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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.


Ebola's head start in Sierra Leone

Photo: flickr/Global Panorama

The worst outbreak of one of the most deadly viruses, Ebola, is occurring in a corner of the world generally ignored by the rest -- the intersection of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. Medicine Sans Frontiers, says it is in a race against time to curb the epidemic. Having lived and worked in Kailahun, the centre of the affected region, I would say Ebola had 20-30 years head start.



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)

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.


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.


Photo: Senior Airman Brandi Hansen, U.S. Air Force/Released/Flickr
| 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.


French soldiers patrol streets. Photo: Ian Glover/Flickr
| January 21, 2013
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