I was instructed by Vieux Farka Toure’s manager to call Vieux Farka Toure sometime before 6pm EST. He would be in Bamako when I was scheduled to speak to him, the capital city he had lived in all his adult life since moving there from a small village in Mali, Niafunke, to become a professional musician. If he considered himself a Bamakoian, a poetic guitarist from a major metropolis, how was this reflected, if at all, in the music he made, I wondered.
The displacement of locals to make way for major sporting events is becoming routine in Rio de Janeiro.
To make way for renovations, new stadiums, hotels and residences for the 2014 FIFA World Cup that was held in Brazil, about 170,000 people were evicted, forcibly or otherwise.
The United Nations’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry has recently raised allegations against the Syrian government, stating that “The mass scale of deaths of detainees suggests that the government of Syria is responsible for acts that amount to extermination as a crime against humanity,” says Commission head Paulo Pinheiro. To make matters worse, the Security Council has fallen short of its obligation to keep the peace and ensure the safety of innocent Syrian lives.