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As Islamist militant Al-Mahdi admits Timbuktu destruction, why criminalising cultural atrocities will save lives 

Ahmad al-Farqi al-Mahdi pleaded guilty at the International Criminal Court in the Hague on Monday to destroying historic cultural sites in Mali.

Dressed in a grey suit, blue and white striped shirt and matching tie, his long hair neatly combed, eyes blinking behind metal-framed glasses, the 40-year-old schoolteacher said he was “really sorry” for what he had done.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/as-islamist-militant-ahmad-al-farqi-al-mahdi-admits-timbuktu-destruction-why-criminalising-cultural-a7204276.html

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Posted by on August 31, 2016 in Africa, Reportages

 

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I temerari bibliotecari che hanno salvato i libri di Timbuctù 

Il 13 gennaio del 2012, il jet privato di Bono, la voce degli U2, atterra sull’unica pista polverosa dell’aeroporto di Timbuctù, in Mali. Il musicista è atteso al Festival au désert, la manifestazione musicale che Manny Ansar ha ideato e diretto dal 2001. Ansar va ad accoglierlo e lo trova rilassato sul suo divano, ancora sull’aereo, in conviviale conversazione con la moglie e Renzo Rosso, patron della Diesel. Un video musicale scorre sullo sfondo. Bono gli domanda se Timbuctù è sicura e Ansar risponde titubante che sì, lo è, mentre fuori, in un clima tutt’altro che disteso, uomini armati e mezzi dell’esercito circondano l’area a difesa dell’evento.
http://www.internazionale.it/opinione/barbara-lomonaco/2016/08/05/mali-libri-timbuctu

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2016 in Africa

 

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Il Mali che accoglie i siriani ha qualcosa da insegnare all’Europa

Cosa ci fanno dei curdi siriani di Kobane a Bamako, capitale del Mali, in Africa occidentale? Non è uno scioglilingua ma la realtà quotidiana di famiglie di profughi che ingrossano le statistiche della diaspora siriana nel mondo.

Dietro alle storie di questi esuli e dei percorsi che li hanno portati fino nel Sahel si cela l’ennesima assurda piega del viaggio a cui sono costretti milioni di persone in fuga da guerre per accedere alla protezione internazionale. Dalla Siria ne sono scappati quasi cinque milioni durante questi anni, sparpagliando famiglie e destini ai quattro angoli del Mediterraneo: 2,7 milioni sono in Turchia, 2,1 milioni tra Egitto, Iraq, Giordania e Libano, 28mila in Nordafrica (dati dell’Agenza delle Nazioni Unite per i rifugiati, Unhcr). Un piccolo gruppo è arrivato fino in Mali, a migliaia di chilometri dal Medio Oriente, ritrovandosi ancora più lontano dal sogno di un riparo sicuro in Europa.

http://www.internazionale.it/reportage/2016/05/03/siriani-profughi-mali

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2016 in Africa, Middle East, Reportages

 

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Mokhtar Belmokhtar: the ‘uncatchable’ chief of Africa’s Islamic extremists

Evrard Somda, the commander of Burkina Faso’s specialist anti-terrorism squad, reached Avenue Kwame Nkrumah in the centre of Ouagadougou, the west African nation’s capital, at about 8.30pm on Friday and realised immediately there was only one course of action.

Gunfire and smoke filled the air. A cafe favoured by expatriates was in flames. Around an hour earlier, dozens had died after gunmen opened fire on the crowded terrace with automatic rifles and then moved through the dining room, coolly reloading their weapons and executing survivors.

Now the killers were thought to be in the nearby Splendid hotel, holding an unknown number of guests.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/21/mokhtar-belmokhtar-uncatchable-chief-africas-islamic-extremists

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2016 in Africa, Reportages

 

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Explainer: what is going on in Mali?

After a week in which Europe was rocked by terrorism on the streets of Paris, gunmen entered the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako, the capital of Mali. A hostage situation unfolded and French and Malian security forces battled for control of the building. It is a hotel that is known to be frequented by foreigners and represents an escalation of violence that has been building in Mali during 2015.

