· February, 2007

Stories about Senegal from February, 2007

Senegal: Youssou N'Dour Cinematic Debut

  28 February 2007

California-based Congolese blogger Alain Mabanckou has nothing but praise for Senegalese singer Youssou N'Dour's big screen debut in Amazing Grace (Fr):”to see the few clips featuring Youssou N'dour, I think we'll need to to follow him closely. His future is bright if he chooses to concentrate exclusively in this direction...

Senegal: Thumbs Down for the Minister of Justice

  27 February 2007

Semett alleges that (Fr): “The justice minister … has unjustly broken into the voting center at Ndatté Yalla, in Saint Louis, while votes were being counted and his men have spread chaos in this republican space. They have pushed around the center's managing team and this, in front of police...

Senegal: Voting Process Report Card

  27 February 2007

Semett ‘s voting process report card (Fr): “The Presidential election took place peacefully and with a participation rate estimated at 70% by the vote's organizers. The electoral body went from 2 to 5 million. More than 2,000 observers were deployed. Generally, the voting process has been positively evaluated and Senegalese...

Senegal Elections: Towards Another Wade Term?

  26 February 2007

“Senegal Wants Its Freedom Back” headline. By R-Nesto. Yesterday was election day in Senegal. A campaign marked by some violent clashes started about a month ago and most of the Senegalese bloggers were hoping to see the incumbent, PDS  [Social Democratic Party] leader Abdoulaye Wade, defeated. Wade has been in...

Gambia: The Healer President

  23 February 2007

Blog Politique du Sénégal isn't sure (Fr) whether to laugh or cry about Gambian President Yahia Jammeh's new healer functions: “[He] has taken up a career as a marabout healer. And he is coming into some success. Commercial, that is because I can't put my hand in fire for his...

Guinea, Senegal: Lansana Conté Must Leave if He Loves His Country

  20 February 2007

At Pourquoi l’ Afrique Claudique, Senegalese novelist Ndické Dieye tells (Fr) Guinea’s embattled head of state: “Lansana, leave if you have even an inkling of conscience or patriotism left! Leave to avoid an unnecessary blood bath! … I ask the police … to refuse to execute any illegal order given...

Senegal: Poor Working Conditions for Workers at a Chinese Owned Factory

  19 February 2007

Blog Politique du Sénégal outlines (Fr) poor working conditions for Senegalese workers at Henan Chine, a chinese-owned factory in Senegal: “Holidays are not paid, social contributions are not made even though they are withheld from salaries.” Adds the blog: “Can things be any different given the rights (or non-rights) of...

Senegal: Candidates Should Declare Assets

  14 February 2007

Blog Politique du Sénégal writes(Fr):”Ïnstead of telling us for the umpteenth time that they believe in ethics and morals … [candidates] should declare their assets. The law doesn't require it but who made the laws?… After all no one is forcing them to run for the highest office! ”

Senegal: President Wade Wants A Nuclear Plant

  14 February 2007

Blog Politique du Sénégal writes (Fr): “ [President] Wade … announced that he wants a nuclear power plant. Just what we needed! … Senegal doesn't even have the means to pay for the plant's enclosure, never mind the plant itself! “

Guadeloupe, Senegal: Remembering Chevalier de Saint-Georges

  11 February 2007

Jean-Claude Halley of Guadeloupe Attitude writes (Fr): “Ardent defendor of human rights and engaged abolitionist, the Chevalier de Saint-Georges was the first composer of African ancestry of classical music to the court of Louis XVth in France and a reputed invincible fencer. At the end of 2006, for Mozart's bicentennial...