The press wires are reporting on intensified fighting in Mali between the nation’s military and ethnic Tuareg rebels of the Azawad National Liberation Movement in the north of the nation.
As the only news agencies with global sweep and the funds and infrastructure to maintain bureaus and correspondents throughout the world are those based in leading member states of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization – the Associated Press, Reuters, Agence France-Presse, BBC News and Deutsche Presse-Agentur – the coverage of ongoing developments in Mali, like those in most every other country, reflects a Western bias and a Western agenda.
ARCHIVES: In Remembrance of the Algerian Struggle for Independence
Editors Note: With the US and its NATO accomplices once again bent on “repackaging” the Arab Maghreb and the Gulf region via overt and covert bloody interventions in Iraq, Libya, Bahrain, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, and other nations, apparently a new age of colonialism has arrived.
Of course, chiefly for the benefit of the perennially bamboozled American public, the pretense that we’re doing this to secure peace, freedom, and democracy in the region will likely continue indefinitely. Continue reading →
Release Date: 25 February 2011
Genre: Foreign, Drama
Cast: Lambert Wilson, Michael Lonsdale, Olivier Rabourdin, Philippe Laudenbach, Jacques Herlin
Director: Xavier Beauvois
Studio: Sony Pictures Classics
“There are two full-fledged wars in the world right now, and both of them are commanded by NATO.”
Summary: Rick Rozoff draws parallels between the attack on Libya and NATO’s earlier war on Yugoslavia. But more than that, NATO’s attack represents an attack on Africa itself, and the idea that anyone can be independent of U.S. hegemony.
Recent Washington Post article talks about how some unidentified Iraqis are saying that they are going to suffer if the United States leaves soon. These Iraqis are saying that there will be a lot of killings by the various militias running around the country once the US leaves. No doubt they are right on that. Unstated but obvious message of the WP article is that therefore we the US must continue our war efforts there at least for the reasonably forseeable future and therefore things, if not fine, are at least the least bad of all the possible alternatives. Which dishonest message, is of course to be expected from a newspaper that shamelessly shilled for the war in the first place.
Another good story from France’s war in Algeria, featuring our hero, Charles DeGaulle. DeGaulle, who had been in self-imposed political exile since 1946, came back into power in 1958 via a major political flareup concerning Algeria and the messy war therein. The army had been threatening a coup over a feared political sellout in Algeria, and the politically weak and fragmented Fourth Republic mostly wasn’t able to do much to prevent such a thing from coming to pass should the Army try. DeGaulle cleverly played the Army against the Fourth Republic, and visa-versa, and wound up being granted the presidency with near-dictatorial powers for the next six months while he and his colleagues rewrote the French Constitution, and established the Fifth Republic.