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  • Pope Francis prays for kidnapped (in Cameroon) priests, nun

    04/05/2014 8:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | April 5, 2014 | Kerri Lenartowick
    Pope Francis. Credit: David Ibanez / CNA. Vatican City, Apr 5, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is remembering in his prayers two Italian priests and a Canadian religious sister who were kidnapped in Cameroon Friday night. Vatican Radio reports that Pope Francis “hopes for a rapid and positive solution to the affair.” He “remains in constant contact with the nunciature.” The two priests and religious sister were kidnapped by armed persons around midnight on April 4. The identity of the kidnappers is unknown at this time, although the Islamic militia Boko Haram has been known to operate...
  • Letter from Africa: How the history of real racism and human nature, is distorted by the Left.

    03/11/2014 7:44:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/11/2014 | Dennis Prager
    I am writing this column from Cameroon, on the coast of West Africa, during my sixth trip to Africa. Having traveled to some 20 African countries, I find myself, like so many other visitors to Africa before me, sort of intoxicated with the continent. And I am not referring to the wildlife, as much as I have been enthralled by it in safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe. Rather I am referring to the African peoples. Here, then, are some observations: First and foremost, just as when I visited Auschwitz and the killing fields of Cambodia, when I visited places...
  • Douala-Djibouti Corridor-France is enabling bloc of non-Islamist, liberal democracies in Africa

    02/06/2014 5:29:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 4 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 6, 2014 | Jerome Vitenberg
    - FrontPage Magazine - - The Douala-Djibouti CorridorPosted By Jerome Vitenberg On February 6, 2014 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 1 Comment The current French involvement in the Central African Republic, which follows in the footsteps of its ongoing “Operation Serval” in Mali, has led many to wonder about President Francois Hollande’s goals in his African campaigns.In recent months, the CAR’s ex-Séléka Muslim rebel fighters, bolstered by Sudanese and Chadian mercenaries, have waged a campaign of murder, rape and pillage against the country’s 80% Christian-majority population. With the government in disarray, Christians have organized defensive “anti-balaka” (“anti-machete”)...
  • Cameroon: Government Suspends 11 Media Organisations Ahead of Elections

    09/15/2013 5:59:26 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies
    All Africa ^ | 11 September 2013
    Three weeks before parliamentary elections in Cameroon, the government's National Communications Council (NCC) has ordered the suspension of 11 media organisations, accusing them of unprofessionalism and unethical behaviour. The suspension of seven newspapers, three radio outlets and a television station constitutes a violation of press freedom in the West African country, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today. The NCC also suspended two publishers and a journalist, ranging from one to two months, on the grounds of failing to respect professional norms and ethics. The actions affected both French- and English-language news outlets in the capital Yaound and other cities....
  • Central Africa: UN finds burnt, abandoned villages

    09/07/2013 7:23:38 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 20 replies
    New York, US - UN agencies on Friday expressed alarm at the increasing rate of human rights violations in the Central African Republic (CAR), following reports of burnt and abandoned villages, massive displacement, as well as looting and torture. PANA in New York reported that members of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), along with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), travelled last week to the town of Paoua, 500 kilometres north of the capital, Bangui. They found seven villages burnt to the ground and deserted and the eighth partially burnt with...
  • Rebels capture Central African Republic capital, president flees (France sends 300 more troops)

    03/25/2013 11:43:41 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 7 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Mar 24, 2013 5:59pm EDT | Paul-Marin Ngoupana
    (Reuters) - Rebels in Central African Republic seized the riverside capital Bangui in fierce fighting on Sunday, forcing President Francois Bozize to flee and sowing confusion over who ruled the mineral-rich heart of Africa. At least nine South African soldiers were killed trying to prevent the rebels taking Bangui, a Reuters witness said, dealing a blow to Pretoria's attempt to stabilize the chaotic central African nation and assert its influence in the region. ... "The looting is bad. Both the population and Seleka are involved," said one senior U.N. official in Bangui. "We are not sure who is in charge....
  • Human Y Chromosome Much Older Than Previously Thought

