Articles by Ann Garrison

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Congo “Coup” Was Reality TV; Morehouse Congo Protest Was Real
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 May 2024

22 May 2024 – Morehouse College professors protested US complicity in Congo Genocide by unfurling a Congolese flag behind Joe Biden as he addressed the 2024 graduating class. A brief, quixotic coup took place in Congo on the same day. 

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“Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship”—a Rwanda Review
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 May 2024

8 May 2024 – Ann Garrison continues her series of reviews of books important to understanding the Rwandan Genocide and Rwanda as it is today during this 30th anniversary year of the 1994 massacres.

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The US Did Not Fail to Intervene in Rwanda
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Apr 2024

17 Apr 2024 – The most widespread and pernicious myth about the Rwandan Genocide may be that the US stood by and let it happen, but nothing could be further from the truth. The US in fact intervened aggressively—to make sure there would be no UN intervention.

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In Praise of Blood: Crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Apr 2024

10 Apr 2024 – Judi Rever risked her life to write the true story of the Rwandan Genocide.

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Eric Nshimiye, Another Rwandan American Facing Trial in Another Rwandan Witch Hunt
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Apr 2024

3 Apr 2024 – The totalitarian state of Rwanda is guilty of many forms of transnational repression, including the lawfare exemplified in the case of Eric Nshimiye.

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How Paul Kagame Deliberately Sacrificed the Tutsi
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Mar 2024

20 Mar 2024 –  2024 marks the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. Review of “How Paul Kagame Sacrificed the Tutsi,” one of many important books that challenge the prevailing narrative about the events of 1994.

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African Stream
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Mar 2024

13 Mar 2024 – African Stream is an anti-war, anti-imperialist video and text website based in Nairobi, Kenya. I spoke to its founder, Ahmed Kaballo.

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Investigations of Attacks on the Eritrean Diaspora Are Underway
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Mar 2024

28 Feb 2024 – Ann Garrison spoke to Eritrean British attorney Feven Yemane regarding attacks on Eritrean diaspora festivals and gatherings and the investigations underway.

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Congolese Journalist: It’s Time to Stop Negotiating with Rwanda
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Feb 2024

21 Feb 2024 – Rwanda’s M23 militia and Special Forces have been advancing on Goma, the capital city of North Kivu Province in the DRC. I had a Zoom conversation with Congolese journalist Akilimali Saleh, who is based in Goma.

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China in Congo
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Feb 2024

14 Feb 2024 – I spoke to Maurice Carney about the role of China in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s mining industry.

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Red Sea Tensions Increase
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Feb 2024

7 Feb 2024 – Tensions increase in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

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Corporate Coup: Venezuela and the End of US Empire
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Feb 2024

Anya Parampil’s book tells the story of US hybrid warfare on Venezuela and of the tectonic social and economic shifts reshaping the world today.

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Red Sea Politics: Ethiopia, Somalia, and the US/EU/NATO
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report - TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2024

17 Jan 2024 – An MOU pairing Ethiopia’s Red Sea ambitions with Somaliland’s secessionist aspirations heightens tensions in the Horn of Africa.

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Cobalt Red: How Congolese Blood Powers Our Lives
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Jan 2024

24 Jan 2024 – “Unspeakable riches have brought the people of the Congo little other than unspeakable pain.” So writes Siddharth Kara in ‘Cobalt Red, How the Blood of the Congo Powers Our Lives.’ His book exposes the exploitation behind the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

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Climate Profiteers Exploit Somali Suffering
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Dec 2023

20 Dec 2023 – NGOs and other climate profiteers treat Somalia as a poster child for global warming.

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Dr. Jill Stein: A Ballot Challenge to the Crimes of Empire
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Dec 2023

6 Dec 2023 – Dr. Jill Stein stepped up to compete for the Green Party presidential nomination after Dr. Cornel West decided to run as an independent. Ann Garrison spoke with her.

