Paris - Just as its leaders were defining a new "hands-off" strategy for Africa, France has been thrust onto the front line of one of the continent´s riskiest battlefields deep in the desert of Mali. President Francois Hollande´s backing of air strikes to halt Islamist rebels advancing on the capital Bamako raises the threat level for eight French hostages held by al Qaeda allies in the Sahara and for the 30,000 French expatriates living in neighboring, mostly Muslim states. It could also trigger an attack on French soil. But, in what could be the biggest foreign policy decision of his
Comments: Surprising this article mentions "Francafrique", even briefly, which is the French system of propping up African leaders in former colonies raking in billions from French business interests.
(Additional reporting by Elizabeth Pineau; editing by Anna Willard)
The chineses and South Koreans are major export partners 99 percent Muslim Dependent on foreign aid. What is it the French really get out of this intervention? It would seem their Francafrique is long past? Their reall mistake is 5 million Muslims-many on welfare- in France itself.
Good points #1, especially re the 5million pop in France...as to Fracafrique, CIA reports Mali has gold, phosphates, kaolin, salt, limestone, uranium, gypsum, granite, hydropower...bauxite, iron ore, manganese, tin, and copper deposits are known but not exploited...
Too bad the crusaders didn´t drive these devils back into the Arabian Desert when they had a chance to. Now, everybody, China (yes, China), India, Russia,every country in Europe, a line all the way across Africa, and North America have to fight them or accept the treatment they have imposed on all the millions that they have subjected; daughter grabbing, blood tax, flaying, beating, em-palling (one of their favorites), maiming, raping, taxing, and daily and random terrorizing. Instead, those misguided Christian crusaders raided Constantinople. Too bad.
Zimbabwe has signed a secret deal to supply Uranium to Iran for its controversial nuclear programme, according to a senior Government source in Harare. Negotiations between the two countries, which would see thousands of tonnes of the raw uranium shipped to Tehran for enrichment, have allegedly been going on for two years, the Times reports. Zimbabwe´s Deputy Mining Minister Gift Chimanikire, said a ´memorandum of understanding´ had been signed between the two countries both currently subject to stringent international sanctions. (Snip) The Chinese are also believed to have approached Zimbabwe offering finance and construction projects in return for mining
Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 flattering fans packed the The Ski Company in Henrietta and lined out the door around the the Cohoes Commons plaza to get an autograph from Olympic gold medalist and champion skier Lindsey Vonn on Friday. Vonn, who arrived at The Ski Company at roughly 6:30 p.m. after a flight from Vail, Colo., entered to a store full of cheering fans. The four-time World Cup Alpine champion posed for pictures and signed autographs for fans who had waited all afternoon to see her, enjoying the time to mingle with admirers. “It’s really awesome,” said Vonn.
Looks as if Adrian Fenty took the phrase “Go West, young man” to heart — and has done very well for himself. Last year, the former D.C. mayor scored a plum job with Andreessen Horowitz, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest venture capital firms. Now we’ve learned that Fenty is dating Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. (Snip) Sources tell us the relationship began as a friendship and blossomed into a “budding romance” around the time Fenty and his wife, Michelle, formally announced their separation in January. The Fenty marriage had been rumored to be
The population in Britain is rising more steeply than anywhere else in Europe, according to official estimates yesterday. Numbers rose by almost 420,000 in a year, driven by the highest birth rate since 1972. (Snip) The Office for National Statistics says around four in ten of the additional people are immigrants. Six out of ten are the result of rising birth rates, which brought a 40-year high in the number of babies born last year – 254,400 more births than deaths. But a major cause of the baby boom is immigration. More than a quarter of all newborns have mothers
British warships are to visit Gibraltar in a show of strength in the stand-off with Spain over control of The Rock. Three ships including the frigate HMS Westminster will sail for the region on Monday even as the diplomatic row with Madrid escalates over plans for draconian border controls. The move comes just days after Gibraltar’s chief minister called for the British military to send forces into the area. (Snip) After the call, Mr Cameron vowed: ‘Britain will always stand up for the people of Gibraltar.’ But hopes he had won concessions from Mr Rajoy were dashed as officials
