Holding elections in Mali as planned may undermine the legitimacy of the victor and raise tensions in the fragile state.
If any hopes for democracy remained for the country, widespread election fraud have quashed them.
The importance of the legislative elections lies not in which party wins, but in how many people vote.
The return of an estimated 2,500 well-armed Tuareg fighters from Libya to Mali has led to a new rebellion.
Algerian forces cross into Mali as the possibility of another Tuareg rebellion looms over the region.
Libya’s uprising is causing turmoil in amid its neighbours and speculation of a Tuareg rebellion has emerged.
The US may not ‘see’ any evidence of Algerian support for Libya’s Gaddafi, but that does not mean it does not exist.
Has British support for the Algerian government helped prop up Muammar Gaddafi in Libya?
Disenfranchised and impoverished, the Tuareg now stand accused of being allied to al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
In one message, bin Laden has propelled the little known crisis in the Sahel to international prominence.