Photo
Col. Gaston Damango of the Malian army spoke with Monitor staffers on the spread of Al Qaeda in northern Mali in December, 2009. Photo by Scott Baldauf/The Christian Science Monitor
Week in Review: Catch up on the French intervention in Mali with the Monitor’s World correspondents
Europe backs French Mali mission with strong words, modest means
European backing of France appears to be holding steady after hostages were reportedly killed at a gas field in the region. But the support is a far cry from the coalition that toppled Qaddafi.
French flags selling out in Mali’s capital
France’s military intervention has been widely greeted here. Normally, Malian attitudes towards its former colonial ruler range from resentment to admiration.
France gets deeper in Mali war: Are they ready?
The recent rebel capture of the village of Diabaly renewed concerns that French air power in tandem with Malian ground forces would not be enough. Now French troops are headed north.

Col. Gaston Damango of the Malian army spoke with Monitor staffers on the spread of Al Qaeda in northern Mali in December, 2009. Photo by Scott Baldauf/The Christian Science Monitor

Week in Review: Catch up on the French intervention in Mali with the Monitor’s World correspondents

Europe backs French Mali mission with strong words, modest means

European backing of France appears to be holding steady after hostages were reportedly killed at a gas field in the region. But the support is a far cry from the coalition that toppled Qaddafi.

French flags selling out in Mali’s capital

France’s military intervention has been widely greeted here. Normally, Malian attitudes towards its former colonial ruler range from resentment to admiration.

France gets deeper in Mali war: Are they ready?

The recent rebel capture of the village of Diabaly renewed concerns that French air power in tandem with Malian ground forces would not be enough. Now French troops are headed north.

Photo
Gwladys Bernard (l.) and Clémentine Pirlot of La Barbe (The Beard), a French feminist group, pose by a Paris subway wearing the group’s trademark fake beards. Photo by Bastien Inzaurralde/The Christian Science Monitor
Women Around the World: Three stories of politics, women’s rights, and efforts at change in Kenya, France, and India
In Kenya solar lamps reduce childbirth risks
Instead of relying on moonlight or dangerous and smoky kerosene lamps, midwives now use solar-powered lamps to make childbirth safer in remote regions of Kenya that are off the electric grid.
Do French women need feminism?
Working French women, backed by generous government policies, enjoy a reputation for ‘having it all.’ But that may not mean what Americans might think.
India gang rape: Why was everyone so slow to help?
India has no ‘Good Samaritan Law’ to give legal protection to people who step in, and Indians tend to avoid getting tangled with police.

Gwladys Bernard (l.) and Clémentine Pirlot of La Barbe (The Beard), a French feminist group, pose by a Paris subway wearing the group’s trademark fake beards. Photo by Bastien Inzaurralde/The Christian Science Monitor

Women Around the World: Three stories of politics, women’s rights, and efforts at change in Kenya, France, and India

In Kenya solar lamps reduce childbirth risks

Instead of relying on moonlight or dangerous and smoky kerosene lamps, midwives now use solar-powered lamps to make childbirth safer in remote regions of Kenya that are off the electric grid.

Do French women need feminism?

Working French women, backed by generous government policies, enjoy a reputation for ‘having it all.’ But that may not mean what Americans might think.

India gang rape: Why was everyone so slow to help?

India has no ‘Good Samaritan Law’ to give legal protection to people who step in, and Indians tend to avoid getting tangled with police.

Photo
Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child! Did you know she was a spy?

Happy 100th Birthday Julia Child! Did you know she was a spy?

Link

Bring on Bastille Day! We’re ready, with a recipe for mussels and frites, on the Stir it Up! blog, from our friend Terry Boyd at Blue Kitchen

Photo
 
France midfielder Louisa Necib will be a primary concern for the US in its semifinal match of the Women’s World Cup Wednesday. (NEWSCOM)
The USA vs. France match in the Women’s World Cup Wednesday marks a clash between the old guard and one of the upstart nations that could reshape the game of women’s soccer.
USA vs. France: How Women’s World Cup 2011 could be game-changer
 

France midfielder Louisa Necib will be a primary concern for the US in its semifinal match of the Women’s World Cup Wednesday. (NEWSCOM)

The USA vs. France match in the Women’s World Cup Wednesday marks a clash between the old guard and one of the upstart nations that could reshape the game of women’s soccer.

USA vs. France: How Women’s World Cup 2011 could be game-changer


 

Quote
"What worries us is not who is giving what, but simply that weapons are being distributed by all parties and to all parties. We already have proof that these weapons are in the hands of al-Qaeda, of traffickers. These weapons will contribute to the destabilization of African states."

African Union Commission Chief Jean Ping, as seen in RIA Novosti.

France’s admission Wednesday that it provided weapons to Libyan rebels renews debate on the legality and wisdom of arming rebels in conflicts whose outcome is unpredictable.

Photo
csmphoto:

 

A bather watches as French police on horses patrol the beach near the venue of the G8 summit in Deauville, northern France, May 25, 2011. Police today sealed off the area around the venue where the leaders of the G8 countries are due to meet in Deauville on May 26-7. REUTERS/Andrew Winning 
I love it when news and features meet in the middle. This is the perfect example. 
Check out more of my choices for Photos of the day for 5/25/11.

     Ann Hermes/Staff Photographer

csmphoto:

A bather watches as French police on horses patrol the beach near the venue of the G8 summit in Deauville, northern France, May 25, 2011. Police today sealed off the area around the venue where the leaders of the G8 countries are due to meet in Deauville on May 26-7. REUTERS/Andrew Winning 

I love it when news and features meet in the middle. This is the perfect example. 

Check out more of my choices for Photos of the day for 5/25/11.

    Ann Hermes/Staff Photographer