    03/21/2013 7:05:11 AM PDT · by Renfield · 15 replies
    UANews ^ | 3-1-2013 | Daniel Stolte
    UA geneticists have discovered the oldest known genetic branch of the human Y chromosome the hereditary factor determining male sex. The new divergent lineage, which was found in an individual who submitted his DNA to Family Tree DNA, a company specializing in DNA analysis to trace family roots, branched from the Y chromosome tree before the first appearance of anatomically modern humans in the fossil record. The results are published in the American Journal of Human Genetics. "Our analysis indicates this lineage diverged from previously known Y chromosomes about 338,000 ago, a time when anatomically modern humans had not...
  • Kano blasts: Nigerians killed at bus station

    03/18/2013 8:08:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2013 | unattributed
    At least 20 people have been killed in a series of explosions at a bus station in the northern Nigerian city of Kano. Several buses were destroyed in the attack in the Sabon Gari district - which is home to many Christians from southern Nigeria. No group has said it was behind the blasts but Islamist militants from the Boko Haram group have attacked Kano in the past. It is the largest city in the mainly Muslim north of Nigeria. One eyewitness told the BBC that he had seen 20 bodies after Monday's blasts. Several witnesses told Reuters that one...
  • Slow-acting killer that was Saddam's favourite instrument of vengeance

    11/19/2006 11:31:47 PM PST · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Times ^ | November 20, 2006 | Mark Henderson
    On New Years Day in 1988, Abdullah Ali, an Iraqi businessman who had been living in London for eight years, joined three compatriots for dinner at a restaurant called Cleopatra in Notting Hill.The next morning, he was taken ill with flu-like symptoms and was admitted to hospital. There his condition rapidly deteriorated his hair fell out, he developed excruciating skin and joint pain, and paralysis and respiratory failure began to set in. Fifteen days later he was dead but not before he had begun to wonder whether something had been added to his vodka. He was right: the...
  • UPDATE 2-Syria to be suspended from int'l Islamic body -diplomat

    08/13/2012 6:00:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, August 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Syria will be suspended from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Wednesday for its violent suppression of a 17-month uprising against President Bashar al-Assad, a diplomat said on Monday ahead of an emergency OIC summit in Mecca. "The resolution regarding the suspension of the Syrian membership in the OIC is not facing obstacles ... It will be approved," said the diplomat, speaking on the sidelines of a preliminary foreign ministers meeting in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He said the decision was likely to be formally announced at the end of the second day of the summit, which was called by Saudi...
  • Mass grave in London reveals how volcano caused global catastrophe

    08/05/2012 5:20:32 AM PDT · by Renfield · 38 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-4-2012 | Dalya Alberge
    When archaeologists discovered thousands of medieval skeletons in a mass burial pit in east London in the 1990s, they assumed they were 14th-century victims of the Black Death or the Great Famine of 1315-17. Now they have been astonished by a more explosive explanation a cataclysmic volcano that had erupted a century earlier, thousands of miles away in the tropics, and wrought havoc on medieval Britons. Scientific evidence including radiocarbon dating of the bones and geological data from across the globe shows for the first time that mass fatalities in the 13th century were caused by one...
  • Terror in the Skies: Human bomb threat forces U.S.-bound flight to divert

    05/24/2012 8:55:28 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | May 23, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    A US Airways jet traveling from Paris to North Carolina was diverted to Maine on Tuesday after a "French" passenger handed a note to a flight attendant mentioning that she had a surgically implanted device, raising fears of a terror scenario that security officials had warned about. What is disturbing is the lack of coverage and relevant reporting on this act of terror in the skies. The would-be terrorist is described as a "French" woman. What's her name? Read the tea leaves. The Cameroon-born woman was traveling alone with no checked baggage and visiting the United States for 10 days...
  • AU Wants Peace, Security and Bigger Global Role in 2012

