US: Don’t Abandon Africa’s Fragile Democracies

Julius Maada Bio

by Larry Garber Sierra Leone is probably what Donald Trump has in mind when he characterizes Africa as a continent of “shithole” countries. The country is poor, with a per capita income of $1,497 and 60 percent of the population… Continue Reading  

U.S. Military Aid to Presidential Guards a Risky Venture

Burkinabe Col. Maj. Gilbert Diendere, chief of staff of the President of Burkina Faso and President of the Burkina Faso Flintlock 2010 Committee, addresses Burkinabe soldiers prior to their deployment to Mali in support of exercise Flintlock 10 in Ouagadougou, Burkino Faso, May 1, 2010. About 40 soldiers boarded the C-130J to deploy for counterterrorism training with U.S., Malian and European partners. Flintlock 10 is a special operations forces exercise and is part of a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored annual program with partner nations in Northern and Western Africa. The exercise, which includes several European nations, is conducted by Special Operations Command Africa and is designed to build relationships and develop capacity among security forces throughout the Trans-Saharan region of Africa. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Jeremiah Erickson, U.S. Air Force/Released)

by Alexis Kedo and Colby Goodman “We have seen what has happened, that the people were not in favor of it [coup d’état]. That is why we gave it up.” This was Gen. Gilbert Diendéré’s ad-libbed apology for the coup… Continue Reading