Hissene Habre on trial in Senegal

I’ve been reporting on the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre, who’s accused of war crimes. The trial is taking place at a specially-convened court in Dakar. Here are some of my reports: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2015/sep/07/chad-hissene-habre-carried-into-court-trial-resumes-dakar-senegal http://africanarguments.org/2015/09/08/hissene-habre-dragged-into-court-after-a-25-year-wait/ http://www.thisisafricaonline.com/News/Habre-on-trial-Justice-interrupted?ct=true
Continue Reading

Chad’s military adventures abroad

This is an annual report I wrote for World Politics Review which explains some of the background to Chad’s military adventures in Mali and CAR – good background to help explain why they’re now involved in northern Nigeria http://www.worldpoliticsreview.com/articles/14435/clay-feet-chad-s-surprising-rise-and-enduring-weaknesses
Continue Reading

Uranium negotiations in Niger – the Guardian

Niger has been playing hard-ball with the French nuclear operator Areva to get a better deal on royalties from its uranium production at Arlit. The subject is of particular interest for me as I’m writing a book about resource nationalism and oil in Africa – focusing on Chad, Niger, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2014/feb/28/niger-fails-uranium-mining-deal-french-firm-areva
Continue Reading

Chad’s role in CAR

This was a piece I wrote recently for Think Africa Press about the role Chad has played in the disintegration of its southern neighbour Central African Republic http://thinkafricapress.com/chad/deby-overstretch-car-central-african-republic-seleka-djotodia
Continue Reading

Mali musicians

Until March this year, Mali was best known for being a peaceful haven in a bad West African neighbourhood, famous for its countless amazing musicians including Salif Keita, Toumani Diabete and Tinariwen. Now it’s better known as ‘West Africa’s Afghanistan’. So what are Malian musicians doing to promote peace? On my last trip to Mali in September I spoke to Ousmane Toure, one of the leaders of ‘Sofas (Warriors) of the Republic…Listen here: http://bit.ly/UNrBk8 And the song ‘Ca Suffit’ (that’s enough!) is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7DVVP5nDGE
Continue Reading

Mali

It was great to get back to Mali finally after being away for too long. I used to be based in Bamako from 2007-8 as BBC correspondent, but I left then because the country was peaceful and calm. It was with a heavy heart that I flew in over the shimmering Niger river where once upon a time it was safe to take a pirogue all the way up to Timbuktu! It was a great and fascinating trip, I was mostly focusing on the cultural response to the crisis – what singers, artists, historians and writers think…. putting some of my work up now
Continue Reading