Monday, 4 June 2012

News From Motherland: Africa

News From the Motherland: West Africa and the North 4 June 2012Now with clickable articles :)
This is the first of the new news series News From the Motherland 

The green dotted lines shows how far Tuareg peoples live across the Sahara. French colonialists attempted to create a homeland for the Tuareg prior to the first Tuareg Rebellion in 1963 again the Malian Govt but the French knew such an attempt would be unrealistic and unstable. 
In less than a week some unimaginable events have been happening in several African countries. Two plane  crashes in Ghana and Nigeria. Clashes between rebels at Tripoli International Airport in Libya. Malians from Timbuktu and other cities of Northern Mali are now Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in their own country now live in refugee camps in the Malian capital Bamoko. The Taureg Revolution which began as a challenge to the Malian government over neglect and lack of rights has now been transformed in European/American media as a threat of an Islamic state in Northern Mali. Historically, Muslims and Islam in Mali have been known for being relaxed and influenced by the religious and cultural diversity of its adherents as is common with most West African Muslims in neighboring and further away West African countries such as Cote d' Ivoire, Niger, Chad, Senegal, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, the two Guineas, The Gambia and so on. Even with Boko Haram in Nigeria, Nigerian Muslims do not follow nor belief in the strict so called Sharia law type interpretation and applications of Islam in everyday life. For those curious to read more into how religion came synonymous with war please read the link to the Myth of War and Religion. As history and recent events show rebels in any African country are never good for anyone not the supporters, non political citizens or leaders. Is this Neo Colonialism creeping across Africa?

Effects of Colonialism on Africa's past and present

Myth of War and Religion 

Northern Mali: An Islamic State?

Clashes erupt at at Tripoli Airport in Libya

Niger's President Mahamadou Issoufou: "It was Not Necessary TO Kill Gaddafi"

Is France the Curse of Africa?

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