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BRKG: France Launches Gold Grab in Mali to 'Fight Terrorism'! US, UK, Germany, Italy Jump In. 41 Hostages Taken in Algeria incl 7 US

 
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Mali is Africa's third largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana. Mali produced 53,7 t of gold in 2009.

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France commences full-scale neocolonial ground war in Mail with no pretense of democratic process or international law

[link to www.nytimes.com]

[link to timesofindia.indiatimes.com]


U.S. to assist France in Mali

[link to edition.cnn.com]

[link to www.foxnews.com]


Typical US Gov view: save Mali to fight terror. No interest in the people & their poverty. US neglects root causes.

[link to www.nytimes.com]

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French troops pressed northward in Mali toward territory occupied by radical Islamists on Wednesday, military officials said, announcing the start of a land assault that will put soldiers in direct combat "within hours."

French ground operations began overnight in Mali, Adm. Edouard Guillaud, the French military chief of staff, said on Europe 1 television. France's Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said soldiers were headed away from the relative safety of the capital Bamako toward the rebel strongholds in the north.

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Senior US Adviser: 'Drone Strikes May Be The Best Bad Idea Available In Mali'

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Merkel Says Threat in Mali "also a threat for Europe," Sends Two Planes

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Italy also said it is "ready for a logistical support operation" in Mali, Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi told a senate hearing on international missions Wednesday.

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BREAKING

Islamists claim 41 Western hostages at Algerian gas field reports


ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — Islamist militants were holding a group of foreigners hostage on Wednesday at a southern Algeria natural gas field partly operated by BP. There were two reported deaths, one of them a Briton, in the early morning attack on the complex, which may be linked to France's strike on rebel groups in northern Mali.

Algerian forces have surrounded the kidnappers and negotiations for the release of the hostages are ongoing, an Algerian security official based in the region said, adding that the militants had come from Mali. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.

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Isn't this all happening rather quickly?

Keep us posted as no one seems to really know aht's going on there.
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Oh yeah, like you'd understand anyway.

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Mali Empire (ca. 1200- )

The Mali Empire was the second of three West African empires to emerge in the vast savanna grasslands located between the Sahara Desert to the north and the coastal rain forest in the south. Beginning as a series of small successor trading states, Ancient Ghana, the empire grew to encompass the territory between the Atlantic Ocean and Lake Chad, a distance of nearly 1,800 miles. At its height in 1300, Mali was one of the largest empires in the world.

The Mali Empire was strategically located between the West African gold mines and the agriculturally rich Niger River floodplain. Mali’s rise begins when the political leaders of Ghana could not reestablish that empire’s former glory following its conquest and occupation by the Almoravids in 1076. Consequently a number of small states vied to control the salt and gold trade that accounted for Ghana’s wealth and power.

In 1235 Sundiata Keita, the leader of one of these states, Kangaba, defeated its principal rival, the neighboring kingdom of Susu, and began consolidating power in the region. Sundiata’s conquest in 1235 is considered the founding of the Malian Empire. Under Sundiata’s successors Mali extended its control west to the Atlantic, south into the rain forest region, including the Wangara gold fields, and east beyond the great bend of the Niger River.
At its height in 1350 Mali was a confederation of 3 states, Mali, Memo and Wagadou and twelve garrisoned provinces. The emperor or mansa ruled over 400 cities, towns and villages of various ethnicities and controlled a population of approximately 20 million people from the capital at Niani. The Malian Army numbered 100,000 men including 10,000 cavalry. During this time only the Mongol Empire exceed Mali in size. The mansa reserved the exclusive right to dispense justice and to tax both local and international trade. That trade was centered in three major cities, Timbuktu, Djenne and Gao.

Between 1324 and 1325 Mansa Musa, the most famous of the Malian Emperors, made an elaborate pilgrimage to Mecca, bringing thousands of followers and hundreds of camels carrying gold. Through the highly publicized pilgrimage and indirectly through an elaborate trade that sent gold to the capitals of Europe and Asia, Mali and its ruler became famous throughout the known world.

