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Mali’s Looming War: Will Military Intervention Drive Out the Islamists? | TIME.com

Mali’s Looming War: Will Military Intervention Drive Out the Islamists? | TIME.com | South Africa and Mali-Richard Custodio | Scoop.it
As the West and regional partners scramble to launch an offensive to reclaim Mali's north, will the Islamists and rebel factions there budge?
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Mali

P: Al-Qaeda has taken over an area in the north part of the country the size of Texas to build a base for Islamic Extremics.

C: War in Libya sent Tuareg tribesmen into Mali last year.

P: Urgent military intervention is necessary to retake Mali's desert north.

P: West African nations, fighting under Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), expected to back Mali with a force of 3,000.

S: North Mali prime trafficking route for cocaine

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Coup General behind Mali's year of turmoil arrested - Africa News - YouTube

The general behind the coup that kick started Mali's year of turbulence is arrested and charged with kidnapping. General Sanogo's accused of having persecute...
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P: Malian general arrested for human violence.

P: General Sanogo overthrew government in early 2012.

P: Accused of kidnapping, torturing, and murdering all opposition.

P: Headed Green Beret division of soldiers, eliminated all Red Berets who opposed the overthrow of the government.

P: Sign that Mali is returning to normal state after 1 year of violence and bloodshed.

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Interpreter at Mandela Event: ‘I Was Hallucinating’ | TIME.com

Interpreter at Mandela Event: ‘I Was Hallucinating’ | TIME.com | South Africa and Mali-Richard Custodio | Scoop.it
(JOHANNESBURG) — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S.
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P: Sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela funeral was not signing in a real language.

S: Man who stood feet from Barack Obama was accused of murder in 2003.

S: Burnt two men to death for committing petty theft.

S: Did not go to jail, instead committed to mental asylum for a year.

S: Claimed he has schyzophrenia, was being attacked by angels.

S: Also accused of rape in 1994 and destruction of property in 1997.

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Mali’s New President-Elect Faces a Long, Hard Road Ahead | TIME.com

Mali’s New President-Elect Faces a Long, Hard Road Ahead | TIME.com | South Africa and Mali-Richard Custodio | Scoop.it
Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita will be Mali’s new president after his rival conceded the fight late Monday night, days before the official results of Sunday’s election were to be announced.
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P: Former Prime Minister Ibrahim Boubacar Keita wins presidency.

E: Having a democratic election unlocks $4 billion from international donors. 

P: US able to resume military assistance.

P: Most canidates from same group

S: MNLA (rebels) hold cease-fire for elections

C: 527,000 Mali refugees leave north.

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S. Africa evacuation plan: White Afrikaner group fears genocide upon Mandela’s death

S. Africa evacuation plan: White Afrikaner group fears genocide upon Mandela’s death | South Africa and Mali-Richard Custodio | Scoop.it
A section of the white population in South Africa is preparing for the worst scenario in case aging former South African President Nelson Mandela passes away. The national evacuation plan over possible genocide was drafted almost a decade ago.
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S: Racial discrimination against whites after integration.

P: Government passes laws restricting the rights of Afrikaners.

C: Whites plan evacuation points for every district of the country.

S: Fears that Mandela's death may spark violence against whites.

C: 3,000 white farmers murdered since 1994.

P: President sings song of violence against whites.

C: 1 level below genocide according to Genocide Watch

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The Indispensable Man: Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) | TIME.com

The Indispensable Man: Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) | TIME.com | South Africa and Mali-Richard Custodio | Scoop.it
Mandela made himself indispensable by dispensing with the things that empowered tyrants: pride, power, anger and vengeance
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P: Nelson Mandela dies at 95

S: First Black Pres

S: Imprisioned for 27 years for fighting against apartheid. 

P: Fought apartheid, segregation, and racial discrimination.

C: Born from a local African clan, went to black-only schools.

C: Didn't see first white person until he was in his 1920s.

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