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Ivory Coast Splinter Dictator Captured By French Forces, Handed Off To Rebels; Cocoa Plunges

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And like that, we now have one less conflict. From Reuters "French special forces have detained Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo and handed him to leaders of the rebel opposition, after French tanks forced their way into his residence, a Gbagbo adviser in France said. "Gbagbo has been arrested by French special forces in his residence and has been handed over to the rebel leaders," Toussaint Alain told Reuters." We would prefer not to visualize what happens to Gbagbo in the hands of his news captors. Importantly, considering the primary determinant in cocoa prices YTD has been the ongoing civil war in the African country, the promise of an end to hostilities sends Cocoa prices plunging, dropping the 10 metric ton contract by nearly $100 in the span of seconds.


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Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:15 | 1157319 SWRichmond
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House of Saud: take note.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:11 | 1157546 caconhma
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Algeria comes to my mind.

Then, we will see the real french military capabilities and its dwarf supremo comendanto brilliance.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:37 | 1157661 tonyw
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Time to redeploy to Libya for another short operation.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:09 | 1157984 caconhma
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This is exactly what Bush, the Congress, and the rest of zionist puppets thought would happen.

Well, bye-bye the American dream. Bye-bye the American empire...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:08 | 1157995 caconhma
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This exactly what Bush, the Congress, and the rest of zionist puppets thought would happen.

Well, bye-bye the American dream. Bye-bye the American empire...


What is Hezbollah doing in Libya fighting Qaddafi? After all, they fucked Israeli "supermen" big time.

Finally, don't forget Yemen. It is an America nightmare!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:11 | 1157548 caconhma
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Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:18 | 1157321 Sudden Debt
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That guys should be put on a liquid salt infuse mixed with adrenaline and be cut slowely in 5mm pieces starting from his little toe and forcefeeded with his own bodyparts.





Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:19 | 1157331 Moric
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Seem a bit excessive... Would you seriously want someone tortured that way?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:46 | 1157432 Sudden Debt
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Yes. I'm a firm believer for the "eye for a eye, arm and backbone" principle.


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:59 | 1158176 weinerdog43
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I'm sorry, but that's simply appalling.  He may get what's coming to him, but torture is unacceptable. 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:52 | 1157471 Pool Shark
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Was Christopher Walken involved in the operation?


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:43 | 1157698 LFMayor
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+ one Fredrick Forsyth


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:28 | 1157372 barkingbill
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gbagbo isn't any worse in my view then the other guy who we support who is a total neoliberal....sell out your country to the IMF kind of guy. 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:46 | 1157703 AnAnonymous
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In  this US world order, this makes him the better man.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:34 | 1157390 spiral_eyes
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gbagbo just another puppet, just another wannabe warlord. save the sadism for heinz.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:20 | 1157325 frenchie
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not so long ago Gbagbo was a "grand ami de la République"...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:22 | 1157338 augie
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Hah, you know its a sad day for uncle sam when the frogs have to step up to the plate to end a conflict.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:27 | 1157363 BorisTheBlade
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Côte d'Ivoire is a former French colony, they were stepping up to the plate there for the last 100 years at least.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:43 | 1157424 augie
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if by stepping up to the plate you mean oppressing the people of the ivory coast since 1893 then I agree. They were real quick to protect coca interests back in 02' as well.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:29 | 1157622 BorisTheBlade
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No, by this I meant 'messing with local affairs' without any judgemental attachment whether the French were oppressing or liberating Ivory Coast. It's quite subjective in the end, usually it works in one of the two ways: if 'we' are replacing some democratically elected dictator for our son of a bitch, then we are liberating, if someone else does the same, then it's called oppression. And then another big thing is whether the African countries are better off by themselves, Zimbabwe aka Rhodesia comes to mind, which is also a matter of a long debate. TIA.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:00 | 1157769 AnAnonymous
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Nothing to debate.  Duplicity all the way. The conditions of the locals were propaganda to suit the colonial powers agenda.

