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UN Sees Encouraging Developments in Guinea-Bissau

A senior United Nations official says there have been encouraging developments in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. But he adds that there is a lot yet to be done by the country’s leaders to consolidate the gains. The U.N. Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau, Joseph Mutaboba, says the encouraging developments include the reform of...

West Africa Seeks Improved Business Ties with China

Senior officials from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) begin talks in China this week to find investors in agriculture, industry and roads and other physical infrastructure. The regional body is trying “to stimulate development and through that we [will]…pull ourselves out of poverty,” said Sonny Ugoh, ECOWAS communications...

Guinea-Bissau's Lone Brewery Hopes to Tap National Pride

Through coups, conflicts and other upheavals, one constant for many West African countries has been the presence of a national beer. After going years without one, Guinea-Bissau is now hoping to revive its own local beer tradition following the reopening of its only beer factory. The sound of clinking bottles echoes in the humming Pampa beer...

Burkina Faso Regime Under Strain, Analysts Say

Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore is facing what appears to be the stiffest resistance ever to his nearly quarter-century rule of the West African nation. Analysts are seeing connections between Burkina's unrest and the revolutions sweeping the Arab world. Hundreds of military rank-and-file, just 200 miles from this nation's capital, fired...

NGO: Guinea-Bissau to be Land Mine Free by Next Year

An organization dedicated to the removal of land mines from three conflicts in the small West African nation of Guinea-Bissau says the country will become mine free in 2012. The land mine removal group HUMAID says it is close to completing its work in the mine-riddled countryside of Guinea-Bissau, a country of 1.6 million people that is nestled...

Guinea-Bissau Wants More Money for Fish Agreements

Officials in Guinea-Bissau say the European Union is paying too little for the right to fish in their seas, and must pay more if they want to continue doing so.This wetland country off Africa's Atlantic coast is no rich nation.  In fact, the United Nations ranks it the world's sixth poorest.Yet just off shore, under the waves that batter its 80...

Rights Group Says Guinea Needs Rule of Law

Human Rights Watch says Guinea's new government should address what it says are profound rights and governance problems that have underscored decades of abuse.  Guinean President Alpha Conde took office in December of last year amid high hopes that his presidency would mark an end to 50 years of authoritarian rule and mismanagement in the West...

Analysts: Guinea Mining Deal Could Open Doors for More Investment

The world's top bauxite producer, Guinea, recently signed its first mining agreement since the country's return to democracy, which analysts say may expedite the development of its lucrative mining sector.  Australian mining giant Rio Tinto has agreed to pay Guinea $700 million for the right to mine iron ore in two blocks of the country's southern...

Government Policies, Rivalries Negatively Affect Minority Rights in Africa

Minority Rights Group International released its annual report Thursday in which six of the top 10 countries listed in its Peoples Under Threat index are located in Africa. Group members say discriminatory government policies and long-standing rivalries over resources are the major factors that make particular ethnic groups and communities targets...

More Democracy Means More Economic Aid for Guinea

The road to democracy has been bumpy for Guinea, but the European Union is supporting new development projects.  The reinstated funding comes after the country's first free and fair elections, and a new bridge is becoming a symbol for democracy. Less than five years ago, the people of Guinea suffered from, what's been called, the African disease:...

Peace Corps Volunteer Returns to Help Sierra Leone School

On the 50th anniversary of the creation of the U.S. Peace Corps, some former volunteers are returning to the countries where they served as teachers, health care workers or agricultural advisors.  Steve Kruse and Salifu Mansaray first met more than 40 years ago when Kruse was a Peace Corps volunteer and Mansaray was a boy who had just stolen...

Global Press Freedom at Lowest Level in More Than Decade

A U.S.-based group that monitors human rights says the number of people with access to free and independent media has declined to its lowest level in more than a decade. In its newly released annual survey of 193 countries and territories, Freedom House says it rated 68 as "free," 65 "partly free" and 63 as "not free.”The group says during the...

Warning Signs Gather Over Ghana's Oil Fields

While Ghana has just started making money from  its offshore oil, civil society advocates and economists are warning not enough is being done to make sure oil wealth is a benefit and not a curse to Ghanaians.  At a Washington event late Thursday, they said Ghana's government needs to have more planning and transparency to avoid a repeat of the...

Carter Center in Final Push to Eradicate Guinea Worm Disease

As Southern Sudan prepares to emerge on the world stage as the newest nation on the planet, health workers combating Guinea Worm disease are hoping the country’s independence will energize the campaign against the parasite. The end of Guinea WormIts official name is Dracunculiasis. For those stricken, it is a painful experience, particularly when...

Ivory Coast Conflict Displaces Nearly Two Million

Despite the capture of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo, the humanitarian situation in the country continues to deteriorate. The International Organization for Migration [IOM] has appealed for more than $41 million to provide aid to displaced people. Fighting not yet over “Our understanding is that the situation is not yet resolved in...