Tuareg people

By IndepthAfrica
In Mali
Sep 5th, 2013
0 Comments
73 Views
Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has been sworn in as Mali’s new president, after winning the country’s first election since last year’s coup. Keita vowed to protect democratic gains and rebuild national unity during a small ceremony Wednesday in the capital, Bamako. The new president also pr...
By IndepthAfrica
In Mali
Apr 12th, 2013
0 Comments
72 Views
Mali and its international partners need to seize the moment for national dialogue to forestall renewed political and security crises. Mali: Security, Dialogue and Meaningful Reform, the latest report from the International Crisis Group, examines the situation in Mali after France’s military interven...
By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Feb 12th, 2013
0 Comments
34 Views
By Keith Somerville Africa inherited its borders – they were not created by those who live within them, are divided by them or who cannot easily trade across them.  The many straight lines on the map (or even the wiggly ones that follow rivers or other features) are one of the banes of the continent....
By IndepthAfrica
In Mali
Feb 2nd, 2013
0 Comments
40 Views
French President Francois Hollande arrived in central Mali Saturday, three weeks after French forces launched their intervention against Islamist militants in the African country. Mr. Hollande, accompanied by the defense and development ministers, flew into the town of Sevare, and will later visit Ti...
By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Feb 2nd, 2013
0 Comments
39 Views
TIMBUKTU, Mali — Zahby Ould Ibrahim’s general store was looted to the studs this week. The horde that descended upon it took not just the shop’s stock of pots, pans and bedding but the electric sockets, the light bulbs and the doorframe, too. A few shops away, Mahamane Dguitteye’s grocery store, its ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Jan 31st, 2013
0 Comments
53 Views
Jeremy Keenan On 12 October 2012, the UN Security Council voted unanimously in favour of a French-drafted resolution asking Mali’s government to draw up plans for a military mission to re-establish control over the northern part of Mali, an area of the Sahara bigger than France. Known as Azawad by lo...
By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Jan 29th, 2013
0 Comments
50 Views
Since early 2012, a violent conflict has been brewing in Mali, one that has forced the international community to consider whether or not this North African country is another Afghanistan in the making. The conflict, fought primarily between the government of Mali and a host of insurgent groups, has ...
By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Jan 25th, 2013
0 Comments
32 Views
Ian Birrell, The Guardian Malians wave to French soldiers as a convoy of armoured vehicles leaves Bamako on January 15 for deployment in the north of Mali as part of operation Serval. Photograph: Eric Feferberg/AFP/Getty Images For 10 months the collapse of Mali was largely ignored by the west. A cou...
By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Jan 22nd, 2013
0 Comments
57 Views
There is yet another Islamist-backed war going on, this time in Mali.  While it has a faction seeking to impose Sharia law, and whose leader is a cousin of the head of Al Qaeda in the region, it also is dominated by a long secessionist dispute by the nomadic lighter skinned Tuareg (also spelled Touar...
By IndepthAfrica
In Article
Jan 21st, 2013
0 Comments
38 Views
The Real Stakes of the War Rocking West Africa A Malian soldier peeks through a doorway behind which Malian and French soldiers are stationed in Niono. (Joe Penney / Courtesy Reuters) The last few months have shaken Mali to its core. In March 2012, the country’s 20-year relationship with democr...