is an exclave of Angola with extensive oil fields
and a troubled history
. Left out of the negotiations that granted Angola independence from the Portuguese, separatist movements in Cabinda
have a history nearly as long as that of modern Angola itself. These movements are in the news again, thanks to an attack on the Togolese national football team
ahead of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations that has other clubs
calling their players back, Cabinda losing the right to host matches
, and South Africa reassuring the world
that security there will be adequate ahead of this summer's World Cup.
Ahead of the global climate talks, nine photographers from the photo agency NOOR photographed climate stories
from around the world. Their goal: to document some of the causes and consequences, from deforestation to changing sea levels, as well as the people whose lives and jobs are part of that carbon culture. Warming threatens lifestyle of Russian herders
| Refugees flee drought, war in East Africa
| Greenland’s shrinking ice hurts natives [more inside]
is more than your average headline-making
, human rights-eschewing African nation. Likening the country’s uneasy street-silence to that of Pyongyang, deported journalist Peter Maass reveals an unparalleled culture of fear blanketed by an international media blackout
. But for the Whitehouse
and Teodoro Obiang
—Equatorial Guinea’s torturous leader—the poverty, abuse and dead-quiet are business as usual
China's African oil safari
turns bloody again
. "Before dawn this morning At 0430 AM local time
, the 'Dufaan' commando unit of the Ogaden National Liberation Front
) conducted a military operation in the vicinity of Obala, 30km North-West of Degah-Bur in in Northern Ogaden." Sixty-five Ethiopians
and nine Chinese
were killed in an attack of an unprecedented scale
. Another seven Chinese workers are being held by the ONLF. (BBCFocusAfrica interviews ONLF spokesman (.ram streaming audio)
The other religious riots.
While much of the world's press has covered the Muslim cartoon riots, not nearly as much ink has been spilled over the continuing violence in Nigeria. A good analysis of underlying factors here
A Shell report
points to oil as a proximate cause of violence as well. For oil companies, this may not be a bad thing
(If I was more interested in trolling, I'd have framed this as "Christian Leaders Fail to Condemn Religious Violence." The real world's a little more complex).
Blood Flows With Oil in Poor Nigerian Villages
An insightful NYT article on "the desperate struggle of impoverished communities to reap crumbs from the lavish banquet the oil boom has laid in this oil-rich yet grindingly poor corner of the globe"
Ok, so the quotes a little heavy handed but the pic on the 2nd page speaks volumes.