Africa

Mali's War: The Wages of Sin

Mali's War: The Wages of Sin

By Conn Hallinan,

August 23, 2012

The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are appalling: a young couple stoned to death, iconic ancient shrines dismantled, and some 365,000 refugees fleeing beatings and whippings for the slightest violations of Sharia law. But the bad dream unfolding in this West African country is less the product of a radical version of Islam than a consequence of the West’s scramble for resources on this vast continent, and the wages of sin from the recent Libyan war.

Mali Becomes Infected by the Somali Virus

Mali Becomes Infected by the Somali Virus

08/21/2012

By Jan Puhl in Mopti, Mali

Mali was once a model of African democracy. But ever since a military coup in March, Islamists have been on the march and have already imposed Sharia law in the country's north. There are fears that Mali could join Somalia as another failed state.

Somalia: From Troubled Transition to a Tarnished Transition?

Somalia: From Troubled Transition to a Tarnished Transition?

Nairobi/Brussels

20 Aug 2012

The term of Somalia’s Transitional Federal Institutions has expired, and there is no new president to take office as envisaged. The current political process has been as undemocratic as the one it seeks to replace, with unprecedented levels of political interference, corruption and intimidation.

Mali army gives ECOWAS troops conditions

Mali army gives ECOWAS troops conditions

15 August 2012

Mali's military on Tuesday rejected the deployment of any foreign West African soldiers to the capital, saying any regional intervention could only take place in the North of the country, currently occupied by Islamist groups.

The comments, after talks between West African defense chiefs and Malian authorities, are likely to dismay regional leaders who have been seeking to shore up a weak civilian administration in Bamako before helping the local army take on a mix of gunmen including some from al Qaeda.

Mali faces a twin crisis after rebel fighters took advantage of the void following a March 22 coup to seize the North.

The Libyan Crisis and West African Sahel: Emerging Security Issues

The Libyan Crisis and West African Sahel: Emerging Security Issues

 

 

 

August 14, 2012

The Arab Spring has posed varied challenges to countries in the North African region. While Egypt and Tunisia have transitioned to their first democratically elected governments following decades of autocratic rule, Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria have witnessed protests that have not translated into as dramatic changes for their government structures.

Libya's General National Congress comes to power

Libya's General National Congress comes to power

Deutsche Welle,

8 August 2012

Libya's National Transitional Council has handed over power nearly a year after the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi's 40-year dictatorship. A new government, constitution and parliament are next for the fledgling democracy.

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