Boubacar Sadek is believed to be the last remaining master calligrapher in Mali. He fled Timbuktu with rare documents. He now makes a living in the capital Bamako, copying old manuscripts for posterity, as well as selling hand-made replicas to tourists. Laura Lynch reports for the CBC and The World.
The al-Qaeda militants who took over northern Mali imposed their harsh brand of Sharia law, even though senior leaders urged them not to. The common wisdom is that the militants’ behavior alienated most Malians. But that’s not the whole story, as the CBC’s Laura Lynch reports.
Fighting is flaring around the northern Mali city of Gao, despite reports that rebels had ceded the territory to the incoming French troops. CBC reporter Laura Lynch just returned from Gao. She tells host Marco Werman that local residents want to French to stay put.
Our recent road trip to the city of Gao, center of much of the jihadist troops, revealed suggestions that the area still isn’t secure from the threat of more attacks.
The euphoria greeting French troops who entered Mali this month after Islamist militants threatened to invade the south of the country has given way to a wariness among some who wonder what will follow.
Human rights groups say what appears to be a successful campaign in northern Mali has come at great cost to the country. Laura Lynch reports from Bamako.
As the militants melt away from cities and towns in northern Mali, there have been scenes of jubilation. People who have experienced life under the rule of Islamist fighters say it has been a harsh, violent existence.
A group of Guatemalan villagers are suing the Canadian mining company Hudbay Minerals claiming it is responsible for violence that left one man dead, another paralyzed and a group of women victims of gang rapes, something the company denies.
London’s Herne Hill Velodrome is a vestige of London’s other Olympic Games in 1948. Reporter Laura Lynch speaks with cyclist Tommy Godwin who competed in those games. The Bronze medalist is now 91, but he still gets on the bike.
Norway has carefully controlled its oil and gas industry ensuring it doesn’t suffer the same fate as other countries where oil has become a curse.
Server farms – buildings house huge number of machines that support websites and internet activity – need to be kept cool. As a result, more and more high-tech companies are building data centers in the far north to take advantage of the naturally cool climate there.
Both the Syrian government and armed rebels blame each other for the violence there, that doesn’t seem to be lessening despite the UN observers now in the country.
The uprising against the government of President Bashar al-Assad began in March 2011. A team of UN observers is currently in Syria as part of the joint UN-Arab League peace plan. This week, The World’s Laura Lynch was able to visit the embattled city of Homs with UN observers and talk to residents there.
Reporter Laura Lynch has just returned from Syria, where she had the opportunity to speak to a variety of Syrians. She tells Lisa Mullins what she heard about how the upheaval there is affecting everyday life.
The Syrian city of Dmeir is an opposition stronghold outside of Damascus. Residents there are furious at the Syrian government for the shelling of their city and are angry at UN monitors for not protecting them.