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BENIN: The end of river blindness
Topix - Monday, June 09, 2008
OTONOU, 8 May 2008 (IRIN) - Twenty years ago Benin was among the countries in West Africa most affected by endemic river blindness. Today the disease, which causes blindness and chronic skin irritation and is blamed for stunting economic growth of the populations it affects, has been almost completely eradicated.... more

Cranes Hit for Dead By Benin - Monday, June 09, 2008
omical goalkeeping, shambolic team selection and lack of a fighting spirit combined to condemn the Uganda Cranes to their worst African Nations Cup qualifying defeat in half a decade. Everything seemed to conspire against Laszlo Csaba's side as they fell 1-4 to Benin's Squirrels in ... more

Onyango Lets Down Uganda - Monday, June 09, 2008
ganda Cranes have endured colossal defeats down the years, but few, if any, as embarrassing as that on June 8, ... more

Caravan Travels West Africa to Focus on HIV Testing, Education
Topix - Monday, June 09, 2008
p>The Love Life Caravan is passing through Benin, as it travels the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor. ... more

Glo Launches Network in Country Today - Sunday, June 08, 2008
igeria's first home-grown multinational telecoms brand, Globacom will today launch its GSM service in the Republic of Benin as the fastest growing network in Africa and the Middle East takes a bold step towards consolidating its vision of becoming the biggest and best network in ... more

Cranes - The Country Must Pull Together - Sunday, June 08, 2008
ranes campaigns always start well and end in tears. This time our campaign almost ended before it started. The behind-the-scenes politics and dismal African Nations Championships showing against Tanzania that resulted in the ouster of Sam Ssimbwa and Jackson Mayanja as Laszlo Csaba's assistants highlighted the lack of overall strategy... more

Cranes to Attack Benin Squirrels - Sunday, June 08, 2008
ranes coach Laszlo Csaba is confident his side can snatch a result in today's African Nations Cup qualifier against Benin's ... more

Nigeria: Glo Rolls Out in Benin Republic Today
Topix - Sunday, June 08, 2008
p>GLOBACOM, Nigeria's national operator, is launching its GSM services in the Republic of Benin today as part of the plan to become the largest and most successful telecom network in Africa. ... more

Benin : Children in Voodoo's Power
Topix - Saturday, May 31, 2008
In the tiny West African country of Benin, voodoo has been practised for 10,000 years, but efforts to preserve its ancient oral traditions are exacting a harsh toll on its faithful, splitting families and pushing people deeper into poverty. Benin is unique in recognising voodoo as an official religion, followed... more

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Topix - Friday, May 30, 2008
p>Guinean Defence minister sacked Conakry, Guinea - Guinean President Lansana Conte on Tuesday sacked his d efence minister, General Mamadou Bailo Diallo, official sources said in Conakry. ... more


African Journalists on Franco-African Relations
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p>African journalists working in France are calling on the two remaining French presidential candidates, Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal, to begin a new chapter in Franco-African relations (Fr), according to the blog of the Alliance for Democratic Progress. “We have to reconsider everything, make a fresh start,... more

Human Sacrifice & the Politics of Death
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p>At Babilown, French-Beninian author Blaise Aplognan describes the religious and political function of human sacrifice (Fr) in ancient societies: “…its goal was to channel violence toward a (sacrificed) individual, toward the sacred realm, institutionalizing violence by supervising it and practicing it according to very precise rules... more

Benin: New government rumored to be considering a Ministry of Religion
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p> Babilown points to an article in Le Matin (Fr) about rumors that Benin's government plans to create a Ministry of Religion, and outlines the potential of such a ministry to erode the constitutional separation of church and state (Fr). In a comment, T.... more

Benin: The Call of Voodoo
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p> Babilown writes about a new edition [Fr] of Les Appels du Vodun ( The Call of Voodoo) . ... more

Benin's fans get rowdy at the Togo-Benin match
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p>Togo played Benin in Cotonu this Sunday, the fifth day of qualifying matches for the 2008 Africa cup. Benin won (4-1), but not before their supporters engaged in what Togo-iTunes calls “gratuitous violence” (Fr). Togo-iTunes has photographs of the match and the... more

Benin: Is the press living up to its promise?
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p> Babilown posts an article that asks whether the Beninese press is living up to its responsibility (Fr) to act as the “fourth branch” of government. “Whether the executive, the legislative, or the judicial branch…in all spheres of public life, too often we are content... more

Benin: Independence celebrations moved to capital of Dahomey
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p> Babilown writes about the decision to move independence celebrations (Fr) to Abomey , capital of the historic kingdom of Dahomey . ... more

Benin: Debating, feting Voodoo
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p>Benninese blogger Blaise Aplogan writes about the upcoming festival of Voodoo , set to take place in Paris this week, and the ongoing Voodoo debate (Fr): “More and more, prophetic religions, notably Christianity, are investing in a dialogue with traditional African religions…[and] traditional African religious leaders are... more

Benin: Let's open ourselves to China.
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p> China 's new focus on investing in Africa has been well documented . However, Eloi Goutchili thinks that Africa should also embrace the Chinese influence on culture (Fr). Goutchili advocates the practical application of Senghor's theory: the need for Africa to open itself to the whole... more

Producing traditional music in Benin
Global Voices Online - Thursday, May 29, 2008
p> Benin couleurs posts photos of a Solidarite Internationale project to build a sound studio (Fr) that will produce traditional music. ... more

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