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US-France’s New Terror Tango — State-sponsored Gangsterism by Finian Cunningham + Fact Sheet: U.S.-France Security Cooperation

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
February 11, 2014

Einsatzort Djibouti

Image by Bundeswehr-Fotos Wir.Dienen.Deutschland. via Flickr

France is emerging as the new partner-in-crime in support of America’s imperialist machinations across the globe.

Up until recently, that thuggish role was filled by British in what was euphemistically referred to as the “special Anglo-American relation”. Now the French are taking over from the British as the “oldest ally.”

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Africa’s Bad Omen of World War by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 22, 2014

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence

Image by S. Phelps/UNHCR Photo Download via Flickr

This week the world rewound more than a century – with the announcement that the European Union is to send troops to Central Africa.

This development has ominous resonance with how imperial rivalry historically played out in Africa and which eventually led to world war.

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France Makes Virtue out of Vice to Exploit Central Africa Chaos by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 27, 2013

“Forcefulness seems to come easily to Mr Hollande abroad”, noted one commentator for the New York Times, who contrasted the French president’s ailing political performance at home with his robust foreign policy.

Where Francois Hollande looks weak and beleaguered on the national stage, registering as the most unpopular French president ever, his fortunes seem to rise abroad with a strident interventionist foreign policy. We saw that in September when the French president unseated the British as America’s “special friend” by declaring his country’s readiness to join Washington in a military assault on Syria.

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Famine-Stricken Niger Feeds French Development and Wealth by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation
November 14, 2013

The former French African colony of Niger is facing famine – yet again – with international aid agencies reporting this week that up to one million people are currently without access to food.

It is the fourth such crisis to wrack the West African country in recent years, when famines struck similarly in 2012, 2010 and 2005. The immediate cause is extreme climate that has hit crop harvests. But the root cause is the deliberate underdevelopment of Niger under France’s parasitical neo-colonialism.

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Land Grab: Violent Evictions Killing and Rape by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
August 12, 2013

Ethiopian Tribes, Suri

Image by Dietmar Temps via Flickr

In many parts of the world development has become an invisible cloak under which all manner of “state sponsored” atrocities and human rights violations are being committed. Married to growth, development has been (largely) reduced to economic advancement – meaning maximizing Gross National Product (GNP) figures month on month, year on year, and turning over glowing returns to the insatiable global monetary bodies – The World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF) and – profit to private investors. No matter the human impact and environmental consequences.

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Commercial Colonisation of Africa–The New Wild West by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
June 27, 2013

Is Africa’s land up for grabs?

Image by UN / B. Wolff on Africa Renewal via Flickr

Dancing to the tune of their corporate benefactors, governments of the ruling G8 countries are enacting complex agriculture agreements delivering large tracts of prime cut African soil into the portfolios of their multinational bedmates.

Desperate for foreign investment, countries throughout Africa are at the mercy of their new colonial masters – national and international agrochemical corporations, fighting for land, water and control of the world’s food supplies. Continue reading

Western States: A Gang of Arsonists Setting Countries on Fire by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
May 30, 2013

How to describe the actions of Britain and France towards Syria and by extension, the wider Middle East and Africa regions?

This week, the insane British and French mis-rulers gave notice that they intend pouring fuel on the Syrian crisis – a crisis that they largely instigated – by openly sending more heavy weapons to the Western-backed mercenaries tearing that country apart.

It should be patently obvious that the murderous rampage against Syrian civilians that is entering its third year could not be sustained if it were not for the relentless Western government and media support. Continue reading