Saturday, June 29, 2013
"HOT TRAMP I LOVE YOU SO!"
Tuesday, June 25, 2013
'I am a soldier of the state'
Sunday, June 23, 2013
There has been a ministerial reshuffle here. Now, just ask yourselves why, in Heaven’s name, there should be such a thing, less than 5 weeks from the presidential elections?? What could possibly be achieved , apart from confusion? Indeed.
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Lost my temper again...
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
It has been signed.
The ceasefire agreement brokered in Ouagadougou which has caused so much controversy was finally signed between the Malian interim government and the MNLA yesterday.
The agreement allows for the Malian army's presence in Kidal, and the disarmament of the MNLA and their 'containment' under the auspices of a security commission with representatives from both parties.
So are people shouting hurrah? Certainly not. The negotiation was enforced by the French and the pressure was on from the international community to sign this agreement, but the principle of negotiating with the still armed MNLA was abhorred by the Malian people including a large proportion – possibly the majority- of the Tuareg people themselves. There are straight parallels here between the compromise which had to be accepted by the British government in face of the IRA. A bitter pill has had to be swallowed for the sake of Realpolitik.
Amadou Diakite has had to accept his private Realpolitik and closed down his operation in the town of Djenne a couple of years ago when the tourists disappeared. He is now running a little roadside café at the Djenne Carrefour (the turning to Djenne from the main artery north/south) There he earns enough to survive by offering tea and simple fare to the Malian travelers waiting for the taxi brousse to Djenne to fill up , or for the Mopti bus to arrive towards Bamako. I was in the latter category the other day on my way to do some MaliMali business in Bamako.
Monday, June 10, 2013
MaliMali sponsors 'Crepissage'
Almost forgot the following important message:
Sunday, June 09, 2013
'Crepissage' de la Bibliotheque de Manuscrits de Djenne
When the Great Mosque, which lies a stone’s throw away from the Library, is plastered, it is a great Djenne Festival. Everyone takes part and everyone gets messy and covered in mud. But any other building in Djenne is plastered by the masons, often with the help of the talibes from the Koran schools. This is the case here, with Grand Marabouts de Djenne Yelfa (right,) one of our two library archivists and well known to readers of this journal by now, and Hasseye Traore, President of the Djenne Manuscript Library management committee taking a supervisory role only while Yelfa’s talibe’s do the dirty work.
Friday, June 07, 2013
Confusion reigns everywhere: On the top of the list there is the Kidal crisis which is disturbing me greatly.
Thursday, June 06, 2013
LAST MINUTE ATTEMPT
Let's wait and see. But whatever gratitude the Malians feel towards the French and however commendable it is to try and resolve a conflict by negotiations, would it really be possible for the French to force their former colony to dance to their tune ? Mali is, however poor and however weak now, still a sovereign nation. Once more it must be understood by the international community that the MNLA, who are now jeopardizing the peaceful return to democracy by their refusal to lay down their arms, does not even represent the Tuareg people of Kidal! The entire Malian nation including the majority of Tuaregs except this tiny pocket of rebels want the Malian flag to fly over Kidal!
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
PEACEFUL MARCH TOO LATE!
A couple of nights ago our friend the journalist Levy had dinner with us in the Djenne Djenno garden under the Malian stars. The conversation turned as always now towards the subject of Kidal. The embryo of a possible solution was engendered, which now seems too late alas…
Large numbers of people were marching in Gao last Friday and Sunday to manifest their dissatisfaction about the Kidal situation. Today there was a suicide bomber in Kidal who fortunately managed to blow himself up only.
What will the next few days bring?
Ala K'an Deme, Ala k' an Jamana kissi.
(God help us, God protect our country.)