Carleton professor of French Cherif Keita appeared on Al Jazeera English's "The Stream" on April 11, speaking about the coup in his native Mali and the uprising in the northern part of the country. Keita has led Carleton's Francophone Studies off-campus program to Mali since 2000, leading seven total sessions for 144 students in that time. The most recent session occurred in the fall of 2011. On March 21, disgruntled army soldiers overthrew President Amadou Toumani Touré and dissolved the constitution. A rebellion in northern Mali is led by the MNLA (National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad). MNLA members are from various ethnic groups but are primarily Tuareg or Kel Tamasheq, meaning speakers of the Tamasheq language.
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