On Tuesday, February 15, join CODEPINK Congress & Massachusetts Peace Action for the final event in our SPECIAL SERIES ON FOREIGN POLICY!
The U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) was established in 2008. At first, most African nations rejected AFRICOM and refused to be the host nation, forcing the new command to instead work out of Germany. But with U.S. arm twisting, corrupt African leaders began to allow AFRICOM forces to operate in their countries and establish military-to-military relations with the United States. Today, those efforts have resulted in U.S. bases around the region and military-to-military relations with the majority of African countries. U.S. Special Forces troops now operate in more than a dozen African nations. Let’s hear from two experts about what AFRICOM means for the people of the continent, how it relates to U.S. corporate interests, and whether or not US security is enhanced by all these military entanglements.
*Note: By RSVPing to this event, you are signing up to join the CODEPINK AND either Massachusetts Peace Action or your local Peace Action affiliate's email list
Dr. Gerald Horne holds the Moores Professorship of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston and is the author of more than 30 books, including Confronting Black Jacobins: The U.S., the Haitian Revolution and the Origins of the Dominican Republic and Black Revolutionary: William Patterson & the Globalization of the African American Freedom Struggle. Dr. Horne received his Ph.D. in history from Columbia University, his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from Princeton University.
Maurice Carney is a co-founder and Executive Director of the Friends of the Congo and is a member of Black Alliance for Peace. He has worked with civic associations in West Africa to provide training on research methodology and surveying. He served as a coordinator for Reverend Jesse Jackson while he was Special Envoy to Africa, and has also worked as a research consultant for the Congressional Black Caucus.
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