"Remember back in January when France said it would leave Mali within weeks?
Weeks is NewSpeak for eternity:
“BAMAKO/PARIS (Reuters) - France has proposed keeping a permanent force of 1,000 French troops in Mali to fight armed Islamist militants, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Friday. Fabius, on a visit…"
"The small African nation of Mali, recently invaded and it’s capital over-run by the French military on the pretense of fighting “Islamic Militants” with more troops arriving in the capital even as I type this while they await “A Western African Force” (In other words, a repeat performance of the West’s so-far-so-FAIL “Proxy Armies vs Somalia” dirty war plan), has a Human Development Index @ 175 of 178 with the three nations below it ALSO African nations.
That makes Mali impoverished beyond belief by *Western Standards* that I don’t necessarily subscribe to as real “Impoverishment”. Tribal cultures in primitive regions CANNOT be arbitraged by OECD standards… but it looks like we’re gonna give ‘em that ‘standard’ whether they like it or not.
Why? France claims “Islamic Militants”, per the specter peddled by the US about the Islamic Court Union, and now al-Shabaab in Somalia… or It COULD be the Bauxite, raw material of Aluminum, and Manganese, used in high tensile steels (turbine blades etc), almost as valuable as gold and diamonds from an industrial perspective and as the CIA’s World Factbook puts it their “deposits are known but not exploited.”(sic)
But on closer examination Mali is ranked #11 of 109 in cotton production and #6 of 109 in cotton exports. The OECD sweatshirt sweatshop nations are depending on Mali.
One of those up-and-coming sweatshop nations, Cote’ d’ Ivore, is directly to the south. Industry in that country is still seminal but the nation is KNOWN for it’s child slavery and work-till-you-die wages in the Cocoa export trade."
— Razer Ray, A few words about the African nation of Mali
(Stats from NationMaster, Human Development … Agriculture.)
See Tony Cartalucci’s Land Destroyer blog for more on France and NATO’s Malian Dirty War