It’s finally happened. I got flamed by Code Pink, the fringe anti-war group famous for … well, wearing pink and being annoying. Tony Blome from Code Pink’s San Francisco operations wrote to scold me for my recent Wired article “Hidden History: America’s Secret Drone War in Africa,” in which I detailed drone operations over Somalia since 2007.
Archived posts from category ‘Africa’
Tuareg refugees face the threat of reprisal from the new regime in southern Mali in addition to poverty, starvation and disease.
Pete’s Africa Round-Up
There hasn’t been much of a change in the overall situation during the last weeks: the northern half of Mali — an area about the size of France — is occupied by a range of rebel groups. While neighboring states and the international community are deeply concerned over the Islamist policies of some of these groups, the Malian state has proven to be incapable to act, due to a coup d’etat which send the government into a deep crisis.
This is chapter six of of ARMY OF GOD, the graphic novel-length work of comics journalism about Congo and the LRA by me and Tim Hamilton. As each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the conflict in Congo, this one zeros in on the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton and their efforts to combat the violence, rape and kidnapping that has followed Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army and their tear through the countryside.
More secret bases. More and better unmanned warplanes. More frequent and deadly robotic attacks. Some five years after a U.S. Predator Unmanned Aerial Vehicle flew the type’s first mission over lawless Somalia, the shadowy American-led drone campaign in the Horn of Africa is targeting Islamic militants more ruthlessly than ever.
ARMY OF GOD Chapter Six Preview
On Monday, Cartoon Movement will publish the latest installment of ARMY OF GOD by myself and artist Tim Hamilton. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect of the conflict in Congo; this one hones in on the U.S. State Department under Hillary Clinton and their efforts to combat the violence, rape and kidnapping that has followed Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army in their tear through the countryside.
Lethal strikes by armed drones are America’s best and less obtrusive method of killing Islamic militants and dismantling their terror networks while minimizing civilian casualties. Or they’re a misguided and counter-productive attempt at sterilizing the dirty work of counter-terrorism — one that serves as a rallying cry for terrorist recruiters and ends up creating more militants than it eliminates.
ARMY OF GOD, Chapter Five
This chapter tells the story of Patricia and her harrowing abduction by, and rescue from, the Lord’s Resistance Army. When her father was shot on the spot, Patricia and her brother were taken to a camp where children are forced to kill and girls become “wives” of soldiers.
In the past four years, the Pentagon and State Department have forged a close, and largely unreported, alliance with the Ugandan military. A force of 120 American advisers based in Uganda provides training, weapons and supplies — $100 million worth since 2011 — and in exchange Ugandan soldiers bear the brunt of the close fighting in Somalia, a stronghold for Islamic militants.
Pete’s Africa Round-Up
The eastern Congo is about to enter a new cycle of violence. The rebels of the new organisation “M23” only control a limited area so far, but reportedly get stronger by the day. M23 is the result of the mutiny of several army units around Easter. These units were part of a former rebel group, the CNDP, which was officially disbanded and integrated into the army in 2009.
Axe on Stop Imperialism
Listen as I discuss Special Operations Forces in Africa and North Korea plus the Chinese space program with Eric Draitser at Stop Imperialism.
U.S. Navy SEAL commandos deployed to the Horn of Africa have refined hostage rescue to a lethal art. But their recent success in retrieving kidnapped Westerners comes at a cost. Every rescue forces Somali criminals and terrorists to change their own tactics. The result is an arms race of sorts as SEALs and kidnappers try to stay ahead of the other. Aid workers, journalists and ship’s crews — the usual targets of Somali ransom plots — are caught in the middle.