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Renegade Mali soldiers announce takeover
BBC ^ | 22 March 2012 | BBC

Posted on 03/22/2012 1:07:19 PM PDT by JerseyanExile

Rebel troops have appeared on Malian state TV to announce they have seized control of the country, hours after attacking the presidential palace.

The soldiers said a nationwide curfew was in force and that the constitution had been suspended.

The troops, who staged a mutiny on Wednesday, say the government is not giving them enough arms to tackle a rebellion by ethnic Tuaregs.

West African regional body Ecowas has condemned the actions of the troops.

In a statement, it said it had followed the situation with "dismay and mounting concern", describing the behaviour of the mutinous soldiers as "reprehensible" and "misguided".

A source told the BBC that the foreign minister and a number of other ministers have been arrested.

On Wednesday the mutineers had taken over the state radio and TV broadcaster in Bamako and took it off air.

After several hours of footage of traditional Malian music and dancing, a group of soldiers appeared on screen early on Thursday morning, with a caption identifying them as the "Committee for the Re-establishment of Democracy and the Restoration of the State".

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; africacoup; mali; malicoup; waronterror

1 posted on 03/22/2012 1:07:25 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

Darn. I thought it was the WH.


2 posted on 03/22/2012 1:10:07 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: JerseyanExile

Their vote in the U.N. General Assembly is worth exactly as much as the U.S.


3 posted on 03/22/2012 1:11:13 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets ("Jihad" is Arabic for "Helter-Skelter", "bin Laden" is Arabic for "Manson".)
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To: JerseyanExile
China, Mali. They sound alike. [/sarc]
4 posted on 03/22/2012 1:12:03 PM PDT by McGruff (Newt Gingrich, the closest thing we've got to Sarah Palin.)
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To: JerseyanExile

Another African $hithole. Wouldn’t be surprised if we end up there.


5 posted on 03/22/2012 1:17:51 PM PDT by Man from Oz
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To: JerseyanExile

As another post earlier mentioned the rebels in Mali got a big boost from the fallout in Libya.


6 posted on 03/22/2012 1:19:45 PM PDT by C19fan
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To: JerseyanExile

“Mali Haiiiiiiiiiii.......”, wait.


7 posted on 03/22/2012 1:23:36 PM PDT by Edgar3 (Don't THREAD on me!)
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To: Man from Oz

Nothing to gain, everything to lose...that’s a democrat war alright.


8 posted on 03/22/2012 1:27:55 PM PDT by EEGator
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To: JerseyanExile

Are Muslims involved?


9 posted on 03/22/2012 1:29:50 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: JerseyanExile

Malia?


10 posted on 03/22/2012 1:31:03 PM PDT by ichabod1
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To: JerseyanExile

Mali had a coup back in the early 1990s that really did establish a Democratic form of government.

The Islamic insurgancy in the North has been building for years and if the pro-Democracy forces in the South are the ones who led this coup, then it could be another chance for Democracy.

Maybe. Possibly. But “wait and see” is still the prudent thing to do.


11 posted on 03/22/2012 1:32:38 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

lol.

Malia has led a coup and is now running the US!

Couldn’t be worse than we have now.


12 posted on 03/22/2012 1:34:11 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: GeronL

The north part of the country, centered around Timbuctou, is Muslim, almost 100%. The southern part of the country, centered around Bamako (the capital), is a mix of Christian and Muslim, and is very moderate in their views.

The northern region has been stirring up problems for years now and the violence and lawlessness has creeped further and further south.


13 posted on 03/22/2012 1:36:17 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

We can dream


14 posted on 03/22/2012 1:38:54 PM PDT by mojitojoe (American by birth. Southern by the grace of God. Conservative by reason and logic.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

If we had a military Coup, the Totus would call it a Coupe.


15 posted on 03/22/2012 1:47:26 PM PDT by sportutegrl (Or, maybe a coop.)
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To: JerseyanExile
I found a YouTube with a recent Miss Mali beauty contestant who is a student at Utah Valley College. Some enterprising journalist should ask her to comment.

"Good golly, Miss Mali, what do you think of this coup?"

16 posted on 03/22/2012 1:51:28 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus

groan


17 posted on 03/22/2012 1:53:40 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Verginius Rufus

groan


18 posted on 03/22/2012 1:54:50 PM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: GeronL
Are Muslims involved?

90% of the population is Muslim (mostly moderate and secular).

19 posted on 03/22/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: JerseyanExile

Military coup in Africa?

Sun also came up in the east today.

I was more surprised.


20 posted on 03/22/2012 2:23:13 PM PDT by VanDeKoik (If case you are wondering, I'm supporting Newt.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

If I remember correctly the Dakar road race had to detour around one section of Africa a few years back because of this.


21 posted on 03/22/2012 2:39:16 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Obama will shortly be offering an apology on behalf of the USA for anything we might have done, in the past 400 years, to cause this.


22 posted on 03/22/2012 2:53:27 PM PDT by RetiredArmy (God is watching America. He is judging America. He does not like what He is seeing.)
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To: sportutegrl
If we had a military Coup, the Totus would call it a Coupe.

The NYT headline would read - US Military to Get Uparmored Chevy Volts.

23 posted on 03/22/2012 2:54:03 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: JerseyanExile

Here’s to hoping whatever they are doing helps dispatch large numbers of koranimals.


24 posted on 03/22/2012 3:33:36 PM PDT by soycd
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To: GeronL
See what happens when you allow teenagers to go to Mexico on Spring Break without their parents?

They come home with all sorts of ideas!

-PJ

25 posted on 03/22/2012 4:03:30 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
"Timbuctou"

Tombouctou, not "Timbouctou, just for the record. :-)

More or less accepted as, "Timbuktu".

From Merriam-Webster, online:

Tom·bouc·tou geographical name \tōⁿ-bük-ˈtü\

Definition of TOMBOUCTOU

town W Africa in Mali near Niger River pop 31,925

Please don't try to send me to Tombouctou. :-)

26 posted on 03/22/2012 4:07:43 PM PDT by spel_grammer_an_punct_polise
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To: Verginius Rufus

Your post is meaningless without pictures;)


27 posted on 03/22/2012 4:59:28 PM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius
The Islamic insurgancy in the North has been building for years and if the pro-Democracy forces in the South are the ones who led this coup, then it could be another chance for Democracy.

What Islamic insurgency? Mali is 90% Muslim, 9% "indigenous beliefs", and 1% Christian, per the CIA factbook.

You may be confusing Mali with Nigeria.

In any event, I'd rather see them run by the military than by a council of mullahs.

28 posted on 03/22/2012 5:08:35 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: Political Junkie Too

Empress Malia and Vice Empress Sasha

Could probably do a much better job that this admin.


29 posted on 03/22/2012 5:14:46 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: JerseyanExile
I wonder if Dirk Pitt is in the area?

Sahara

30 posted on 03/22/2012 5:20:42 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

The revolts in the north have been by Tuareg separatists.


31 posted on 03/22/2012 5:52:21 PM PDT by JerseyanExile
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To: JerseyanExile

This has something to do with Volkwagen?


32 posted on 03/22/2012 6:09:50 PM PDT by ngat
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks JerseyanExile.
33 posted on 03/23/2012 9:16:06 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him)
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A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

A map of the Sahel region showing where Al Qaeda operates (AFP/Graphic)

34 posted on 10/29/2012 3:03:36 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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