July 25, 1996 |
In Guimba, the Tyrant, a ruler holds absolute power over a small town in Mali and demonstrates yet again that such authority corrupts absolutely. But the masterly touch in Cheick Oumar Sissoko's film is that the tyrant is undone by his own lack of self-control. Guimba wields the power of life and death from a throne to which he rose by being more brutal than any other contender. It is his firm belief that mercy is a sign of weakness that enemies inside and outside his domain will exploit.
January 22, 2013 |
DIABALY, Mali - French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Diabaly on Monday, winning praise from residents of this besieged town after Malian forces retook control of it with French help a week after radical Islamists invaded. The Islamists also have deserted the town of Douentza, which they had held since September, according to a local official who said French and Malian forces arrived there on Monday as well. The militants' occupation of Diabaly marked their deepest encroachment into government-held territory, and Monday's retaking of the town is a significant victory for the French-led intervention.
January 27, 2013 |
KONNA, Mali - French and Malian troops regained control of the airport and bridge of the crucial, northern city of Gao on Saturday, marking their biggest advance yet in their bid to oust al-Qaeda-linked extremists who have controlled northern Mali for months, military officials said. The move comes just two weeks after France launched its military offensive in support of the shaky central government of this former French colony. It is unclear what kind of resistance French and Malian troops will face in the coming days.
January 30, 2013 |
GAO, Mali - Residents in Mali's newly liberated city of Gao hunted down and beat suspected Islamist extremists who had not fled with their brothers-in-arms as Malian and French military forces closed in and retook the town. Malian troops bundled the men into an army truck Tuesday, their hands bound behind their backs. For the better part of a year, the al-Qaeda-linked extremists had banned music, insisted women cover themselves, and began carrying out public executions and amputations in the towns of northern Mali that they controlled.
January 29, 2013 |
SEVARE, Mali - Backed by French helicopters and paratroops, Malian soldiers entered the fabled city of Timbuktu on Monday after al-Qaeda-linked militants who ruled the outpost by fear for nearly 10 months fled into the desert, setting fire to a library that held thousands of manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages. French Col. Thierry Burkhard, chief military spokesman in Paris, said that there had been no combat with the Islamists but that the French and Malian forces did not yet control the town.
August 9, 2012 |
While Sidi Touré, the musician from northern Mali, performed his culture's music at World Cafe Live on Tuesday, the area near Gao, his hometown, was under siege from Islamist insurgents. Here on tour, Touré didn't spend much time talking about the conflict back home, but his gentle brand of West African folk-blues served as a statement of hope and perseverance. With his ensemble (calabash percussion, a Malian guitar, and a traditional one-stringed violin), Touré almost exclusively played selections from his latest album, Koima . Touré, like fellow Malian bluesmen Ali Farka Touré and Vieux Farka Touré - Sidi shares nationality, a surname, and clan identification with that father-son combo but is not closely related - plays a string-heavy, hypnotic style of music (styles, to be exact)
June 5, 2009 |
Singer Mariam Doumbia may have been influenced by Ang?lique Kidjo, and guitarist/vocalist Amadou Bagayoko by the work of legendary Cuban guitarists such as Compay Segundo. But, ultimately, the harmonious music of Amadou and Mariam - the blind Malian duo made famous by the wide-screen African pop of 2005's Dimanche ? Bamako - finds its greatest inspiration in the wedded bliss of its principals. "From the music came love, and from love came a home, so being together means that we share views and complement each other every step of the way that we share," Bagayoko says (through an interpreter)
February 2, 2013 |
TIMBUKTU, Mali - Three suspected jihadists arrested in the days since the liberation of Timbuktu said Friday that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a method similar to waterboarding. The three were being held in an earthen cell in what remains of the military camp in the town, which was freed this week by French and Malian soldiers after nearly 10 months under radical Islamist rule. Their allegations came as French President Francois Hollande prepared to fly to Mali on Saturday, nearly four weeks after the French-led operation began in the vast West African country.
March 7, 2013 |
PARIS - French and Malian forces moving into far eastern Mali clashed with jihadist fighters in a spontaneous gun battle Wednesday, leaving a French soldier and about 10 insurgents dead, a French military spokesman said. The skirmish about 60 miles east of Gao, marked the latest bloodshed since French forces swooped into the West African nation in January to help its government root out extremist fighters. Mali's regional allies have sent hundreds of troops in a support role. Col. Thierry Burkhard, a French military spokesman, said the battle came as a military patrol involving troops from France, Mali, and Niger was extending into a previously uncontrolled territory.
February 11, 2013 |
GAO, Mali - Black-robed Islamic extremists armed with AK-47 automatic rifles invaded Gao in wooden boats Sunday to launch a surprise attack on the most populous city in northern Mali, two weeks after French and Malian troops ousted the jihadists. Gunfire echoed for hours across the city of mud-walled buildings. The combat started about 2 p.m. in downtown Gao and the fighting was continuing as night fell. Later the sound of gunfire was replaced by the clattering of French military helicopters overhead.