By Thomas Gaist, 11 March 2015
Thousands of Chadian troops, including elite units trained and equipped by the US military, occupied portions of northern Nigeria this week.
By Thomas Gaist, 17 February 2015
Operation Flintlock 2015, encompassing Chad, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon and Tunisia, is being used by the US and European powers to escalate their military presence in the oil-rich region.
By Thomas Gaist, 2 February 2015
The US to moving to massively expand its military operations in the resource-rich region, as it combats the influence of China and other powers.
By Thomas Gaist, 12 January 2015
Boko Haram now controls 11 local governmental units, including some 20,000 square miles in the northern states of Yobe and Borno.
By Bernd Sackow, 27 December 2014
The measures taken are more akin to those used by a police state to control the population and they symbolise the inadequacy of the medical measures to fight the Ebola epidemic.
By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 20 November 2014
A few days after his nomination by the army, transitional president Michel Kafando named junta leader Colonel Isaac Zida as prime minister yesterday.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 3 November 2014
The army took power in Burkina Faso after protests erupted against President Blaise Campaoré’s attempt to modify the constitution so he could again run for the presidency.
By Kate Randall, 18 October 2014
A UN trust fund for Ebola has only $100,000 on hand, a fraction of the nearly $1 billion the world body says is needed to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
By Niles Williamson, 4 October 2014
More than 7,000 have fallen ill and more than 3,300 have died in the current epidemic, the most widespread outbreak since the disease was first identified 28 years ago.
By David Brown, 25 September 2014
International health agencies predict the Ebola outbreak in West Africa could affect hundreds of thousands.
By David Brown, 13 September 2014
The ebola outbreak in West Africa continues to overwhelm health care workers.
By David Brown, 1 August 2014
Sierra Leone has mobilized its military and Liberia has closed its schools in response to the uncontained Ebola outbreak.
By David Brown, 29 July 2014
Liberia has closed most of its borders in response to an Ebola outbreak that has killed one doctor and infected two others.
By John Rowe, 9 July 2014
International agencies say that the deadly Ebola virus is spreading out of control in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 May 2014
The Obama administration has seized upon the vicious kidnapping of Nigerian school girls to provide the cover of a “moral crusade” for an escalating US and European military intervention in Africa.
By Wolfgang Weber, 12 February 2013
Germany is expanding its participation in the French colonial war in Mali from week to week.
By Alex Lantier, 29 January 2013
Britain has pledged to deploy troops to Mali and the US is planning a base for drones as the imperialist intervention in the Sahara escalates.
By Ernst Wolff, 24 January 2013
Thirteen days after starting a war in Mali, France is boosting its military presence amid reports of civilian and ethnic-based killings by French and allied forces.
By Ernst Wolff, 22 January 2013
Amid the French offensive in Mali, the imperialist powers are laying out plans for a lasting neo-colonial intervention in all of Western Africa.
By Kumaran Ira, 22 January 2013
France’s Left Front is supporting President François Hollande’s decision to launch a war in Mali, while issuing tactical criticisms of his policies.
By Alex Lantier, 19 January 2013
The standoff at the Tinguentourine natural gas site in Algeria has continued amid mounting international tensions over France’s war in Mali.
By Kumaran Ira, 18 January 2013
France has increased its troop deployment in Mali to 1,400, amid a hostage crisis after Islamist militants seized an Algerian natural gas complex to protest the war.
By Ernst Wolff, 17 January 2013
French ground troops have attacked rebel forces holding the small town of Diabaly, near the border with rebel-held northern Mali.
By Alex Lantier, 16 January 2013
French warplanes continued to bomb Mali yesterday as French ground forces entered the country to protect the military junta of Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo.
By Ernst Wolff, 15 December 2012
Mali’s Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra was arrested and forced to resign by the country’s military junta on Monday night.
By Ernst Wolff, 17 November 2012
The Economic Community of West African States has reiterated its readiness to deploy 3,300 soldiers to the north of Mali before the start of the rainy season.
By Kumaran Ira, 3 November 2012
Hillary Clinton visited Algiers Monday to secure Algerian support for an imperialist intervention in Mali, as a conference to plan for war opened in Bamako.
By Ernst Wolff, 26 October 2012
European and US diplomats and military experts are preparing for a military intervention in Mali.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 October 2012
France and the United States are urging UN Security Council to approve a West African-manned military intervention in Northern Mali.
By Ernst Wolff, 25 September 2012
The West African Economic Community and the government of Mali have agreed on the conditions of a military operation in northern Mali.
By Ernst Wolff, 17 July 2012
Just as the international intervention in Libya was aimed in part at denying China access to North African oil, a military intervention in Mali either led by the US or in cooperation with Washington would target Chinese influence in the country.
By Trevor Johnson, 8 June 2012
Just before 4 p.m. on June 3, a passenger plane crashed into a built-up area of Lagos, Nigeria, killing all 153 people on board.
