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What next for Mali?

February 4, 2013

It’s been three weeks since the beginning of French intervention in Mali. The largest northern towns have now been seized by the French Malian coalition. Today, a few questions emerge as to what happens next. In January 2012, the National Movement of Liberation of Azawad (MNLA), an independence Touareg movement, launched an attack against the… Read More ›

Condition: Critical

The disastrous conflict in the region of Kivu, Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has been raging for over a decade. This war has had catastrophic humanitarian consequences, as described in Condition: Critical, a poignant web-documentary presented by Médecins Sans Frontieres (MSF).

The tribulations of the Tuareg on Al Jazeera

I have recently made an appearance on an Al Jazeera piece by Jeremy Keenan, on the Tuareg and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb. It’s quite an interesting article that shows the complexity of the political situation in the Sahara. Click here to read more.

AQIM, al-Qaeda and the Sahara

In September, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) abducted seven employees of French uranium giants Areva in northern Niger. An ongoing debate has been centred on the possible implication of the local Touareg, and the actual link between AQIM and al-Qaeda, which has yet to be precisely established. It was the ideal moment for Osama… Read More ›

Oil, terror and social exclusion in the Sahara

Throughout history the Sahara Desert has been a key point to many rulers, both African and Western, due to its geostrategic position. Recent events have brought it under the negative spotlight of the media. News reports bring attention to kidnappings, the presence of Al-Qaeda, military operations but they usually fail to mention all the interests… Read More ›

A quick glimpse at African football history

As I was passing by Paris, I noticed that the National Museum of Sport was offering an exhibition on African football. As illustrated by the 2010 World Cup, football has been in constant development in Africa for the past decades. A brief reflection on the sport’s historical context had therefore become necessary before everyone loses… Read More ›

Will the Sahara be the next Afghanistan?

The sun was rising in Timbuktu, amidst the great Sahara desert of northern Mali. Since its founding by nomadic Touaregs, the legendary city has been a place of multiculturalism, trade, and spiritual exchange, attracting people from the remotest lands. As the city was enjoying the celebration of its 1000th anniversary, it became the centre of… Read More ›

Interview with Issa Dicko – Part 1 (French)

Issa Dicko is a Touareg intellectual, co-founder of the festival in the desert, and cultural promoter of the Taghreft Tinariwen association. In this first part, he exposed his views on the political issues in the Sahara desert, and most notably in the region of Kidal, northern Mali. Originally broadcast on Amandla, an African current affairs… Read More ›

Genetically Modified Organisms: They shall not pass!

Genetically modified (GM) food seems to always come back in conversations these days. Should we? Should we not? Some people have become very emotional about this debate. The green skeptics on one side and the ‘necessary to feed a rapidly increasing population’ camp on the other side; not to forget the big crowd in the… Read More ›