Tag Archives: Africa

Facebook to purchase 11,000 drones to “connect Africa”

The globalization of human connection is part of a long, centuries-old trend in the “modern age.” But the 21-st century “synchronous world” still has a vast “outside”–a blank spot on the map that is about to be incorporated by a … Continue reading

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Why are drone strikes in Pakistan “ending”?

John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, met with his Pakistani counterpart on thursday to discuss security issues. He told Pakistani television that the U.S. would soon end drone strikes. “I believe that we’re on a good track,” he said. … Continue reading

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More on the U.S.’ latest drone outpost in Niger

The slow westward spread of the Predator Empire has settled in the capital of Niger, Niamey. The U.S. Air Force has now flown a handful of unarmed drones since February in the former French colony. While unarmed, the drones lend … Continue reading

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U.S. Drone bases in Africa mapped

Public Intelligence have constructed a map illustrating the various U.S. drone sites scattered across the African continent. A wonderful snapshot, the map is a real eye-opener, and demonstrates how quickly unmanned surveillance has spread to North and West Africa from the “Af-Pak” … Continue reading

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The Predator Empire Spreads its Wings to West Africa (again)

News that U.S. Predator drones are being sent to monitor Mali should come as no surprise. Special Forces (Joint Special Operations Command) and the CIA routinely survey and strike targets in Somalia and Yemen from a nearby Djibouti base (Camp … Continue reading

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The U.S.’s global proxy war

Nick Turse writes on the U.S.’ funding and training of over 60 nations across the planet for ‘peace initiatives’. The military is heavily involved in partnering with local forces–especially in Africa–for counter-terrorist measures, creating a global network of proxy armies; … Continue reading

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The Lily-Pad Strategy

The U.S. military is garrisoning the planet through ever smaller, remote, and secretive bases called ‘lily pads’, according to David Vine in this TomDispatch article. Projecting power is no longer a simple matter of building huge bases–it is about scattering … Continue reading

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The U.S.’ secretive “scramble for Africa”

Nick Turse reports on the expansion of U.S. secret bases, training facilities, and airfields throughout Africa. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) is now a key region as wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down. Under President Obama, operations in the continent, … Continue reading

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U.S. expands shadow war in Africa

The Washington Post reports on the growing network of U.S. Special Forces in Africa, which track and target Islamist groups in so-called “failed states”. These surveillance operations are centered on unarmed turboprop aircraft disguised as private planes. “Equipped with hidden … Continue reading

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Secret drone bases expand

The Washington Post reports on the expansion of drone operations in north Africa. The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a … Continue reading

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