America’s Imperial Footprint in Africa

August 19, 2015 at 1:00 PM


Eric Draitser of appears on WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC) to discuss US military engagement on the African continent.  Draitser provides an introduction to the recent history of the issue, inlcuding the establishment of AFRICOM and the 2011 US-NATO war on Libya.  He outlines some of the nations in which the US is involved militarily in Africa, explaining that each conflict provides Washington with a pretext for further penetration.  Draitser argues that the geopolitical imperative for the US is to use its military to block China’s economic engagement with the continent, thereby attempting to maintain US and Western hegemony.  He notes that independent economic and political development is what Africans want, and more and more of the continent’s government’s are turning to China to help provide that.  All this and more in this wide ranging half hour interview.

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