Like most people, I had no idea what was going on when I noticed that it was making international news that France was somehow intervening in Mali in some way. My first reaction was to berate myself for not knowing anything about this; my second was to read up on it.
For those of you who might be struggling trying to figure out what’s the happy-happs, here’s some links to articles which might help:
- Mali’s Atrocities Began When It Lost Its Democracy, an interesting op-ed in the New York Times by my friend Landry Signé
- How Bad Are The Bad Guys In Mali? The Answer, In Four Short Paragraphs, by Max Fisher at the Washington Post
- France: How Was It Dragged Into The Malian Conflict?, by Paul Melly of the BBC
- French Intervention Won’t Fix The Mess in Mali, by Binoy Kampmark of RMIT University in The Conversation