Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Cameroon: Back To The Roots For Over 40 Cameroonian Americans

Christopher Jator
27 December 2010

 S-based ARK Jammers Connection - a mission-driven organization dedicated to spreading kindness and promoting intercultural dialogue through the unifying power of music - will be touring some areas of Cameroon.  A delegation of 54 African Americans, most Cameroon Americans (over 40), whose ancestry was traced back to Cameroon with the support of the American DNA company, African Ancestry, will received a gesture of kindness as they will be taken to Douala-Bimbia-Foumban-Bafoussam-Bandjoun-Bafia-Yaounde-Kribi-Douala beginning December 27, 2010 to January 5, 2011.

Europe and The West Can't Keep Us Apart

African American HistoryCameroon: Retracing Ancestry after Slave Trade

Christopher Jator
28 December 2010


The Co-Founder of the American DNA Company, who uncovered the Cameroonian Americans, is part of the delegation visiting Cameroon.  The President and Co-Founder of African Ancestry, an American DNA company, Gina Paige, has revealed that between 6,000 and 8,000 Cameroonian Americans have been uncovered, thanks to DNA technology. This number is just a few of the many Americans of Cameroonian ancestry living in the United States of America.

"There are possibilities that there are as many Cameroonians in Americas as in Cameroon today," said US-based Cameroonian Eric Chinje, Board Member of ARK Jammers Connection. "Think of what will happen if we make that connection between the two sides. This is what is behind the Ancestry Reconnection Programme fostered by ARK Jammers Connection," he added.

A Big Misunderstanding? Accusers Are Supporters of WikiLeaks

By Senay Boztas
Sunday, 26 December 2010


The two Swedish women who accuse Julian Assange of sex crimes are not pawns of the CIA but WikiLeaks supporters seeking justice for a violation of their "sexual integrity", their lawyer, Claes Borgstrom, has said.
"He [Mr Assange] has been spreading false rumours he knows are untrue," Mr Borgstrom said. Denying that the women were part of a smear campaign, he said: "They, too, are supporters of WikiLeaks."
Mr Assange denies allegations of sexual misconduct, which his lawyers say stem from a dispute over "consensual but unprotected sex". He is fighting extradition from Britain to Sweden.
Zimbabwe's Attorney General, Johannes Tomana, said yesterday he would investigate possible treason charges against any locals who had briefed US diplomats – details of which were reported in the cables released by WikiLeaks.

SOURCE:  The Independent

Propaganda: united states IMPOSES IT'S WILL upon Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe: U.S. Imposes Sanctions On Attorney General

Johannes Tomana

21 December 2010


The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Zimbabwe's Attorney General, Johannes Tomana, pursuant to Executive Order 13469, which targets, among others, senior officials of the Government of Zimbabwe and persons who have engaged in actions or policies to undermine Zimbabwe's democratic processes or institutions.

Appointed by President Robert Mugabe, Tomana has selectively prosecuted political opponents and their perceived supporters in an effort to undermine Zimbabwe's democratic processes and institutions. As a result of today's designation, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with Tomana, and any assets he holds under U.S. jurisdiction are frozen.

united states BUSTED!

Logo used by WikileaksImage via WikipediaZimbabwe: U.S. Controls IMF - Wikileaks Cable
20 December 2010

THE West's claim that its sanctions are targeted at the Zanu-PF leadership in Zimbabwe have been exposed for the sham they are by a WikiLeaks cable released yesterday that shows that the US government directed the IMF not to restore Zimbabwe's voting rights and lines of credit.

The IMF has over the years masqueraded as a multilateral institution that operates independently of the whims and caprices of its host, the US government.  One of the cables, dated September 2005, from New Zealand, titled "New Zealand: Response to demarche on Zimbabwe Vote in IMF," and directed to the New Zealand Agency for International Development, which handles issues related to the IMF, shows that the US controls the IMF and played a lead role in blocking the IMF from reinstating Zimbabwe's voting and borrowing rights.