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US Blows Off the Whole World to Punish Cuba
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Nov 2023

15 Nov 2023 – On Nov 2, the UNGA voted overwhelmingly for a resolution calling on the US to lift the trade embargo against Cuba that John Kennedy imposed in 1962. The US and Israel were the only two nations to vote no, with Ukraine abstaining. Total dependence creates total compliance.

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Menendez Bribery Scandal: Egypt versus Ethiopia
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Oct 2023

27 Sep 2023 – U.S. federal investigators caught New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez and his wife Nadine with $180,000 worth of gold bars, $550,000 in cash, plus furniture and a $60,000 Mercedes Benz that they didn’t pay for.

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Amnesty International Pushes Regime Change in Eritrea with Dubious, Unverifiable Report
Ann Garrison | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Sep 2023

21 Sep 2023 – Amnesty’s new report accusing Eritrea’s government of gruesome war crimes relies heavily on anonymous testimony, grainy satellite images, and zero field investigation. It is the latest salvo in the West’s campaign to topple the country’s independent government.

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Western Media Glorify TPLF Mob Violence against Eritrean Festivals
Ann Garrison | The Grayzone - TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Aug 2023

19 Aug 2023 – This summer, violent mobs associated with the US-backed Tigray People’s Liberation Front assaulted Eritrean festivals across the US and Europe. Western media is now spinning the targeted mob violence as legitimate protest against Eritrea’s government.

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Haitians Protest UN Occupation and Pending Foreign “Intervention”
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jul 2023

19 Jul 2023 – The US and Canada argue for a multilateral military intervention in Haiti, possibly led by Rwanda, to support the puppet regime they installed. They are using “gang violence” as the excuse, but there are actually more gang killings in Jamaica or El Salvador.

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The UK-Rwanda Pact to Keep Migrants from Crossing the English Channel
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jul 2023

12 Jul 2023 – The UK is spearheading a European drive to outsource migrants to Rwanda.

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Somalia: The Lawless Frontier
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Jul 2023

5 Jul 2023 – A UN “peacekeeping” mission continues operations in Somalia.

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Human Suffering Worsens in DRC, the Heart of Africa
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Jul 2023

28 Jun 2023 – A million more Congolese people have been displaced to satisfy the resource hunger of the industrialized world.

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Is the UAE in Control in Somalia?
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jun 2023

7 Jun 2023 – Many Somalis think that the United Arab Emirates is now as much or more in charge in Somalia than the Somali government.

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Putin, South Africa, and the International Criminal Court
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jun 2023

31 May 2023 – The Upcoming BRICS Meetings in South Africa – The West has deployed the International Criminal Court in the US/NATO proxy war with Russia in Ukraine.

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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki in China
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 May 2023

24 May 2023 – Eritrea can chart an exciting new development path through mutually respectful collaboration with China.

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Escaping Debt Slavery: Ethiopia, Africa, and the IMF
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 May 2023

17 May 2023 – In 1987, at the Organization for African Unity, Thomas Sankara said, “Debt is a cleverly managed reconquest of Africa.” Ethiopia might actually be better off if the US keeps the IMF from signing off on its latest loan request.

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Ilhan Omar Voted to Withdraw from Somalia, but She’s No Anti-Imperialist
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 May 2023

10 May 2023 – Congresswoman Ilhan Omar is not the progressive she is thought to be. She follows US policy regarding her native Somalia and has connections there that compromise her actions. True anti-imperialist politics are needed to counteract the US interference that has devastated the country.

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US Troops in Somalia Rise to 900, House Votes Not to Withdraw
Ann Garrison | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 May 2023

3 May 2023 – The presence of US troops in Somalia helps the Islamist insurgency Al Shabaab recruit, exacerbating the very violence they claim to be fighting. But the House has voted down a resolution to withdraw.

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US/EU/NATO Meet with Somaliland Secessionists
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Apr 2023

19 Apr 2023 – As Somaliland forces continue to fire on Somali nationalists, US/EU/NATO officials held a joint call with secessionist Somaliland President Muse Bihi Abdi.

