Centrafrique, les djihadistes en embuscade

Les récents événements tragiques en Centrafrique montrent que l’Accord de Khartoum est miné par les concessions accordées aux groupes rebelles. Sur fond de montée en puissance des forces djihadistes Il y a peu de pays, comme la République centrafricaine, qui offrent des décalages aussi flagrants entre les dramatiques réalités du terrain qui alimentent la chronique … Continue reading “Centrafrique, les djihadistes en embuscade”

Boondoggle, Inc.

by William D. Hartung and Mandy Smithberger In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.”

Foreign Policy and the Establishment of Religion

by Paul R. Pillar The opening line of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bans any law “respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof”. It is no accident that this prohibition has pride of place in the Bill of Rights. It is fundamental to the founding of the republic. Several … Continue reading “Foreign Policy and the Establishment of Religion”

Sahel, l’enracinement des groupes islamistes

Confronté en cette saison de l’harmattan à la sècheresse, à des tourbillons de poussières et à des virus ravageurs, le Sahel vit une autre épidémie, celle là politique. Une chronique de Ahmedou Ould Abdallah, ancien ministre mauritanien et ex représentant de l’ONU en Afrique Véhiculée par les medias internationaux et surtout les réseaux sociaux, une … Continue reading “Sahel, l’enracinement des groupes islamistes”

The hash reality of life:The struggles of a female ex soldier in Ethiopia

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A veteran soldier who fought the one-party Derg regime in Ethiopia now lives in poverty in the northern city of Mekelle. Birha Asebha is forced to sell roasted grains and peanuts on the streets of Mekelle, with all her attempts to find a job unsuccessful. Ms Birha was a soldier in … Continue reading “The hash reality of life:The struggles of a female ex soldier in Ethiopia”

Another suicide car bomb kills 6 soldiers in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu

 London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A Somalia police spokesman said a suicide car bomb by Islamic extremists has killed at least six people in the capital Wednesday. Capt. Mohamed Hussein said most of the casualties were soldiers and more than 13 people were injured. Somalia’s extremist rebel group, al-Shabab, has claimed the responsibility for the blast, … Continue reading “Another suicide car bomb kills 6 soldiers in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu”

Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism-UN chief

London, May 22, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Somalia is making progress toward building a functioning state but must still tackle violent extremism, terrorism, armed conflict, political instability and corruption, the U.N. chief said in a new report. Antonio Guterres said in the report to the U.N. Security Council circulated Monday that these challenges “demonstrate the fragility of the … Continue reading “Somalia making progress but must tackle extremism-UN chief”

EU inaugurates second largest foreign mission in Nairobi, Kenya

London, May 21, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The European Union (EU) Mission on Tuesday unveiled a new embassy in Kenya’s capital Nairobi making Kenya the seat of its second largest foreign mission in the world after London. After inaugurating the embassy in Nairobi, EU High Representative Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, met Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet … Continue reading “EU inaugurates second largest foreign mission in Nairobi, Kenya”

Le Moyen-Orient est-il à deux doigts d’une confrontation majeure ?

Un concours de circonstances impliquant les États-Unis, l’Iran, Israël, la Palestine et le Liban brosse un tableau inquiétant pour les mois à venir L’horizon au Moyen-Orient s’obscurcit. Un inquiétant concours de circonstances est en train de nous mener à une confrontation éventuelle entre l’Axe de la résistance (Iran, Syrie, Hezbollah et certaines milices chiites irakiennes) … Continue reading “Le Moyen-Orient est-il à deux doigts d’une confrontation majeure ?”

Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report

London, May 19, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Western nations such as US, China and emerging military powers such as India and Turkey are projecting their military might throughout East Africa rather than the interest of the region, a new report says. The study carried out by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) noted that some of these … Continue reading “Foreign military bases are threat to East Africa-Report”

Somali insurgents stepping up use of home-made explosives-UN

London, May 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-A confidential United nations report seen by Reuters say Somali insurgents have become one of the most dangerous in the world now. The report noted that they, the Somali insurgents-Al-shabbab have moved away from military-grade explosives and towards homemade explosives (HME). Somali security forces look at the scene of an explosion in … Continue reading “Somali insurgents stepping up use of home-made explosives-UN”

Ghana, China sign $500m railway deal

London, May 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-An agreement has been signed between the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) and China Railway Wuju Group Corporation for the continuation of the development of a new Standard Gauge Western line. The $500 million project would have both passenger and freight services. Under the agreement, he Manso through Tarkwa to Dunkwa … Continue reading “Ghana, China sign $500m railway deal”

In first for Somalia, DNA used to convict rapists

London, May 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Somalia has for the first time used DNA evidence to obtain a criminal conviction, sentencing three men to death for the gang-rape and murder of a 12-year-old girl, the Bureau of Forensic Science said. In first for Somalia, DNA used to convict rapists The country got its first-ever forensic laboratory in … Continue reading “In first for Somalia, DNA used to convict rapists”

No Nigerian property mortgaged for China loans-Amaechi told African ministers in Kenya

London, May 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria’s Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi said on Monday that the Nigerian government did not mortgage any property to secure infrastructural loans from China. Amaechi made the clarification at the 6th Annual East African Transport Infrastructure conference held in Nairobi, Kenya. According to Amaechi, Nigeria did not offer China any … Continue reading “No Nigerian property mortgaged for China loans-Amaechi told African ministers in Kenya”

His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted by a Secretive CBP Task Force.

Abdikadir Mohamed felt nervous as he approached the customs desk at John F. Kennedy Airport on December 13, 2017. The previous summer he had married his wife, Malyuun, in a ceremony held in South Africa, and now he was on his way to Ohio, where she lived. Malyuun was pregnant with their second child, and … Continue reading “His Visa Was Stamped, His Papers in Order. Then He Was Targeted by a Secretive CBP Task Force.”

US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair As famed Latin American author Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “every time the US ‘saves’ a country, it converts it into either an insane asylum or a cemetery.” Of course, as we look over the wreckage left by the US in countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, El Salvador, … Continue reading “US Press Reaches All-Time Low on Venezuela Coverage”

US military airstrike kills thirteen terrorists in Somalia

London, May 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United States military said it killed 13 terrorists in an airstrike targeting an ISIS-Somalia encampment in the Golis Mountains in Somalia on Wednesday. AFRICOM says the airstrike was conducted in collective self-defence of Somali forces after they were engaged by Al-Shabaab militants during an operation to disrupt the terrorist network … Continue reading “US military airstrike kills thirteen terrorists in Somalia”

Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info

A former U.S. intelligence analyst was arrested Thursday and charged with violating the Espionage Act for allegedly leaking documents about the secretive U.S. drone program. Daniel Hale, 31, was arrested in Nashville. He faces up to 50 years in prison. Hale is accused of disclosing 11 top secret or secret documents to a reporter. The … Continue reading “Trump Steps up War on Whistleblowers: Air Force Vet Daniel Hale Arrested For Leaking Drone War Info”

Egypt is best in African hotel development, Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia follow – Hospitality survey

London, May 10, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The stars of hotel development in Africa are Egypt, Nigeria, Morocco and Ethiopia, according to the 11thannual survey by W Hospitality Group. The four countries head the top ten by numbers of rooms in the internationally-branded hotel development pipeline, with Egypt showing 15,158 rooms in 51 new hotels. A total of … Continue reading “Egypt is best in African hotel development, Nigeria, Morocco, Ethiopia follow – Hospitality survey”

The Militarization of Empathy

Photograph by Joshua Frank ABC News carried an “America Strong”-type segment of a boy, about to celebrate his 9thbirthday, opening a large gift, with his mother, out of sight of the camera, asking him, “Who sent you this special package?”  Referring to his deployed soldier- father, he replies, “The best daddy in the whole wide … Continue reading “The Militarization of Empathy”

Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget

In its latest budget request, the Trump administration is asking for a near-record $750 billion for the Pentagon and related defense activities, an astonishing figure by any measure. If passed by Congress, it will, in fact, be one of the largest military budgets in American history, topping peak levels reached during the Korean and Vietnam … Continue reading “Boondoggle, Inc.: Making Sense of the $1.25 Trillion National Security State Budget”

The Pentagon Is Reporting Low Civilian Death Tolls in Syria and Iraq. Without Accountability, People Will Keep Dying.

