have been conducted almost entirely in secret.

Killings of four elite soldiers in Niger highlight vast scale of American military operations in Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 7 October 2017

The deployment of troops to Niger is an element of the “scramble for Africa,” which was commenced by Obama and is being continued under Trump.

Trump adds Chad to renewed travel ban

By Eddie Haywood, 30 September 2017

The inclusion of Chad represents an escalation of Washington’s imperialist offensive in the Sahel region and across the African continent.

Trump outlines Washington’s “scramble for Africa” during UN luncheon with African heads of state

By Eddie Haywood, 22 September 2017

Trump addressed the assembled African leaders on behalf of the American financial oligarchy to which he belongs.

Kenyan Supreme Court voids presidential election, ordering new poll

By Eddie Haywood, 4 September 2017

The unprecedented ruling marked the first time a high court anywhere in Africa has overturned a presidential election result.

Kenyan police violently quell opposition to disputed election

By Eddie Haywood, 16 August 2017

Twenty-four people have been killed by police since Friday’s announcement declaring President Uhuru Kenyatta the winner over his challenger, Raila Odinga.

Kenyan elections take place under threat of crackdown

By Eddie Haywood, 12 August 2017

The hotly-contested election for president has been marked by allegations of election fraud and an intensified police state atmosphere.

Mali war spilling into Burkina Faso, Niger

By Thomas Gaist, 18 July 2017

The imperialist war in Mali, spearheaded by France, is aimed at seizing control of the massive energy reserves in the West African country.

China establishes military base in Djibouti

By Peter Symonds, 17 July 2017

China’s military involvement in Africa takes place amid rising geo-political rivalries that threaten its considerable investment in, and trade with, Africa.

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Trump escalates US drone war in Somalia

By Timotheos Gaist, 8 July 2017

Calls are growing in US ruling circles for wider war in the desperately impoverished, immensely strategic Horn of Africa nation.

“The measures we are taking are intended to safeguard the IMF program”

Zambian President Edgar Lungu seizes emergency powers

By David Brown, 7 July 2017

Lungu has enacted dictatorial measures in order to suppress social opposition to upcoming IMF austerity measures.

US Special Forces will wage war in Africa “for at least a generation”

By Thomas Gaist and Eddie Haywood, 17 June 2017

US military commandos are presently involved in over 100 missions simultaneously across the African continent, according to internal Pentagon documents.

German government hosts major conference on Africa

By Johannes Stern, 16 June 2017

Ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, the German government is working systematically to expand its global political and economic relations.

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Tensions between US and China threaten catastrophe for Africa

By Eddie Haywood and Thomas Gaist, 8 June 2017

China’s expansion of economic investment in Africa is part of its “One Belt, One Road” initiative, through which Beijing seeks to revive a modern day Silk Road connecting China and Asia with Europe.

Discovery of mass graves highlights bloody scramble for Congo’s resources

By Eddie Haywood, 27 April 2017

Conflict between the Congolese military and a local militia has resulted in a mass internal displacement in the Kasai Province, with millions fleeing the region for Angola and other areas of the Congo.

US prepares military response to world-historic famine in sub-Saharan Africa, Arabian Peninsula

By Thomas Gaist, 24 April 2017

The American military is “war-gaming procedures to work in a famine-type environment,” according to AFRICOM commander General Thomas Waldhauser.

US intensifies military training operations across Africa

By Eddie Haywood, 8 April 2017

The growing number of training exercises and operations coordinated by AFRICOM point to a “pivot to Africa” and make clear Washington’s aim of imperialist domination of the African continent.

Trump administration plans economic and military offensive against Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 3 April 2017

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is at the center of the US government’s neocolonial agenda for Africa.

Canadian Armed Forces’ document calls for “heavier weapons” to confront child soldiers in Africa

By Laurent Lafrance, 25 March 2017

The document says soldiers need “heavy weapons” to confront child soldiers and must be psychologically hardened so as to be ready to kill them.

Reports expose widespread use of child labor in the Congo

By Eddie Haywood, 23 March 2017

The horrific labor practices uncovered in the DRC are not an isolated occurrence but rather the predominant reality inflicted by the capitalist system on workers around the globe.

