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Equatorial Guinea

Kleptocracy Case Lifts a Veil on Rights Abuses

Lisa Misol | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Lisa Misol

The US Justice Department's $30 million settlement deal with the eldest son of Equatorial Guinea's president, announced on October 10, marks the end of a decade-long US effort to pursue Teodoro ("Teodorín") Nguema Obiang Mangue for corruption and money-laundering.

The Business of Selling Equatorial Guinea to Investors

Lisa Misol | Posted 10.08.2014 | Business
Lisa Misol

The forum agenda, designed to entice more American investment, skips over issues of government mismanagement and high-level abuse of power in Equatorial Guinea.

Japan's Influence in the Middle East

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although it is not widely recognized as such, Japan is one of the most influential economic actors in the Persian Gulf -- something that is unlikely to change in the near or medium term.

Villaraigosa and Herbalife: Made for Each Other?

Michael Sigman | Posted 11.12.2013 | Los Angeles
Michael Sigman

Taking a job at a multi-level marketing firm would be a tacky signpost of any first-tier politician's professional trajectory. It's especially unsightly when that politician is Antonio Villaraigosa.

Christina Wilkie

DC Lobbyist Wins Lawsuit Against African Dictatorship For Travel Expenses | Christina Wilkie | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Lobbyist Lanny Davis on Monday won his lawsuit against the small African dictatorship of Equatorial Guinea that alleged the government f...

Washington and the Battle for the African Lusophone World

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

Quietly, the Obama administration is building up a vast array of military resources in West Africa, and specifically in Portuguese-speaking Lusophone countries. Just why has the Obama administration invested so much time and effort in this corner of the globe?

Choosing Our Oil Over Their Democracy: Elections as Farce in Equatorial Guinea

David Shook | Posted 07.28.2013 | World
David Shook

Equatorial Guinea has emerged as one of Africa's largest oil producers, skyrocketing to its current position as the most wealthy per capita country in Africa. Despite those statistics, World Bank estimates that some 78 percent of Guineans live beneath the national poverty line.

The Tangled Tango

Will Durst | Posted 07.24.2013 | Comedy
Will Durst

Out of 296 applicants, not one Tea Party organization was denied non-profit status. Admittedly, some had to wait. And that's what the major charges boil down to: the IRS making things difficult. Imagine that. An inconvenient interaction with the government.

The Dictator's Dead Pool for 2013: Will China's Investments Pay Off in Political Clout?

Philip N. Howard | Posted 03.02.2013 | World
Philip N. Howard

There are lots of reasons why China invests in authoritarian regimes. And if any of the world's toughest dictators passes away in 2013, we may be able to see how much China's financial investments pay off in political influence.

A Bill to End Secrecy Surrounding Shell Companies

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Stefanie Ostfeld

Rare is the Congressional bill whose upsides so lopsidedly outweigh its downsides. With one piece of legislation, Congress can make significant inroads to combat terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal arms deals, corruption, money laundering, and tax evasion.

Crooners and Their Dictators

Pedro Pizano | Posted 10.19.2012 | World
Pedro Pizano

A celebrity endorsement, whether explicit or implicit, emboldens dictators in their denial of fundamental freedoms to their people. They must pay a price. And those who endorse them with their presence, like Iglesias, should be called out for their disgraceful conduct.

Dictators' Riches Are Stolen at Home, But Banked in the West

Stefanie Ostfeld | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Stefanie Ostfeld

Congress and the president should act now to stop corrupt dictators and other criminals from using the privilege of limited liability to hide their identities and launder dirty money in the U.S. financial system.

How Dictators Triumph: With a Little Help From Their Friends

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 10.16.2012 | World
Thor Halvorssen

Francisco Macias Nguema may not be as notorious as Joseph Stalin, but the people of Equatorial Guinea know him to be just as devastating. After 33 years and a litany of human rights violations, Obiang has grown more conscious of his international reputation.

How an African Dictator Pays for Influence

The Morningside Post | Posted 10.07.2012 | World
The Morningside Post

United States policy towards Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mbasogo, the dictator/president of Spanish-speaking Equatorial Guinea, is a perfect case study in the hypocrisy of Western leaders when it comes to African strongmen.

United States v. One White, Crystal-Covered "Bad Tour" Glove

Roger Alford | Posted 12.18.2011 | Home
Roger Alford

The United States has finally decided to seize Michael Jackson's glove. Not that it has anything against Michael Jackson. The owner of the glove, however, is another matter.

Accused Human Rights Violator Skips Out On Delivering UN Keynote Speech

AP | Posted 12.17.2011 | World

ROME — An African leader whose regime is accused of human rights abuses sent a substitute to Rome to deliver the keynote address Monday at a U.N...

More PR Shame: Associated Press Cooperates With Dictatorial Propaganda Machines

Thor Halvorssen | Posted 10.15.2011 | Media
Thor Halvorssen

Is any of the dark, undeniable reality of life under Castro mentioned in a single caption of the thousands of photographs offered by the AP? Not once. Castro, they repeat, is a "revolutionary hero."

Equatorial Guinea Falls Again

AP | RAF CASERT | Posted 09.05.2011 | Sports

FRANKFURT, Germany — Fancy footwork is a Brazilian tradition, and Erika produced some samba skills to lead her team to a 3-0 win over Equatorial...

Obvious Handball Goes Uncalled

Posted 09.03.2011 | Sports

This will certainly go down as one of the worst referee gaffes of all time. In the 16th minute of Equatorial Guinea's 3-2 loss to Australia in the ...

Norway Wins Thrilling World Cup Opener

AP | Posted 08.29.2011 | Sports

AUGSBURG — Emilie Haavi finally broke down Equatorial Guinea's defense in the 84th minute and Norway escaped with a surprisingly close 1-0 win i...

Corruption, Kleptocrats, and Politics: Sudan and Burma

Matthew Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Matthew Smith

Sadly, money laundering, corruption, and partnerships between violent regimes and willing banks is all too common, even when it's illegal.

High Points, Low Points, and the Perfect Trip

Chris Guillebeau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Guillebeau

Greetings from the open road. I'm in what I call real Africa all week, having fun exploring two new countries.

Washington's Hypocrisy Over African Dictatorships

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

Despite claims of support for the advancement of democracy, the United States continues to support other African dictatorships that are as bad as or even worse than that of Zimbabwe.