By Alex Lantier - 21 January 2013
On Saturday evening, Algerian military forces stormed the Tinguentourine natural gas facility in Amenas, where over 30 Al Qaeda-linked fighters were holding hostages...[R]eports indicated that the operation claimed the lives of 48 hostages and up to 32 of the fighters of the Al Qaeda-linked Signed-in-Blood Battalion. They were demanding a prisoner exchange and the end of the ongoing French war in Mali. American, British, French, Japanese, Norwegian, and Romanian workers were among those dead or missing.
At issue is scrambling for Africa's resources. They're vast. They're some of the world's largest and richest.
By RON JACOBS - January 15, 2013
Low-intensity conflicts that included the massacre of Salvadoran farmers by US-funded death squads and militaries; the murderous subversion of a popular government by CIA- contra forces in Nicaragua; the arming of religious extremists in Afghanistan to fight a secular and progressive government in Kabul...All of these elements and hundreds more are what describe US foreign policy. They are not mistakes any more than the US war on the Vietnamese people was a mistake. Indeed, they are the price the world must pay.
By Bill Van Auken - 16 January 2013
Nothing serves as a more searing indictment of US imperialism’s predatory policy in the Middle East than the conditions of the overwhelmingly migrant and semi-enslaved working class in these countries and the ultra-reactionary and medieval character of the regimes that rule them...The foundations upon which this imperialist policy rests are utterly rotten and must produce, sooner rather than later, revolutionary explosions.
By Ernst Wolff - 17 January 2013
French warplanes and ground units continued their offensive yesterday against Islamist-led rebels in the impoverished African country of Mali...French ground troops began an attack on the rebels in the small border town of Diabaly, 220 miles north of the Malian capital of Bamako. It has reportedly been surrounded and blocked off by French and Malian soldiers and is witnessing hand-to-hand fighting.
By Alex Lantier - 16 January 2013
The war in Mali is a brutal imperialist war, fought by France in the heart of its resource-rich, former West African colonial empire. The justifications cynically advanced by France — that it is a war for “democracy,” or to restore Mali’s “territorial integrity,” or to fight “terrorism” — are shot through with contradictions to the point of incoherency.
By Eric Walberg - January 7th, 2013
Not only do Canada’s natives empower all Canadians against the 1%, they also help us understand Canada’s actions in Palestine and Iran, countries whose people love Canada and root for our natives, whose struggle against the imperial order is their struggle too. Victory against Canada’s Mubarak helps Egyptians shake off the legacy of neoliberalism, helps Palestinians in their struggle against Jewish colons in Israel, and Iranians dying in hospitals for lack of medicines due to the embargo intended to crush their independence.
“Land Grabbing” — News from International Capitalism States Buy Up Other States’ Territories for the Cultivation of ‘Strategic Agricultural Goods’ — Without Being Invited by the Established Global Economic Powers
When professional observers of global business practices are currently critically examining the “land grabbing” by some political actors who had previously escaped scrutiny, and feel reminded of a “bygone era of colonialism,” this is, regarded objectively, a bad joke. On the other hand, it is also an index that in our free economic world order not everybody is allowed to do just anything.
It's more than about oil. It's for vast African riches. Resource/mineral wars define America's agenda.
By Yves Engler - December 20th, 2012
Since taking over from the US/French/Canadian troops that helped oust President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and thousands of other elected officials the UN force has been a tool of political repression. MINUSTAH backed up a violent political pacification campaign waged by the coup government’s police force against poor neighbourhoods in Port-au-Prince from March 2004-May 2006. It also participated directly in attempts to pacify the slums...that each left at least a dozen civilians dead in Cité Soleil...Aside from political repression UN troops have been accused of various abuses ranging from having sex with minors to sodomizing boys.
By Justin Podur - December 20, 2012
...[I]s it unfair to call Haiti, a country that suffered 30 years of classic dictatorship under the Duvaliers from the 1950s to the 1980s, a dictatorship today?...When the institutions that govern Haiti today are examined, it is clear that the label ‘dictatorship’ applies. Haitians have no effective say over their own economic and political affairs. Their right to assemble and organize politically is sharply limited. Human rights violations are routine and go unpunished. Popular political parties are effectively banned from running.
By Joseph Kishore - WSWS
The United States and the major European powers this week have taken a number of steps to more directly intervene in the bloody sectarian civil war they have stoked in Syria, with the aim of bringing down the government of Bashar al-Assad...Syria — which has seen tens of thousands killed and faces economic catastrophe as a result of the US-backed operation — is now the latest in a long series of countries to face the prospect of American bombardment.
By YVES ENGLER - Counterpunch Weekend Edition
After Hamas won legislative elections in January 2006 the Conservatives made Canada the first country...to cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority (PA). When Hamas officials were ousted from the Palestinian unity government in June 2007, the Conservatives immediately contributed $8 million “in direct support to the new government.” Then in December 2007 the Conservatives announced a five-year $300 million aid program to the Palestinians, which was largely designed to serve Israel’s interests.
By Finian Cunningham - Dissident Voice
The brutal irony is that Britain’s reign of death and destruction abroad is to be paid for by a reign of death and destruction imposed through austerity on its own population over the next six years.
By Yves Engler - December 11, 2012
Thank you Julian Fantino...The International Co-operation Minister caused a ruckus last week when he said that the Canadian International Development Agency should actively promote the country’s interests abroad rather than primarily focus on poverty reduction...While some commentators suggested the former Toronto police chief stuck his foot in his mouth, we should thank Fantino for his comments because they raise some important questions that Canadians seldom talk about.