Mali: Chaos, confusion, and the emergence of a new African state
By Laurence Conneely
Shadowing the creation of the newest state in Africa, South Sudan, and perhaps displaying some of the confidence and self-assurance that the Arab Spring has imparted to those engaged in struggles for political, ethnic and religious self-determination, the Tuareg rebel group the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad (MNLA) declared independence for the State of Azawad from the Republic of Mali on the 6th April 2012.
After months of fighting, the near collapse o...
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