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Mali's Conflict Takes Ominous Turn
Turmoil continues to grip Mali, weeks after French forces liberated the north of the country from Islamist rebels. Friday, the first suicide bombing of the conflict took place in Gao, while government troops in the capital city Bamako started fighting amongst themselves. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Lydia Polgreen of The New York Times in Bamako.
Mali's Last Master Calligrapher
Boubacar Sadek is believed to be the last remaining master calligrapher in Mali. He fled Timbuktu with rare documents. He now makes a living in the capital Bamako, copying old manuscripts for posterity, as well as selling hand-made replicas to tourists. Laura Lynch reports for the CBC and The World.
Why the US is Staying Out of Mali
Washington is keeping the conflict in the West African nation of Mali at arm's length. American officials say they are providing intelligence to France and are considering deploying American aircraft to land in Mali for airlift or logistical support. But there are no plans to send American troops.
Mali Welcomes French Intervention
On the fourth day of French air strikes against Islamist militants in the West African nation of Mali. The intervention was  welcomed by many Malians hoping for an end to Islamist control of Mali's north. Ousmane Diadie Toure is a filmmaker in Mali's capital, Bamako. He's a member of Defenders of the Republic, an activist movement led by artists and professionals. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks to him about reaction in Bamako to the French bombardment of Islamist bases.
When Northern Mali Had Music
The recent violence in Mali contrasts sharply with the sweet music produced there. The World's Marco Werman traveled to Mali in 2002, to report on the country's musicians, like legendary guitarist Ali Farka Toure. Here are two of my audio diaries from that trip. There's also a story about singer Khaira Arby, who sang for me in Timbuktu. It's eerie to hear, knowing how music would be banned there years later.
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