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Jihadism in North Africa Gets U.S. Attention

Is the Sahara the newest great threat to the United States—“a terrorist training ground,” hotbed of extremism, the new Afghanistan—in the Great War against Islamic terrorism that still preoccupies the American political class and the foreign affairs community?

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


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Surveillance Drone Base in Store for Africa

The United States’ “secret” drone war is headed for a permanent stay in northwest Africa as officials prepare to establish a base there so they can watch al-Qaida and other Islamist groups.

Posted on Jan 29, 2013 READ MORE


Questions That Need Asking

Republicans wanted nothing more than to summon Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Capitol Hill and grill her about the tragic fiasco in Benghazi. Sadly for them, they got their wish.

Posted on Jan 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Algeria Hostage Crisis Comes to a Violent End

“Algerian authorities said they believe the militants’ attack was revenge for allowing France to use Algerian airspace for an offensive against Islamist militants in neighboring Mali,” CNN reports.

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Africa, Here We Come

The U.S. Army presence is rapidly increasing in Africa, especially in countries with alleged ties to al-Qaida; according to Fox News, teaching children algebra is just another liberal ploy; meanwhile, some researchers have started studying the effects of the “natural experiment” resulting from China’s one-child policy. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013 READ MORE



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Ethiopian Strongman Zenawi Dies

Meles Zenawi, iron-fisted prime minister of Ethiopia for 21 years and a key ally in the U.S. war on terror, died Monday of an undisclosed illness. He was 57.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Bush and His Open Heart

This is a moment for all Americans to be proud of the single best thing George W. Bush did as president: launching an initiative to combat AIDS in Africa that has saved millions of lives.

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U.S. Africa Command Debates TomDispatch

On July 12, TomDispatch reporter Nick Turse showed how the U.S. Africa Command has spread its influence across that continent, establishing bases and outposts, sending in special operations forces and drones, funding proxy forces, and so on. One week later, Col. Tom Davis, director of the U.S. Africa Command Office of Public Affairs, responded.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Death Toll Expected to Rise in Nigeria Plane Crash (Video)

New details are emerging Monday after a plane crash killed at least 153 people in Nigeria over the weekend. All passengers aboard the Dana Air plane were killed, but rescue officials are concerned that more deaths will be reported on the ground.

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AP/Sunday Alamba

Plane Crashes in Nigeria’s Largest City

An emergency management official says none of the 147 passengers survived after a Dana Air plane flew into a two-story building in the Iju neighborhood of Lagos on Sunday.

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Blue Man Coup, Part 2: War for God, Country and Cocaine

Are the emirs of the Sahara criminals or revolutionaries? A little bit of both, probably.

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AP/Aliou Sissoko

Blue Man Coup: How Gadhafi’s Mercenaries Broke Mali

Everything that rises must converge, and in 2012, an uprising at the ancient crossroads of Timbuktu kicked up a decades-in-the-making sandstorm of global capitalism, U.S. counterterrorism, cocaine smuggling and the long-denied rights of the most romantic nomads on earth.

Posted on May 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Green Berets on the Hunt for Kony

It seems the viral horde that spread the message of African warlord Joseph Kony got what it wanted, or maybe just had it all along. For about six months, U.S. Green Berets have been training and supporting soldiers in four nations on the hunt for the Lord’s Resistance Army leader.

Posted on Apr 30, 2012 READ MORE



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Not Only Slavery, but AIDS Too

Craig Timberg and Daniel Halperin suggest in their new book, “Tinderbox,” that colonialists’ aggressive trade practices opened new travel routes in central Africa that helped spread a disease rooted in a dense forest to the world beyond.

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Invisible Children Co-Founder Arrested on Suspicion of Public Drunkenness, Masturbation

The last couple of weeks have been eventful for the folks behind the Invisible Children charity, what with the near-instant worldwide fame that came from their “Kony 2012” viral video campaign and the ensuing backlash. Now a strange new development has occurred.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



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George Clooney Cuffed at Sudanese Embassy Protest

Can’t say the guy doesn’t have range. On Friday, George Clooney put his actor/director/good-time-guy persona aside to get serious about what he warned could become a catastrophe of global proportions, the crisis in Sudan, and he went so far as to get arrested in front of the Sudanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to make his point.

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A Letter From Uganda on #Kony2012

There is an evil man somewhere in Africa waging a brutal war for absolutely no reason. The biggest problem is that no one knows about him. But if “we” spread the word and pressure the U.S. for military assistance, then by the end of this year “we” can capture Kony and end this horror. Where do I even begin?

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE



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Egypt Gives an Inch on Election Date

Monday brought a mixed bag of news out of Egypt. First came the update that 19 Americans working in nonprofit organizations in the North African nation were still in line to be tried for funding-related reasons, despite Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s warning sounds about Egypt’s future funding from the U.S.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012 READ MORE


Climate Apartheid

The “American way of life” can be measured in per capita emissions of carbon. In the United States, on average, about 20 metric tons of CO2 is released into the atmosphere annually, four times as much as in China.

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Gadhafi, Son and Aide Buried in Secret Site

Putting a ceremonial end to a 42-year era in Libya, the nation’s late leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi was laid to rest, along with his son Muatassim and his defense minister, Abu Bakr Younis, in an undisclosed location. The three died after their capture last Thursday and ... (more)

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE


Goodman on Gadhafi

As Thursday’s edition of “Democracy Now!” with anchor Amy Goodman went to air, the reports—unconfirmed reports, as Goodman is careful to point out in this clip—that Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi had been killed in his hometown of Surt were streaming in from Libyan and American sources.