Monday, December 20, 2010

What Tha? SMH - Sell Soul and Africa Away! All for $$$

The US, the AU and the new scramble for Africa

2010-10-26 

Jason Hickel

Jason Hickel attends a speech delivered by US ambassador to the AU Michael Battle and discovers a disturbing new rhetoric about Africa

The past few years have seen a dramatic up-tick in American diplomatic efforts in Africa, which has coincided with a decisive shift in political rhetoric about the continent. At first glance this might seem like a positive development, reflecting a more progressive attitude toward what has long been considered an unimportant global backwater. But a closer look reveals that American diplomacy in Africa is less about serving the good of African people than it is about securing the interests of private American capital. Nowhere has this been more flagrantly clear than on the lips of Michael Battle, the US ambassador to the AU.

Eritrea: President Fears U.S. Plans to Kill Him - Cable

Rumsfeld Isaias Afewerki

Addis Ababa — Eritrean President Isaias Afewerki suspects the United States has plans to assassinate him by bombing his residence, according to leaked secret American diplomatic cables.
The Cable from the US embassy in Eritrea released on December 15 on WikiLeaks, quoted US ambassador to Eritrea, Ronald McMullen also as saying that Isaias also believed Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has attempted to have him killed over a decade ago.

Ase. Ogun O! Protect Mama Africa!

Zimbabwe: Bizarre Warthog Incident Delays U.S. Ambassador
19 December 2010
Warthog mum


A BIZARRE accident involving warthogs delayed the arrival of US Ambassador to Harare according to a WikiLeaks cable.  Ambassador Charles Ray failed to arrive in Zimbabwe on November 3 2009 after the wild animals strayed onto the runway where they were struck by an Air Zimbabwe plane.  Security officials forced passengers to surrender any photographic evidence of the crash before they were allowed to leave.

All night flights on that day, including Ray's South African Airways flight were cancelled.  However, the warthogs saved the day for Getrude Hambira, the Secretary General of the General Agriculture Plantation Workers Union.

The unionist was supposed to arrive on the day flights were cancelled.

According to the cable, that night a team armed in masks broke into her home, put a gun to her husband's head and demanded to know where she was. Hambira then went into hiding.  View the original article here


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Opinion: Kenya: Wikileaks Reveals Hypocrisies of Those in Power

Esther Dyson    15 December 2010

If institutions are not fully accountable, it is useful to have an unaccountable countervailing institution to reveal their secrets.

In fact, the Wikileaks model is fairly sensible: it solicits documents from anyone, assesses whether they are real, and posts them with alerts to the establishment press, which operates as de facto gatekeeper to the masses.

Are You Serious? Kenya: Obama Urges Cooperation With ICC Probe

15 December 2010

Nairobi — US President Barack Obama has called on Kenyan to cooperate with the International Criminal Court investigation into the post election violence.
"I urge all of Kenya's leaders, and the people whom they serve, to cooperate fully with the ICC investigation and remain focused on implementation of the reform agenda and the future of your nation," he said in a statement Wednesday.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Mark P. Fancher's Blog/Black Agenda Report


 Mark P. Fancher's commentary on africom, click on the link below to read.

AFRICOM AIN’T THE PEACE CORPS

Nigeria: Wikileaks - U.S. Had Intelligence on Boko Haram Attack






Tokunbo Adedoja
12 December 2010

New York — One of the United States diplomatic cables released by internet whistle-blower, WikiLeaks, has revealed that US had intelligence on last year's attack by the Boko Haram sect in some parts of North-east Nigeria before the attack was launched.
The cable dated June 29, 2009, which originated from the Secretary of State, with reference no 09STATE67105 and classified secret/noforn, was tagged, "Nigeria-Extremists believed to be planning a massive terrorist attack".

Zimbabwe: Wikileaks Exposes Zanu-PF Official







Published by the government of Zimbabwe
Hebert Zharare 11 December 2010

A ZANU-PF official has been exposed as giving information against President Mugabe and the party, justifying illegal economic sanctions and attacking the land reform programme during secret meetings with Western diplomats, a US classified cable released by WikiLeaks website has revealed.
The official also blamed the land reform programme for national food insecurity.  There are about 2900 more cables yet to be released by the whistle-blowing website on Zimbabwe and speculation abounds that more officials will be unmasked.

