Away from Al Jazeera English, Twitter, Facebook and CNN’s cameras and his country’s media muzzled and harassed, Cote d’Ivoire’s life president and xenophobe, Laurent Gbagbo, uses the army (this is crucial support; about 60,000 men) and armed youths– doing drill exercises in the football strip of the national soccer team and calling themselves “The Young Patriots”–to prevent democracy. The group is led by Charles Blé Goudé, who has been sanctioned by the UN for hate speech, and posed for pictures with Jesse Jackson. Gbagbo, who lost presidential elections two months ago, refuses to step down. He still lives in the presidential palace. The winner of the election, Alassane Ouattara lives in a hotel in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, surrounded by UN peacekeepers. Gbagbo’s stormtroopers like to talk of war.

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Further Reading

The price of contamination

Legal cases against foreign multinationals in the Central African Copperbelt seek justice for decades of pollution. But activists should also investigate the historical legacies of colonial mining companies.

Remembering Emma Gama Pinto

To those who did not know Emma Gama Pinto, she was just “the wife of Pio Gama Pinto,” the Kenyan anticolonial fighter, but to those who knew her, she was fearless in her own right.