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Madagascar Coup Announced As Military Group Claims Takeover

AP | LOVASA RABARY-RAKOTONDRAVONY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — A group of military officers revolted Wednesday as Madagascar held a referendum on a new constitution that calls for ...

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.

Why Madagascar Matters

Susan Zakin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Susan Zakin

Madagascar's story is a chess game between the French and the Americans, who have been vying for influence for the past decade. Per usual, the real losers are the people, who have been plunged into unimaginable suffering.

Orphans International Worldwide Unveils New Website for Sponsoring Kids - Including Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Orphans International Worldwide (OIWW) unveiled its new website, the third since its founding in 1999. I created the first, which was indeed primitiv...

Reclaiming the Sword: 50 Years Later, a Brief Account of Africa's Road to Independence

Olusegun Obasanjo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Olusegun Obasanjo

Next week, President Barack Obama will host a three-day forum for young African leaders to mark the fact that 17 African countries are celebrating 50 years of independence from colonial rule.

Madagascar Bird EXTINCT: Water Bird Not Seen In 25 Years

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

GENEVA — Alien fish species and nylon nets have forced the extinction of a water bird in Madagascar, a conservation group said Wednesday. The f...

Bastille Day Celebrations In Paris (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Proud Parisians celebrated this year's Bastille Day in spectacular style, with a military parade and fireworks display -- but the event was not withou...

Man Against Nature is Man Against Man

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Valerie Tarico

In recent years I've found myself interested in one story to the exclusion of all others: the grand story of a universe, and a small blue planet, and her transient fabric of life.

Madagascar: West Knows Best

Valerie Tarico | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Valerie Tarico

Even people who hate colonialism recognize that we have information worth sharing. How can we ensure that the ideas being promoted are the best we have to offer?

Reza Pakravan Bikes Himalayas To Raise Money For Schools In Madagascar

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Over a year ago, Reza Pakravan, a credit risk analyst living in London, spent three weeks on a volunteer trip with UK-based nonprofit Azafady in Madag...

Madagascar's Illegal Tortoise Trade Is Devastating The Species

Scientific American | John Platt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Armed bands of poachers are illegally collecting Madagascar's radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) by the truckload for the lucrative pet and meat ...

Movie Review: How To Train Your Dragon

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Like the least of the Dreamworks films, Dragon suffers from a shortage of jokes. But it has a strong enough story and animation to keep kids fascinated and even adults occupied.

RIP Charlie Gillett, World Music Pioneer

Michal Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michal Shapiro

Charlie Gillett was one of those great music people who had an unerring ear and a true passion for good sounds from rock to blues to world music.

Africa remains the final frontier for economic growth

WorldFocus.org | WorldFocus.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Read More: Madagascar, Home News

An employee of Logistique Petroliere in Madagascar. Photo: Flickr user DavidDarricau Ayo Johnson, a Worldfocus contributing blogger, writes a...

Madagascar's Wildlife In Danger (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Madagascar has one of the most unique and diverse ecosystems - and is the only place that lemurs live in the wild. Sadly, it has lost nearly 90% of it...

Who's Eating Madagascar's Lemurs?

GlobalPost | Nicolas Brulliard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Bit by bit, the natural resources of Madagascar -- a biodiversity hotspot known for its unique vegetation and wildlife -- are being plundered....

Madagascar's Lemurs Endangered Once Again

The Guardian | David Smith in Berenty, Madagascar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The lemur, a furry primate that symbolizes Madagascar's unique biodiversity, is under renewed threat from a "timber mafia" pillaging the island's fore...

Madagascar Security Uses Tear Gas On Protesters In Antananarivo

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar — Security forces have used tear gas to disperse protesters in Madagascar's capital near the presidential palace. The ...

Cable's top programs for Sept. 14-20

AP | The Associated Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Rankings for the top 15 programs on cable television networks as compiled by Nielsen Media Research for the week of Sept. 14-20. Days and start times (EDT) are in parentheses:

1. NFL Football: Buffalo vs. New England (Monday, 7 p.m.), ESPN, 10.22 million homes, 14 million viewers.

2. NFL Football: San Diego vs. Oakland (Monday, 10:17 p.m.), ESPN, 8.77 million homes, 11.94 million viewers.

3. "NCIS" (Wednesday, 8 p.m.), USA, 3.62 million homes, 4.75 million viewers.

4. "Hannah Montana" (Sunday, 7:30 p.m.), 3.487 million homes, 5.06 million viewers.

Diamonds Are Not Forever

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Botswana is an example of how to wisely administer a natural resource endowment.

Madagascar Crisis: Opposing Parties Reach Power-Sharing Agreement: UN

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The leaders at the centre of Madagascar's political crisis have reached agreement on a power-sharing government, the UN special envoy says....

10 of Nature's Tiniest Animals (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

We here at HuffPost Green love to celebrate nature's diversity but this collection of creatures are united by their miniature dimensions. Flip through...

Madagascar Ex-President: I'll Be Back

BBC | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Ousted Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana has said he intends to return to the Indian Ocean island in the next few weeks....

Andry Rajoelina: The DJ Who Has Become Africa's Youngest President

The Guardian | Christina Corbett in Antananarivo | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

He is the disc jockey politician, a charismatic, fresh-faced entrepreneur who swapped the turntables and nightclubs of Antananarivo for a movement tha...

African Union Suspends Madagascar

AP | ANITA POWELL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — The African Union on Friday suspended Madagascar as the international community stepped up the pressure on the increasin...