Latest posts by Patricia Worth
The admission of Palestine as a full member of UNESCO on 31 October 2011 has prompted an intense debate, with people taking very different stands. Africans from the continent as well as the diaspora have also taken an active part in the debate online. However, whether they agreed or disagreed with Palestine's admission to UNESCO, the different sides have often projected the debate onto the internal problems of their own countries.
In a story on his blog Echos de Centrafrique , Blogmandebangos proposes a march against marches [fr]: “Central Africans have discovered a new trick for solving their problems: marching. It's the new trendy thing to do in the Central African Republic.”
Fifty years after the bloody suppression of a peaceful demonstration by Algerians in Paris, French officials are still struggling to admit their responsibility. Calls for the official recognition of the 1961 massacre have been building in this anniversary year.
So much has already been said about the recent presidential election in Cameroon: too many candidates, strange promises, unflattering political slogans, and so on. Philippe Menkoue provides a retrospective of the candidates prior to the results being announced.
September 28 is a date feared by all Guineans whether they live in their country or abroad. This year opposition activists demonstrated peacefully to denounce the government's unilateral acts, but suppression was fierce.
On 24th June 2011 the Togolese blogger, Sylvio Combey, denounced on his blog [fr]: “[The president] Faure Gnassingbé has given $200,000 (about 92 million CFA francs) to a country [Japan] which is suffering great losses and paying the consequences of its nuclear policy. You just have to look at...
Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims from all around the world landed on Rome to participate in religious ceremonies for the beautification of Pope John Paul II, known as “JP2”, declared “Blessed” on May 1st by his successor, Benedict XVI, in the presence of official delegations from 87 countries and 2300 journalists. In Africa, where an estimated 150 million Catholics live, what stirred a controversy is the attendance of some African presidents and bloggers were particularly shocked by the presence of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.
The Republican Forces of Ivory Coast stopped at the doors of the presidential palace still occupied by Laurent Gbagbo, who is taking refuge in a bunker accompanied by family members. Alassane Ouattara addressed his fellow citizens. Ivorians on Twitter have commented on the address.
What's happening on the Lebanese art scene? The directors of a web-documentary on this topic are offering some previews in the form of portraits of contemporary artists.
Violence continues in Ivory Coast. Charles Blé Goudé has called for the Young Patriots, supporters of the outgoing president, Laurent Gbagbo, to enlist in the army. Now thousands of young men have turned up at the headquarters of the Ivorian Army in the capital Abidjan. Having seen how the United Nations agreed on a military intervention in Libya, some Ivorian netizens are wondering how far the situation is going to degenerate before the international community intervenes.
The Japanese francophone blogger from A la cuisine de Shoko writes here [fr] and here [fr] with accompanying photos, about daily life and the atmosphere in Tokyo after the earthquake.