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Archive April 2013

Central African Republic in Deadlock

Since late last year, populations in the interior of the Central African Republic (CAR) have lived in fear, uncertainty and complete destitution. For the last month it has been the capital, Bangui, with approximately a million inhabitants, which has been paralyzed by fear and lawlessness.

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U.N. Recognises Wildlife Trafficking as “Serious Crime”

Environment groups are applauding a new United Nations decision to officially characterise international wildlife and timber trafficking as a serious organised crime, in a move that advocates say will finally give international law enforcement officials the tools necessary to counter spiking rates of poaching.

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African Developers Among the Global Ericsson Application Awards

Ericsson has announced the semi-finalists for the annual Ericsson Application Awards with TeamKenya from Kenya, Team Trokxi and Team Nimdee Mobile from Ghana among the semi-finalists. TeamKenya and Trokxi are nominated in the student category and Nimdee mobile is nominated in the company category.

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Big Pharma in Africa

In the early 2000s, pharmaceutical companies were high on activists’ hit lists, prompted by Big Pharma’s ill-advised attempt to sue the South African government for patent infringement on HIV drugs; an attempt to deal with the country’s epidemic by allowing cheaper, generic copies to be sold.

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Nollywood Week in Paris

Apr29

Even though Nigeria didn’t get much love at this year’s FESPACO film festival, some Parisian organizers believe that the francophone world has been ready for Naija cinema. Nollywood, the world’s second largest film industry, produces over 2000 films annually, and now, seven of its best will be screened at France’s first ever NollywoodWeek Paris.

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Come Grab Our Land

Yaounde – Bordered by a rubber plantation in the west, a forestry plantation in the east and a palm oil farm in the south, the 18 local communities that live in Ocean Division, southern Cameroon, have had an uphill struggle for the rights to their land. In 2008, the government leased much of their forestland, about 47,000 hectares, to international company United Forest Cameroon.

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