9/20/19 Catherine L. Besteman on America’s Shadow War in Somalia

9/20/19 Catherine L. Besteman on America’s Shadow War in Somalia

Catherine Besteman joins the show to share some of her research about America’s covert proxy war in Somalia. American military intervention in Somalia goes back at least as far as the Bush administration’s support for Ethiopia in its invasion of the country in 2006, and Besteman says this type of intervention has done nothing but empower groups like Al-Shabaab, which the U.S. supposedly wants to curtail. As usual, the mainstream media has little interest in covering what’s really going on.

Discussed on the show:

  • “‘Send her back’ isn’t just racist. It ignores the US’s critical role in Somalia” (The Guardian)

Catherine L. Besteman is the Francis F. Bartlett and Ruth K. Bartlett Professor of Anthropology at Colby College. She is known for her work with Somali Bantu refugees who have migrated from East Africa to the U.S. Follow her work at colby.edu.

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Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 6,000 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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