Africa

Turkey Sets Its Sights On Africa

Turkey Sets Its Sights On Africa

Haberler, 8 January 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Gabon, Niger and Senegal as part of an African tour.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is visiting Gabon, Niger and Senegal as part of an African tour. China, India and Brazil have all increased their presence on the continent. Now Turkey is in the mix.

South Africa sends troops to conflict-ridden CAR

South Africa sends troops to conflict-ridden CAR

 

Deutsche Welle, 6 January 2013

South Africa has announced plans to expand its military presence in the Central African Republic (CAR), sending an extra unit of around 400 troops to protect South African soldiers already training CAR personnel.

Sudan, South Sudan presidents agree again on buffer zone

Sudan, South Sudan presidents agree again on buffer zone

Deutsche Welle, 6 January 2013

The presidents of Sudan and South Sudan have agreed to establish a demilitarized zone along their disputed border. The deal opens the way for the two countries to resume oil exports.

Sudan President Omar al-Bashir and South Sudan President Salva Kiir agreed to the deal Saturday, African Union mediator and former South Africa President Thabo Mbeki said.

Crisis-hit Sudan opens bigger dam in conflict state

Crisis-hit Sudan opens bigger dam in conflict state

Al-Arabiya, 1 January 2013

A torrent of water surged Tuesday into Sudan’s Blue Nile river as President Omar al-Bashir inaugurated the expanded Roseires dam, which officials say should help develop one of the country’s poorest, insurgent-hit regions.

US, France deploy troops to Central African Republic

US, France deploy troops to Central African Republic

Centre for Research on Globalisation, 2 January 2013

by Patrick O’Connor

 

 

The US and France are deploying additional troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), as anti-government militias close on the capital, Bangui.

The intervention is part of a wider ratcheting up of imperialist military operations across Africa, with Washington and its European allies working to maintain their strategic domination of the continent and control of its natural resources.

Waiting for the Rain

Waiting for the Rain

Foreign Policy, 4 December 2012

 

 

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso — The town of Bandiagara, population 12,000, sits on a plateau of smooth sandstone bluffs, grass, acacia, and palm trees that ends at an astonishing complex of cliffs so high and abrupt that any of them on a dusty day can surprise a traveler as if a piece of the globe has suddenly broken away. Bandiagara's dirt homes, shellacked with mud stucco, bear the red tinge of this land's iron-rich soil, farmed for centuries by the Dogon people and roamed by Fulani and Tuareg herders.

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