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ABIDJAN/PARIS/BERLIN (Own report) - Following the putsch in the Ivory Coast, the FDP-affiliated Friedrich Naumann Foundation has announced its opening of a new branch office in Abidjan and wants to serve the new ruling RPR party, as a "permanent advisor." The foundation announced that it would establish closer relations with the new president, Alassane Ouattara and his party. The RPR has been active for years, in the FDP's liberal West African network, which includes an advisor to the president of Senegal. The fact that the Naumann Foundation's partner, Ouattara, was bombed into power last April, by France and the United Nations - and with Berlin's explicit approval - in spite of the presumed electoral fraud, has met with continuing strong protests in Africa. The media is openly speaking of "imperialism" and "neo-colonialism". For example, South Africa's former President Thabo Mbeki considers that not only the African Union has lost all credibility through the military intervention in the Ivory Coast. After its armed attack on the presidential palace in Abidjan, the United Nations, as well, can no longer claim to be a "neutral force" of mediation in conflicts. The events in the Ivory Coast have put an end to "the fiction that the major powers respect the rule of law in the conduct of international relations." more…

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Abidjan/Paris/Berlin (own report) - The West has pressured the United Nations into becoming an active party to the fighting in the Ivory Coast civil war and is assisting the establishment of the general interventionist "Responsibility to Protect" or "R2P" concept, also being promoted by Berlin. Since the beginning of the week, as confirmed by a UN spokesperson, not only French but also UN troops have been combating the Ivorian presidential guards. The objective is to overthrow the ruling government to put the pro-western partisan Alassane Ouattara into power. Ouattara's alleged electoral victory last fall was based on phantom polling results of 90 percent. Last week, his militia, on whose side the UN is now fighting, committed a massacre of hundreds of civilians. The United Nations claims to have entered the war on the side of Ouattara's militia, to protect the civilian population, thereby implementing the "Responsibility to Protect" concept, which western powers, including Berlin have been promoting for years. The concept consists of a general right of intervention in cases of alleged or actual brutality against the civilian population. It has also been applied to legitimate NATO's intervention in Libya's civil war. more…

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ABIDJAN/BERLIN (Own report) - In spite of the risk of a bloodbath in the Ivory Coast, the West - Berlin included - is maintaining its support of Alassane Ouattara, the alleged winner of the presidential elections. Ouattara, a former high-ranking IMF functionary and a partisan of the West, has declared war on his rival, Laurent Gbagbo. His militia has begun their march on the capital, Abidjan. Ouattara is operating from a luxury hotel in the capital and is totally dependent upon the United Nations, which is protecting and bringing him abroad to political consultations, and under whose protection and with western backing, he has made his declaration of war. Observers are warning that in light of the ethnization of the conflict, it could result in genocide. The west's playing with fire aims at deposing the incumbent president, who, at least verbally, upholds the anti-colonialist tradition, to install one of their partisans as the head of government. Ouattara proved his loyalty years ago, when he, as Prime Minister of the Ivory Coast, provided access to important infrastructure facilities to European companies. more…