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|From: David Shove (shove001tc.umn.edu)|
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P R O G R E S S I V E C A L E N D A R 04.03.10 1. Ecuador/Spanish 4.03 10am 2. CUAPB 4.03 1:30pm 3. Northtown vigil 4.03 2pm 4. Vento park 4.03 2pm 5. US imperialism 4.03 9pm 6. Dave Bicking - CRA reappointment final vote 7. Ramzy Baroud - Netanyahu's lies and the politicians who swallow them 8. Mark Morford - Back off, I'm a corporate whore 9. Daniel Volman - Obama expands military involvement in Africa 10. ed - Easter Bunny eats Congress! (haiku) --------1 of 10-------- From: Jason Stone <jason.stone [at] yahoo.com> Subject: Ecuador/Spanish 4.03 10am Coffee Hour: Ecuador-Center of the World, Center of Human Trafficking Saturday, April 3 10:00am-11:45am At the Resource Center of the Americas Speaker: Loida Carriel Espinoza, Journalist and Deputy Director of Paz y Esperanza - Ecuador. Presented in Spanish Description: According to a 2007 USAID report, "Ecuador is a location, source, transit and destination country for persons trafficked for sexual exploitation, forced labor and begging." The majority of those trafficked are children. The number of people vulnerable to being trafficked has increased in Ecuador due to its economic crisis and the social dislocation of people from rural to urban areas. Indeed, since the 1990's almost 12% of the total population has emigrated to Europe and the United States; and, Minnesota is home to one of the largest Ecuadorian populations in the U.S., estimated at 10,000-15,000. Ms. Carriel will discuss the social problem of human trafficking in Ecuador and the work being done by Paz y Esperanza, an international faith-based human rights organization, and others to combat human trafficking in Ecuador. About Paz y Esperanza Paz y Esperanza is known as a leader in the field of human rights in Latin America, and was a leader in establishing the Peruvian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It seeks access to justice for the most excluded sectors of society through the promotion of their rights, the defense of abused women and children, citizenship education, sexual education in churches, legal reform and monitoring of the legal system. In 2009, Paz y Esperanza opened its Guayaquil, Ecuador office to provide services to victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. The Minnesota-based non-profit, Peace and Hope Partnership International, collaborates with Paz y Esperanza to provide legal, aftercare and other services to people victimized by injustice in Peru and Ecuador. For more information contact: Colleen Beebe, Peace and Hope Partnership International, (612) 728-9118 colleenbeebe [at] comcast.net or visit www.peaceandhopeinternational.org. --------2 of 10-------- From: Michelle Gross <mgresist [at] visi.com> Subject: CUAPB 4.03 1:30pm Meetings: Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Walker Church, 3104 16th Avenue South http://www.CUAPB.org Communities United Against Police Brutality 3100 16th Avenue S Minneapolis, MN 55407 Hotline 612-874-STOP (7867) [And see below #6 Dave Bicking - CRA reappointment final vote] --------3 of 10-------- From: Vanka485 [at] aol.com Subject: Northtown vigil 4.03 2pm Peace vigil at Northtown (Old Hwy 10 & University Av), every Saturday 2-3pm --------4 of 10-------- from Alayne Hopkins <alayne [at] thefriends.org> Subhect: Vento park 4.03 2pm The Mighty Mississippi - Lectures, Discussions & More Saturdays & Sundays, March 7 - April 3 This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 651-222-3242 or friends [at] thefriends.org Take the discussion outside on Saturday, April 3, 2 p.m., and explore Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary with a National Park Service ranger. Learn more about this Saint Paul park's connection to the Mississippi River and its human and industrial history. These programs are free and open to the public. Contact The Friends at 651-222-3242 or go online at www.sppl.org for more information about this or other upcoming programming. The programs are made possible through funds from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008 which dedicated funding to preserve Minnesota’s arts and cultural heritage. Alayne Hopkins Programming Coordinator The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library 325 Cedar Street, Suite 555 Saint Paul, MN 55101 651-366-6488 --------5 of 10-------- From: Eric Angell <eric-angell [at] riseup.net> Subject: US imperialism 4.03 9pm Dear Minneapolis Television Network (MTN) viewers: "Our World In Depth" cablecasts on MTN Channel 17 on Saturdays at 9pm and Tuesdays at 8am, after DemocracyNow! Households with basic cable may watch. Sat, 4/3, 9pm and Tues, 4/6, 8am "US Imperialism and State Repression: Dhoruba Bin-Wahad (Pt. 2)" Former Black Panther Party organizer and political prisoner Dhoruba Bin-Wahad argues that real change comes from dissent outside of the political system. Recognizing historic struggles against social injustice, Dhoruba connects the US role as an empire abroad with state repression, often in the form of laws, at home. (recorded in March @ Hamline University) PLUS: "Reconsidering Copenhagen and International Development w/Walden Bello" Dr. Walden Bello may be the foremost public intellectual on Asian economics. The Economist magazine has