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  1. There were some attempts at minimising and diverting from the Christchurch attacks here and elsewhere with comments of “what about Nigeria?”, citing a claimed Muslim attack on Christians.

    What About Mali? It is north-west of Nigeria. This gives more context to those claims in complex ongoing conflicts in Africa.

    The Ogossagou massacre is the latest sign that violence in Mali is spiraling out of control

    All told, 134 people were killed in Saturday’s brutal assault targeting the Fulani ethnic minority, which has been accused of having ties to jihadist organizations in the area.

    Many of the victims, according to the United Nations, were women and children.

    The UN said armed men, reportedly dressed as hunters, came before dawn and attacked the villagers with guns and machetes.

    The scale of the attack is horrifying, but the escalation of violence in central Mali shouldn’t be a surprise.

    A jihadist insurgency spread into the north and center of Mali in 2012, and foreign troops and the government have been unable to fully regain control over large regions of the landlocked West African country.

    Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that groups affiliated with al Qaeda and ISIS have moved deeper into central Mali, exploiting existing ethnic divisions and sowing chaos.

    Due to the lack of government security, so-called self-defense units of Dogon or Bambara ethnic groups — such as the Dogon Dan Na Ambassagou, whose name means “Hunters who trust in God” — have sprung up.

    Saturday’s massacre is the latest, and most serious, in a series of attacks possibly linked to self-defense groups.

    In December, HRW released a report that collated more than 200 civilian deaths in 2018 in Mali’s Mopti region and warned that communal violence was rapidly increasing there.

    Much of the violence is between the so-called self-defense units — from communities who traditionally depend on agriculture — and the Fulani herding population. The Fulani are a key pool of recruitment for the jihadi groups, according to the UN and HRW.

    Saturday’s attack is the latest escalation of a cycle of violence that has spiraled out of control.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/25/africa/mali-attack-analysis-intl/index.html

    These are very different situations to the one off attack in Christchurch.

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  3. MaureenW

     /  27th March 2019

    Quite a bizarre backdown from John Brennan, former Director of the CIA, anti-Trump Twitter troll and frequent mouthpiece on CNN …
    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/mar/25/john-brennan-ex-cia-chief-offers-mea-culpa-on-trum/

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  4. Corky

     /  27th March 2019

    President Trumpy wows revenge on traitors and bad people. About time. Punish the insolent moronic democrats …and lock her up.

    https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/donald-trump-threatens-retaliation-as-mueller-concludes-investigation/news-story/ae00d09bf1d56e9c767f778e60cc8c2b

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    • Patzcuaro

       /  27th March 2019

      Not sure that your terminology is correct, I think President Trumpet would better describe this presidency.
      You must be proud of the leadership he is showing. Can’t wait to see his face when Ardern pips him for a Nobel.

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    • Blazer

       /  27th March 2019

      ‘bad people’…love it..who are they and how can we identify ..them?

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