A market street in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa, the former Syrian capital of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, on April 14, 2019. Photo: Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty ImagesLast Thursday, the Department of Defense released a report to Congress laying out its latest data for civilian casualties caused by U.S. military operations. For a Syrian American … Continue reading “The Pentagon Is Reporting Low Civilian Death Tolls in Syria and Iraq. Without Accountability, People Will Keep Dying.”

EU to hold peace, development conference in Eastern Africa

London, May 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The European Union (EU) plans to hold a major regional economic conference for eastern African countries to foster peace and promote sustainable development in the region. While speaking in Mogadishu during celebrations to mark Europe Day, the EU charge d’affaires to Somalia, Fulgencio Garrido Ruiz, said the conference, organized jointly with the … Continue reading “EU to hold peace, development conference in Eastern Africa”

Populism, nationalist rhetoric and the unending agony of Africans in South Africa

London, May 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-African nationals living in South Africa, whether as undocumented migrants, asylum-seekers, refugees, or citizens have long struggled for full inclusion in society. But advocates say their situation has worsened as elections approach and that the rise of global nationalism, particularly in the US from President Donald Trump, is to blame South … Continue reading “Populism, nationalist rhetoric and the unending agony of Africans in South Africa”

Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S

London, May 5, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Nigeria and 12 other African countries, may suffer American visa denials as US President Donald Trump targets countries with a high percentage of visa overstays. The White House recently shifted its focus from the surge of families crossing the US-Mexico border to the hundreds of thousands of immigrants who arrive in … Continue reading “Nigeria, 12 other African countries face sanctions over visa overstay in U.S”

L’effrayant rapport de l’ONG Save the Children

Le rapport 2019 de l’ONG Save the Children est alarmant. Plus de 420 millions d’enfants vivent dans une zone de guerre. Le nombre d’enfants tués ou mutilés a plus que triplé en 20 ans. Les guerres tuent plus d’enfants que de soldats. L’Afghanistan, le Yémen, le Soudan du Sud, la Syrie, l’Irak, le Mali, le … Continue reading “L’effrayant rapport de l’ONG Save the Children”

How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback

When Erik Prince arrived at the Four Seasons resort in the Seychelles in January 2017 for his now-famous meetings with a Russian banker and UAE ruler Mohammed bin Zayed, he was in the middle of an unexpected comeback. The election of Donald Trump had given the disgraced Blackwater founder a new opportunity to prove himself. After years … Continue reading “How Erik Prince Used the Rise of Trump to Make an Improbable Comeback”

US Invasion of Venezuela Would Be No Cakewalk

Knowing what I know about my own Administration’s attempt to unseat Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in 2002, I was not surprised when the effort was recently renewed by the Trump Administration, particularly when such arch-defenders of Latin American rights as Elliott Abrams, Marco Rubio, and Rick Scott – not to mention John Bolton – began … Continue reading “US Invasion of Venezuela Would Be No Cakewalk”

Can Recycling Save Lebanon?

by Austin Bodetti Lebanon’s problems with waste collection have become notorious. After Beirut’s primary landfill closed in 2015 without a backup, what Lebanese dubbed “garbage mountains” engulfed the capital. The Lebanese government’s impromptu solutions, such as dumping refuse into the Mediterranean Sea, are no long-term fix. Many Lebanese consider recycling the most viable alternative to … Continue reading “Can Recycling Save Lebanon?”

