The Guardian and Mali: A Strange Coincidence
You may recall the recent terror attack at the Radisson Blu hotel, in Bamako, Mali, on November 20th, in which 170 people were taken hostage and 22 people were murdered.
I’ll certainly not forget, but not just because I found myself battling Kremlin trolls who spontaneously appeared on the news stories shortly afterwards.
day prior to the Mali attack, “The Guardian”, which caught my attention long ago as curiously Soviet-sympathetic during the Cold War and strangely Russian-obsessed afterwards,
published an article concerning a fashion show in Mali, with overt
inferences about homosexuality. It caught my attention because, coupled with the imagery, it was over the top, almost exploitative…
at the annual Festi’Bazin – a show devoted to bazin, a polished cotton
fabric with a distinctive sheen, worn at most formal occasions in Mali –
strut the catwalk in crimson, indigo and neon green.”
It occurred to me that perhaps those colors meant something. For some reason, perhaps because of my geopolitical obsessions (yeah, I know, not your problem), I wondered if those colors might somehow correlate to national flags.
When I searched for flags matching the colors crimson, indigo and green,
the first flag that popped up was the rainbow flag.
The flag of the Gambia–an apparent
reference to the Mandinka people, most of whom have converted to Islam.
Race war? Racial strife? Racial politics?
I was suddenly reminded of Ferguson, Baltimore, “Occupy”, “Anonymous”, “Black Lives Matter”, Russian “Whataboutism” and that crazy conspiracy-theory-driven demagogue, Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam’s perennial plagiarizer of “The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion“, also known as the Kremlin troll’s handbook.