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Lova Rakotomalala

Currently the editor of the Francophone region for Global Voices, I am a researcher in biomedical engineering and consultant in Global Health. Raised in Madagascar, I have a strong interest in international development and digital media as a tool to promote social change and transparency in the developing world. I am currently attending the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs and Public Policy at Princeton U to further that specific interest. I am also part of the core team of the Foko , an NGO driven to promote the online exposure of social grassroots projects based in Madagascar. I can also be found at and on my personal blog.

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Latest posts by Lova Rakotomalala

30 September 2016

French Diversity Raises an Eyebrow at Nicolas Sarkozy’s ‘Our Ancestors Are the Gauls’ Declaration

"When you're six years old and you read that your ancestors were Gauls, with fair hair and blue eyes... it wasn't only us who giggled, it was the teacher, too.”

10 September 2016

French Politicians Say the Darndest Things About Colonialism

You'll find little in common between François Fillon, the former French prime minister, and Dorcas Dienda, a current contestant in the “Miss DRC” beauty pageant. But that being said...

3 September 2016

Another Contested Election in Gabon Sparks Civil Unrest

Clashes between police forces and protesters have erupted, following accusations of rigged elections in Gabon.

28 August 2016

The Refugee Olympic Team Showed They Have Plenty to Offer, in Spite of Tragic Stories

"It is this determination that they show against all odds. I love the athletes in this team as if they were my own children."

19 August 2016

When Never Forgetting the Attacks on France, Try to Remember the Heroes, Too

Global Voices looks at several heroic stories during the latest mass attacks on French soil.

18 July 2016

‘People Are Getting on Those Boats Because They Want to Live’

The rescue operation Sos Méditerranée publishes accounts of people who have survived journeys across the Mediterranean Sea to Europe on their blog.

15 July 2016

After the Nice Attack, a Chance for Us to Respect the Pain Everywhere, Together

The Bridge

"Please, today, let us just stay in the now. Let us respect grieving families and friends and in so doing, let us also pay tribute to the other tragedies before."

1 July 2016

Why Everyone in Madagascar Is Making Jokes About Pineapple

PineappleGate in Madagascar is much more than meets the eye.

2 June 2016

How Madagascar's The Dizzy Brains Is Rocking Its Way Into European Hearts

The Dizzy Brains to Madagascar's prime minister: "Just do your job, man!"

12 May 2016

The King of Congolese Rumba Has Died. This Is His Legacy.

We have lost Papa Wemba, Congolese rumba pioneer and the “King of Sape”. “Farewell to the artist and thank you,” says Global Voices.

26 April 2016

French Activists Say If You Are Harassed or You See Harassment on the Street, Speak Up

One 2014 study revealed that 85% of women in Paris "have little faith" that anyone would come to their aide if they were assaulted on the metro.

22 April 2016

A Little-Known Perspective on the Life of Homeless People in France—Their Own

"Why would a homeless person make a website? ...I will say that I am a computer programmer first and a homeless person second."

8 April 2016

‘Let's Not Give In to Fear': An Interview With Hugues Lawson-Body, Photographer of Celebrities and Parisian Youth

"I try to photograph young people just as they are. They are just as important as the adult generation, yet they suffer from neglect and need to be inspired."

20 March 2016

A Side-by-Side Look at Prison Life in France and Madagascar

The life of prisoners in Madagascar and France.

5 March 2016

Poet and Activist Hanitr’Ony Discusses the Malagasy Language and Culture in a Changing World

An informal chat with the poet Hanitr'Ony on the Malagasy language and culture.

1 March 2016

‘Barber Show’ Web Series Offers an Honest and Funny Glimpse of Paris's African Community

"The series shows an under-represented community. The aim was to show the cultural richness of this community."

15 February 2016

From Madagascar, Four Poems on Impossible Love for Valentine's Day

"My whole heart has been driven wild as well, and refuses to forget. Silence remains around the one whom I love, but I continue to believe."

11 February 2016

‘Improving Social Cohesion’ Through Dance, Art, and Gwen Rakotovao

Global Voices speaks to Gwen Rakotovao, whose whirlwind career as an artistic director, CEO, model, and author of children’s books has taken her all over the world.

28 January 2016

The Nazi Plan to Relocate Jews to Madagascar, One of World War II's Forgotten ‘What Ifs’

Madagascar is not known for its role in World War II. Yet it was a central part of one of the darkest events of the war.

24 January 2016

Defiant, Disappointed, and Mourning—Burkina Faso Remembers Victims of the January Attacks

Burkinabés are making a vow to resist, now and always, all forms of extremism and violence.

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