bm276 Mauritania, Greenpeace, and Bottom Trawling

I pay a visit to Greenpeace International to followup on what is going on with fishing rights in Mauritania.

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bm219 Special Courts and Presidents in Sierra Leone

avatar Pauline Bax
In Abidjan, Ivory Coast
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It is quite hard to find an article on Sierra Leone on your average day in your average newspaper. Forgotten by some, written off by others, the country presses on – electing a new president while a special war crimes tribunal continues to do its work. We’re talking Sierra Leone today with journalist and blogger Pauline Bax in the Ivory Coast.

We Discuss:
– Recent History in Sierra Leone
The special tribunal
– Public Opinion
– Civil War Effects
– Resources and money
– Working as a journalist there
– Media attention

 

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bm190 Struggle for Change in Guinea

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The president of Guinea has ruled this west african nation for over 20 years. Under his rule the nation has become one of the world’s poorest and more corrupt. But recently the people have taken to the streets and declared a general strike, making demands of this president who previously seemed to answer to no one. What is really going on in Guinea and why… Pauline Bax, my friend and a journalist based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast joins us to explain.

Her Blog: West Africa Wins Always

We Discuss:
-The last month in Guinea
-The strikes
РLansana Cont̩, what should we know about him
-Where the country gets income
– Working as a journalist in Guinea
– Mining and mining companies
– Who Benefits from the present situation
– Plenty more, download the show.

 

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bm186 Liberia, What a Difference a Year Makes

It was one year ago that Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf was elected president of Liberia, promising the enormous task of rebuilding and reuniting the country. One year on, some may wonder how the process is going, what signs of progress and hope can be found across Liberia? Elma Shaw of Liberia Stories joins me to point out the milestones.

We Discuss:
-The milestones of development for the last year
-Running Water, Communications, and other services
-The types of jobs Liberians are creating
-Popularity of the president
-Outside interests and investment
-Charles Taylor in the public discussion
listen to the program for further details

President Johnson-Sirleaf’s Speech last year at the US Institute for Peace

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