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ZCommunications | Mali, France, and Chickens by Conn Hallinan | ZNet Article

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More on Mali. Good background explaining how Libyan weapons have ended up in the hands of Islamists and others after the fall of Gaddafi.

Why are the French once again firing into a continent?

“First, France has major investments in Niger and Mali. At bottom, this is about Francs (or Euros, as it may be). Some 75 percent of France’s energy needs come from nuclear power, and a cheap source is its old colonial empire in the region (that besides Mali and Niger included Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Chad, Algeria, and the Central African Republic). Most of its nuclear fuel comes from Niger, but Al Jezeera reports that French uranium, oil and gold companies are lining up to develop northern Mali. Lest one think that this “development” is good for the locals, consider that, according to the UN’s Human Development Index, Niger is the third poorest country in the world.”

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Written by Sean Bozkewycz

January 24, 2013 at 08:24

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ZCommunications | Torture is Trivial by Robert Jensen | ZNet Article

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Robert Jensen argues that torture is not even close to the worst of US crimes. Focussing on torture obscures debate about the last dozen years of illegal aggression and the true motivations for the now global War on Terror: the flow of oil and other resources to the US and away from China, access to markets for US corporations, and the exclusion of any alternative development to neo-liberal economics.


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“The problem with “Zero Dark Thirty” is that it … tells the story that Americans want to hear:

“We are an innocent nation that has earned its extraordinary wealth fair and square. Now we want nothing more than to protect the fruits of our honest labor while, when possible, extending our superior system to others.

“Despite our moral virtue and benevolence, there are irrational ideologues around the world who want to kill Americans. This forces our warriors into unpleasant situations dealing with unpleasant people, regrettable but necessary to restore the rightful order.

“A less self-indulgent look at the reality of the post-World War II era suggests a different story. Whether in Latin America, southern Africa, the Middle East, or Southeast Asia, the central goal of U.S. foreign policy has been consistent: to make sure that an independent course of development did not succeed anywhere, out of a fear that it might spread to the rest of the developing world and threaten U.S. economic domination. In the Middle East, the specific task has been to make sure that the flow of oil and oil profits continues in a fashion conducive to U.S. interests.

ZCommunications | Torture is Trivial by Robert Jensen | ZNet Article]

Written by Sean Bozkewycz

January 24, 2013 at 08:11

An Introduction to the new war in Mali

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Pepe Escobar gives you the run-down on the who, why and how of the French-led intervention in Mali.

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“It all started with a military coup in March 2012, only one month before Mali would hold a presidential election, ousting then president Amadou Toumani Toure…

“The coup leader was one Captain Amadou Haya Sanogo, who happened to have been very cozy with the Pentagon; that included his four-month infantry officer basic training course in Fort Benning, Georgia, in 2010…

“Anyone who thinks “bomb al-Qaeda” is all there is to Mali must be living in Oz. To start with, using hardcore Islamists to suffocate an indigenous independence movement comes straight from the historic CIA/Pentagon playbook.

“Moreover, Mali is crucial to AFRICOM and to the Pentagon’s overall MENA (Middle East-Northern Africa) outlook….

“Mali borders Algeria, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal, the Ivory Coast and Guinea. The spectacular Inner Niger delta is in central Mali – just south of the Sahara. Mali overflows with gold, uranium, bauxite, iron, manganese, tin and copper. And – Pipelineistan beckons! – there’s plenty of unexplored oil in northern Mali.

“As early as February 2008, Vice Admiral Robert T Moeller was saying that AFRICOM’s mission was to protect “the free flow of natural resources from Africa to the global market”; yes, he did make the crucial connection to China, pronounced guilty of ” challenging US interests”.

Read the entire article here.

Written by Sean Bozkewycz

January 24, 2013 at 07:59

The terrorism lurk | Overland literary journal

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This intelligent article from the Overland literary journal discusses ‘terrorism creep’.

After twelve years of the War on Terror, US authorities are using the ‘terrorism’ label to attack animal rights activists, Occupiers, hobby scientists, hacktivists and Wikileakers.

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In Australia, Melbourne’s Age newspaper branded a recent activist’s hoax press release ‘financial terrorism’ after it (briefly) devalued a coal company’s shares upwards of $300 million.

But as Edward Abbey is quoted in the piece, ‘Terrorism’ means violence or death used to coerce or influence. Not economic inconvenience or political protest.

“Besides, who can say with certainty that downloading academic papers has not crossed that terrorist line?”

[From The terrorism lurk | Overland literary journal]

Written by Sean Bozkewycz

January 21, 2013 at 14:28

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