Francophone Africa Update 1 May 2022

Mali’s military junta blocks UN investigation of alleged massacre in Mali Globe and Mail

What went wrong in Mali and the future of France’s presence in the country, by Niagalé Bagayoko ISPI online

ali’s ECOWAS maintains sanctions against Mali and gives ultimatum to Guinea and Burkina Faso. Le Monde. France 24.

Le Sahel devient la 7e « province » de l’État islamique en Afrique : Faut-il s’en inquiéter ? Dakar Actu

Togo’s Gilbert Houngbo becomes first African to head the International Labour Organization. France 24. Jeune Afrique. Le Monde. Le Temps.

En Tunisie, un journaliste détenu pour avoir refusé de dévoiler ses sources. Le Monde.

Coups, insurgency, and imperialism in Africa, by Amy Niang. ROAPE

Narcotrafic au Sahel : une révolution à bas bruit. Afrique XXI

Fake News ecosystems in West Africa: a series of national reports published by CDD West Africa. Individual links available on this thread.

Transitioning nowhere: Burkina Faso’s coup d’état, by Bettina Engels. ROAPE

Bolloré, un empire françafricain. Une série de reportages sur Afrique XXI.

Music: Griots, rappers and composers redefine opera in Burkina Faso. Quartz

Francophone Africa update 26 April 2022

We are sorry that there has been no Francophone Africa update in a while due to technical issues. We re-publish below the 28 March post, which some of you did not receive. We hope to resume normal service from Monday 1 May. Thank you for your patience! 

African students fleeing war in Ukraine detained in EU immigration facilities and face racism. The Independent. African Arguments

Senegal army’s operation in Casamance displaces 6,000 in Gambia. AlJazeera. TV5. AfricaNews

Mali’s former PM Soumeylou B. Maïga dies in custody. Le Sahelien. The Independent.  

France’s withdrawal from Mali: a selection of resources. 

  • “Why France failed in Mali” by N. Powell on War on the Rocks.
  • “The End of Operation Barkhane and the Future of Counterterrorism in Mali” by M. Harris, C. Doxsee and J. Thompson for the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
  • « Barkhane est morte, pas l’interventionnisme français », un podcast d’Afrique XXI
  • “France’s Troop Withdrawal from Mali”, I.Y. Ibrahim and R. Moncrieff are guests on Crisis Group’s podcast.
  • “What to make of the French exit from Mali?” by O. Ba and O. Diallo on AlJazeera.

La MINUSCA en Centrafrique : Les casques bleus impopulaires. IFRI

Mass grave discovered in Central Mali; MINUSMA accuses the Malian army and Russian Wagner group. The Africa Report. Jeune Afrique

Sahel: Moving beyond military containment policy report. Atlantic Council

Burkina Faso’s Francis Kéré becomes first Black architect to win the Pritzker prize. The Guardian. AlJazeera. The Conversation. ArchDaily

Série: A la redécouverte des classiques de la philosophie africaine. Le Monde 

New parliamentary report shows Africa is still misrepresented in UK school curriculum. Full report available here. Blog about it on African Arguments

Bruxelles: le groupe de travail sur la décolonisation de l’espace public rend son rapport. RTBF