The vision that Conrad's character Marlow describes is of a French frigate firing broadsides into a vast African jungle, in essence, bombarding a continent.
French military units, including aviation and infantry, have attacked Islamist rebels in Mali since last week.
The political situation in the West African country of Mali has taken a significant turn for the worse.
The West African country of Mali continues to be a source of worry, as radical Islamist rebels try to consolidate their hold on the North.
Tuareg separatist rebels and their shaky Islamist allies seized more than half of Mali, setting alarm bells ringing in all of West Africa and beyond.
On March 22, soldiers of the Republic of Mali in West Africa, led by junior officers, carried out a coup d'état against the elected president, Amadou Toumani Touré.
Sanctions on Iran hit Venezuela; labor rights under siege in Iraq, Fiji and Turkey; humanitarian crisis in Somalia; and Cuba at the UN.
In Somalia, soldiers aren't getting paid, Spain's jobless rate soars, Cuba celebrates May Day, students in Puerto Rico strike against privatization, and the United Nations reports on press freedom.
Somalia's civil war is intensifying as Islamist insurgents hit back at government attacks on rebel-held territory.