A couple with seven young children living in a two bedroom council house have spoken of their worries over the health problems caused by their cramped living conditions. David Stewart, 38 and his wife Lisa, 29, have fought for a bigger council house for the last five years to accommodate their growing family but have not been awarded an alternative house. Mr Stewart accused the council of losing his application form for a housing exchange twice and prioritising new families in the area. The Stewarts´ children, who are all aged six or under, sleep four to a room
Rome – Top Silvio Berlusconi aides are maneuvering to win a presidential pardon so the ex-premier can avoid a prison term and ban on holding office, with one loyalist warning of possible "civil war" unless punishment for his tax-fraud conviction is lifted. Renato Brunetta, a leader of Berlusconi´s People of Freedom party, said Saturday he and another aide requested a meeting with Italy´s president, who can issue pardons. Separately, longtime Berlusconi loyalist Sandro Bondi said Italy risks "civil war" if the 76-year-old media mogul isn´t spared punishment. A law to reduce prison overcrowding slashes Berlusconi´s four-year sentence to one
If you want to squeeze off a few rounds from a .905-caliber rifle, you´ll need two things: muscles and cash. An Ohio-based gun company has developed the world´s first .905-caliber rifle that - at .905 - is the highest-caliber rifle in the world. And with bullets that cost more than $40 a piece, you´ll probably think twice before pulling the trigger. ´It´s a little scary,´ one user said of the gun in a Youtube video that demonstrates just how powerful the weapon can be. The rifle is the creation of SSK Industries and is essentially a shoulder-mounted cannon,
President Obama on Thursday nominated John Koskinen to head the embattled Internal Revenue Service. Koskinen oversaw the government’s preparations for the year 2000 and helped lead Freddie Mac out of its financial crisis. If confirmed by the Senate, part of Koskinen’s task will be to restore confidence in the IRS, which is recovering from recent scandals involving inappropriate behavior toward tax-exemption applicants and lavish spending on a conference in Anaheim, Calif. “John is an expert at turning around institutions in need of reform,” Obama said Thursday. “I am confident that John will do whatever it takes to restore
A marine who gallantly dropped back in a race to help a nine-year-old boy finish has become an internet sensation. Lance Corporal Myles Kerr was competing in the annual run while home on leave in Charlevoix, Michigan when he spotted Boden Fuchs struggling to keep up. The boy reportedly asked 19-year-old Kerr: ´Sir, will you please run with me?´, after losing the group he was running with. The race results show that after allowing his fellow marines to run off at full speed in the race along the shore of Lake Michigan, Kerr finished five seconds behind Fuchs
A sex tape that Monica Lewinsky recorded for Bill Clinton at the height of their scandalous affair has leaked, during which the former White House intern is heard planning a secret sexual rendezvous with the president and declaring she is “too cute and adorable” to be ignored. On the audio tape obtained by The National Enquirer, Lewinsky at one point tries to seduce the commander in chief: “I could take my clothes off and start… well… I know you wouldn’t enjoy that? I hope to see you later and I hope you will follow my script and do what
Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi will divorce tomorrow - just weeks after the multi-millionaire was pictured choking his estranged wife. Nigella, 53, is the applicant in the case at London´s High Court to be heard before District Judge Aitken, MailOnline can reveal. The ´quickie divorce´ will be heard at 10.30am - and means the couple´s 10-year-marriage could be over in a matter of minutes. (Snip) Their marriage ended after Mr Saatchi, 70, was pictured choking his wife, who has made her fortune as TV´s Domestic Goddess, at their favourite London haunt, Scott´s restaurant, last month.
While media mogul Oprah Winfrey has been promoting her new film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” she revealed she was a recent victim of profiling while shopping in a store in Zurich.(Snip)“I was in Zurich the other day at a store, whose name I will not mention,” Winfrey said on “Entertainment Tonight,” “and I didn’t have my eyelashes on, but I was in full Oprah Winfrey gear…but obviously, ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ is not shown in Zurich. So this doesn’t happen to me unless somebody obviously doesn’t know that it’s me.” Winfrey went on to explain that she was in Zurich for Tina Turner’s wedding,
Nobody tells Oprah she can´t afford a handbag. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest entertainers in the world, thanks to her willdly successful 25-season run on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" and her latest media foray with the newly revitalized Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). The entertainer earned an estimated $77 million from June 2012 to June 2013 alone, according to Forbes, but she says she still experiences racism because she is African American. Take this latest incident in Switzerland, where "The Butler" star went to attend the nuptials of good friend and singer Tina Turner last month.
