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Stories about Gabon

8 West African countries rename currency in historic break from France — but colonial-era debts persist

Changing the CFA franc to "Eco" does not change the fact that many West African countries are still locked in a legacy of debt to France in its colonial-era deposit system. 

Netizen Report: With Gabon's Internet Shutdown, Activists Confront Challenges of Circumventing Censorship

Bhutan makes headlines in Facebook defamation case, Paraguay uses censorship to protect children from the Internet, and Iran enters talks with French telco Orange.

A Presidential Birth Certificate Controversy Provokes Social Unrest in Gabon

Protests against president Bongo broke out in Gabon last week provoking one death and several arrests.

Is Power Too Sweet for Ailing African Leaders to Step Down?

Gershom Ndhlovu looks at the reasons why ailing African leaders wont step down: There have been rumours, innuendoes and even insinuations regarding the health, or the lack of it, of...

3,000 Students Protest against Educational Reform in Gabon

Reforms to the educational system were suspended [fr] in Gabon after teachers and students marched together in protests. In the proposed reform, the final exam to obtain the high school...

Fight Against Ritual Killings Gears Up in Gabon

The discovery of a young girl's mutilated body on a beach in Gabon's capital city of Libreville has renewed the fight in the Central African country against the superstitious practice...

Inside the 2013 Central African Republic Crisis

As rebel leader Michel Djotodia solidifies his control as the new Central African Republic President and the rebel coalition of Séléka announce their control of capital city Bangui, it is...

African Presidents Active on Social Media

Dapa Arnaud gives a list of the 10 most active african presidents [fr] on social media. At the top of the list is  president Paul Kagame in Rwanda: In place since...

When Bob Marley Went to Africa

The film opens on the Ghanaian coast at the remnants of a slave post, the camera then pans over the Atlantic, finally settling on the green hills of rural Jamaica...

Journalist Killed During Ceasefire Talks in Central African Republic

The network of Human Rights Reporters in Central African Republic reports that journalist for the Radio Bé-oko Elisabeth Olofio was killed [fr] when Sékéla rebels entered the town of Bambari,...

Offshore Oil Leak Threatens Protected Lagoon in South West Gabon

NGO H2O Gabon reported that an oil leak [fr] off the shore of Gabon have polluted the Fernan Vaz Lagoon. Oil Company Perenco later confirmed the leak but it claims...

Gabon: Civil Society Leaders Arrested Prior to New York Forum Africa

News website Koaci.com [fr] reports that Marc Ona Essangui, of the civil society organisation ‘Ca suffit comme ça’ (Enough is enough) and other Gabonese activists were arrested this morning in the...

Africa: Regimes Under Attack From Satire and Cartoons

The use of satirical language and cartoons in the media is relatively new in most African countries. Abdoulaye Bah explores the history behind these comic tools.

Africa: Calls for Transparency Over Marked Increase in Land Deals

Almost 5% of Africa's agricultural land has been bought or leased by investors since 2000. Observers are increasingly worried about the fact that such land deals usually take place in...

Africa: Highs and Lows of the 2012 African Cup of Nations

People unite around their national football teams in Africa more than anywhere else in the world. In the fervour surrounding the 2012 African Cup of Nations, there are two points...

Africa: 2012 Cup of Nations Kicks Off!

The Africa Cup of Nations began in Bata, Equatorial Guinea this Saturday, January 21, kicking off three weeks of fierce competition.  The Cup is the most important international football competition...

Africa: Sex, Love and Magic at the Africa Cup of Nations 2012

2012 is undoubtedly a significant year for football lovers in Africa as Gabon and Equatorial Guinea host the main football competition in Africa, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON). After...

Gabon's UNESCO Bailout: International Solidarity at What Price?

Ali Bongo, President of Gabon, has agreed to offer $2 million USD to UNESCO, following the launch of an emergency fund to compensate for the loss of funding from the...

Gabon: Bongo Indulges With Football Match Against Brazil

The Brazilian national football team came to Libreville, Gabon for a friendlly football match against the Gabonese national team on November 10. The social challenges the team witnessed are in...

African Bloggers Review the French Primary Elections

Mengue M'Eyaà review the proposals [fr] outlined by the French presidential candidates towards the African continent during the primary elections. She notes that all the proposals centered around how France...

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