Tag: timbuktu

Cannes film fest flunks diversity test with few women, no blacks

Cannes film fest flunks diversity test with few women, no blacks

(GIN)—There wasn’t a single film by a black director screening work at the 2017 Cannes international festival of films. Not just in competition, where a film by a black director hasn’t been in the running for a staggering four years, since Abderrahmane Sissako’s stunning “Timbuktu.” There literally wasn’t a single film by a black director […]

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War crimes charges for demolishing ancient Malian shrines

War crimes charges for demolishing ancient Malian shrines

| October 6, 2015

(GIN)—The International Criminal Court will hear charges of war crimes against Ahmad al Faqi Al Mahdi for the deliberate destruction of religious or historical monuments in Timbuktu, Mali. It is the first prosecution of this type by the court which is based in The Hague. Legal proceedings against the suspected Islamist will begin in January. […]

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Rebuilding of Timbuktu’s precious mausoleums begins

Rebuilding of Timbuktu’s precious mausoleums begins

| March 24, 2014

(GIN)—Mausoleums in the historic city of Timbuktu, defaced during the 2012 uprising by separatist Tuaregs and Islamists in the north of Mali, are being rebuilt by Malian experts, the United Nations has said. Masons began work last week on the centuries-old tombs critically damaged by militants who considered the local Sufi version of Islam to […]

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