Friday 26 October 2012
Photo, above: Residents of Timbuktu encourage workers restoring the City of 333 Saints' Great Mosque prior to the Maouloud festival, marking the birth of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
Reports of jihadist fighters from Sudan and Western Sahara arriving to reinforce the radical Islamist rebels controlling northern Mali will add new urgency to international debates over military intervention to help the government restore its authority and reunite the country. Preparations for the deployment of a 3,300-strong West African force, supported by France and other Western powers, have accelerated over the past few weeks. The United Nations Security Council has given a 45-day deadline for the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) and the African Union to submit a detailed and costed plan. With just over a month to go, a lot of hard arguing still lies ahead before plans can turn into reality. No-one is under any illusion that the restoration of government authority over northern Mali - a France-sized chunk of the Sahara Desert - will be easy. Although international opinion now appears to be coalescing around the view that military action will be unavoidable, there are wide differences of view over the details and the risks.
Mali's main rebel groups Ansar Dine - Islamists based in Timbuktu; Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (Mujao) - Islamists based in Gao; National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) - Tuareg fighters ousted by Islamists from former northern strongholds
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JOHN BATCHELOR SHOW
Friday 905P Eastern Time: Daniel Henninger, WSJ, in re: credibility gap and the Obama camp
Friday 920P Eastern Time: Henry Miller, Hoover, in re: Proposition 37 in California and Granny Pamm organics - why the organic lobby is winning against GMOs
Friday 935P Eastern Time: Bob Zimmerman, Behind the Black, in re: ISS Soyuz dock, Dragon undock, Mojave Spaceport, Virgin Galactic flights, Space X reusable launchers.
Friday 1005P (705P Pacific): Devin Nunes, CA, report on the boom town of Williston ND and the Bakken awakening, more to come, American energy independence, the Obama policy inhibiting growth
Friday 1020P (720P Pacific): Ron Nixon, NYT, re farm land prices skyrocket, new bobble? The market in farmland takes off, IA and the Plains
Friday 1035P (735P Pacific): Ed Lazear, Hoover, re the deficit, the government spending, the president’s tax rise will not pay for it, who will pay for it?
Friday 1050P (750P Pacific): Adam Nossiter, NYT, report on Mali collapse, the unintended consequences of Libyan intervention, the possibility of military action, watching drones in Timbuktu
Friday 1105P (805P Pacific): The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist; 1 of 4
"A fascinating, detailed history of American-Iranian foreign relations... Crist is a natural-born writer, and the best parts of The Twilight War are not just engaging, but thrilling. His account of the 1988 naval mine strike on the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf reads almost like the script for an action movie, in large part because he's careful to pay attention to the actual people behind the sailors' uniforms. It's that concern for humanity that also renders his narratives of the bombings of the Beirut barracks (in 1983) and the Khobar Towers (in 1996) so chilling, immediate and heartbreaking." —Michael Shaub, NPR
Friday 1120P (820P Pacific): The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist; 2 of 4
Friday 1135P (835P Pacific): The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist; 3 of 4
Friday 1150P (850P Pacific): The Twilight War: The Secret History of America's Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran by David Crist; 4 of
Friday /Sat 1205A (905 Pacific): Daniel Henninger, WSJ, in re: Credibility gap and the Obama camp
Friday /Sat 1220A (920 Pacific): Henry Miller, Hoover, in re: Proposition 37 in California and Granny Pamm organics - why the organic lobby is winning against GMOs
Friday /Sat 1235A (935P Pacific): Bob Zimmerman, Behind the Black, in re: ISS Soyuz dock, Dragon undock, Mojave Spaceport, Virgin Galactic flights, Space X reusable launchers
Friday /Sat 1250A (950P Pacific): Seb Gorka, FDD, in re: Arab Spring and Benghazi - what's the risk?
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Music (using New York City broadcast times)