I’m due to resume teaching this afternoon after a two-week hiatus, and I cannot get back to my teaching and research responsibilities while keeping up with events in anything approaching real time on this blog. Even assuming that classes remain in session, however, I will try to continue posting here at least a couple of times per week.
In the meantime, readers will forgive me, I hope, for linking to an article that says a few kind words about this blog. Julius Cavendish of Time Magazine has just published a piece discussing yesterday’s events in Bamako (demonstrations and the cancellation of a visit by ECOWAS presidents). I only knew about it because Julius called me up yesterday afternoon to ask my opinion on a few things, and he quotes me in a couple of passages.
For analysis that doesn’t feature my name, you can find a description of yesterday’s events in Bamako on the BBC, and a much more thorough run-down in the French paper Le Monde. The same paper also has a brief post about Mahmoud Dicko of Mali’s Haut Conseil Islamique.
A growing number of reports accuse Oumar Mariko’s SADI party of launching a campaign of intimidation against anti-junta activists. SADI is not one of Mali’s bigger parties, but unlike the other parties that have come out in favor of the coup since March 22, SADI actually has deputies in the National Assembly (or did, before the junta dissolved it). On Thursday a meeting of coup opponents was assaulted by thugs allegedly belonging to SADI. I’m also hearing that Radio Kayira, a pro-SADI station in Bamako, has been broadcasting propaganda in support of the coup and has even aired a list of “enemies” — a sign of more violence to come.
Increasing Mali’s isolation, the government of Cote d’Ivoire has closed its border with Mali, which will interrupt a significant amount of imports (including strategically important goods like fuel and food) coming into this country. I am hearing reports that the government of Burkina Faso has already done the same.