Malians demonstrate against French military presence

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgBy Carlos Lopes PereiraThe author writes regularly on African events for the Portuguese Communist Party. This article was published in the PCP newspaper Avante on Jan. 28. Translation: John Catalinotto.There have been further protests in Mali against the presence of French troops in the Sahel.On Jan. 20, the Malian authorities dispersed “several hundred people” in Bamako who, defying the ban on gatherings because of the health crisis, expressed their opposition to the presence of the “anti-jihadist” force sent by Paris to the Sahel.According to reports from  Agence France Presse  and other sources, police and soldiers “in large numbers” used tear-gas grenades to disperse the demonstrators, on foot and on motorcycles, concentrated on Independence Square in the Malian capital. Motorcycle caravans leaving from different neighborhoods to participate in the demonstration in the square, where demonstrations are usually held, were stopped by police roadblocks.In the face of police action, a spokesperson for the promoters of the protest declared that the movement had been suspended and will “reorganize” itself. He reported three lightly wounded and at least three arrests.France has been intervening militarily in Mali since 2013. Currently France has 5,100 soldiers in the Sahel, as part of Operation Barkhane, which operates with land and air forces mainly in Mali but also in Niger and Burkina Faso. Operation Barkhane’s headquarters are located in N’Djamena, the capital of Chad.In Mali, notes RT France, the presence of the French expeditionary corps in the region regularly arouses expressions of animosity on social networks, in declarations of personalities and at demonstrations in Bamako. France’s intervention in Mali has had U.S. logistical and intelligence support. [Instability increased enormously in the Sahel region following the U.S.-NATO imperialist overthrow of the Libyan government in late 2011. — WW]Several supporters of the recent protests are members of the National Transitional Council, a legislative body, created after the Aug. 18, 2020 coup d’état, whose military leaders promised to hand over power to civilians after 18 months. The coup perpetrators have pledged to continue military cooperation with France, but there are reports that some sectors, including the armed forces, are in favor of opening talks with insurgent groups.On the ground, however, terrorist attacks against Malian and French troops continue, causing casualties among military and civilian personnel. Later, the Malian army confirmed that a double attack by “extremists” in the central region of the country caused the deaths of 6 soldiers and about 30 insurgents.The actions took place simultaneously in Mondoro and Boulkessi, near the border with Burkina Faso. The targets were a barracks of Malian troops in Mondoro and a combined G5-Sahel barracks with troops from Mali, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso and Chad in Boulkessi.These events come at a time when French President Emmanuel Macron is signaling that Paris will soon “adjust” its “military effort” in the Sahel by downsizing the troops of Operation Barkhane — a way of pressuring other European countries to engage even more in the Mali war.Mali is where more than 1,000 European Union military “instructors” are already involved, and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission for the Stabilization of Mali (MINUSMA) has been stationed for years, with around 14,000 soldiers and police.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Flowers, food highlight Ellen Noël event

By on June 2, 2021

first_img WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Ellen Noël Art MuseumIt really is time to smell the flowers and all for a good cause – supporting the the Ellen Noël Art Museum.The Ellen Noël Art Museum, 4909 E. University Blvd., has scheduled Flower Market 2018, a fundraising event, May 4-5 in the garden.A variety of events including live music and shopping and free art activities for children are on the agenda.The schedule:May 4: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Preview Party. There will be food, beverages, live music, early shopping at vendor books and first access to the plant and flower sale. Tickets are $35. Advance registration is required.May 5: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Plant and Flower Sale. There will be a wide selection of plants, flowers, herbs, pots and more for sale, as well as demonstrations, food trucks, music and family art activities.May 5: 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Community Art Day with Earth Day activities and free hands-on art stations for all ages.May 5: An Evening in the Garden. There will be plants and flowers for sale, along with music, food trucks, a cash bar, artisan vendors and more. Tickets are $15 (includes one drink).The museum will begin selling raffle tickets during the Preview Party for a trip for two to Brandywine Valley in the picturesque Pennsylvania countryside.Tickets are $50 each and include airfare, hotel and car rental for four days and four nights and a $500 gift card to be used toward dining and other entertainment.Admission is free and open to the public (unless otherwise stated).For more information, call 5509696 or visit Facebook Pinterest ellen noel logo Local NewsEntertainmentcenter_img Twitter Pinterest Flowers, food highlight Ellen Noël event Twitter By admin – April 27, 2018 Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: San Jacinto Day commemorates Texas independenceNext articleAutism SHARE Walk adminlast_img read more