credited Bello with creating the word "deglobalization", a concept that has put him in the front of a global movement to reconsider our identity as citizen, not as consumer. Bello opens by illuminating the backroom shenanigans at the COP 15 conference in Copenhagen. Bello "credits" the US, Canada and China as the main players in making last year's Copenhagen climate conference a failure. Bello particularly focuses on the narrative of China, which sees itself as a developing country, yet is now the second largest economy in the world. (recorded in March @ the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs) --------6 of 10-------- Date: Fri, 02 Apr 2010 13:21:25 -0500 From: Dave Bicking <dave [at] colorstudy.com> Subject: CRA reappointment final vote Well, it all ended quickly, with a whimper not a bang. I am officially no longer a member of the board of the CRA (Mpls Civilian Police Review Authority). As I said in my last update, the slate of recommended appointees was revealed at yesterday's Committee of the Whole, and it did not include me. That slate was brought forward at today's City Council meeting by Don Samuels, chair of the Public Safety Committee. Don waxed eloquent about the virtues of the applicant that was chosen instead of me as the City Council pick for the CRA (the mayor got to make the other three picks this time). He spoke of her being "fair and balanced" - over and over. Clearly the point made was to contrast that to his claims about me. My name was never even mentioned, of course. Then Cam Gordon (Green Party Ward 2 Council member) made his substitute motion: to reappoint me in place of the "recommended" applicant. He mentioned that I had "served admirably" on the CRA, and that my reappointment at least deserved debate and discussion. The other Council members clearly didn't agree - not a single one of them would even second the motion, so it died with no chance for discussion or vote - or even for Cam Gordon to speak in favor of the motion. It is very rare for a motion to not receive a second. I have been pretty diplomatic through all of this, but I have to say: What a bunch of cowards!! Other than Cam Gordon, every Council member and the mayor should be ashamed of themselves. Whatever they think about the merits of my service on the CRA - and I accept that there are legitimate differences of opinion - they should have the guts to say in public why a conscientious, active, and reliable member of the CRA (or any board) should be thrown off the board before even serving a full term. The one constant throughout all of this is that no Council member will express any reason for not reappointing me. I have asked repeatedly, in emails and at the public hearing, for anyone who had any concern about my reappointment, to let me know their concern so I could address it. I have had NO responses. This is very shabby treatment for someone who has put in many hundreds of hours of service to the city. You know what they say about bullies really being cowards inside? Today's action was an example of bullies showing their cowardice. I would accept the results of a fair and open process. This was neither. And while this was particularly blatant, it is a pattern of behavior in our city government. That is the biggest reason why I ran for City Council. Since the election, I have seen an accelerating trend toward arrogant, undemocratic, and unresponsive government. As I've said before, this is not really about me. This is about the protection of those involved in encounters with Mpls police. The real issue is whether there is any control over our police department; will there be any real accountability? Will people abused by the police have anywhere to go where they can be not just "listened to", but where their experience will lead to real consequences? The CRA is an important reform won through years of demands and hard work. Will it be valuable, or will it be window dressing? The answer is still uncertain, but today's Council action says much about their desired direction for the CRA. Quite a burden rests on the new appointees to the CRA. Rather than give my opinion and judge them now, I would prefer to let them show their merit through action. The new members are: Arlene Santiago, a public defender; Dean Kallenbach, former DFL endorsed City Council candidate against Dean Zimmermann in 2001; Pramma Elayaperumal, a young and enthusiastic applicant who has been attending CRA meetings; and Mary Pargo, a social service worker with Pillsbury United Communities and Executive Director of Juneteeth. Mary Pargo was the City Council pick, the other three were appointed by the mayor. The fight for the future of the CRA is not over. Personally, I will continue to attend CRA meetings, even if only as a member of the public. I will continue the research I have been working on. At this point, there is far more attention being paid to the CRA than before. That is a positive development. Often there is more value in the fight than in the outcome of a particular battle. We have much to build on, and we must do that. The next step is the upcoming CRA monthly board meeting on Wednesday, April 7, 6:30pm, in Room 333 of City Hall (enter through after-hours door facing 4th St.). The meeting is open to the public, and public comment is allowed. A big turnout will help demonstrate the community's expectations