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Democracy Now
July 10, 2008

As world attention is fixed on Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe, there has been hardly any outcry from the international community about the dire human rights situation in another African country — Equatorial Guinea — where Teodoro Obiang has ruthlessly ruled for nearly thirty years. Obiang has been called the worst dictator in Africa, but since vast oil and natural gas reserves were discovered in the mid-1990s, he has become a close US ally. We speak with Ken Silverstein of Harper’s Magazine and Frank Ruddy, who served as US ambassador to Equatorial Guinea during the Reagan administration.

Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia
John Lundberg
March 28, 2008

Thirteen papers on the taxonomy and systematics of catfishes from Africa, Asia and South America, including descriptions of one new tribe, one new genus, and 13 new species, and phylogenetic studies of the families Mochokidae and Amblycipitidae. Contents: New Species: “Synodontis woleuensis”; “Atopodontus adriaensi”; “Chrysichthys”; “Liobagrus”; Geographic variation in “Parauchenoglanis ngamensis”; “Nanobagrus”; “Glyptothorax plectilis”; “Pimelodus pintado”; The Venezuelan species of “Phenacorhamdia”, with the description of two new species and a new tooth morphology for siluriforms; “Gelanoglanis”; Taxonomic revision of extant “Doras” Lacepede, 1803 with descriptions of 3 new species.

World Bank
Achille Toto Same
April 1, 2008

This paper argues that, in the case of Equatorial Guinea, the negative impact of the Dutch Disease would be limited given the structure of the economy and on the contrary may even be a good thing because it fuels the structural transformational process of the economy, which is needed in Equatorial Guinea. The author argues that the ongoing Dutch Disease is a natural and necessary reallocation of resources in the economy of Equatorial Guinea. Given that Equatorial Guinea is a country where the manufacturing sector barely exists and the non-oil primary sector is structurally deficient, Equatorial Guinea has little to fear from the disease. The oil boom is a blessing, given that oil revenues when properly managed can play a special and critical role in overall economic development and poverty reduction in low-income countries. To promote good governance in the management of the country's oil wealth, the government may wish to adhere to clear standards of accountability and transparency; especially by complying with the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI++).

International Monetary Fund
May 14, 2008

Economic and social development indicators and discussions published annually by the IMF.

United Nations
November 14, 2008

This is a report filed by Manfred Nowak, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, that outlines his findings on the use of torture in Equatorial Guinea. Nowak's nine day fact-finding mission, initiated by the government of Equatorial Guinea, visited several locations and institutions inside the country. Nowak reports a systematic use of torture by police and security forces.

International Monetary Fund
May 14, 2008

An economic overview and analysis of Equatorial Guinea by the IMF.

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December 17, 2008

A report prepared for a Global Climate Change conference that took place in Sirte, Libya December 15-17, 2008. The report discusses Equatorial Guinea's national investment strategy for agriculture and details the current status of the country's agriculture sector.

Democracy Now
July 10, 2008

Democracy Now featured Equatorial Guinea in a discussion with former U.S. ambassador to Equatorial Guinea Frank Ruddy, and Ken Silverstein of Harper's Magazine. The segment on Equatorial Guinea begins at the 11:45 mark.

UNICEF
February 19, 2008

Highlights a series of training sessions for women organized by UNICEF, the Spanish National Committee for UNICEF and the Red Cross in Equatorial Guinea. These sessions allow participants to express themselves freely on HIV/AIDS and upgrade their knowledge on prevention and treatment of the disease.

Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel
January 1, 2008

In the surrounding area of the airport of Bata, two adolescent guineanos earn some money helping the passengers with their packages. One day Mba Abyss and his cousin are found with a much more tempting load: two hogs that were going to be loaded in an airplane and that, after being freed of their tyings, leave in stampede. Both youths, incited by hunger and the lack of so many good things in life, chase after them. But the owner of the pigs, a powerful person with various soldiers at his service, frustrates its capture, and as punishment, obliges both boys to get onto the plane. Thus begins the trip of the protagonists toward Malabo, the capital of the country, a place that they have never visited and where they are without family members or anyone who knows of their whereabouts. To their surprise, they come to find, that in complicated circumstances, they find their first loves.

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