The only thing that the locals earned in the process is a dramatic  report on  their conditions. When  they were under colonial dominion, everything was rosy and all, great improvements and all. Mere propaganda.

In the US world order, duplicity reigns supreme. Governments fix the reports anytime it suits them.

For example, propaganda has it that the colonial powers ended slavery during their occupation in those parts of the world.  Mere talks supported to avoid facing the very reality that all the colonial powers had slavery under their authority.

Before they entered, slavery was. When they were in, slavery was. When they left, slavery was. The only thing the locals earned or lossed in the process is that during the colonial  oppression, slavery was kept a hush hush.

Tibet and China are a different story as China ended effectively slavery in Tibet.

It is all about propagated conditions of life to suit western colonial powers. So the debate is pretty short as debates should be grounded in reality, not fantasies.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:42 | 1157426 MachoMan
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Hopefully it won't end like vietnam...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:15 | 1158008 caconhma
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Hopefully, it will end up worse than Vietnam. So Americans will see there are a lot of things to fix in America.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 13:21 | 1158254 MachoMan
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We see the problems...  they're everywhere and undeniable...  we just don't want to fix any of them because it means individual sacrifice and the collective is every bit if not a worse moral actor...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:22 | 1157339 franzpick
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Cocoa weekly still intact and parabolic.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:24 | 1157347 TideFighter
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Damn, those Special French E'clair de Forces are tough.


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:32 | 1157366 falak pema
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They are called 'force de frappe'...code name : Licorne...'eclair' is chocolate cake...very appropriate to Ivory coast!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:27 | 1157368 High Plains Drifter
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backed my armor and air assets against african irregulars......yawn....not impressed.....

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:55 | 1157484 Sudden Debt
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The US has the toys but the French have some mean ass military.

If the French stationed somewhere, they always make a PR mess out of it because of their brutality.

They also still have a legionnaires force who do special ops and are made up out of crooks and savages.

It's typical that Americans think of their army as the best, but I don't think the US has many forces that can take on those guys. And once the money dries up to fund the US toys, they US will really need those guys if they still want to represent something.


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:22 | 1157585 High Plains Drifter
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well i don't care about if my army is the best or not. i would like it to come home and be disbanded. i am not interested in whose army is the best. that is the bailiwick of fools.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:26 | 1157352 falak pema
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Yes but the République is like a fickle queen of old Bourbon lignage...Let him eat french cake as he won't let us eat cocoa, that's intolerable. We have plenty of that in France. He can come in golden exile here and let us run his country for him. After all we know more about Cocoa than he does. 


PS : I hope the price of coffee comes down now!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:24 | 1157354 Kina
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Gadafi take note. The longer he stays the longer his death will be.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:27 | 1157355 Global Hunter
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Looks like the French will succeed in getting their IMF puppet in place, the one who likes to sell Ivorian assets to the French on the cheap.  Nice work France.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:31 | 1157373 High Plains Drifter
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does this mean that france will be taking a bigger part now, in the global "war on terror"  i must say, they are getting just a tad froggy as of late......hmmm?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:08 | 1157790 AnAnonymous
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the one who likes to sell Ivorian assets to the French on the cheap.


Actually, it is also something else.

The French have woven a network of fixed public contracts in order to subsidize their firms, as subsidizing is regulated under the EU.

Works pretty simply: the French loan money to those countries so they can  build inadequate infrastructure projects. The job is given to a french company that receives indirectly french money: subsidizes.

Countries like Japan  have given up bidding for those contracts and even bypass the paid shill in position in order to give to charity as they know the money is going to finish as a hidden  subsidize for the french companies.

Money laundering...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:27 | 1157358 Rodent Freikorps
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The French are just re-enforcing the lesson for any dictators who might have forgotten that sub Saharan Africa is French turf.

