Diplomats ‘tweet’ down Madagascar embassy rumours

It seems that more and more people are using Twitter as a way of getting their message across (not me yet though…). When US diplomats became aware of  rumours on the Internet that the deposed President of Madagascar, Marc Ravalomanana, had sought refuge in the US embassy in the capital Antananarivo,  they decided they had […]

Madagascar reaches a new crisis point

Madagascar is renowned as ‘the country of rumours’ and rumours are certainly rife as the prolonged political crisis  seems to be edging towards some sort of climax.  Thousands of opposition supporters are out in the streets of the capital, Antananarivo, again today where they are being addressed by opposition leader and former mayor of the […]

Hopeful signs in Madagascar

There are encouraging signs that the political power struggle which has been going on in Madagascar over the last few weeks may be moving towards resolution: Madagascar’s president and his political rival have agreed to try to calm tensions that have seen about 100 people killed in the last month. It was the first meeting […]

Unrest in Madagascar

I was disturbed to hear news a couple of days ago of political unrest in Madagascar’s capital city, Antananarivo. It seems like the mayor of the city, Andry Rajoelina, and President Marc Ravalomanana are at loggerheads following the closure of the mayor’s TV network Viva after it broadcast an interview with former President Didier Ratsiraka. […]

Excellent News from Chad

When I was in Chad last year much of the conversation was about a colleague from another organisation who had been kidnapped by rebel forces in the North of the country. For obvious reasons I didn’t want to blog much about the situation especially given that tensions in the country were still high over the […]

UFO Over Cardiff

Fans of the BBC TV series Torchwood know that Cardiff is a place where you can expect to see alians from across the galaxy just as much as you see rugby fans from across the border. Well, it seems that it isn’t all fiction! The pilot was forced to bank sharply to avoid being hit […]

Bo Diddley RIP

For any rock and roll fan of my age the news of Bo Diddley’s death at the age of 79 comes as a great sadness. He didn’t have much direct impact on the pop charts, but his influence on other musicians is huge as you can read in this BBC tribute. That strange square guitar, […]