Western Africa

US and UN give tacit backing to Guinea Bissau coup

By Brian Smith, 27 September 2003

A successful coup d’état in Guinea Bissau in West Africa has ousted President Kumba Yala and his Prime Minister Mario Pires. Yala later resigned to give the process a gloss of legality.

US force enters Liberia as former president goes into exile

By Chris Talbot, 18 August 2003

Charles Taylor, Liberia’s president since 1997 meekly travelled into exile on Monday August 11.

West African military force enters Liberia

By Chris Talbot, 7 August 2003

The first detachment of Nigerian troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been airlifted from Sierra Leone to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, part of a “vanguard interposition force” that is intended to separate Liberian government forces from the surrounding rebels.

US, Europe intervene to protect oil interests

West Africa: Coup aborted in São Tomé and Principe

By Brian Smith, 29 July 2003

A coup in the Atlantic islands of São Tomé and Principe, off the coast of West Africa, has ended in international mediation after just one week and President Fradique de Menezes returning from Nigeria to a red carpet treatment.

Liberian war restarts

By Chris Talbot, 21 July 2003

Liberia’s capital Monrovia is once again under attack by rebel forces of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). Latest news is that they have reached the Gabriel Tucker Bridge on the edge of the city centre. This is the third time that the rebels have attempted to take Monrovia and blows apart the attempts at a US-brokered peace deal being negotiated in Ghana.

Blair’s neocolonialist vision for Africa

By Chris Talbot, 16 February 2002

In a four-day visit to West Africa, British Prime Minister Tony Blair set out his agenda for future imperialist intervention in the continent. He did so in his characteristic style, which increasingly resembles that of a colonial missionary. With moralizing zeal Blair took up the theme he raised several times last year that Africa is a “scar on the conscience of the world,” and suggested that with an African child dying every three seconds, “no responsible world leader can turn their back on Africa.”

Who is responsible for the oil explosion in Nigeria?

By Jerry White, 21 October 1998

Several hundred bodies, charred beyond recognition, were buried in a mass grave in southern Nigeria Monday after the explosion this weekend that killed at least 500 villagers.

Nigerian military topples Sierra Leone junta

By Bill Vann, 21 February 1998

Following a nine-day offensive and a bombardment of the city of Freetown, Nigerian military forces succeeded in toppling the military junta which seized power in the West African state of Sierra Leone in May of last year.