Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The war on Mali: What you should know

R. Teichmann, Contributor
Activist Post

The French government has stated that:
it would send 2,500 troops to support Malian government soldiers in the conflict against Islamist rebels. France has already deployed around 750 troops to Mali, and French carriers arrived in Bamako on Tuesday morning…..
We will continue the deployment of forces on the ground and in the air….. 
We have one goal. To ensure that when we leave, when we end our intervention, Mali is safe, has legitimate authorities, an electoral process and there are no more terrorists threatening its territory. [1]
So this is the official narrative of France and those who support it. And of course this is what is widely reported by the mainstrem media.

France is supported by other NATO members. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed that the US was providing intelligence to French forces in Mali. [2] Canada, Belgium, Denmark and Germany have also publicly backed the French incursion, pledging logistical support in the crackdown on the rebels. [3]

If we are to believe this narrative we are misled again about the real reasons. A look at Mali’s natural resources reveals what this is really about.

Mali’s natural resources [4] (emphasis added)

Gold: Mali: Africa’s third largest gold producer with large scale exploration ongoing. Mali has been famous for its gold since the days of the great Malian empire and the pilgrimage to Mecca of the Emperor Kankou Moussa in 1324, on his caravan he carried more than 8 tonnes of gold! Mali has therefore been traditionally a mining country for over half a millennium.

Mali currently has seven operating gold mines which include: Kalana and Morila in Southern Mali, Yatela, Sadiola and Loulo in Western Mali, and mines which have recently restarted production notably Syama and Tabakoto. Advanced gold exploration projects include: Kofi, Kodieran, Gounkoto, Komana, Banankoro, Kobada and Nampala.

Uranium: encouraging signs and exploration in full swing. Exploration is currently being carried out by several companies with clear indications of deposits of uranium in Mali. Uranium potential is located in the Falea area which covers 150 km² of the Falea- North Guinea basin, a Neoproterozoic sedimentary basin marked by significant radiometric anomalies. Uranium potential in Falea is thought to be 5000 tonnes. The Kidal Project, in the north eastern part of Mali, with an area of 19,930 km2, the project covers a large crystalline geological province known as L’Adrar Des Iforas. Uranium potential in the Samit deposit, Gao region alone is thought to be 200 tonnes.

Diamonds: Mali has potential to develop its diamond exploration: in the Kayes administrative region (Mining region 1), thirty (30) kimberlitic pipes have been discovered of which eight are show traces of diamonds. Some eight small diamonds have been picked in the Sikasso administrative region (southern Mali).

Precious stones consist of the following and can be found in:
Circle of Nioro and Bafoulabe: Garnets and rare magnetic minerals
Circle of Bougouni and Faleme Basin: Pegmatite minerals
Le Gourma – garnet and corindons
L’Adrar des Ilforas – pegmatite and metamorphosing minerals
Hombori Douentza Zone: quartz and carbonates

Iron Ore, Bauxite and Manganese: significant resources present in Mali but still unexploited. Mali has according to estimates more than 2 million tonnes of potential iron ore reserves located in the areas of Djidian-Kenieba, Diamou and Bale.

Bauxite reserves are thought to be 1.2 million tonnes located in Kita, Kenieba and Bafing- Makana. Traces of manganese have been found in Bafing – Makana, Tondibi and Tassiga.

Other mineral resources and potential in Mali

  • Calcarous rock deposits: 10 million tonnes est. (Gangotery), 30 million tonnes est. (Astro) and Bah El Heri (Nord de Goundam) 2.2 Million tonnes est.
  • Copper: potentialities in Bafing Makan (Western Region) and Ouatagouna (Northern Region)
  • Marble : Selinkegny (Bafoulabe) 10.6 MT estimated reserves and traces at Madibaya
  • Gypsum: Taoudenit (35 MT est.), Indice Kereit (Nord de Tessalit) 0.37 MT est.
  • Kaolin: Potential estimated reserves (1MT) located in Gao (Northern Region)
  • Phosphate: Reserve located at Tamaguilelt, production of 18,000 t/per annum and an estimated potential of 12 million tonnes. There are four other potential deposits in the North of 10 million tonnes.
  • Lead and zinc: Tessalit in the Northern Region (1.7 MT of estimated reserves) and traces in Bafing Makana (Western Region) and Fafa (Northern Mali)
  • Lithium: Indications in Kayes (Western Region) and estimated potential of 4 million tonnes in Bougouni (Southern Region)
  • Bitumen schist: Potential estimated at 870 million tonnes, indications found in Agamor and Almoustrat in the Northern Region.
  • Lignite: Potential estimated at 1.3 million tonnes, indications found in Bourem (Northern Region)
  • Rock Salt: Estimated potential of 53 million tonnes in Taoudenni (Northern Region)
  • Diatomite: Estimated potential of 65 million tonnes in Douna Behri (Northern Region)

