Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa
Bulgarian portion of the training. US Army Africa document details four-phase plan for US training of Libyan forces. A timeline produced by US Army Africa as part of a December 2013 briefing indicated that the Novo Selo site would be ready for trainers by March 2014, but in April General Rodriguez pointed out at a Pentagon press briefing that the Libyan government had yet to ante up the funds for the program, and a Libyan official confirmed to TomDispatch that the training had yet to commence.
Makuei claims, the United States and other Western powers have backed former Vice President Riek Machar and his rebel forces in an effort to overthrow the country’s president, Salva Kiir. China, for its part, has played a conspicuous double game. Beijing has lined up behind Kiir, even as it publicly pushes both sides to find a diplomatic solution to a simmering civil war. It is sending peacekeepers as part of a UN mission even as it also arms Kiir’s forces with tens of millions of dollars’ worth
Chinese have, in East Africa and also West Africa, inserted themselves as a security presence, mainly to protect their oil interests, their infrastructure, or whatever economic projects they’re deeply invested in.” Yun Sun, a fellow at the Stimson Center and an expert on China’s relations with Africa, doesn’t see these recent developments as a militarization of China’s mission but as a symptom of increased investment in the countries of the continent. “China cares more about security issues in
her, looks exhausted, world-beaten. Pregnant on arrival, she gave birth five days later. She lies next to Nyajuma, listless, but carefully covers her face with her arm as if to shield herself from the harsh world beyond this bed. During her first week at the hospital, nurse Monica Alvarez tells me, Nyajuma didn’t crack a smile. “But now, voilà,” she says lifting the child, sparking a broad grin that reflects the sea change in her condition. Nyajuma is enduring the rigors of kala azar and
nation. In August 2012, for example, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, speaking in Juba, was emphatic that the US “commitment to this new nation is enduring and absolute in terms of assistance and aid and support going forward.” A year later, announcing the appointment of Donald Booth as President Obama’s Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Clinton’s successor, John Kerry, made special reference to America’s “enduring commitment” to the South Sudanese people. Lately, however, phrases like