Six reasons events in Mali matter
French President Francois Hollande, right, speaks with members of Malian associations in France during a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on Sunday.
January 17th, 2013
03:30 AM ET

Six reasons events in Mali matter

By Tim Lister

Within the past few days, French combat forces have deployed to the West African state of Mali to halt the advance of militant Islamist fighters toward the capital and to help the Malian army begin to reclaim towns previously occupied by the militants. After intense airstrikes against rebel strongholds, French ground forces are moving north to try to dislodge the fighters.

Mali is one of the poorest countries in Africa, a vast and sparsely populated land that is largely desert. But events there are being watched with growing anxiety throughout West Africa, in European capitals and in Washington. here are six reasons why.

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  1. prettygal

    50 million girls in India have gone missing in 3 generations through practices like infanticide, feticide, deliberate starvation, dowry murders, bride trafficking, honor killings and witch hunts !!!! We need to demand accountability and action from the Indian Hindus and the Indian Brahmin government to stop female genocide in India forthwith. It is immoral, illegal, against all civilized norms, against the principles of most religions and above all it setting a bad example for all the neighboring countries. We strongly urge you to join this movement that is now ongoing on all social media.

    January 19, 2013 at 7:11 pm | Reply
  2. ShahNawaz Ansari

    I would categorize the recent violent gang r*pes in India more of an “Indian Implosion” rather than anything else. This repulsive practice of bashing up women is deeply ingrained in Hindu psyche/culture and has been ongoing for centuries. The sad part is that they have been getting away with it. Why the human rights organizations kept quiet for so long and why the women’s organizations looked the other way is incomprehensible and atrocious at the same time!! Needless to say, it became difficult to keep the genie bottled up any longer. The reason that the media decided to air this out at this time is, in my opinion, tied to the shifting sands in Washington as to the future direction of American foreign policy post Afghanistan. And that does not bode well for India as the outstretched begging bowl dries up, if you will. The future lies in USA and China moving together as partners thus reducing global tension, achieving economies of scale and intellect.

    January 19, 2013 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  3. Reposted With Intent To Educate

    I pose this question to the folks on this forum. Is gang raping terrorism or worse? From my moral perch, gang raping is the worst form of terrorism for which there should be zero tolerance. Based on this logic and the statistics coming out of CNN today, one can conclude that India is a nation of terrorists. 20% of women in India or 140 million have either been raped or groped. This is about half the population of USA !!! Also, 60% of men in India or 420 million believe that domestic violence/wife beating is acceptable. This is more than the population of USA !!!!! They make Al Qaeda and Talibans look like choir boys!! No wonder there is so much violence in the region !!!! We as a civilized society need to take immediate action to safeguard the region and the menace emanating from India. India is dragging the region down. Furthermore, these wife beating/domestic violence oriented Indian men are spread throughout the world and pose a danger to these societies in USA, EU and elsewhere. They are potential sleeper cells of violence, if you will, similar to Al Qaeda.

    January 19, 2013 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  4. Re-posted With Intent To Educate Pakistani Muslims

    ISLAMABAD: Renowned Pakistani activist and generalist A Q Khan has decried the silence of the Pakistani government over the continued “brutal murders of Shia and other minorites” and said Shia should be given the right to self-determination.

    “Pakistan is one of the most poverty ridden and bloody occupations of al Qaeda fighters in the world — and one of the most ignored by the Pakistani corupt politicians and army dictators,” he told a large audience at the Asia Society during a discussion on “Baluchistan — a case for freedom”.

    Under the Pakistani military rule in Punjab, Waziristan, Dera Ismael, Mr. Khan said, freedom of speech was non-existent and human rights abuses were routine. A survey said 9 out of 10 locals had never heard words like 'Education", "Election" or "Democracy".

    he said the lives of Pakistanis were made miserable by gun-totting army personnel or terrorist groups, who routinely harassed, extorted money, or terrorized people with impunity, adding that disappearances were almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves of Shia, Ahmadi, Punjabi muslims have been discovered and the conscience of the world remains unstirred................

    The apathy towards Shia and other minority muslims of Pakistan, especially in the western world, Mr Khan said, was because of their pursuit of oil interest in the Middle East, where these countries were more eager to “secutre their oil supply than human rights in Pakistan"............