Islamist attacks have been concentrated in Mali’s north, but spread during 2015 to the centre of the country – and then to the south and the borders with Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso. On March 6, there was a terrorist attack on the restaurant La Terrasse in Bamako, in the south-west of the country. Five people were killed and nine were injured.

https://theconversation.com/explainer-what-is-going-on-in-mali-51066

 
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Posted by on November 27, 2015 in Africa

 

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Terror in Mali

Today’s hostage crisis at the Radisson Blu Hotel, in the Malian capital of Bamako, where about a hundred people were held, has ended, with as many as twenty-seven deaths, according to a United Nations official. A joint operation by U.S. and Malian special forces ended the attack, which underscores the escalating pace of terrorist assaults by Islamist extremists.

http://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/terror-in-mali?mbid=rss

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2015 in Africa

 

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‘Migratie is in Mali religie geworden’

Er is geen land in Afrika waar zoveel mensen wegtrekken als uit het straatarme Mali. In 2014 kwamen van de ruim 140.000 migranten die via Libië naar Italië kwamen bijna 10.000 uit Mali. Het land is een kruispunt van smokkelroutes richting Europa.

Maar de grote migrantenstroom gaat veel verder terug. In 2008 opende in de hoofdstad Bamako een migratiecentrum om economische migranten beter voor te lichten over de mogelijkheden en vooral de beperkingen van een migrantenbestaan in Europa. Voor de val van het regime van dictator Muammar Kadhafi was de grens van Libië naar Europa nog bijna waterdicht en zochten migranten zuidelijker routes of ze vonden werk in Libië zelf.

http://nos.nl/artikel/2044569-migratie-is-in-mali-religie-geworden.html

 
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Posted by on October 19, 2015 in Africa

 

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What do the Tuareg want?

What do the Tuareg want? A facetious and yet honest way to answer that question would be to find a person called ‘the Tuareg’ and ask him. You might as well find ‘the English’ or ‘the Japanese’ and ask them what they want while you are at it.A nation or people rarely if ever think as one. In the case of the Tuareg, difference and disharmony is exacerbated by their vast desert habitat and dispersed nomadic lifestyle, both of which tend to place allegiance to blood and tribe above allegiance to nation or ideology and militate against collective thought or action.It can be argued that the very notion of a people called ‘the Tuareg’ is an invention of 19th century explorers and anthropologists, who adopted this supra-tribal and alien i.e. Arab collective noun with which to group together the Amazigh or Berber speaking nomadic tribes of the southern Sahara.

via What do the Tuareg want? – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Africa

 

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Des assassinats révélateurs de l’instabilité qui menace le nord du Mali ?

Une prise d\’otages en pleine ville, en plein jour, suivie d\’une exécution à une dizaine de kilomètres, dans des circonstances encore confuses, voilà qui n\’enlève rien à la démonstration : frapper dans Kidal, en enlevant les deux envoyés spéciaux de Radio France internationale (RFI), Ghislaine Dupont et Claude Verlon, constitue, de la part des ravisseurs, un coup d\’éclat dévastateur, au moment où le Mali s\’interroge sur sa stabilisation en cours.

Les preneurs d\’otages, décrits comme \”quatre hommes à bord d\’un pick-up\” par une source sécuritaire de Kidal, ont lancé leur opération devant la porte d\’un responsable touareg, Ambéry ag Rissa, avant d\’emporter les deux journalistes, et de faire route vers l\’Est, en direction de Tin-Essako. A environ douze kilomètres de Kidal, les deux otages ont été exécutés. Plusieurs sources au sein de la mouvance touareg affirment qu\’un ou plusieurs hélicoptères de l\’armée française avaient pris le véhicule en chasse, et pourraient avoir été repérés par les ravisseurs.

via Des assassinats révélateurs de l’instabilité qui menace le nord du Mali ?.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in Africa

 

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The wrong choice

Serge Halimi for LMD

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Africa

 

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