AFRICA IS A COUNTRY

Mali

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Monday, November 3rd, 2014

WOW! Watch this little girl name the presidents of 30 countries

Some people think that Africa is a country. Some people, such as the New York Times editors, think that Ivory Coast is two countries (see below). Many people struggle to name prominent politicians in the countries where they live. Zara is not like any of these people.

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Mali and Manhattan: “So Ebola’s in Manhattan. Now it’s touched my two homes.”

So Ebola’s in Manhattan. Now it’s touched my two homes. Thursday we heard that the virus had made it to Mali, which I’d figured it would. How could it not? One way or another, in the tightly...

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

“How was Africa?”

“Welcome back to civilization,” a family member said, slapping my shoulder. “How was Africa?” That was the refrain I encountered most frequently upon returning to the United States after conducting a year of fieldwork amongst northern Malian...

Monday, January 20th, 2014

How a coup d’état drove a scholar to social media

Call me a curmudgeon, but I had never really understood the value of social media. I didn’t see the point of mundane tweets and posts on the lives of the glitterati, or the need to share personal...

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Mali (and France) a year later

A year ago, on January 11, 2013, France launched Operation Serval, sending 4000 troops into Mali. At the time, many supported this intervention. According to one poll, as many as 96% of Malians initially supported the French...

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