    01/13/2012 9:38:52 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    AllAfrica ^ | Thursday, January 12, 2012 | unattributed
    The AU wants Africa to manufacture and export finished products to its trading partners rather than just selling them the raw materials as it does now. She cited China, India, the EU and US and other rising stars in trade with the continent, including Turkey and Latin America, and said the AU had held talks on the new breed of partnerships with some of them. The AU also wants Africa to have a veto-wielding seat on the UN Security Council, and a place at the G20 negotiating table, Ali said. The peace and security that have eluded Africa for decades...
  • Mauritius tops African household lighting survey

    01/13/2012 9:06:47 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    ESI-Africa ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | unattributed
    A Gallup survey done across 20 sub-Saharan African countries on the main sources of lighting for households saw Mauritius fair best, with 100% of respondents saying this was provided by power lines. South Africa came in second at 80% in terms of households with grid supplied power for lighting, followed by Ghana (67%), Nigeria (66%) and Cameroon (65%). At the bottom of the list in this survey for electrical grid power supplying household lighting was Liberia at 4%, followed by Chad and Burkina Faso at 8%. In Chad, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, Madagascar, Uganda and...
  • Analysis -- Fuel subsidy cuts test faith in African governments

    01/13/2012 9:02:10 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Friday the 13th, January 2012 | Richard Valdmanis
    A growing trend of African countries promising to free up money for social spending by slashing fuel subsidies will test public faith in governments, amid widespread fear the cash will vanish in a haze of graft and mismanagement. Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea, Chad and others have all cut back on expensive fuel subsidy programmes in recent months. For economists, the cuts have been an encouraging sign, raising hopes that reforms are taking root in the continent even as it braces for the fallout of the European debt crisis. For millions of Africans, however, the changes have created nothing by pain. Nigerians...
  • Pipeline archaeology will re-write history of central Africa

    07/22/2011 3:25:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Tuesday, July 12, 2011 | unattributed
    In May this year, researchers from around the world gathered in Yaounde the capital of the west African country of Cameroon, for the International Conference on Rescue Archaeology. At the conference, archaeologists introduced new findings from the book: "Kome-Kribi: Rescue Archaeology Along the Chad-Cameroon Oil Pipeline; 1999-2004". Archaeologists say the results have marked a major breakthrough that will begin a rewrite of the history of Cameroon and the rest of Central Africa. The fieldwork was carried out as construction took place along the line of the underground petroleum pipeline from Chad to the port of Kribi, Cameroon... According to Professor...
  • Archeological Findings Reveal Central African History [...humans settled Cameroon 5000 years ago]

    07/08/2011 4:03:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | Wednesday, July 6, 2011 | Ntaryike Divine Jr
    Artifacts from hundreds of archeological sites from southern Chad to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Cameroon... research was conducted between 1999 and 2004 as construction was underway on the underground petroleum pipeline... which is more than 1000 kilometers long.... 472 archeological sites along the area in both Cameroon and Chad were found .some dating back to as long ago as 100,000 years. He says, "we found sites where people had lived, where people had stored food, where people had made tools of iron. Before people in this area used iron, they made a whole variety of different...
  • Inequality between rich and poor in US worse than Cameroon, Yemen

    06/21/2011 4:23:07 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 65 replies ^ | June 2011 | Asian News International
    The gap between America's rich and poor is reportedly at an extreme high, much higher than many developing countries like Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, and even Yemen. According to the Central Investigative Agency's (CIA) World Fact Book, which ranks countries in terms of how 'equally' wealth is distributed, the U.S. is the 42nd most unequal country in the world, the Daily Mail reports. It has been ranked way behind the European Union and the United Kingdom in terms of equality of pay. In fact, the situation is so extreme that it has even been placed behind countries such as Cameroon,...
  • Revolutions, walk-outs and fatwas

    01/17/2011 8:41:13 AM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 01/16/2011 | BARRY RUBIN
    Recent events in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt spell a dangerous new trend in the region. There have been major developments in Tunisia, Lebanon and Egypt, each of which is of tremendous importance. In Tunisia, a popular uprising fueled by unemployment, economic suffering and long-term discontent has overthrown the dictator, but not necessarily the dictatorship. In 55 years of independence, the country has been governed by two dictators, the current one being Zine al-Abedin Ben Ali, who has been president for 23 years and was a key power in the regime even before that. Is this going to spread? Does it...
  • Brutality in Cameroon: The Barbaric Practice of Breast Ironing

