user preferences

New Events

West Africa

no event posted in the last week

Mali: Areva is well worth a war

category west africa | imperialism / war | press release author Wednesday January 23, 2013 17:09author by Alternative libertaire - AL Report this post to the editors

You thought French Africa was a thing of the past? It most certainly is not, and despite Hollande's rhetoric on this issue, as on many others, the Socialist Party and the UMP are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee. [Français]

malifr.jpg


Mali: Areva is well worth a war


You thought French Africa was a thing of the past? It most certainly is not, and despite Hollande's rhetoric on this issue, as on many others, the Socialist Party and the UMP are like Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

"France has no interest in Mali", declared François Hollande to the press on 16 January. "It is merely at the county's service." Like it? France has no interest in the Sahel region? Not even in the uranium mines in Niger, operated by Areva [1] to supply French nuclear power plants?

Certainly, the fact that an army of Salafists are the law in northern Mali pleases no-one - neither the local inhabitants condemned to live under the rule of fanatics nor the other States in the region who fear destabilization, nor other Malians, who see their country split in two and on the verge of collapse.

But if the situation is of particular concern to France, it is primarily because in recent years, uranium mining in Niger has become dangerous, as a result of the repeated incursions and kidnappings. It is above all for this reason that today the French army is bombing and begun fighting on the ground.

This intervention also allows France to regain its leadership in the region ahead of its US ally who for several years has been training - unsuccessfully, it seems - the Malian army to fight the "war on terror".

Economic and geopolitical interests weigh heavily in the balance, much more so than chopped-off hands or defaced mausoleums.

The Malians who today are crying "Vive la France" and who see François Hollande as a liberator [2] need to see the reality of the situation.

Beating the Salafists, freeing the people of Gao or Timbuktu - this should have been a matter for the Malians themselves, possibly with the help of neighbouring countries. That would really have signified a break with the dependence vis-à-vis the former colonial power.

In letting the Élysée Palace complacently take over, and even agreeing with relief to this intervention, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad [3], the interim government in Mali and also the "anti-imperialist" Captain Sanogo [4] have tied themselves deliberately to the neo-colonialist chariot and with them the peoples of West Africa for a long time to come.

Alternative Libertaire also denounces the security reinforcements here, in France, which are accompanying this war, with the move to code red of Vigipirate [5] and the return of the terrorist bogeyman being used to increase repression and the stigmatization of Islam and Africans, the eternal "enemies within".

French army, go home!

African comrades, reject neo-colonialism!

And... no nuclear!

Alternative Libertaire

16 January 2013

Translation by FdCA - International Relations Office.


Notes:

1. http://lexpansion.lexpress.fr/afrique/pourquoi-areva-reste-t-il-au-niger-malgre-les-dangers_239131.html
2. http://www.humanite.fr/monde/les-maliens-de-france-entre-angoisse-et-soulagemen-513006
3. http://www.tamazgha.fr/Le-MNLA-met-en-garde-quant-aux.html
4. http://www.malijet.com/actualite-politique-au-mali/flash-info/61047-guerre-au-mali-apres-dioncounda-le-capitaine-sanogo-remercie-la-.html
5. Translator's note: France's national security altert system.

Related Link: http://www.alternativelibertaire.org/
This page can be viewed in
English Italiano Deutsch
Employees at the Zarfati Garage in Mishur Adumim vote to strike on July 22, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Ma’an workers union)

Front page

Italia - terremoto

Inside the Zimbabwean Uprising

La experiencia de Mujeres Libres: 80 años del surgimiento del feminismo anarquista organizado

Con Lucha Y Organización Fortalecemos La Resistencia

Algunas reflexiones en torno al poder y la institucionalidad a 80 años de la Revolución Española

80 aniversari de la insurrecció obrera i popular i de la revolució social

80 anni fa la rivoluzione comunista libertaria in Spagna

De los comités de defensa al análisis de los órganos de poder

The Coup in Turkey: Tyranny against tyranny does not make freedom

Greve, Piquete, Marcha e Ocupação! Educadores e Estudantes unidos pela Educação!

Making sense of the Brexit tide of reaction and the reality of the racist vote

[Colombia] Ante el acuerdo de cese al fuego bilateral y definitivo entre el gobierno colombiano y las FARC-EP

Coyuntura Política en Venezuela: Crisis, Tendencias y el Desafío de la Independencia de Clase

Orlando means fightback

Palestinian workers in Israel: between scylla and charybdis

A Socialist On City Council: A Look At The Career Of Kshama Sawant

Élargir la lutte et généraliser la grève pour gagner

Carta de Fundação OAZ

[Colombia] Documento de Formación: Análisis de Coyuntura 2015-2016

La NATO contro i Curdi: la Battaglia per A'zaz

Feminists in Ireland Say No To Pegida

Posició de Embat sobre el nou govern de la Generalitat i el procés constituent

A 120 años de su natalicio: la pluma rebelde de Manuel Rojas

Anarkismo.net wishes you all a 2016 of solidarity and resistance

West Africa | Imperialism / War | Press Release | en

Mon 29 Aug, 22:45

browse text browse image

textNo to French interference and intervention in Guinea 17:42 Thu 22 Feb by Alternative libertaire 1 comments

For over a month now, a popular social movement has been shaking Guinea. The workers, supported by their trade-union organizations as well as the country's youth, are standing up to the dictatorial power of the president, Lansana Conté, demanding his departure and the satisfaction of their social claims.

imageThe war in Mali Jan 22 by Filistina 0 comments

Regardless of what is said in the media, the aim of this new war is none other than to strip another country of its natural resources by ensuring access for international companies to do so. What is now happening in Mali with bombs and bullets, is the same thing that is happening in Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain through debt bondage. [Ελληνικά]

imageAfrica's Purchase of the French Presidency Apr 20 by Michael Schmidt 0 comments

The first round of French presidential elections will take place on 22 April. Socialist candidate François Hollande is expected to have the edge on incumbent Gaullist President Nicolas Sarkozy, but will likely not earn a majority, which would then set the scene for a run-off in May. But behind the scenes, few French voters are aware of the half-century-long secret system of la valise, “the suitcase” system whereby African dictators send millions of francs to corrupt the European political process - by literally buying the French Presidency. [Français]

textNo to French interference and intervention in Guinea Feb 22 AL 1 comments

For over a month now, a popular social movement has been shaking Guinea. The workers, supported by their trade-union organizations as well as the country's youth, are standing up to the dictatorial power of the president, Lansana Conté, demanding his departure and the satisfaction of their social claims.

© 2005-2016 Anarkismo.net. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Anarkismo.net. [ Disclaimer | Privacy ]