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Refugees From Ivory Coast In Limbo As Election Crisis Remains Unresolved

Peter Biro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Peter Biro

Over 30,000 people have fled to Liberia after violence broke out in Ivory Coast following disputed presidential elections there. Incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo has refused to step down.

Howard French on Africa in a Chinese Century (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Fifty years almost to the day after the catastrophic assassination of Patrice Lumumba in the Congo, the journalist Howard French is sketching an alternative path ahead for African development today.

The Politics of Peace

John Dramani Mahama | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Dramani Mahama

Could it be that Africa has been witness to so much violence and oppression that we have actually come to believe it should be an acceptable, if not automatic, response?

Ivory Coast: Standoff in an Imperfect Storm

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Once known as the Paris of West Africa, the Ivory Coast has undergone a decade of turmoil. The latest deadlock threatens regional peace and could influence dozens of elections scheduled throughout the continent this year.

Good Governance Still Africa's Achilles Heel

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

When leaders like Laurent Gbagbo refuse to budge, the choice for international players comes down to intervention or sheepish retreat. Responsibility for good governance ultimately rests with a nation's leaders and people themselves.

Côte d'Ivoire: Poster Child for Africa's Crisis of Governance

Jendayi E. Frazer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jendayi E. Frazer

Côte d'Ivoire President Laurent Gbagbo is living up to the stereotype of an African leader clinging to power, disconnected from the country's citizens and ignoring their expressed will.

Cote D'Ivoire, Celebrities and Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Now is the perfect time for Bono, Clooney, Jolie and company to step up and speak out against the stolen election and human rights abuses in Cote D'Ivoire.

Whither Côte d'Ivoire?

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

This post originally appeared on the World Bank's Conflict blog on December 30, 2010. The stand-off between Messrs Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouatta...

To Vote or Not to Vote

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

The wisdom of elections in fragile places is questioned by those who fear they will exacerbate tensions and provoke violence.

Is Africa Losing its Taste for Democracy?

John McCauley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John McCauley

The recent failed election in Cote d'Ivoire, which has generated competing claims to the presidency and a high risk of return to widespread violence, is the latest in a series of electoral setbacks in sub-Saharan Africa.

A Decade Later, West African Echoes of Our Own Hanging Chads

Mark Canavera | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Canavera

In case you haven't been following closely, the recent elections in the West African nation of Côte d'Ivoire, the region's richest country by far, ha...

World Cup Soccer Players Can Learn a Thing or Two From Method Acting

Lapham's Quarterly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Lapham's Quarterly

In the last minutes of Sunday's match between Brazil and Côte d'Ivoire, a suspicious incident of playacting went down, earning Brazil's star player, Kaká, a red card and ejection from the game.

Switzerland, Slovakia qualify for World Cup

AP | STUART CONDIE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

— Switzerland and Slovakia earned Europe's final two automatic berths for next year's World Cup on Wednesday night, while Argentina tried to beat out Uruguay and Ecuador for South America's last certain spot in the 32-nation field.

Costa Rica played at the United States, which clinched its sixth straight berth last weekend, and the Ticos hoped to stay ahead of Honduras and gain the final automatic place from North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Portugal, Greece, Slovenia and Ukraine finished second in their groups and joined Bosnia-Herzegovina, France, Ireland and Russia in the European playoffs. They will be drawn into four pairs on Monday, and the winners of home-and-home, total-goals matches on Nov. 14 and 18 will qualify for next year's 32-nation field.

By the end of Wednesday, 23 of the 32 nations will have been determined for next year's tournament in South Africa.

In addition to the U.S., Mexico had ensured a berth in CONCACAF, while Denmark, England, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Serbia and Spain had clinched automatic berths in Europe. Brazil, Chile and Paraguay had earned berths from South America, and Australia, Japan, North Korea and South Korea won Asia's spots. Ghana and Ivory Coast joined host South Africa, which qualified automatically as host.

Twitter users undermine attempt to gag UK media

AP | MEERA SELVA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

LONDON — Bloggers and Twitter users thwarted a legal attempt Tuesday to stop Britain's media from reporting the questions posed by a lawmaker in a parliamentary debate, spotlighting the power of new media to influence public policy.

The case involving lawmaker Paul Farrelly had threatened the rights of journalists to report anything debated in Parliament. British law allows the media to report any comments made in Parliament without fear of running afoul of Britain's often draconian privacy and libel laws.

Farrelly had posed written questions to the government Monday that concerned Trafigura, a Netherlands-registered oil trading company accused of dumping waste at sites throughout Abidjan, the main city in the Ivory Coast, but Trafigura's lawyers had obtained an injunction from Britain's High Court that prevented The Guardian newspaper from reporting any details of Farrelly's questions.

The Guardian honored the injunction, but put a story on its Web site Monday and in Tuesday's editions of the newspaper reporting that it has been prevented from discussing parliamentary proceedings on legal grounds – without naming the players in the case.

The blogosphere erupted in outrage. Bloggers and users of the social networking site Twitter exchanged data on who the case may involve. Through a series of postings that implied – but didn't directly link – the Guardian to its long-running dispute with Netherlands-based Trafigura, the blogosphere pieced together the basic facts of the question and the law firm that sought the injunction, London-based Carter-Ruck.

Christmas Coup Countdown - Cote D'Ivoire 1999 on the Eve of Collapse

Joe Merlino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joe Merlino

Two weeks after I left Cote D'Ivoire, a decade ago, the most stable country in West Africa would be torn apart by political violence and partitioned by lines of ethnic division that still burn bright today.

Oil firm 'settles' toxic waste case

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Under $50m deal, Cote d'Ivoire residents to give up claims against Transfigura....

Trafigura to settle for £28m over toxic waste dumping

The Independent | Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

International commodities trader Trafigura said yesterday it had reached a settlement with thousands of people in Ivory Coast who said they had fallen...

Why Africa Matters

Rev. Jesse Jackson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rev. Jesse Jackson

We ignore Africa at our peril. The African continent will only become more important in the future, and the whole world has a stake in what happens there.

Chimp Sex-for-meat Saga Gets Reporters Hot and Bothered | | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Researchers have confirmed that male chimpanzees who share meat with females mate twice as often as those who prefer to keep their food to themselves....

Ivory Coast: Stampede At Soccer Match Kills At Least 22

AP | BENOIT HILI | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast — A stampede at a World Cup qualifying soccer match in the Ivory Coast killed at least 22 people and wounded 132 Sunday, au...