    07/29/2010 8:41:22 PM PDT · by TheHawksNest · 117 replies · 4+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsReal Blog ^ | July 29, 2010 | Jenn Q. Public
    Little girls in Cameroon are being betrayed by their own mothers. Using piping hot stones, women iron their pubescent daughters breasts to destroy any visible sign of budding womanhood. Some of the victims of this torture are as young as nine. The scars are horrific. Women say it is love that drives them to brutalize their daughters this way, that they just want to protect young girls from being raped or becoming pregnant at an early age. Instead, they end up with daughters who are both mutilated and pregnant. Not only are the girls disfigured, but many suffer infection, pain,...
  • Chantal Biya: the First Lady of Cameroon (Eat Your Heart Out Michelle...)

    04/21/2009 10:37:31 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 45 replies · 4,051+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/21/09
    At the African First Ladies Health Summit, which started on Monday in Los Angeles, one woman stood out... Chantal is the second wife of President Paul Biya of Cameroon. She was born to a French father and a Cameroonian beauty pageant winner. She is famous in Cameroon for her hairstyles. Her signature look even has a name: the banane Her luxuriant hair caused a stir when we published a picture of her in our pictures of the day gallery. One blogger wrote "all hail the Fierce Ruling First Lady of Cameroon"Pope Benedict XVI arrives at the presidential palace of Cameroon...
  • Pope Benedict In Africa: Never Be Silent In The Face Of Corruption And Abuses Of Power,"

    03/28/2009 7:17:09 PM PDT · by nateriver · 5 replies · 349+ views
    NCR ^ | Allen
    Never be silent in the face of corruption and abuses of power. That was the message Pope Benedict brought to the people of Africa last week. So strong a message that the following day the corrupt President Biya of Cameroon was asked not to seek re-election. A reporter on the plane asked the Pope about condoms and Aids in Africa and that makes the headlines.
  • African turtle hitches ride on pope's plane

    03/20/2009 12:55:54 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 4 replies · 526+ views
    reuters ^ | Fri Mar 20, 2009
    Pope Benedict flew from Cameroon to Angola on Friday with an unusual traveling companion -- a turtle. Just before he left Cameroon, the pope met a group of Baka Pygmies, hunter-gatherers from the country's rain forests. They came to the grounds of the Vatican embassy in the capital Yaounde and gave him the turtle of about 30 cm (one foot) long. The Vatican said it was not yet clear if the turtle -- which has not yet been named -- would be left in Angola or find a new home in the Vatican gardens.
  • Cameroonian Pygmies give pope send-off, gift of a turtle

    03/20/2009 7:57:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 706+ views
    CNS ^ | March 20, 2009 | John Thavis
    YAOUNDE, Cameroon (CNS) -- A group of Pygmies showed up to give Pope Benedict XVI an unscheduled send-off from Cameroon, and presented him with a live turtle to take back with him to the Vatican. The 15 Pygmies from the Baka ethnic group came to the pope's residence at the apostolic nunciature in Yaounde March 20 as the pontiff was preparing to leave for Angola. They built a ceremonial hut out of leaves in the garden of the residence, and the pope came out to greet them. The Pygmies, including grandparents, parents and children, sang songs and danced to the...
  • Africa can become the continent of hope, Pope Benedict says

    03/19/2009 10:46:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 506+ views
    CNA ^ | March 19, 2009
    Yaounde, Cameroon, Mar 19, 2009 / 11:06 am (CNA).- Today, on the Feast of St. Joseph, the Holy Father spoke to a vast crowd at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon. He encouraged the faithful to make Africa the continent of hope by following the example of St. Joseph, especially in times of trouble. Upon arriving at the stadium, the Pope wove his way through the crowd in the popemobile, before entering the sacristy and beginning the celebration of a Mass marking the publication of the "Instrumentum laboris" (working document), of the Second Special Assembly for Africa of...
  • Nigerian pirates grab French ship

