I've been following the news on North Africa including Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Syria and Mali over the last year with astonishment at the rapidity of change and also at the extent of the brutality. I have also increasingly been reflecting on the fact that these countries are struggling with profound levels of proverty, impacts of a degraded environment due to climate change, failed and quixotic internal and international trade and economic policies, food shortages, political collapse, and population pressure. I am stunned that a region that for so long has been stable is now in great peril.
I've covered these regions extensively on this blog and even since writing about them, great change has taken place.
As I listen to the daily shocking news, it is hard to be focused on the distant past when so much is happening in the present. For that reason, for the next few weeks, I have decided to repost material that I think does a good job of covering current events in North Africa. Toward that end, this morning there was excellent coverage on KQED Forum on that of Mali. I am reposting it here:
Crisis in Mali
Host: Michael Krasny
Senior associate for Africa National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI)
Senior fellow for Africa policy studies at the Council on Foreign Relations
and author of "Nigeria: Dancing on the Brink"
Regional manager for West Africa with Freedom from Hunger
Director of research for The Enough Project,
which fights to end genocide and crimes against humanity
International correspondent for NPR