Global News Journal

from Africa News blog:

Lessons for coup makers?

December 24, 2009

Guinea soldiers.jpgPresident Barack Obama’s decision to end trade benefits for Guinea, Madagascar and Niger shows some stiffening of Washington’s resolve to act against those seen to be moving in the opposite direction to demands for greater democracy in Africa.

from Africa News blog:

Do Guinea’s dark days reveal junta’s colours?

September 29, 2009

In Guinea this week, at least 157 people were killed when security forces opened fire on a demonstration against military junta leader Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, according to a local rights group.

from Africa News blog:

Overdose of trouble in West Africa

June 28, 2009

That political stability is vital for investment and development goes without saying, but it seems as though too much instability can be bad for criminal enterprises too.

Drugs fuel turmoil in West Africa

March 2, 2009

“Nino” Vieira’s past as an old soldier was never far from the surface. It can have surprised few in Guinea-Bissau that the old coup maker’s death came at the hands of troops who turned against him in a country perpetually on the edge of failure because of military squabbles driven by centuries-old ethnic rivalries and the newer influence of drug smuggling cartels.

from Africa News blog:

Africa still crying for freedom?

January 16, 2009

“Sub-Saharan Africa: Year of Regression”. That was the heading used by U.S.-based rights group Freedom House in its survey of political freedom in the world published this week.

Cheers for Africa’s new military ruler. For now.

December 26, 2008

Fifteen years ago this month, Guinea’s late ruler Lansana Conte made clear what form democracy would take under his rule.