By Johannes Stern, 10 April 2012
Amid ongoing fighting in Mali, France and the US are threatening to organize a military intervention in the country.
By Antoine Lerougetel, 5 April 2012
France is signaling it will back military action to crush an army revolt that deposed Malian President Amadou Toumani Touré.
By Olivier Laurent, 28 March 2012
Mutinous soldiers led by Captain Amadou Sanagou seized power last Thursday in Bamako, the capital of Mali.
By Robert Stevens, 23 February 2012
Workers in Nigeria face escalating attacks on their livelihoods following the betrayal of last month’s national general strike against the regime of President Goodluck Jonathan.
By Robert Stevens, 25 January 2012
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is using a spate of terrorist bombings to justify measures aimed at growing working class opposition to his rule.
By Robert Stevens, 21 January 2012
The betrayal of the nationwide general strike by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) provides crucial lessons for workers and young people the world over.
By Robert Stevens, 17 January 2012
Nigeria’s two main trade union federations have called off the general strike against President Goodluck Jonathan as army units moved into cities around the country.
By Robert Stevens, 16 January 2012
Action against the Nigerian government of President Goodluck Jonathan continues as the Nigeria’s main trade union federations failed in their attempt to halt the general strike.
By Robert Stevens, 14 January 2012
Nigeria’s two main trade union federations suspended strike action, on the fifth day of a general strike against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.
By Robert Stevens, 12 January 2012
Hundreds of thousands have demonstrated throughout Nigeria over the past three days in an escalating general strike against the government of President Goodluck Jonathan.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 January 2012
Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets Monday at the start of a nationwide general strike against the government’s lifting of subsidies, resulting in the doubling of fuel costs overnight.
By Niles Williamson, 6 January 2012
As protests spread against cuts to state oil subsidies, Nigerian labour unions have called a general strike starting Monday if the cuts are not rescinded.
By David Walsh, 27 August 2011
A massive explosion ripped through the United Nations complex in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, Friday morning.
By Patrick O’Connor, 12 May 2011
The New York Times yesterday reported on a wave of execution-style murders of former Libyan government internal security personnel in Benghazi.
By William Whitlow, 26 April 2011
The West African country of Burkina Faso has been hit by growing popular protests as well as dissent in the army.
By Susan Garth, 20 April 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan’s electoral victory has left Nigeria divided along regional, political and class lines.
By Patrick Martin, 10 December 2010
A Shell executive told the US embassy that the oil company had infiltrated agents into all the main ministries of the Nigerian government.
By Trevor Johnson, 20 November 2010
Three days after the announcement of the presidential election results, a state of emergency was declared in Guinea when clashes between angry demonstrators and security forces led to several deaths and scores of wounded.
By Barry Mason, 19 October 2010
More than 400 children have died from the effects of lead poisoning in the northern Nigerian state of Zamfara.
By Kumaran Ira, 28 September 2010
In recent weeks, French authorities have warned of a major risk of terrorist attack in France being prepared by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which recently claimed responsibility for kidnapping seven workers at French mining companies in Niger.
By Kumaran Ira, 2 September 2010
France has seized upon reports of the execution of a French aid worker by Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in July to escalate its military intervention in its former colonies in the strategic Sahel region of Western Africa.
By Trevor Johnson, 1 September 2010
Niger in Western Africa has been hit by double disaster. According to the United Nations, more than 110,000 people have been affected by the severe rains in the second week of August and the flooding that followed.
By Barry Mason, 5 August 2010
Last month the Amsterdam Central Criminal Court found the Trafigura oil trading corporation guilty of offloading waste from the ship Probo Koala, despite knowing it to be toxic.
By Trevor Johnson, 1 July 2010
West Africa has become the scene of intense competition between international mining companies as the price of minerals has risen after the recession of 2009. At the centre of this development is a region that covers parts of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, recognised as the biggest of the world’s remaining undeveloped minerals deposits.
By Barry Mason, 25 June 2010
Recent reports show growth of a stark divide between rich and poor in Africa.
By Trevor Johnson, 28 May 2010
China has signed a $23 billion deal with the new government of Goodluck Jonathan in Nigeria to build three oil refineries and a petrochemical plant.
By our correspondent, 19 April 2010
On March 31 and April 1 thousands of students at the University of Liberia—the nation’s highest institution of learning—protested against the hiking of tuition fees by 148 percent.
By Barry Mason, 17 March 2010
Demonstrators took to the streets of Togo’s capital, Lomé, in West Africa last weekend to protest the recent election results.
By Ann Talbot, 16 March 2010
As many as 500 people may have died in the latest round of communal violence in Nigeria’s Plateau State.
By Barry Mason, 24 February 2010
The military have carried out a coup in the West African state of Niger, ousting incumbent President Mamadou Tandja in this former French colony.
