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September 14, 2016  Gabon: High Demand for Democracy, Short Supply
    "Among 36 African countries surveyed in 2014/2015, Gabon ranks at or near the bottom on every indicator of election quality and fairness, according to citizen responses collected in September and October 2015. ... Gabon ranks dead last in public trust in the election commission. ... [at the same time] Gabon ranks near the top in favoring multiparty competition and term limits on presidents, as well as in disapproving of one-party and one-man rule." - Afrobarometer

Jun 30, 2011  USA/Gabon: Blind Eye for Corruption
    The White House was brief in an official statement after the June 9 visit of the President of Gabon. The statement concluded by noting that "President Obama urged President Bongo Ondimba to take bold steps to root out corruption and to reform the judiciary and other key institutions to ensure the protection of human rights, and he welcomed the reforms that Gabon has taken under President Bongo Ondimba to bring more transparency and accountability to government. Both leaders agreed to continue to work together to promote peace and security, as well as advance good governance in Gabon."

Feb 8, 2010  USA/Africa: Two to Tango
    Corruption is not a solitary activity, and the networks that promote corruption are rarely confined to one country or one continent. For corruption in Africa, countries outside the continent enter the picture not only when foreign companies pay bribes for access. They are also a preferred location for stolen wealth. A newly released investigative report from a U.S. Senate Subcommittee provides four detailed case studies of funds from Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, and Angola, tracing connections to U.S. banks, lawyers, real-estate agents, financial institutions, and even a university.

Oct 29, 2009  Africa: Climate Change and Natural Resources

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

July 10, 2017  Africa/Global: Following the Money
June 19, 2017  Africa/Europe: Mediterranean Trajectories
May 17, 2017  Africa/Global: Whose Energy?
May   8, 2017  Africa: World Bank Financing Land Grabs
April 25, 2017  Africa/Global: Media Repression 2.0
April 17, 2017  Africa/Global: New Reports Show Massive Tax Losses

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