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US Uses Rusesabagina’s Release to Whitewash Its Decades of Support for the Kagame Regime
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 10 Apr 2023

5 Apr 2023 – Paul Rusesabagina is free after being kidnapped and taken to Rwanda in 2020. The US claims credit for pressuring Rwanda to release him, hoping to distract the world from its decades of support for President Paul Kagame and his human rights crimes in Rwanda and neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.

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2023 Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize Awarded to John Williams Ntwali and Kambale Musavuli
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 Apr 2023

29 Mar 2023 – The Prize for Democracy and Peace is awarded to people who work for democracy, peace, and freedom in the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

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The Fabulist Arrogance of US Power
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Mar 2023

22 Mar 2023 – The U.S. reserves for itself the right to commit crimes all over the world. Yet it also refuses to participate in any war crimes prosecution and even passed a law giving itself the right to invade the International Criminal Court at the Hague should a North American or an ally face justice.

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Forever Wars vs. Armageddon
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Mar 2023

15 Mar 2023 – The call for the U.S. to end military involvements is often made in order to advocate for new wars against more powerful countries. It appears that the only choices are forever wars or the end of the world.

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US Shoots Itself in the Foot in Africa
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Mar 2023

8 Mar 2023 – In Africa as in the rest of the world, US machinations undermine its goals and bring other nations together as they seek to protect themselves from a desperate empire. The US can’t seem to understand that the rest of the world, including Africa, doesn’t like to be pushed around.

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Rwanda, Israel, and the African Union
Ann Garrison – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Feb 2023

22 Feb 2023 – The official anti-genocide campaigners most often target African nations, and never come to Palestine’s defense. Granting Israel observer status at the African Union therefore risks validating the Israeli settler Zionist colonial state.

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How the US Crushed the Struggle for a Somali Nation
Ann Garrison | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Feb 2023

14 Feb 2023 – As Somalia struggled to hold its first real national elections since the country collapsed in 1991, the US and its allies pushed separatism and undermined democracy so as to militarily dominate the country and plunder its resources.

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Ilhan Omar Is Not Mama Africa
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Feb 2023

1 Feb 2023 – The new Speaker of the House announced he will remove Congresswoman Ilhan Omar from the Foreign Affairs Committee. The attack from Republicans has given her image a boost, but her record shows the credibility is not deserved.

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If You Wouldn’t Ask Hannibal Lecter to Stop Mass Atrocities, Don’t Ask “The International Community”
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Jan 2023

4 Jan 2023 – The hope that the U.S. will intervene anywhere in the world for humanitarian reasons is misguided in the extreme. Claims of concern are always a ruse hiding ulterior motives. Imperialist actions are antithetical to human needs.

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If the US Told Rwanda and Uganda to Get Out of Congo, the War Would End
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Jan 2023

14 Dec 2022 – Rwanda and Uganda continue their plunder and destabilization of the Democratic Republic of the Congo as proxies of the United States.

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The US Is Determined to Drive a Wedge between Ethiopia and Eritrea
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Nov 2022

23 Nov 2022 – Thanks to the 21 Nov US-imposed sanctions,  Eritrea has been excluded from the SWIFT system along with Russia, Iran, and North Korea.  Now American Enterprise Institute fanatic Michael Rubin wants it on the US list of state sponsored terrorists along with Cuba, North Korea, and Syria—triggering sanctions that penalize persons and countries trading with Eritrea. 

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Glaring Western Hypocrisy on Human Rights in Africa: Ethiopia and the Democratic Republic of Congo
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Nov 2022

2 Nov 2022 – The US and EU are complicit in the Rwandan and Ugandan incursions into the DRC, as well as in their support of their TPLF proxies against Ethiopia. On a positive note, however, Ethiopians, Eritreans, Congolese, Rwandans, and Ugandans are speaking out about the West’s hypocrisy and interference and building PanAfrican ties.

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Ethiopia Nears Victory in Its Civil War, US Scrambles to Control the Outcome
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 Oct 2022

26 Oct 2022 – War between Ethiopia and the TPLF may be coming to an end, but the US is using sanctions to have the final word despite the apparent defeat of its proxy.

