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Things Are Good: Burning in the Sun: The Small Solar Industry in Africa

A few years ago in Mali some filmmakers went to chronicle what’s going on in the country and ended up making a documentary about solar energy. Daniel Dembele is an entrepreneur who brought solar power to the people by starting a company and bringing photovoltaic panels to rural Mali. This looks like a good . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Burning in the Sun: The Small Solar Industry in Africa

Paul S. Graham: Behind the invasion of Mali

Roger Annis at the Feb. 24, 2013 annual meeting of Peace Alliance Winnipeg. Photo: Paul S. Graham

Is the military intervention in Mali by France, with the assistance of the United States, Canada and others an example of a humanitarian intervention launched to protect a fragile democracy from the incursion of Muslim terrorists? . . . → Read More: Paul S. Graham: Behind the invasion of Mali

The Disaffected Lib: Canadian Trained Troops Fight American Trained Troops In Mali Again

Canadian-trained Malian paratroopers loyal to democratically-elected but deposed president Amadou Tourre are fighting again with the American-trained forces of our new ally and coup leader, butcher and probable mass murderer and war criminal,  Captain Amadou Sanog.

Now, of course, the paratroopers fighting to restore the legitimate government are referred to, in our media, as “mutineers”. . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Canadian Trained Troops Fight American Trained Troops In Mali Again

The Disaffected Lib: Is North Africa the West’s First Climate War?

We’ve witnessed unrest and uprisings in one form or another from Egypt to Morocco over the past two years.   We, the West, intervened directly in two – Libya and Mali.   We’ve been quick to label each of these conflicts as uprisings to break the shackles of tyranny or Islamist terrorism.   Yet that is much . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Is North Africa the West’s First Climate War?

Peace, order and good government, eh?: So where was the debate?

MPs debate Canada’s role in Mali

Members of Parliament took part in a four-hour ‘take-note’ debate on the conflict in Mali and Canada’s contribution to the mission Tuesday night.

To date, the federal government has contributed one C-17 military transport plane to help support the French military intervention in Mali at a . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: So where was the debate?

The Disaffected Lib: Mali, Chuck Hagel’s Cautionary Tale

If Chuck Hagel does become America’s next Defense Secretary he plans to steer clear of entanglement in the war against Islamist insurgents in the Sahara.

In prepared questions to the Senate Armed Services Committee ahead of his Thursday morning confirmation hearing, the former Nebraska Republican senator said he’d back the French campaign against Islamist forces . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Mali, Chuck Hagel’s Cautionary Tale

The Disaffected Lib: When American-Trained Soldiers Butchered Canadian-Trained Soldiers

Dateline Mali.

If you want to know how screwed up the civil war in Mali truly is look no further than the cast of characters.   Everything began falling apart when the popularly-elected president was ousted by a military coup.

“In years past, U.S. Special Operations Command frequently sent commandos to the West African country in . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: When American-Trained Soldiers Butchered Canadian-Trained Soldiers

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Assorted content to start your week.

– Dennis Gruending writes about the importance of Edgar Schmidt’s whistleblowing against unconstitutional legislation: Schmidt says that he has over a period of years raised concerns about what he considers the department’s flawed practices. He has done that through various official channels, up to the deputy minister level — . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links