Friday, July 30, 2010

Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, Leads Class on U.S. Militarism in Africa, Sat., 5:00-7:00pm

For Immediate Release

Detroit Public Class & Discussion

Topic: "Pentagon Expands U.S. Role in Africa"
Date: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 5:00-7:00pm
Facilitator: Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire
Location: 5920 Second Ave. at Antoinette, North of WSU Campus
Sponsors: Workers World Party & The Harriet Tubman School
Contact: 313.671.3715
URL: http://www.panafricannews.blogspot.com
E-mail: ac6123@wayne.edu

Abayomi Azikiwe, Editor of the Pan-African News Wire, to Lead Class on Expanding U.S. Military Intervention in Africa

The Pentagon is increasing its military involvement on the African continent. With the founding of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) in 2008, the imperialists have poured more money and military personnel into Uganda, Somalia, Mali, Egypt, the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Guinea.

There have been war games by the U.S. military in West Africa and threats to engage in more aggressive actions against Somalia in order to prop-up the puppet Transitional Federal Government. In addition there are ongoing U.S. efforts to destabilize Zimbabwe, Sudan and Nigeria.

This intervention is taking place at the same time that increasing amounts of oil are being imported into the U.S. from Africa, which has outstripped the Middle-East in the supply of petroleum to North America. This emphasis on military and profit-making ventures is redirecting resources away from much needed development assistance in the areas of healthcare, public service, education, women's affairs, agricultural development and mounting food deficits in the Sahel and in East Africa.

Come out and join this important discussion which has serious implications for the anti-war movement in the United States and Western Europe.

There will also be a report back from the MECAWI delegation that attended the United National Anti-War Conference held in Albany, N.Y. between July 23-25.

Admission to the class in free. Light refreshments will be served.