    01/06/2009 4:14:42 PM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 625+ views
    BBC NEWS ^ | Page last updated at 10:17 GMT, Tuesday, 6 January 2009 | n/a
    Piracy is common off Nigeria and often linked to militants Pirates have seized a ship owned by a French company off the Nigerian coast, taking nine crew members hostage. The company - Bourbon - said the captain had assured them that all crew members were unharmed. Bourbon - which provides specialist boats for the oil and gas industry - said it was working to free the crew. The hostages are from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Indonesia. Piracy is common in Nigerian waters, often linked to militants targeting oil companies. Militants attack vessels and strip them of valuables, taking hostages for...
  • Threat Matrix: October 2008

    10/06/2008 7:27:37 PM PDT · by nwctwx · 756 replies · 17,403+ views
    FBI Warns of Potential Terror Attacks The FBI and Department of Homeland Security today issued an analytical "note" to U.S. law-enforcement officials cautioning that al-Qaida terrorists have in the past expressed interest in attacking public buildings using a dozen suicide bombers each carrying 20 kilograms of explosives. Authors with the U.S. Office of Intelligence and Analysis added that they have "no credible or specific information that terrorists are planning operations against public buildings in the United States." The FBI and DHS analysts said they were releasing the note because "it is important for local authorities and building owners and...
  • Face of Defense: Former African Pastor Serves as Soldier, Cook

    09/15/2008 4:44:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 91+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield, USA
    BAGHDAD, Sept. 15, 2008 Many soldiers join the Army as a way of saying thanks, while others feel it is their patriotic duty to serve the country that has offered them a life full of endless opportunities. Army Pfc. Rudolph Foliwe, a native of Cameroon, Africa, who serves as a cook in Multinational Division Baghdad with the 4th Infantry Divisions Company D, 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, serves dinner to a fellow soldier Sept. 4, 2008. Foliwe lived in the United States for a little more than three months before joining the Army as...
  • Nigeria cedes Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon (Oil, gas)

    08/16/2008 5:47:20 AM PDT · by decimon · 6 replies · 195+ views
    AFP ^ | Aug 14, 2008 | Joel Olatunde Agoi
    CALABAR, Nigeria (AFP) - Nigeria on Thursday handed over the Bakassi peninsula to Cameroon to end a 15-year dispute over the territory believed to be rich in oil and gas. < > After a drawn-out legal battle, the ICJ ruled in October 2002 that the peninsula should be given to Cameroon. It based its decision largely on a 1913 treaty between former colonial powers Britain and Germany.
  • The Strangest Disaster of the 20th Century.

    05/28/2007 9:29:54 AM PDT · by Sicvee · 22 replies · 839+ views
    Heres the story of how scientists unlocked the secrets of the worst natural disaster in the history of the West African nation of Cameroon and what theyre doing to try and stop it from happening again. THE DISCOVERY On the morning of August 22, 1986, a man hopped onto his bicycle and began riding from Wum, a village in Cameroon, towards the village of Nyos. On the way he noticed an antelope lying dead next to the road. Why let it go to waste? The man tied the antelope onto his bicycle and continued on. A short distance later he...
  • Cameroon - Kenya Airways plane wreckage found -radio

    05/06/2007 4:02:40 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 512+ views
    Reuters (excerpt) ^ | May 6, 2007
    Excerpt - YAOUNDE, May 6 (Reuters) - A Kenya Airways plane reported missing on Saturday with 114 people aboard, was found on Sunday in southern Cameroon, the central African country's state radio said. The radio interrupted its programming to report the find, but made no mention of casualties or the state of the aircraft. The plane was found near the village of Awanda, near the town of Mvengue, southwest of the capital Yaounde, the radio said. ~ snip ~
  • Report: Kenya Airways 737 airliner crashes

    05/05/2007 2:45:08 AM PDT · by malamute · 29 replies · 1,808+ views
    MSNBC / Associated Press ^ | Saturday May 5 2007 | MSNBC / Associated Press
    Report: Kenya Airways 737 airliner crashes Cameroon radio says missing plane carrying 115 went down in south YAOUNDE, Cameroon - A Kenya Airways flight with more than 100 people aboard crashed in southern Cameroon, state radio reported Saturday. The radio report said the flight, which lost contact with airport controllers soon after taking off around midnight from Douala, Cameroon, crashed near the southern town of Niete.
  • Kenya Airways Loses Contact With Jet

