Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Tag: Africa

Europe Wishes to Inform You That the Refugee Crisis Is Over

Greece - Skala Sikaminias is a little beach town on the northern coast of the Greek island of Lesbos. A year ago, rickety wooden boats and dinghies packed with Syrian refugees began plowing into the narrow stretch of beach next to the taverna in the town square. Within days, the flotilla had swelled to vast proportions; as many as 7,000 Syrian refugees were landing on Lesbos every day.

The Dreadful Chronology of Gaddafi’s Murder

Jean-Paul Pougala’s April 14, 2011 piece in Pambazuka News titled “The Lies Behind the West’s War on Libya” describes how Africa first developed its own transcontinental communications system by purchasing a telecommunications satellite on December 26, 2007: the African Development Bank ponied up $50 million toward the nearly $400...

Ethiopia has a lot riding on its new, Chinese-built railroad to the sea

ADDIS ABABA, Ethi­o­pia — The sleek, white train glides through the hilly Ethiopian countryside, the first to travel this route in nearly a decade. The contrast is stark as the new, Chinese-made electric train passes horse-drawn carriages, oxen hauling plows and crowds of curious village children. But soon it crosses...

U.S. Military Is Building a $100 Million Drone Base in Africa

From high above, Agadez almost blends into the cocoa-colored wasteland that surrounds it. Only when you descend farther can you make out a city that curves around an airfield before fading into the desert. Once a nexus for camel caravans hauling tea and salt across the Sahara, Agadez is now a West African paradise for people smugglers and...

The End of the G-20: Has the Group Outlived Its Purpose?

Over Labor Day weekend, the leaders of the G-20 countries gathered in Hangzhou, China, for their annual summit. Their goal this year: save the good name of globalization, which has recently taken a beating. In the wake of Brexit, the U.S. Republican presidential candidacy of Donald Trump, the rise...

Inside Menwith Hill: The NSA’s British Base at the Heart of U.S. Targeted Killing

The narrow roads are quiet and winding, surrounded by rolling green fields and few visible signs of life beyond the occasional herd of sheep. But on the horizon, massive white golf ball-like domes protrude from the earth, protected behind a perimeter fence that is topped with piercing razor wire. Here, in the heart of the tranquil English countryside, is the National Security Agency’s largest overseas spying base.

SCO alignment of regional cooperation with Belt and Road Initiative – Chinese Commerce Minister

TASHKENT, June 24 (Xinhua) -- The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will enter a new phase of aligning regional economic cooperation with fulfillment of the "Belt and Road" initiative, on the basis of great contribution in the past, a senior Chinese official said here Thursday. During the past 15 years since...

Mapped: Brexit’s Aftermath

After Britain’s vote to leave the EU, stock prices are suffering on major indices around the world. FP surveys the damage. The United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union sent world markets spiraling downward Friday. Across the globe, nearly every major stock index turned red. Shockwaves from the so-called Brexit...

The Numbers Racket – AFRICOM Clams Up After Commander Peddles Contradictory

General David Rodriguez might be a modern military celebrity -- if he hadn’t spent his career ducking the spotlight. After graduating from West Point in 1976, he began his long march up the chain of command, serving in Operation Just Cause (the U.S. invasion of Panama) and Operation Desert...

Should Russia Be Afraid of Chinese Plans in the Far East?

A recent memorandum of cooperation signed by Moscow and Beijing has Russians worried about Chinese “colonization” of the Far East. However, a careful analysis of the situation suggests there is little reason for Russians to fear Chinese industrial expansionism. After hearing Russian politicians and pundits react to Moscow and Beijing’s...

China’s New Silk Road Into Europe Is About More Than Money

Beijing is spending billions on new ports and rail lines, but its ambitions for Europe are as much about geopolitics as commerce. China is actively building out the European portion of its ambitious new “Silk Road” plan, with port deals from Greece to the Netherlands, railroad investments in Greece, Serbia,...

America’s Continuing Misadventures in the Middle East

A Book Talk at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - May 12, 2016 By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.) Since the end of the Cold War, we’re had a lot of very instructive experience in the Middle East. Back in 2010, I compiled the real-time analyses I had...

Red Sea bridge project resurfaces

CAIRO — Egypt and Saudi Arabia have agreed to build a controversial bridge spanning the Red Sea that proponents say could lead Egypt out of its economic crisis. Saudi King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced April 9 they will build a bridge that...

China Railway links Ethiopia to Red Sea

Nothing could be more symbolic of the decline of Europe and the rise of Eurasia than the construction of a modern railway from the Ethiopian capitol of Addis Ababa to a port on the Red Sea in Djibouti. The Rail line is being built by Chinese Civil Engineering Construction...

