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· January, 2009

Stories about Madagascar from January, 2009

31 January 2009

Madagascar: The mayor proclaims himself president

A dispute between the president of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanan, and the mayor of the capital, Andry Rajoelina, thrust Malagasy citizens into violent rioting and looting last week, and has now...

29 January 2009

Madagascar: “Unmitigated Disaster”

After two days of upheaval that resulted in an estimated death toll at 80 nationally, and the looting of dozens of stores, a day of relative calm greeted a stunned...

27 January 2009

Madagascar: “History repeats itself…as a farce” in recent unrest

On blogs and forums, reflections on the sources of the current unrest and the history of Madagascar's turbulent democracy.

Madagascar: Negotiations canceled as unrest spreads

There was a slight hope of a rapid resolution in the currently undergoing social unrest in Madagascar. Leaders of both government and opposition announced a meeting would be held yesterday....

Madagascar's resourceful kids

This week, two videos from Madagascar show us how children make do with their situation and rise above it using ingenuity, creativity and a bit of daring. First is Toky,...

26 January 2009

Madagascar: Looting scenes on video as uncertainty prevails

Madagascar: More reports President Ravalomanana has fled

Several bloggers and a Malgasy media website report that President Ravalomanana has fled the country. Still others say the rumors of Ravalomanana's departure are false.

Live Tweeting Madagascar: Antananarivo on fire, rumors of president fleeing

Citizens in Madagascar, twittering via internet and SMS, report that several buildings in Antananarivo, the capital, are burning and the President has left the country following days of protests.

25 January 2009

Madagascar: Devastating tropical storm makes way for a political one

A few days after passing Madagascar, the official toll from the damages caused by Cyclone Fanele have finally come in.  President Ravalomanana president flew to one of the affected areas...

22 January 2009

Madagascar: Major Damages from Tropical Storm Eric & Cyclone Fanele

In the past days, Madagascar has been sandwiched between both Tropical Storm Eric and Cyclone Fanele. Considering that last year's cyclone season was particularly deadly, bloggers in Madagascar are weary...

9 January 2009

Madagascar: Series of “Prison Breaks” as Life Imitates Television

In Madagascar, 40 inmates are still at large after successful escape attempts from three prisons around the country, all within in 48 hours.