    05/04/2007 11:32:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 1,036+ views
    Excerpt - Kenya Airways said Saturday it has lost contact with a 737-800 aircraft that took off from Cameroon. "The last message from the aircraft was received by the control tower in Douala immediately after take-off," Kenya Airways said on its Web site. The flight departed Douala at 12:05 a.m. and was to arrive in Nairobi at 6:15 a.m. ~ snip ~
  • Cameroon : Imam gets 15 years for raping pupils

    09/29/2006 12:05:05 PM PDT · by Republicain · 25 replies · 1,160+ views
    YAOUNDE - An Islamic cleric has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in the west African state of Cameroon for raping 20 pupils in a Koranic school, court sources said. Judges at the trial in Ngaoundere, a leading Muslim community in the country, also banned the defendant Modibo Mamadou Babba for life from exercising the duties of an imam. The defendant was arrested at the beginning of this year following a collective complaint by the parents of the youngsters, aged between 16 and 21. The affair caused a major scandal locally, where a section of the Muslim community was angry...
  • Breast ironing: grim secret of Africa's women

    07/06/2006 12:06:59 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 57 replies · 1,361+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 7/6/06 | Tansa Musa/Reuters
    WORRIED that her daughters' budding breasts would expose them to the risk of sexual harassment and even rape, Philomene Moungang started "ironing" the girls' bosoms with a heated stone. "I did it to my two girls when they were eight years old. I would take the grinding stone, heat it in the fire and press it hard on the breasts," the mother said. "They cried and said it was painful. But I explained that it was for their own good." Breast "ironing" - the use of hard or heated objects to try to stunt breast growth in girls - is...
  • Mixed picture emerges of global gay rights (**GASP** Sodomy still a crime in Cameroon)

    07/01/2006 3:50:39 PM PDT · by Libloather · 19 replies · 901+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/01/06 | DAVID CRARY
    Mixed picture emerges of global gay rightsBy DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer Sat Jul 1, 2:24 PM ET A security officer in tights leads the annual Gay pride Rainbow Parade in downtown Vienna, on Saturday, July 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Lilli Strauss) NEW YORK - While cities around the world hosted upbeat gay pride parades in recent weeks, human-rights activists kept watch on a contrasting set of developments: gays beaten by demonstrators in Moscow, convicted on sodomy charges in Cameroon, targeted by sweeping anti-gay legislation in Nigeria. "It shows there are still dangers in just being gay and dangers in...
  • Chimp Virus Is Linked to H.I.V.

    05/25/2006 9:40:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 64 replies · 2,394+ views
    NY Times ^ | May 26, 2006 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    By studying chimpanzee droppings in remote African jungles, scientists reported yesterday, they have found direct evidence of a missing link between a chimpanzee virus and the one that causes human AIDS. Scientists have long suspected that chimpanzees are the source of the human AIDS pandemic because at least one subspecies carries a simian immune deficiency virus closely related to H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS. But because the simian virus, known as S.I.V.cpz, was identified in chimpanzees in captivity, researchers could not be sure that the same simian virus existed among these apes in the wild. It does, the team...
  • Nigeria - Fugitive Liberia ex-president Charles Taylor arrested

    03/29/2006 1:04:12 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 24 replies · 2,525+ views
    Associated Press | March 29, 2006
    AP News Alert ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian police say they have arrested Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.
  • Why Poor Countries Are Poor

    03/19/2006 4:48:55 PM PST · by Lorianne · 87 replies · 1,933+ views
    Reason Online ^ | Tim Harford
    They call Douala the armpit of Africa. Lodged beneath the bulging shoulder of West Africa, this malaria-infested city in southwestern Cameroon is humid, unattractive, and smelly. On a torrid evening in late 2001, I was guided out of the chaotic Douala International Airport by my friend Andrew and his driver, Sam, who would have whisked us immediately to the cooler hillside town of Buea if Douala were at all conducive to being whisked anywhere. It isnt. Douala, a city of 2 million people, has no real roads. A typical Douala street is 50 yards wide from shack to shack. Its...
  • Why Poor Countries Are Poor - The clues lie on a bumpy road leading to the worlds worst library.

