Imperialists Tripping Over Each Other In Western Africa

[The following article from Sons of Malcolm gives the best explanation for the Mali invasion, whether it is for Empire or anti-Empire.  It is often so difficult to tell which side of the Hegelian coin is facing up, but the planned synthesis will normally contain both sides of the equation.  The report from Malcolm highlights the new understanding that the Imperialist powers are not always of one mind when it comes to new aggressions and getting blamed for them afterwards.  

The American/British position is always dominant in all things, yet upstart partner nations like France sometimes mistakenly think that they have some sort of independence of action just because American controllers allow them to share in the bloodshed, usually because of proximity of French forces to remote events, like those taking place in the former French colonies.  In Mali, American Imperialists were well on their way to controlling the entire country before their plans ran into the unintended consequences of the fateful destruction of Libya, in the form of heavily armed Tuareg tribal veterans who helped to defend Qaddafi.  The Pentagon was already well into incorporating this unforeseen circumstance into the existing great plan for taking over the new Libya-destabilized scenario in Mali, when the French butted-in to challenge the “Islamists” (SEE:  SOCOM Manufactured French Invasion of Mali, Training the Man Behind the Coup).  

Now that France is running up against all of the previously known factors which should have dissuaded Hollande from emulating Sarkozy’s strutting in Libya (lack of sufficient air transport, shortages of cash, smart weaponry, etc.), the US is prepared to make-up for the missing airlift capacity for the operation.  As usual, the Americans are sponsoring or trying to sponsor all sides in this latest conflict waiting to be managed.  

So, what we have in Mali is a supreme Imperial fuck-up, turned into a “cluster-fuck” by the unwanted French intervention.  “Islamists” are supposed to be co-opted or bought-off, NOT wiped-out.  Dumb ass French!]

ON THE COUP IN MALI:

ANTI-IMPERIALIST DEVELOPMENT OR EMPIRE GAMES?

Some people who oppose nato in Libya are stating that the coup in Mali is somehow some pro-Jamahirya, anti-imperialist development there. This article is a good balance to that notion. Reading through empire’s risk analysts and their media and newspapers, it seems rather clear that imperialism is not only not bothered with the coup, but sees it as something that goes in their interests.
Like some other struggles of the Global South, the Libyan resistance community online is stuffed full of odd balls and spies, and there is non-stop un-sourced un-cited claims and no doubt western intelligence service false news that is constantly spread about. If there isnt a solid source to a claim, if a video cannot be solidly verified, dont believe it and it is probably a good idea not the spread that news.
If there really was an anti-imperialist coup in Mali, it would be the perfect event for the imperialism’s propaganda machine to go into overdrive and justify the further re-colonisation of Africa. As the article states, there has been some minimal and meek protests from the west which costs them very little, and actually this coup may serve or even have been as a result of a wink and a nudge from empire.
Sukant Chanda, Sons of Malcolm
Mali Coup Has US Interventionism Written All Over It
The military coup that took place last week in Mali is a monument to the consequences of U.S. interventionism, and the military junta now vying for control of the West African country threatens to roll back democracy and human rights for the 15 million people living there.

Rebel troops seized power and toppled the government in a bid to oust President Amadou Toumani Toure who they claim insufficiently supported the military in a fight against Tuareg militants waging an insurgency in the north. Toure himself came to power in a 1991 coup, but surprised many when he handed power to a civilian government and was elected president in 2002.

The mutinous troops that led the coup have imposed a national curfew, announced the temporary suspension of the constitution,arrested their political opponents, and taken control of the state television broadcast. Already their reign is starkly contrasted with the widely acknowledged democratic record of the government they overthrew.

While Mali seems geopolitically insignificant compared to many other countries in Washington’s purview, U.S. foreign policy helped lay the groundwork for this coup.

The aftereffects of the U.S.-led NATO war in Libya which ousted Muammar Gadhafi had a strong hand in fomenting the coup and the coup leader, Captain Amadou Sanogo, received extensive training in the U.S. from 2004-2010.

Gadhafi had hired and armed many Tuareg fighters to defend him against the NATO-backed rebellion in Libya, and they returned to Mali at the Libyan war’s end stronger and more determined than ever. The Malian army’s frustration with President Toure for not arming them sufficiently to fight the Tuaregs reached a boiling point.

“The Libyan crisis didn’t cause this coup but certainly revealed the malaise felt within the army,” the Malian newspaper columnist Adam Thiam told the BBC News.

UN report released in February assessing ”the Libyan crisis” claimed that the impact of the NATO-backed rebel victory over Gadhafi “reverberated across the world” as “such neighboring countries as…Mali,” among many others, “bore the brunt of the challenges that emerged as a result of the crisis.”

“The Governments of these countries, especially those in the Sahel region, had to contend with the influx of hundreds of thousands of traumatized and impoverished returnees as well as the inflow of unspecified and unquantifiable numbers of arms and ammunition from the Libyan arsenal,” the report said.

The Malian government under President Toure has received millions of dollars in economic and military aid from Washington, especially since he started claiming the Tuaregs were aligned with al-Qaeda. The U.S. government “provided almost $138 million dollars in foreign assistance for Mali,” State Department African affairs spokeswoman Hilary Renner told McClatchy News. The aid was expected to rise in 2012 to over $170 million.

Sanogo, the coup leader, ”participated in several U.S.-funded International Military Education and Training (IMET) programs in the United States, including basic officer training,” Renner said. Trainees are handpicked for the program by U.S. embassies.