The Untouchables: Why it’s getting harder to stop multinational corporations

Chachengwa had been growing maize and cotton here her whole life. Every year, she took out loans for seeds and fertilizer, and then paid them back with her harvest. Since she lost her husband, she had relied on her two daughters and eight grandchildren to help tend her 75-acre plot.

Africa’s Petrostates Are Imploding

And that’s setting off a dramatic shift in the economic balance of power on the continent. Africa's petrostates are crashing hard. A cool $115 in the summer of 2014, a barrel of Brent crude, the international pricing benchmark, now fetches below $40. And having failed to build massive foreign exchange...

Erik Prince in the Hot Seat

Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services. ERIK PRINCE, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military...

Africa’s $700 Billion Problem Waiting to Happen

The Horn of Africa region is central to the world’s maritime trade. It’s also beginning to fall apart. Back in 2002, Meles Zenawi, then prime minister of Ethiopia, drafted a foreign policy and national security white paper for his country. Before finalizing it, he confided to me a “nightmare scenario”...

The Obama Doctrine

The U.S. president talks through his hardest decisions about America’s role in the world. Friday, August 30, 2013, the day the feckless Barack Obama brought to a premature end America’s reign as the world’s sole indispensable superpower—or, alternatively, the day the sagacious Barack Obama peered into the Middle Eastern abyss...

Asia and the Middle East lead rise in arms imports; the United States and...

Stockholm, The volume of international transfers of major weapons has grown continuously since 2004 and rose by 14 per cent between 2006–10 and 2011–15, according to new data on international arms transfers published today by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Six of the top 10 largest arms importers...

China’s Africa Dream Isn’t Dead

Despite falling investment in the continent, Chinese entrepreneurs, investors, and wanderers are digging in. NAIROBI, KENYA — Jeff Kiarie was guarding a Chinese mine back in early 2014 near Arusha, Tanzania when Chinese managers and investors picked up and left, leaving their excavators, tractors, and wheel loaders behind, offering no...

It’s Worse Than 2008: CEO Of World’s Largest Shipping Company Delivers Dire Assessment Of...

Earlier today, we highlighted the rather abysmal results reported by Maersk, the world’s largest shipping company. To the extent the conglomerate is a bellwether for global growth and trade, things are looking pretty grim. Maersk Line - the company's golden goose and the world's largest container operator - racked up...

The Belt and Road Initiative

The Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, a significant development strategy launched by the Chinese government with the intention of promoting economic cooperation among countries along the proposed Belt and Road routes. The Initiative has been designed to...

How One Belt, One Road will give China’s developing neighbours easier access to Chinese-made...

China has experienced unprecedented growth, going from an inward-looking agricultural country to a global manufacturing powerhouse. ‘One Belt, One Road’ creates a land and maritime link to China’s developing neighbours and beyond and their demand for Chinese-made products and materials. By Dennis Wong, Sidney Leng and Moritz Rudolf

As oil prices tumble, from Algeria, Nigeria, Gabon to Angola, Africa’s producers are in...

The decline in the oil price has plunged Africa's oil and gas industry into dire straits, a situation made worse by factors such as uncertain regulation, corruption and the prospect of political and social instability. It is a particular burden on those economies most reliant on the industry for revenue,...

The U.S. Military’s Battlefield of Tomorrow

Years ago, Chalmers Johnson took a term of CIA tradecraft, “blowback,” and put it into our language. Originally, it was meant to describe CIA operations so secret that, when they blew back on this country, Americans would be incapable of tracing the connection or grasping that the U.S. had anything to do with...

These 8 narrow chokepoints are critical to the world’s oil trade

Over half of the world's oil supply moved through set maritime routes in 2013, according to the US Energy Information Administration (EIA), often aboard massive tanker ships. To minimize costs, tankers transport oil along established paths that are as short as possible. Many pass through a small handful of...

Vision and Actions on Jointly Building Silk Road Economic Belt and 21st-Century Maritime Silk...

Issued by the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China, with State Council authorization March 2015 First Edition 2015 Contents Preface I. Background II. Principles III. Framework IV. Cooperation Priorities Policy coordination Facilities connectivity Unimpeded trade Financial integration People-to-people bond V. Cooperation Mechanisms VI. China Regions in Pursuing Opening-Up VII. China in Action VIII. Embracing a Brighter Future Together Preface More...

US Special Forces Are Operating in More Countries Than You Can Imagine

What do you know about the special forces carrying out a secret war in more than half the nations on the planet? This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch.com. In the dead of night,...

China’s Oil Future

Robust industrial growth and increasing domestic living standards have left China with a nearly insatiable thirst for energy. And oil is playing an integral part in meeting that demand. Although coal remains the chief source of energy, oil fuels China’s transportation, plays a crucial role in industry, and is a...

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