In Mali, a Massacre With a Russian Footprint

Civilian deaths have spiked in Mali since Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Group began operating alongside the military. In late March, hundreds were executed in the village of Moura.

#civilian-casualties, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #wagner-group

Former French Colonies in Africa Demand a Reset

Decades after independence, many African countries are increasingly troubled by the ongoing influence of their former colonial power.

#africa, #colonization, #economic-community-of-west-african-states-ecowas, #france, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mali, #senegal, #terrorism

Western Officials Condemn Reports of ‘Massacre’ by Military in Central Mali

The State Department and the French foreign ministry said they were alarmed at reports of deaths caused by the Malian armed forces and their allies — Russian mercenaries with the Wagner Group.

#civilian-casualties, #european-union, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #sahel-africa, #state-department, #terrorism, #united-nations, #wagner-group

Rokia Koné, From Mali, Sings for the World. Especially Women.

Her international debut album, “Bamanan,” enlists an Irish producer, Jacknife Lee, for songs infused with African history and feminism.

#bamanan-album, #content-type-personal-profile, #kone-rokia, #lee-jacknife, #mali, #pop-and-rock-music

France and Allies to Begin Withdrawal From Mali

The military campaign was supposed to last only a few weeks, but French soldiers have been fighting insurgents in the African country for a decade.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mali, #sahel-africa

Burkina Faso and 5 Other Coups in Africa, Explained

Burkina Faso this week joined a list of countries that have recently experienced military takeovers — most plagued by insecurity, poor governance and frustrated youth. But there’s no one-size-fits-all explanation.

#africa, #burkina-faso, #chad, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-community-of-west-african-states-ecowas, #guinea, #mali, #sudan

Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, Malian President Ousted in 2020, Dies at 76

Mr. Keita was elected in 2013 with a mandate to stem the country’s many crises. But during his tenure, they escalated.

#bamako-mali, #deaths-obituaries, #keita-ibrahim-boubacar, #mali

In ‘African Origin’ Show at Met, New Points of Light Across Cultures

Holdings from Ancient Egypt and sub-Saharan Africa come together in a masterpiece show. Now the Met should make clear how the wondrous works got here.

#africa, #art, #arts-and-antiquities-looting, #benin, #colonization, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #egypt, #mali, #metropolitan-museum-of-art, #museums, #nigeria, #rockefeller-michael-c, #sculpture, #the-african-origin-of-civilization-exhibit

A Crisis of Abuse Grows in International Women’s Sport

The sexual abuse scandal in Mali basketball is the latest example of how global sports organizations are failing to curb the mistreatment of women.

#athletics-and-sports, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #denhollander-rachael, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #international-olympic-committee, #mali, #nassar-lawrence-g-1963, #niang-hamane, #olympic-games-2020, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

In Video, French Reporter Says He Was Kidnapped in Mali

In a short clip that circulated online, the journalist, Olivier Dubois, said he had been seized by a jihadist group linked to Al Qaeda and urged the French government to secure his release.

#dubois-olivier-journalist, #france, #gao-mali, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #mali, #missing-persons

A Wedding, an Airstrike, and Outrage at the French Military

The French Army says it killed terrorists in Mali, with no collateral damage. A new United Nations report says almost all of the dead were civilians.

#civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #mali, #united-nations, #weddings-and-engagements

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Limit Human Rights Suits Against Corporations

Six citizens of Mali sued Nestlé USA and Cargill, saying the firms had profited from child slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

#agriculture-and-farming, #alien-tort-statute-1789, #child-labor, #cocoa, #corporations, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ivory-coast, #mali, #supreme-court-us

When Does an Enemy’s Cultural Heritage Become One’s Own?

The cease-fire in Nagorno-Karabakh may offer new hope for the preservation of threatened monuments everywhere.

