How Western Media (and others) are Still Failing Ethiopia

28 November 2020 — The Ghion Journal

Jeff Pearce

Evelyn Waugh would have a field day with what’s happening in Ethiopia right now. The talented author of Brideshead Revisited and Scoop was a racist little creep sent out by a rightwing, pro-Fascist newspaper in 1935 to cover Mussolini’s invasion. Just to give you an idea of the man, he wrote home to a friend, “I have got to hate the ethiopians more each day goodness they are lousy & i hope the organmen gas them to buggery [sic].”

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Global Poverty and Post-colonial “Development Agendas”: Ethiopia and the West By Paul O’Keeffe

9 December 2013 — Global Research

When one thinks of the word ’agenda’ a few obvious meanings may come to mind – a list of things to do, a plan for a meeting, a goal to achieve or perhaps even an ideology. In the context of international development aid an agenda often means something altogether very different – a plan or goal that guides someone’s behaviour and is often not explicitly stated. Development aid agendas do not always reflect the needs and desires of the people they propose to serve. More often than not development agendas serve those who institute and organise them. Be it international development donors or governments who receive billions in aid subsidies, development aid and assistance is hardly ever free from condition or expectation on either the donor or receiver side.

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Fleets of Drones Descend on Africa By Glen Ford

6 February 2013 — Black Agenda Report

 A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

U.S. drone bases are multiplying on the African continent. Niger has just “given the green light to accepting American surveillance drones on its soil”; neighboring Burkina Faso already has one; two new drone facilities are opening in Ethiopia and the Seychelles; and UN peacekeepers in Congo want U.S. drones. Drones have terrorized Somalia from AFRICOM’s base in Djibouti for the past seven years. Continue reading

Information Clearing House Newsletter 18 March 2012: 20 US Troops In Afghan Rape Massacre?

18 March 2012 Information Clearing House

 

Up to 20 US Troops Behind Kandahar Bloodbath/Rape – Afghan Probe

By RT

He appealed to the international community to ensure that the responsible parties were brought to justice, stressing the Afghan parliament would not rest until the killers were prosecuted.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article30844.htm

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Stop NATO news: November 20, 2011

20 November 2011 — Stop NATO

  • Ethiopian Troops Invade Somalia
  • Syria: Western Military Attack Will Destabilize Entire Middle East
  • Kazakhstan Warns Against Repeating NATO Libyan War In Syria
  • Turkish Activists Protest NATO Missile System
  • United Arab Emirates To Be Provided First Advanced Missile Interceptors Outside U.S.
  • Georgia: U.S. To Install New Radar Systems, Upgrade Navy
  • Germany: NATO Holds Tenth Baltic Aerial Warfare Training Events

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Updates on Libyan war/Stop NATO news: October 28, 2011

28 October 2011 — Stop NATO

  • NATO Chief: Libya War ‘Great Success,’ Nation To Revert To AFRICOM Control
  • State Department: NATO Shifts To ‘Post-Conflict’ Role In Libya
  • Expanded Syrian Conflict: The West’s Unwinnable War
  • Second U.S. Drone Attacks Kills Six In Pakistan
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U.S.-backed War in Somalia Comes to Uganda, Threatens to Set Whole Region Aflame A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

24 July, 2010 — Black Agenda Report

The U.S. war against Somalia expands outwards and “has now blown back to Uganda,” the U.S. ally that, “along with the minority Tutsi dictatorship in Rwanda, is America’s most reliable mercenary force in Black Africa.” Ethiopia and Kenya prepare to join Uganda in an offensive against the Somali resistance, to save America’s puppet mini-state in Mogadishu.

The bombing in Kampala must be understood in the context of the planned expansion of the war in Somalia.”

The bombs that exploded in Kampala earlier this month, killing 76 people and unleashing a wave of arrests and deportations by the Ugandan regime, are chickens coming home to roost from the U.S.-sponsored war in Somalia. U.S. corporate media routinely fail to note that the Ugandan military and other U.S. African allies are all that prevent the farcical U.S.-backed mini-government in Somalia from being evicted from the few neighborhoods it still controls in Mogadishu, the Somali capital. The rest of south and central Somalia belongs to the Shabab and another Islamist group, that earned their nationalist credentials in fighting Ethiopian troops that invaded Somalia with full U.S. backing in late 2006. The invasion interrupted a brief period of relative peace in Somalia and plunged the country into what United Nations officials called the “worst humanitarian crisis in Africa – worse than Darfur.”

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Billionaires and Mega-Corporations Behind Immense Land Grab in Africa By John Vidal

12 March, 2010 — Mail & Guardian

20+ African countries are selling or leasing land for intensive agriculture on a shocking scale in what may be the greatest change of ownership since the colonial era.

March 11, 2010 “Mail & Guardian” — Awassa, Ethiopia — We turned off the main road to Awassa, talked our way past security guards and drove a mile across empty land before we found what will soon be Ethiopia’s largest greenhouse. Nestling below an escarpment of the Rift Valley, the development is far from finished, but the plastic and steel structure already stretches over 50 acres* — the size of 20 soccer fields.

The farm manager shows us millions of tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables being grown in 1,500 foot rows in computer controlled conditions. Spanish engineers are building the steel structure, Dutch technology minimises water use from two bore-holes and 1,000 women pick and pack 50 tons of food a day. Within 24 hours, it has been driven 200 miles to Addis Ababa and flown 1,000 miles to the shops and restaurants of Dubai, Jeddah and elsewhere in the Middle East.

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Tons of Imperial Fun: Hellfire Hillary Pours Oil on Somalia's Fire By Chris Floyd

14 August, 2009 — Atlantic Free Press

SomaliaThere is apparently no path blazed by George W. Bush that Barack Obama will not eagerly follow. Surges, assassinations, indefinite detention, defense of torture, senseless wars and rampant militarism — in just a few short months, we’ve seen it all.

To this dismaying record of complicity and continuity, we can add an increasing direct involvement in the horrific, hydra-headed conflict in Somalia, whose latest round of fiery hell was instigated by the American-backed invasion of Somalia by Ethiopia in late 2006. Under Bush, U.S. forces were deeply and directly enmeshed in the murderous action, dropping bombs on fleeing refugees, ‘renditioning’ other refugees to the tender mercies of Ethiopia’s notorious prisons, and even sending in death squads to clean up after missile strikes and bombings. (For background, see ‘Silent Surge: Bipartisan Terror War Intensifies in Somalia.’)

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Revealing the Real U.S.-Africa Policy By Gerald LeMelle

6 July, 2009 — Foreign Policy In Focus

It’s time for some straight talk on U.S. foreign policy as it relates to Africa. While Obama administration officials and the U.S. African Command (AFRICOM) representatives insist that U.S. foreign policy towards Africa isn’t being militarized, the evidence seems to suggest otherwise. While Africans condemned U.S. military policy in Africa under the Bush administration, the Obama administration has not only mirrored Bush’s approach, but has in fact enhanced it. President George W. Bush established Africa as a foreign policy priority in 2003, when he announced that 25% of oil imported to the United States should come from Africa. Like the Cold War, the Global War on Terror establishes a rationale for bolstering U.S. military presence and support in Africa. Yet official pronouncement of U.S. policy is routinely presented as if neither of these two developments occurred. Unfortunately, the more evasive we are about our intentions on the continent, the more we invite not only skepticism, but even resistance.

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