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Mali - News and Analysis

"I'm Missing My Place in the World": An Interview with Aziza Brahim

The Western Saharan singer reflects on a life away from home, the struggle for self-determination and her musical influences.

When Bassekou Kouyate met Taj Mahal

The coming together of African American blues titan Taj Mahal and legendary Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate in London resulted in sheer jubilance.

Review: Toumani & Sidiki

Mali’s greatest living kora players come together in a father-son partnership.

Lines in the Malian Sand: Tuareg Fractures Widen as Talks Continue to Stall

Divisions within northern Mali's various Tuareg groups have slowed down negotiations with the government and reawakened old regional rivalries.

Calculating Coups: Can Data Stop Disasters?

Statistical forecasting isn't perfect but it's always getting better. The international community should sit up and listen because it could help save lives.

West Africa's Barbershop 'Pride'

In Esiebo's stunning photos of West African barbershops, the viewer sees the relationship between barber and client, the care barbers take in their work, and above all their pride.

Peace and Security for Africa, Made in France

For all the talk of a new approach, it seems France is the only actor able and willing to engage militarily in much of Africa.

Mali: Are the Blue Helmets Going Green?

After the Haiti cholera scandal, the UN Mali mission has become the first tasked with assessing its own environmental impacts. However early indications don't look promising.

Review – Music, Culture & Conflict in Mali

Music is Mali’s most famous cultural asset and has shaped the country’s history for centuries. A new book by Andy Morgan recounts how it has suffered under Islamist occupation.

Niger: The Stable Sahelian State, For Now

Despite an outward image of stability, Niger can't be used as a model for Mali's reconstruction.

Mali: The Appeal of the Shadows and the Destruction of Democracy

Ibrahim Boubakar Keïta must learn not to make the mistakes of his predecessors if Mali is to make meaningful progress.