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Imagining Africa: El Anatsui brings his metal tapestries to ROM

Three Continents, 2009 by El Anatsui

Ghanaian sculptor Brahim El Anatsui's father was a master weaver who taught the tradition of strip-weaving Kente cloths to his sons. This textile technique has become a staple of El Anatsui's art: he amasses and refashions the debris from his community to create majestic, visual narratives that address his personal history and global issues like environmental sustainability. The North American premiere of his four-decade career retrospective When I Last Wrote to You About Africa is at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, having been extended to Feb. 27.

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Ian Smillie on sustainability and development

August 30, 2013
| Ian speaks to development issues of all kinds, sustainability, how to lie with statistics and the future of development.
Length: 57:36 minutes (46.15 MB)
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New York corporation making false promises in Cameroon

June 6, 2013
| Herakles Farms aims to establish a huge palm oil plantation in one of the poorest countries in Africa. Frederic Mousseau calls the project a land grab that will make billions of dollars for investors.
Length: 15:17 minutes (14 MB)

No sign of peace or reconciliation in Mali

France perpetrated two large deceptions in conducting its military intervention into Mali six weeks ago. These have been universally accepted in mainstream media reporting.

The first is that the unilateral decision to invade Mali on January 11, 2013 was hastily made, prompted by imminent military threats by Islamic fundamentalist forces against the south of the country where the large majority of Malians live.

 The second is that France intends to quickly exit Mali. "French leaders have said they intend to start pulling out the 4,000 troops in Mali in March to hand over security to the Malian army and to the U.N.-backed AFISMA force, an African military contingent…" says a typical report in the Chicago Tribune on February 18.

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France says it's in Mali 'for the long haul'

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"France is in Mali for the long haul." That's the headline in today's France daily Le Monde. The newspaper's front page, as well as pages 2 and 3, are devoted to a discussion over 'what next' for France and the world in Mali.

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Gerry Caplan

Our military objectives in Mali make no sense

| February 4, 2013

Reports of war atrocities in Mali grow as France and allies settle in for a long war

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The French daily Le Monde publishes a report on Jan. 25 by one of its correspondents in Mali, Jean-Phillipe Rémy. He managed to enter the town of Sévaré, one of the first to be taken by French forces and their Mali army subordinates. It is located in the region of the city of Mopti, near the frontier separating southern Mali from the beginning of the vast expanse of northern Mali.

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Gerry Caplan

Foreign military intervention wrong response to Mali crisis

| January 21, 2013

France launches bombing of northern Mali, with Canadian support

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France, the former slave power of west Africa, has poured into Mali with a vengeance in a military attack launched on January 11. French warplanes are bombing towns and cities across the vast swath of northern Mali, a territory measuring some one thousand kilometers from south to north and east to west. French soldiers in armoured columns have launched a ground offensive, beginning with towns in the south of the northern territory, some 300 km north and east of the Malian capital of Bamako.

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