France’s War in Mali: Neo-imperialist grab dressed up in “war on terror” rhetoric by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
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East Africa
Crossposted from PressTV
January 23, 2013

Al-Qaeda allies destroy sacred Timbuktu shrine | حلفاء القاعدة يدمرون ضريحا في تمبكتو | Les alliés d'al-Qaida détruisent un tombeau sacré à Tombouctou

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France’s intervention in Mali is simply this: a neo-imperialist power grab dressed up in “war on terror” rhetoric.

Since the old colonial power began bombing the West African country on 11 January, the Paris government has wrapped its actions up with chivalrous language of saving the region, Europe and indeed the world from “Islamic extremism”. France, we are led to believe, was “forced to act” on behalf of the beleaguered Francophile regime in Mali’s southern capital, Bamako, to save it from falling into the hands of “Islamists” allegedly “linked to Al Qaeda”.

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CIA: World’s Biggest Terrorist Organization

with William Blum
Featured Writer
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January 27, 2013

The shadow government

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Originally on PressTVGlobalNews·Jan 24, 2013
Replaced video July 21, 2019
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A close look at the history of the CIA from its initial mission of intelligence gathering during World War II to covert subversive, counterrevolutionary, assassination operations around the world to CIA-led coups and regime changes from its backyard of Latin America to Africa, Europe, Middle East/Near East, Far East, Central Asia, … to its present day War on Terror.

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Role of State Terror in Death of Anti-SOPA Activist Aaron Swartz by Imani Henry

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Photos of Aaron Swartz at memorial at Internet Archive in San Francisco

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By Imani Henry
Workers World
January 21, 2013

The largest online protest in history, known as the anti-SOPA Internet strike, took place on Jan. 18 a year ago to oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP Act. If passed, SOPA and PIPA would have had the potential to drastically censor and limit users’ access to online information, as well as give the U.S. government more power to police the Internet.  The bills were backed by corporations in the entertainment industry.

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Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream

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Inequality Hurts Us All

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WhyPoverty·Jan 5, 2013

PARK AVENUE: How much inequality is too much?

740 Park Ave, New York City, is home to some of the wealthiest Americans. Across the Harlem River, 10 minutes to the north, is the other Park Avenue in South Bronx, where more than half the population needs food stamps and children are 20 times more likely to be killed. In the last 30 years, inequality has rocketed in the US — the American Dream only applies to those with money to lobby politicians for friendly bills on Capitol Hill.

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International Media Coverage of Bahrain Revolution + Inside Bahrain

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PressTVGlobalNews·Jan 27, 2013

Ever since the Bahraini revolution broke out in February 2011, international news channels have covered it differently according to their geo-political priorities.

Western news channels have covered the events very sporadically and so have Arab news channels. Yet these same channels have covered unrest in Syria and Libya very closely.

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Chris Hedges: They Seek To Subjugate Us All

with Chris Hedges
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January 27, 2013


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Poor Us: An Animated History – Why Poverty?

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Bagmati Slum Child

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WhyPoverty·Jan 3, 2013

POOR US: Do we know what poverty is?

The poor may always have been with us, but attitudes towards them have changed. Beginning in the Neolithic Age, Ben Lewis’s film takes us through the changing world of poverty. You go to sleep, you dream, you become poor through the ages. And when you awake, what can you say about poverty now? There are still very poor people, to be sure, but the new poverty has more to do with inequality…

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