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Celebrate Phil Lesh’s Birthday With 15 Great Performances From The Capitol Theatre

By on March 2, 2021

first_img[Video: RustedTelevisione]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Passenger” – 3/19/15[Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Help On The Way” > “Slipknot!” > “Franklin’s Tower” – 10/30/15 [Video: InnovAsianTravel]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Unbroken Chain” – 10/30/15[Video: Sean Roche]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Box Of Rain” – 11/6/15 [Video: Brosef Wilson]Happy birthday Phil! Head to his website for the most up-to-date tour information.[Originally published March 15th, 2016] Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh celebrates his 80th birthday today. Originally a violinist and shortly thereafter a trumpet player, Lesh’s early interest in avant-garde music and free jazz played a major role in his unique, improvisational-laden bass sound, asserting himself in a way akin to a lead guitar player. A member of the Dead from day one, though never a prolific songwriter, Lesh still contributed tunes like “Passenger” co-written with Peter Monk, “New Potato Caboose,” “Pride Of Cucamonga,” “Unbroken Chain” and “Box Of Rain” to the beloved Dead catalog.Related: Phil Lesh 80th Birthday Shows At The Capitol Theatre Postponed Until Summer Due To Local Coronavirus OutbreakAfter the dissolution of the Dead following Jerry Garcia’s death in 1995, Lesh continued playing with Dead-offshoots in The Other Ones, The Dead, and finally, Phil Lesh & Friends, an ever-rotating cast of the jam scene’s most prolific players. Phil’s Friends over the years have included Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell of Phish, Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson, Jimmy Herring, Steve Kimock, Eric Krasno, Rob Baracco, John Scofield, Joe Russo, John Molo, Joan Osborne, Michael Kang and Bill Nershi of the String Cheese incident, and Al Schnier of moe.Four years ago, Phil & Friends featuring guitarists Warren Haynes and Eric Krasno, drummer John Molo and keyboard player Rob Barraco kicked off a three-night celebratory run at the heralded Capitol Theatre, an East Coast home away from home for Lesh. The Dead played at the Cap in Port Chester, NY a grand total of 13 times between 1970-1971, including this 11/8/70 show with an opening acoustic set on the last night of a four-night run.Grateful Dead – The Capitol Theatre – 11/8/70 [Full Show Audio]Here’s a great one as well, as the Dead kick off a six-night run at the Cap from 2/18/71 through 2/24/71. The group debuted three new songs that night, including “Bertha,” “Loser” and “Greatest Story Ever Told.”Grateful Dead – The Capitol Theatre – 2/18/71 [Full Show Audio]And the debut of “Bird Song” on the following evening.Grateful Dead – The Capitol Theatre – 2/19/71Of course, the Grateful Dead would quickly outgrow the 1,800-capacity venue, working their way up to Madison Square Garden for tens of thousands of loyal Deadheads. The long, strange trip brought Lesh back to the Cap, as promoter Peter Shapiro reopened the venue in 2012 and signed an exclusive contract with the Grateful Dead bassist. Since then, Lesh has been bringing his “friends” to the newly-restored Capitol Theatre, remaining a fan-favorite to this day.In honor of Phil Lesh’s 76th, enjoy some great videos from various formulations of Phil & Friends performing at the newly-restored Cap:Phil Lesh & Friends – “Doin’ That Rag” – 7/23/13 [Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “St. Stephen” – 7/23/13[Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Eyes Of The World” – 4/12/14[Video: sgibson818]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Shakedown Street” – 11/8/14 [Video: rdeal1999]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Terrapin Station” – 11/15/14[Video: rdeal1999]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Uncle John’s Band” – 11/28/14Phil Lesh & Friends – “Scarlet Begonias” > “Fire On The Mountain” – 12/31/14 [Video: Victor Dowling]Phil Lesh & Friends – “Blue Sky” – 3/16/15last_img read more

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