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Mali in Crisis

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France is ready to stop Islamist militants who control northern Mali, the French president says, following a plea for help by his Malian counterpart.

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Islamist militants control Northern Mali

 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 11, 2013 9:57 AM

In April 2012, Islamist rebels seized power in Northern Mali and have declared independence, proclaiming this region The Islamic State of Azawad.  Recently they have begun to amass armies on the southern limits of their territory and presumably are seeking to topple all of Mali.  The former colonizer, France is being called upon to assist as is the United Nations.  This area is part of a region known as the Sahel, the transition from a dry North Africa to tropical Sub-Saharan Africa, from a Muslim/Arab north to a Christian/Animist/Black region of Africa.  The human and physical geographic divisions in this region plays a major role in this conflict.  


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Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:41 AM

What also was very dangerous about this was that Mali became a safe haven for terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda,  because of their Islamic ties to the rebels.  If we allow them to control this region, who knows what they could plan.  We spent all this time making them run, giving them a new base would undo a lot of work that has been done in the past 12 years. 

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Don't make the same anti-terrorism mistakes in Mali

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Balancing the interests of stakeholders in the Malian polity will be difficult, however some key steps should be taken.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 15, 2013 4:46 PM

This is a great article for give to students to provide them with the geo-political context to understand the situation in Mali.  It also give a great reminder for observers and the involved parties to not lump all Tuareg civilians in the north with the Islamists groups that are in control.  "This failure to consistently distinguish between different groups in the North by multiple stakeholders...portends longer term trouble."  For additional reading, see this Geography in the News article on Mali, tailor-made for classroom.    


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Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, March 19, 10:33 AM

Problems in this area will only increase if the powers that be do not take the innocence of the civilian population into account.  When trying to put down a terrorist insurgence it is imperative that a government tries to safe guard the population.  If not it will only drive these people into the arms of the insurgents.

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Roots of the Mali Crisis

January 19, 2013—The West African nation of Mali is making headlines after a wave of French military actions on Islamic extremist groups now controlling the northern part of the country. National Geographic Senior Writer Peter Gwin has...

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Araceli Vilarrasa Cunillé's curator insight, February 6, 2013 6:37 AM

La crisi propera no es deixa fer prou atenció als canvis geopolítics a l' Africa.

Emma Lafleur's curator insight, March 29, 2013 3:32 PM

   This video clip that is great for learning not only about the situation in Mali, but how history leads to the events of today and how much one country can affect another country.

   When Europe colonized  Africa they created borders that separated groups of people that should have stayed together, and they put different ethnic groups together that should have been separated. With this alone comes great conflict because ethnic groups and neighboring tribes that have had conflicts for years now have to operate under the same government somehow and no one is ever really happy so conflicts arise.

    Also, the Arab Spring broke out which brought on all these new ideas and opportunities for the people to revolt and change their country, and some of the people left Libya after the fall of Gadaffi and went to Mali bringing their weapons and anger with them. All of these events led to the Mali crisis today, and it is interesting to see how much one country affects another country and as a history major I am greatly interested in how the history of the country brings about the events of today.

Al Picozzi's comment, July 18, 2013 12:15 PM
The borders were randomly drawn without taking culture, language, beliefs of the native populations etc into account. However drawing borders along ethnic lines didn't work in Europe after WWI. Alot of ethnic minorities were in countires that did not feel welcome. That was one reason for WWII
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Syria's civil war is the outcome of a complex interplay of Islamic faction ... - NEWS.com.au

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Its war-torn streets are a confused three-way interplay of conflicting secular and Islamic factions, but one hand seems to be lurking ominously behind it all.
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New Vienna interfaith center opens with Saudi help - Chicago Tribune

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Kansas City StarNew Vienna interfaith center opens with Saudi helpChicago TribuneVIENNA (Reuters)- The violent crises in Syria, Gaza and Mali show how important it is for different religions to work together to promote understanding rather than sow...