Mali’s Petroleum potential already attracting significant interest from investors:

Mali’s Petroleums potential has been documented since the 1970’s where sporadic seismic and drilling revealed probable indications of oil. With the increasing price of global oil and gas resources, Mali has stepped up its promotion and research for oil exploration, production and potential exports. Mali could also provide a strategic transport route for Sub-Saharan oil and gas exports through to the Western world and there is the possibility of connecting the Taoudeni basin to European market through Algeria.

Work has already begun to reinterpret previously gathered geophysical and geological data collected, focussing on five sedimentary basins in the North of country including: Taoudeni, Tamesna, Ilumenden, Ditch Nara and Gao.

So here we have it

Whatever is reported by the mainstream media, the goal of this new war is no other than stripping yet another country of its natural resources by securing the access of international corporations to do it. What is being done now in Mali through bombs and bullets is being done to Ireland, Greece, Portugal and Spain by means of debt enslavement.

And the people suffer and die

The Guardian reported 2 days ago [5] :
The human toll has not yet been calculated, but a communique read on state television late Saturday said that at least 11 Malians were killed in Konna.
Sory Diakite, the mayor of Konna, says the dead included children who drowned after they threw themselves into a river in an effort to escape the bombs
Others were killed inside their courtyards, or outside their homes. People were trying to flee to find refuge. Some drowned in the river. At least three children threw themselves in the river. They were trying to swim to the other side. And there has been significant infrastructure damage, said the mayor, who fled the town with his family and is now in Bamako.
Who knows what the death toll is today.

God help any country and its people with natural resources to be exploited.

[1] [2] [3] http://rt.com/news/france-mali-french-troops-006/
[4] All information taken from Le Journee Miniere et Petrolieres du Mali (government information)http://www.jmpmali.com/html/miningandpetroleum.html
[5] http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/13/mali-neighbours-troops-french-intervention

About the author:
R. Teichmann is an activist in Ireland within the “Awaken Ireland” grassroots movement. Article originally appeared here at News Beacon Ireland.


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Anonymous said...

I wonder if France has sufficient coffins for their mercenaries.

Anonymous said...

Just another (same ole)lie and the world looks the other way, after all- it's not in our own backyards, YET!

Anonymous said...

I just saw the list of resources and thought, Yup, this is about anything but, helping out human beings.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they should start a war on the US if the goal below is what they are after!

We have one goal. To ensure that when we leave, when we end our intervention, Mali is safe, has legitimate authorities, an electoral process and there are no more terrorists threatening its territory. [1]

Ian said...

Its ok, the frogs will give up soon (as normal)

Anonymous said...

Quite possible, Ian....of course the USA would lead the way and the war crimes would escalate as per usual.

canobs said...

The two main industries for glorious USA being Oil and war/armament, both combined with the help of the banksters permits to seize illegally all the resources of the planet, and installing puppets in tricked elections___Since 1947, glorious US bombed more than 40 (yes,forty) countries, killing millions of not involved civilian families, starting with SouthAmerica then ex-ussr and middle-east countries. Now for the second time in Africa, remember Patrice Lumumba.

Anonymous said...

I hope Malis have enough Matis-M and Kornet-E to play with French Legonaries.

Anonymous said...

read about how the "rebels' are cutting off the hands of any musician caught playing music and how they are all fleeing the north.,crowding the cities and leaving behind their families.Read about how music and art etc are banned,the usual thing in the typical extremist mode. sure it's gotta be about natural resources too and it's a former French colony and all. but this is not the Tuareg tribes anymore,who were big supporters of Gadhafi they have been pushed under and aside by Al_Queda with their superior weapons etc. and the Mali government recently had a coup and is a mess, so there are other things at stake here.plus narco traffic and other laundry list things. the world is a mess ,no doubt,but man cutting off hands because people play their music. that's beyond the pale in my book, minerals,oil rights or whatever.

Anonymous said...

A good opportunity to address all sanctimonious holier than thou CANADIANS who love to judge the USA for its war for resources.

Canada has huge mining interests in Mali, and is going to help France bomb and kill their people so profits from Gold can remain high.
Of course the dumb vain Canadian people actually believe it is a peace keeping effort. The CBC national media are masters at turning evil wars of conquest into peace keeping efforts, and play to the Canadian self image of kindly peace keepers.
Self deception is a condition that all people must resist and guard against.

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