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,…

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…

Rwanda’s Military is the French Proxy on African Soil

Vijay Prashad Rwandan soldiers board a plane to Mozambique in July. Photo: Cyril Ndegeya/Xinhua Over July and August Rwandan soldiers were deployed in Mozambique, purportedly to fight ISIS terrorists. However, behind this campaign is French maneuvering that benefits an energy giant eager to exploit natural gas resources, and perhaps, some backroom deals over history On…

How the US and France Shaped Haiti’s Long History of Political Turmoil

Jean Eddy Saint Paul The powerful earthquake that struck Haiti on Aug. 14, 2021, followed a long series of natural and human-caused disasters to rock the country. Unfortunately, if history offers any clues, earthquake relief efforts will be complicated by the nation’s recent political unrest. Jovenel Moïse was assassinated less than six weeks earlier, on…

Foreigners Select Haiti’s Prime Minister

Yves Engler It is déjà vu all over again. Recently the Core Group (US, Canada, France, Spain, Germany, Brazil, UN and OAS) published a note saying Ariel Henry was the prime minister of Haiti. Within 48 hours the other individual claiming the position fell into line behind Henry, who was a member of the US/France/Canada…

In Nobody’s Backyard: Rejecting Geo-Political and Historical Fatalism

Gerald A. Perreira Except for the hum of US helicopters flying overhead, there was a deafening silence throughout the Caribbean region, during the recent Operation Tradewinds, Progressive and Pan-African forces did not utter a word, as soldiers from Guyana, Brazil, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago participated in this region-wide…

Memo to France as Its Soldiers Leave Africa: “Get Out and Stay Out!”

Mark P Fancher A French soldier talks to a crowd outside a church in Bangui, capital of the Central African Republic, on Thursday. France has thrown its military weight around in Africa for years, but recently, in the wake of troop casualties, and with the prospect of more soldier deaths, French imperialist punks have signaled…

Press Release of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in France

During the night of July 26-27, the Cuban Embassy in France was the object of a terrorist attack perpetrated by two individuals who threw three Molotov cocktails, causing a fire on the façade and entrance of this diplomatic mission. Cuban diplomatic personnel were not injured, but material damage was noted. Terrorist acts such as this…

NATO Confirms Direct Role in Mali War

Rick Rozoff Takuba Task Force. Menaka Base, Mali. Daphne Benoît, AFP The North Atlantic Treaty Organization reports that the NATO Support and Procurement Agency signed a Framework Technical Agreement with the Takuba Task Force in Mali in Luxembourg on June 9. The task force has been a de facto NATO operation since its inception. The…

Kagame’s Push to Fight in Mozambique Ran into Roadblock – Southern African Development Community Does Not Want Rwanda’s Strongman in the Region

David Himbara The French multinational Total’s US$20 billion Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project in Gabo Delgado province, northern Mozambique General Paul Kagame has been pushing hard to fight in the Mozambican province of Cabo Delgado where Islamic militants overran US$20 billion French investments. While Mozambique, France and Rwanda are reading from the same playbook, the…