Colombia: British Forces Support Repression, Train Police and Armed Forces

Matt Kennard Colombian police (Photo: Colombian National Police) The UK embassy in Bogotá has launched an environmentally-focused public relations project while Britain trains the country’s repressive security forces. The project promotes UK investment in Colombia and “joint work” with unnamed organisations on “security and defence”. UK spent £31,000 on project launched in June to “establish…

New Film Exposes English Village Key to Bombing Yemen

Matt Kennard and Phil Miller Village airport: A cargo plane taxis down Warton’s runway, bound for Saudi Arabia (Photo: Phil Miller / Declassified UK) Harry Kane has just scored a late goal, confirming England’s win over Germany in this summer’s Euros. We are sat under a marquee outside a pub near a main road in…

UN Human Rights Council Abandons Yemen

Charles Pierson The UN Human Rights Council has quashed an ongoing investigation into possible war crimes in Yemen.  The HRC rejected a draft resolution on October 7 which would have continued the mandate of the UN Group of Eminent Independent and Regional Experts on Yemen (GEE) to investigate war crimes and human rights violations in…

Mali Massacre: Police Marksmen Had British Backing via EU Scheme Despite Brexit

Phil Miller Mali’s anti-terrorist “Forsat” unit received UK-funded training (Photo: Habibou Kouyate / AFP via Getty) After the Brexit vote, the British government bypassed parliament to support EU aid for an African police squad that massacred protesters and staged a jailbreak. Malian police unit is accused of killing 14 protesters three months after receiving EU…

Reliving Terror and Fascist Violence in Italy: Assault on the Headquarters of the Workers’ Union CGIL and the Umberto I Polyclinic in Rome

Yoselina Guevara This weekend in Rome, moments of violence and terror were experienced when numerous demonstrators against the “health passport or green pass (vaccination card against Covid-19)” attacked emblematic sites of the Italian capital, in an operation coordinated by the openly fascist Forza Nuova movement. On Saturday, October 9, a group of the “no vac”…

Russia ‘Gifts’ Mali With Helicopters and Weapons: What Could This Mean for Africa?

Takudzwa Hillary Chiwanza A week ago, Mali received four helicopters, weapons, and ammunition from Russia as part of an agreement sealed in December 2020. The military contract entails Russian support to Malian forces as they fight extremist fighters linked with ISIS and al-Qaeda. Malian forces are engaged in protracted counter-terrorism alongside French, European, and United…

Mercenaries in Mali: From Russia Without Love

Mark P Fancher During the 1930s and 1940s, movies that featured the character Tarzan told far-fetched tales about an extraordinary white man who moved more easily through the African bush than the wildlife indigenous to the Congo region. In fact, elephants, lions, apes, and all other living creatures were loyal subjects of this white man,…

EU-Morocco Trade Deals that Include Western Sahara Violate International Law

Peoples Dispatch (Photo: Ambassador Oubi Bachir/Twitter) The European Court of Justice had issued similar verdicts in 2016 and 2018, stating that the Western Sahara region cannot be considered as part of Morocco in such trade agreements The European Union’s (EU) highest court on Wednesday, September 29, cancelled two trade deals with Morocco, involving farm and…

France Opens the Sahel-Saharan Front Against Wagner

Putin..the new African champion LONDON – France is doing everything it can to prevent Russia’s Wagner Group from gaining positions of influence in the Sahel-Saharan region. While the new military council in Mali insists on signing an agreement with the group, Paris is pushing the leaders of the countries in the region to show their…

Clear Away the AUKUS Hype: The US and Australia Signed a Nuclear Arms Deal

Vijay Prashad US President Joe Biden, UK PM Boris Johnson, and Australia’s high commissioner to the UK George Brandis, had met during the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June. The AUKUS which was announced on September 15, was deemed “a forever partnership” by Brandis. Photo: George Brandis/ Twitter The AUKUS despite being coined a security…

Aukus Pact: An Alliance against China that Excludes Europe

Yoselina Guevara Exactly one month after the fall of Kabul and the disgraceful withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the United States has come into the world limelight with the Aukus Pact, an alliance that takes the initials of the names of the three signatory countries (Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom), with…

Why Canada Must Confront the Myths of its Imperial Past

Yves Engler The Emin Pasha Relief Expedition (1886-1889) emerging out of the dense forest onto the plains of Africa. Led in part by Canadian William Grant Stairs, the expedition helped Belgian King Leopold II conquer the resource-rich Katanga region of the Congo. Image from Wikimedia Commons. Troubling history of the Royal Military College and its…