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France Launches Bombing of Northern Mali, With Canadian Support

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It is ironic that since the death of Osama Bin Laden, the US military boasts that Al-Qaeda is on the run and has no ability to wage its war. Meanwhile, any time there is a need for intervention, there is suddenly a new Al-Qaeda threat that comes out of...

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Sue H (7)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:42 am

Roger G (154)
Monday January 21, 2013, 12:51 pm
it is "sudden" only to those who do NOT know anything about Africa... AQMI has been working the region for years, and they have nothing to do with Ben Laden, they are an offshoot of the FIS that was kicked out of Algeria after a bloody 10 years civil war.. Algerians do NOT want a repeat of terrorists activities on its soil and that is the reason why they are helping France and Mali getting rid of mad fanatical religious terrorists who wants to impose Sharia on people who do NOT want it.
They had begun decapitating and mutilating malians citizens.. so the horror had to STOP.
This current world war is between those who are defending freedom and those who wants to impose the mad ideology and dicatorship of Sharia on the world!
Those who are talking of colonialism have a mind still stuck in the 20th century ideological framework
The world HAS changed since the 1950's, time to wake up !

Stan B (123)
Monday January 21, 2013, 8:24 pm
An important post, Nancy and thanks to Roger for his informative comments.

Evelyn B (79)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:07 pm
Noted Tks. Nancy...

lee e (114)
Monday January 21, 2013, 9:52 pm
I admit - I'm so ignorant of the woes of some countries that deserve attention!

Jerry B (128)
Monday January 21, 2013, 10:03 pm
Noted thanks for the post Nancy!

Caroline S (78)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 3:27 am
Thank you Roger for your interesting comment.

Sheryl G (363)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:31 am
No Drones by USA in Support of France without Congressional Approval

France has undertaken a major military campaign in Mali. Some U.S. officials are talking about the possibility of supporting the French military campaign with US drone strikes.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Pentagon is pressing for greater U.S. military involvement, but the White House is resisting.

Congress hasn't authorized U.S. military intervention in Mali. In particular, Congress hasn't authorized US drone strikes in Mali.


Bruno Moreira (61)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:46 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 7:52 am
Al-Qaeda threat is not new in Mali. It was going on long before Ben Ladin's death.

. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 9:14 am
Well said Roger. TY Nancy for the post and Dandelion for link

Russell R (87)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 10:18 am
a new Al-Qaeda threat that comes out of the woodwork. It should read hole and not woodwork!

Jason Green (235)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:12 pm

. (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 1:48 pm
Before we know it, our troops will be there.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 5:43 pm
What a shame that these natives of Mali are so poor when they are surrounded by such rich ores.

Helen Porter (39)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 8:27 pm
Let's not get involved in any more wars that are none of our business.

We can't afford it.

Shelly Peterson (213)
Tuesday January 22, 2013, 11:12 pm
Thankyou for the post, Nancy!

LucyKaleido ScopeEyes (82)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 8:39 am
Many analysts in France are pointing to the foreign military intervention in Libya as being responsible for destabilizing this part of Africa and freeing huge amounts of arms & munitions that subsequently made their way into Mali.

A fellow C2 member, Brian, has posted an articlewhere I learned that: "Many (Tuaregs) found employment in Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, as did immigrant workers from elsewhere in Africa. Some worked with Libyan security services. When Libya’s government was brought down by the U.S. and its allies, the Tuaregs gathered up as many weapons as they could in the chaos and headed south for home."

Initially, it was the Tuaregs who revolted against the Malian gvvt & army, and they have a legitimate case for self-determination & their own nation-state; the north of Mali is the territory they claim as rightfully theirs. But what was initially a conflict driven by the Tuareg nationalist secession movement was hijacked by Islamic & Islamic terrorist groups. I have read and heard this from several reliable sources, not only the NYTimes, but from guests on Democracy Now!, one a correspondent for Al Jazeera English who recently reported from inside Mali’s restive northern region & is currently working on a documentary about Mali; the other a Bamako-based research fellow with the Institute of Current World Affairs, who's has been analyzing the Sahel region of Africa for the past five years & spent the past year in Mali, Muaritania and Tunisia.

There has been an exodus from the north of Mali because people have fled the Islamist extremists who have been in power since March, 2012. Mali is an extremely musical country, with many musicians & singers, and music has been outlawed, as well as the radio per se. Even worse are the many amputations the Islamic extremists in the northern towns they now rule have exacted. So it is absolutely true that Malians have applauded and celebrated the French military intervention and consider they've been saved!

However, this shouldn't blind us to the fact that France's intervention is essentially driven by strong economic interests, as is always the case, with unfortunate neo-colonial overtones, and not basically a humanitarian one, despite this dimension. Africa and particularly the Sahara desert have great resources that are being exploited by Western countries. Mali and the north of neighboring Niger, also aTuareg area, have great uranium deposits and France gets its electricity essentially -75%- from nuclear power. This is all discussed on the Democracy Now! show I've linked to above.

Not only the Tuaregs, but the whole of Niger live in deep poverty. Both Mali and Niger are two of the poorest countries in the world. Both have shocking hunger stats. More than 30 per cent of children under 5 in Mali and just over half of children under 5 in Niger are malnourished.

So when you have wealthy foreign corporations exploiting the natural resources and the grassroots people getting nothing back, there is bound to be opposition and unrest. These are problems that cannot be solved militarily.

In May, 2010, Greenpeace featured this story, report, photo gallery & video, "AREVA’S dirty little secret", of which the following is just the introduction:
In one of the poorest nations in the world, French nuclear giant AREVA is extracting precious—and deadly—natural resources, earning billions for its Fortune 500 corporation while the people pay the price. Our latest report exposes the unsafe everyday living conditions of the people of Niger as AREVA mines precious uranium from their land to fuel their attempts at a new nuclear revolution. "

AND the following excerpts:
"Half of AREVA’S uranium comes from Niger, one of Africa's poorest countries despite being the world's third uranium producer since more than 40 years. AREVA, the world-leader in nuclear energy and Niger's leading employer, has also signed a deal to start tapping a third mine in the desert nation starting in 2013 or 2014."
"We are calling for a full independent study around the mines and towns of Arlit and Akokan, followed by a thorough clean up and decontamination. AREVA needs to start acting like the responsible company that it claims to be. The people of Arlit and Akokan continue to be surrounded by poisoned air, contaminated soil and polluted water while AREVA makes hundreds of millions from their natural resources. The Nigerien people deserve to live in a safe, clean and healthy environment, and to share in the profits from the exploitation of their land."

And the Afrik-News site reported in 2009 that, "ccording to the French journal Le Canard enchainé (03/08/2005), with profits from its mines running to the tune of "428 million annually", Areva’s aid to Niger’s starved population in 2005 "only amounted to 0.05% of its annual profits"." (

Esther Z (94)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 6:16 pm
Noted. I don't know the history of that particular region, so can't comment without sounding like a fool. The only questions I have is, how is it possible that very poor countries like Niger and Mali, are STILL poor even as they are considered the riches nations in Uranium and Gold, respectively? Who's robbing them blind??

Faye Swan (23)
Wednesday January 30, 2013, 4:33 pm
Noted. - I spent 3 years in Togo and 3 in Ivory Coast years ago and it always seemed like a few rich Africans of any country were hesitant to 'help their own'. Why should they when other countries are happy to send assistance of all sorts? Thankfully, as in any country, there are a lot of wonderful people who benefit from foreign aid programs. Anyone wanting to help should spend a few years in the Peace Corps, VSO, or another aid organisation. Well worth doing!
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