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Survivors Uncensored: Voices from Rwanda and the Rwandan Diaspora
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 26 Sep 2022

21 Sep 2022 – The abuse of the Rwandan catastrophe in service to US/EU/NATO interventionist ideology. The US will never stop defending the narrative because they’ll never admit to having engineered what happened and continues in Rwanda and DRC.

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WHO Chief, TPLF Leader Tedros Silent about His Party’s Theft of World Food Program Fuel
Ann Garrison | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Sep 2022

UN World Health Organization chief Dr. Tedros Adhanom is also the world’s most prominent advocate of the Tigrayan People’s Liberation Front. He has said nothing about the TPLF’s recent theft of fuel intended for UN relief efforts in Ethiopia.

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Notes from Wartorn Ethiopia (Part 5)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jun 2022

1 Jun 2022 – I wish I could conclude on a lighter note, but summoning Gramsci’s “pessimism of the intellect, optimism of the will,” I can only resolve to share what I’ve learned back home and suggest that the US let Ethiopia live.

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US Threatens Ethiopia and Eritrea with Illegal “Legal Designation of Genocide”
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 May 2022

25 May 2022 – The US is falsely accusing Ethiopia and Eritrea of hindering food aid and committing genocides in the ongoing war in Tigray. The charges are false and the US has no right to make such a claim on its own.

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Ethiopia: The TPLF Destruction of Afar (Part 4)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 May 2022

18 May 2022 – The U.S. backs TPLF war, then when IDPs overwhelm public health capacity, USAID sends help. Measles threatens to sweep IDP camps full of undernourished children. Contradictions of empire.

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Notes from Eritrea (Part 2)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 16 May 2022

11 May 2022 – If Eritreans or other peoples of the world choose multi-party democracy, fine, but the US/NATO shouldn’t be trying to ram it down their throats with sanctions or using it as an excuse to bomb them into submission.

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Notes from Eritrea (Part 1)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 May 2022

4 May 2022 – Ann Garrison continues her reporting from the Horn of Africa. She is now in Eritrea.

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Notes from Wartorn Ethiopia (Part 2)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Apr 2022

Ann Garrison continues her reporting from Ethiopia.

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Notes from Wartorn Ethiopia (Part 1)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Apr 2022

13 Apr 2022 – I’m writing from Ethiopia, where the war that began in November 2020 continues, with the US backing their former puppet, the Tigrayan People’s Liberation, which ruled Ethiopia with an iron fist from 1991 to 2018, when they were finally overthrown by a popular uprising.

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How WHO Chief Tedros Violated UN Rules to Advance TPLF Interests in Ethiopia
Ann Garrison | The Grayzone – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Jan 2022

18 Jan 2022 – In leaked audio, UN staffers accuse World Health Organization Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of violating UN code to further the objectives of his political allies in Ethiopia’s conflict.

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#Ethiopia #TigrayGenocide #ExcuseForRegimeChangeWar
Ann Garrison | Popular Resistance – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 Jan 2022

13 Jan 2022 – Ethiopia’s growing ties with China and Russia and the Joint Declaration on Comprehensive Cooperation Between Ethiopia, Somalia and Eritrea so threaten U.S. global hegemony that a U.S. “regime change” campaign is well underway. One of the first stages of any such campaign is, of course, massive disinformation.

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Biden Deploys National Guard: It’s “Déjà Vu All Over Again” as Government Hawks and Corporate Media Play Up Ethiopian Atrocities in Tigray
Ann Garrison | CovertAction Magazine – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Dec 2021

9 Dec 2021 – Twelve days after a Bloomberg Nov. 11 Headline proclaimed that “Ethiopia’s Civil War Is a Problem That U.S. Troops Can Help Solve,” President Joe Biden announced the Deployment of 1,000 National Guard Troops to the Ethiopian border—as if he had learned nothing from the U.S.’s disastrous 75-year history of military involvement in (and incitement of) foreign civil wars in Korea, Vietnam, Lebanon, Somalia, Nicaragua, Haiti, Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan and Syria.

