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The Dying Sahara: US Imperialism and Terror in Africa Paperback – March 14, 2013
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Jeremy Keenan is a Professorial Research Associate at the School of Oriental and African Studies. He has written many books including The Dark Sahara (Pluto, 2009). He acts as a consultant to numerous international organisations on the Sahara and the Sahel, including the United Nations, the European Commission and many others.
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Since 2007, the Niger government has been killing the Toureg, who at the time were mostly unarmed. Starting in the 1990’s, Algeria’s Baath regime was fighting Islamist rebels in the south, and after that ended, there was a population explosion, grazing lands became scarce, and you had conflict. One important thing to remember about African conflict is that the borders never took into account the tribes that lived within them. When the nomadic peoples were stopped from crossing the borders, they ended up in conflict over where to graze their animals. At first, nobody cared. Then the mining companies found minerals in the desert, and that brought them into conflict with the people living there. Finally, the Al-Queda started courting the Toureg, and all hell broke loose.
The Sahara might never have become a divisive area if nobody were drilling for oil. But with oil prices rising, any place with oil looks attractive, and no corrupt government will refuse mining and drilling rights. In a country like Niger, all that the oil company has to do is say “get rid of those local tribes for me”, and the army will happily oblige. They’ll use soldiers from a different tribe, so nobody will feel guilty. But the Toureg know the terrain better than others, so they’re able to make quick raids.Read more ›