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A Mother Cannot Give Birth To Something Bigger Than Herself

How long will this farce of pretend government in the Ivory Coast be tolerated by the other African states?
Ouattara cannot control the warlords who actually run his country. He admitted during his visit to Washington that he is afraid for his life. That is why he spends most of his time out of the country on ‘missions’ which keep him away from the assassin’s bullets.

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Africans Pay For The Bullets The French Use To Kill Them

The French Treasury is holding billions of dollars owned by the African states of the francophone nations of West and Central Africa in its own accounts and invested in the French Bourse.
Even Bernie Madoff couldn’t have constructed a Ponzi scheme that large without being exposed.

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Norway killings And Our Selective Outrage

What happened in Oslo Friday is a tragedy but it is no different than what is happening in the world on a daily basis. What is different is it happened to blond-haired-blue-eyed kids. What I find outrageous is that all of a sudden we are shocked in our comfortable Western countries. There are some deaths that are worth more than others in our selective outrage. Let me explain briefly.

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The Loyal Man Lives No Longer Than The Traitor Pleases

This is an old Spanish proverb which reflects the insidious power of a traitor, especially when he is faced with the results of his own treachery. In the last two weeks there has been a witch hunt of junior officers and NCOs in the loyalist Gbagbo armed forces that followed the orders of their superiors and went to fight to preserve the unity of the nation and the Constitution of the Ivory Coast.

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Leaked French Documents Show Cote d’Ivoire Strategy At UN Of France On Liberia, Mali & Even San Francisco

With Cote d’Ivoire’s defiant Laurent Gbagbo surrounded after French and UN military action in Abidjan’s Cocody neighborhood, internal French government documents obtained by Inner City Press and published exclusively today [8/4/11] paint a picture of France’s communications with the UN Mission UNOCI, its analysis of the politics of Guillaume Soro, Liberia and the Malian press, even its recycling of a French diplomat arrested in New York as France’s new general consul in San Francisco.

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On Reprisals In Cote d’Ivoire, Juppe & UN Speak Of Past But Not Protection

Amid reports of attacks on supporters of Laurent Gbagbo by the forces of Alassane Ouattara in Cote d’Ivoire, there appears to have been a hiatus in the “protection of civilians” trumpeted earlier this year by the UN and the French “Force Licorne” or Unicorn.
Last week Inner City Press asked the UN what its mission in Ivory Coast, ONUCI, is doing to protect civilians, and how it responds to reports of the killings of those perceived to support Gbagbo. Transcript below. So far there has been no answer.

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Hiding Out In Abidjan

This article appeared in IRIN
People from ethnic groups seen as pro-Laurent Gbagbo are hiding out, using aliases in public and fearing for their lives, amid attacks by government forces in the main city Abidjan, residents told IRIN.
“It is total and constant insecurity for people from ethnic groups seen as pro-Gbagbo,” said a young man calling himself Toupé.
People from allegedly targeted ethnic groups have started using nicknames, “so when we address one another in public we cannot be identified”, explained another youth known as Pascal Soro.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) in a …

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The Imp Of The Perverse

Words cannot express the utter stupidity and self-destructiveness of US policy in allying itself to the rabble of Ouattara and his friends. What government in Africa will ever trust or deal openly with such a maniacal formulation of national interest on the part of the US. The US is at war in Africa. To win, or survive, requires helping one’s friends and punishing one’s enemies. What imp of the perverse can have gotten things so wrong; and so often?

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Human Rights Groups Report Reprisal Killings in Côte d’Ivoire

Report released by Amnesty International charges that armed men fighting for both President Alassane Ouattara and ousted strongman Laurent Gbagbo carried out crimes against civilians. The report charges both sides with targeting their victims by their political affiliation, ethnicity or even names. Reprisal attacks and killings are still being committed by pro-Ouattara forces, six weeks after he came to power vowing peace and reconciliation, Amnesty International warned today. Ouattara, championed by the west during a deadly post-election conflict, has failed to condemn …

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Sarkzoy To Cote d’Ivoire: France Is Back!

We have learned in the Arab Spring that there is such a thing as the Arab street. Well, there is also such a thing as the African street. Sarkozy thinks he can write the history of the Cote d’Ivoire now that he has destroyed the anti-French Gbagbo but the last chapter in the book of the Cote d’Ivoire has not been written.