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Live Music in Bamako — Live for How Much Longer?

Timbuktu was Islamic art, not Buddhist!  In Mali they destroyed Islamic things that they disagreed with! Mali touches the western Sahara, very far from Buddhists.

Art and architechture with carvings depicting Islamic scenes they said is disallowed. Also destroyed I think only some of the vast collections of ancient manuscripts, 12th-15th century. Its reported they are on all subjects of the time from a giant library that was at the crossroads then. Islam once was less primitive than now it seems. very strange.

It was different than Afghanistan Jordan. Afghanistan on the Pakistani side is where Buddhist and Hindus once lived. None were or are Arab.

The Pakis are like Indians, were mixed all through much of India and still are, but made the two additional all Muslim countries in ’48-50.

The Brits lost Palestine, India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and more, in ’48-’50.

There is a flood of musicians, traditional, and electric guitar players, singers, drummers, horn players, Sam from the piano. At first they were killing people who kept playing, but they have started to jail most people, or beat them.

All secular music is outlawed. Clothing is proscribed, including mens. No haircuts, alcohol, or radio, theater; it’s suddenly a giant economic terrified dead zone.

The group said to be the prompters and enablers of architecture destruction are the Egyptian Salafists (salafis). They are more intelligent and manipulative than the rural Afghanis or Malians. It’s said they pushed the Afghani or Paki Taliban to blow up the Buddha giant ancient statues.

And- the nutjobs called for the destruction of the sphinx and pyramids after the brotherhood got in. It seems that wasn’t going to fly, so they shut up about it.

The Salafi jihadi started the new fight in Syria against the Kurds in the Kurds’ home county, by breaking up their liquor stores, legal for them under Assad. These Kurds are said to be “feminists” recently by Arab reporter.

I think that inter-rebel fighting stopped. Actually the kurds were trying to stay neutral, but they don’t want “islamists”, all kurds seem to be kinder and more modern than whoever has them surrounded in all those countries. The world would be better if we had a Kurdistan. They seem to be too decent to hold their own, and got screwed by pappy bush. Saddam gassed them, the Turks torture them, Assad protected them.

The musicians are all collected in Bamako. That must be a hot place to play now. There all packed in there sharing housing.

Bamako is protected from Islamists by normal Mali govt. troops, which still hold the southern third of country.

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