Union sells out striking Kenyan doctors

By Eddie Haywood, 21 March 2017

Few details have been released of the “Return to Work Formula,” which is merely a draft proposal and not a binding agreement.

AFRICOM spearheads escalation of US “scramble for Africa”

By Eddie Haywood, 16 March 2017

The head of the African command warned the US Senate that more military resources are needed to pursue Washington’s predatory interests on the continent.

Imperialist wars and interventions fuel refugee crisis in Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 9 March 2017

Wars waged or organized by the American government in numerous African countries, including Libya, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, and Mali, have turned millions into refugees.

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Doctors strike highlights catastrophic health care crisis in Kenya

By Eddie Haywood, 7 March 2017

Five thousand doctors employed in public hospitals across Kenya have been on strike since December, citing low pay and dreadful working conditions.

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South Sudan civil war causing widespread famine

By Thomas Gaist, 1 March 2017

Six years after the US-backed partition of Sudan, the newly autonomous, oil-wealthy South Sudan is beset by spreading famine and a raging civil war.

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Famine threatens millions in the Horn of Africa as Washington prepares expanded war in Somalia

By Thomas Gaist, 21 February 2017

Starvation and malnutrition are menacing the lives of 10-15 million people in the Horn of Africa countries of Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

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US Special Operations troop deployments in Africa surged in 2016

By Eddie Haywood, 3 January 2017

The US deployed at least 1,700 elite soldiers to 33 nations across the African continent in 2016, more than twice the number deployed in 2014.

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The Gambia president refuses to accept election result

By Eddie Heywood, 13 December 2016

After conceding defeat following the December 1 presidential election, incumbent President Yahya Jammeh reversed course, announcing that he now rejects the results.

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Canada’s plans to wage war in Africa take shape

By Laurent Lafrance, 16 November 2016

Canada’s defence minister travelled to Mali and Senegal last week to finalize plans for Canada to join French-led counter-insurgency operations in France’s former African colonies.

Canada to partner with France in waging war in Africa

By Laurent Lafrance, 24 October 2016

Under the guise of promoting peace and fighting “Islamist terror,” Canadian imperialism is preparing to advance its growing economic and geopolitical interests in Africa.

Merkel promotes the return of German militarism to Africa

By Johannes Stern, 11 October 2016

The official propaganda cannot disguise the fact the German ruling class is pursing its economic and geostrategic interests in Africa, which is rich in raw materials.

Unrest in the Congo: Political turmoil rocks Kinshasa

By Eddie Haywood, 24 September 2016

Washington’s concern is for the vast mineral wealth of the Congo, and for the existence of a reliable and pliant regime in Kinshasa to facilitate its exploitation.

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Ethiopian government kills 100 civilians as protests sweep country

By Joe Williams, 26 August 2016

A protest at the Olympics by marathon runner Feyisa Lilesa drew attention to the ongoing government repression in Ethiopia.

South Sudan government approves 4,000-strong UN force

By Thomas Gaist, 16 August 2016

The military operation is empowered to conduct offensive operations against units loyal to both the government and the opposition.

Canada’s defence minister tours Africa to lay groundwork for military intervention

By Roger Jordan, 16 August 2016

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has confirmed that Canada will soon announce a major military intervention of “long-duration” in one or more African countries.

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12 August 2016

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India and US deepen strategic collaboration in Africa

By Wasantha Rupasinghe, 6 August 2016

The Indian and US militaries are partnering in the training of African officers to lead and train troops deployed on UN “peacekeeping” missions.

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More airstrikes in new US war in Libya

By Peter Symonds, 3 August 2016

While nominally directed against ISIS, the fresh eruption of American militarism is more broadly aimed at stamping US dominance throughout the region.

Japan exploits violence in South Sudan to dispatch military

By Ben McGrath, 16 July 2016

While portrayed as a rescue mission, the deployment of additional Japanese troops to Africa marks an expansion of Japan’s role on the continent.

European Union working with African despots to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 July 2016

At their latest meeting in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, EU interior ministers agreed on speedier deportation of refugees and closer cooperation with African dictatorships.