Or, the rebels being muslim, this could be payback for the Arab League giving a nod to taking down Daffy.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:30 | 1157382 Global Hunter
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oui to both points.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:30 | 1157383 High Plains Drifter
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but, but, but, i  thought these african nations were free and independent nations.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:46 | 1157435 Rodent Freikorps
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The CFA franc (in French: franc CFA [f??? se?f?], or colloquially franc) is the name of two currencies used in Africa which are guaranteed by the French treasury.

CFA Francs are used in fourteen countries: twelve formerly French-ruled African countries, as well as in Guinea-Bissau (a former Portuguese colony) and in Equatorial Guinea (a former Spanish colony).

Ivory Coast is one of those 14.


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:28 | 1157369 anynonmous
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And to think he could have been enjoying a splendid lunch on the terrace of his Paris penthouse if he had gone away quietly, instead he finds himself hanging by his nuts in some bamboo dungeon

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:35 | 1157400 ibjamming
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It's the type of's what get's them there in the first place...but it's also what KEEPS them there long past their "prime".  What you suggest is what "I" would do...but then, I don't have the personality to be a dictator either.



Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:30 | 1157380 falak pema
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This is part of a new paradigm for Africa : we're back! but this time it's not us Westerners, not our puppet local dictators, but UN/IMF surrogate puppets. That makes it kosher from 'human rights' view point. But we still know how to count in terms of balance of trade...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:33 | 1157384 Global Hunter
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bien sur

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:39 | 1157414 ibjamming
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This is part of a new paradigm for Africa : we're back!


And why not?  What the fuck did the Africans do with Africa after we gave it back?  Nothing...  I say use it or lose it.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:22 | 1157598 falak pema
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It wasn't yours to "give back"! When you understand that you'll start becoming a normal human being. 

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:48 | 1157711 AnAnonymous
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Do you have spare room  where you live?

If yes, use it or lose it.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:33 | 1157387 snowball777
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Buy the Chocolate Dip!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:55 | 1157473 slewie the pi-rat
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jeeez, snoball!  great new look!  first thought: don't eat the orange snow.  (zappa, ok?  don't eat the yellow snow...).  2nd thought:  is that an apron or is he doin a men in tights thingy for artists?  anyway, i can't tell if you're curling yer lashes or plucking yer eyebrows...and i think i'll just tell ya how fabulous the look (!) and just not ask anything else, ok?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:57 | 1157480 slewie the pi-rat
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wait!  you're not snoball!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:38 | 1157411 Rockfish
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Everyone has thier vise, for the US it's oil for the French it's chocolate.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:46 | 1157434 slewie the pi-rat
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somebody BoughtTFD!  i think?  i just have bloomie's Commodities for Dummies page.  this brown powder was up in both contracts, GBPounds and USD, by 1.5%, then, oops, down to less up, bit still not down.

thr prob with bloomie for dummies is that if sally or sue decides to re-set the base price, i think she just does it.  so maybe pete just re-set the cocoa when it was real low, and then it goes green, even tho it's still down, but sally and pete win b/c it's green now. 

weird shit goes down for dummies.  trust me.


Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:50 | 1157458 RagnarDanneskjold
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Good thing the French handed over the Christian leader to the Muslims. Now the slaughter can really start.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 09:55 | 1157475 Rodent Freikorps
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That is low, even by French standards.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:01 | 1157506 slewie the pi-rat
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rilly!  like extraordinary rendition w/in the confines of abu ghraib or guantanamo, itself!  those french are something, aren't they?   Vercingetorix was a real sob to handle, even for julius caesar!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:11 | 1157555 Rodent Freikorps
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Being water-boarded for intel on ongoing ops is not the same as torturing someone to death for vengeance.

If the French just wanted him gone for good, they should have put a bullet in his head. That would have been far more humane.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:21 | 1157595 High Plains Drifter
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they want to know where he buried the gold.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:04 | 1157515 Maximus Failius
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Hello World


I guess you don't F with the French and their chocolate.  Perhaps to much local French unrest over the rising prices of pain au chocolat?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:06 | 1157522 waldocktrades
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Does he actually check this stiff out before he posts it? I trade cocoa and the price has been steady for over a week. In fact, as the market pulled back through March, commercial traders have built up a rather sizable position leading to a buy signal on a rally out of this consolidation.

