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Fear and Loathing in the Ivory Coast | Think Africa Press

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Fear and Loathing in the Ivory Coast | Think Africa Press.

The word in Abidjan is that no-one leaves town after dark, that the road to the north becomes a bandits’ nest after 10pm.

The same story circulates in the central city of Bouaké. “Everyone distrusts everybody else”, one inhabitant told Think Africa Press. A graphic picture in the government newspaper Fraternité Matin shows a minibus that has veered off the road; the torso of the lifeless driver has slumped off the front seat and hangs suspended at an angle. “Killed just like that,” reads part of the caption…

Why Are There So Many Coups in West Africa? – Global – The Atlantic Wire

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Why Are There So Many Coups in West Africa? – Global – The Atlantic Wire.

More broadly, in the last 60 years, the region has seen more than 40 coups. Is there a reason West Africa has so many coups?…

Medical Daily: Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills

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Medical Daily: Drinking Alcohol May Significantly Enhance Problem Solving Skills.

Drinking alcohol may enhance a person’s problem solving skills, according to a new study.

Scientists found that men who either drank two pints of beer or two glasses of wine before solving brain teasers not only got more questions right, they also were quicker in delivering correct answers, compared to men who answered the questions sober.

allAfrica.com: Nigeria: 457 Citizens in Brazilian Prisons

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allAfrica.com: Nigeria: 457 Citizens in Brazilian Prisons.

Four hundred and fifty-seven Nigerians convicted or awaiting trial for drug trafficking offences are being held in several Brazilian jails, the chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said yesterday.

The Nigerians include a 72-year-old woman, Fausat Abosede; Lara Salami (62), Theresa Ezezue (60), Vivian Ajibua (57), Ngozi Dike (51), Amina Yusuf (51), Moronranti Afolayan (48), Benedicta Nneka (42), Stella Odilli (37), Ajibola Olajumoke (36), Folake Lawson (35), Vivian Etuwe (31) and Amaka Isilabo (28).

Egypt Constitution Faces Islamic Colouring – IPS ipsnews.net

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Egypt Constitution Faces Islamic Colouring – IPS ipsnews.net.

The large proportion of Islamist-leaning members in Egypt’s Constituent Assembly elected last month has led to accusations that Islamist parties – especially the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) – are effectively monopolising the constitution-drafting process.

Pambazuka – Could abolishing tax havens solve Africa’s financing needs?

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Pambazuka – Could abolishing tax havens solve Africa’s financing needs?.

Over the last 10 years, the average annual outflows of this sort exceeded $50bn. This compares with annual aid inflows of less than $30bn. The outflows are largely to avoid or evade tax and to conceal wealth.

allAfrica.com: Mali: Ecowas to Call for Interim President to Replace Toppled Touré

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allAfrica.com: Mali: Ecowas to Call for Interim President to Replace Toppled Touré.

West African leaders may call for the speaker of Mali’s parliament to become interim president following last week’s military coup, Burkina Faso’s foreign minister has told RFI.

The Ecowas regional bloc is to send a delegation of six heads of state to the country to press for a return to constitutional order and elections.

allAfrica.com: Senegal: New Alternative After Wade Defeat

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allAfrica.com: Senegal: New Alternative After Wade Defeat.

 Analysts say that Senegal’s outgoing President Abdoulaye Wade was made to pay for his failure to respond to popular demands, particularly arising from the high cost of basic commodities, a lengthy strike by teachers, and high youth unemployment, by losing his bid for a third term of office.

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