|The Presidential Palace in Bamako is empty today.|
We're sticking to our slogan this week, folks! We bet none of our readers were following the insurrection and coup d'etat Northern Mali last week. Don't feel bad...it's pretty easy to miss! Just to give you an idea of how remote this place is...in Azawad, the fabled outpost of TIMBUKTU is considered a cosmopolitan capital! Anyhow, the rest of the last week's events were painfully predictable and reflect a commonplace cycle in African politics. First, a group of fierce-looking, machine-gun-totting soldiers packed into Toyota pickup trucks storm into impoverished towns. Then they announce "regime change" and raid all government buildings. Upon hearing this, the nation's leader (This time: AMADOU TOUMANI TOURÉ) flees in exile to the French Riviera. End of story.
We here at the DUNER BLOG want to break this cycle! So we are not joining in with the rest of the world! We will not say "tisk, tisk," condemn the coup, and then walk away. We are not issuing a bland statement like the US State Department: "We stand with the legitimately elected government of Mail." Nor are we making a silly assessment like the African Union: "This constitutes a significant setback." And we won't even mention what the UNITED NATIONS, the leader of wishy-washy diplomacy, said. Not us! Instead, we are going to look deeper into the issues at stake. Why? Because that's what we do here at the DUNER BLOG!
|The Tuareg Homeland is in five current nations.|
The MNLA wants the world to understand: The African borders drawn up by European nations are horribly arbitrary and need to be removed. All over the continent, ethnic groups have been thrown together in haphazard fashion or split up in new nations. Then, people are told they are no longer Berbers or Wolof or Ashanti. Nope...from now on...they are Malian, Senegalese or Ghanaian. Never mind that everything else (language, religion, culture) stays the same. Here's a quote from the website of the MNLA: "Fifty years of forced cohabitation with Mali are too much. This cohabitation imposed by colonial France has produced a number of damaging effects in the country...most of all the destruction of values and the Tuareg identity."
|Tuareg people are beautiful!|