Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 2

Continued from Part 1 of La Jeune Politique’s Guide to the Conflict in Mali WHY MALI? AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) is a foreign force — the soldiers are not Malian and they apply a radical version of Charia law, a practice alien to the local people and to Malian culture. Many occurrences […]

Guide to the Conflict in Mali: Part 1

HOW WE GOT HERE Since gaining its independence from France in 1960, Mali has been dealing with northern Tuareg separatist movements. This ethnically Arabic group roams the desert in the north of the country and has rebelled many times in hopes of obtaining independence for what they call “the country of Azawad.” Their chance came […]

Tuareg Rebels Expelled from Northern Mali by MUJAO Islamist Forces

After an increase in skirmishes in recent weeks, Tuesday marks a significant blow for the Tuareg rebels, who were violently pushed out of Menaka, the last base they held in northern Mali, leaving at least 100 soldiers and 12 civilians dead with untold numbers of refugees.  The Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West […]

France Announces Military Intervention in Mali

France, former colonial power of North Africa, has recently taken a vocal leadership role in the conflict in northern Mali. The Tuareg Rebellion in January of this year marked the commencement of violence and instability in the northern desert region of Mali.  The Tuaregs have historically been seen as protesters and separatists opposing the government.  […]