I don’t follow international affairs as much as some people, but I actually had been keeping an eye on Mali due to one of the candidates being a BYU-educated Mormon. Now it looks like there might not (probably won’t?) be an election. Mali is generally considered an ally to the United States and is designated “Free” by Freedom House, though the average Malian makes less then $4/day. This is considered by some to be fallout from recent happenings in Libya.