During his Wednesday appearance on Jay Leno´s "Tonight Show,´ President Obama made three factual gaffes; one of them involved the claim that cities not found along the Gulf of Mexico are. Were Obama a Republican, these gaffes would have led news coverage for the next forty-eight hours. Not only did most of the media ignore or downplay these gaffes; the Associated Press went so far as to cover one of them up. In its coverage Thursday, rather than point out the president´s geographical error, the wire service made it look as though no error was made.
The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation’s understanding, the world’s understanding of some major issues.” Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of Amazon.com.
At a White House press conference Friday afternoon, President Obama said that health insurance plans offered under Obamacare will be "significantly cheaper" than plans currently on the market, but a string of recent reports say that isn´t true. "What happens on October 1, in 53 days, is for the remaining 15 percent of the population that doesn´t have health insurance, they´re going to be able to go on a website or call up a call center and sign up for affordable, quality health insurance at a significantly cheaper rate than what they can get right now on
During a press conference yesterday, President Obama revealed the existence of a sealed indictment in the Benghazi attacks in Libya on September 11, 2012, leaving some experts questioning whether the president broke the law. Federal law states that ´no person may disclose [a sealed] indictment´s existence,´ and that doing so may be ´punished as a contempt of court,´ a charge that carries a minimum sentence of six months prison. The announcement came as a surprise to some insiders, as the existence of a sealed indictment has not been publicly confirmed or denied by law enforcement or
During an hour-long deep dive into the growing use of food stamps in America, Fox News highlighted “the new face of food stamps.” That new face is a pina colada-sipping, lobster-loving lothario named Jason Greenslate. Greenslate, a 29-year-old La Jolla California surfer and musician who sings that he does not want a “motherfucking job” and has “fuck no” guilt about living on $200 of what he calls “free money ” — or what the government called Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Benefits — while he avoids a job to hang out on the beach, sing and chase women.
Eydie Gorme, a popular nightclub and television singer as a solo act and as a team with her husband, Steve Lawrence, has died. She was 84. Gorme, who also had a huge solo hit in 1963 with "Blame it on the Bossa Nova," died Saturday at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas following a brief, undisclosed illness, said her publicist, Howard Bragman. Gorme was a successful band singer and nightclub entertainer when she was invited to join the cast of Steve Allen´s local New York television show in 1953. She sang solos and also did duets and comedy skits with Lawrence, a rising young singer who had joined
Ames, Iowa — Donald Trump delivered a blistering attack on Mitt Romney’s campaign today. “I don’t know what the hell happened with his campaign,” Trump said in a speech at The Family Leader Summit. “I just don’t get it. That was an election that couldn’t have been lost.” “Every single state that they asked me to go or do some phone calls or some television, we won in the primaries,” Trump remarked. But he also criticized what the campaign had initially wanted him to say in robocalls. “They gave me this most pathetic thing to say. I said,
President Barack Obama announced Friday afternoon that the White House will publicly release a summary of the legal authorities through which the National Security Agency conducts its controversial surveillance programs. ´Given the history of abuse by governments,´ he said, it is important to explain how such a program is managed, and - equally important - what it may not do. He described his working relationship with Vladimir Putin as ´candid´ and ´blunt,´ and seemed to dismiss concerns that the Russian president´s body language indicated a lack of willingness to work with the United States.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. — President Barack Obama opened the first summer vacation of his second term Saturday on Martha’s Vineyard, trading Washington debates over the budget, government surveillance and his health care overhaul for a hoped-for carefree week filled with golf, beach outings and hanging-out time with family and friends. (Snip) As Air Force One flew north, Obama got into a vacation mindset by trading his suit and tie for more suitable attire: khakis and a blue shirt with rolled-up sleeves. First lady Michelle Obama, who introduced him at the convention, kept her yellow-and-white
OHIO: Muslims across the US celebrated Eid on the same day to everyone’s joy and relief. Mosques overflowed with happy worshippers who stood as one ummah in prayer and thanksgiving, enjoying the mild weather, treats and spiritually motivating sermons of the day. US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle also sent their warmest greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid Al-Fitr around the world, calling it "part of a great tapestry of America´s many traditions."