#abkhazia-georgian-republic, #afghanistan, #aliyev-ilham-h, #anatolia, #armenia, #armenians, #azerbaijan, #baku-azerbaijan, #bokova-irina, #bosnia-and-herzegovina, #china, #churches-buildings, #cyprus, #destruction-of-cultural-antiquities-and-heritage, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #european-union, #hagia-sophia-istanbul-turkey, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #idlib-syria, #international-criminal-court, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #istanbul-turkey, #mali, #modi-narendra, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #mosques, #nagorno-karabakh, #palmyra-ny, #pantheon-rome, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #timbuktu-mali, #trump-donald-j, #turkey, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-heritage-sites, #xinjiang-china, #yazidi-religious-sect

How One of the Most Stable Nations in West Africa Descended Into Mayhem

Burkina Faso once looked like a success story for U.S. military aid. But now it’s contending with a growing insurgency, an unfolding humanitarian crisis — and a security force targeting civilians.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #burkina-faso, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-department, #mali, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Mali Appoints New President After Military Coup

Regional leaders have insisted the West African country return to civilian rule. The new interim president is a retired colonel and former defense minister who served under the ousted president.

#africa, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bamako-mali, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #keita-ibrahim-boubacar, #mali, #politics-and-government, #sahel-africa

Eye on Beirut, Senegal Port Rushes to Truck Away Tons of Ammonium Nitrate

After nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate caused a devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, the West African nation of Senegal discovered the same amount sitting in its port in Dakar.

#ammonium-nitrate, #beirut-lebanon-explosions-2020, #explosions-accidental, #mali, #senegal, #ships-and-shipping, #trucks-and-trucking

Mali’s Ousted President Is Released From Detention by Coup Leaders

Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta was allowed to return to his home in the capital by the military officers who forced him to resign as president.

#cisse-boubou, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #keita-ibrahim-boubacar, #mali, #national-committee-for-the-peoples-salvation-mali-coup-plotters, #politics-and-government

Mali Coup Leaders Pledge Democracy After Deposing President

The plotters appealed to Malians and foreign powers in a televised address to the nation, and said that new elections would be held to replace the detained president, who had been democratically elected.

#bamako-mali, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #economic-community-of-west-african-states-ecowas, #keita-ibrahim-boubacar, #mali, #united-nations

Gunfire Near Mali’s Capital Raises Fears of Mutiny or Coup

The reports came amid a growing protest movement in the West African nation over what many feel is the government’s failure to confront corruption and violence by armed groups terrorizing the countryside.

#defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #keita-ibrahim-boubacar, #mali, #politics-and-government

Fighting Discrimination, a French Woman Becomes a Champion of Men

Assa Traoré had long demanded justice for her half brother, Adama, who died in police custody. Now, she embodies France’s fight against discriminatory police violence.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mali, #men-and-boys, #paris-france, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #traore-adama-d-2016, #traore-assa

When the Soldiers Meant to Protect You Instead Come to Kill

Extremists and vigilantes are killing civilians in the West African nation of Burkina Faso, but so are soldiers, sowing fear and suspicion in a country that had once prided itself on its strong social fabric. We traveled to the country’s volatile far north to investigate the abuses.

#burkina-faso, #compaore-blaise, #defense-and-military-forces, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mali, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #sahel-africa, #west-africa

French Military Says It Killed Top Qaeda Leader in Africa

If confirmed, the death of Abdelmalek Droukdal would be a blow to one of the terrorist group’s most successful and resilient affiliates.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #al-qaeda-in-the-islamic-maghreb, #mali, #terrorism

U.S. Military Cutting Medevac Flights for Troops in West Africa

As Army Green Berets move to confront new threats in the Sahel, the Pentagon is reducing the number of helicopters available for casualty evacuation flights.

#africa, #al-qaeda, #boko-haram, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #mali, #niger, #nigeria, #terrorism, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-army-special-forces-green-berets, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-special-operations-command

On the Road With the French Foreign Legion

Squeezed inside a military fighting vehicle in West Africa with soldiers from around the world recruited to France’s legendary force, just days before social distancing became the norm.

#africa, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #france, #french-foreign-legion, #mali

Crisis in The Sahel Becoming France’s Forever War

Riding along with French troops hunting Islamist militants in France’s unwinnable West African war.

#defense-and-military-forces, #france, #french-foreign-legion, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #mali, #terrorism, #west-africa