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Richard Drew

Gadhafi Is Reported Killed in Libya

After months of local turmoil and international military intervention, a major development has occurred that constitutes the end of an era in Libya, as official media in the North African nation reported Thursday that longtime leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi is dead. Updated (more)

Posted on Oct 20, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Sending U.S. Troops to Uganda

President Obama announced Friday that he has ordered a “small number” of combat-ready U.S. soldiers—somewhere around 100, the BBC says—to help local forces in Uganda fight the Lord’s Resistance Army and its internationally wanted leader, Joseph Kony. (more)

Posted on Oct 14, 2011 READ MORE



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Suleiman’s Travels

A flight attendant’s voice had come over the loudspeaker, asking my husband and another guy with a common Muslim name to get off the Delta flight scheduled to depart from JFK. It is the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 READ MORE



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Libyan Convoy Spotted in Niger

Reports have a large convoy of Libyan military vehicles crossing the border into Niger, but there is no indication that Moammar Gadhafi, his family or his advisers are on board. The Los Angeles Times reports that the convoy is made up of as many as 250 vehicles, though a local source puts the number at a few dozen.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Spring Monster









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Vultures in the Libyan Desert









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Howard Buffett’s Hope for Africa’s Future

Earlier this month, Howard Buffett—the philanthropist son of the “Sage of Omaha”—penned a Huffington Post article defending a project within the U.N.’s World Food Program called “Purchase for Progress” and offered his vision of an ideal future for farmers in the global south. (more)

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Circumcision Gadget Is Easier and Safer, but Does It Hurt?

It has been shown that heterosexual men are significantly less likely to spread HIV when they are circumcised. Rwanda hopes to circumcise 2 million men across the spectrum of ages using a new device that promises to be cheaper, safer and easier than alternatives.

Posted on Aug 7, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Horn of Despair









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U.N. Food Agency Crisis Talks









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AP / Amr Nabil

A New Egypt on the Brink of Being Born

“No [political] parties, no Muslim Brotherhood! The Egyptian people are in the square! La ahzab, la Ikhwan! Al-Sha’b al-Misri fi al-Maydan!” “The blood of the martyrs won’t be wasted,” the crowds chanted.

Posted on Jul 15, 2011 READ MORE



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South Sudan Becomes a Nation

After more than five decades of civil war that have seen millions displaced and killed, South Sudan seceded from the Arab-dominated north Saturday to become Africa’s newest nation. (more)

Posted on Jul 9, 2011 READ MORE


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U.S. Colleges Get In on African Land Grabs

American universities are reportedly using endowment funds to buy and lease vast tracts of African farmland, often for piddling prices, in deals that will reward foreign investors handsomely while separating tens of thousands from their homes and farms and providing little or none of the economic benefits promised them, California researchers say.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Libyan state television via APTN

Gadhafi Not About to Leave Libya

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently joined the chorus of outsiders urging Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to give up, but that suggestion isn’t hitting home with Gadhafi, according to yet another head of state, Jacob Zuma. The South African president returned from a visit to Tripoli with the news that Gadhafi isn’t planning to go anywhere anytime soon.

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE


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World Bank President Sounds a Warning

With rising food prices and soaring unemployment wreaking havoc across the developing world, World Bank President Robert Zoellick has some dreary news, declaring that the world is “one shock away from a full-blown crisis.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

Gadhafi Forces Fire Into Residential Areas

Reports are in that Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are firing into residential neighborhoods with cluster bombs and ground-to-ground rockets, weapons criticized for their indiscriminate trajectories, as loyalists vow to crush the anti-Gadhafi rebellion in the city of Misurata.

Posted on Apr 15, 2011 READ MORE



Stefan Meisel (CC-BY)

Meanwhile, in Ivory Coast ...

Libya may get all the attention, but another international effort to oust an African strongman may have reached its conclusion. After three months of fighting, former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo was captured by forces loyal to France, the U.N., his political opposition or all of the above, depending on who tells it…. (more)

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 READ MORE



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U.N. Suspects Ethnic Massacre in Ivory Coast

More than 100 people have been found dead in western parts of the Ivory Coast, victims of what investigators believe are ethnically motivated massacres. U.N. officials say the killings may have been carried out by Liberian mercenaries.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



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Showdown Takes Shape in Ivory Coast

The West African nation of Ivory Coast is under crisis as troops supporting the United Nations-recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, move for a final push to oust Laurent Gibagbo, the sitting president.

Posted on Apr 1, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama: ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Gadhafi’s Government

President Obama continued with his Convince America About Libya Tour on Tuesday, granting interviews to CBS, ABC and NBC to discuss U.S. intervention in the North African nation while pointing out that “each country in this region is different.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jerome Delay

Be Consistent—Invade Saudi Arabia

Once again an American president summons the passions of a human rights crusade against a reprehensible ruler whose crimes, while considerable, are not significantly different than that of dictators the U.S routinely protects.

Posted on Mar 23, 2011 READ MORE



Republicans Heart Wall Street

The GOP begins to roll back Wall Street reform, college graduates are snubbing law school, and Washington’s pro-nuke consensus. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE


U.S., U.N. Consider Action in Libya

What role should the U.S. take in Libya, as Moammar Gadhafi’s forces continue their assault on rebel strongholds with no clear resolution in sight? Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has some ideas, and they don’t involve the word unilateral ...

Posted on Mar 17, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



AP / Emanuel Ekra

Ivory Coast on the Brink

While the world’s attention is focused on the uprisings in North Africa, West Africa’s Ivory Coast teeters on the brink of civil war in the wake of an election that saw outpolled President Laurent Gbagbo refuse to cede power.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


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