West Africa is the Latest Testing Ground for US Military Artificial Intelligence

29 April 2021 — Mint Press

      Machine wars

In its preparation for great power competition, the US military is modernizing its artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques and testing them in West Africa.

By  Scott Timcke

NIAMI, NIGER (Africa is a Country) — One striking feature of US military involvement in West Africa is the absence of an observable strategic vision for a desired end state. Nominally, US presence in the region’s multilayered conflicts revolves around building “security cooperation” with state partners to improve counterterrorism capabilities, ostensibly providing protection to communities that states cannot. Concurrently, the US military is typically the prime diplomatic entity for high-level bilateral engagements. The result is that the US military is propping up the public authority of weak states, albeit in an ad hoc fashion that lurches from crisis to crisis.

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Gates Unhinged: Dystopian Vision for the Future of Food

18 April 2021 — Off Guardian

Colin Todhunter

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We are currently seeing an acceleration of the corporate consolidation of the entire global agrifood chain. The high-tech/data conglomerates, including Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, have joined traditional agribusiness giants, such as Corteva, Bayer, Cargill and Syngenta, in a quest to impose a certain type of agriculture and food production on the world.

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Black Alliance for Peace: Fascism Was Born in the Colonies, Not Europe

8 April 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential candidate and current national organizer for the Black Alliance for Peace – a member of the Black is Back Coalition — says Europe must be “de-centered” from discussions of fascism. African people need to “reject the assumption that fascism was something new and unique to Europe in the early 20th century,” said Baraka. In fact, “the fascism that emerged in Europe did not break from the totalitarian logic and practice of European colonialism. Practices that were applied in the colonies” were now “applied in Europe.”

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UK: Contributing to Genocide in Rwanda

31 December, 2016 — Mark Curtis

By Mark Curtis

An edited extract from Web of Deceit: Britain’s Real Role in the World

In the hundreds of media articles on the 1994 Rwanda genocide, there is barely a mention of Britain being a permanent member of the UN security council and in any way responsible for what happened. I recounted Britain’s role in my previous book, The Great Deception, so I will not repeat everything here. Since then, however, another book, by Linda Melvern, an investigative journalist, confirms the quite terrible British, and US, role.

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Join us for Solidarity Knows No Borders Webinar #3

23 March 2021 — Migrants Organise

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Dear friends,

We are excited to announce the third event in our #SolidarityKnowsNoBorders webinar series THIS Thursday 25th of March at 6pm –  Cases into Causes, Causes into a Movement: How Can Individual Campaigns Lead to Collective Justice?  Make sure you register on Zoom to join now!

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Resisting Various Forms of Increasing Corporate Domination of Farming and Food Systems

10 March 2021 — Counter Currents

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Keeping in view the increasing concerns worldwide to check increasing corporate control over farming and food systems, there is a need to look more carefully at various forms of this increasing corporatization and consider carefully various ways and means of resisting this.

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African food systems are the ‘new oil,’ UN documents say

9 March 2021 — USRTK

Planning documents for the United Nations Food Systems Summit 2021 shed new light on the agenda behind the controversial food summit that hundreds of farmers’ and human rights groups are boycotting over its dominance by agribusiness interests.

You can read the documents here: The next neocolonial gold rush? African food systems are the ‘new oil,’ UN documents say

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Bill Gates’ plans for our food systems will hurt Africa

25 February 2021  — USRTK

Food movements across Africa and hundreds of groups around the world are protesting Gates Foundation’s plans to transform African food systems. They say Gates’ efforts to push chemical-intensive industrial agriculture in Africa are harming, not helping, small farmers, communities and the climate.

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How Did a Fateful CIA Coup—Executed 55 Years Ago this February 24—Doom Much of Sub-Saharan Africa?

24 February 2021 — Covert Action Magazine

Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, former Prime Minister of Ghana and Pan-Africanist visionary who was voted as “Africa’s Man of the Millennium.” [Source: africanglobe.net]

Fifty-five years ago on this day, the fate of Africa was irrevocably altered when the CIA sponsored a 1966 coup d’état against Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, former Prime Minister of Ghana and Pan-Africanist visionary who was voted as “Africa’s Man of the Millennium.”

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Marx Didn’t Invent Socialism, Nor Did He Discover It

9 December 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Steve Lalla

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Revered as the Father of Socialism, in popular conception Karl Marx (1818–1883) is the originator of socialist theory, the creator of a plan implemented thereafter by the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and other socialist nations. He remains one of the most cited authors of all time, and his writings are endlessly scrutinized and analyzed. Was he standing on the shoulders of giants?

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Watch: Feeding a Crisis: Africa’s Manufactured Hunger Pandemic

4 December 2020 — Internationalist 360°

Hunger is still the biggest killer in Africa and it has a lot to do with colonialism. Redfish worked with filmmakers in Senegal, Nigeria, Kenya and Zimbabwe to tell local stories of food and hunger, but also the growing resistance to the continued influence of former colonial powers, their corporations and institutions. Economic sanctions from the Global North, debt and loans from the IMF, aid dependency, and enforced capitalism have all played a central role in Africa’s manufactured food crisis.

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