Mali’s power however was eventually weakened by palace intrigue that prevented an orderly succession of imperial power and by the desire of smaller states to break free of its rule to reap the benefits of the salt and gold trade. The first people to achieve independence from Mali were the Wolof who resided in what is now Senegal. They established the Jolof Empire around 1350. In 1430 the nomadic Tuareg seized Timbuktu; This conquest had enormous commercial and psychological consequents: a relatively small but united group had occupied the richest city in the Empire and one of the major sources of imperial wealth.

The greatest challenge, however, came from a rebellion in Gao that led to rise of Songhai. The once vassal state to Mali conquered Mema, one of the Empire’s oldest possessions in 1465. Three years later they took Timbuktu from the Tuareg.

Beginning in 1502, Songhai forces under Askia Muhammad took control of virtually all of Mali’s eastern possession including the sites for commercial exchange as well as the gold and copper mines at the southern and northern borders. Even the desperate effort by Mansa Mahmud III to craft an alliance with the Portuguese failed to stop Songhai’s advances. In 1545 a Songhai army routed the Malians and their emperor from their capital, Niani. Although Songhai never conquered what remained of the Empire of Mali, its victories effectively ended Malian power in the savanna.
Sources:
Nehemia Levtzion, Ancient Ghana and Mali (New York: Africana Publishing Company, 1980); Kevin Shillington, History of Africa (New York: Palgrave, 2005); Kent Glenzer, Dorothea E. Schultz and Stephen Wooten, “Mali” in the New Encyclopedia of Africa, John Middleton, and Joseph C. Miller, eds., (New York: Scribner’s, 2008); Ari Nave and Elizabeth Heath, “The Mali Empire” in Africana, The Encyclopedia of the African & African American Experience, Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr., (New York: Oxford: University Press, 2005).

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US drones join the war in Mali?
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Mali and the Geo-Politics of Africa

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Saw a small detachment of British soldiers at Bamako airport alongside over 200 French troops.

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White House 'closing monitoring' Algeria hostage situation

Qaeda-linked Islamists say French attack on northern Mali must end for safety of kidnapped hostages

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Thanks for the pin!
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Seven Americans Among Hostages Captured In Algeria In Retaliation Over French Mali Incursion

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FRANCE 24:

Mali Islamists using child soldiers, human shields: army

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The french are getting their asses kicked there. they're already begging for any kind of help from the US. cruise
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U.S. citizens among hostages seized in Algeria as French efforts to battle Islamists in Mali escalate

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algeria is the main issue.
at least for aqim!

watch algeria go retarded over europe!
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Mali is Africa's third largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana. Mali produced 53,7 t of gold in 2009.

[link to www.mbendi.com]


France commences full-scale neocolonial ground war in Mail with no pretense of democratic process or international law

[link to www.nytimes.com]

[link to timesofindia.indiatimes.com]


U.S. to assist France in Mali

[link to edition.cnn.com]

[link to www.foxnews.com]


Typical US Gov view: save Mali to fight terror. No interest in the people & their poverty. US neglects root causes.

[link to www.nytimes.com]
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british and french citizen killled in algeria. attacks said to have come from mali. dozens abducted.

[link to www.aljazeera.com]
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france begins fround combat in mali.

[link to www.aljazeera.com]
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france begins fround combat in mali.

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^^ ground combat of course^^
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Mali is Africa's third largest gold producer after South Africa and Ghana. Mali produced 53,7 t of gold in 2009.

[link to www.mbendi.com]


France commences full-scale neocolonial ground war in Mail with no pretense of democratic process or international law

[link to www.nytimes.com]

[link to timesofindia.indiatimes.com]


U.S. to assist France in Mali

[link to edition.cnn.com]

[link to www.foxnews.com]


Typical US Gov view: save Mali to fight terror. No interest in the people & their poverty. US neglects root causes.

[link to www.nytimes.com]
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It's ultimately about the gold. The reserves are huge. I know a guy who is a contractor on the mines there...huge, I tell you...
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Go For GOLD!

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