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Ethiopia: “I’ve Lost Faith in Everything American”
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Nov 2021

3 Nov 2021 – Last month TRANSCEND Media Service published my interview with Jemal Countess, a photographer who has traveled back and forth between the US and Ethiopia since Nov 2020, when the civil war started. This is Part II of that interview.

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Biden Demands Ethiopia’s Unconditional Surrender
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Oct 2021

20 Oct 2021 – President Joe Biden continues to play the cluelessly racist and paternalistic Ugly American in the Horn of Africa. Under his leadership, the US has been at war with Ethiopia since last November.

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Shell Shocked in Amhara, Ethiopia: “I don’t even want to hear the word ‘America’”
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Oct 2021

6 Oct 2021 – A displaced person in Ethiopia’s Amhara Region told photographer and human rights investigator Jemal Countess that he didn’t want to talk to him because he was American and “didn’t even want to hear the word America” because of all the damage America has done in Ethiopia.

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Ethiopian Mystery: The Case of the 428 Disappearing Food Aid Trucks
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 4 Oct 2021

29 Sep 2021 – For nearly a year, warmonger and USAID administrator Samantha Power has been shrieking about famine in Ethiopia’s Tigray, and demanding the humanitarian corridor that 428 massive food aid trucks have now mysteriously disappeared into.

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Biden Threatens Sweeping Sanctions on Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Responds
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Sep 2021

22 Sep 2021 – The U.S. is once again attempting to overthrow a legitimate head of state in Africa, this time in Ethiopia, where they want to put their old puppet, the TPLF, or a new one, in power.

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Gorgon Stare, the Latest in Mass Surveillance
Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Sep 2021

17 Sep 2021 – U.S. wars in foreign nations always come home. The latest example is “Gorgon Stare,” wide angle surveillance planes, used in Iraq and Afghanistan, that have now been brought home to an urban area near you. “Gorgon Stare” is named for the three Gorgons in Greek mythology, snakeheaded sisters whose stare could turn a person to stone.

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US and UN Treachery in the African Great Lakes Region: Why Rwandan Refugees Don’t Want to Go Home
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Sep 2021

8 Sep 2021 – The term “United Nations” in front of the UN’s various humanitarian agencies is deceptive. It implies that they’re funded by the UN’s general budget and therefore are politically neutral but the UN High Commission for Refugees, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, and the UN High Commission for Human Rights are all donor dependent, primarily on the EU and other European nations, who look out for their interests and those of the US.

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Somalia, from the Cold War to the War on Terror
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Aug 2021

25 Aug 2021 – Cold War and War on Terror destabilize Somalia and cause great suffering for its people.

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Tigrayans Speak Out in Support of Ethiopia and Prime Minister Abiy, not the TPLF
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Aug 2021

18 Aug 2021 – A Tigrayan speaks in support of the Ethiopian government.

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Rwandans Mourn “Mama Rwanda” Esperance Mukashema
Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 2 Aug 2021

27 Jul 2021 – One of the winners of this year’s ‘Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize’ was Esperance Mukashema, a Tutsi survivor of the Rwandan Genocide who spoke out about the crimes of General Paul Kagame’s Rwandan Patriotic Front army during its four-year war to seize power, which ended in the 1994 genocide.

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Ethiopian Conflict and International Law
Ann Garrison interviews Francis A. Boyle | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Jul 2021

8 Jul 2021 -Legal scholar Francis A. Boyle told Ann Garrison that a “Responsibility-to-Protect” intervention in Ethiopia would be illegal and catastrophic.

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Ethiopians Go to the Polls Even After the US Tells Them Not to
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 28 Jun 2021

23 Jun 2021 – Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia are now alarming US political and military elites by forming an alliance and threatening to chart an independent path in the Horn of Africa. Many Ethiopians expressed enthusiasm for what they consider the country’s first real, competitive election.