I've been writing for months on the Ivory Coast situation.

Check.....then post.

Here's one from January. There's also another from March.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 18:45 | 1159461 Sheepneck
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Good job on the blogs, I enjoyed them.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:09 | 1157532 truont
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Sarkozy:  "Let my cocoa go!"

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:47 | 1157718 AldousHuxley
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Côte d'Ivoire..."protectorate" of French empire since 1843.

US invades for oil, French for cocoa?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 10:50 | 1157719 AnAnonymous
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Extortion business... The denial is going to follow, hard working people and all.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:13 | 1157805 Gimp
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French Foreign Legion ..the original special forces

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:14 | 1157810 sodbuster
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For all the jokes we make about the French military, I have heard their special forces are very capable.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 11:43 | 1157904 Juggernaut Nihilism
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Recent article by War Nerd following the slaughter of hundreds of Christian civilians (via machete, they don't seem to like wasting ammunition on civilians in Africa) by "opposition" (Muslim) forces, a must read, especially the comment from the informed IC resident halfway through:

Things are popping on the comment front.


First I got an email from Mark Watson, letting me know that this magazine ChangeObserver, which seems to be for people who like cool designs, has an article on what a great design the RPG-7 is. They mention its “simplicity, functionalism, durability and ease of use and maintenance” and even give yers truly a little mention for a column I did in praise of the RPG.

The only trouble with letting peace-oriented types in on the beauty of weaponry—and don’t get me wrong, some of my best friends, if I had any friends, would probably be peace-loving people—but the thing is, they can’t help contaminating a holy weapon like the RPG-7 with a lot of dirty stuff, like this commenter in ChangeObserver who wants to turn the RPG-7 into a sex toy. He comes up with a new weapon—I guess you couldn’t call it a “weapon,” so call it a device, the RKG-11…well, I’ll let him describe it:

“RKG-11: Accelerated Kiss Giver, 2011. Would shower 200-1000 people with in less than 45 seconds with 5x6cm kisses from 2-100 meters. Wow!”

I try to be broadminded, but like my dad used to say when he’d come through the living room while the TV was on, “Some people just have their minds in the gutter.”

Let’s move on to something more elevating. A lot of the comments on yesterday’s blog (“One Homme, One Panga”) served up theories on why the French are backing the Northern/Muslim leader Ouattara, even though his guys have admitted committing massacres on their way to Abidjan. One commenter reminded me of something I should’ve remembered: way back in November 2010, the Ivory Coast Air Force, fighting for Laurent Gbagbo at the time, bombed a French “peacekeeping” force in a Ouattara stronghold. Nine French soldiers were killed along with an American missionary. (One less missionary is sort of the opposite of “collateral damage”; I guess you could call it “collateral Yay!”)

In retaliation the French blasted what was left of Gbagbo’s air force, the one effective force he had against Ouattara. When I read that I started getting a little wary of this story as pure righteous anger over dead soldiers. For one thing, old Europe powers like Britain and France only get sentimental about dead soldiers when it serves the state’s purpose. The rest of the time, it’s more like Napoleon’s attitude looking over his KIA: “Ah, what the Hell, one night in the brothels of Paris will replace them.”

I got even warier when I looked over the story carefully. First obvious question: What were these French troops doing guarding Ouattara’s forces? You have to remember, the only real, combat-effective troops in Ivory Coast are the French and the UN. So it’s more likely these French troops were protecting Outtara’s men than keeping them peaceful. If they weren’t protecting them from attack, they were preventing Outtara’s machete-men from chopping up civilians, which frankly is all his troops are good for. They don’t actually fight; they leave that to the French or UN. That’s pretty standard in West Africa: “troops” aren’t for battle, they’re for killing and scaring civilians.

