On 20 February the Islamist militia Mujao took the town hall in Gao, one of the three sizeable towns in Mali's north, and on latest reports (23 February) fighting continues.
Socialist Worker has avoided explicit support for the Islamist militias which ruled northern Mali from April 2012 until recently.
I find it difficult to agree with Martin Thomas’ statement in Solidarity 272 (30 January): “Better troops out now than an African Afghanistan.”
On 29 January the Government announced that up to 400 British troops will be sent to Mali to help the French intervention, and maybe for over a year.
The Tuareg people, a nomadic Berber people living in Saharan north Africa, have had five rebellions in the last century — 1916-1917, 1962-1964, 1990-1995, 2007-2009 and in 2012.
The French military intervention in Mali promises no better than the US military intervention in Afghanistan since 2001. Or even worse.
Jonny Keyworth reports on workers’ struggles in war-ravaged Congo.
On 8 November, musicians from the Musicians’ Union of Cameroon protested in the capital Yaoundé against the Port of Douala’s refusal to pay copyright royalties to artists.
Uganda High Commission, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DX
The Ugandan Anti-Homosexuality “Kill the Gays” Bill has been placed on the schedule of Parliament - meaning it will be on business of the day any time from now. In the next few hours or days, the situation for LGBT Ugandans may change markedly. Meantime, the Civil Society Coalition on Human Rights and Constitutional Law in Uganda has called for protest actions across the World. Global condemnation stopped this harsh law twice before. Please join RMT activists on 6th December.
The High Court has ruled that Kenyans tortured by the British empire in the 1950's can seek damages from the British government.