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Prelude to War? The US/NATO, Egypt, and Ethiopian Sovereignty
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Jun 2021

9 Jun 2021 – Ethiopian American activist and community organizer Benyam Kitaw says that US hostility toward Ethiopia could lead to further sanctions, economic pressure, and perhaps even war.

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Norman Finkelstein: Truth and Justice Are the Ultimate Test, Not International NGOs
Ann Garrison interviews Norman Finkelstein | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Jun 2021

2 Jun 2021 – Even Human Rights Watch says Israel is committing crimes against humanity in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and in Gaza, and the idea of a Jewish state in the context of Palestine is not legitimate. “Do concentration camp guards have a right to self-defense?”

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US Moves against Ethiopia and Eritrea: Atrocities Alleged, Sanctions Imposed
Ann Garrison interviews Simon Tesfamariam | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 31 May 2021

27 May 2021 -US hostilities towards Ethiopia and Eritrea look more and more like those preceding US wars in Yugoslavia, Libya, and Syria. 

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Open Letter to Superstar Rapper J. Cole about Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 17 May 2021

12 May 2021 – I hope you won’t be lending all your brain power, star power, and talent to a public relations coup for the President of Rwanda and his brutal, totalitarian regime. The top headlines, four days away from the Africa League’s debut, are all about you.

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Mumia Abu-Jamal Tests the Limits of What the State Can Do to Any of Us
Ann Garrison | Peace & Planet News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 3 May 2021

The United States has 5% of the world’s population but imprisons 25% of the world’s prisoners, and the problem of incarceration, its racist character, is really a reflection of everything that’s wrong with American society.

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Rwanda and Zaire (DRC) 1990 to 1997, Where the US Blocked Real Humanitarian Intervention
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 12 Apr 2021

7 Apr 2021 – The cases of Bosnia and Rwanda are the most often cited in arguments for humanitarian war, Bosnia as a case in which the US and NATO intervened, Rwanda as a case in which they did not, but the truth of both histories is disputed.

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European Union Screams at Eritrea
Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 29 Mar 2021

24 Mar 2021 – The European Union (EU) came out “screaming on the Internet” this week, with all-caps, boldface typography, in a video cloaking its latest imperial moves in comically phony human rights sanctimony.

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#R2P Propaganda for US War in Ethiopia Reaches Anarchists and Black Lives Matter
Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 22 Mar 2021

Shortly after the 13 Mar 2021 Black Alliance for Peace webinar on the Horn of Africa, I came across a radio broadcast featuring “Anarchists from the Horn of Africa.” They were presenting the rebellion of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front as the struggle of a grassroots movement for autonomy being violently put down by the Ethiopian central government with the help of neighboring Eritrea.

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Keep Victoire Ingabire in Your Hearts
Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 15 Mar 2021

8 Mar 2021 – At the outset of International Women’s History Month, I’d like to ask Black Star News readers to remember and keep in their hearts one of the most courageous women I know, Rwandan political prisoner Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza.

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Kizito Mihigo and the Struggle for Rwandan Truth and Reconciliation
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

17 Feb 2021 – A year ago Rwandan gospel singer Kizito Mihigo tried to flee Rwanda by crossing into Burundi. He had already spent four years in prison for recording a song in which he dared to say that the Rwandan Genocide was a tragedy for both major ethnicities, Hutu and Tutsi “Police apprehended Kizito at the Burundian border and days later reported that he’d hung himself in jail.”

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Rusesabagina’s Show Trial and Shooting Deaths of a Rwandan Dissident and an Italian Ambassador
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Mar 2021

24 Feb 2021 – Is there any limit to how far the West will go to cover for Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s Crimes? “With every war, kidnapping, and murder on foreign soil, Kagame’s critics ask if he’s finally gone too far, while the US is still Rwanda’s top bilateral donor.”

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Creeping Corporate Statism, aka Fascism
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 8 Feb 2021

3 Feb 2021 – Despite depending on separate news media that purvey different realities, the two corporate parties both serve a corporate dictatorship.