    January 18, 2013 at 6:09 pm | Reply
    • George Patton

      sounds like Pakistan is the perfect place to practice drones. You hit in middle of nowhere and you still kill terrorists.

      January 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Sorry folks, I never posted the above. It's only Phunnie boy trying to make me look dumb!

        January 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm |
  5. krm1007 ©™

    Re-posted With Intent To Educate Pakistani Muslims. I pose this question to the Pakistanis who often come on this forum to make some idiotic posts. Is shooting a school girl in face terrorism or worse? From my moral perch, terrorizing school girls with guns is the worst form of terrorism for which there should be zero tolerance. Based on this logic and the statistics coming out of CNN today, one can conclude that Pakistan, dominated with Sunni culture, is a nation of terrorists. 80% of Shia women in Pakistan or 10 millions have either been raped or groped by Taliban at gun points. This is about half the population of New York city !!! Also, 90% of men in Pakistan or 100 million believe that domestic violence/wife beating is acceptable. This is 1/3 of the US population !!!!! These Sunni muslims make Al Qaeda and Taliban look like choir boys!! No wonder there is so much violence in the region !!!! We as a civilized society need to take immediate action to safeguard the region and the menace emanating from Pakistan. Pakistan is dragging the region down with her nuclear arm race with India. Furthermore, these wife beating, school girls threatening oriented Pakistani muslim men are spread throughout the world and pose a danger to these societies in USA, EU and elsewhere. They are potential sleeper cells of violence, if you will, similar to Al Qaeda. The statistic says 9 out of 10 terrorists were graduated from Pakistani training camps. Shame on Pakistanis for making the world unsafe.

    January 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Amit-Atlanta-USA.

      Let us be very clear. The root cause of terrorism in the region, including Afghanistan, is INDIA. With such "Dark Age" culture still in existence in India how can the world be healthy and the neighbors prosperous. India poses a grave danger to the world and its deities and leaders set a bad example. Just this morning, we have seen deep coverage by CNN of prevalent "terrorism" in its worst form emanating out of India in the form of ghastly and violent gang r-apes. Lets us review some of the statistics/surveys coming out the media.

      . 20% of women or 140 million of women have been gang r-aped in India

      . 60% of men or 420 million men in India think that domestic violence against women and wife beating is acceptable.

      . Only 10% of r-apes in India are reported.

      . Only 0.002% reported cases are convicted

      There is a deep rooted decadence of cultural malaise in India that is providing a source of inspiration for all terrorists in the region.

      January 19, 2013 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  6. RLTJ's

    Mali was best left to Mali people for them to settle by themselves.

    Some fans just cannot remain seated while the contenders wrestled on the ring!

    January 18, 2013 at 5:32 am | Reply
  7. Jenny

    CHILD SOLDIERS OF INDIA

    India as a nation is facing a new problem concerning its children- emergence of children as soldiers in strife -torn states of Chattisgarh, Jharkhand, AndhraPradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Manipur, Nagaland and Assam. They are getting drawn into fighting both with rebel groups as well as security forces. What was considered a problem in African countries of Sudan, Sierra Leone and other countries like Sri Lanka and Nepal has become a reality for India too.

    According to human right activists the actual number of children recruited by state or non state groups as soldiers is not as obvious as in other countries but we know there is an increasing number of children being drawn into active combat.These children exposed to war and conflict are one of the most vulnerable groups often forced to witness or perpetrate combat atrocities. They are scarred for life, their childhood shattered.

    January 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  8. Reposted With Intent To Educate

    NEW YORK: Renowned Indian activist and novelist Arundhati Roy has decried the silence of the international community over the continued “brutal Indian occupation of Kashmir” and said Kashmiris should be given the right to self-determination.
    “Kashmir is one of the most protracted and bloody occupations in the world — and one of the most ignored,” she told a large audience at the Asia Society during a discussion on “Kashmir — a case for freedom”.
    Under the Indian military rule in Kashmir, Ms Roy said, freedom of speech was non-existent and human rights abuses were routine. Elections were rigged and the press controlled.
    She said the lives of Kashmiris were made miserable by gun-totting security personnel who harassed and terrorised people with impunity, adding that disappearances were almost a daily occurrence as also kidnapping, arrests, fake encounters and torture. Mass graves have been discovered and the conscience of the world remains unstirred……
    The apathy towards Kashmir, especially in the western world, Ms Roy said, was because of their pursuit of commercial interests in India where they were more eager to “sell their goods than human rights”……..

