is being challenged in several Sub-Saharan African states which have long
guarded it as a principle of governance. Its preservation is important for
the protection of women's citizen rights from religious
La laïcité est mise à l’épreuve dans plusieurs États d’Afrique
subsaharienne qui l’ont gardé comme principe de gouvernance. Or sa préservation
est importante pour les femmes, car elle permet de protéger leurs droits
citoyens de toute intervention religieuse qui n’a jamais été aussi
conservatrice et liée à la ‘droitisation’ complice du politique.
Western states have reflexively diagnosed the continuing violence and lawlessness in Mali's fragmented north to the ills of global jihad, willfully ignoring the region's deep links to the transnational criminal racket that sustains both the criminalized state and its criminals.
In a world of supposed cutbacks, the US military continues to quietly move into Africa in a distinctly below-the-radar fashion. The Pentagon’s newest tactic: refight the colonial wars in partnership with the French.
visión general confirma que la inclusión y participación de las mujeres en los
actuales procesos de paz sólo se evidencia en la retórica al encontrar una gran
resistencia dentro de la profundamente arraigada tradición masculina de
diplomacia y resolución de conflictos. Read in English.
A survey of on-going peace processes confirms mere lip service is still being paid to women’s inclusion and participation within the powerfully embedded male tradition of diplomacy and peace building. Leer in Español.
Awareness has not necessarily translated into more investment in good governance or poverty-reduction programmes. Instead, the US has supported training of local special forces units in counter-terrorism.
The crisis in Mali highlights the distinctive character and trajectory of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. A group forged in reactivity and ambiguity, marked by fluid leadership and unarticulated doctrine, finds itself at a crossroads, says Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou.
Claims of a French victory in Mali assume that groups aimed at an Islamic state. But western intervention in another 'front' on the war on terror yet again threatens future conflict, leaving northern populations vulnerable to the grievances that caused the insurgency in the first place.
17 is the anniversary of the Day of Rage in Benghazi which kicked off the
Libyan Revolution in 2011. But behind the rage, our author finds the politics,
the hopes, the justified impatience, and his Libyan friend, Salah. Meanwhile, libraries
are burning in Timbuktu.
Why is Denmark involved in Mali? European leaders should clarify when,
why and how to participate in military interventions and warfare abroad. Emerging
security challenges in nearby neighbourhood regions, together with a waning Pax
Americana, are obliging Europe to reconsider its future global role.
Gradually, EU systems of governance have extended into the southern
Mediterranean, linking dynamics in the Sahel with European interests through
its borderlands. This could be a test of the EU's foreign policy ambitions. But is the Union ready and capable to act, and if so, what is
The combination of western advance and rebel retreat in northern Mali echoes the initial phase of the anti-Taliban campaign in Afghanistan. Britain's upgraded military commitment makes the parallel even more acute.
What the Islamist terrorist threat has become is an
incoherent pretext to intervene militarily on the part of the west. The only
principled position to adopt therefore is the rejection of both, for the self-determination
and sovereignty of the peoples.
The French-led military intervention in Mali both accelerates the war in the west African country and transforms its character. The prospect is of a long-term engagement that Islamist forces far beyond the region will see as an historic opportunity
If the presence of Qatar in Mali is
confirmed, it is difficult to establish how the emirate is trying to change the political
and strategicsituation.However,despite the lack of proof of Qatari involvementin supportingarmed fighters, there is some evidencethatthis might bethe case.
The wider regional Islamist threat from the
GSPC/AQIM appeared to be minimal in the past (except to Mali, Niger and
Mauritania). This is no longer the case. Such movements are proliferating and
reforming in ways that could seriously threaten security inside Algeria itself.