Africa: Politics and Societies South of the Sahara

It’s Showtime in Conakry

Posted in African Politics, Guinea-Conakry by ruben eberlein on April 26, 2009

After the takeover of a military junta in December 2008 following the death of President Lansana Conté, a lot of things are supposed to change in Guinea. The ruling CNDD under its leader Moussa Dadis Camara moves against the drug traffic, corruption and the misuse of power. At the moment, he enjoys exceptionally huge public support by Guineans after five decades of autocracy under Conté and Sékou Touré. German article here (as pdf).

0905konkretcoverIn my latest contribution to Konkret (5/09), I analyse the situation in the West African country four month after the coup. The article discusses the TV tribunals commonly referred to as the ‘Dadis Show’ where formerly and currently powerful figures have to appear in order to confess to corrupt practices or their implication in the drug business between Latin America, West Africa and Europe. Corinne Dufka (HRW) and Elisabeth Cote (IFES) are commenting on international reactions to the putsch, the legality of Camara‘s actions and the prospects for a rapid re-launch of parliamentarism.

This issue of Konkret is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the foundation of the Federal Republic of Germany. ’60 years are enough’, titles the journal from Hamburg. BRD is spelled as Bonzen (Fat Cats), Rassisten (Racists), Deppen (Fools). Inside an interview by the editor, Hermann Gremliza, with Michel Friedman, TV moderator and former deputy chairman of the Zentralrat der Juden in Deutschland (Central Consistory of Jews in Germany) on anti-Semitism and Friedman‘s feelings about living in the country responsible for the Shoa. Other articles deal with issues such as the handling of reparations for victims of the Nazi regime, the new German Minister for Economic Affairs, the development of so-called nonlethal weapons and the new Israeli government.

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  1. […] for early 2010. There are reports that the looting, firing and stealing by the police continues. The Dadis Show in which high-profile political entrepreneurs had to appear on TV and confess their misdeeds finally […]


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