Africa Between the International Criminal Court & AFRICOM
President Obama is moving full-speed ahead with Africom, the new US military command for Africa, claiming that it will be instrumental in bringing peace, security, and development to the continent. Meanwhile, the fledgling International Criminal Court (ICC) has, despite its global mandate, focused exclusively on Africa, invoking similar promises of ushering in peace, security, and justice. Notwithstanding this high-sounding rhetoric, both Africom and the ICC have been accused by critics of undermining instead of building peace in Africa and of being tools of Western imperial interests. The speakers will explore these debates with particular emphasis on the role of Africom and the ICC in Uganda, Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Panelists: Samar Al-Bulushi, Independent researcher and co-producer, "Global Movements, Urban Struggles" on WBAI 99.5 FM Milton Allimadi, Black Star News Adam Branch, San Diego State University Zachariah Mampilly, Vassar College