Timbuktu In The News

ImageAlways wondered where Timbuktu was?  It’s in Mali (old French Sudan aka the Sudanese Republic) which France has occupied to help push back militant Islamic radicals trying to take over the nation (as in NIgeria, Sudan and other places).

Mali has been occupied for nine months by A-Qaeda linked ‘terrorists’ during which time many abuses took place.  Local people are now meeting out reprisals against “collaborators.”

Several lynchings have been reported after areas of Mali were liberated by Mali and French troops over the weekend.

Many Arab and Tuareg nationals have fled towards the Mauritania border afraid of reprisals because of their ethnic connections with the Islamic rebellion.

The coalition of various Islamic groups fractured recently, and into that fragility the French government moved amid jihadist plans somewhat coupled to aspirations for an independent  Tuareg state in Mali.

International donors, such as japan, are backing the liberation, with more than $534 million (NZ) pledged to the French campaign and for humanitarian food support.

Mali marks a turning point in European/Western responses toward the spread of Islamic jihad.

Read more here.  When France Attacks

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A blog about politics, life, culture, literature, music and thought from Christchurch, New Zealand [NZ] (the home of 10,000 earthquakes since 4 Sept. 2010) built because of the bullying and cajoling of Liberal opinion-makers (journalism and Hollywood) against conservative-minded people who are as entitled to opinion and a perspective as anyone; and because Conservativism has served the world well. John Stringer is a New Zealander (Christchurch) in his 50s married to an American from Taco Bell; they have 5 adult children in 3 diff. countries. John is an ex-Anglican pastor, a teacher, published author (NZ), novelist (USA) and cartoonist (Aust, NZ), and has spent the last 25 years in NZ politics with the National party (he was a parliamentary candidate in 1999). There was a stint in London working for the British Conservative party as well, where he did media minding and campaign work with several Brit cabinet ministers, including Baroness Thatcher, Baroness Blatch, Michael Howard, Tom King, among others. He has an MA (classical studies, Victoria); is a graduate of the New York Film Academy; and has various awards for writing. His passions include British bulldogs, fly fishing, and history (Ancient and WWII). Winston Churchill was mainly a “Conservative” but also a “Liberal” MP between 1900-1964. A Member of Parliament for 64 years, he contested 21 parliamentary elections (for Oldham, Manchester North West, Dundee, and Epping/Woodford). Throughout his career Churchill stood for liberty. He believed in open debate and freedom of speech, and opposed any system or ideology that tried to dictate the way one should think. Churchill felt deeply that disagreements within the democratic system should not degenerate into personal animosities. RIDER: This site is not connected to nzconservative, a Catholic site, or NZ Conservative Party, although from time-to-time I share some of the views espoused by both groups and other sites I follow, as published; I am an independent thinker and blogger.
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