    03/13/2006 5:29:56 PM PST · by neverdem · 100 replies · 2,594+ views
    Reason ^ | March 2006 | Tim Harford
    The clues lie on a bumpy road leading to the worlds worst library. They call Douala the armpit of Africa. Lodged beneath the bulging shoulder of West Africa, this malaria-infested city in southwestern Cameroon is humid, unattractive, and smelly. On a torrid evening in late 2001, I was guided out of the chaotic Douala International Airport by my friend Andrew and his driver, Sam, who would have whisked us immediately to the cooler hillside town of Buea if Douala were at all conducive to being whisked anywhere. It isnt. Douala, a city of 2 million people, has no real roads....
  • 50 public figures named in gay witchhunt by Cameroon's paper

    02/05/2006 11:43:27 PM PST · by Tyche · 11 replies · 797+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | Feb 06, 2006 | Andrew Meldrum
    Cameroon has been rocked by an anti-gay crusade in newspapers that have accused more than 50 prominent figures of homosexuality. Homosexuality is illegal in Cameroon as in many African countries, with jail sentences of up to five years, and editors say they are on a campaign against "deviant behaviour". The latest list by the weekly tabloid L'Anecdote sold out within hours and vendors resorted to selling photocopies. Those named included government ministers, news readers, popular singers and sports stars. "Men making love to other men ... is filthy. It may be normal in the west, but in Africa and Cameroon...
  • Why Blacks Should Stay in Africa

    11/19/2005 7:50:05 AM PST · by Imnotalib · 38 replies · 2,016+ views
    The Week ^ | November 18 | Constant Sabang
    Why blacks should stay in Africa. by Constant Sabang in "Le Quotidien Mutations" Africans dreaming of a better life shouldnt look to America, said Constant Sabang in Yaoundes Le Quotidien Mutations. Every year when the U.S. visa lottery comes around, thousands of Africans, among them many Cameroonians, apply for a chance to become a nephew of Uncle Sam. A few of them even win one of the coveted green cards allotted to African countries. But what do they find when they leave Cameroon? They have given up their national identity, not to mention their passports, to become second-class citizens. For...
  • Cameroon Yields Plant Spectacular

    08/20/2005 3:44:51 AM PDT · by Our_Man_In_Gough_Island · 12 replies · 356+ views
    BBC ^ | 19 August 2005 | Richard Black
    A ten-year survey in Cameroon by scientists from the UK's Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew has turned up more than 200 previously unknown plants. The researchers have found a higher diversity of plants in the Kupe-Bakossi region than any other site in tropical Africa. Highlights include new species of coffee, spectacular orchids and new relatives of the fig. The researchers say their work has led to local conservation initiatives. Mountain road Kupe-Bakossi lies around 100 kilometres north of Douala, Cameroon's second city - a two-hour journey by bumpy road. At the end of it is a treasure-trove of specimens for...
  • Slave-keeper returned to U.S.

    06/02/2005 11:29:58 AM PDT · by JZelle · 15 replies · 896+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 6-2-05 | Jerry Seper
    A naturalized U.S. citizen from Cameroon who fled last year to her home country after being convicted in Maryland of enslaving an 11-year-old girl has been returned to the United States to serve a 17-year prison sentence. Theresa Mubang, 42, was returned Saturday after being detained in Cameroon at the request of the U.S. government, said Manny Van Pelt, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Cooperation between Cameroon and the United States has ensured Mubang will serve the prison term she earned," said Marcy Forman, who heads ICE's Office of Investigations.
  • New Virus May Have Come from Monkeys, Experts Say

