Filed under: Africa | Tags: Africa, Al-Shahab, China, Ehiopian Government, Illegal Fishing, India, Invasion, Islamic Courts, Islamic Courts Union, Mogadishu, NATO, Occupation, Piracy, Puntland, Russia, Somali Pirates, Somalia, Somaliland, United States, Washington
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( Dated Piece – 26 December 2008 )
Piracy smokescreen used to step up military action
At the behest of the United States, the U.N. Security Council unanimously voted Dec. 16 to authorize nations to pursue Somali pirates onto land, an action which had previously been prohibited. The resolution comes at a critical juncture for Somalia, and in the shadow of Washington’s politico-military strategy in the African continent.
The pirates were originally groups of fisherman who, due to the stateless nature of Somalia, turned to piracy to combat illegal fishing vessels from around the world. They soon found their new trade much more lucrative.
The resolution also called for a regional office to coordinate the actions of a number of nations that currently have naval forces deployed in (more…)
Filed under: Africa | Tags: African Union, Capitalist Powers, Captialism, China, Colonialism, Colonization, Destablization, Economic Crisis, Genocide, Imperialism, Imperialists, International Criminal Court, Iraq, Iraq genocide, Iraqi Government, Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Morgan Tsvangirai, Racism, Robert Mugabe, Sanctions, South Africa, Thabo Mbeki, United Nations, Washington, White Supremacy, ZANU-PF, Zimbabwe, Zimbabwean People
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( Dated Piece – 5 December 2008 )
Power-sharing agreement fails to break political stalemate
Zimbabwe has been neck-deep in a political and economic crisis following in the wake of a Sept. 15 power-sharing agreement between the major political parties. The ruling ZANU-PF and the Western-backed opposition Movement for Democratic Change have been deadlocked over how ministries in a new national unity government would be allocated between the parties, with the highly coveted security ministries at the center of the dispute.
The MDC wants control of the police and internal security, which ZANU-PF is reluctant to give up in order to avoid being brought to trial before the International Criminal Court for violent clashes between the state and ZANU-PF forces on one side and the MDC on the other.
As a result of the impasse, President Robert Mugabe and the ZANU-PF party have continued to (more…)
Filed under: Middle East | Tags: 1967 Invasion, Arab Countries, Arab Intellecutals, Arab Monarchies, Arab Nationalism, Baghdad Pact, Bermuda Conference, Britain, China, Cold War, Colonialism, Denationalization, Egypt, European Colonization, France, Frantz Fanon, Gamal Abdul-Nasser, Gaza, Gaza Ghetto Uprising, gaza Strip, Gazans, Green Zone, Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran, Iranian Threat, Israel, Israel's Arab Allies, Israeli Intelligence, Isreali Massacre, Jordanian Army, Lebanon Invasion 1982, Mahmoud Abas, Moroccan dictatorship, Muslims, Nasser, Nasserism, Nazi, Nazi Genocide, Nazi-Occupied Europe, Neoliberal Arab Intellectuals, Oil Money, Omani Dictatorship, Oslo Agreement, Palestine, Palestinian Bantustans, Palestinian Liberation Organization, Palestinian People, PLO, Racism, Racist, Ramallah, Saudi Media Outlets, Settler-Colony, Soviet Union, Szmul Zygielbojm, the Bund, Third World Revolutionism, Tzipi Livni, US, US Aid, US Dictatorial Allies, Warsaw Ghetto, White Supremacy, Zionism, Zionist, Zionist Entity
4 January 2009
Source: Electronic Intifada
One is often baffled by the ironies of international relations and the alliances they foster. Take for example the Israeli colonial settlement that had declared war on the Palestinian people and several Arab countries since its inception while at the same time it built alliances with many Arab regimes and with Palestinian leaders.
While Hashemite-Zionist relations and Maronite Church-Zionist relations have always been known and documented, there has been less documentation of the services that Israel has provided and continues to provide to Arab regimes over the decades. It is now recognized that Israel’s 1967 invasion of Egypt aimed successfully to destroy (more…)
Filed under: Africa | Tags: Alliance of Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Congo Zaïre, American CIA, Banyamulenge resistance, Belgium, Berlin Conference, Burundi, China, Coltan, Congo Free State, Congolese Independence, Copper, Democratic Republic of Congo, Diamonds, European Settlers, Force Publique, Genocide, Gold, Hutu Puppet Regime, Imperialism, Israeli Mossad, Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Joseph Désiré ‘Sese Seko’ Mobutu, Joseph Kabila, Joseph Kasavubu, Katanga, King Leopold, Laurent Kabila, Lenin, Leopold's Holocaust, Mineral Wealth, Moïse Katumbim, Molybdenum, Patrice Lumumba, Paul Kagame, Refugee Camps, Rwanda, Rwanda Genocide, Rwandan Tutsis, Slave Labour, Sony, Tin, Uganda, Uranium, US-Backed Invasion, War, Zaire
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The following is from the December 2008 issue of the Proletarian, the newspaper of the Communist Party of Great Britain (Marxist-Leninist)
Genocidal war has raged in the eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since the 1998 US-backed invasion by the forces of Rwanda, Uganda and Burundi. At the last estimate, the war has claimed a staggering 5.4 million lives. [i.]
Yet this conflict, the most bloody since the second world war, has generated astoundingly little press coverage, and a diplomatic and political censorship over a 10-year period on the part of western governments that points to complicity, rather than ignorance or indifference.
Congo’s rich store of (more…)