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Ajamu Baraka: We Are Entering a New Totalitarian Era
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 1 Feb 2021

27 Jan 2021 – Ajamu Baraka warns of a new era of totalitarian neoliberalism. “Anybody who is in opposition to the hegemony of the neoliberal project is at some point over the next few years going to experience the heavy hand of the state.”

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Pro-Trump Crackpots Invade the Capitol, Beware a Draconian Response
Ann Garrison | Black Star News – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Jan 2021

7 Jan 2021 – How much can we trust corporate media accounts of the Capitol riot on Wednesday, January 6? In no time at all there were claims of Russian involvement. And President-elect Biden has already said he’ll increase budgets for handling domestic terrorism. Will that include the “Black identity extremists” that the FBI identified as a domestic threat in 2019?

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The Planet’s Problem from Hell: Samantha Power
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 21 Dec 2020

16 Dec 2020 – Just when it seemed that Joe Biden’s coming administration couldn’t be more of a horror show, he’s likely to appoint another monster from the deep, violent know-it-all Samantha Power to head the US Agency for International Development; a perfect position to wield foreign aid as a cudgel for beating foreign heads of state till they bow to US empire.

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Coronavirus Protocols as Tools of Repression
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Dec 2020

10 Dec 2020 – Covid-19 is a convenient excuse for governments to ban or restrict activities they don’t like. State measures to control coronavirus undoubtedly have great potential for justifying state repression and surveillance. “It’s beyond the Patriot Act authors’ wildest dreams.” In Africa, it’s been crudely weaponized to suppress elections, as witnessed in Uganda and Ethiopia. 

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Ethiopia: Civil War and Nation Building in the 21st Century
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 7 Dec 2020

2 Dec 2020 – In light of the Ethiopian central government’s military clash with regional forces in Tigray province, Ann Garrison speaks with a member of the Oromo people, the largest ethnic group in Ethiopia.

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Uganda’s Youth Majority Brave Police Blockades and Bullets to Rally Behind Bobi Wine
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Nov 2020

25 Nov 2020 – US elites may see the writing on the wall in Uganda, where the youth majority population is braving police blockades and bullets to rally behind Bobi Wine. “The dictator is worried about what will happen if he rigs and steals the election this time.”

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Susan Rice, Scourge of Africa, May Become Secretary of State
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Nov 2020

11 Nov 2020 – Rice has been intimately involved in covering up the deaths of more than six million Congolese, and has cultivated close relations with every US-backed tyrant on the continent. “That’s the kind of ruthless, bloodthirsty, lying, hypocrite she is.”

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Freeing “Hotel Rwanda” Hero Paul Rusesabagina
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 19 Oct 2020

14 Oct 2020 – The man portrayed by Don Cheadle in the movie about mass slaughter in Rwanda was kidnapped and jailed by the country’s dictator. Paul Rusesabagina, the real life hero whose story is the basis of the movie “Hotel Rwanda,” was kidnapped in Dubai and illegally rendered to Rwanda to stand trial on terrorism charges.

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Who is Rwanda’s Real Hero? Paul Kagame or Paul Rusesabagina?
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Oct 2020

30 Sep 2020 – What Kagame has done to Rusesabagina, of Hotel Rwanda fame, embarrasses the US foreign policy establishment that has lionized his brutal regime for so long. “Rusesabagina is a longtime critic of Kagame’s regime and its catastrophic war on the Congolese people and the Rwandan refugee population.”

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It’s Time to Acknowledge Hutu Genocide and Rwandan Occupation of DR Congo
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 14 Sep 2020

9 Sep 2020 – Global power elites are silent about Hutu genocide and Rwanda’s ongoing occupation of the Democratic Republic of Congo because it has served their interests for many years. “The truth would embarrass them.”

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The Gates Foundation’s “Green Revolution” in Africa: Agribusiness Wins, Small Scale Farmers Lose
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 20 Jul 2020

15 Jul 2020 – Ann Garrison interviews Timothy Wise on why US-style corporate agriculture pushed by billionaire Bill Gates has been disastrous for Africa. “The number of hungry people in those 13 countries actually rose by 30% to 131 million people.”

