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Africa Notes: ECOWAS acts in aftermath of coups






Regional cooperation in West Africa is such a unique thing. Where else do you see cooperation on economic matters appear to be so much more difficult that you switch to cooperating on security? Wasn’t the EU built on precisely the opposite logic? BBC News – Ecowas to send troops after Mali, Guinea-Bissau coups. Anyway, BBC…

Africa Notes: Mali Update






Update: Just saw this link to a nice timeline of the conflict in northern Mali since 1891 on IRIN. (h/t Sahel Blog). Things still look rather grim in Mali, though the situation is in constant flux. It might be useful to look at the situation from different vantage points: The people of Mali It is…

News and Comment: Paris, China, Kabila, Zuma, and ECOWAS.






The BBC reports that the liberation of Paris in 1944 was carefully orchestrated to be “whites only”.  Apparently, this was an American idea. So when De Gaulle wanted to have a French division lead the liberation, he had to remove the West African soldiers (which reportedly formed 65% of Free French Forces) from the division…