My area of interest is centered on francophone Africa, the status of minorities and immigrants in Europe & media biases. Raised in Madagascar, I hold a Master of Public Policy from Princeton University at the Woodrow Wilson School of International Affairs with a focus on international development & international relations and PhD in Medical Sciences from Purdue University. I can be found on twitter at twitter.com/lrakoto.
Latest posts by Lova Rakotomalala from June, 2010
Guinea: Live Reporting an Historical Election
Guinea Elections contributors have been live tweeting the Guinean presidential election of June 27, 2010 [fr]. As shown on this photo, the ballot count has already started [fr].
Rwanda: A Journalist for Umuvugizi Killed in Kigali
Jean-Léonard Rugambage, a journalist for the suspended bimonthly magazine Umuvugizi, was killed on June 24, 2010, Jeune Afrique reports [fr].
Madagascar: A Strange 50th Independence Day Anniversary
The Anniversary of Madagascar 50th Independence Day is on June 26th and the festivities are already underway. Still, the atmosphere is not exactly festive because of the political and economic uncertainty.
Algeria: Still Hoping with a Lucky Dove on their Side
After the defeat against Slovenia, the Algerians have regained some strength on June 18th by drawing against the English team. They have given hope again to millions of fans who hope to see the green team go through the first round.
Mali: World Cup Fans React to Referee's Controversial Call
the decision by Malian referee Koman Coulibaly to disallow a US goal has caused a major stir at the World Cup. Many Bloggers were outraged by the call while others ask for a bit of perspective.
Critical Election Year Across French Speaking Africa
2010 is a busy election year for francophone Africa but the political progress has been disappointing. Here is a review of how bloggers have reacted to the electoral proceedings so far:
Guinea: Alliance Guinea, a Citizen Reporting Project to Monitor Upcoming Elections
Alliance Guinea is a new citizen reporting project that will monitor the upcoming Guinean Elections in two weeks [fr]. The website will use the Ushahidi platform to aggregate reports and is currently looking for volunteers.
Rwanda, Burundi: What to Make of Grenades Explosions
Jina Moore tries to sort out the causes of the sudden flurry of grenades attacks in Kigali, Rwanda and Bujumbura, Burundi. Moore also reports that opposition in Burundi has claimed massive fraud during the recent elections.
Watch The World Cup with Global Voices: Live Chat for Uruguay vs. France
The World Cup of football, arguably the most global sporting event ever, is hosted for the first time on the African continent. Please join us in watching and discussing this event together for the second match of Opening Day.
Rwanda: Following The Peter Erlinder Case
Editions Sources du Nil has been posting several updates about the arrest of US citizen Peter Erlinder on May 28th, charged with denial of genocide (fr). They report that his detention has been prolonged and that he seems to be weakened since his arrest (fr).
Chad: Regional Conference on the Issue of Child Soldiers
A conference on the prevention of enrollment of child soldiers took place in Ndjamena (fr). Mak reports that there are between 7,000 to 10,000 child soldiers in Chad (fr).
50 Years Later, Independence and the Resource Curse in Francophone Africa
Francophone Africa is celebrating 50 years of independence in 2010. Many Africans voices are wondering out loud what is there to celebrate, given the mediocre level of human development achieved since independence.