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French And Malian Forces Head Toward Timbuktu

AP | KRISTA LARSON | Posted 03.29.2013 | World

SEVARE, Mali — French and Malian forces pushed toward the fabled desert town of Timbuktu on Sunday, as the two-week-long French mission gathered...

Mali Meditations

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.25.2013 | Media
Paul Stoller

I cannot predict the outcome of what may turn out to be a long lasting military conflict in Mali. Even so, it is worthwhile to pay attention not only to the short-term news of military maneuvers and human suffering, but also to the long term stories of human resilience.

Shattered Dreams of Times Square: Brave Young Africans and the Salafists

Birama Konare | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Birama Konare

The youth also dream of joyful crowds, confetti, Frank Sinatra, "New York, New York"... celebrating New Year's Eve, carefree, with a bunch of friends, a glass of champagne in one hand, dancing and saying, "Happy New Year." Why should this privilege only be reserved to the West?

Military Intervention in Mali: Military Logistics and Human Costs

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.19.2013 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

Whilst equipment, intelligence, training and support from American, British and French special forces will add steel to the operation, it will nevertheless involve difficult desert fighting conditions against a well-armed enemy.

Teenage Girl Publicly Whipped For Speaking To Men

AP | Posted 10.17.2012 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- A teenaged girl received 60 lashes in Timbuktu after Islamist extremists convicted her of speaking to men on the street. The girl, ab...

From Here to Timbuktu - The Story of Mali's Descent Into Disaster

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.09.2012 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Timbuktu conjures up images of remote parts of the earth and fabled ancient monuments. Now radical Islamic groups, with ties to al Qaeda, have taken over the north in Mali, destroying monuments and torturing civilians in a brutal interpretation of Sharia law.

The Ink of Scholars and the Blood of Martyrs

Rudolph Ware | Posted 10.31.2012 | Religion
Rudolph Ware

The Prophet Muhammad once said that if one sees an injustice, one should stop it with the hand. If this is not possible, one should speak against it with the tongue, and if this too cannot be done, one must reject it with the heart.

Man Receives 100 Lashes For Rape

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 08.31.2012 | World

BAMAKO, Mali -- A man accused of rape in the Malian city of Timbuktu received 100 lashes on Friday morning, according to witnesses, as the radical Isl...

Morocco Knows How to Win in Sahara

Ben Barber | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Ben Barber

Thirty years ago I rode across the Western Sahara with Polisario guerrillas, who are very much like the rebels and Islamists in Mali.

Timbuktu and the Politics of Fundamentalism

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As the American presidential campaign swings into high gear, recent events in the fabled city of Timbuktu remind us of the very real social and cultural costs of religious and political fundamentalism.

What I Learned in Mali

Paula Froelich | Posted 09.05.2012 | Impact
Paula Froelich

Basically, I get it. The Tuaregs wanted a homeland where they could govern themselves (as no one else seemed to want to), not be ignored, and have a basic human right of security.

Al-Qaida Destroys Sacred Sites in Timbuktu

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion

DAKAR, Senegal — Muslim extremists continued destroying the heritage of the ancient Malian city of Timbuktu on Monday, razing tombs and attackin...

Targeting Timbuktu

Paul Stoller | Posted 06.25.2012 | Impact
Paul Stoller

Military occupation is not only bad news for the people who live in Timbuktu, but also for its world-renowned centers of learning that house precious manuscripts, some of which date to the 13th century.

Malian Rebels Declare Cease-Fire After Push

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 06.05.2012 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — The rebel group that recently seized control of Mali's remote north in a maneuver that effectively partitioned the country in two...

Ominous Black Flag Reportedly Flies Over Timbuktu

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 06.02.2012 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — Just 12 days after they stormed the presidential palace, the young officers that seized control of Mali in a coup were slapped Mo...

Foreigners Kidnapped, Murdered In Timbuktu

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 01.26.2012 | World

BAMAKO, Mali — Gunmen killed a German man in Mali's most famous city of Timbuktu and seized three men from the Netherlands, South Africa and Swe...

Photos: Timbuktu Preserves Historic Manuscripts

GlobalPost | Nicolas Brulliard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali -- In the darkness of his mud-brick house, Abdoul Wahid Abdarahim Tahar opened one of three metal trunks, pulled out a crumbling manusc...