Mali

U.S. Navy SEALs train  on the flight deck of USS Enterprise. (Lance H. Mayhew Jr./US Navy/Getty Images)

What’s Going on With the Alleged Murder of a Special Forces Soldier by Two SEALS?

Is it that secret units that live on the edge always have such trouble on occasion?

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The Deported

Europe is expelling thousands of Africans. To one Malian deportee, that looks like a recipe for revolution.

BAMAKO, Mali - Portrait of Abdoulaye Traoré from the rooftop of his university in Bamako, the capital of Mali. After work at the cashew processing plant stalled Abdoulaye left his hometown to begin studying law, but his family has remained in Kolondieba. 

The cashew processing plant where Abdoulaye Traoré and roughly 200 other Malian laborers made a living by stripping the fleshy husks off of crescent-shaped nuts had been sitting idle since early February when the plant ran out of raw materials. The plant is one of Mali’s flagship development projects, and the blueprint for future multi-million-euro job-creation initiatives aimed at curbing migration to Europe. (Photo by Nichole Sobecki)

The Paradox of Prosperity

Europe is spending billions of dollars to jump-start Africa’s poorest economies. But that may just accelerate the exodus.

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Mali’s Migrant Crackdown

Europe has been helping fight the country’s jihadis for years. Now it’s turning its sights on human smugglers.

Dutch peacekeeper during a patrol in Gao

To Save Peacekeeping From Trump’s Budget Ax, Will the U.N. Embrace Fighting Terrorism?

The U.N. mission in Mali is Turtle Bay’s most controversial. But will its counterterrorism remit be just what saves it from the chopping block?

People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldiers wear the sky-blue United Nations (UN) patch signifying membership in a Chinese peacekeeping unit destined for Darfur in the Sudan along with the Chinese flag on their uniforms, at their base in China's central Henan province 15 September 2007. A 315-member engineering unit is shipping out next month in China's latest attempt to play down accusations it is worsening Darfur's agony by supporting the Khartoum regime. The unit will build bridges and roads, dig wells and perform other tasks as they showed they mean business at the military training facility.  AFP PHOTO/Peter PARKS (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

China Eyes Ending Western Grip on Top U.N. Jobs With Greater Control Over Blue Helmets

As China steps up its commitment to U.N. peacekeeping, Beijing is said to be eyeing a leadership role — with potentially troubling human rights implications.

Alleged Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist leader Ahmad Faqi Al Mahdi (L) looks on in the courtroom of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on September 30, 2015, in The Hague. Ahmad Al Faqi Al Mahdi was transferred to the ICC on September 26 following an arrest warrant issued by the Court on September 18 facing charges of ordering the destruction of monuments in Mali's fabled city of Timbuktu. AFP PHOTO / ANP POOL / ROBIN VAN LONKHUIJSEM 

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ICC to War Criminals: Destroying Shrines Is Worse Than Rape

The international tribunal is about to convict a Malian jihadi for destruction of cultural heritage. It’s staying silent about his alleged responsibility for horrific sexual violence.

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The Exchange: Are Journalists Checking their Privilege When Covering Refugees?

Tobias Zielony and Anna Badkhen on the displaced, the Global South, and what Africans misunderstand about their peers who’ve made it to Germany.

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Making a War Zone Camera-Ready

2015 Global Thinkers Matthew Heineman and Johanna Schwartz discuss the challenges of making a film—and earning a subject’s trust—amidst guns, violence, and suspicion.

Burkina Faso troops stand guard outside Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou on January 18, 2016 following a jihadist attack by Al-Qaeda-linked gunmen late on January 15. 
Security forces are hunting for any possible surviving gunmen from the attack claimed by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) that left at least 30 people dead and showed the expanding reach of regional jihadists in west Africa. / AFP / ISSOUF SANOGO        (Photo credit should read ISSOUF SANOGO/AFP/Getty Images)

The Drone War Goes Awry in Africa

Al Qaeda's attack on Burkina Faso proves that "decapitating" a terror group doesn't always change it for the better.

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Don’t Call It a Jihadist Insurgency — Yet

The U.N. mission in Mali is mistaking aggrieved cattle-herders and bandits on motorbikes for an Islamist menace. Here’s why it matters that they get it right.

Malian troops take position near the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako on November 20, 2015. Gunmen went on a shooting rampage at the luxury hotel in Mali's capital Bamako, seizing 170 guests and staff in an ongoing hostage-taking that has left at least three people dead. AFP PHOTO / HABIBOU KOUYATE        (Photo credit should read HABIBOU KOUYATE/AFP/Getty Images)

Hostages Freed in Malian Hotel Siege, at Least 27 Dead

NAIROBI — Gunmen driving car with diplomatic plates storm luxury hotel in Bamako and take 170 hostage.

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‘Our Guitars Are Our Kalashnikovs’: The Musicians Who Helped Save Mali

A new documentary follows a group of musicians who continue to sing and play their instruments in Mali after jihadis implemented sharia law and banned music.

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Mali’s Voice of Reason

Broadcasting from this war-torn country’s capital, a remarkable radio station is bringing implacable enemies together for dialogue.

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Muslim faithfuls take part in the midday prayer in the northern Malian city of Gao March 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / JOHN MACDOUGALL        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The Iranian-Saudi Proxy Wars Come to Mali

In schools, mosques, and cultural centers, Shiites and Sunnis are battling for African hearts and minds.

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