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RedMahna



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 7:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

no dude, it does take money to do anything...

you try to take your idea out into the world and gain support without any money. let me know when you've put a movement together.

just saying. cos otherwise, how will your voice reach the masses? word of mouth? an internet forum? youtube? twitter? facebook?

and then what? a ton of money will still be needed to push the idea forward. every angle i've looked at will require money somehow, someway. you believe some ethical politician or leader is going to come along and everyone of those you mentioned above will concede their power? allow themselves to be arrested? apologize and become nice people?

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 12, 2012 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, dude, not just money:

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The economy turned around and prospered during the Kennedy administration. GDP expanded by an average of 5.5% from early 1961 to late 1963,[153] while inflation remained steady at around 1% and unemployment eased;[154] industrial production rose by 15% and motor vehicle sales rose by 40%.[155] This rate of growth in GDP and industry continued until around 1966, and has yet to be repeated for such a sustained period of time.[153]

The major steel companies announced in April 1962 a 3.5% price increase (the first in 3 years) within a day of each other. This came just days after the companies had reached a settlement with the steelworkers' union, providing in chief a wage increase of 2.5%. The administration was furious, with Kennedy saying, "Why did they do this? Do they think they can get away with this? God, I hate the bastards." Amid concern about the inflationary effects of the price increase, the president took personal charge of a campaign against the industry, assigning to each cabinet member a statement regarding the effects of the price increase on their area. Robert Kennedy, echoing his brother's sentiments, said "We're going for broke ... their expense accounts, where they've been and what they've been doing ... the FBI is to interview them all ... we can't lose this." Robert took the position that the steel executives had illegally colluded to fix prices. The administration's actions influenced US Steel to rescind the price increase. The Wall Street Journal wrote that the administration had acted "by naked power, by threats, by agents of the state security police." Yale law professor Charles Reich wrote in The New Republic his opinion that the administration had violated civil liberties by calling a grand jury to indict US Steel for collusion so quickly. A New York Times editorial praised Kennedy's actions and said that the steel industry's price increase "imperils the economic welfare of the country by inviting a tidal wave of inflation


How about some hairy balls?
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 13, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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How about some hairy balls?


Leon, you stoop to conquer. Why all this testosterone?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That Other War
ANJAN SUNDARAM | NOVEMBER 20, 2012 | Foreign Policy


'The bloody conflict you didn't read about this week is in Congo, and it threatens to redraw the map of Africa.'

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 02, 2012 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Inside the clash for Congo's mineral wealth
GEOFFREY YORK | Nov. 30 2012 | The Globe and Mail


'While the causes of the M23 (mainly Tutsi) rebellion are complex, economic factors are among the biggest. By capturing Goma and a large swath of eastern Congo, the Rwandan-backed rebels have assured their influence over the vast mineral wealth of the region – and a wide range of other business activities, from the charcoal and timber trades to gas stations and illicit border revenue. The rebel victories are a huge setback for the global effort to control the minerals. Activist groups and major electronics companies such as Motorola and Intel had worked for years to establish systems for tracking minerals and certifying them as “conflict-free” – allowing them to be sold legitimately in retail stores in North America and elsewhere.'

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"Just to add, in response to a question about US interest in the Congo: At some point the US State Department wanted to stop Kagame from causing wars in the DRC. Wikileaks reported that the State Department was overruled by the Pentagon.

This means that the primary US interest in the Congo is military/security-based. The Pentagon is not interested in the gold or tantalite, but rather in uranium deposits that are in Congo. The deposits are not necessarily in the east of Congo but as long as the country is unstable, there is less likelihood that unfriendly nations can venture themselves to the country to set up operations to extract the uranium.

It is up to the Congolese people to acknowledge these US “legitimate” security concerns and build a democratic, US-friendly nation… for the sake of the peace of all the people of the region, including Rwandans."


And for the sake of the Uranium.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

US, France deploy troops to Central African Republic
Patrick O’Connor | 31 December 2012 | WSW


'The US and France are deploying additional troops to the Central African Republic (CAR), as anti-government militias close on the capital, Bangui. The intervention is part of a wider ratcheting up of imperialist military operations across Africa, with Washington and its European allies working to maintain their strategic domination of the continent and control of its natural resources.

The US and France were already conducting military operations in CAR before a rebel offensive threatened to topple the government of President François Bozize.

