Why the Refugee Crisis?

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by Stephen Lendman
Aug 31, 2015

Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers head for safe havens daily – a human flood entering Europe, risking life and limb to get there. Why?

Endless US direct and proxy wars force desperate people to seek safety out of harm’s way. Numbers fleeing war and destabilized areas are greater than any time since WWII – increasing exponentially as conflicts and chaos rage in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Donbass, Somalia, South Sudan, and elsewhere.

According to a UNHCR report,  60 million people were forcibly displaced by end of 2014. Globally one in every 122 people are asylum seekers, refugees or internally displaced persons. More than half the world’s refugees are children.

On August 28, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said over 300,000 refugees and asylum seekers crossed the Mediterranean to reach Europe so far this year – greatly exceeding 2014’s 219,000 total, a human flood likely to approach half a million by year end, likely hundreds of thousands more in 2016 and beyond.

Thousands of others die or go missing. On August 27, hundreds were feared dead after two overcrowded vessels capsized off Libya’s coast. Dozens of Syrian refugees were found suffocated to death in a truck parked on an Austrian highway – their bodies in a state of decomposition. Other similar horror stories repeat with disturbing regularity.


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PODCAST — The Corbett Report | Interview 870 – Pearse Redmond Breaks Down the Neo-Imperial Agenda in Africa

The Corbett Report
Apr 30, 2014

Pearse Redmond of Porkins Policy Review joins us for the first time to discuss how divide and rule has been used to neo-colonize the continent of Africa. We discuss how America and its allies have sown the seeds of strife, conflict and genocide in many different countries over the years, and the corporate and geopolitical interests that they are serving. We also discuss China’s role in Africa and whether it truly represents a third way.

US Military Intervention in Africa: The East African Response Force, A Creation of the Pentagon

By Abayomi Azikiwe
Global Research
Feb 11, 2014
Pan-African News Wire and Global Research

Growing instability in East and Central Africa will be the focus of Washington’s intervention

Over the last two months developments in Central and East Africa has dominated the news coverage of the continent. The split within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army (SPLA), a close ally of Washington, and the deployment of French and African troops in the Central African Republic, has brought the escalation of Pentagon troops in these states.

Recently the Department of Defense announced the formation of an East African Response Force. This new unit is part of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) which has been strengthened and enhanced under the administration of President Barack Obama.

A recent drone attack in southern Somalia is representative of the growing aggression of Washington in Africa. The government of Djibouti, a former French colony where the U.S. has a military base with over 4,000 soldiers at Camp Lemonnier, released a statement saying that such strikes are “vital” in the so-called war on terrorism.

The drone strike was launched from the Pentagon military installations in Djibouti. Prior to the creation of the East African Response Force Washington operated in the region under the framework of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).

U.S. Brigadier-General Wayne Grigsby, who is the commander of CJTF-HOA, says that his forces are in East Africa only to assist governments in their military campaigns to defeat the so-called terrorist threat posed by Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based guerrilla organization which has fought the Washington-backed regime in Mogadishu for the last six years.

“Our mission here is to enable our East African partners to actually neutralize violent extremists throughout eastern Africa,” Grigsby said. Yet if this was the case then why would it be necessary to have such a formidable military force in the Horn of Africa region that conducts periodic bombings and commando raids in Somalia. (Shabelle Media Network, Feb. 7)

However, Brigadier-General Grigsby does say that “It also enables strategic access and freedom of movement. The purpose is to protect the United States and its interests abroad.”

Consequently, even the military leaders themselves must acknowledge that the underlying reasons for the build-up in Africa are clearly related to the economic and class interests of Washington and Wall Street. East and Central Africa is a vast repository of oil, natural gas and strategic minerals.

The U.S. Role in South Sudan and the Central African Republic

The East Africa Response Force has been utilized in the current conflict in the Republic of South Sudan. A contingent of the unit was deployed to the country to evacuate U.S. embassy personnel and to guard their economic interests.

One of the most significant factors in the present outcome of the conflict inside South Sudan has been the intervention of the Ugandan People’s Defense Force (UPDF) which sided with the government of President Salva Kiir. The Ugandan government is a very close ally of the U.S. and its military has benefited for years from Pentagon training programs and direct assistance in the purchase of weapons.

On January 23 with the signing of a cessation of hostilities agreement between the SPLM/A and the SPLM/A in Opposition, the faction represented by ousted Vice-President Riek Machar, this document called for the withdrawal of Ugandan troops from South Sudan. However, according to the dissident SPLM/A in Opposition, the UPDF is carrying out aerial bombings and ground operations in contested areas in Unity, Jonglei and Lakes states.

A helicopter gunner was reportedly shot down by the opposition forces in Lakes state on February 7. In an article published by the Sudan Tribune it states that “The military spokesperson for the rebels, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, said on Friday (Feb. 7) that the gunner was shot dead and fell off the helicopter after serious damage was inflicted on one of the three helicopter gunships that carried out the bombings.”