Uganda: Oil Firm Denies Bribing Ministers






 Cyprian Musoke and Ibrahim Kasiita
11 December 2010

TULLOW Oil vice-president for Africa has refuted allegations in one of the Wikileaks stories in which he is quoted accusing security minister Amama Mbabazi and energy minister Hillary Onek of graft.
In a letter to President Yoweri Museveni on Friday, Tim O'Hanlon described the allegations as "doctored and absolutely false".

"I have never made such a claim to the US ambassador but merely discussed with him at our meeting in December 2009 the stories published in the local press and the associated rumours circulating in Kampala at the time. I have no evidence implicating the honourable ministers in corruption and have no reason to believe that the rumours sweeping Kampala at the time were actually true," O'Hanlon says in the Friday letter.
He said that as part of a general discussion about doing business in Africa with the US Ambassador to Uganda Lanier said he made reference to the rumours but did not give them credence as true.

Kenya: Report Warns of Rising Number of U.S. Citizens Signing Up for Al Qaeda Training





Patrick Mayoyo
12 December 2010

Nairobi — Americans are among thousands of foreign fighters recruited by Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terror group for terrorism training in the war-torn Somalia, a new diplomatic cable released by whistle-blowing website Wikileaks reveals.

The cable dated August 26, 2009, and dispatched by US ambassador Michael Ranneberger says foreign fighters operating in Somalia include North Americans, Kenyans, Sudanese, Pakistanis, Yemenis and other unidentified nationalities and Arabs.

"Many of the foreign fighters currently operating in Somalia, particularly those who entered to fight the Ethiopians from 2006-2008, are ethnic Somalis, recruited from either neighbouring countries or Diasporas overseas and motivated in the past by a sense of Somali nationalism, jihadist propaganda, and the presence of foreign troops in the country," the cable says.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait.Military Industrial Complex
 
The term originated in a speech given by former US President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address to the Nation on January
17, 1971 in which he stated:

…This conjunction of an immense military establishment
and a large arms industry is new in the American
experience. The total influence – economic, political,
even spiritual – is felt in every city, every statehouse,
every office of the federal government.
We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must
not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil,
resources and livelihood are involved; so is the very
structure of our society. In the councils of government,
we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted
influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military
industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous
rise of displaced power exists and will persist…”
Dwigth D. Eisenhower, The Military Industrial Complex: with an Introduction by Jesse Smith
(Portland: Basementia Publications, 2006)



Danny Glover's call to Reverse africom.

Ajua Martey

December 09, 2010
Atlanta, Ga    Even though the interview and article is dated back in 2007, Danny Glover and Nicole Lee of TransAfrica Forum in Washington, DC.  The issue that Danny and Nicole need everyone to understand back then and now, is that africom is a covert united states African military command with the goals and intentions from their forefathers of colonialism back during the kidnapping, trade, and enslavement of African people to the world diaspora.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Ethiopia: WikiLeaks Reveals Details of U.S. Dialogue With Meles

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, public ...
Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi
 6 December 2010

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told top visiting American officials before elections in May this year that he would “crush… with our full force” opposition leaders who “violated the laws of Ethiopia,” according to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks.

Nigeria: Halliburton - U.S. Unlikely to Release Cheney for Trial



Daily Independent (Lagos)
6 December 2010

Washington DC — It may not be possible to bring former American Vice President Dick Cheney to court in Nigeria for his alleged role in the Halliburton bribery scandal.

He is holed up in his posh St. Michael's mansion in Maryland, United States.
Besides, President Barack Obama is unlikely to hand him over, according to administration officials.

St. Michael's is a get-away fishing town for millionaires and former government officials.
Cheney is not only respected by the Republican leaning community, he is protected round the clock by the Secret Service.

His personal security detail has been beefed up since Abuja announced plans to try him for the alleged bribery.

Kenya: Cable Cites Potential Local Link With U.S. Firm

A Blackwater Security Company MD-530F helicopt...A black water MD-530F Helicopter on-site of a car bomb explosion

Kevin J Kelley
2 December 2010

New York — The whistle- blowing website wikileaks Tuesday released a US diplomatic document, marked "confidential," that makes specific references to Kenya.