Rumeurs de guerre : Washington cherche l’affrontement

Par Philip M. Giraldi − Le 18 avril 2019 − Source Strategic-culture.org Il est déprimant d’observer comment les États-Unis sont devenus l’empire du mal. Ayant servi dans l’armée des États-Unis pendant la guerre du Vietnam puis à la CIA pendant la seconde moitié de la guerre froide, j’ai eu un point de vue privilégié sur la … Continue reading “Rumeurs de guerre : Washington cherche l’affrontement”

How the Pentagon Took Ownership of Donald Trump

Donald Trump is a con man. Think of Trump University or a juicy Trump steak or can’t-lose casinos (that never won). But as president, one crew he hasn’t conned is the Pentagon. Quite the opposite, they’ve conned him because they’ve been at the game a lot longer and lie (in Trump-speak) in far biglier ways. … Continue reading “How the Pentagon Took Ownership of Donald Trump”

Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman

Two of the founders of Black Lives Matter, as well as professor Angela Davis and scores of other black women, are holding a rally today on Capitol Hill to defend Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and to urge Congress to censure President Trump for his attacks on her. Omar made history earlier this year when … Continue reading “Angela Davis & Barbara Ransby: We Stand with Rep. Ilhan Omar, a Courageous, Bold Black Woman”

ISIS Feeds Off the Chaos of War

Photograph Source: Voice of America News – Public Domain Western governments have been swift to pledge action to strike at Isis, as it becomes clear that the organisation was behind the suicide bombings that killed 253 people in Sri Lanka. A video released by Isis after the attacks shows Zahran Hashim, an Islamic preacher and … Continue reading “ISIS Feeds Off the Chaos of War”

The AI Wars

by Allegra Harpootlian and Emily Manna Here’s a question worth asking about America’s seemingly endless global conflicts: if you kill somebody and there’s no one there (on our side anyway), is the United States still at war? That may prove to be the truly salient question when it comes to the future of America’s war … Continue reading “The AI Wars”

The Mueller Report Depicts a White House Where Orders Are Optional

One of the outstanding features of the Mueller report was its portrait of Donald Trump’s presidency, in which the orders and directives he gives are routinely ignored by his own White House staff and cabinet members. In some instances, his lack of follow-up or his later acceptance of a contrary suggestion may indicate that his … Continue reading “The Mueller Report Depicts a White House Where Orders Are Optional”

How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?

You have owners; a corporate, political, and media elite charged with maintaining the military-industrial behemoth. And your owners have only allowed you the illusion of choice, of democracy It amounts to a matter of taste; how you prefer the emperor to behave. Such is political life in the late-stage American Empire. Both major parties offer … Continue reading “How Do You Prefer Your Empire: Coarse or Polite?”

AU mission in Somalia, dismisses reports of Al-Shabaab recapturing Sabiid town

London, April 27, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has denied reports that the militant group Al-Shabaab has recaptured the town of Sabiid in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia. AMISOM says Sabiid is under the full control of the Somali government forces together with the mission’s support. AMISOM accused Al-Shabaab and its … Continue reading “AU mission in Somalia, dismisses reports of Al-Shabaab recapturing Sabiid town”

Nigerians among 325 Libyan migrants moved to safer town by UN as war reaches Tripoli

London, April 26, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The United Nations refugee agency evacuated 325 African refugees on Wednesday from Qasr Ben Gashir detention centre in southern Tripoli because of deteriorating security and escalating violence. The refugees – mainly Eritrean, Sudanese and Nigerian – were taken to a detention centre in Zawiya, a town west of the Libyan capital, … Continue reading “Nigerians among 325 Libyan migrants moved to safer town by UN as war reaches Tripoli”

Une architecture internationale de sanctions imposée au nom de la sécurité des Etats-Unis

Les sanctions extraterritoriales décidées par les Etats-Unis concernent une vingtaine de pays répartis dans quatre continents, Amérique, Afrique, Europe et Asie. Dans le cas de certains pays ou régions, elles interdisent toute transaction commerciale sans licence spéciale, c’est-à-dire autorisation d’une entité gouvernementale des Etats-Unis. C’est le cas de de la Corée du Nord, de Cuba, … Continue reading “Une architecture internationale de sanctions imposée au nom de la sécurité des Etats-Unis”