CAR is one of several central African countries in which at least 100 American Special Forces are active, supposedly pursuing fighters of the Lord’s Resistance Army. President Barack Obama advised Congress on Saturday that he had ordered a “standby security force” of 50 troops to CAR, citing a “deteriorating security situation” that required the withdrawal of US embassy staff and other American citizens from Bangui.

France has likewise intervened, on the basis of protecting its 1,200 citizens in the country. After maintaining soldiers in CAR on a near continuous basis since granting formal independence to its former colony in 1960, Paris has in recent days boosted its previously existing 250-troop deployment to nearly 600.'

Related: US retools terror war in scramble for Africa

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Related: Rebel soldiers advance in Congo

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 15, 2013 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mali: France pledges 'short' campaign against Islamists
Monday 14 January 2013 | AfricaNews


Gotta protect 'our' Gold!

'On Sunday, French warplanes bombed the town of Gao in eastern Mali, extending their raids deep into rebel territory. France's military began action against the militants in Mali on Friday. It has called a meeting of the UN Security Council for Monday. Islamists have vowed attacks on French soil in revenge for the campaign.'

Map: http://maps.google.ca/maps?q=Mali&hl=en&ll=17.560247,-3.999023&spn=16.144124,19.665527&sll=17.560247,-8.195801&sspn=16.144124,28.037109&t=h&hnear=Mali&z=6

But no help for Guinea-Bissau which has become a transit point for cocaine from South America to Europe. Guinea-Bissau made headlines this year for a military coup this spring, the latest in a long line of political upheavals in the country. Despite the installation of a transitional government, drug activity has reportedly increased.


Related: Canada sucked into Mali vortex

Related: US moves to bolster French military campaign in Mali

Related: Mali conflict: France has opened gates of hell, say rebels

Related: The Impact of Mali’s Political Problems on the Gold Industry

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

France launches ground offensive in Mali
Ernst Wolff | 17 January 2013 | WSW


'French warplanes and ground units continued their offensive yesterday against Islamist-led rebels in the impoverished African country of Mali. French ground troops began an attack on the rebels in the small border town of Diabaly, 220 miles north of the Malian capital of Bamako. It has reportedly been surrounded and blocked off by French and Malian soldiers and is witnessing hand-to-hand fighting.

Rebel forces had dislodged Malian government forces from Diabaly on Monday. Residents said the town remained under Islamist control last night, despite repeated French air strikes. Thirty armored vehicles carrying French troops were reportedly rolling northward from Bamako airport towards rebel lines, in France’s first major northward deployment of ground troops.

Yesterday morning, roughly 100 French soldiers also arrived at a strategically important bridge across the Niger River, near the city of Ségou, about 130 miles northeast of Bamako. According to a military spokesman, their task is to secure the bridge and keep Islamist forces from advancing further south toward the capital.

Since launching the Mali war on Friday, Paris has sent 750 troops to Mali and carried out 50 bombing raids on cities, including Gao and Kidal in the northern half of Mali, which has been controlled by rebel forces since April 2012. Twelve Rafale and Mirage jets carried out the attacks. According to French President François Hollande, the number of French soldiers will be more than tripled to 2,500.'

Mali is Africa’s third leading gold producer after world giants South Africa and Ghana. GDP – per capita (PPP) is $1,200 Mali is one of the world's largest gold producers. Together with neighboring Ghana they account for 7-8% of world gold output. That makes them a rich prize for nations desperate for real physical gold. Perhaps this resource is the motivation behind recent military action in Mali after Germany started demanding their gold back from the Bank of France and the New York Federal Reserve. Last week Germany asked the Bank of France and the New York Federal Reserve to return some of the gold bullion Germany has on deposit. After much hemming and hawing the Bank of France said it would take five years to return Germany's gold, while the New York Federal Reserve said they would need seven or eight years. Next thing you know, France and the US invade Mali, which just happens to be the third largest gold producer in Africa, to fight "Islamic extremism". 7 - 8 years to return some of the gold? What is up with that? I guess it takes a little longer to mine the precious gold when kids are doing it for you.


Photo: Children work in an artisanal gold mine, Kéniéba cercle, Mali.
Credit: © 2010 International Labour Organization/IPEC


Related: Bankrupt France invades Mali to grab gold mines

Related: Life as a Malian gold miner

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canada to expand support for French imperialism’s war on Mali
Louis Girard and Keith Jones | 24 January 2013 | WSW


'Canadian armed forces are deeply implicated in the French invasion of Mali.

Knowing that there is no enthusiasm in the Canadian populace for the country’s participation in yet another imperialist war, the Conservative government of Stephen Harper has been at pains to present the role of Canada’s military in the war in Mali as limited and unexpected.

