Friday, 8. February 2013
America’s Militarization of Africa
Last week it was announced that the US was establishing a drone base in Niger, while France continues its war in neighboring Mali. What is the West doing in Africa? To answer that, it would help to look at the role of the West in the past few decades across the continent, with France alone engaging in over 50 military interventions in Sub-Saharan Africa since the end of World War II, the United States participating or tacitly supporting some of the world’s worst conflicts, specifically the Congo War, which has killed over 6 million people since 1997. The establishment of AFRICOM in 2008 has marked Africa as the world’s battlefield for domination in the coming decades. The new drone base in Niger, is a symbol of the warfare on its way to the world’s richest continent, where only the people are poor.
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