Le général américain Wesley Clark: «Daesh est une création israélienne»

Le général Wesley Clark, ancien commandant des forces armées de l’OTAN, a déclaré à la chaîne de télévision américaine CNN que l’Émirat islamique (Daech) avait été « créé par nos amis et nos alliés pour vaincre le Hezbollah ». Dans une interview accordée à la chaîne américaine CNN, le général Wesley Clark a déclaré que … Continue reading “Le général américain Wesley Clark: «Daesh est une création israélienne»”

L’Union européenne est contrainte de participer aux guerres US

Depuis le Traité de Maastricht, tous les membres de l’Union européenne (y compris des pays neutres) ont placé leur défense sous la suzeraineté de l’Otan ; laquelle est exclusivement dirigée par les États-Unis. C’est pourquoi, lorsque le Pentagone délègue au département du Trésor le siège économique des pays qu’il veut écraser, tous les membres de … Continue reading “L’Union européenne est contrainte de participer aux guerres US”

Munich : mouvement de panique dans une église lors de la messe de Pâques, un Somalien arrêté (VIDEO)

La presse allemande rapporte qu’un homme, un Somalien de 36 ans selon la police, a fait irruption le 20 avril dans l’église croate de Saint-Paul, à Munich, en pleine messe de Pâques. Toujours selon les forces de l’ordres bavaroise, l’homme est entré par l’entrée principale de l’église en gesticulant et en hurlant des mots incompréhensible. La … Continue reading “Munich : mouvement de panique dans une église lors de la messe de Pâques, un Somalien arrêté (VIDEO)”

As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law

More than 90,000 Rohingyas, victims of a new surge of violence in Myanmar, are fleeing the country and pouring into Bangladesh, while 30,000 people are still trapped near the border. At the same time, the government of the prime minister of India – who is due to visit Myanmar this week – has announced that … Continue reading “As Rohingyas flee Myanmar, India needs to drop religious criteria in its refugee law”

Eritrea: A Primer : 10 Facts you probably need to know

Editor’s Note: Many of our readers, particularly the nice kids of the YPFDJ have recently taken into writing AwazeTribune to provide them a web version of a country handbook that they could use as reference in their arguments against treacherous Eritreans and enemies of Eritrea. We’re humbled at the request, and at the high esteem … Continue reading “Eritrea: A Primer : 10 Facts you probably need to know”

Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid

Drone footage of Notre Dame aflame. Victor Hugo: “The church of Notre-Dame de Paris is still no doubt, a majestic and sublime edifice. But, beautiful as it has been preserved in growing old, it is difficult not to sigh, not to wax indignant, before the numberless degradations and mutilations which time and men have both … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Time is Blind, Man is Stupid”

The US Military Is Running 36 Code-Named Operations in Africa

Many Americans first became aware of U.S. military operations in Africa in October 2017, after the Islamic State ambushed American troops near Tongo Tongo, Niger, killing four U.S. soldiers and wounding two others. Just after the attack, U.S. Africa Command said U.S. troops were providing “advice and assistance” to local counterparts. Later, it would become … Continue reading “The US Military Is Running 36 Code-Named Operations in Africa”

RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Now that Mueller’s $40 million Humpty Trumpty investigation is over and found wanting of its original purpose (to retire Trump), perhaps the ruling class can return without interruption to the business of destroying the world with ordnance, greenhouse gases, and regime changes. A few more CIA-organized blackouts in Venezuela (it’s … Continue reading “RussiaGate is Dead! Long Live Russiagate!”

American War Is Off the Charts

by Tom Engelhardt Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain — but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly well that the next word I plan to write will send most of you tumbling elsewhere in a universe in which … Continue reading “American War Is Off the Charts”

How the U.S. Military Feeds at the Terror Trough

Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain — but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly well that the next word I plan to write will send most of you tumbling elsewhere in a universe in which “news” is the … Continue reading “How the U.S. Military Feeds at the Terror Trough”