Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

US Policy Towards Somalia: More of the Same, Once Again

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa, Somalia by ruben eberlein on September 15, 2009

gunmansomaliaThe killing of a suspected al Qaeda militant cell leader in Southern Somalia by US special forces is big in the news. French soldiers are also suspected to have taken part in the raid which left several people dead. Taken together with the arms shipment and the finance of weapons acquirements by the US (see Foreign Policy’s report here), nothing points to a new approach of the Obama administration vis-à-vis the war-torn country.

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The Dark Sahara: Interview with Keenan on US Strategy in the Sahel

Posted in African Politics, Global Africa by ruben eberlein on August 15, 2009

Watch the interview on the book by Jeremy Keenan ‘The Dark Sahara: America’s War on Terror in Africa’ on Democracynow. The Professor of Anthropology from SOAS says that the US military and their friends in the Algerian secret service ‘fabricated’ a terrorist threat in the Sahara by staging the hostage-taking of European tourists in 2003.

Clinton in Angola: Chitchat and Oil Business as Usual or Change?

Posted in African Politics, Angola, Global Africa, Nigeria by ruben eberlein on August 2, 2009

Starting this week, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will visit seven countries in Africa. She is, inter alia, expected in Nigeria and Angola. Will Clinton raise the subject of the growing prosecutions of independent journalists by the ruling elite in Angola and thus induce a real change of US politics vis-á-vis Angola? Read my detailed interview with an activist from the Southern African country about the situation of the media, to be posted at this blog shortly.

Mamdani: Teenage Activists of ‘Save Darfur’ – Child Soldiers of the West

Posted in Global Africa, Sudan by ruben eberlein on May 19, 2009

Once again, Mahmood Mamdani provoked a fervid debate among scholars, activists and other people concerned with politics in Africa. After his controversially discussed comments about Zimbabwe, Mamdani (in his book Saviors and Survivors) accuses the ‘Save Darfur’ campaign in the US to act as the ‘humanitarian face’ of the War on Terror. Read the comments of the Professor at the Columbia University in New York in response to my questions. (more…)