New Colonialism: Pentagon Carves Africa Into Military Zones

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Stop NATO
May 5, 2010

New Colonialism: Pentagon Carves Africa Into Military Zones
Rick Rozoff

Last year the commander of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), General William Ward, said the Pentagon had military partnerships with 35 of the continent’s 53 nations, “representing U.S. relationships that span the continent.” [1]

That number has increased in the interim.

As the first overseas regional military command set up by Washington in this century, the first since the end of the Cold War, and the first in 25 years, the activation of AFRICOM, initially under the wing of U.S. European Command on October 1, 2007, then as an independent entity a year later, emphasizes the geostrategic importance of Africa in U.S. international military, political and economic planning.

Africa Command’s area of responsibility includes more nations – 52, all African states except Egypt, which remains in U.S. Central Command, and the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (Western…

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