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Mali - Victim of Disaster Capitalism

American tactics seen in other North African and Mid-east nations have been used once again, this time in Mali.

Date:   1/29/2013 1:54:48 AM   ( 9 y ) ... viewed 5865 times

An additional, or perhaps just re-framed, follow up to the previous blog posting on the Malian conflict, with a link and a quotation from Wikipedia:

A review of some of the "mostly ignored events" of the past 10 or 12 years that shines some light on how the Malian conflict got started would be in order.

This selection from the link below gives a hint of what has happened in Mali, along the lines of the American tactics in North Africa that we have seen so much of lately. Starting with "Disaster Capitalism" - weakening the economy on purpose or merely in an uncaring and wreckless way [cotton subsidies], and then knowing that Islamic militants were waiting their opportunity to engage it's forces as an excuse for international intervention.


--Now From Wiki: link and quote -

Canada has gone from importing, at its peak in 1999, 6.7% of Mali's total raw cotton exports (US$14m. out $210m.), to 0% from 2005 onward.[102][103] Canada's global imports of raw cotton have also fallen by over 90%, from US$76m. in 1999 to $7m. in 2008, and in the latter year, 98.5% of it was imported from the United States.

Mali was the seventh-largest cotton-exporting nation in 1999, and it has fallen from seventh to tenth position from 2003 to 2007.[104] In their 2005/06 study tour of seven African nations to assess Canada's foreign policy record on that continent, Canadian Senators Hugh Segal and Peter A. Stollery "heard in Mali that there was little will on the part of certain developed countries to make a trade deal on cotton.

Standing in a cotton field in that country, Malian farmers passionately described the U.S. actions [of domestic protectionism] as 'sabotage' in that they were causing an increase in poverty instead of the desired poverty reduction that the U.S. government has been publicly calling for"; the Canadian senators concluded that "[i]n Mali, the greatest demand that was made of us was not more aid, but rather a fair world trading system where cotton farmers could export their competitive products".[105]

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{please go to the link above to access the numbered referances]

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