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Dutch PM: 2 UN Peacekeepers Killed In Helicopter Crash In Mali

AP | Posted 03.17.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — The Dutch prime minister says two peacekeepers from the Netherlands have been killed in a helicopter crash in Mali. A command...

3 Killed In Rocket Attack On UN Base In Mali

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 03.08.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Three people including a U.N. soldier were killed and 14 wounded in a rocket attack early Sunday on a U.N. base in Mali's northe...

Europeans Killed In Attack On Mali Nightclub

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A masked gunman sprayed bullets in a restaurant popular with foreigners in Mali's capital early Saturday, killing five people in...

U.S. Army To Provide Equipment, Intelligence To Fight Boko Haram

Reuters | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

By Daniel Flynn N'DJAMENA, Feb 17 (Reuters) - The U.S. military will share communications equipment and intelligence with African allies to assist ...

Daily Meditation: Beloved

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 02.12.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Rein In the Pentagon's Military Aid Programs

William Hartung | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

The principal goal of these programs is to bolster allies and promote stability. But done poorly, it can fuel conflicts, enable human rights abuses, and draw the United States into unnecessary wars. Unfortunately, U.S. military aid programs perform poorly far too often, and they are growing rapidly without adequate congressional or public scrutiny.


Dwight Brown | Posted 03.25.2015 | Black Voices
Dwight Brown

As Islamic fundamentalists encroach on the basic liberties of people in Africa and the Arab world, we hear about it, but it's hard to put it into context and understand the magnitude of the situation. Leave it to veteran, Mauritanian filmmaker Abderrahmane Sissako to boil a complicated social phenomena down to a simple allegorical tale.

Mali Government Declares Country Ebola-Free

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Mali's health minister declared the West African nation free of Ebola on Sunday following a 42-day period without a new c...

Africa's Rising Political Violence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.

Islamist Militants Kill Seven Malian Soldiers In Dawn Attack

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Islamist gunmen killed at least seven Malian soldiers near the Mauritanian border, a local mayor said in Monday, in a dawn...

At Least Six UN Peacekeepers Wounded By Roadside Bomb In Mali

Reuters | Posted 03.06.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Jan 4 (Reuters) - At least six United Nations peacekeepers were wounded when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in northern Mali on Sunday, t...

Can Bosnia's Army Save the World?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.16.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Soldiers, officers and police that fought against each other two decades earlier are now working together in UN and NATO operations to keep or deliver peace.

Last Known Ebola Patient In Mali Cured, Released

AP | SARAH DiLORENZO | Posted 02.11.2015 | World

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The last Ebola patient being treated in Mali has survived the disease and been released, the Health Ministry said Friday, leav...

The Hidden Hand Behind 'Natural' Disasters

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Floods and droughts in many parts of the world are getting ever more frequent and intense. Scientists have long warned that a changing climate is making such weather events more extreme. What is often neglected in the public debate is that the impacts of climate change on flood and drought disasters are exacerbated by environmental destruction.

West Africa Does Not Need Your Donations to Fight Ebola

Ifeoma Ajunwa | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Ifeoma Ajunwa

A few days ago, Google announced that it will donate $2 for every $1 people donate to nonprofits such as Médecins Sans Frontières and Save the Children in the fight against Ebola. As well-intentioned as this campaign might be, short-lived charity donations are not what is necessary to successfully eradicate the Ebola virus.

Second Ebola Outbreak In Mali

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 01.12.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) -- Malian authorities on Wednesday reported two new deaths from Ebola that are not believed to be linked to the only other known cas...

Mali Is Showing Positive Signs In The Fight Against Ebola

AP | By BABA AHMED | Posted 01.11.2015 | World

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali is making headway in preventing the spread of Ebola, as it has not registered any new cases since a toddler traveling from ...

The Pentagon's Arguments for Runaway Arms Trading Are Indefensible

William Hartung | Posted 01.04.2015 | Politics
William Hartung

The next time the Pentagon congratulates itself on another "good year" for arms transfers, Congress, the public, and the press should take a closer look at how those arms are being used. Being the world's leading arms trading nation is nothing to brag about.

Protect the Future of Peacekeeping

Peter Yeo | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Peter Yeo

The landscape of Peacekeeping is clearly changing. Blue helmets are not regarded with the same political neutrality they once were. Peacekeeping is more dangerous than ever for roughly 120,000 men and women serving in 16 missions around the world, and we must take measures to protect them.

WHO: Toddler With Ebola In Mali May Have Infected Many People

AP | Posted 10.24.2014 | World

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Many people in Mali are at high risk of catching Ebola because the toddler who brought the disease to the country was bleeding f...

First Ebola Case Confirmed In Mali

Reuters | Posted 10.24.2014 | World

By Adama Diarra and Tiemoko Diallo BAMAKO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Mali confirmed its first case of Ebola on Thursday, becoming the sixth West African c...

9 UN Peacekeepers Killed In Attack On Convoy In Mali

Reuters | Posted 12.03.2014 | World

* Peacekeepers from Niger killed by gunmen on motorbikes * Deadliest attack yet on U.N. force in Mali * French, U.N. tar...

'The Golden Hour' - A Talk with Todd Moss

Mark Rubinstein | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books
Mark Rubinstein

Todd Moss was Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under Condeleeza Rice. He oversaw diplomatic relations with 16 West African countries. After penning four non-fiction books, he has turned to fiction.

Suicide Bomber Attacks UN Base In North Mali

Reuters | Posted 10.16.2014 | World

BAMAKO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Two U.N. peacekeepers were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a patrol base in northern Mali, the U.N....

Alena Hall

This Peace Corps Couple Turned A Volunteer Project In Africa Into Their Life's Mission | Alena Hall | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

Peace Corps volunteers Cynthia Hellmann and Gregory Flatt didn’t anticipate falling in love in Mali nearly 15 years ago. They also didn't plan on de...