Mali — Television and aid.

Cut off and not.

Hmmmmmmmm………

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(AP) — Malian soldiers declared a coup on Thursday, March 22, 2012, suspending the constitution and dissolving the institutions of one of the few established democracies in this troubled corner of Africa.   The whereabouts of the country’s 63-year-old president Toure, who was just one month away from stepping down after a decade in office, could not be confirmed.

President Amadou Toumani Toure (Photo by Pankaj Nangia, Associated Press)

On Thursday, mutinous troops seized control of the state television station, and announced they had overthrown the government.   The country’s democratically elected president has not been heard from since.   The renegade troops pillaged the presidential palace and on Friday, they began stealing everything from people’s cars to the bananas sold by elderly women on street corners.

The television signal went dead for around an hour late Friday afternoon, then flickered back on.   Facing the camera were a group of a dozen soldiers, who read a prepared statement denying that the leader of their coup had been killed, or that the station had been taken back by troops loyal to the country’s legitimate government.

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Lookie heah…… The #HeilObama administration weighs in on Mali.

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(AP) — The U.S. is holding off on suspending military aid to Mali despite this week’s coup by government soldiers.

Coup leader Capt. Amadou Haya Sanogo is seen in a military camp in Bamako............ Photo by Aliou Sissoko, Associated Press

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says humanitarian aid makes up more than half of the $137 million in annual U.S. assistance to the African country.   That money won’t be affected.   Nuland says the rest is military aid, which could be halted if democracy isn’t restored.   But she cautioned Friday that officials are holding back from taking that step while a West African mission seeks to end the crisis by restoring Mali’s democratic government.

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99.999% of people are still asking, “Where’s Mali ?”

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Mali — Well, that didn’t take long.

Hello (Again), Mali.  (Other links inside this one.)

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Kenny Solomon
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