Information Center: 06/2010

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Freedom House
June 1, 2010

The reports are excerpted from Freedom in the World 2010, which surveys the state of freedom in 194 countries and 14 select territories. The ratings and accompanying essays are based on events from January 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. The 17 countries and 3 territories profiled in this report are drawn from the total of 47 countries and 7 territories that are considered to be Not Free, and whose citizens endure systematic and pervasive human rights violations. Included in this report are nine countries judged to have the worst human rights conditions: Burma, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

Peter O'Neil
June 8, 2010

This article analizes UNESCO's consideration of naming a prize dedicated to scientists who ʺimprove the quality of human lifeʺ after President Teodoro Obiang.

Ken Silverstein
June 14, 2010

This article reports on the controversy surrounding UNESCO's attempt to accept $3 million from the government of Equatorial Guinea to create the UNESCO-Obiang prize. In light of widely publicized and reported human rights abuses, the article details the many countries that oppose the acceptance of the prize money.

James Brabazon
June 3, 2010

My Friend the Mercenary recounts James's courageous journey into the Liberian war, and tells the inside story of the most infamous coup attempt in recent history.

International Country Guides
June 14, 2010

A simple, succinct study on the country of Equatorial Guinea. This includes the history, simple facts, geography, and other key information that would aid a person in understanding basic information on this country.

Government of Equatorial Guinea
June 14, 2010

An official statement by the government of Equatorial Guinea to UNESCO regarding the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo Prize for the Life Sciences. The government suggests that international organizations advocating UNESCO to cancel the prize are motivated by racism and neocolonialism.

Afrol News
June 15, 2010

After protests from more than 200 human rights organizations and governments, UNESCO has decided to delay the use of President Obiang's money.

Ken Silverstein
June 2, 2010

In the face of intense pressure from human rights and advocacy groups and a barrage of bad publicity, the lunkheads who run UNESCO are apparently reconsidering their decision to allow a corrupt dictator to endow a prize in his own name.

The New York Times
Steven Erlanger
June 6, 2010

A new international prize for scientific achievement lavishly financed by one of Africa’s most infamous dictators has placed Unesco and its new director general in a delicate bind.

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