for the new board. Also please consider coming to tomorrow's meeting of CUAPB (Communities United Against Police Brutality), Saturday, April 3, 1:30pm in the basement of Walker Church, 3104 16th Ave. S., Mpls. [See item #2 above - ed] They will surely be strategizing next steps in their relationship with the CRA, and planning for their input at the upcoming CRA board meeting. Thanks to all who have been involved. I am uncomfortable with political action which puts me personally in such a public position, just as my City Council campaign did. The real important issue is the strength we have working together. Even in temporary defeat, we have shown that strength, and the fight is not over. Dave Bicking 612-276-1213 PS. I would be happy to forward any documents, emails, etc. to anyone who is interested. --------7 of 10-------- Netanyahu's Lies and the Politicians Who Swallow Them The Lobby v. America By RAMZY BAROUD CounterPunch April 2 - 4, 2010 As I listened to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu address an animated crowed of supporters on March 22, I felt physically sick. The man has already displayed time and again a complete lack of moral sense or ethical framework in his words and actions. In his recent arguments, he once again twisted history, manipulated facts and fabricated his own selective, self-interested and highly questionable narrative. Netanyahu, a colonialist from a faraway land, also had the audacity to convince himself and a few others that he had legal, moral and historic rights over my land. While I am the son of a Palestinian family rooted in Palestine since time immemorial, Netanyahu is the son of an immigrant from Lithuania. While he giddily robs more Palestinian land in Jerusalem, I live in exile. Netanyahu was addressing the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). The "powerful" lobby group encompasses a large conglomerate of rightwing Zionist politicians and lobbyists and is seen by many as the most instrumental platform that influences - and, to a large degree, controls - US foreign policy regarding Palestine, Israel and the entire Middle East. AIPAC is dangerous for many reasons. For one, it's not a lobby group in the conventional sense - meaning a group of well-paid lobbyists harassing US Congressmen with telephone calls with the hope of advancing the agenda of their benefactors (in this case, the state of Israel). The pro-Israel lobby has actually grown and morphed into a political body that is embedded within all branches of the US government, as well as the media, academia and elsewhere. It is no secret that the neo-conservative cliques of politicians who engineered, steered and to an extent continue to influence US war policy are in fact a mere component of the same "lobby". While Jewish communities in the US may not be united in their support of the largely rightwing and hawkish Zionist lobby groups, both major political parties in the US and all branches of the government stand in complete support of Israel. The AIPAC annual conference is almost mandatory for them. Sadly, Netanyahu's speech before AIPAC is of equal, if not of greater import to some of them than the State of the Union address. Following Obama's address in 2010, many US politicians openly voiced criticism of his take on many issues. But few dare challenge Netanyahu on much of the malice he spewed on March 22. Americans need to realize that this is no longer about Palestine and Israel. It is now about their own country, their own sovereignty and the future of their own democracy. They must ask hard questions and refuse to settle for sentimental answers. How could America be so divided on so many issues, yet so united on the "cause of Israel"? Where does a feeble politician like Netanyahu find the courage to defy the president of the very country that supplied his own with many billions of taxpayer dollars? Of course, we know that much of the fund was used to occupy, torment and wage war on Palestinians for many years. This is the atrocious fact that Americans need to understand fully: Israeli war crimes were made possible because of American funds, weapons and political cover. America is not an outside party to the conflict. It has done more than its fair share in the ongoing Palestinian tragedy. Even if one is somehow convinced by the most recent and unusually strong stance taken by the Obama administration regarding Israel's settlement policy in East Jerusalem, there still remains the question of what comes next. When the President of the United States articulates a seemingly unmovable US position that rejects the building of more illegal settlements that would preclude any possible peace talks, and yet he fails to weaken Israel's resolve even by an iota, some questions must be asked. Will the US use its leverage to twist Israel's arm to respect international law? Will it at least hold on to some of the billions of dollars of funds that it continues to pour into Israel - especially as the US undergoes an unprecedented financial crisis, resulting in growing poverty and homelessness? The answer might be in the UPI report on March 26, citing Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz: "Despite the sharpest rift in decades between Israel and the United States, the Pentagon is reported to have given the green light to the $250 million sale of C-130J