Jennifer Brea · August, 2007

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Hezbollah video game lets players take on Israel

Hezbollah has come out with a video game (Fr) about the Lebanese resistance called “Special Force 2: Tale of the Truthful Pledge,” Tunisien Doctor announces. Players go head to head with enemy Merkava tanks and fight in battles based on Israel's July 2006 invasion of Lebanon. Can be played in...

Mauritania criminalizes slavery

  19 August 2007

Mauritania has made slavery a criminal offense, but Vive la Francophonie wonders if slavery can be abolished by laws alone (Fr). “Slavery is a mental attitude as old as humanity…The problem of slavery is in large part psychological,” Francophonie writes. “Mauritania, like the rest of the world, should fight against...

Fighting the desert in Burkina Faso

  18 August 2007

Vive la francophonie posts an article about the Koom la viim association's efforts to fight desertification (Fr) in Burkina Faso by planting 3,500 plants. “This initiative deserves to be known…even if it only concerns a small portion of land, these efforts contribute to cleaning and reoxygenating our planet…if thousands of...

Martinique braces for Hurricane Dean

  18 August 2007

le blog de [moi] writes a post bracing for Hurricane Dean (Fr), which has just hit Martinique: “the light's hazy, the birds are quiet, the ocean's [dark] like oil, there is no wind. The calm before the storm.”

Senegal: Dying in childbirth

  11 August 2007

Blog politique au Senegal shares a story of a woman who died in childbirth, a fate shared by far too many women in Senegal:  “The small crowd listened to the midwife explain she did all that she could, that it was the will of God; but at the hospital she...

Buying condoms in Sudan

  11 August 2007

In Sudan, the possession of a condom can be considered a sign of planning to have extramarital sex. But as Zizou from Djerba writes, he's seeing condoms on sale in pharmacies, grocery stores, and hair salons. “I'm really impressed by these government officials who [by promoting condom use] take risks...

Senegal to raise airport tax

  4 August 2007

Blog politique au Senegal questions the wisdom of the government's plan to increase the airport tax (Fr) when most tourists come to Senegal, not in search of the country's unique culture, but for a cheaply-priced tropical getaway.

Harijaka sumarizes TED Talks in French

  4 August 2007

For all you francophones out there, Harijaka (Fr) is posting French summaries of the recently released videos from the June 2007 TED Global Conference in Arusha, Tanzania.  He's summarized Euvin Naidoo‘s opening address and George Ayittey on Africans taking responsibility for, and finding solutions to, African problems.

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