In addition to the International Military Education and Training program, Mali has also participated in the Trans Sahara Counter Terrorism Partnership, which bolsters U.S. military dominance throughout the region under the rubric of counterterrorism.

Mali also recently hosted U.S. troops in a military exercise named Atlas Accord 12. ”We have regularly had small teams traveling in and out of Mali to conduct specific training that has been requested by the Malian government and military,” Nicole Dalrymple, a spokeswoman for the Africa Command, told McClatchy.

Washington has attempted to paint the coup in Mali as undesirable, urging a return to civilian rule and threatening to cut off aid. But the alleged motivation of the rebel troops – that tougher counterterrorism measures are needed to fight the Tuareg insurgents – seems to overlap with Washington’s “national security” demands for the Sahel region.

Whether the coup was an intended U.S. plot is not known for sure at this point (although secret coups are a common tool in the established historical record of U.S. foreign policy). Either way Washington’s interventionist foreign policy undoubtedly had a hand in the events in Mali, and to the detriment of the Malian people, it seems.

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Indian Police Issue Advisory To Kashmir To Make Emergency Preparations To Survive Nuclear Attack

[SEE:  Lashkar e-Taiba Leader Hopes To Revive Jihad In Kashmir After US Leaves Afghanistan]

Disaster Response Force issues advisory on nuclear attack

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MUDDASIR ALI

Srinagar, Jan 21: From construction of basements to stocking non-perishable food items and staying calm, Jammu and Kashmir Police’s Civil Defence and State Disaster Response Force on Monday issued a detailed advisory to people for protection in case a nuclear war erupts. The advisory comes at a time when there is deterioration in Indo-Pak relations in the wake of LoC skirmishes.
The advisory talks in detail about the steps people should take if there is a nuclear war and the measures needed to be taken during and after a nuclear attack.
“People should construct basements where the whole family can stay for a fortnight (in case of war),” reads the advisory. In case no basement was available, it reads, people should construct bunkers as in conventional war in an open space in front of the house as “some protection was better than no protection.”
The notice advises people to stock the shelter with non-perishable food items and water to be replaced regularly before it gets unhygienic.
“Construct toilet facilities at the basement, store ample candles and battery lights, remove stock of flammables, if any, keep battery-operated miniature transistor, TV sets in the basement to listen instructions being announced by the civil defense authorities,” the awareness notice issued in various local dailies in J&K goes on to add.

DOs DURING ATTACK:

The notice reads that if a person was in open during nuclear attack, he/she should “immediately drop to ground and remain in lying position.”
The persons should protect his eyes and face by covering it with his/her hands and at the same time he/she is advised to protect his ears with fingers to prevent ear drum rapture.
“Stay down after the initial shock wave, wait for the winds to die down and debris to stop falling,” the notice reads. “If blast wave does not arrive within five seconds of the flash you were far enough from the ground zero and initial radiation exposure will not exceed 150 rads.”

DOs AFTER ATTACK:

The police notice advises people to “stay calm” and stay down under cover until debris stop falling, emphasizing that blast wind generally end in one or two minutes after burst and burns, cuts and bruises are no different than conventional injuries.
“Dazzle is temporary and vision should return in few seconds,” the notice reads. “The chance of being exposed to lethal dose of radiation is relatively small unless located in an early fallout area. Expect some initial disorientation as the blast wave may blow down and carry away many prominent and familiar features. Beware of weakened structures and trees from collapsing.”
The notice goes on to suggest several measures for protection against biological and chemical warfare too.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Home Guard and Civil Defence, Yoginder Kaul said the notice was a normal exercise to raise general awareness among public about disaster management. “It has nothing to do with anything and it should not be connected with anything,” he said.

Serbia Removes Statue Honoring Terrorist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Progeny, Albanians Protest

UN appeals for calm in Serbia amid protests

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Ethic Albanians protest in Presevo on January 21, 2013, a day after Serbian authorities removed a monument erected in the ethnic Albanian town of Presevo. (AFP/ARMEND NIMANI)

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations on Monday called for calm in southern Serbia amid protests there linked to the removal of a memorial local authorities had erected in honor of Albanian rebels.

More than 3,000 ethnic Albanians demonstrated in Presevo Monday against Belgrade’s removal of the engraved stone slab a day earlier.

Brandishing Albanian flags and shouting “Europe, open your eyes” and “Stop the violence,” the protesters laid flowers at the site where the monument once stood and demanded the “demilitarization” of the tense ethnically-mixed southern region.

The United Nations “is following developments in the Presevo valley and is appealing for calm,” said Martin Nesirky, spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

“The UN has consistently underscored the need for international and regional reconciliation in the western Balkans,” Nesirky said, adding that “peaceful protests should be allowed to go on.”

No incidents were reported during the demonstration that came a day after some 200 heavily-armed Serbian special police removed the monument put up outside the city hall in downtown Presevo, about 250 miles (400 kilometers) south of the capital Belgrade.

Belgrade said the monument to former fighters of the Liberation Army of Presevo, Medvedja and Bujanovac (LAPMB) was taken down because it was erected illegally.

The six-foot (two-meter) rectangular stone slab displayed the LAPMB insignia in bright red, and has engravings of the names of guerrillas who died in a 2001 conflict.

Members of the LAPMB fought Serbian government forces, seeking to free the region from Serbian rule to join Kosovo, which was under UN administration at the time.