Mali: A Multi-crisis of Secession, Food Insecurity and Revolution
The Malian government had its hands full with the Sahel food crisis. Unable to deal with the concurrent civil unrest in the north, a coup has ensured now that it’s hands are empty. Is Mali’s democracy ruined forever?
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Crowdmapping the First Election of the Arab Spring
As the year 2011 has passed, it is not out of place to look back at what the internet has meant to Africa’s growing democracy and the effects that will remain for a long time to come. It is turning out that crowdmaps are taking Africa’s election accountability a notch […]
Reversing Land Grabs in Mali – Peasant Farmers Take The Lead.
The Libyan government, acting through a Libyan company MALIBYA, has acquired 100,000 hectares of land in neighboring Mali for cultivating rice and farming cattle in a move that has left a lot of local people wondering how their livelihoods will be affected in the next 50 years of the land […]
The Dear Leader’s Fear of Ending like Gaddafi
In isolationist North Korea the outcry for democracy in the Arab world has not gone unnoticed. On 16 November a short letter from Kim Jong Il to Bashar al-Assad was reprinted on the front page of the Rodong Sinmun daily, the mouthpiece of the ruling Korean Workers’ Party. The “Dear […]
Barcamp: How the Internet Changes our Reality
What’s the hashtag for this revolution? From #solidarity to #occupy, we’re seeing the power of Internet-enabled political action all around us. Individuals can organize quickly, they can unify around ideas, they can find and spread information (and misinformation) with lightning speed. It’s obvious that virtual platforms can have real-world impact, […]