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UNESCO Peace Prize to a War Criminal

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The prize honors "living individuals and active public or private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO."

"After analyzing the global situation, it is Africa that held the attention of the Jury with the various threats affecting the continent," said Chissano.

"Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa, and on Mali in particular, as well as on the rest of the world, the Jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa." he added.

He'll have to explain how he avoided choking on his words. Hollande gets $150,000, a gold medal, and a diploma. 

He deserves longterm black and white-stripped suit imprisonment on bread and water breaking rocks in summer heat and freezing cold. 

He'll receive his award on a date to be named later. Perhaps UNESCO wants to give him more time to kill. It wouldn't be the first time a UN agency backed imperial aggression. For sure it won't be the last.

Throughout its history, UN officials did more to support war than prevent it. It deplores peace. It's been more than ever true under Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon. 

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Straightaway as Secretary-Generals, they betrayed their mandate. They're duplicitous imperial tools. They're complicit in millions of deaths. They're war criminals multiple times over. 

UNESCO's award shames an organization claiming higher standards. Honoring what demands condemnation proves otherwise.

Hollande declared war on Mali. He's Washington's lead attack dog. He served the same role in Libya. 

At issue is controlling Africa's resources. They're rich enough to matter. 

Mali's include oil, uranium, diamonds, phosphates, bauxite, lignite, kaolin, salt, limestone, gypsum, granite, marble, diatomite, hydropower, iron ore, manganese, tin, lead, zinc, and copper.

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Mali matters. US special forces are involved. Washington's supplying logistical, air, and intelligence support. 

Much more than Mali is at stake. Shutting out China is priotitized.

Since the late 1990s, its trade with Africa rose over twenty-fold. Washington views this with alarm. Beijing challenges its dominance. Eurasian ones and others aren't tolerated.

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