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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."

French Troops To Quit Timbuktu This Week

AP | BABA AHMED | Posted 04.06.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali — In a new phase of the Mali conflict, French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in no...

Liberation Brings New Hopes, Fears To Mali

AP | RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | Posted 04.02.2013 | World

TIMBUKTU, Mali — A leaflet listing the regulations for women under Islamist rule now lies in dirt here at the tribunal in Timbuktu. Rule No. 1: ...

French, Malian Soldiers Control Fabled Desert City

AP | JEROME DELAY and KRISTA LARSON | Posted 03.31.2013 | World

GAO, Mali — Residents in Mali's newly liberated city of Gao hunted down and beat suspected Islamist extremists who had not fled with their broth...

Timbuktu's Ancient Islamic Manuscripts Face Uncertain Fate

AP | KRISTA LARSON and MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 03.31.2013 | Religion

SEVARE, Mali — Timbuktu, the fabled desert city where retreating Muslim extremists destroyed ancient manuscripts, was a center of Islamic learni...

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...

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.