This is a subterfuge. Discussion in government circles of a Canadian role in an imperialist-orchestrated military intervention in Mali has been underway since at least last spring. Furthermore, Canadian special forces were providing training to Mali’s army for at least a year prior to a February 2012 military coup that was triggered by the loss of much of the country’s north to an ethnic Tuareg rebel army. A December 3, 2011 Postmedia report cites Brigadier-General Denis Thompson of Canadian Special Operations Forces Command as saying the “deployment of Canadian special ops to Mali is expected to be an ongoing mission, with small teams moving in and out of the country whenever it is determined that Malian forces need such training.”'

Related: Reports of atrocities emerge as France escalates Mali war

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 27, 2013 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Belgian MP LAURENT LOUIS stands against war in Mali



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkzXTgslFNE
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Impressive speech...the world could be a better place with more dudes like him.

US deploys troops, drones to Niger
Barry Grey | 23 February 2013 | WSW


'President Barack Obama on Friday officially notified the US Congress that he had deployed “approximately” 100 US troops to the western African nation of Niger.

In a perfunctory, six-sentence letter to House Speaker John Boehner and Senator Patrick Leahy, president pro-tem of the Senate, Obama said the final 40 troops had arrived on Wednesday to “provide support for intelligence collection” and “facilitate intelligence sharing with French forces conducting operations in Mali, and with other partners in the region.”

The only other justification for dispatching the military force, beyond the vague talk of intelligence gathering, was “furtherance of US national security interests.” In the letter, Obama said he was notifying Congress pursuant to his powers as commander in chief and chief executive, and in accordance with the requirements of the 1973 War Powers Resolution, a law intended to bar the president from committing military forces without the consent of Congress.

The War Powers Resolution states that the president can send troops into action abroad only with the authorization of Congress or in case of “a national emergency created by attack upon the United States, its territories or possessions, or its armed forces.” It requires the president to notify Congress within 48 hours of committing forces and forbids them from remaining for more than 60 days without congressional sanction.

The reality behind Obama’s cynical and deceitful letter is the initiation of an open-ended and far-reaching US military intervention in northern Africa. The action announced Friday by Obama marks a major escalation of the drive by the United States and the other imperialist powers to recolonize the continent and gain direct control of its rich storehouse of strategic natural resources.

The use of drones underscores the criminal character of the operation in Niger. They will be used to terrorize the African population and summarily murder all those identified by the Pentagon and the CIA as opponents of Washington’s drive to conquer and subjugate the continent.
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'Africa’s classic depiction in the mainstream media, as a giant basket case full of endless war, famine and helpless children creates an illusion of a continent utterly dependent on Western handouts. In fact, the precise opposite is true—it is the West that is reliant on African handouts. These handouts come in many and varied forms. They include illicit flows of resources, the profits of which invariably find their way into the West’s banking sector via strings of tax havens (as thoroughly documented in Nicholas Shaxson’s "Poisoned Wells"). Another is the mechanism of debt-extortion whereby banks lend money to military rulers (often helped to power by Western governments, such as the Congo’s former President Mobutu), who then keep the money for themselves (often in a private account with the lending bank), leaving the country paying exorbitant interest on an exponentially growing debt.
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More: http://www.pslweb.org/liberationnews/commentary/the-african-union-algeria.html

It's no secret that the United States has been searching for a home for AFRICOM on African soil since George W. Bush was president and it was something al-Gaddafi and several African presidents opposed and still oppose strongly. AFRICOM is currently based in Germany.

If China becomes the dominant economic superpower, as expected, it will be a different kind of world. China has benefited from globalization perhaps more than any other country; even in the formerly closed society, there are abundant signs that artificial geographical boundaries have been removed.

More: http://www.afro.com/sections/news/national/story.htm?storyid=77555

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

US Drone and Surveillance Flight Bases in Africa Map and Photos
February 23, 2013 | Public Intelligence


'The map is not complete and reflects available information from open sources. Similar to drone bases in Pakistan, a Washington Post article from 2012 quotes a senior U.S. commander as saying that most of the African air bases launching drones and surveillance flights are “small operations run out of secluded hangars at African military bases or civilian airports.” Several sites that are rumored to be used for launching drones and surveillance aircraft are not included in the map, including al-Wigh airbase in Libya which has been recently reported by news outlets in North Africa to be a base for French and US operations in Mali. All images are via Google Earth.'

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