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Journalist and political researcher Dan Glazebrook takes a look at this week's intervention in Mali and the BP siege in Eastern Algeria. Forces behind the hostage taking & siege at gas production plant. Role of the African Union and Pentagon controlled AfriCom running Pentagon military training now in 35 African countries displacing power of the African Union. 2011 murder of Colonel Gaddafi has tipped the balance in favour of colonial control of Africa rather than self-determination. Former MEP for South West England Richard Cottrell comments on Bristol's public transport. Richard's forthcoming Kindle Book will be entitled 'Bomber Beeching and his War on the Railways'. Will mayor George Ferguson's proposed Congestion Charge be good for Bristol? Is assisted suicide compatible with doctors' Hippocratic oath? Timothy Rogers from Rudry Village near Caerphilly is concerned about plays being shown to children which contain psychological triggers for suicide. Possible explanation for Bridgend suicide cluster? Also look at the ethics, the rights and wrongs of assisted suicide. Suicide help and advice.
‘Pentagon’s hand behind French intervention in Mali’
As French soldiers pour into Mali in the fight to push back the advancing Islamist militants, questions have been raised as to the motives behind the intervention. Author William Engdahl told RT the US was using France as a scapegoat to save face.
RT: At a time when France and the rest of the Eurozone are trying to weather the economic crisis, what's Paris seeking to gain by getting involved in another conflict overseas?
William Engdahl: Well, I think the intervention in Mali is another follow-up to the French role in other destabilizations that we’ve seen, especially in Libya last year with the toppling of the Gadhafi regime. In a sense this is French neocolonialism in action.
But, interestingly enough, I think behind the French intervention is the very strong hand of the US Pentagon which has been preparing this partitioning of Mali, which it is now looming to be, between northern Mali, where al-Qaeda and other terrorists are supposedly the cause for French military intervention, andsouthern Mali, which is a more agricultural region. Because in northern Mali recently there have been huge finds of oil discovered, so that leads one to think that it’s very convenient that these armed rebels spill over the border from Libya last year and just at the same time a US-trained military captain creates a coup d’état in the Southern capital of Mali and installs a dictatorial regime against one of Africa’s few democratically elected presidents.