Stories about French from January, 2011
Côte d'Ivoire: Torture Scenes in the Most Populated Prison
A video is currently creating a stir among the Ivorian online community. It shows militaries beating up prisoners - presented as Alassane Ouattara's partisans - in the Abidjan MACA prison. Since the beginning of the political crisis in Ivory Coast, dozens of people have been arrested in Ivory Coast for their political opinion and jailed at the infamous MACA prison.
Tunisia: Activists Arrested at #SidiBouzid Protests on January 6
In Tunisia, a popular lawyers-led strike took place today, January 6. The list of the protesters arrested in the town of Thala as a result was published on facebook (ar) and three arrests were posted on twitter and confirmed later. Azyz Amamyma, Slim Amamou and rapper El General, who famously...
COP 16: Agreement on Form But Without the Funds
The 16th Conference of the Parties (COP 16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended in Cancun last December 11 with the adoption of a host of decisions. Bloggers in Bolivia, Mexico, and Togo give a lukewarm reception to the decisions, which don't seem to have a clearly defined roadmap for their financing.
Togo: The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission reports results
Gabriel Adonou, quoting Monsignor Nicodème Barrigah-Benissan, Bishop of Atakpamé and president of the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR) in Togo, writes [fr] in his blog,”I blog for life” [fr]: “By the 17th of last December, the commission had received a total of 18,571 depositions […] According to evaluations performed...
Madagascar: Lemur Poisoning On the Rise
Mongabay writes that the environmental NGO Fanamby in Madagascar warns of a new practice of poisoning lemurs to poach them [Warning: graphic images]. Fanamby also notes that lemur poaching and rosewood trafficking are on the rise since the political crisis of 2009 (fr).
Tunisia: Anonymous vs Ammar – Who Wins the Battle of Censorship?
The Tunisian censor, commonly known as Ammar, continues to wreak havoc on activists' account, in a country that has been witnessing a wave of protests since the middle of December. Just today, activists claimed that the government has hacked into their email accounts, accessing their blogs and social networking sites, and disabling them. The move seems to have come in retaliation to an attack by Anonymous, which has targeted vital Tunisian government sites and gateways.
Tunisia: Lawyers Assaulted for their Sidi Bouzid Stand
Tunisian lawyers have been making a stand throughout Sidi Bouzid’s events - and paying the price for it. They have been protesting regularly to denounce what happened there. And every day, news of the kidnapping, arrest, or assault of lawyers is surfacing on social networking sites.
Gabon-France: Wikileaks reveals The Financing of French Political Parties by Omar Bongo
On December 30, 2010 Antoine Ganne writes in an article on afrik.com citing Wikileaks : ” nearly 30 millions euros were diverted from the Bank of the Central African States (BEAC) by former Gabonese president Omar Bongo, some of which were sent to French political parties, specifically Jacques Chirac's but...
Mali : New Year's Eve Celebrations in Bamako
Boukary Konate from Mali writes on his blog Fasokan about the preparations and the atmosphere on new year's eve in Bamako (fr)