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Mali coup: soldiers loot presidential palace after seizing power | guardian.co.uk

Gunfire rang out in Mali’s capital on Thursday as drunken soldiers looted the presidential palace after seizing power in a coup. Witnesses in Bamako described bursts of shooting south of the central Badalabougou area as further details emerged about the mutinous soldiers, who have formed themselves into the National Committee for the Restoration of Democracy and State (CNRDR). The group ...

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Possible Mali coup as soldiers storm TV station | The Guardian

Soldiers have stormed the state TV and radio station in Mali, as fears of a possible coup gripped the country after a military mutiny spread from a garrison in the capital to one thousands of miles away. The sound of heavy weapons rang out, even as a tweet apparently from the presidential palace insisted, “There is no coup in Mali. ...

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The Congo conundrum: Truth catches up with Obama | Pambazuka

South American countries are succeeding exactly because they have reached their own consensus instead of trusting the Washington Consensus. As Noam Chomsky puts it, in the past decade, for the first time in 500 years, South America has taken successful steps to free itself from western domination, another serious loss for America. The region has moved towards integration, and has ...

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What Jason Did Not Tell Gavin and His Army of Invisible Children: The Downside of the Kony 2012 Video | Makerere Institute of Social Research

Invisible Children has joined the ranks of those calling for the US to press for a military solution – presumably supported by a mostly children’s army of over 70 million viewers of its video, Kony 2012! What is the LRA that it should merit the attention of an audience ranging from Hollywood celebrities to ‘humanitarian interventionists’ to AFRICOM to children ...

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Libyan Airstrike Victims Still Waiting for Redress by David Elkins | Antiwar.com

Amnesty International (AI) released a scathing report late last week calling for an investigation into civilian deaths from airstrikes during the 2011 NATO-led military intervention in Libya, which began one year ago Monday. “It is deeply disappointing that more than four months since the end of the military campaign, victims and relatives of those killed by NATO airstrikes remain in ...

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The Lost Innocence of Cote d’Ivoire’s Children | IPS ipsnews.net

It has been almost a year after the West African nation was shaken by six months of violence and terror when former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to cede power to Alassane Ouattara who won the November 2010 presidential elections. But Ivorian children are still trying to recover from the psychological and social trauma the unrest caused them. “Children were major ...

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NATO must investigate civilian deaths in Libya, says Amnesty | The Guardian

NATO has failed to properly investigate or provide compensation for civilian deaths caused by its air strikes during the seven-month operation in Libya that helped bring about the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi, Amnesty International has said. Echoing similar criticisms aired this month by Russia, Amnesty said scores of Libyans who were not involved in the conflict had been killed or ...

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KONY 2012: Merchandising and Branding Support for US Military Intervention in Central Africa | Global Research

While the pro-war filmmakers behind KONY 2012 naively call for the US military to assert its place in the conflict, an independent fact finding mission would be far more effective in assessing the seriousness of the LRA threat in the present day. For more on this story, visit: KONY 2012: Merchandising and Branding Support for US Military Intervention in Central ...

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NATO’S Craven Coverup of Its Libyan Bombing | Counterpunch

Ten days into the uprising in Benghazi, Libya, the United Nations’ Human Rights Council established the International Commission of Inquiry on Libya. The purpose of the Commission was to “investigate all alleged violations of international human rights law in Libya.” The broad agenda was to establish the facts of the violations and crimes and to take such actions as to ...

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