Carr on Piombo, ‘The US Military in Africa: Enhancing Security and Development’

AFRICOM, Global War on Terror, Military, Security  |  03.23.18   By admin

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) Communications Directorate and members of the Djibouti Armed Forces

It may be stated that the US defense establishment rediscovered the African continent after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. The end of the Cold War changed the dynamic between the United States and many African countries as US foreign engagement with the continent retrenched. Whereas the United States had provided substantial military and economic support to allied countries in an effort to counter the Soviet Union’s presence on the continent, the Cold War’s conclusion ended the need for those arrangements. In addition, the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone that began in 1989 and 1991 respectively, coupled with the loss of US servicemen in Somalia and the genocide in Rwanda, gave credence to Robert Kaplan’s controversial exposition entitled “The Coming Anarchy.” Kaplan’s article had a profound effect on the US foreign policy establishment, such that President Bill Clinton ordered the US State Department to disseminate it to all US embassies. It could be argued that sentiments such as these contributed to the reluctance of the United States to engage substantially with Africa after the Berlin Wall fell. Sounding the alarm on what he perceived as the dawn of unparalleled instability and chaos in the global South, Kaplan invoked stereotypes of Africa as the dark continent. His imagery of sub-Saharan Africa depicted a savage and dangerous place where notions of “civilization” had collapsed.[1] Continue reading »

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    Somalia’s New President is a US Citizen

    East Africa  |  02.08.17   By admin

    President Faramajo

    Abdullahi Mohammed Farmaajo has been sworn in as the President of Somalia.  Incumbent President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud conceded defeat after two rounds of voting and congratulated the new President.

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      Riek Machar Sworn in as Vice President of South Sudan

      East Africa  |  04.26.16   By admin


      As part of a peace agreement brokered by regional partners, Riek Machar has returned to Juba and was sworn in soon after as the countries Vice President.

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        Museveni Trump

        East Africa, Op-ed  |  02.23.16   By admin

        In a recent show, Trevor Noah talks about the similarities of Donald Trump and Yoweri Museveni.  He asks ordinary Ugandans which of the two they would prefer, and the answers speak for themselves.

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          U.S. Kenya State dinner was Everything but Cold

          East Africa  |  07.26.15   By admin

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            All Eyes on Kenya

            East Africa  |  07.18.15   By admin

            President Uhuru Kenyatta welcomes visitors to Kenya for Global Entrepreneur Summit this week.


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              President Obama Announces visit to Kenya in July

              East Africa  |  03.30.15   By admin


              Official White House Announcement:


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                South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir’s Term Extended by Three Years

                East Africa  |  03.25.15   By admin


                According to the Associated Press, Members of Parliament in South Sudan voted to extend President Salva Kiir’s Presidential term by 3 years along with their own mandate.  The Government insists that the move was necessary for stability amid a civil war between supporters of President Kiirs and his former vice president, Riek Machar.  The opposition is highly critical of the extension saying it provides for a stronger hold on Power for the current President.   Continue reading »

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                  Ethiopia Takes Another Hit for Enhanced Spy Program

                  Cyber Security, East Africa  |  03.25.15   By admin

                  ethiopia flag

                  Apparently, the NSA isn’t the only digital spy agency under fire. According to a new report published by Privacy International and, a German company helped the Ethiopian government build its capacity to spy on its own citizens. Continue reading »

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                    Africa’s Newest Taboo: Homosexuality

                    East Africa, Op-ed  |  03.10.15   By admin


                    For years, Uganda’s population has endured human rights violations at the hands of both government agents and rebel groups. Continue reading »

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