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Extremist Sentenced To 9 Years For Destroying Timbuktu's Holy Shrines

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 09.27.2016 | World

THE HAGUE, Sept 27 (Reuters) - War crimes judges on Tuesday sentenced a former Islamist rebel who admitted wrecking holy shrines during Mali’s 2012 ...

Destroying History Is Now Being Charged As A War Crime

Quartz Africa | Rowaida Abdelaziz | Posted 08.22.2016 | World

An Islamist fighter has pleaded guilty in the Hague for destroying parts of the fabled West African trading city of Timbuktu, in the International Cri...

Kristin Stewart at the New York Film Critics Circle: Moving Toward Oscars, or Not?

Regina Weinreich | Posted 01.06.2016 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Stewart found the Best Supporting Actress honor unexpected, given the movie Clouds of Sils Maria came out a year ago, but acknowledged that her work with Olivier Assayas was important to her because he was one of those directors able to "pull it out of me," even though she is a global star of popcorn movies.

The Malian Manuscripts: A Priceless Islamic Heritage

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 09.12.2016 | World
Joseph V. Micallef

Owing to Mali's civil war, nearly 500,000 Malians were displaced from their homeland during the fighting, including most of the people appearing in the film 333. However, the Malians followed the ancient teachings set out in their historic manuscripts and applied Mali's centuries-old tradition of peacefully resolving conflict through dialogue to end the fighting.

Dakar's Assault to the Senses: Youssou N'Dour on Senegal's Capital

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.13.2016 | Entertainment
Stefan Simanowitz

"Music, like football, is in every Senegalese's heart" the legendary musician, Youssou N'Dour tells me, and in Dakar the air is indeed filled with music. Everywhere you go you hear snatches of the distinctive mbalax sound which fuses African and Cuban rhythms with rock, funk and reggae.

Libya's Descent to a Failed State

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 06.07.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.

Message from Mali: There is No Life Without Music

Paul Stoller | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Paul Stoller

We have much to learn from The Caravan of Peace and the likes of Khaira Arby and Songhoy Blues. As in Mali, there is no shortage of political and economic oppression in the United States. Considering the ever-growing celebration and extension of ignorance, intolerance, hate and social violence, the prospect for our future generates no small measure of fear.

Let the World Speak!

Norman MacAfee | Posted 03.28.2015 | Arts
Norman MacAfee

There are 6,000 languages in the world, and half are endangered. Those 3,000 will be gone by the end of this century if we don't do something. What are we going to do? That is the situation outlined in a new PBS documentary.

Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu Captivates Cannes: The Imagination as Rebellion

Karin Badt | Posted 07.20.2014 | Entertainment
Karin Badt

It is one of the most stunning films in the Cannes Competition this year: Abderrahmane Sissako's Timbuktu, about individuals in Mali trying to maintain dignity and freedom despite the oppressive rules of the Jihadists invading their country.

Return to Timbuktu

Michael Meredith | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Michael Meredith

A few weeks ago, mortar shells exploded near my hotel in Timbuktu. There had already been death threats, refugees had gone missing, humanitarians had been kidnapped, and journalists had been killed. So how did I end up here?

Joshua Hersh

On The Frontlines Of The Hunt For Al Qaeda In Timbuktu

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.13.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- The convoy drifted north along the one paved road in town before making a sharp left, past the unfinished Gaddafi-era hotel and the ...

Joshua Hersh

Lunch With Al Qaeda: Timbuktu's Crisis Committee Had Cordial Relations With Islamist Leaders

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.11.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- When the leaders of Timbuktu's beleaguered population wanted to petition for mercy from the Islamists who had taken over their town ...

Joshua Hersh

Basketball Dreams Return To Timbuktu After Al Qaeda Defeat

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.08.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- When the jihadists came to town last April, it took a little while for Ageysha to realize she wouldn't be playing basketball anymore...

Joshua Hersh

Timbuktu Suicide Bombing Raises Fears Of Renewed Violence In Mali

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.30.2013 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- A spate of violence in Mali's restive north has triggered new fears that Islamist rebels, weakened during a French military interventi...

Al Qaeda's African Branch Claims Mali Bombing

Agence France Presse | | Posted 11.30.2013 | World

Al-Qaeda's north African division claimed responsibility Monday for a car bomb that rocked the Malian city of Timbuktu over the weekend, killing two c...

A Race Against Time for Timbuktu's Famed Collections

Ethan Chorin | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

The direct human cost of conflict must be of paramount concern, but addressing these two issues is not mutually exclusive: Collateral cultural losses are often the result of neglect, not mis-prioritization of resources.

Timbuktu Artifacts Destroyed In Northern Mali Fighting

Posted 06.11.2013 | Religion

By Omar Sacirbey Religion News Service (RNS) Fighting in Mali has destroyed or damaged many religious artifacts and buildings in Timbuktu, an anci...

Mali's Fragile Elephant Population at Risk

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Stefan Simanowitz

Having survived the harsh conditions of the desert and peacefully and coexisting alongside the local populations for centuries, the current political instability and its consequences is yet another stress to this elephant population, already at the limit of its endurance.

Timbuktu Before the Storm

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 05.01.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

My first trip to Timbuktu occurred in 2003, long before this current conflict. I arrived in Timbuktu and the air emitted a certain respect for history. The architectural structure reminded me that I was in the midst of a city of knowledge that had existed for hundreds of years.

Fighting Threatens Islamic Artifacts In Troubled Timbuktu

Religion News Service | Omar Sacirbey | Posted 03.01.2013 | Religion

(RNS) Fighting in the Muslim country of Mali in western Africa has delayed the American tour of a unique exhibit featuring centuries-old texts and art...

Timbuktu Then and Now

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 04.21.2013 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

When I heard recently about the rescue of Timbuktu by the French from the Ansar Dine, it somehow made me think of the time when France conquered this city in 1893.

Timbuktu... Finally!!

Mat Jacob | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Mat Jacob

Arriving at the dusty hotel that had just re-opened the day before as the rebels were fleeing Timbuktu, we realized that we had made it. But as we stretched out that night, filthy and exhausted, it dawned on us that our work was only just beginning.

Women and Men

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

'Our religion, laws, customs, are all founded on the belief that woman was made for man.' - Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Letter to Susan B. Anthony, [June ...

Mali: Internally Displaced People (IDPs) From Timbuktu -- What next? On Their Disrupted Past and Uncertain future

CARE | Posted 04.07.2013 | World
CARE

Their stories sound the same, with small variations, punctured by half sentences, and words such as fear, "had to flee," "on the road for four days," "could not take anything with us," "husband left behind," "life turned upside down."

Islamist Rebels Torch Timbuktu Library, Priceless Manuscripts

Reuters | Posted 03.30.2013 | Books

(Adds details, background) DAKAR, Jan 28 (Reuters) - Islamist fighters fleeing Mali's ancient Saharan city of Timbuktu as French and M...