This same article continued noting that “‘Our air defense artillery opened fire on the three warplanes seriously wounding one and killing the gunner,’ Koang said. The collected passport and ID of the dead gunner identified him as Jona Abuduku Alfred, a Ugandan national with military ID No. 21883, passport No. 11180 and a Lance Corporal in military rank. His hometown is Mbale in Uganda and joined the Ugandan Air Force in 1997, the documents obtained show.”

With respect to events in the Central African Republic (CAR), the U.S. has been assisting with the transport of French and African troops into the country where the recent forced resignation of interim President Michel Djotodia and the Seleka Coalition and his replacement by Catherine Samba-Panza has not stabilized the political and security situation. At present anti-Muslim mobs both within the CAR military and among Christian militias known as the Anti-Balaka, have engaged in attacks on Islamic communities where numerous people have been seriously injured and killed.

A spokesman for U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel was quoted by a military publication as saying “Minister Le Drian requested … airlift support to enable African forces to deploy promptly to prevent the further spread of sectarian violence in the Central African Republic,” Pentagon Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog announced Dec. 9.

“The United States is joining the international community in this effort because of our belief that immediate action is required to avert a humanitarian and human rights catastrophe in the Central African Republic, and because of our interest in peace and security in the region.” (Stars and Stripes, Jan. 22)

Yet the intervention of both France and the U.S. has only worsened the conditions for people in the CAR. With the dislocation of tens of thousands of Muslims who are fleeing out of the country to neighboring Chad, divisions are becoming more pronounced based upon religious differences and perceptions of political power.

The only solution being advocated as a next step in the process is the deployment of more troops from the European Union (EU). The United Nations Security Council has authorized the deployment of EU troops but there is no evidence to suggest that this will stabilize the situation.

Military Build-up Designed to Secure Influence and Resources

The growing French, U.S. and EU military involvement in Africa is designed to secure western imperialist dominance over the oil, diamonds, gold and uranium that exist in abundance in both the CAR and South Sudan. These western states are creating the conditions for the deterioration of the societies involved, and consequently through their false propaganda about humanitarian assistance, will only provide a further rationale for an even heavier military occupation.

By framing the discussion about their intervention as being “humanitarian”, the imperialists are attempting as well to remove these issues from public debate and scrutiny. During the State of the Union address in January, President Obama only spoke about the impact of military policy from the standpoint of supposedly honoring the sacrifices made by seriously injured and disabled veterans.

No discussion or analysis of the impact and effectiveness of U.S. interventions in Africa, the Middle East and Central Asia is conducted. Nonetheless, these military invasions and occupations are not only destroying the lives of people on the ground in these various geo-political regions but are killing and maiming its own soldiers which the Veterans Administration is incapable of adequately addressing.

Anti-War and anti-imperialist organizations in the U.S. must oppose these so-called “humanitarian interventions” because they are acts of war and military occupation. Resources utilized for these imperialist operations would be better served in putting people in the U.S. back to work with jobs that pay a decent wage and make significant contributions to the society.


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US Navy SEALs strike al-Shabab fighters in Somalia — video included

October 6, 2013


A team of US Navy SEALs has carried out a strike on a coastal town in southern Somalia against al-Shabab, the group behind last month’s mall attack in the Kenyan capital Nairobi.


The SEALs attacked a senior al-Shabab commander’s seaside villa in a pre-dawn raid in the town of Baraawe, The New York Times reported.

A US military official said that the SEALs did not get their target.

A former US military official also confirmed the assault by the SEALs, but did not give more details.

“The Baraawe raid was planned a week and a half ago,” a US security official said.

“It was prompted by the Westgate attack,” he added, referring to the September 21 attack by the al-Shabab on a shopping mall in Nairobi that left 67 people dead during a four-day siege.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

According to reports, the dead also included three British nationals, two French women, two Canadian citizens including a diplomat, a Chinese woman, two Indians, a Ghanaian poet, a South Korean, a South African, and a Dutch woman. Several Americans were also injured during the hostage crisis.

The US Defense Department declined to comment over the issue.

The al-Shabab confirmed the strike, but said that the attack had failed.

Al-Shabab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab said that commandos had stormed the beach by boat.

“The bungled operation was carried out by white people, who came with two small boats from a larger ship out at sea … one Shabab guard was killed, but reinforcements soon came and the foreigners fled,” he said.

“Where the foreigners had been, afterwards we saw lots of blood, so maybe we wounded some,” he added.

On September 25, the leader of Somalia’s al-Shabab, Ahmed Godane, confirmed that the group was behind the attack on the mall, saying the raid was in retaliation for the Kenyan military’s invasion of southern Somalia in October 2011.

“Take your troops out or prepare for a long-lasting war, blood, destruction and evacuation,” Godane said.

Kenya has more than 4,000 army soldiers in southern Somalia, where they have been battling the al-Shabab fighters since 2011.

The Kenyan troops are part of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) that gets training and equipment from the United States.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.


