It's the same old story, the Central African Republic is one of the richest countries in Africa and one of the poorest in the world. Vast wealth is extracted but not enough comes in to maintain stability and growth.
Madagascar today is one of the richest nations in the region, and one of the poorest. It has vast natural resources (gold, nickel, cobalt, petroleum), but 92 percent of its people live on $2.00 per day or less.
The arrest of a Roma girl on a school bus in front of her classmates, and her subsequent deportation to Kosovo along with her family, has caused an uproar in France and split the ruling Socialist Party of President Francois Hollande.
France has sent 350 troops to counter the Seleka (rebel) forces that have taken control of Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic.
On Feb. 13, a member of the French Chamber of Deputies tabled a motion to begin a parliamentary investigation of the assassination of Captain Thomas Sankara, President of Burkina Faso, in 1987.
Tunisia was the site of the first blooming of the "Arab Spring." The assassination of Tunisian leftist politician Chokri Belaid by unknown gunmen has thrown this North African country into turmoil.
Troops from Mali, France and other African nations have captured the cities of Gao, Kidal and Timbuktu in Mali's arid Northeast.
The vision that Conrad's character Marlow describes is of a French frigate firing broadsides into a vast African jungle, in essence, bombarding a continent.
French military units, including aviation and infantry, have attacked Islamist rebels in Mali since last week.
A traumatic event in the life of a friend of mine occurred in October 1961, when she was visiting Paris.