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Thursday 2 October  
Car waving national flag at Mali peace rally held at Bamako stadium on 12 August

Bridges with Africa - Radio show: Military intervention in Mali?

On air: 19 October 2012 15:25 - 26 October 2012 15:25 (Photo: AFP)

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After months of indecisiveness the international community has taken a decision on how it hopes to restore law and order in the north of Mali. The United Nations Security Council gave a 45-day deadline for intervention in the troubled region. Abdelkader Abderrahmane, senior researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, Addis Ababa branch, explains what the consequences of a military intervention would be.

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It’s easy to forget Mali’s problems started with the Touareg’s push for an independent state. But that dream was shattered when Islamists hijacked the rebellion, says Mama Walet Amoumen of musical group Tende Tranz.

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For the third time in the history of Africa’s biggest prize for leadership, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has failed to find a suitable winner. The 5 million dollar award is supposed to be given every year to an outstanding African leader who has governed well, raised living standards and then voluntarily left office. Bridges With Africa’s Paul Anstiss has been finding out what makes a good leader and why the future looks bright for the young African leaders of tomorrow.

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If you live in a medium or large city it’s likely that your home is linked with another city somewhere else in the world. For example Kenya’s Nairobi is twinned with Denver in the United States, and Rwanda’s capital Kigali has linked up with Uganda’s capital Kampala. But what’s the point?

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The Kenyan city of Mombassa and the surrounding province has been making headlines. Recently, a group called the Mombassa Republican Council, or MRC, called for the region to secede from the rest of the country. According to the MRC, the people of the coastal reagion are being marginalized, both socially as well as economically. Our reporter Robert Ochola travelled to the region to talk to people about their grievances.

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