Witness and Amnesty have teamed up in a new project that mixes videos from official sources, news outlets and citizens that taken together offers a nuanced exploration of the human rights catastrophe befalling Mali right now.
I recently caught up with the head of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Lasdous. In the conversation below, Mr. Lasdous discusses some of the hotspots in which peackeeping is currently engaged--or may engage in the future.
The diplomatic pieces may be falling into place for a West African lead military intervention in Northern Mali. This story is not getting much attention in the western press, but all signs are pointing to a potential US and French backed intervention against the patchwork of militias that have asserted themselves in northern Mali.