    January 17, 2013 at 12:44 pm | Reply
    • Reposted With Intent To Educate

      She said so little was known about the atrocities being committed by more than half a million Indian troops, the continuing repression and indignities let loose on Kashmiri men, women and children.
      More than 700,000 troops were concentrated in the tiny valley, with checkpoints at every nook and corner of Kashmiri towns and cities. The huge Indian presence, she added, was in sharp contrast with 160,000 US troops in Iraq.
      Ms Roy alleged that Indian army or security personnel were killing young children, adding that Kashmiris were not radical Islamists or jihadists as India portrayed them.

      January 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  9. wjmccartan

    Once and for all, we need to stay out of this conflict and let the French take care of things over there. After all, the French themselves are at 150 times stronger than the so-called "militants" in Mali. Only a Tea Partying nitwit would advocate U.S. intervention on the side of the French!

    January 17, 2013 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      I see your at it again you piece of s-h-i-t, I have told you before stupid how you can't change your snowflake yet you persist with this, as well as mine you use portland tony, lyndsie graham, george patton, terry, so you son of a bag of feces, go troll elsewhere, where people have likeminded thoughts, you know, people who like to molest sheep and goats like yourself. Others like yourself who pray to al la la la ah crap, and his number one stooge moe hum mud. Back to your cave troglibite, and stop sucking camel rearends, you towel headed turd wrangler.

      January 17, 2013 at 12:43 pm | Reply
      • George Patton

        Here goes Phunnie boy again. These right-wing Tea Partiers are always mad as they see anyone post anything contrary to what they believe. Like wjmccartan said above, we need a non-interventionist, laissez-faire foreign policy.

        January 17, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • wjmcCartan booty boi

      You're so d.u.m.b.
      F-a-g-o-las like you – like it in the rear. It's so obvious.
      You're not as smart as me.
      Get used to it

      January 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  10. Hahahahahahahahaha

    Reason #7 – The Super Elite(rich) want to brainwash you into believing 1 – 6 to keep the MIC, War Corporations(Halliburton), and the Banks that fund them Super Rich!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahaah

    January 17, 2013 at 10:35 am | Reply
  11. Bibi's The Man

    We're behind this mess. We are destabilizing every country in the world. Our goal is to control the world through bribery, murder, lies and deceit.

    Get used to it.

    We are the israelies!

    he he he and a ho ho ho!

    January 17, 2013 at 6:38 am | Reply
  12. Smokey

    Some facts y'all might not know about what's going on over there:

    1. "Al-qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb" or AQIM was until recently known as the "Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat," they started calling themselves al-Qaeda for the cachet, for the recruiting purposes, for the international notoriety and for fundraising.

    2. There's been a ton of western intelligence interference in northwestern Africa, especially since the Libya operation. Some of the top folks in what's now AQIM have had intelligence contacts. Some of the rivalries and splits in the jihadist movement have been attempts by agencies to pick and choose "good" and "bad" Islamists. there's a lot of movement beneath the surface here, a lot of different militant groups, a lot of shifting allegiances.

    3. The recently-overthrown President of Mali had a real good PR thing going, promoting democracy and all that, but word is that he was receiving kickbacks on kidnapping ransoms paid to the Islamists, in exchange for looking the other way. The free-market democracy that got lots of western aid dollars was corrupt and setting up westerners to be kidnapped, so that top officials could receive a cut of the ransoms in exchange for looking the other way or for negotiating peaceful releases. The Islamists then spent this money on heavy weapons from post-Gaddafi Libya, which they used to fight the Malinese army. When the army got wind that the President was involved, and top government officials, that's when the coup went off.

    This is not an easy situation, it's another nest of vipers like Afghanistan and part of the ongoing jihadi plan of pinning down western forces and bleeding them through economic attrition. Military operations like this by advanced western nations operating away from home are incredibly expensive relative to the benefit they accrue, if any. They cost us money while the Islamists gain recruiting and fundraising opportunities. These sorts of engagements are a losing battle, we're playing right into their hands. The key to victory in this conflict is strong domestic growth in the economic and technological sectors.

    January 17, 2013 at 5:37 am | Reply

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