August 21, 2012

Mali Infected by the Somali Virus

Jan Puhl, Der Spiegel

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Mali was once a model of African democracy. But ever since a military coup in March, Islamists have been on the march and have already imposed Sharia law in the country's north. There are fears that Mali could join Somalia as another failed state.

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TAGGED: Timbuktu, Ansar Dine, Somalia, Mali, Africa


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