Mali: France’s New Afghanistan By He Wenping

23 January 2013 — Global Times

New Military Interventionism. France’s President Hollande has set a Dangerous Precedent

Since France launched military strikes against Mali rebels on January 11, the little-known West African country, which has been mired in a crisis for over a year, suddenly came under the media spotlight and made headlines around the world. In view of the developing situation on the ground, the high-profile move by French forces has directly turned the tables and objectively enhanced France’s influence in Africa while at the same time boosting its international status.

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New Scramble for Africa: Imperialism Plans “Decades of War” By Bill Van Auken

23 January, 2013 —

World Socialist Web Site

The French intervention in Mali, followed by the bloody siege in Algeria, represents a turning point in what has emerged as a new imperialist scramble for Africa. With these events, following on the heels of the USNATO war for regime-change in Libya and the Washington-backed sectarian civil war in Syria, mankind is witnessing a convulsive drive by the major powers to re-divide the world, its territories, markets and resources.

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GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food on Humans By F. William Engdahl

22 January, 2013 — Global Research,

One of the great mysteries surrounding the spread of GMO plants around the world since the first commercial crops were released in the early 1990’s in the USA and Argentina has been the absence of independent scientific studies of possible long-term effects of a diet of GMO plants on humans or even rats. Now it has come to light the real reason. The GMO agribusiness companies like Monsanto, BASF, Pioneer, Syngenta and others prohibit independent research.

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Black Agenda Report 23 January 2013: Obama / Aaron Swartz / Arab World / Housing / Mali / Slavery / MLK /

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 by BAR executive editor Glen Ford

Despite the fact that “it was Barack Obama who began the current austerity offensive in the weeks before delivering his first inaugural address,” the president was allowed to pose as a champion of the social safety net. Having redefined war, he once again claims to be a peacemaker. By cheering the inaugural speech, progressives are only encouraging Obama’s gaming and mendacity.”

Qatar, Sponsor of Islamist Political Movements, Major Ally of America By Nicola Nasser

23 January, 2013 — Global Research

In his inaugural address on January 21, U.S. President Barack Obama made the historic announcement that “a decade of war is ending” and declared his country’s determination to “show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully,” but his message will remain words that have yet to be translated into deeds and has yet to reach some of the U.S. closest allies in the Middle East who are still beating the drums of war, like Israel against Iran and Qatar against Syria.

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ICH 23 January 2013: Hagel Apologizes, Reassures Jewish Leaders on Iran Position

23 January 2013 — Information Clearing House


Mali: the Fastest Blowback Yet in this Disastrous “War on Terror”

By Seumas Milne

The idea that jihadists in Mali, or Somalia for that matter, pose an existential threat to Britain, France, the US or the wider world is utter nonsense.


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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 23 January 2013: A surrounded city; Nablus and its settlers

23 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Including Two Children; Six Palestinians Kidnapped In West Bank
IMEMC – Wednesday January 23; Israeli soldiers invaded different parts of the occupied West Bank, broke into and searched several homes, and kidnapped six Palestinians, including two children, before taking them to a number of military interrogation centers. Soldiers also carried out a limited invasion into northern Gaza. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 22 January 2013: On Israeli elections, the PA and disappearing Palestinians

22 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Former Detainee Dies Due To Medical Neglect While In Prison
IMEMC – The Palestinian Prisoners Society (PPS) reported, Monday evening, that a former Palestinian political prisoner from Hebron, died at a hospital in Jerusalem after falling into a coma 50 days ago due to a serious health condition resulting from his imprisonment by Israel, and the lack of medical treated while in prison. …

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel News and Articles 21 January 2013: Israeli Authorities Change Route Of Wall To Fully Annex Jerusalem For Israel

21 January 2012 — VTJP


International Middle East Media Center

Army Demolishes Six Residential Structures Near Hebron
IMEMC – Monday – January 21, Israeli soldiers invaded the Ath-Thaheriyya town, near the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and demolished six Palestinian homes and structures. …

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Media Lens: Eyes Like Blank Discs – The Guardian’s Steven Poole On George Orwell’s Politics And The English Language By David Edwards

24 January 2013 — Media Lens

January 21, ‘Orwell Day’, marked the 63rd anniversary of George Orwell’s death, Steven Poole notes in the Guardian. To commemorate 110 years since Orwell was born (June 25), BBC radio will broadcast a series about his life while Penguin will publish a new edition of his essay, ‘Politics and the English Language’. This essay, Poole comments, is Orwell’s ‘most famous shorter work, and probably the most wildly overrated of any of his writings’.

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