The knockout phase of the Cup of Nations started this weekend and by next Sunday we’ll have a new champion. Events in Port Said, along with the Zimbabwean match-fixing scandal have made it a dreadful week for African football–but there has not been any question of postponing the remaining fixtures. The quarter-final line-up is without the tournament’s biggest losers, Senegal. Morocco and Angola also miss out. Earlier today red-hot Zambia played Sudan (in the end, Sudan came up short) and hosts Equatorial Guinea take on favorites Côte d’Ivoire as I am writing. The two major surprise quarterfinalists are Equatorial Guinea and Sudan, but they have very different back-stories.
The Guardian has a piece on India’s growing economic influence on the continent. It opens with Manmohan Singh receiving a red-carpet welcome as he led a delegation to the India-Africa summit in Addis Ababa, which 15 African leaders reportedly attending. “The India-Africa partnership rests on three pillars of capacity building and skill transfer, trade and infrastructure […]
Zimbabwe’s regime got so nervous about events in North Africa, that police arrested and tortured 45 people watching videotaped footage of the protests in Egypt. Meanwhile, other countries on the continent have a total news blackout on news from the north. One of them is Equatorial Guinea (that’s its President, Theodoro Obiang posing with his […]
The New York Times recently (I am catching up on blogging this weekend) ran a front page story (complete with incriminating documents posted online) on the reasons why Teodoro Nguema Obiang, minister of agriculture and son of the dictator of Equatorial Guinea, can leave and enter the US as he pleases while his dad runs […]