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European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 June 2016

In exchange for financial assistance, despotic regimes in Africa are to seal off escape routes and detain and deport refugees.

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US forces in combat in Somalia as AFRICOM plans for war across continent

By Thomas Gaist, 18 May 2016

Washington is preparing interventions throughout sub-Saharan Africa, where the US military’s Africa Command is currently examining a dozen locations for new bases.

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13 May 2016

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US, NATO preparing new air and ground attacks against Libya

By Thomas Gaist, 5 April 2016

Barely five years after destroying Libya as a functioning society, the imperialist powers are preparing a new bombing campaign and ground invasion.

US airstrike massacres 150 at al-Shabaab training camp in Somalia

By Joseph Kishore, 8 March 2016

The attack north of the Somali capital of Mogadishu marks a significant escalation of US operations in the Horn of Africa, which lies next to critical oil routes leading into the Indian Ocean.

Western powers move closer to new military intervention in Libya

By Marianne Arens, 19 February 2016

The main task of the national unity government in Libya will be to give the green light to a new military intervention in the oil rich North African country.

ANC in crisis as President Zuma struggles to reassure big capital

By G.T. Maqhubela, 16 February 2016

The Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema, are making political capital from the crisis confronting the ANC by posturing as a “left” anti-corruption alternative.

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12 February 2016

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France gives €1 billion aid to Tunisia in bid to halt mass protests over jobs

By Kumaran Ira, 26 January 2016

Amid growing social unrest, Washington and Paris are boosting military aid to Tunisia to prepare to suppress social opposition in the working class.

Chinese president seeks to shore up relations with Africa

By Peter Symonds, 7 December 2015

Like every part of the globe, Africa has been transformed into an arena for geo-political rivalry.

After Paris attacks, Spain offers to reinforce French troops in Africa

By James Lerner and Alejandro López, 24 November 2015

Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy has offered to replace French troops deployed in missions in Africa so Paris can free up more forces for the fight against Islamic State (IS), both in France itself and in Syria and Iraq.

US Special Forces deploy to Mali in wake of Bamako hotel attack

By Thomas Gaist, 21 November 2015

There are already signs that the United States and France are seizing on the attack to intensify their military operations on the continent.

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23 October 2015

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Obama deploys hundreds of US troops to Cameroon

By Thomas Gaist, 17 October 2015

The drive for enhanced US military-political control over Africa is aimed at countering Chinese economic influence and gaining leverage over Washington’s European “partners.”

South Africa: Unite Against Corruption marches seek to exploit working-class anger at ANC

By G.T. Maqhubela, 12 October 2015

The intention of the UAC and other formations like it is to oppose a socialist alternative to ANC rule.

France, US back purge of leaders of failed Burkina Faso coup

By Stéphane Hugues, 8 October 2015

US officials who view Burkina Faso as strategically central to their military operations in Africa demand that the country be “calm.”

Bodies of at least 95 refugees found on Libyan shores

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 October 2015

The latest tragedy marks a continuation of the humanitarian crisis caused by imperialist wars in North Africa and the Middle-East, and the repression of asylum-seekers.

German politicians and the media push for new wars in Africa

By Christoph Dreier, 27 August 2015

Various media outlets have spoken out in recent days for military interventions in Africa to enforce German economic interests.

Burkina Faso: 18 dead in terror attack at Ouagadougou

By Anthony Torres, 15 August 2015

This attack is a consequence of the war for regime change carried out by NATO and its Islamist allies in Libya six years ago, which has since spread across the Sahel.

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US preparing new drone deployments to North Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 14 July 2015

The US military’s Africa Command is preparing to develop at least one new US drone and Special Forces base in North Africa.

Eritrea faces societal collapse

By Jean Shaoul, 22 June 2015

Eritreans are the victims of brutal wars stoked by US imperialism and its European allies to control the region’s energy resources.

European Union squabbles over refugee quotas

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2015

While military intervention on the coast of Libya to destroy refugee boats is welcomed by all member states, the question of accepting refugees has unleashed a fierce dispute.