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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza (18 Dec 1964 – 8 Jun 2020)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 6 Jul 2020

24 Jun 2020 – Burundi is Africa’s Syria and Venezuela, a developing nation that dared to defy US dictates under Nkurunziza’s leadership. “His legacy is his effort to reconcile Burundi’s Hutu and Tutsi classes and end the deep-seated, centuries-old hatred between them.”

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Pentagon Brass Can Kiss My Ass
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 27 Apr 2020

22 Apr 2020 – The coronavirus-stricken crew of the USS Roosevelt would be more useful making N-95 masks, building housing for people living on the streets, and tilling community gardens to prepare for supply chain collapse. Why don’t we just bring them all home? What the hell is our Coast Guard doing off the coast of Iran anyway? Who’s protecting New Jersey?

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Can COVID-19 Take Down NATO?
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 30 Mar 2020

25 Mar 2020 – The Pentagon insisted on going ahead with provocative NATO war games near Russia’s borders, despite the coronavirus epidemic, but Germany pulled its forces out and closed its roads to troop movements. The US is doing a poor job of helping its own population. Europeans are figuring out that the US is a morally and spiritually bankrupt nation and that’s no doubt dawning on Americans who see the scarcity of medical equipment and the abundance of lethal weapons here.

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The Shocking Death of Rwandan Gospel Singer and Dissident Kizito Mihigo
Ann Garrison | San Francisco Bay View – TRANSCEND Media Service, 24 Feb 2020

19 Feb 2020 – The West’s major media, New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, the BBC, etc. have reported on the shocking death of Kizito Mihigo, a gospel singer and political dissident in the tiny Sub Saharan African country of Rwanda. But will it do anything to erode the West’s support for Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the tyrant and war criminal who no doubt ordered his execution? Probably not, because Kagame is their gateway to the riches of the Congo.

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Should UN Peacekeepers Leave the Democratic Republic of Congo?
Ann Garrison | S. F. Bay Area – TRANSCEND Media Service, 23 Dec 2019

12 Dec 2019 – Since 1996 the history of DRC provinces has been of perpetual Rwandan and Ugandan invasion, occupation and resource plunder, and the UN Organization Stabilization Mission (MONUSCO) has failed to protect the people or the peace. I spoke to Jean-Claude Maswana about why and whether anything can be done. Maswana is a Congolese native and economics professor at Ritsumeikan University, Japan.

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Millions Die in Congo while the UN ‘Keeps the Peace’
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 9 Dec 2019

4 Dec 2019 – The UN Peacekeeping Mission has been in Congo for 20 years without protecting the people or the peace. “Rwanda is responsible for what is going wrong in the peace in Congo!”

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Victoire Ingabire Walks a Knife Edge in Rwanda
Ann Garrison | SF Bay View – TRANSCEND Media Service, 25 Nov 2019

19 Nov 2019 – Spanish Human Rights awards shared by Victoire Ingabire, a journalist, and a Mothers of Plaza de Mayo activist. Ingabire walks a knife edge; as her international profile rises, so does Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s rage.

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Rwanda Exports 2,163 kg of Gold, UAE Imports 12,539 kg of It (!?)
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 18 Nov 2019

13 Nov 2019 – The final 2019 UN Group of Experts Report on the Democratic Republic of the Congo confirms that Congo’s eastern neighbor Rwanda remains a haven for smuggling Congolese minerals. “Earlier UN reports said that during the Second Congo War of 1998 to 2003, President Paul Kagame’s government created a ‘Congo Desk’ to organize the illegal exploitation of Congo’s natural resources.”

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Rwanda: Victoire Ingabire Endures Relentless Interrogation
Ann Garrison | Black Agenda Report – TRANSCEND Media Service, 11 Nov 2019

30 Oct 2019 – Rwanda’s democratic opposition leader says “there is no space for people to speak freely and peacefully and engage in real democratic process in Rwanda.”

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