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Majority of PA Muslims Support Suicide Bombings - Arutz Sheva

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Al-Qaeda Seizes Syria Village, Kills 12 Alawite Civilians - Antiwar.com

Al-Qaeda Seizes Syria Village, Kills 12 Alawite Civilians Antiwar.com Al-Qaeda faction Jabhat al-Nusra has captured the village of Maksar al-Hesan today, east of the Syrian city of Homs, and has killed 12 Alawite civilians, according to pro-rebel...
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Everything You Need To Know About Syria's Turbulent History And Why It ... - Huffington Post

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Governing Party in Crisis - AllAfrica.com

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Governing Party in Crisis
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Just a few minutes before the election, fifteen of them were not allowed to take part - all those who belonged to a different faction within the party.
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AQIM and Its Allies in Mali

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Although France's intervention likely staved off jihadist control over strategically crucial areas of Mali, AQIM and other factions will probably regroup.

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Mali in Crisis

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France is ready to stop Islamist militants who control northern Mali, the French president says, following a plea for help by his Malian counterpart.

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Islamist militants control Northern Mali

 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 11, 2013 9:57 AM

In April 2012, Islamist rebels seized power in Northern Mali and have declared independence, proclaiming this region The Islamic State of Azawad.  Recently they have begun to amass armies on the southern limits of their territory and presumably are seeking to topple all of Mali.  The former colonizer, France is being called upon to assist as is the United Nations.  This area is part of a region known as the Sahel, the transition from a dry North Africa to tropical Sub-Saharan Africa, from a Muslim/Arab north to a Christian/Animist/Black region of Africa.  The human and physical geographic divisions in this region plays a major role in this conflict.  


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Ryan Amado's curator insight, December 11, 2013 4:41 AM

What also was very dangerous about this was that Mali became a safe haven for terrorist groups such as Al-Qaeda,  because of their Islamic ties to the rebels.  If we allow them to control this region, who knows what they could plan.  We spent all this time making them run, giving them a new base would undo a lot of work that has been done in the past 12 years. 

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After the fall - Ahram Online

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SHARED SENTIMENTS: The opposition Free Syrian Army (FSA) was pleased by the fall of the Brotherhood in Egypt, and its officials said that they wanted to avoid mixing religion with politics in Syria.
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Salvato: We Need to be Honest - GOPUSA

Salvato: We Need to be Honest - GOPUSA | Mali | Scoop.it
Salvato: We Need to be Honest GOPUSA It is indisputable that with precious few exceptions, the perpetrators of almost every terrorist act in the world today have a direct connection to Islamist jihadis; who, in turn, exist solely under the...
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U.N. chief says crises show need for interfaith amity

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VIENNA (Reuters)- The violent crises in Syria, Gaza and Mali show how important it is for different religions to work together to promote understanding rather than sow hatred, United Nations Secretary...

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What to remember in Syria from Iraq's sectarian war - Washington Post (blog)

What to remember in Syria from Iraq's sectarian war - Washington Post (blog) | Mali | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog) What to remember in Syria from Iraq's sectarian war Washington Post (blog) Second, like in Iraq, any external intervention will affect the balance of powers between the different groups on the ground and intensify the...
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Reduced threat of Syria strike good for Lebanon - The Daily Star

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The Daily Star Reduced threat of Syria strike good for Lebanon The Daily Star The head of a security body made intensive efforts over the past few days to convince Lebanon's feuding parties not to wager on developments in the conflict in Syria and...
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Obama's Syria Retreat - Middle Eastern Empire In The Sand - The Market Oracle

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Khomenei's revolution and Islamic Republic, whatever it did, made a point of not setting out to fire up religious sectarian conflict inside the country.
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Mali's religious scholars cunningly save ancient Islamic manuscripts from Salafist fighters in Timbuktu

Mali's religious scholars cunningly save ancient Islamic manuscripts from Salafist fighters in Timbuktu | Mali | Scoop.it
The home of Dramane Maulvi Haidara is down a dusty alleyway of pot-holes with an open drain alongside.

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The Emergence of Guerrilla Warfare in Mali

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A Malian soldier on patrol in Gao on Feb. 12

 

Jihadist resistance against French and African intervention forces in Mali has evolved into a guerilla-style insurgency over the past week, as demonstrated in a string of recent attacks and ambushes around the city of Gao and in the northern mountains. Since beginning operations in the country in early January, French troops have retaken several urban jihadist strongholds, facing relatively minimal resistance along the way. Now, France is ostensibly preparing to hand over the main elements of the operation to African forces. But the emergence of insurgent tactics, the difficulty of uprooting jihadists from their northern mountainous redoubts and possible complications with Tuareg factions highlight the serious challenges of stabilizing Mali that remain.


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Jihadist resistance against French and African intervention.

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