Watchlist: Chile's Inferno

Week of January 30th Chilean wildfires from January, 2017. Africa President Barrow Arrives in The Gambia Just weeks ago, former President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia seemed poised to fight for his lost seat as their nation’s head of state. With Senegalese military intervention inevitable, he reluctantly sought asylum in Equatorial Guinea to make room for incoming President Adama Barrow. On Thursday, President Barrow arrived to crowds of Gambians excited to see their new, democratically elected leader take office. His election marked a stark transition from a 22-year authoritarian reign to a truly democratic presidency. However, amidst joyous celebrations of democracy, several tests await the

Watchlist: A Gambian Nightmare

Week of January 23rd United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May. Africa Jammeh in Exile Former leader of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, left the country Saturday night, headed for Equatorial Guinea where he will live in exile. This comes after Jammeh refused to leave office when he was defeated by Adama Barrow in elections held in December. This was an issue that has evolved significantly since the election, beginning with Jammeh announcing that he accepted the results of the election that quickly developed into a situation in which Jammeh called the election rigged and decided he would not step down. After the threat of military intervention from neighbor Senegal and other West African nations if Jam

Watchlist: Martial Law Madness

Week of January 16th The team from the Ivory Coast take the field in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. Africa Africa Cup of Nations Kicks Off in Gabon The 31st biennial AFCON football tournament began on Saturday in its host country Gabon.The tournament will feature 16 African teams playing in 32 matches for a chance at Africa’s most coveted football prize. On February 5th a new winner will be crowned, and the victors can expect to take home a prize equivalent to $4 million USD. Sixty years ago the cup began in Sudan with Egypt as its champion. Egypt stands as AFCON’s most successful competitor with a record seven championships, but this year we look to a few newcomers to make waves. Uganda qu

Watchlist: Mutinous Military

Week of January 9th A Pemex gas station in Mexico. Africa A Military Uprising in Cote d'Ivoire A military mutiny in Cote d’Ivoire began this Friday and continued throughout the weekend. Nine cities in total were involved in the uprising that spread rapidly amongst the soldiers. The mutiny was triggered by disputes with the government over pay, bonuses, and living and working conditions in the army. Even as the government agreed to take into account the soldiers’ demands, Alain Richard Donwahi, the country's defense minister, was taken hostage for several hours. Some believe the move by the military to revolt was inspired by similar actions in 2014, when hundreds of soldiers revolted until th

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