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A convoy of AFRICOM's armored vehicles drive to the Uganda People’s Defence Force compound in Mogadishu, Somalia

Violence Has Spiked in Africa Since the Military Founded AFRICOM

By News & Current Affairs

By Nick Turse, The Intercept — Since U.S. Africa Command began operations in 2008, the number of U.S. military personnel on the African continent has jumped 170 percent, from 2,600 to 7,000. The number of military missions, activities, programs, and exercises there has risen 1,900 percent, from 172 to 3,500. Drone strikes have soared and the number of commandos deployed has increased exponentially along with the size and scope of AFRICOM’s constellation of bases. The U.S. military has recently conducted 36…

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Civil Society, Press Freedom & Human Rights Under Attack in Africa

By Editors' Choice

By Thalif Deen, IPS — UNITED NATIONS, Apr 12 2019 (IPS) – The civic space in several African countries, including Tanzania, Burundi, Zambia, Sudan, Mozambique, Somalia and Eritrea, is gradually shrinking – and mostly under authoritarian leaders and repressive regimes. The attacks are directed largely against human rights and civil society organizations (CSOs)— and specifically against the news media. The UN Human Rights Office in Burundi was closed down last February…

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