Algeria: North Africa's Reluctant Policeman

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

The fierce debate raging inside the Algerian regime over greater or less interventionist action will continue. For now, North Africa's 'reluctant policeman' will no doubt stick to a number of its non-interventionist dogmas. However, should a cataclysmic event like In Amenas occur on Algerian soil once more, the country will have no choice but to take decisive action.

Tributes To 'Easy-Go Fella' David Morganm, Brit Killed In Air Algerie Crash

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK

Tributes have been paid to a British teacher killed when an Air Algerie flight crashed in Mali on Thursday. David Morgan, reportedly from Liverpool...

British Man Confirmed Dead In Air Algerie Crash

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.07.2014 | UK

A British man died onboard Air Algerie flight AH 5107 which crashed in northern Mali killing least 116 people, the Foreign Office has confirmed. "I...

Reporting Back From Visiting Malian Refugees in Burkina Faso with UNHCR

Rokia Traoré | Posted 22.09.2014 | UK
Rokia Traoré

Last month, I visited Goudoubo camp in Burkina Faso with UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Here I met Malian refugees who fled their country after conflict broke out in the North in early 2012. There are over 34,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso - most of whom are from northern Mali.

If We Can't Cope With Asylum Seekers, How Will Mali?

Daniel Brett | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK Politics
Daniel Brett

Left: Refugees And Displaced People in Mali, '000; Right: UN 2014-2016 Humanitarian Funding Plans for Mali, USDmn Source: UNOCHA, Business Monitor Int...

'Stop Handing Ransoms To Terrorists'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.06.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron is to urge all G8 leaders to commit their countries not to pay terror ransoms in an international effort to cut off extremists' funding....

Tents Further Than the Eye Can See

Nigel Chapman | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

Some 280 kilometres North West from Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou lies Goudebo camp in the Sahel region, home to over 10,000 refugees who fled the conflict over the border in Mali last year.

Whoops! We've Eaten The French President's Camel

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.04.2013 | UK

When the French president was presented with the gift of a camel as a present from the people of Mali for his country's intervention against Islamist ...

Peace in Mali Needs More Than More Troops

Dan Smith OBE | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Smith OBE

The French military intervention in Mali since mid-January and much of the official discussion of Mali in the UN and among Western governments seem to have been driven by a quite narrow and short-term view of the issues the country faces. As in anything, if the problem is mis-diagnosed, the solution will probably mis-fire.

Funding for Bullets and Bombs Prioritised Over Children's Welfare

Nigel Chapman | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

If it is true that money talks, then what it says about the Mali conflict would mean many have been simply priced out of the conversation. The fallout from the conflict has displaced hundreds of thousands of people - about half of whom are children.

Mali: The Vital Role of Local Civil Society

Tony Cunningham | Posted 18.05.2013 | UK Politics
Tony Cunningham

Mali, along with several of its neighbouring countries in the Sahel region of West Africa, remains in a state of crisis. The rebel threat has not gone away, despite their withdrawal from strategic towns, and the recent fighting has increased tensions between different ethnic groups, some of whom have been associated with the rebels' cause.

Healing Children's Hidden Scars of Disaster

Nigel Chapman | Posted 12.05.2013 | UK
Nigel Chapman

In Mali, where Plan International is working, there are numerous cases of how children are haunted by the mere sound of military vehicles. Marita is one such child. The first time anyone knew that she was suffering the after-effects of the conflict in northern Mali was when an ambulance passed by. She suddenly screamed, dashed across the yard into her house and hid in a corner shaking...

Building Peace and Security in Mali

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Since Mali adopted a new constitution in 1992, the country has been considered democratic and subsequent elections were lauded free and fair as President Alpha Oumar Konare served his term and retired graciously after 2002.

Algerian Hostage Mastermind 'Killed In Mali'

The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK

The former al-Qaeda leader believed to have been behind the Algerian hostage attack has reportedly been killed. Mokhtar Belmokhtar was killed by Ch...

Mali: Why the Hardest Part Is Yet to Come

Imad Mesdoua | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Politics
Imad Mesdoua

As Mali's northern provinces become more secure, Islamist militants will increasingly engage in targeted attacks, using asymmetric warfare to test international troops and regain the upper hand.

British Troops To Train Mali Forces, Philip Hammond Confirms

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 18.02.2013 | UK Politics

British military advisers are to carry out infantry and artillery training for the Malian armed forces fighting Islamist extremists in the west Africa...

Mali, Algeria, Libya and the New Front Line In 'Energy Diplomacy'

Patrick Kane | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Politics
Patrick Kane

The military cooperation agreements announced last month with Algeria and Libya are part of UK 'energy diplomacy' aimed at securing access to strategic resources in North Africa. Both countries are identified in the UK Energy Security Strategy as producers of gas and oil which are important trading partners and hence countries which are important to the UK's energy security.

The Timbuktu Manuscripts: An Important Clarification

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

There were suggestions that as many as 25,000 manuscripts at the Ahmed Baba Institute in Timbuktu had been burned, and even that the building itself had been torched. When the dust cleared the damage, though serious, turned out not to be as dire as feared.

A Safer Future Is Within Our Grasp - We Will Not Rest Until We Have Secured It

William Hague | Posted 14.04.2013 | UK Politics
William Hague

On average a man, women or child dies every minute as a result of armed violence.Two thirds die in countries that are not officially in conflict. Violence fuelled by illegal arms diverts resources away from schools, healthcare and critical infrastructure. It undermines sustainable development, eats away at stability and robs millions of their future.

Timbuktu and Bamiyan: A Tale of Two Cities

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 10.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

I swore blind to myself a couple of weeks ago that I'd never publish another word on Bamiyan. I fear deeply for the future of that beautiful valley and its long-suffering people, but I felt I'd reached a point of just repeating myself. One thing Bamiyan should never be is boring.

A Mother's Journey to Save Her Son

Claire Blackburn | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK
Claire Blackburn

Fatoumata Zahara looks down at her son on the bed beside her. Two-year-old Salim is in a bad way and she is scared to touch him as it causes him pain. His body is swollen all over and his stretched skin has burst in painful bruise-coloured lesions.

Mind the AQIM Hype: Facts and Public Fears Are at Odds Over a Changing Al Qaeda

Joel Faulkner Rogers | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Politics
Joel Faulkner Rogers

The Al Qaeda movement doubtless remains lethal, virulent and wholly requiring of the coordinated international response that just prevented Mali from collapse and subjugation. But it is also being incrementally pushed into an age more like the 1990s...

Britain Is Slipping Deeper Into the Sands of Mali

Robin Lustig | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics
Robin Lustig

Inch by inch and day by day, Britain seems to be sliding ever deeper into the shifting sands of the Malian desert. It is, in my view, a military adventure that's unnecessary, ill-advised and fraught with danger.

Cameron and Blair Share Similar Rhetoric Over Foreign Policy

Emily Stacey | Posted 05.04.2013 | UK Politics
Emily Stacey

Both have been Prime Minister, both know how hard the job can be. Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show this morning, Tony Blair highlighted why he and David Cameron aren't so different after all.

Fight Against Terror Could Last 'Generations', Blair Warns

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK

The West's fight against al Qaida is like the battle against revolutionary communism, former prime minister Tony Blair has said as he warned it could ...