The mentions on Kenya are contained in a February 12, 2009, cable to the State Department from James Swan, the American ambassador to Djibouti, concerning a controversial US security firm's proposed anti-piracy activities in the Horn's waters.

Nigeria: John Togo Writes Obama On Bloodbath in Ayakoromor

JTF North emblem
3 December 2010
Asaba — The Niger Delta Liberation Force, NDLF, headed by wanted, "General" John Togo, Friday, wrote to President Barrack Obama of the United States, alleging massacre of innocent and defenseless civilians in Ayakoromor community in Delta State by the Joint Task Force, JTF, on the Niger-Delta, and urged him to prevail on President Goodluck Jonathan to call the task force to order.

East Africa: What Leaks? Secrecy Still Cloaks Region

Logo used by Wikileaks
5 December 2010

Nairobi — The leak of US diplomatic cables from all over the world has raised fundamental question over freedom of information and the operations of the media vis-√†-vis governments.

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has among others put the media in the East African region on the spot, for not doing enough to investigate corruption in government, or going along with targeted leaks by government officials with their own agenda. The Wikileaks saga proves that even the US government is scared of the new media and its capacity to track goings on in the corridors of power.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Nigeria: Halliburton - EFCC to Charge Ex-U.S. VP, Cheney




Daily Independent (Lagos)
Alexandra Mede And Adeola Yusuf
2 December 2010

Abuja/Lagos — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) disclosed on Thursday that it is preparing charges against former Unites States Vice president, Dick Cheney, in connection with the $180 million bribery scandal allegedly involving Halliburton.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Zimbabwe: More Sanctions On the Way!

Financial Gazette (Harare)
Ken Mufuka
2 December 2010

column

While the last week of November is a thanksgiving period, and I would have normally devoted my time to that subject, I fear that there are more scary things that concern me as a Zimbabwean.
There is no hiding the fact that sanctions do a lot of harm, even though they may not actually achieve regime change in the particular target.

My information is that far from relenting, the US State Department is actually reviewing more sanctions on Zimbabwe.

Africa: IFJ Condemns United States Desperate And Dangerous; Backlash Over Wikileaks

International Federation of Journalists




International Federation of Journalists (Brussels)
2 December 2010

press release

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today condemned the political backlash being mounted against the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks and accused the United States of attacking free speech after it put pressure on the website's host server to shut down the site yesterday.
The website's host Amazon.com blocked access to WikiLeaks after United States officials condemned the torrent of revelations about political, business and diplomatic affairs that has given people around the world unprecedented access to detailed information from United States sources, much of it embarrassing to leading public figures.

"It is unacceptable to try to deny people the right to know," said Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "These revelations may be embarrassing in their detail, but they also expose corruption and double-dealing in public life that is worthy of public scrutiny. The response of the United States is desperate and dangerous because it goes against fundamental principles of free speech and democracy."

Rwanda: Reflections on Wikileaks

W Stuart Symington, U.S. Ambassador to Rwanda

Government Supporting Daily
W Stuart Symington
2 December 2010

Opinion:  President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have made it a priority to reinvigorate America's relationships around the world.

They have been working hard to strengthen our existing partnerships and build new ones to meet shared challenges, from climate change to ending the threat of nuclear weapons to fighting disease and poverty. As the United States Ambassador to Rwanda, I'm proud to be part of this effort.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Kenya: Americans Want to Overthrow Government

An aerial of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.
 
Nairobi Star (Nairobi)
Charles Kerich
1 December 2010

Nairobi — KENYA yesterday implied there was an attempt by the United States to overthrow the government.

In a statement reacting to the imminent release of 1800 diplomatic cables from the US embassy in Nairobi, Government spokesman Dr Alfred Mutua declared, "The government is aware that a lot of money has been allocated to fund the youth to cause an uprising against our country and lead us into turmoil in an attempt to install a new leadership structure." Mutua released the statement as US Under Secretary of State Maria Otero and ambassador Michael Ranneberger met representatives of the National Youth Forum, which consists of over 60 national youth organisations, at the ambassador's residence in Muthaiga, Nairobi.

"The Kenyan government is concerned with foreign attempts to create despondency against the government and the country in the guise of youth empowerment," Mutua's statement declared.

