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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:34 AM

Ready for an invasion of Africa? Cluster of headlines warn us.

British PM Cameron, with wonderful foresight, has put the world on notice:

"decades-long struggle against Islamist terrorism in north Africa"
he declares.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/david-cameron-warns-of-decadeslong-struggle-against-islamist-terrorism-in-north-africa-8458964.html

Meanwhile,

West turns sights on threat in the desert
EU and US to co-operate with local governments to destroy militant 'corridor of terror'

The rebel assault on the gas installation at In Amenas will accelerate international efforts to destroy a "corridor of terror" Western governments believe Islamic militants are establishing across swathes of North and West Africa.

Officials in Europe and Washington are to increase assistance, including intelligence-sharing, military aid and training to states identified as at risk from al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM).
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/west-turns-sights-on-threat-in-the-desert-8458857.html

Because....
Grave fears' for energy industry in North Africa
The al-Qa'ida attack on foreign workers at the Algerian gas plant has made Western companies nervous

BP may be forced to reconsider further gas exploration in North Africa as a result of the Algerian hostage crisis, fearing more targeted attacks against its workers in the region, industry sources said yesterday.

The British energy giant is Algeria's largest investor in a country that is the third-largest supplier of gas to the EU.
BP, already a major investor in Libya, had been granted new gas licences in the country days before
Islamic terrorists took over the In Amenas gas plant near the Algerian/Libyan border.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/grave-fears-for-energy-industry-in-north-africa-8458858.html


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Reply Ready for an invasion of Africa? Cluster of headlines warn us. (Original post)
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 OP
malaise Jan 2013 #1
patrice Jan 2013 #2
TwilightGardener Jan 2013 #3
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #5
w8liftinglady Jan 2013 #4
Recursion Jan 2013 #6
leftstreet Jan 2013 #7
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #8
leftstreet Jan 2013 #9
bvar22 Jan 2013 #10
quinnox Jan 2013 #11
rhett o rick Jan 2013 #12
DavidDvorkin Jan 2013 #13
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #15
bluedigger Jan 2013 #14
Tierra_y_Libertad Jan 2013 #16
ashtonelijah Jan 2013 #17
The Straight Story Jan 2013 #18
dixiegrrrrl Jan 2013 #20
bemildred Jan 2013 #19

Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:36 AM

1. Poor David Cameron

he longs for the good old days of British colonialism and imperialism

The Lib-Dems should be ashamed of themselves to prop up that disgusting scumbag

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:46 AM

2. Oh, so THAT's what KONY 2012 was about! It was a market test, hence it contained

both Republican and Democratic faces.

Do I smell Ralph Reed on another crusade, since his project in Iraq didn't work out so well?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:46 AM

3. There's a reason why Algeria doesn't fuck around with rescuing hostages.

They don't want terrorism and hostage-taking to hamper the foreign-invested oil industry. They must have decided that a careful, drawn-out rescue effort would send the wrong message: that westerners were important to them (therefore making oil-industry westerners even more of a lucrative kidnapping/hostage target). Still a pretty harsh "solution" to the crisis, though.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #3)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:04 PM

5. I see your point, esp. as Somalia has set the kidnapping standard.

Well, piracy, actually, I guess, off the Somalian coast.


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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:51 AM

4. They have a real lust for Mali in The Republican Party.

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20121023-analysis-obama-and-romney-turn-foreign-policy-debate-into-battle-over-economy-womens-votes.ece

"The topics, too, might have disengaged voters. Romney twice mentioned al-Qaeda’s resurgence in Mali, an African country not at the top of mind for many Americans."

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:09 PM

6. Doubtful. AFRICOM is trying to get its diplomacy cred, still.

As usual, we want the maghreb to keep oil flowing (though this is less important as our own tappable reserves keep expanding) and we want the rest of Africa to just not exist in the first place.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 12:31 PM

7. DURec

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #7)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:09 PM

8. Nice graphic.

Where is it from?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #8)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:21 PM

9. ...

I'm not sure, someone sent it to me

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:53 PM

10. The Invasion of Africa began 2 years ago...

...with the removal of a major road block to the IMF, the Global Oil Corporations,
and the World Banks.


” For all his dictatorial megalomania, Gaddafi is a committed pan-African - a fierce defender of African unity. Libya was not in debt to international bankers. It did not borrow cash from the International Monetary Fund for any "structural adjustment". It used oil money for social services - including the Great Man Made River project, and investment/aid to sub-Saharan countries. Its independent central bank was not manipulated by the Western financial system. All in all a very bad example for the developing world.”

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/MD27Ak01.html



Links on Libya/AlQaeda/NATO
http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002327893



If you're not FOR the WAR in Vietnam Afghanistan Iraq Libya
you're WITH The Communists AlQaeda The Terrorists Saddam Qaddafi


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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 01:58 PM

11. Oh great, so the new boogeyman is Africa now

 

This will especially get all the racists fired up in this country -- "Those damn ******* in Africa want to kill us!" "Lets invade and bomb their asses"

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:02 PM

12. I heard they have some plastic tube that got to be part of WMD production. Let's ask Powell. nm

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:32 PM

13. That's an awfully big place to invade.

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Response to DavidDvorkin (Reply #13)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:06 PM

15. Not with drones.

drone makers are dancing with glee. HUGE contracts.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:35 PM

14. Let's just bomb 'em a little bit, and call it good.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:11 PM

16. "corridor of terror"? Is that like Reagan's "Evil Empire"?

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Response to Tierra_y_Libertad (Reply #16)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:16 PM

17. More like Bush's axis of evil

nt

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:22 PM

18. Mali and its mining sector: A focus on gold, diamonds, and uranium exploration

Mali has abundant mineral wealth. Gold has become Mali’s second-largest export after cotton and has emerged as a leading export for the African country since 1999. Mali is West Africa’s second largest gold producer with an estimated 2009 output of 1.6 million ounces, or 49 tonnes, and total gold wealth is estimated at 350 tonnes.(5)

Several companies in Mali are currently carrying out uranium exploration in the Falea and Gao regions, where the uranium potential is estimated to be 5,200 tonnes. Furthermore, Mali has the potential to develop diamond explorations. In the Kayes administrative region, also known as “Mining region 1”, 30 kimberlitic pipes have been discovered of which eight show traces of diamonds. Diamonds have also been picked up in the Sikasso administrative region, in southern Mali.(6)

http://www.consultancyafrica.com/index.php?Itemid=266&catid=82%3Aafrican-industry-a-business&id=565%3Amali-and-its-mining-sector-a-focus-on-gold-while-minerals-are-unexplored&option=com_content&view=article

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10022200072

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Response to The Straight Story (Reply #18)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 05:15 PM

20. Helpful info, thanks.

and of course not one bit surprised..it's all Resource Wars, all the time.

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 04:24 PM

19. Oh yeah, that'll work

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