Neglected Photos from Mali and Cote d’Ivoire

by phil June 5, 2014 Cote D'Ivoire

I thought these photos could use a home on the internet, so here they are. Pretty typical scene at Djigui Koro, one of the best bars in Bamako. Somebody buys a case of beer and everyone digs in. This is a very efficient way to order. Bintou on the banks of the Niger in Segou. […]

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Worrying signs in Mali and a bonus travel guide: Bamako on $2 a day

by phil January 31, 2014 Mali

I am back in Mali after almost 7 months in Abidjan, the longest break since I first starting coming here in 2010. I tried to come back sooner, but the restaurant took over and I repeatedly postponed the trip. I am here now, savoring the last days of Mali’s winter, spending time with friends, catching […]

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Some thoughts about Mali’s upcoming election

by phil July 22, 2013 Mali

SOTRAMA in Koulikoro. They don’t come more patriotic than this one. Well, it’s going to happen. Despite the fact that many analysts, diplomats and even members of Mali’s own electoral body have expressed doubts over the timing, there it sits on the calendar. July 28th. Six days away. Mali needs a legitimate government. No one […]

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Personal Update: Travel Plans for July and Updates on Abidjan Food Biz

by phil June 29, 2013 Cote D'Ivoire

On the film set for SOS Democracy sketch comedy that will soon be released. First thing, if you use google reader to read this site, that shit is going away on Monday. There are alternatives, though. Free alternatives. I just switched over to Feedly, and it couldn’t have been more straightforward. In one click, on […]

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Welcoming Boubacar Traore to my family (of sheep)

by phil June 24, 2013 Mali

After an extended period of mourning following the death of Maimouna – have I shared that yet? Maimouna died. When I asked my partner Arouna what killed her, he said “fresh air.” Well, he said “fraicheur,” a French word that can refer to air that has a bit of chill to it. She died in […]

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A Photo Essay: Bamako Taxi Interiors

by phil June 6, 2013 Mali

Before you look at Bamako taxi interiors, please consider reading my last post and supporting a grassroots democracy project being led by Malian activists (our campaign ends in 68 hours!). I could easily make a tumblr of bamako taxi interiors. I could do the same for West African barbershops, minibus proverbs, and dibiterie sheep drawings. […]

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