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French president awarded UNESCO peace prize for starting war in Mali

Francois Hollande

  French President Francois Hollande has been awarded the annual Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize by UNESCO for his decision to invade Mali. Hollande received the major prize from the United Nations’ cultural organization during a ceremony in the French capital, Paris on Wednesday. The move has raised questions about how an armed foreign intervention can be worthy of such an ... Read More »

Africom: US opens drone base in Niger

U.S. begins drone operation in Niger

The US has set up a new drone base in Niger reportedly aimed at fighting al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Africa and helping French troops in their war on Mali. A report by The New York Times said on Friday that the US deployed a number of Predator drones to Niger, suggesting a shift in Washington’s anti-terrorism efforts towards Africa. “Consistent with ... Read More »

U.S. action in Mali is another undeclared war – Ron Paul

Mali

President Obama last week began his second term by promising that “a decade of war is now ending.” As he spoke, the US military was rapidly working its way into another war, this time in the impoverished African country of Mali. As far as we know, the US is only providing transport and intelligence assistance to France, which initiated the ... Read More »

Africom: US to build new drone bases in Africa

US drone base

The US is planning to consolidate its position in Africa with a new drone outpost in Niger, with the stated purpose of providing unarmed surveillance support to French efforts in Mali and keeping tabs on al-Qaeda elements on the continent. The robotic unmanned aircraft would likely be based in Niger, on the eastern border of Mali, where French forces are ... Read More »

Russia accuses west of arming Mali “Al-Qaeda” rebels

Al Qaeda Mali

Define irony? Here is one, or rather two, tries. Back in the 1970s, it was none other than the US that armed the Taliban “freedom fighters” fighting against the USSR in the Soviet-Afghanistan war, only to see these same freedom fighters eventually and furiously turn against the same US that provided them with arms and money, with what ended up ... Read More »