Spotlight on Mali: Tuareg Resistance, US-France Intervention, The Geo-strategic Context, The Rights of Children

Global Research News Hour Episode 85

I don’t think that situation is going to be resolved anytime soon. The French went in, nearly two years ago.

They were claiming that their operation would only be for a few months and in fact now it’s approaching two years.

So, I don’t think that they really have a good grasp on what is going on inside the country…

I think the actual wealth of that nation is significant in terms of the overall West Africa region.”  -Abayomi Azikiwe



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This week returns listeners to the West African nation of Mali.

In early 2012, the Tuareg people led a revolt against the Malian government with the intent of seizing control of the Northeastern region known as the Azawad. [1] In March 2012, the Malian President,  Amadou Toumani Touré, was ousted in a military coup, reportedly due to his poor handling of the situation. [2]

The following month, The Tuareg dominated National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA)  in alliance with the extremist Islamist group Ansar Dine, succeeded in wresting Azawad from Malian government control and declared it an independent State. [3]

 Over the summer months however, the MNLA lost control of much of Azawad to the Islamist groups. [4][5] Following appeals for help from the Malian government, France sent forces down to secure the territory. They have maintained a force presence ever since.

 While Mali may have fallen off the mainstream media radar over the past two years, talks between the Tuareg rebels and the US-backed Malian government have been ongoing. The most recent round of talks in Algiers ended without a peace deal, stemming manly from the failure of the Malian government to comply with demands from the Tuareg groups for more autonomy in Azawad.

With these developments, along with the recent announcement of more IMF loan guarantees to the Malian government,this week’s Global Research News Hour takes a closer look at the dynamics shaping the West African country with three guests.

Abayomi Azikiwe is Editor of Pan-African NewsWire. He has written extensively on the topic of Western, particularly US, involvement in the African continent, and the principally foreign interests being served by the US troop presence there. Azikiwe looks at Mali in a geo-strategic context.

 John Schertow is the Winnipeg-based Editor and founder of Intercontinental Cry, an on-line magazine dedicated to reporting and chronicling Indigenous resistance struggles around the world. Schertow describes here some of the history of the Tuareg people and their claims to sovereignty in the African country.

 Finally, Bamako-based film maker Moctar Menta talks about the film project aimed at making the wider world realize the origin of much of the world they buy, namely, Artisenal gold mines extracted by children as young as 6! A detailed report of the situation is available here.

 People wishing to contribute to Intercontinental Cry during their fund-raising campaign should visit this site.

 People wishing more background on child-mining in Mali should visit



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1) Al Jazeera (January 26, 2012) , “Tuareg rebels attack fifth town in Mali”;

2) BBC NEWS AFRICA (March 22, 2012), “Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover”;

3) Al Aribaya (April 6, 2012), “Tuareg rebels declare the independence of Azawad, north of Mali”;

4)  BBC NEWS Africa (June 27, 2012), “Mali: Islamists seize Gao from Tuareg rebels”;

5)   (July 17, 2012), “Jihadists’ Fierce Justice Drives Thousands to Flee Mali”, New York Times;

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