transport aircraft to Israel. The deal.involves three 'Super Hercules' aircraft manufactured especially to the Israeli air force's requirements. (The report) indicates that despite the belief among the United States' top military commanders that Israel's failure to reach a peaceful settlement with the Palestinians is undermining U.S. influence and standing in the Muslim world and thus endangering its forces, the Pentagon is prepared to maintain Israel's military superiority in the Middle East". The timing and the nature of the "sale" signify the following: first, if the US government was ready to actively back up its supposed disagreement with Israel, it would have stopped this unwarranted sale. Second, considering that the deal was made through the Pentagon, the very platform used to express concern and call for at least a reconsideration of US policy in the region, the sale is both a slap on the face of the US military, and a veiled apology to Israel. Third, if the failure to reexamine this absence relationship continues, then there is absolutely no doubt left that US foreign policy in the Middle East is indeed held hostage to Israeli, not American priorities, misguided at times as they may be. Those individuals in the US government, military and media that have the courage and the platform to confront Israel must take the opportunity. They should not succumb to intimidation or fear, nor should they be swayed by Netanyahu's lies. The fact is, Netanyahu will continue to lie; it's what he does best. The onus is on those US politicians who readily and barefacedly continue to give the professional liar a standing ovation following every statement he utters. And it is only really they who give any power to the "powerful" lobby. Ramzy Baroud is editor of PalestineChronicle.com. His work has been published in many newspapers and journals worldwide. His latest book is The Second Palestinian Intifada: A Chronicle of a People's Struggle (Pluto Press, London). His newbook is, "My Father Was a Freedom Fighter: Gaza's Untold Story" (Pluto Press, London). --------8 of 10-------- Back Off, I'm a Corporate Whore by Mark Morford Friday, April 2, 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Common Dreams Here's what you should know right off: there is no secret handshake. I was, to say the least, slightly disappointed. There is no secret code, no password, no futuristic RFID chip implanted straight into my retina allowing me instant, bar-coded access to gleaming glass corridors in the NSA, Goldman Sachs and the U.S. Treasury. There's not even a diamond-encrusted golden key in the shape of a dollar sign that opens recessed steel doors to underground lairs or private cocaine stashes stored in the perfect vaginas of flawless Brazilian supermodels. Alas. Also, no blood. No swapping of any bodily fluids whatsoever, no ceremony where you go to a sweaty, fur-lined conference room, the lawyer stabs his palm, you stab your palm, and you chant some sort of dark incantation to the gods of filthy lucre, offshore bank accounts and D.C. lobbyists. As you shake bloody hands, you swear to oppress the workers, exploit the tax code and patron multiple Vegas whorehouses and/or LA fetish nightclubs for your Republican Party/NRA donor slut-fests. But none of that really matters. Despite the lack of expected ritual and violence, I now officially own your pathetic and meager soul. It's true. I have joined my corporate brothers in holding draconian dominion over all you see and hear and say and do and read and believe, forever and ever. Amen. Just the way it is. Let me explain. See, I have become a corporation. A real one. I have launched a full-blown company, with shareholders (me) and a president (me) and a full board of directors (me, me and me). And we are, all of us, in total and complete control. This is how I discovered all the above insights and secrets -- and a great deal more that I cannot really share with you meager commoners -- as I transitioned from lowly, average tax-paying citizen just like you, into giant, megalomaniacal corporate fat-cat tyrant just like, um, Saudi Arabia. It was kind of fun. It happened, as such transformations are wont to do, somewhat unexpectedly, surprisingly, the pieces falling into place like Satan's dominoes, the Dark Fates of capitalism slapping me on the back and welcoming me into the gilded halls of power and influence, even as they calmly removed a huge chunk of my soul. Didn't feel a thing, really. Except for all the screaming. After the act was done, they handed me the deed to what's known as an "S" corporation, so termed for the portion of the American tax code it happily exploits so that I -- or rather, my fine corporation -- may now purchase many rarified American goods, such as congresspersons, Supreme Court justices and Malaysian sweatshop workers, without remorse, guilt or concern for pesky trifles known as "ethics." You perhaps think I am joking? I am not joking. The name of my corporation is Rapture Machine, Inc. It is a publishing company, so formed to help me issue my first amazing, tell-all book, the dazzling mega-compendium known as "The Daring Spectacle," which is available for purchase right here, right now. Have you ordered one yet? Have you ordered, say, five? Do you know any angry Republicans? They'll love it. Give them two. Why go corporate, you may ask