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April 17, 2014  Mali: Polls Show Turn to Optimism
    "In an Afrobarometer survey in December 2012, three quarters of adult Malians were worried that the country was moving in 'the wrong direction.' At that time, at the depths of a profound national crisis, most Malians thought the future looked bleak. A year later, however, a follow-up survey reveals newfound hope in the future. By December 2013, two thirds of all Malians now consider that that the country is headed in the 'right direction.'"

Mar 26, 2013  Mali: Listening without Drones
    "Mali is neither Somalia, nor Afghanistan, nor an 'Africanistan.' ... We hope President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are wise enough not to let analogy do the work of analysis. ... The problems bedeviling Mali are long-running and multi-faceted. They cannot be droned out of existence. The best way the U.S. government can help Malians realize their aspiration for substantive-- not just formal--democracy is to listen carefully, and let them take the lead." - Gregory Mann and Bruce Whitehouse

Jan 15, 2013  Mali: No End to Conflict in Sight
    fighting in the North and the East, with French forces in the lead, will open up a whole new set of dangers. With Islamist forces on the attack, foreign intervention was necessary, and many Malians at home and abroad welcomed it enthusiastically. Still, this remains a dangerous moment all around. Second, while the latest crisis might not break the political deadlock in Bamako, it has already changed the dynamic. And third, despite the sorry state of mediation efforts to date - both within West Africa and beyond - savvy diplomacy is needed now more than ever." - Gregory Mann, commenting on January 14 on the situation in Mali.

Oct 15, 2012  Mali: No Shortcuts to Security
Jul 31, 2012  Mali: Warnings against Escalation
Aug   6, 2010  Africa: Migrant Rights Updates
Sep   3, 2007  Sahel: Beyond Any Drought

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April 24, 2014  Africa: The High Cost of Remittances
March 31, 2014  Africa: Accountability for User Fee Damage?
February 26, 2014  Africa: Tracking Toxic Pollution
February 8, 2014  Africa: New Development Goals
January 27, 2014  Africa: Challenging Homophobia
November 18, 2013  Africa: Time to Pay for Climate "Loss and Damage"

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News (allafrica) Apr 24, 2014
'Window of Opportunity' for Peace in Mali Remains Open, but Requires Sustained Commitment, Senior Official Tells Security Council
France Vows to Punish Jihadists for Hostage's Death
Fighters Claim They Killed Hostage
ICRC Team Released
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