From Guernica – The Pivot to Africa. The US [AFRICOM] claims it has a limited military presence in Africa with just one military base in Djibouti however when each small ‘footprints’ is counted, we see the whole is alarmingly expansive….
One can imagine the kind of deal the US government has made with Niger, hardly a powerhouse as far as African governments go and not surprisingly there has been no protest, not even a meaningless statement from the AU. Niger provides a perfect base for AFRICOM. It’s on the edge of the Sahara giving the US a central position from which it survey the whole continent. In order to fully understand the new militarist imperial expansion by the US and the potential impact of the Niger base and other already established bases in Africa, its worth examining US militarism in the Asia Pacific region and specifically the “Pacific Pivot” which was launched in November 2011. Hawian activist Koohan Paik explains….