The real size of US military operations in Africa

africomThe Pentagon’s Africa Command will tell you there’s one military base on the entire continent. Don’t believe them.

They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands. And that’s just … Read the rest

US drones used beyond declared combat zones, target Africa

droneafricaUS military drone surveillance is expanding beyond declared combat zones.

The steel-gray U.S. Air Force Predator drone plunged from the sky, shattering on mountainous terrain near the Iraq-Turkey border. For Kurdish guerrillas hiding nearby, it was an unexpected gift from … Read the rest

Obama puts security in Africa first

Four years ago Africa greeted Barack Obama’s election with rapture, predicting America’s first black president would smother the continent with attention. But instead of warm hand-holding, Africa got hard-headed, security-first policies.

Africa’s response to Obama’s election in November 2008 was … Read the rest