Colonialism in Africa

Protests erupt in Ghana over US military agreement

By Eddie Haywood, 31 March 2018

Thousands turned out in the capital Accra to oppose a deal that would allow for a significant expansion of the US military’s presence in the West African nation.

Pentagon concealed role of US special forces in deadly Niger offensive

By Eddie Haywood, 17 March 2018

On December 6 last year, Green Berets coordinating a military operation with Nigerien forces, killed 11 militants near the town of Diffa, close to the Nigerian border.

AFRICOM envisions two years of open-ended warfare in Somalia

By Eddie Haywood, 16 December 2017

The announcement marks a further escalation of Washington’s military offensive in Somalia which has been ramped up over the last year, including the deployment of 500 special forces personnel.

At Abidjan summit, EU and France intensify neo-colonial scramble for Africa

By Francis Dubois, 2 December 2017

Faced with the disastrous results of the imperialist wars in Libya and the Sahel, the European Union is proposing to intensify its neo-colonialist and military interventions.

German government hosts major conference on Africa

By Johannes Stern, 16 June 2017

Ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg in July, the German government is working systematically to expand its global political and economic relations.

US preparing direct military intervention in Nigeria

By Thomas Gaist, 30 May 2015

The US Defense Department may soon deploy military teams, including advisers and intelligence and logistics personnel, to Africa’s leading economy and largest oil producer.

US AFRICOM commander calls for “huge” military campaign in West Africa

By Thomas Gaist, 2 February 2015

The US to moving to massively expand its military operations in the resource-rich region, as it combats the influence of China and other powers.

Boko Haram escalates offensive in Nigeria’s Borno State

By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2015

Boko Haram now controls 11 local governmental units, including some 20,000 square miles in the northern states of Yobe and Borno.

US backs new French offensive in Mali

By Jill Lux, 27 August 2014

After last year’s military campaign in northern Mali, Paris is launching expanded military operations in West Africa.

EU Africa summit plans increased European military intervention in Africa

By Antoine Lerougetel, 17 April 2014

The summit dispatched more troops to the French-led war in the Central African Republic, amid a broader escalation of European imperialist intervention in Africa.

US military forces mobilised amid South Sudan crisis

By Patrick O’Connor, 24 December 2013

A possible US-led intervention force is being readied in the context of heightened great power rivalries across Africa.

Obama in Africa to defend US strategic and profit interests

By Bill Van Auken, 28 June 2013

Obama’s three-nation tour, touted as a promotion of trade and “democracy,” is aimed in large measure at countering the growing influence of China.

Britain’s victims during Kenya’s Mau Mau uprising expect compensation

By Jean Shaoul, 22 May 2013

Thousands of Kenyans are expecting to receive reparations for the abuses they suffered at the hands of British imperialism during the suppression of the Mau Mau resistance movement.

Fifty years since the murder of Patrice Lumumba

By Tom Eley, 22 January 2011

The brutal murder of the leader of the Congolese anti-colonial struggle, Patrice Lumumba, remains among the most revealing crimes committed by US imperialism.

BBC Radio retrospective on the Anglo-Boer war, 1899-1902

By Brian Smith, 29 September 1999

This October marks 100 years since the outbreak of the second South African War, better known as the Boer War. Over the next three years the centenary will be celebrated in South Africa with a variety of anniversaries and memorials. A number of books are planned for release and a spate of broadcasts will mark the occasion.