Mali was one of the most stable democracies in Africa. It was not a wealthy country, and nor was it free of corruption. Its president was weak and ineffectual. But while there is a significant risk that this will devolve into an... more ››
Germany is eager to prove it is a reliable ally, particularly after it snubbed France and stayed out of Libya. Wary of getting pulled into the violence in Mali, it has instead offered two planes to transport troops. more ››
News is moving quickly in West Africa, making it increasingly difficult to get one's head around what's going on in Mali and the greater region.
This much appears to be true: Paris, sensing that its own military and civilian... more ››