“Israel’s success in developing its relations with western African states – especially those falling south of the great Sahara region, bordering Arab African states – shall achieve very important strategic gains for it, which shall overcome areas of its strategic weakness due to the tight band of Arab states surrounding it, to reach to the open Arab back in a place Arabs do not expect…..,” – General Hayem Laskoff, former Israeli Chief of Staff
Soumana Mounkaila, the driver of UN vihcle carrying two former Canadian diplomats, Robert Fowler and his aide Louis Guay - has been released unharmed by his so-called Islamist kidnappers last week.
In December 2008, while on a UN official visit to Mali and Niger – these two diplomats sneaked out for a trip to Etruscan Resources Inc - a Canadian-based gold mining company – and ‘conventiely’ caught by the Islamist kidnappers in waiting – who happen to have links with Al-Qaeda. Two weeks after the incident, some IT expert faked a message on Tuareg rebel website – claiming for the abduction – which was removed from the website by the rebel group later on.
According to the USAID, Mali is one the most socially and economically stable countries in Africa – but being a Muslim majority country which has no diplomatic relations with the Zionist entity since 1973 and being full of industrial natural resources - it’s has become a thorn in Zionist policy in Muslim Africa.
Mali is Africa’s third largest producer of gold - after South Africa and Ghana. It’s known gold reserves are estimated to be around 350 ton.
The Canadian Heritage Oil Corporation (est. in Calgary in 1992 but last year it moved its head office to Jersey), is involved in Mali’s oil sector and the firm accounts for 30% of world investment in African mining sector.
Mali is estimated to have more than 5,000 ton of Uranium deposits in Falea area and the Kidal project.
China, another oil thirsty world power – is also trying to vow Mali. Chinese president Hu Jintao paid 2-day visit to Bamako last month where he had discussed mutual interests with Mali president Amadou Toumany Toure, who attended the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games in August 2008. During 2008, Mali and China had a trade of US$200 million.
Stefan Simanowitz, a writer, journalist and broadcaster – in his recent article Bluemen and Yellowcake: The struggle of the Tuareg in West Africa, wrote:
“Despite several peace agreements, the situation in Mali and Niger remains far from peaceful and is complicated by the fact that the lands over which the Tuareg have wandered for centuries are home to some of the world’s largest uranium deposits and substantial reserves of oil. International energy companies jostle for concessions to mining and oil concerns amid accusations of government corruption, whilst rumours of activity by groups sympathetic to al-Qaeda have ensured that these countries have become a frontline in the so-called ‘war on terror’. As energy-hungry world powers vie for resources, the plight of the Tuareg is seldom considered and their traditional way of life is increasingly under threat.
Tuareg leadership in the resistance to colonization meant that their territories were among the last in Africa to be colonized, with Mali and Niger only signing peace treaties with the French in 1905 and 1917 respectively. However, their role in resisting colonization and their reputation as a fierce and rebellious people, led the French to marginalize the Tuareg. Tight restrictions were placed on nomadism and Tuaregs were heavily taxed and their labour exploited. The French also refused them schooling and when Niger and Mali achieved independence in the early 1960s the Tuareg immediately found themselves a disadvantaged and under-represented minority within new nation states ruled predominately by members of sub-Saharan ethnic groups. In Mali, Tuareg uprisings began soon after independence seeking autonomy for their regions, but these were brutally put down by the Malian military.
Indeed, nearly 90 per cent of France’s electrical energy generation, much of which is exported around Europe, comes from nuclear power plants, and their nuclear industry is almost entirely dependent on uranium from Niger. The recent dispute between Russia and Ukraine that disrupted natural gas supplies across Europe demonstrated the fragility of the continent’s energy policy and the importance of the nuclear power industry. Rather than acknowledge the Tuareg’s legitimate frustrations it has proved easier for the Tuareg to be dismissed both internally and internationally as extremists. Labelling the Tuareg fighters as terrorists or Islamic jihadists provides a smoke screen for repression and an excuse to ignore their claims.
The insurgents are accused of having links with Islamic extremists in order to garner support for military action from the international community – says Issouf ag Maha, elected mayor of Tchirozerine, Niger, and member of the rebel MNJ based in France…..”
Islam was brought into this largest country in the West Africa by the Berber and Tuareg nomads during the 9th century. During King Mansa Musa (1312-1337), the country became famous for mosques and King’s golden-laiden pilgrimage to Makkah and country’s capital Timbuktu became one of world’s greatest cultural centres. The French began colonizing this part of Africa in 1880 CE and named it Soudan. In 1893, Mali was added to Soudan. In 1959, Soudan joined Senegal to form the Mali Federation, which became independent within the French community on June 20, 1960. The Federation collapsed on August 20, 1960 when Senegal seceded. On September 22, 1960, Soudan proclaimed itself the Republic of Mali and withdrew from the French community.
On November 19, 1968, a group of young military officers staged a bloodless coup and renounced the country’s Constitution based on socialism. On June8, 1992 democratic elections were held in the country. The current population of country is estimated around 14 million (90% Muslims, 9% indigenous religions, 1% Christians, and 1000 native Jews). Radio France International reported in June 1996 reported the existence of Zakhor (Jewish community) in Mali, one of whose member was quoted as saying: “It is G-d who made Timbuktu our land of refuge, and we are Muslims.” These Crypto-Jews, like the Donmeh in Turkey – are the dependable friends Israel has among Muslim countries. The US Agency for International Development in Bamako, is the link between these Jews and Israel.