By Trevor Johnson and Ann Talbot, 3 February 2010
Hundreds of people have been killed as communal violence broke out in the Nigerian city of Jos and surrounding areas last month. The official death toll stands at 326 but it is thought to be higher.
By John Newham, 11 January 2010
Following an attempt on the life of the president of Guinea, Captain Moussa “Dadis” Camara, on December 3, the Guinean communications minister, Idrissa Cherif, has accused the French government of being complicit in the attack.
By John Newham, 14 December 2009
The British High Court has ruled that Liberia, one of the poorest countries in the world, must pay a 30-year-old debt now amounting to £12 million ($20 million) to two “vulture funds”. Liberia had claimed that repayment of the debt would be a violation of the Highly Indebted Poor Countries Initiative.
By Barry Mason, 7 October 2009
An Amnesty International report shows that women in Sierra Leone have a one-in-eight chance of dying from the complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth.
By Ann Talbot, 1 October 2009
Repression continues in the aftermath of the massacre of an estimated 157 people attending an opposition rally outside a football stadium in Conakry, the capital of Guinea, on Monday.
By Barry Mason, 22 May 2009
After thousands of people became ill in the West African country of Ivory Coast following the dumping of toxic waste, one of the companies alleged to be involved is indicted in a British court.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 April 2009
As the hostage drama off the coast of Somalia continued into its second day Thursday, there were indications that the Obama administration may be preparing yet another military intervention, this time in the Horn of Africa.
By Patrick O’Keefe, 17 March 2009
On March 2 President João Bernardo Vieira of Guinea Bissau was assassinated by soldiers loyal to army chief of staff.
By Marianne Arens, 27 February 2009
The Italian government has passed a decree permitting vigilante squads to patrol Italian cities, legalising the activities of the groups of racist and fascist thugs who have intensified their attacks on immigrants in recent weeks and months.
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By Trevor Johnson, 6 February 2004
There are growing concerns that Guinea in West Africa could fall prey to the same instability as Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire).
By Chris Talbot, 13 November 2003
In a provocative move the Bush administration has made available a $2 million reward for the capture of ex-Liberian President Charles Taylor and for bringing him before the Special Court on war crimes that is being set up in Sierra Leone.
By John Farmer, 29 October 2003
The West African country Ivory Coast was taken nearer to the resumption of civil war when on October 21 Radio France International’s (RFI’s) veteran African correspondent, Jean Helene, was shot dead. A police sergeant shot Helene while he was waiting outside police headquarters to interview opposition politicians being released after four days of incarceration. The policeman was disarmed by his fellow officers, arrested and charged with murder.
By Chris Talbot, 1 October 2003
Aid workers in Liberia are reporting continued fighting, as well as attacks on civilians including looting, rape and summary executions throughout the north and central regions of Liberia. The attacks on civilians were carried out by both government troops and rebels from the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) group.
By Brian Smith, 27 September 2003
A successful coup d’état in Guinea Bissau in West Africa has ousted President Kumba Yala and his Prime Minister Mario Pires. Yala later resigned to give the process a gloss of legality.
By Chris Talbot, 18 August 2003
Charles Taylor, Liberia’s president since 1997 meekly travelled into exile on Monday August 11.
By Chris Talbot, 7 August 2003
The first detachment of Nigerian troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has been airlifted from Sierra Leone to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia, part of a “vanguard interposition force” that is intended to separate Liberian government forces from the surrounding rebels.
US, Europe intervene to protect oil interests
By Brian Smith, 29 July 2003
A coup in the Atlantic islands of São Tomé and Principe, off the coast of West Africa, has ended in international mediation after just one week and President Fradique de Menezes returning from Nigeria to a red carpet treatment.
By Chris Talbot, 21 July 2003
Liberia’s capital Monrovia is once again under attack by rebel forces of the Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD). Latest news is that they have reached the Gabriel Tucker Bridge on the edge of the city centre. This is the third time that the rebels have attempted to take Monrovia and blows apart the attempts at a US-brokered peace deal being negotiated in Ghana.
By Chris Talbot, 16 February 2002
In a four-day visit to West Africa, British Prime Minister Tony Blair set out his agenda for future imperialist intervention in the continent. He did so in his characteristic style, which increasingly resembles that of a colonial missionary. With moralizing zeal Blair took up the theme he raised several times last year that Africa is a “scar on the conscience of the world,” and suggested that with an African child dying every three seconds, “no responsible world leader can turn their back on Africa.”
By Jerry White, 21 October 1998
Several hundred bodies, charred beyond recognition, were buried in a mass grave in southern Nigeria Monday after the explosion this weekend that killed at least 500 villagers.
By Bill Vann, 21 February 1998
Following a nine-day offensive and a bombardment of the city of Freetown, Nigerian military forces succeeded in toppling the military junta which seized power in the West African state of Sierra Leone in May of last year.