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Yahya Affinnih
February 5, 2002

Central to the paper's argument is evidence that sub-Saharan African countries are now integrated into the political economy of drug consumption due to the spill-over effect. These countries are now minor markets for ʺhard drugsʺ as the result of the activities of organizations and individual traffickers that use Africa as a staging point in their trade with Europe and the United States. As a result, sub-Saharan African countries have drug consumption problems that were essentially absent prior to 1980, along with associated health, social, and economic costs. The emerging drug problem has forced African countries to develop their own drug control policy.

Pieter H F Bekker
October 10, 2002

On March 29, 1994, Cameroon filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) regarding certain maritime boundary issues that were in contention with Nigeria. This article discusses this conflict and the role that Equatorial Guinea had in the case as it was allowed to intervene as a nonparty by the ICJ.

John E Fa, Javier Juste, Robert W Burn, and Genevieve Broad
March 23, 2002

We studied consumption and preference of meats of wild species (bushmeat) by inhabitants of Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea. The aim of the study was to quantify frequency of consumption and stated preferences of the two main ethnic groups (Bubi and Fang) in the island. Although members of both ethnic groups lived on the island, the Fang originated from the continent and maintained strong links with this area. Thus, preference and consumption of the Fang reflected exposure to animals found in the continent as well as on Bioko. A sample of 196 subjects (115 Bubi and 81 Fang) was interviewed using semistructured questionnaires. A total of 55 different bushmeat species was identified as preferred or consumed by interviewees. Principal component analyses of stated consumption and preference indicated differences between ethnic groups in their general responses. Further analyses of the effects of preference and other factors on consumption of the three main species mentioned (blue duiker (C

Joseph A. Canales
August 1, 2002

Hydrocarbon venting and seepage features are associated with producing fields in Equatorial Guinea, including Zafiro and Alba fields. The 2000 discovery drilled by CMS Oil and Gas and partners in Equatorial Guinea, the Estrella-1, offsets a gas chimney and seafloor-venting feature.

Berzosa PJ, Cano J, Roche J, Rubio JM, García L, Moyano E, Guerra A, Mateos JC, Petrarca V, Rosario VD, and Benito A
June 27, 2002

This article discusses relevant information on malaria vectors found in Equatorial Guinea and provides detail about how researchers are studying the problem.

Amnesty International
July 10, 2002

This report provides a detailed account of the abuse suffered by political prisoners in the prisons of Equatorial Guinea. Many of the prisoners don't receive a fair trial.

Amnesty International
September 17, 2002

Juan Asumu Sima died in the morning of Saturday 31 August 2002 in Black Beach prison, Malabo. Amnesty International does not have information on the exact cause of death, but it is believed that, although he is elderly, the injuries he sustained during torture and harsh prison conditions may have contributed to his death.Juan Asumu Sima was part of a group of 144 people arrested after 15 March 2002 and tried between 23 May and 9 June 2002. Sixty-eight detainees were found guilty of attempting to overthrow the government. Juan Asumu Sima was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison. Amongst the others sentenced were Felipe Ondó Obiang, Donato Ondó Ondó, Guillermo Nguema Elá, Mariano Ekua, Laureano Ondó Monsuy and Ovono Akubenga. According to reports, Juan Asumu Sima was severely tortured in pre-trial detention. At the time of the trial had to be assisted to the stand by his co-defendants and had to sit down during the questioning. He reportedly had scars, consistent with torture/ill-treatment, on legs and arms. Like several other defendants he repeatedly asked for medical treatment during the trial, but it was denied.

Ken Silverstein
April 22, 2002

An article that assesses the relationship between the United States and Equatorial Guinea and describes the continued poverty in Equatorial Guinea despite the country's oil wealth.

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