Malians Protest in Support of What Government*

Malians Protest in Support of What Government*

 

Hundreds of Malians have taken to the streets in the capital Bamako to support the government which encounters a rebellion in the northern part of the crisis-hit West African country Press TV reports

The protest happened five days after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned against a hasty military intervention in northern Mali, saying it could lead to a humanitarian crisis as if there isn’t one already!
“I am profoundly aware that if a military intervention in the north is not well conceived and executed, it could worsen an already fragile humanitarian situation and also result in severe human rights abuses,” Ban said, which is telling in itself

On October 13, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution that gave the AU and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) 45 days to present the details of a plan for a military intervention in Mali.

Chaos broke out in the West African country when Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure was toppled in a military coup on March 22. The coup leaders said they mounted the coup in response to the government’s inability to contain the two-month-old Tuareg rebellion in the north of the country.

However, in the wake of the coup d’état, the Tuareg rebels took control of the entire northern desert region, but the Ansar Dine extremists pushed them aside and wrested control of all the northern desert regions.

What is missing frm the picture is that Amadou Sanogo, the Malian army captain who overthrew the civilian government in the wake of the Tuareg offensive, was trained by the U.S. military. Sanogo attended the Defense Language Institute in 2005 and 2007, a U.S. Army intelligence program in 2008, and an officer-training course in 2010. At least that explains Ban Ki Moons response and prior warning, and why hundreds and not thousands are not making a rallying call!

“This coup d’état cannot be justified, all the more so in that it has come about on the eve of an election that would have permitted the election of a new president,” said the Party for National Renaissance, in a statement from its president, Tiébilé Dramé, a former foreign minister. “It has set us back decades.”

The U.S and UN are adept at setting countries back decades, so why Mali?

Once famed for its popular trade route Timbuktu, Mali could still serve as much again but in the interest of the trade arm of global governance, providing easy means of transporting exploited natural resources out of Africa to the West. In fact the sovereign wealth has become just as important as before to colonial players in the international financial system the flow of which this time round would be more concentrated in favour of the global elite.

In addition there are the natural resources of Mali itself though badly managed due to corruption and coups, which provides a golden opportunity for Western exploitation – Ghana and Mali together account for 5.8% of total world gold production!

Though seemingly insignificant, gold is gold and the new financial system designed to ensure that wealth flows to the global elite is built upon gold! However there is a little problem with credibility. This would help to feather the nest of the global fund crisis at least until that runs out again!

References:

“Malians Stage Rally to Support Government”presstv.ir/detail/2012/12/02/275780/malians-stage-rally-to-support-government/

Nossiter, A “Leaders of Mali’s Military Coup Seem to Have Uncertain Grasp on Power” nytimes.com/2012/03/24/world/africa/in-mali-coup-leaders-seem-to-have-uncertain-grasp-on-power.html?_r=0

Tran, M”Africa: Continent’s Mineral Wealth Hardly Denting Poverty Levels, Says World Bank” allafrica.com/stories/201210110469.html?viewall=1

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