With the situation in Mali quickly spiraling out of control with several Americans kidnapped by “Mali rebels” in Algeria and the French sending an additional 250o soldiers to the front lines which I might add indicate a premeditated attack on Mali, and the US becoming involved I thought you might like to know what this neo-colonial Western expansion really is all about. It was reported almost 1.5 years ago that the conquest of Libya was nothing other than establishing a stronghold from which the neo-colonialisation of Africa could begin. I reported that the US was sending troops to 35 African Nations only weeks ago which was of course in preparation of the illegal wars perpetrated on these Nations by NATO and the US.
The French government has stated that:
“it would send 2,500 troops to support Malian government soldiers in the conflict against Islamist rebels. France has already deployed around 750 troops to Mali, and French carriers arrived in Bamako on Tuesday morning…..
We will continue the deployment of forces on the ground and in the air…..
We have one goal. To ensure that when we leave, when we end our intervention, Mali is safe, has legitimate authorities, an electoral process and there are no more terrorists threatening its territory.” 
So this is the official narrative of France and those who support it. And of course this is what is widely reported by the mainstrem media.
France is supported by other NATO members. US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta confirmed that the US was providing intelligence to French forces in Mali.  Canada, Belgium, Denmark and Germany have also publicly backed the French incursion, pledging logistical support in the crackdown on the rebels. 
If we are to believe this narrative we are misled again about the real reasons. A look at Mali’s natural resources reveals what this is really about.
Mali’s natural resources  (emphasis added)
Gold: Mali: Africa’s third largest gold producer with large scale exploration ongoing. Mali has been famous for its gold since the days of the great Malian empire and the pilgrimage to Mecca of the Emperor Kankou Moussa in 1324, on his caravan he carried more than 8 tonnes of gold! Mali has therefore been traditionally a mining country for over half a millennium.
Mali currently has seven operating gold mines which include: Kalana and Morila in Southern Mali, Yatela, Sadiola and Loulo in Western Mali, and mines which have recently restarted production notably Syama and Tabakoto. Advanced gold exploration projects include: Kofi, Kodieran, Gounkoto, Komana, Banankoro, Kobada and Nampala.