from way down there, in your lowly status as pitiable worker cog lemming creature I no longer have to concern myself with in the slightest? Simple: because it was the best way to organize my life and finances as a freelance writer, author and now, overlord of all that is and ever will be. It just made sense. See, as I was preparing to self-publish my epic book, I was informed that some of the larger printing houses preferred to work with "real" companies, not individual authors. So I started Rapture Machine as a tiny sole proprietorship in San Francisco. But one thing led to another, and on the advice of sage tax accountant counsel, I decided to go all in, and become the Man. A small pile of lawyer's fees, an initial shareholder's meeting, and an $800 annual filing with the California Attorney General later, and I have my "S" corporation. Just like that. Just like Exxon. Just like Wal-Mart. Nike. I can feel what's left of my soul shriveling away already. Just like Dick Cheney. As you might guess, it was quite the unexpected transmutation, from humble writer and yoga teacher to heartless totalitarian kingpin, all in a matter of days. But I have to say, it's been completely wonderful so far. Except for the nightmares. And the spiders. And the zombie clowns. Otherwise, awesome. No longer do I walk among you as an equal. No longer must I concern myself with petty nuisances such as fairness, justice, human decency. The Supreme Court said so; I no longer have to care. Like any American corporation worth its inbred cronyism, my company is only really beholden to one entity: its shareholders. Of course, as I am the sole shareholder in my corporation, that means, well, me. Hence, I am only beholden to me, to making me as rich and mercilessly profitable as my shareholders demand that I be, for me, as far as I know. God bless America. Perhaps you think I cannot really get away with this. Perhaps you think there are regulations and laws governing such wanton behavior, that I cannot, say, hire employees for pennies per day and make then mix me fine whiskey drinks and crawl around on all fours wearing only boy shorts and a smile, as they recite poetry and fulfill book requests and update my Facebook fan page. What are you, high? Have you not been paying attention? Did you see how many of my vile brethren over on Wall Street are mocking Congress and Obama alike, still giving multi-million dollar bonuses as they engage in the same behavior that nearly caused the fall of the empire? Are you not watching the oil titans continue to rape the land worldwide? Nothing has changed, plebe. And it never will. In fact, we corporate gods laugh in the face of your puny pleas for, um, whatever the hell it is people like you plead for. Decent wages? Health care? A tolerable ending to "Lost"? Whatever. I can barely even hear you from way up hear on my gilded throne of sticky, glorious evil. It's the American dream. Hey, want to be my intern? 2010 Hearst Communications Inc. Thoughts for the author? E-mail him. Mark Morford's Notes & Errata column appears every Wednesday and Friday on SFGate and in the Datebook section of the San Francisco Chronicle. --------9 of 10-------- Obama Expands Military Involvement in Africa by Daniel Volman Friday, April 2, 2010 Inter Press Service Common Dreams WASHINGTON - When Pres. Barack Obama took office in January 2009, it was widely expected that he would dramatically change, or even reverse, the militarised and unilateral security policy that had been pursued by the George W. Bush administration toward Africa, as well as toward other parts of the world. After one year in office, however, it is clear that the Obama administration is following essentially the same policy that has guided U.S. military policy toward Africa for more than a decade. Indeed, the Obama administration is seeking to expand U.S. military activities on the continent even further. In its FY 2011 budget request for security assistance programmes for Africa, the Obama administration is asking for 38 million dollars for the Foreign Military Financing programme to pay for U.S. arms sales to African countries. The administration is also asking for 21 million dollars for the International Military Education and Training Programme to bring African military officers to the United States, and 24.4 million dollars for Anti-Terrorism Assistance programmes in Africa. The Obama administration has also taken a number of other steps to expand U.S. military involvement in Africa. In June 2009, administration officials revealed that Pres. Obama had approved a programme to supply at least 40 tonnes of weaponry and provide training to the forces of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of Somalia through several intermediaries, including Uganda, Burundi, Djibouti, Kenya, and France. In September 2009, Obama authorised a U.S. Special Forces operation in Somalia that killed Saleh Ali Nabhan, an alleged al Qaeda operative who was accused of being involved in the bombing of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998, as well as other al Qaeda operations in east Africa. In October 2009, the Obama administration announced a major new security assistance package for Mali - valued at 4.5 to 5.0 million dollars - that included 37 Land Cruiser pickup trucks, communication equipment, replacement parts, clothing and other