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The US instigated Kenya’s criminally foolhardy invasion of Somalia and has landed the Kenyan military, an ill-disciplined, brutal and corrupt band of uniformed hoodlums, in a quagmire that is spreading the flames of rebellion throughout Kenya’s north eastern Somali population. “Riots” and “terrorist attacks on police” are taking place mainly in the port city of Mombassa, home to a simmering independence movement amongst the long marginalized Muslim population. On this week’s INFocus, we discuss if Kenya will see a civil war splinter the country in 2013.

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MPs elect Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as new Somali president

September 10, 2012

MPs meeting in Mogadishu have elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the new president of Somalia with a big majority.

The 56-year-old university lecturer garnered 190 votes against 79 for former President Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed in a second round run-off in the presidential election, which was held on Monday, AFP reported.

The two men were close in the first round of voting but no candidate secured the required two-thirds majority.

After the first round, two other candidates, outgoing Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali and Abdikadir Osoble, withdrew.

“Hassan Sheikh Mohamud is the winner for today’s presidency,” Parliament Speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari announced after the MPs voted.

In a speech after the results were announced, the new president said, “What has happened today will be written on a golden page in Somalia’s history and my friend Sheikh Sharif will always be credited for his role in this development.”

“I hope that Somalia will from now on start heading towards better days and that all problems we have undergone will be history,” Hassan Sheikh stated.

The outgoing president conceded defeat to the little known academic.

“I am congratulating my brother Hassan Mohamud for his victory, which is fair, and I’m very much pleased with it,” Sheikh Sharif said.

“I’m ready to work with him as I would have liked people to work with me had I won the election,” he added.

Somalia has not had an effective central government since 1991, when warlords overthrew former dictator Mohamed Siad Barre.

The weak Western-backed transitional government in Mogadishu has been battling al-Shabab fighters for the past five years and is propped up by a 10,000-strong African Union force from Uganda, Burundi, and Djibouti.


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Somalia appears to be UK’s next target for Libya-style intervention

By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
December 24, 2011

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron has declared that Somalia is a so-called “failed state” and thus a threat to British interests, signaling what might be the next target in the global imperialistic crusade carried out under the guise of humanitarianism.

Since the British government – as absurd as it may seem – actually considers the NATO mission in Libya a success, it is now searching for the next target.

I have been speculating for some time that it would be Syria, but thanks to strong opposition in the United Nations Security Council from China and Russia, it appears that foreign intervention for supposed humanitarian ends has been averted, at least for the time being.

Iran also seemed like a logical target for the globalist war machine, but due to their relatively strong military and strategic ties, it appears that it is a somewhat contentious issue.

However, Somalia is a much easier target seeing that it does not have the massive military infrastructure nor numerous alliances which would help deter a foreign assault.

Not to mention the fact that Somalia has been wracked by civil wars, famine, natural disasters and other significant problems which make it a relatively weak target.

Most importantly, as Jeremy Corbin, a Labor MP and United Kingdom “Stop the War” coalition activist pointed out to RT, Somalia is quite a resource rich nation.

“You usually find when the military strategists are planning a long-term intervention somewhere, they are looking at geological maps first and looking at political maps second,” Corbin said.

“And the oil, the gas is one of the biggest issues,” Corbin added.

The Pakistan Observer also rightly points to their stores of other important and highly valuable natural resources like uranium, iron, and zinc.

However, they fail to mention some other notable resources which Somalia has an abundance of which include frankincense, myrrh, resins and gums, charcoal, agricultural products like bananas, sugar, sorghum, corn along with fish and other livestock like cattle, goats, sheep and camels.

The main Somali industries are sugar refining, textiles, livestock, the transfer of money and telecommunications.

It is clear that Somalia has a great deal of resources to be exploited and industries which could be even further monopolized by corporate interests, just as we have seen in Libya.

The modus operandi has become the following: manufacture a crisis of some sort to justify intervention, bomb the target nation into the Stone Age and then bring in corporate locusts to exploit the destruction for their own ends.

Arguably the most lucrative resource in Somalia is the immense oil reserves, which according to Range Resources have “gross best estimated prospective resources of over 300 million barrels each [in two selected drilling locations as of December 2011], based on internal operator estimates.”

World Bank reports have also indicated that in the Puntland Province alone, from which the two drilling sites could produce 600 million barrels in total, have a potential production ability of between 5 and 10 billion barrels of oil.

Of course this is all being done under the auspices of fighting terrorism, something which all of my readers likely find laughable at best, given the fact that these globalist interventions end up killing more civilians than any terrorist group could ever hope to.

The UK’s International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell claimed that putting boots on the ground is out of the question, while also saying that it is one of the “most dysfunctional countries in the world.”

He claimed, “It is a place from which emanates piracy, drug running, this weight of people trying to come to a more attractive economic shore,” adding, “There are probably more British passport holders engaged in terrorist training in Somalia than in any other country in the world.”

Once again the specter of terrorism raises its ugly head as justification for globalists raping the natural resources and people of another impoverished nation, indicating that the neo-colonialist push in Africa is going stronger than ever.

All we can do is hope that this intervention is not nearly as brutal as those seen in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere.

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