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“Le Franc CFA est un Outil de la Servitude Volontaire”/”The CFA Franc is a Tool of Voluntary Servitude”

I don’t know if many people in the course speak or understand French, but I came accross this interesting interview from France 24. It features the co-author of a book titled Le Franc CFA est un Outil de la Servitude Volontaire (The … Continue reading

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Addressing Domestic Issues before Venturing Internationally

“Le Gabon Emergent que je vous propose sera un pays bien gouverné, respectueux des droits de tous: un pays pleinement inséré dans les réseaux mondiaux d’échanges d’idées, des biens et des capitaux…” Président Ali Bongo Ondimba Ali Bongo Ondimba’s presidential … Continue reading

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Reading Post – China’s Response to the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

Ian Taylor’s article titled “China’s Response to the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa” does an outstanding job in giving a background to the epidemic and by describing Chinese relations with Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone to show the stakes that … Continue reading

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Conflicts in Gabon

Corruption and the lack of government accountability in Gabon are the driving forces for violent conflicts happening in Gabon. In spite of the myriad of ethnic group existing in Gabon, there are not many ethnic conflicts. Gabon is at peace … Continue reading

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Affaires Étrangères Gabonaise

President Ali Bongo Odimba has been a catalyst to change the course of Gabonese foreign relations, expanding Gabonese relations with countries such as China, Japan, Morocco, and Turkey to name a few. However, in spite of the newfound alliances that … Continue reading

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France and U.S. Aid to Gabon: Sustaining a Dictator

As the top two contributors of foreign aid to Gabon, the United States and France have continued to allocate foreign aid to the central African country under the guise of economic and civil development, but in reality it has mostly … Continue reading

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Gabon-U.S. Relations

The United States and Gabon have a mutually beneficial relationship. It can be argued that Gabon benefits more from the U.S. than vice versa. Their relationship began in the early 1960s after Gabon got its independence and the United States built … Continue reading

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Ethiopia Unrest Continues

  http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/10/ethiopia-unrest-continues-day-deadly-stampede-161003130002688.html Protests began to erupt in the Oromia province in Ethiopia as a response to government’s plans to expand the boundaries of the capital, Addis Ababa, into fertile land in Oromia. These protests quickly became anti-governmental and seem to … Continue reading

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Patronage – Gabon

The current political climate of Gabon was shaped by remnants of French influence during and after colonialization, customary rules, and the will of its leader. The Gabonese government is comprised of the president, a national assembly, and a senate that … Continue reading

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Blog Post #1

Colonialization in Africa has undoubtedly altered the course of many African nations. Some countries have retained major cultural traits like the language of their colonizers while others have not. This difference can be attributed to many factors namely the identity … Continue reading

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