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Lova Rakotomalala · November, 2012

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.

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Latest posts by Lova Rakotomalala from November, 2012

Young Volunteers Training to Free Northern Mali

Young volunteers engage to liberate Northern Mali. Meanwhile, Jemal Oumar and Bakari Gueye report that extremists in Northern Mali target women with curfews and arrests.

Mauritania: February 25th Movement says “No to Guardianship” of France

Mauritania is undergoing a period of great political uncertainty due to the evacuation for medical reasons of President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz after he was shot on October 13, 2012....

Côte d'Ivoire: Online Campaign Says No to Holding Multiple Public Offices

Ivorian bloggers have initiated a campaign for a real public debate on the issue of parliamentarians simultaneously holding multiple elected offices in Côte d'Ivoire. Tired of seeing parliamentarians also being...

99 Trees from Famed Avenue of the Baobabs in Madagascar Burnt Down

Ivorian and Russian Bloggers Make Light of the Electoral Fiasco for the Presidency of the French Conservative Party

Ivorians should abstain from bombing the Head Quarters of the UMP (The main Conservative Party) in France and help them move forward with the recount. Notre Vision in Côte d'Ivoire...

Legal Framework in Madagascar Not Adequate for Size of New Gold Mines

Total Bemolanga Watch reports that [fr] awyers in Madagascar estimated that the legal framework of the mining code was not conceived to apply to the shear size of the new gold...

On World Toilet Day, Introducing the Crap Map Project

With both big technology players and local partners in Ghana, we’ll be hacking together our “crap map” using existing open source tools and software paired with meaningful offline facilitation around...

DR of Congo: M23 Rebels Threaten to Take Goma

What is the Role of the Army in Africa Today?

The army has often played a determining but ambiguous role in the African political process. Between 1950 and 2000, 53 African countries were subject to military coups leading to regime...

Chad: A Petition to Fight Impunity

Makaila ‘s blog published [fr] a petition cosigned by several human right organizations in Chad that bemoans the absence of investigation regarding war crimes. In addition, the petition notes [fr] that : We would like to...

Côte d'Ivoire: Surprise Government Overhaul to Be Announced Today

Upon hearing that a government reshuffle [fr] will be announced today at 12h30 local time, blogger MacMady invites her readers to speculate on who stays and who will be let go...

Madagascar: Journalists and Blogger Prosecuted over Rosewood Trafficking Report

Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) reports that four journalists and a blogger are prosecuted for defamation and  “complicity in spreading false news” [fr]. The charges against the reporters were submitted by...

At the Edge of the Stone Forest of Bemaraha in Madagascar

382 Million in Africa's Workforce Today and 122 Million more in 8 Years

Coalition of African Nations Agrees to Send 3,300 Soldiers a year to Northern Mali

Seven African nations of ECOWAS namely Nigeria, Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire and Togo have agreed with Malian government [fr] to send 3,300 soldiers a year to Northern Mali to...

Brazil, France: Agroecology Helps Reduce Poverty

Respecting the soil is fundemental to us. It is where we get our food from and how we will provide for our children Suelia explains [fr] how the agroecology approach...

Afripedia: Wikipedia with Offline Access for Francophone Africa

A New Start for Barack Obama in Africa?

Following the November 6, 2012, re-election of Barack Obama as President of the United States, Africa questions his legacy after four years in charge of an America more concerned with...

Banks Shut Down to Protest Insecurity in Madagascar

Bill on Madagascar Tribune reports that [fr] banks will close for one afternoon on November 6 to protest the lack of security in Madagascar. Last week, a branch of Accès Banque was robbed...

Cameroonian Twitter Users Celebrate Biya's 30 years Anniversary with Sarcasm

“@JeanYvesMorio [fr]: November 6, 1982, I woke up without running water nor electricity. November 6 2012,  I woke up without running water nor electricity #30anssansmourir ,!–more–> On Twitter, Cameroonian Jean Yves Morio makes...

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