Tag Archive for Ghana

Africa Notes: Ghana needs to control its border






A worrisome UN report supports Cote d’Ivoire’s allegations of Ivorian exiles using Ghana as a staging area for incursions into CI. Reuters: Ivory Coast exiles set up strategic command in Ghana: UN panel | Top News | Reuters.    

Global Elections: the race to be the next leader of the WTO






After 8 years in office, Pascal Lamy, the long-standing, cool-headed leader of the World Trade Organization will step down. Lamy (France, and former EC Commissioner for Trade) was the fifth Director-General of the WTO. Past leaders included Supachai Panitchpakdi (2002-2005, Thailand), Mike Moore (1999-2002, New Zealand), Renato Ruggiero (1995-1999, Italy) and Peter Sutherland (1993-1995, Ireland,…

Africa Notes: Famous Africans, Kony 2012, and a Cocoa Map






Famous Africans Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan is on Time Magazine’s list of 100 Most Influential People in the World. Other Africans who made the list include: South African Paralympic medalist Oscar Pistorius, Egyptian Samira Ibrahim, Tunisian scholar-politician Rached Ghannouchi, and Gambian Fatou Bensouda, the new head of the International Criminal Court. Kony 2012 Opinio Juris…

Africa Notes: Gay Rights and the Alien Tort Statute






Do African politicians have a reason to support gay rights? A recent conversation with some colleagues and the discovery of a post about “Gay Relief” on Ramblings of a Procastinator in Accra got me thinking again about the politics of homosexuality in Africa. In the blog post, Abena Serwaa writes: Contrary to what most people…

Africa Notes: Black Star Surf Shop






Surfing in Africa The Economist, has this story on the “Beach Rush”. I don’t think the numbers of surfers going to Africa are all that substantial, but there are some cool scenes and great possibilities. In the story the mention the Black Star Surf Camp, which is run by theBlack Star Surf Shop at Busua…

Ghana: Waste, lagoons, and deserts






Besides some concerns about oil’s impact on the environment in Ghana, there have been a number of other recent stories that remind us that Ghana’s environmental problems are far more widespread and diversified. Waste Disposal One of the biggest issues is the problem of waste disposal (or the lack thereof).As Fiona Leonard mentions in her…

Easterly in Ghana






Bill Easterly has been spending some time in Ghana.  In one post on his blog he extolls the virtues of the private sector at keeping lavatories clean. (However, Easterly does seem to fine some signs that aid can work in his visit to a Hunger Project site.) Apparently, a private firm — that also sells…