The landlocked West African nation was a pivotal hub for trans-Sahara trading routes that gave some of its cities like Timbuktu almost mythical status over the centuries. Africa's third-largest gold producer, Mali has had to fight an Islamist insurgency in recent years. But capital Bamako, on the banks of the Niger river, remains a popular cultural center, its famed markets and museums filled with locals and tourists alike.

Can Old Ghosts Help Burkina Faso Contain Trouble in the Sahel?

In Africa’s Sahel region, a plan to use vigilantes against Islamist insurgents threatens to revive old ghosts rather than banish new ones.

Africa's Sahel Is the World's Latest Frontline Against Terrorism

This vast swath of territory between the Sahara and the Savannah is emerging as the new epicenter of terrorism in Africa.

Can Cyber-Activism Strengthen Mali's Democracy?

A slew of emerging online initiatives is dragging Mali’s youth out of political apathy to seek accountability from the country’s rulers.

Africans With Albinism Step Out of the Shadows

Africans living with albinism are slowly reclaiming their place in societies after long being shunned due to ignorance and superstition.


The Carlos Watson Show

The Carlos Watson Show brings bold, impactful conversations with culture-defining celebrities, intellectual pioneers and changemakers, spotlighting the voices you need to hear to make sense of this important time in American history.

Why You’ll Want to Stay in This Arty Hotel in Ségou

This serene space in Mali, filled with art and music, also takes “local economy” to a new level.

The First European to Reach Timbuktu … and Live to Talk About It

Where other European explorers had failed and sometimes died, an obsessed Frenchman succeeded — by going native.

Ibrahim Ahmed: Africa's Next Breakout Film Star?

After an Oscar-nominated debut film, the artist known as Pino could help rewrite the script for African actors.

Al-Qaida Offshoots

Violent Islamists keep regrouping — and renaming themselves.


The Food That Built America

The Food that Built America tells the unbelievable true stories behind the industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized food, and transformed American life and culture forever in the process.

France Is Diving Into Global Conflicts

From “cheese-eating surrender monkeys” to “Vive La France” – French foreign policy is getting muscular.

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