    02/26/2005 8:46:46 AM PST · by austinite · 38 replies · 1,127+ views
    reuters ^ | Fri Feb 25, 7:49 PM ET | By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Two new retroviruses never before seen in humans have turned up among people who regularly hunt monkeys in Cameroon, researchers reported on Friday. Like the AIDS (news - web sites) virus, these viruses insert their genetic material directly into cells and perhaps even into a person's or animal's chromosomes. Closely related versions of the viruses cause leukemia, inflammatory and neurological diseases. The two new viruses are called human T-lymphotropic virus types 3 and 4 or HTLV-3 and HTLV-4. They are closely related to two known viruses called HTLV-1 and HTLV-2, which experts believe were transmitted to people,...
  • Two New Viruses Reported Belonging to AIDS Family

    02/25/2005 10:49:36 PM PST · by neverdem · 23 replies · 1,101+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 26, 2005 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    BOSTON, Feb. 25 - American scientists said Friday that they had discovered two new human viruses in Africa that belong to the same family, retroviruses, as the virus that causes AIDS. So far, the scientists said, the new viruses have not been linked to any disease, but they are being monitored out of concern that they or similar retroviruses might conceivably spawn another epidemic. The viruses, found in rural Cameroon among people who hunt monkeys and other primates, were probably transmitted from the animals through blood from bites and scratches received in hunting, butchering and keeping the primates as pets,...
  • Man Detained in Embassy Bombing in Paris

    10/11/2004 11:44:18 AM PDT · by TexKat · 1 replies · 268+ views
    PARIS - Police investigating a bomb attack at the Indonesian Embassy have arrested a man at an Internet cafe from where an e-mail was sent claiming responsibility, judicial officials said Monday. The man, who said he is from Cameroon, was detained Sunday and was still being held Monday, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Investigators were checking his identity and background. The e-mail, sent to police in Paris and to some French media, claimed responsibility for the blast Friday that slightly injured a handful of people. Officials said the man appeared to be mentally troubled. He claimed that...

    09/12/2004 9:27:11 PM PDT · by miltonim · 275+ views
    ASSIST News Service ^ | August 12, 2004 | Elizabeth Kendal
    AUSTRALIA (ANS) -- Cameroon, which shares its entire porous western border with Nigeria, sits atop the same volatile ethnic/religious fault-line as Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Sudan. Fulani nomads, who arrived in Cameroon in the 16th Century, conquered the northern savannahs in the early 19th Century under the leadership of Mobido Adama. The indigenous forest peoples of Cameroon migrated south after the Fulani invasion. Cameroon is Africa's most complex nation. Operation World reports it has more than 280 languages spoken and around 500 ethnic groups. Cameroon, which has a history of appalling corruption, is a secular state with full religious freedom....
  • How SA stopped a coup (re: "mercenaries" arrested in Zimbabwe en route to Equatorial Guinea)

    03/10/2004 11:51:50 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 307+ views
    The Star (Johannesburg) ^ | March 11, 2004 | Graeme Hosken, Jonathan Ancer
    The alleged mercenaries arrested in Zimbabwe are believed to have been on their way to a covert military training camp in Cameroon. The men were remnants of South Africa's defunct mercenary company Executive Outcomes. They were planning to join another former Executives Outcomes operative in Equatorial Guinea in an elaborate plot to overthrow President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, which was supposed to have taken place next week. The coup plot has been denied by the British-based company Logo Logistics, which employs the suspected mercenaries. The company claims they were going to provide security for mining operations in the Democratic...
  • How the French Plunder Africa

    02/06/2004 9:59:54 PM PST · by mark_interrupted · 10 replies · 449+ views
    Project Syndicate ^ | January 2004 | Sanou Mbaye
    How the French Plunder Africa France's unchallenged political, economic, and military domination of its former sub-Saharan African colonies is rooted in a currency, the CFA franc. Created in 1948 to help France control the destiny of its colonies, fourteen countries--Benin, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal, Togo, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Bissau Guinea, and Chad--maintained the franc zone even after they gained independence decades ago. In exchange for France guaranteeing the CFA franc's convertibility, these countries agreed to deposit 65% of their foreign exchange reserves in a special account within the French Treasury and granted to...