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Deadly Mali hotel attack: ‘They were shooting at anything that moved’

(CNN)Gunmen who raided a Malian hotel shouted “Allahu akbar” as they sprayed bullets on tables of people who were gathered for breakfast, a witness said.

The attackers did not say a word to anyone as they opened fire Friday morning, employee Tamba Couye said.

They shot at “anything that moved” as terrified patrons dashed for cover all over the hotel, he said.

By the time Malian and U.N. security forces rushed in and ended the siege hours later, bodies were scattered across the floors of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Bamako.

At least 19 people were killed in the attack, said Olivier Salgado, a spokesman for the U.N. mission in the nation.


Interesting to see how the media seemed to pay a little more attention than usual on this attack, but not because some Malians were either killed or injured. It was because one of the first Mali attack victim was an American and also some foreigners were either killed or held hostage.

#ThemediadidagoodjobaboutjustfocusingontheAmericanlifelost

#Thereisabiggerpicturethatthemediaispretendingnottosee

#Onlycertainlivesmattertothem

#blacklivesmatter

#wehavetodobetter

Please pray for Mali and and not just for one life that was lost, but for all the lives that were lost in such a horrendous attack! This is our Africa. Please repost, reblog, post,  and let your voices be heard. 

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Let the Beat Go by Mr. Baby Oil

ISSA SAMB

“Issa Samb is considered a total artist. His practice ranges from acting, for both theatre and cinema, to writing (poetry, essays, novels), installing, performing, painting and sculpting… yet his work is unclassifiable.”

Photo: Christa Holka

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More then 3 million people in France were marching for ‘freedom’ today…if I think about the relation between 'freedom’ and France today I think about the 14 African countries that are obliged by France, trough a colonial pact, to put 85% of their foreign reserve into France central bank under French minister of Finance control still now..Oh let’s march another march, insult prophet Muhammad once again and produce another sad video spot because we care so much about the people in Africa! Oh really a few thousand people were murdered in Nigeria the other day? And in Gaza, Syria and other places this is happening every day?! Too bad but you know what, 17 white people died in France!!! What a limitation of our 'freedom’!

“"In March 2008, former French President Jacques Chirac said:

“Without Africa, France will slide down into the rank of a third [world] power”

Chirac’s predecessor François Mitterand already prophesied in 1957 that:

“Without Africa, France will have no history in the 21st century”

At this very moment I’m writing this article, 14 african countries are obliged by France, trough a colonial pact, to put 85% of their foreign reserve into France central bank under French minister of Finance control. Until now, 2014, Togo and about 13 other african countries still have to pay colonial debt to France. African leaders who refuse are killed or victim of coup. Those who obey are supported and rewarded by France with lavish lifestyle while their people endure extreme poverty, and desperation.

It’s such an evil system even denounced by the European Union, but France is not ready to move from that colonial system which puts about 500 billions dollars from Africa to its treasury year in year.”

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Dance Dance Dance

#Africandancing

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These incredible photographs by Omar Victor Diop, a Senegalese photographer, were brought to my attention by a twitter follower. This series, entitled Project Diaspora, was inspired by both Diop’s sense of isolation during an artist residency in Europe, and then subsequent wonder upon discovering the massive academic collection, Image of the Black In Western Art. From the New York Times:

“As a Francophone African,” he said, “I had never heard of these individuals.”

He has since made up for that oversight, producing “Project Diaspora,” a set of 12 images Mr. Diop adapted from artworks created in Europe from the 15th to the 19th centuries. They represent outstanding individuals who lived in Europe and illustrate the historical depth of the ties that have linked the Western world to the African continent.

In each image, Mr. Diop poses as the person in the original engraving, painting or sculpture. “I enjoy the idea that, contrary to the conventional self-portrait, I am just an accessory,” he said during a Skype interview. “My goal is to bear witness to the contribution of Africans to universal civilization.”

I’ve made the imposition here to include some of the original artworks beside a few of the photographs from the series, a testament to both the accuracy of the recreations, and well as to underscore the symbolism of Diop’s interpretations.

You can read about each artwork and individual that inspired these works at the New York Times article also linked above, at Diop’s online gallery for Project Diaspora, or learn more about individuals like Don Miguel De Castro, ambassador from Kongo to Dutch Brazil here at Medievalpoc.

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TAKE THE LEAP

By Lee Litumbe

It’s now been forty-eight hours since I arrived in Dakar, Senegal. Forty-eight glorious hours filled with connecting with incredibly talented creatives, drinking Bissap and eating my weight in Thieboudienne since I left my old life back in Atlanta - a life I had been desperately trying to break free from for years. Even with all the hard work I’d put in, it still didn’t feel real. Not when I emptied ten years worth of memories from my house to move in with a childhood friend. Not when I gave notice, then quit my corporate day job after living a double life for the past two years. Not even when I sold my car and pretty much everything else I owned. Maybe it’s because I was still existing in a fear filled fog, too scared to dare risk jinxing my plans by truly believing my move was real. But as I packed up my entire life into two and a half suitcases a few hours before my flight (yeah, yeah I know – I’m terrible), it finally hit me. The idea I had been willing, wishing and working vigorously towards for the past few years and dream that inspired the creation of this website (hence the name Spirited Pursuit) was actually happening. Finally. read more

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3 young Sudanese men killed ‘execution-style’ in Indiana, but where is media coverage:

Police in the US state of Indiana say they are yet to identify a motive for the “execution-style” murders of three young Muslim-American men last week, in a case that has barely caused a ripple in mainstream media in the United States

The three men - 23-year-old Mohamedtaha Omar, 20-year-old Adam Mekki and 17-year-old Muhannad Tairab - were found dead in a house in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on Wednesday,

The men, who police said hailed from Africa’s eastern Sahel region, had all been shot multiple times. Police said the murders were not believed to be gang-related.

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com

 “Eidi Mohamed, 20, a student, remembers all three of the Sudanese boys in middle school as “really into sports, specifically soccer.” “There are a few news channels here covering but it really isn’t getting attention like the Chapel Hill shooting” he went on to say. Asked whether or not the area has a history of overt racism towards Blacks or Muslims Mohamed recalled, “I’ve always heard about racist things going on in Fort Wayne, parts of Fort Wayne have a lot of African Americans and African Immigrants.”  -http://muslimmatters.org/

Since the media won’t cover the story, we will. Sad to see that the few times the media covered this story, they tried to paint the victims as thugs, criminals, etc.  This story is just as important as any other story repeatedly talked about in the news. 

PLEASE REBLOG, SHARE THIS STORY ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA, ETC. LET THIS STORY BE HEARD. WE CAN’T BE QUIET!

HERE IS A LINK TO HELP:

https://www.launchgood.com/project/ourthreebrothers#

https://www.launchgood.com/project/ourthreebrothers#

https://www.launchgood.com/project/ourthreebrothers#


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