individual equipment and was intended to enhance Mali's ability to transport and communicate with internal security forces throughout the country and control its borders. Although ostensibly intended to help Mali deal with potential threats from AQIM (al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), it is more likely to be used against Tuareg insurgent forces. In December 2009, U.S. military officials confirmed that the Pentagon was considering the creation of a 1,000-strong Marine rapid deployment force for the new U.S. Africa Command (Africom) based in Europe, which could be used to intervene in African hot spots. In February 2010, in his testimony before a hearing by the Africa Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Assistant Secretary of State for Africa Johnnie Carson declared, "We seek to enhance Nigeria's role as a U.S. partner on regional security, but we also seek to bolster its ability to combat violent extremism within its borders." Also in February 2010, U.S. Special Forces troops began a 30-million-dollar, eight-month-long training programme for a 1,000-man infantry battalion of the army of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at the U.S.-refurbished base in Kisangani. Speaking before a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing in March 2010 about this training programme, General William Ward, the commander of Africom, stated "should it prove successful, there's potential that it could be expanded to other battalions as well." During the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, Ward also discussed Africom's continuing participation in Ugandan military operations in the DRC against the Lord's Resistance Army. Despite the failure of "Operation Lightning Thunder", launched by Ugandan troops in December 2008 with help of Africom (included planning assistance, equipment, and financial backing), Ward declared, "I think our support to those ongoing efforts is important support." And in March 2010, U.S. officials revealed that the Obama administration was considering using surveillance drones to provide intelligence to TFG troops in Somalia for their planned offensive against al-Shabaab. According to these officials, the Pentagon may also launch air strikes into Somalia and send U.S. Special Forces troops into the country, as it has done in the past. This growing U.S. military involvement in Africa reflects the fact that counterinsurgency has once again become one of the main elements of U.S. security strategy. This is clearly evident in the new Quadrennial Defence Review (QDR) released by the Pentagon in February. According to the QDR, "U.S. forces will work with the military forces of partner nations to strengthen their capacity for internal security, and will coordinate those activities with those of other U.S. government agencies as they work to strengthen civilian capacities, thus denying terrorists and insurgents safe havens. For reasons of political legitimacy as well as sheer economic necessity, there is no substitute for professional, motivated local security forces protecting populations threatened by insurgents and terrorists in their midst." As the QDR makes clear, this is intended to avoid the need for direct U.S. military intervention: "Efforts that use smaller numbers of U.S. forces and emphasise host-nation leadership are generally preferable to large-scale counterinsurgency campaigns. By emphasising host-nation leadership and employing modest numbers of U.S. forces, the United States can sometimes obviate the need for larger-scale counterinsurgency campaigns." Or, as a senior U.S. military officer assigned to Africom was quoted as saying in a recent article in the U.S. Air University's Strategic Studies Quarterly, "We don't want to see our guys going in and getting wacked...We want Africans to go in." Thus, the QDR goes on to say, "U.S. forces are working in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Colombia, and elsewhere to provide training, equipment, and advice to their host-country counterparts on how to better seek out and dismantle terrorist and insurgent networks while providing security to populations that have been intimidated by violent elements in their midst." Furthermore, the United States will also continue to expand and improve the network of local military bases that are available to U.S. troops under base access agreements. The resurgence of Vietnam War-era counterinsurgency doctrine as a principal tenet of U.S. security policy, therefore, has led to a major escalation of U.S. military involvement in Africa by the Obama administration that seems likely to continue in the years ahead. Daniel Volman is the Director of the African Security Research Project in Washington, DC. He is the author of numerous articles and reports and has been studying U.S. security policy toward Africa and African security issues for more than 30 years. 2010 IPS North America [Obama - as bad as Bush and getting worse by the day. Intervention R US - if not at some place now, wait a few months. An evil empire run by a president from the Dem Party, and let go on and on and on by "faithful" Dems who wouldn't want to say anything bad about "our guy". -ed] --------10 of 10-------- Easter Bunny eats Congress! "Urrp! Yuck! I'm gonna throw up!" Urrp! Slosh! 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