11 minutes read January 14, 2013 France in Mali: the End of the Fairytale Whew, Mali. French air raids against Islamist positions in Mali began Thursday night, and the dust hasn’t settled yet. The news is changing fast, but, three things emerge from the….. Read More 3 minutes read December 21, 2012 French President François Hollande went to Algeria Ah, the warm bath of public affection in the post-colony. French President François Hollande’s visit to Algeria this week was a little odd, on more than one count. Algeria is….. Read More 5 minutes read December 11, 2012 First thoughts on Mali’s second coup Mali’s interim Prime Minister—and NASA’s ex-interplanetary navigator—Cheikh Modibo Diarra was chased out of office Tuesday morning. He’d been arrested the night before by soldiers under the orders of Captain Amadou….. Read More 5 minutes read May 22, 2012 Mali’s problem–Not child soldiers, but soldiers acting like children Ah, Mali. From bad to worse. Monday, “protestors” found a seventy-year old man sitting in his office and beat him unconscious. Preliminary reports had him lying in hospital with head….. Read More 8 minutes read March 29, 2012 Mali’s Democracy–Down but not out It’s windy in Bamako, says Martin Vogl, a journalist who’s been there for about three years now. Vogl and some of his peers are doing a great job in reporting….. Read More ©Africa is a Country 2015 Africa is a Country Proudly powered by WordPress Theme: Stream.