AFRICOM

THE NEW SCRAMBLE FOR AFRICA!

In the very recent past, the western imperialists got hold of Sudan by dismembering it (taking away the oil deposits from the major part of the country), captured the Nigerian oilfields in accordance with the International Court of Justice rulings, annexed Libya through a direct military intervention, conquered Cote D’Ivoire… thanks to a small-scale military action conducted under the aegis of the United Nations. They go about recolonizing Africa through different modus operandi but the desired end is the same. Developments in the past 3 to 5 years indicate that the Agenda of recolonizing Africa is gaining momentum.

AFRICOM CONTINUES AGGRESSION AND MANEUVERES ON THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

On the same day, September 30, that two U.S. Muslim citizens were assassinated in Yemen by the Pentagon-Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) drones, it was announced that 21 Somalians were also killed in similar military actions that resulted in one of these unmanned weapons being downed over Kismayo in this Horn of Africa nation. The drone attacks in southern Somalia resulted in many people being forced to flee the Qooqani and Taabto districts.

Somalia is among at least six countries where the U.S. has carried out drone attacks that have resulted in the deaths of many civilians. These aerial strikes also take place on a regular basis in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq and Yemen (Press TV, September 30).

Although the White House and the Pentagon claims that the strikes target those individuals and organizations labeled as “terrorists” by the State Department, in most instances the people most adversely affected by the attacks are people who are not armed and constitute no direct threat to the U.S. government and its allies.

On October 4, the Al-Shabaab Islamic resistance movement in Somalia claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Ministry of Education that resulted in the deaths of over 50 people. The U.S. has targeted Al-Shabaab as a threat to Washington’s interests in Somalia and throughout the region.

AFRICOM’S IMPLICATIONS ON HUMAN SECURITY AND DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICA

The world we live in is history unfolding and unveiling itself everyday of our lives. I find it particularly of great significance and essence for me to be part of this history. Africa, our beloved continent remains a major part of such history and its place of importance cannot be overemphasized.

It is also a humbling task for me to represent the several millions of African students from the 53 states of Africa and the 54th state of the Diaspora to share some thoughts on the topic “AFRICOM in Africa: Implications for Human Security and Development in Africa”.

The All-Africa Students Union (AASU)- Who we Are

Permit me to briefly state what the All-Africa students Union (AASU) stands for. As the name suggests, AASU is the convergent continental student organisation consisting of the entire 53 member, national student unions and associations across Africa with the mandate of securing the welfare of all students of Africa. AASU is an international organisation in operational relations with UNESCO and is a member of the International Union of Students (IUS) and a few other United Nations committees. Our values are clearly articulated in our fight for human rights, especially the right of every African child to education, world peace, good governance; global and social justice.

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