A Malian police officer stands guard in front of the Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, November 20, 2015. (Photo by Joe Penney for Reuters.)

Al Qaeda ally claims Mali hotel attack that killed at least 27

Al Mourabitoun has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks in Mali, including an assault on a hotel in the town of Sevare in August this year.
Nov 20, 2015
A market scene in Bamako, Mali during more peaceful times. (Photo by Kaia Chessen)

From peace to chaos in Mali

In a little over a year, Mali has gone from a tourist destination to the newest front in the War on Terror. A former visitor reflects on how life has changed for the friends she made in Mali.
May 22, 2013
Tuareg people spread across five nations in the central Sahara have long sought independence. But last January rebels in Northen Mali began a movement for succession. (Photo via magharebia.com)

What the heck is happening in Mali? (and why you should care)

Until a couple weeks ago, you probably didn’t think much about Mali, the large, former French colony that spans North and West Africa. I know I didn’t. But then we started hearing about French troops invading northern Mali, and militants kidnapping foreign workers in Algeria and that this all somehow connected to the fall of […]
Jan 24, 2013
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Five ‘can’t miss’ foreign bands playing Seattle this month

Concert season is upon us, and what better time to discover some new music? Starting next week, a slew of amazing bands from overseas are playing in Seattle. Some have enough domestic charm that you’ll barely detect their accents, while others mix rock music with traditional African and Middle Eastern sounds. Here’s a rundown of […]
Apr 19, 2012