Warning: What's up in North Africa!

All About Egypt's Revolution and Mali's Problems

Murbarak Steps Down

Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 1pm

Egypt, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate

Cairo Governorate

Say WHAAT? Egypt and Their Revolution

It took 18 days of protesting in the city of Cairo to have president Hosni Mubarak to step down as from his 30 year reign. But some are saying that he was a liability so they had him go. without intention of instituting democracy the public wants.

Others, particularly Israel, which has had a peace treaty with Egypt for three decades, and Saudi Arabia, another key U.S. ally, worry about racial Islamist seizing power and hijacking the revolution. That’s what happened with the Iranian Revolution in 1979, in which hardline Islamic Clerics took over and turned the country into an anti-Western, Islamic theocracy. That helps to explain why President Obama walked a careful line during the protests in Egypt, trying not to lose them as an ally. What happened in Iran Has made the U.S. very gun-shy about popular change in the region, but Egypt is a very different place than Iran was 30 years ago. People believe the the situation in Egypt is more likely to turn into something like the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Aggravating the situation is the fact that more than half of Egypt’s population is under 25. University graduates cannot find jobs, and many young people cannot afford to get married or move out of their parents’ homes. Arab country went out and persevered as we did, then that would be the end of all the regimes.

Islam in Africa?

Last April for 10 months Islamic militants terrorized the people of north Mali in the city Timbuktu. They hurt women for not covering their face and chopped hands off if accused of stealing. This area also provided a safe haven for terrorist groups linked to Al Qaeda. In january they attacked a gas facility killing 37 foreign workers. 3 were americans. Later the French came in and got rid of the problem but they continue to be a threat.

From the 11th to 15th centuries the Malian empire was a powerful force in the region. Timbuktu thrived for centuries at the crossroads of the region’s two great highways: the caravan route across the Sahara, which brought salt, spices, and cloth from the north; and the Niger River, which brought gold and slaves from West Africa. Traders brought books, and the city scribes copied them by hand. 1898: Mali became a french colony. 1960: gained independence. 2011: Libya’s long time dictator, Muammar el Qaddafi was ousted. March 2012: Soldiers in Bamako, Mali’s capital, overthrew democratically elected government. Islamic groups took advantage of the chaos and soon controlled vast swaths of northern Mali. Al Qaeda in North Africa: richest of all Al Qaeda offshoots, because of millions of dollars gained in kidnapping ransoms, drug proceeds, and fuel and tobacco smuggling, according to U.S. military.

France is intervening and the United States assists the operation by flying in troops and refuelling French warplanes. The U.S. preparing to establish a drone base in northwest Africa to increase surveillance of Islamic terrorist groups. The U.S. doing this shows their efforts in getting rid of terrorists. They only have one permanent base in Africa and thats in Djibouti. Timbuktu is celebrating liberation from Islamic militias who controlled it for ten months. Workers/citizens hid valuable relics and manuscripts to save them. It would be bad if that history disappeared.

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