Peter Tinti appears on the BBC to discuss the ongoing French military action in Mali.
Bridget Conley: “Libya in the African Context.”
Somalia Newsroom: “Jubaland Close to Becoming Somalia’s Next State.”
Shelby Grossman: “FOIA Cables on Lebanese in Sierra Leone”:
The thing that is most striking is that the documents assert over and over again that Lebanese in West Africa are funding Hezbollah (”hundreds of millions of dollars” according to one cable), but it’s unclear if these assumptions are based on any evidence other than hearsay, as none is provided.
Internally Displaced on the search for a map showing the 1956 border between Sudan and South Sudan:
The strength of the British administrators was, as John Ashworth rightly points out, their obsession with recording things. This obsession however was bureaucratic (and they were hardly preoccupied with recording in mile-by-mile detail what was, to them, an internal border). But this means that the entirety of the South Sudan National Archives collection from the 1950s – and its counterpoints in the Durham Sudan Archives and in the Khartoum Sudan National Archives – are the border proofs. What is needed is a careful examination of who administered which areas, and which villages; that is the proof of the real border. The detail is there; there are files here in Juba that trace disputes over single cows in the border regions, let alone administrative and taxation rights. You’re not going to find a simple, easy, 1:10,000 scale map that will solve this (and who said even finding the map would resolve anything anyway?). The map is in the notes.
Roving Bandit: “Does Policy Work?”