The Dilemma at the Heart of America’s Approach to Africa

If Washington really wants to promote African democracy, why is it partnering with the continent’s autocrats to create military spy programs?

U.S. marines watch as members of the Uganda army undergo training in combat operation skills at a military training school in Singo, 78km (46 miles) south of capital Kampala, April 30, 2012, […]

The Potential Impact of the People’s Rights Amendment Goes Far Beyond Restricting Freedom of Speech

Ilya Somin The Volokh Conspiracy 4/26/2012

Co-blogger Eugene Volokh has an excellent post on how the proposed People’s Rights Amendment threatens freedom of speech. But it’s important to recognize that the proposal goes far beyond denying free speech rights to entities organized as corporations. It would deny them all other constitutional rights as well. Section […]

WikiLeaks: Makers of KONY2012 Spied For Ugandan Regime

Michael Kelley Business Insider 4/10/2012

Invisible Children, makers of KONY 2012 and Beyond KONY, provided intelligence to Uganda’s security apparatus that led to the arrests of several opponents of the regime, according to leaked U.S. embassy cables and reported by Milton Allimadi at Black Star News.

Since 2008 the San Diego-based nonprofit organization has acted […]

Obama’s Secret War-making for the U.N.

Cliff Kincaid Accuracy in Media 3/21/2012

You may not have heard of PSD-10 because it has received no significant coverage from the major media. Yet, President Obama issued “Presidential Study Directive 10” last August 4, 2011, and posted it on the White House website. It amounts to a new and potentially far-reaching exercise of American […]

Rubber-stamping Obama’s African War Policy

Cliff Kincaid Accuracy in Media 3/22/2012

As media-induced frenzy over African warlord Joseph Kony reaches a fever pitch, Democratic Senator Christopher Coons has introduced a resolution that seems to provide legal cover for President Obama’s deployment of U.S. combat troops to Africa. Obama ordered the military intervention last October, without the approval of Congress, saying […]

‘Progressive foreign policy in action’

Joseph Kony resolution introduced in House

Stephanie Condon CBS News 3/13/2012

Two House lawmakers on Tuesday introduced a resolution supporting efforts to counter the Lord’s Resistance Army, hoping to build on the momentum created by a viral YouTube video spotlighting the atrocities of LRA leader Joseph Kony.

The resolution, introduced by Reps. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. […]