So you end up where you started: Why are the French siding with Outtara in the first place? And I got another comment that really queased me out about that. Here it is, complete:

“Propaganda. You’re writing propaganda without intending to. Why? Because every last English language journalist writes laughable lies about CIV.

Good guys vs bad guys—that’s the main problem with most stories. But if CIV has a bad guy it’s the French. And if Gbagbo isn’t a good guy, he’s the closest thing in West Africa.

One massacre? Ha, more like #185, only it’s hard for even the AFP propajournalists to ignore hundreds dead. The rebels have a non-stop history of rape, torture, and execution, month by month. Google for it in French, because you won’t find one word in the English-speaking world about it. Yeah right, the noble FN slip up by committing their first ever completely out of character machete massacre—and go for a 1000+ high score. The rebels are carrying AKs, RPGs, and machetes because…uh machetes are a backup tool for clearing unarmed weeds?

Are the French waging online propaganda war? There are pictures and videos of the real war, almost all in French. Weirdly these images seem to keep going down, 404s, redirects, whole websites vanished.

One video can refute a lot of bullshit. The “rapid rebel advance” is lead by UN APCs.

Quick responses to the media bullshit you’ve read:

1. The vote. The vote was comically rigged. The UN’s “official results” came from Ouattara’s hotel. Hunting challenge for you: find the actual detailed election numbers.

2. Gbagbo called for a recount. UN disallows. wonder why? The media lies by omission: no mention of a recount or fraud.

3. Remember this news? “United Nations accused Belarus of defying an arms embargo against Ivory Coast by delivering three attack helicopters” Interesting psywar BS. Because it was actually the UN importing Hinds: “Ukraine has sent to Ivory Coast Mi-24 helicopters.”

O: Employed by the IMF to implement austerity, privatized government assets for sale to French corporations.
G: Nationalized healthcare, education, French banks, and part of the cocoa industry. Ended all IMF programs and refused to pay the foreign debt.”

Daaaaaaaamn! This is the kind of comment that sends me reaching for the Maalox, because it’s obviously from somebody who knows the situation in his bones and is pissed-off and maybe crazy but that doesn’t mean he’s wrong. In fact, it’s such a creepy, depressing analysis of the whole Ivory Coast deal that I suspect he’s right.

And that makes me all defensive. What’s he mean, I’m writing “propaganda”? I thought I was the only guy in the world taking Gbagbo’s side. I thought I said the French were the bad guys here, along with the UN. I thought I said the UN was doing Outtara’s fighting for him. Why these lefties always gotta be so rude ta people? No manners, that’s why everybody hates’em.

Like they say: Tough crowd.

Some of what he says I can shrug off as leftie paranoid stoner stuff.  Like those disappearing online vids—they get pulled for a lot of reasons, sometimes it’s just schoolmarmy squeamishness, not a big conspiracy. And hey, if you Ivorians wanted to get your message out, whyncha getchaselves colonized by somebody had the sense to speak English like normal people?

But other things he says have the depressing, miserable, disgusting smell of truth about them. I’ve learned to sniff it from far off, like a dead skunk on an offramp. You can develop a nose for truth easy enough: just think about the difference between mystery novels and true-crime books, or detective shows vs. real crime shows like my favorite, The First 48 Hours. The made-up stories are all about brilliant handsome rich suave people who almost get away with it; the real stories are about stupid, mean pigs who confess the minute they get brought into the interrogation room. Just scum killing scum, for some dumb reason or no reason at all. That’s the smell of truth.

…Or IMF Stooge?

So when this commenter says that Ouattara’s the man the French picked because he’s willing to sell out his own country to the big bankers, I get that depressed feeling that I’m hearing something true. So I looked it up and it checks out completely. Ouattara’s own official bio lists him as “former deputy managing director, IMF.” Muslim militant my ass. Muslim front man for the bankers, more like.

