Poisoning African Minds

From the invasion of Uganda to the calls for a permanent strike force in the wake of the attack on the US Consulate in Libya, the Pentagon’s African Command (Africom) seems focused on building its military footprint. In the meantime though, it’s all about web presence.

$3 million of Africom’s annual budget is dedicated to a pair of seemingly private “news” websites pushing US interests in the region, including a Somalia-focused site, sabahionline.com, which touts the merits of the US-backed Somali “transitional government” while predicting the imminent destruction of al-Shabaab. The other site, magharebia.com, is focused on northwestern Africa, touting Libya’s status in the wake of the US-backed NATO war…


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