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Africom in one sentence

Crossed Crocodiles
“We don’t want to see our guys going in and getting whacked . . . We want Africans to go in.”

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Somali pirates tell their side

This is your brain on imperialism

If Uganda Has Oil It Must Need The Pentagon’s Democracy

Africans celebrate Obama’s election


via Oliver Willis

Did your old computer wind up in an African land fill?

Greenpeace cites rising e-waste in Africa

Greenpeace called on the world’s electronics companies Tuesday to eliminate hazardous chemicals from their products, saying toxic waste from wealthy nations’ gadgets ends up being dumped in poor countries despite laws prohibiting it. The environmental watchdog made the appeal in a new report on the electronic waste trade, which it said was spreading from Asia to West Africa – particularly Ghana, where discarded TVs and computers that contain toxic materials are being dismantled by children as young as 5.

“Unless companies eliminate all hazardous chemicals from their electronic products and take responsibility for the entire life cycle of their products, this poisonous dumping will continue,” said Martin Hojsik, a Greenpeace campaigner. “Electronics companies must not allow their products to end up poisoning the poor around the world.”

Many of the old computers, monitors and television sets that end up in Ghana come from the European Union, despite laws there prohibiting the export of such hazardous materials, Greenpeace said. In particular, the report cited shipments from Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands – as well as Korea.

AFRICOM; a false COIN

Insurgency, resistance, and AFRICOM’s role

Resistance? Insurgents?

The US Army has fallen hard for counter insurgency, COIN. However, NPR reports:

An internal Pentagon report is raising concerns about whether the Army’s focus on counterinsurgency has weakened its ability to fight conventional battles. The report’s authors — all colonels with significant combat experience — say the Army is “mortgaging its ability to (successfully) fight” in the future.

The counterinsurgency doctrine emphasizes the use of minimal force, with the intent of winning the hearts and minds of a civilian population.

The idea in a counterinsurgency campaign, Nagl says (Lt. Col. John Nagl, one of the Army’s top experts on counterinsurgency doctrine) is to drive a wedge between the civilian population and insurgents who live among them.

However, when we talk about counter insurgency, is it really counter insurgency we have in mind? In Iraq the “insurgency” looks a lot more like a resistance.

Bearing witness against massacre

ThreeGenerations

Three Generations is a family based organization which seeks to honor those who have died as a result of genocide, support those who have survived and record acts of genocide by connecting the past, the present and the future.

Three Generations aims to create an alliance of ideas, people and organizations to help end genocide and crimes against humanity. We do so through spiritual, cultural and practical means. 


BACKGROUND

Efforts to document the Holocaust began while it was still happening, and yet one of the legacies of the Holocaust has been that subsequent genocidaires have been careful to hide and de-bureaucratize their atrocities.

Three Generations was formed to bear witness to genocide and to help the process of documentation, not only for history, but also to honor those who have perished. Jane Wells, a freelance writer and producer visited Darfur and Chad in 2005 to bear witness to the genocide there.

She formed Three Generations to link her father’s work as a witness to the Holocaust with her efforts as a witness to the Darfurian genocide. Her father, Sidney Bernstein, was with the Allied Forces that liberated the Nazi camp Bergen -Belsen in April 1945 and was responsible for filming what they found there. His experiences of trying to inform the world of what they uncovered are recounted in the film A Painful Reminder. 60 years later his daughter Jane mirrored his work by helping make the film The Devil Came on Horseback, showing the world know about the first genocide of the 21st century, still raging after more than four years in Darfur and Chad.

Her two older children have chosen to join their mother in this work and they represent the third generation of one family working to end genocide.


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