Gbagbo as “good guy”? That’s not so clear to me. There isn’t usually a good guy in world news stories…not even when they’re datelined stateside. Some people are arguing that Gbagbo’s not a good guy but not as obvious an IMF stooge as Ouattara.

From what I can see, it does seem to be true that Gbagbo threatened to nationalize French banks a couple of months ago, which would account for the way the French hate him.

I’ll tell you what’s happening here, guys. We’re coming up against that swamp none of us want to go into, the one marked “Economics.” Hell, if we wanted to live in that stinking place we’d never have become war nerds. Any decent war nerd gets bored and antsy when he hits the chapter about “economic causes” of whatever war he’s researching. But I s’pose you have to face it sooner or later, there’s usually some damn econ reason behind even the coolest wars, and has been ever since those mangy Greeks decided to break the Trojans’ monopoly on the Black Sea trade.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 14:21 | 1158306 ThisIsBob
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Le chocolat, it has has been rescued!   Vive Le France!  Bon appétit! 

Soon as the locals have had their way with Gbagbo, we can expect huge selling into the world markets so to finance the celebrations.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 14:40 | 1158484 zerozulu
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Was there any GOLD recovered from him or not?

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 15:21 | 1158638 Juggernaut Nihilism
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Zerohedge has got to pick up on what is really going on in Ivory Coast.  It is a straight-up IMF neo-colonial French hit job.  Gbagbo was threatening to default on IMF loans and nationalize French assets in the country, while Oattarra is a former deputy managing director from the FUCKING IMF.  I don't want to hear any Euro weenies complaining about the US and our belligerent foreign policy.

Elections in Africa are a joke; they are nothing more than a head count of opposing ethnic and religious groups in which all of one side votes for its guy, and whoever wins this popularity contest/census imposes their will on the loser.  These are tribes, not nation-states.  The nation-state structure is imposed by the global financial system and its enforcement arms (western governments) for the purpose of dealing with an undeveloped region economically, but it is not experienced as a natural order by the locals.  The order is imposed and lackeys like Oattarra are installed when someone like Gbagbo gets too uppity and starts thinking about his own people's interests.

Look it up.  Oattarra did not defeat and capture Oattarra.  France did.  Just last week, Oattarra's soldiers and mercenaries, Muslims all, murdered up to 1000 Christian civilians with machetes.  Both sides have been slaughtering each other indiscriminately.  And yet this has hardly made a blip on the English speaking news-cycle.  And what news there is turns out to be nothing more than a papering over talking about Gbagbo losing an election but refusing to leave power (completely omitting the two most relevant facts: 1) the election was a joke, even by African standards, and Gbagbo's demand for a recount was denied by the people who have now captured him and handed him over to the same folks who have been butchering people with machetes, and 2) the election, again, is nothing more than a popularity contest that determines which tribe gets a UN sanction when they rape and murder the other).  I mean, fuck, an election is imposed by global elite on a former French colony, to challenge a leader who has threatened to restructure crippling IMF debt and default on private debt, and the candidate chosen to oppose him is a former deputy FROM THE IMF, and when things aren't settled quickly enough the French send in their own air and ground forces to eliminate the leader and then hand him over to the enemy.  And somehow this - in a world of 24-hour news cycles where not a hair on Obama's head is too insignificant to be reported on - somehow this is not interesting in the least to our corporate-owned media services.  Seriously??

Fuck off Frenchies and other Eurotrash with your indignation about Iraq when you are still deploying overwhelming force to keep the n*****s in your colonies in line and begging for our help to keep your oil flowing from Libya.

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 16:37 | 1159000 Volaille de Bresse
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Juggernaut you'd be more credible if you could spell "Ouattara" correctly...


Gbagbo was a French puppet, but he decided to bite the hand of its creator. Too bad... for him!


"Le roi est mort, vive le roi!" and life goes on...

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 19:25 | 1159597 Old Poor Richard
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The cocoa must flow!

Mon, 04/11/2011 - 22:48 | 1160233 luckly123
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