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Avoiding International Incidents and Other Noble Travel Goals: Part 3

Erika Lafrennie | Posted 11.15.2016 | Travel
Erika Lafrennie

After all this excitement, we finally staggered back to camp, only to realize that now we had to find some way to relax enough to actually fall asleep on a blanket in the desert.

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.

Bombino Revives Romance, Kicks Like Espresso, Lifts Your Mood, Makes Your Party. It's Great Music.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 06.22.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Christmas comes early this year. And if you are good girls and boys, you will now do whatever you must to get your hands on a great present: "Nomad," 40 minutes of music by an African guitarist who's called Bombino.

Mali: Mission Accomplished -- Hollande's Bush Moment

Barry Lando | Posted 06.11.2013 | World
Barry Lando

Fifty years after it became independent, Mali has still to rely on its former colonial ruler to keep the country intact. But France no longer has the appetite nor the resources to play a colonial role. Hollande is having a hell of a time just attempting to rule his own restive nation.

What Mali Tells Us About Ideology and al-Qaeda

Peter Henne | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Peter Henne

What does this mean for us? Well, it's both good and bad. It's good because the extreme ideology of the group likely contributed to its downfall in Mali. It's bad because calls for pragmatism -- which would moderate its more severe violence -- may fall short.

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.

America Should Stay Out of Africa

Sarwar Kashmeri | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Sarwar Kashmeri

France will shortly be engaged in rebuilding Mali, a country twice the size of Texas. Does the U.S. really want to join in another nation-building exercise, in a Muslim country, on a continent where Americans are not welcome?

Mali: The Case for US Action

John Tirman | Posted 03.26.2013 | World
John Tirman

The disfavor for intervention among American politicians and the public is understandable and a good restraint. But occasionally making a stand against atrocity and extremism, particularly when it's in danger of spreading, is a worthy goal for a great power. Mali just might be the place.

Al Qaeda Now 'Owns' Northern Mali

Michael Hughes | Posted 03.09.2013 | World
Michael Hughes

As the world focuses its attention on the conflict in Syria, northern Mali has become the biggest expanse of territory controlled by al Qaeda, which is seeking to establish an autonomous state.

Sahel Calling: A Film and Project

Ariel Bleth | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Ariel Bleth

Despite the militant occupation in the north which bans the creation and enjoyment of music (even Tuareg music is banned in Tuareg land), and despite the widespread shortage of food and water, musicians will continue to sing.

Spring in the Desert: Crisis in Mali

Monica Gutierrez | Posted 10.02.2012 | World
Monica Gutierrez


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.

The Sahara Is Lost

Ben Barber | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Ben Barber

After 14 centuries, Islamist Arabs have once more conquered the Berbers of North Africa. The Sahara is lost again.

Women In The Muslim World Need Genuine Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is misogyny prevalent and gaining traction in the Muslim world and why did most women vote for Islamists in Middle East elections?

Mali's Struggle: Not Simply of Their Own Making

Stephen Zunes | Posted 07.09.2012 | World
Stephen Zunes

Despite formally handing over power on April 12, however, the junta continued to arrest opponents and still wields considerable influence. Scattered fighting between rival armed forces erupted in the capital last week.

Up in Arms

Kaz Komolafe | Posted 06.18.2012 | College
Kaz Komolafe

Long live Africa's newest state. After three weeks of fraught interactions between nomadic pastoralists, the Tuareg, and Malian government, the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad has declared independence from the rest of Mali.

Global Beat Fusion: Desert Blues and a Sufi Muse

Derek Beres | Posted 01.02.2012 | Arts
Derek Beres

It would be hard to turn Malian desert blues into a glitzy stratagem, though I'm sure with the genre's growing popularity some will try. Tinariwen does not partake in such foolishness.

OohLaLA Festival Charms Again

Nicole Garton | Posted 12.10.2011 | Los Angeles
Nicole Garton

The OohLaLA Festival sashayed onto the scene for a third installment of its French musical showcase. The festival featured a diverse lineup of contemporary talent, each exuding a certain je ne sais quoi.

Gaddafi and the Mercenary Myth

Carina Ray | Posted 11.27.2011 | World
Carina Ray

Post-Gaddafi Libyans must reckon with the complexity of their Arab and African identities in order to avoid reproducing the same brand of divisive rule that fractured Libyan society under Gaddafi.

PHOTOS: The Tuareg, Gaddafi's Recruits From The Sahara

Posted 11.06.2011 | World

In the September 2011 issue of National Geographic, Peter Gwin accompanies Tuareg rebels on a walk through a remote corner of the world. For years, th...

They Are Not Palestinian

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michal Shapiro

Now these people live in poverty and in refugee camps, but keep the dream of their own independent state alive. Most Americans do not know anything about them.

Global Beat Fusion: The Romance of Tinariwen

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Derek Beres

I wonder if people in India that watch American Idol understand all the lyrics, or if medina dwellers in Fes, where I saw 2Pac and Biggie t-shirts constantly, comprehend the hooks they're singing.

Out Of The Mountains Of Mali, One Band Seeks To Preserve Their Unique Music Style

Catherine Lyons | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Catherine Lyons

With no newspapers, radio or any other means of mass communication, Tinariwen's music captured the soul of the Tamashek rebellion in which they were participating.