"The Government is monitoring these events keenly and will not allow outsiders to ruin the peace and stability we are enjoying," he stated.

Nigeria: Wikileaks Reveals U.S. Role in June 12 Crisis

Logo used by WikileaksImage via Wikipedia

Leadership (Abuja)
Chuks Ohuegbe and Monday Ashibogwu
1 December 2010

Abuja — Wikileaks, an international non-profit media organisation, has revealed the United States of America's role in the June 12, 1993, election that was annulled by the military. The report, which recently released over 251,000 US embassy cables giving accounts of the US State Department's correspondence with its missions abroad, said that significant investments were made to midwife democracy in Nigeria in 1993.

The documents revealed the US role in the 1993 general elections and the June 12 impasse.
The documents further revealed that most of the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that were in the fore front for the actualisation of the June 12 election were sponsored by the US embassy in Lagos to mobilize Nigerians against the military junta.

Liberia: U.S Brings Down Final U.S.$30 Million Debt Burden

US Ambassador Donald E. Booth and Liberia's Pr...
 
The Informer (Monrovia)
1 December 2010

A blissful Finance Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan could only say a big thank you and commit Liberia to rigorous financial management after US Ambassador Linda Thomas Greenfield yesterday announced that her country has totally forgiven its remaining debt against Liberia.

"Today, the United States cancels nearly $30 million in remaining debt owed to various U.S. government agencies," Ambassador Greenfield stated during a signing ceremony at the Ministry of Finance in Monrovia.
Besides yesterday's announcement, the U.S. had already canceled US$390 million in bilateral claims, and provided US$211 million to clear Liberia's arrears to the International Monetary Fund and the African Development Bank.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Pentagon hunting for a home for Africom


 
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Pentagon is reopening a worldwide search for a home for its Africa military command, which still lacks a permanent headquarters three years after it was created.

Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the Obama administration's nominee to take charge of the U.S. Africa Command, or Africom, told a Senate committee last week that he would launch the search if he is confirmed. The command is based in Stuttgart, Germany, partly because African leaders strongly objected to the prospect of an expanded U.S. military presence on their continent.

"I think I should approach this, if confirmed, essentially with a blank piece of paper," Ham told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Among the options, Ham said, would be to move Africom headquarters - and its 1,500 jobs - to the United States, where lawmakers are already eyeing the post as a economic boon for their districts.

Nigeria: U.S. Diplomats Talking of Yar Adus Death in June 2009



Abdullahi Tasiu Abubakar and Habeeb I. Pindiga

1 December 2010

London and Abuja — Commonwealth officials were in June 2009 anticipating that a "constitutional crisis" would befall Nigeria because of President Umaru Yar'adua's "sudden death", according to secret US diplomatic cables posted by whistle blower Wikileaks yesterday.

The website released 251,287 documents detailing what it calls US 'spying' activities around the world.

One of the correspondences from the US embassy in London dated June 11, 2009, eleven months before Yar'adua died, quoted a Commonwealth official as saying that the group was "keeping a watchful eye on Nigeria because of the constitutional crisis that could ensue if President Yar'adua dies."

Kenya: Spokesman Alleges U.S. Plot 'To Topple Coalition'


30 November 2010

Nairobi — Government Spokesman Alfred Mutua on Tuesday fell short of directly accusing the US Government of funding a campaign to cause unrest in the country.
He claimed that the "foreign powers" behind a plot to topple the government had channelled more than $20 million (Sh1.6 billion) to youth groups over the last few months.

"The government is concerned over foreign attempts to create despondency against it in the guise of youth empowerment," he said.

"The government is aware that a lot of money has been allocated to fund the youth to cause an uprising against our country in an attempt to install a new leadership structure," he went on.
He added that the government was monitoring the issue "keenly" and will not allow "outsiders" to ruin peace and stability in the country.

Uganda: American Supermarket Giant Eyes Local Market



1 December 2010

Kampala — Uganda is likely to benefit from the acquisition of South Africa's Massmart Holdings by Wal-Mart Stores, the giant American supermarket chain.
Through the acquisition, Wal-Mart is expected to extend its experience in connecting farmers with the supermarket's global supply chain, boosting farmer incomes and help them improve the quality of their produce.