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THE CONTRADICTORY RANTINGS OF BILLIE BI NZE ON FRANCE 24. LES ÉLUCUBRATIONS CONTRADICTOIRES DE BILLIÉ BI NZE SUR FRANCE 24

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The video above shows the content of 3 minutes of airtime which were given to Alain Claude Billie Bi Nze, spokesman of the Ali Bongo’s Presidency, by France 24. It was definitely a right of reply to the interview given this past week by Jean Ping on the same channel.
The biggest contradiction in the recital of nonsense distilled by Alain Claude Billie Bi Nze, was in saying that Ali Bongo does not have to be included in the 42-years rule of Omar Bongo. Anyone with common sense will recognize the profound absurdity of this statement by Mr. Billie Bi Nze. Everyone knows that in the second volume of the Jacques Foccart’s memoirs, the man who fabricated from scratch Omar Bongo and put him at the head of Gabon, published in 1997, that is to say 17 year ago; Foccart tells in the first person singular, what follows:
One day in 1986 or 1987, as I was in the office of Jacques Chirac during the first "cohabitation", Ali Bongo, son of the President, called me. He was in Par…

THE NEWSPAPER L’AUBE. LE JOURNAL L’AUBE

2 MONTHS STRIKE IN HOSPITALS. WORK IS REDUCED TO 1 OUT OF EVERY 2 DAYS. GRÈVE DE 2 MOIS DANS LES HÔPITAUX. LE TRAVAIL EST RÉDUIT Á 1 JOUR SUR 2

THIS WEEK’S EDITION OF ÉCHOS DU NORD. L’ÉDITION DE LA SEMAINE D’ÉCHOS DU NORD

JEAN PING NOW SPEAKS THE LANGUAGE OF THE GABONESE PEOPLE. BUT THEY MUST THINK OF SECURING THE ELECTION APPARATUS TO WIN IN 2016! JEAN PING PARLE DÉSORMAIS LE LANGAGE DES GABONAIS. MAIS IL FAUT PENSER Á SÉCURISER L’APPAREIL ÉLECTORAL POUR PASSER EN 2016!

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Image: France 24


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The interview that Jean Ping gave to France 24 is indicative of at least one essential and politically non-negligible fact; that he understood the position of Gabonese people and more seriously, that he adopted their language and their terms in his communication strategy. On this blog we do not like to beat around the bush and find this an encouraging development. However, as said the French cycling champion Bernard Hinault, a race is never won before crossing the finish line and all you can say before does not matter if you do not cross the line as the victor.
In Gabon where the lack of confidence of the opposition electorate, which we can say loud and clear, is overwhelmingly the majority, toward the political representatives of the opposition, is strong for reasons of repeated treason of confidence since 1990, we must admit that Jean Ping has several levels to overcome before this whole electorate would be ready to follow him; if ever as we think, he b…

JEAN PING’S INTERVIEW ON FRANCE 24. INTERVIEW DE JEAN PING SUR FRANCE 24

WHAT ARE STUDENTS DOING IN JAIL IN GABON? QUE FONT LES ETUDIANTS EN PRISON AU GABON?

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Photo: Gabonreview


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Firmin Ollo Obiang and Célestin Mitong are two young Gabonese students. Up to this point nothing remarkable about them. However, whereas in most normal countries, students are currently either on vacation or in training, or taking additional courses in so-called summer session (in the West), both students of the University of Libreville are locked incommunicado in the jails of the Gabonese regime. What have they done to deserve this treatment? They are allegedly considered by the regime as being the two leaders of the student protest on the Libreville campus! Is this offense grave enough to be punishable by detention and extra judicial imprisonment in Gabon? Clearly, the regime thinks so, given the reality of the incarceration of these young men!
As we have always said and as we reminded you again at the announcement of the assassination attempt on the person of Professor Albert Ondo Ossa, the Bongo dictatorship is proudly brutal; not hesitating to kill…

WHAT IS GABON’S CREDIT RATING? QUELLE EST LA CÔTE DE CRÉDIT DU GABON?

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Image: The guardian


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In a country where ignorance is cultivated to bamboozle a population that is estimated to be too silly to catch the deception, it is important that we demystify all the concepts seemingly complicated which are used by the regime to pretend to give the people a reason to hope for a better future. We are talking today about Gabon’s credit rating, and what this rating actually tells us about the Gabonese economy. It is an indicator that the “emergents” can neither hide nor ignore because it is accessible to everyone making the effort to look for it.
What is a credit rating?
The credit rating of a country is similar to that of an individual, in its concept. In the sense that, for an individual, if they want to borrow to buy a house, a car, to take out a line of credit etc., the lender should have before them the credit report containing all personal information and financial data history of the borrower, so that the banker can ensure the ability to repay t…

LA LETTRE DU CONTINENT THINKS THAT ALI BONGO TRAVELS TO AVOID THE SOCIAL CLIMATE IN GABON.LA LETTRE DU CONTINENT PENSE QU’ALI BONGO VOYAGE POUR FUIR LE CLIMAT SOCIAL AU GABON

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Ali Bongo during the final at the Maracana
Ali Bongo pendant la finale au Maracana
(Photo : Getty Images)




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It is the periodic La Lettre du Continent in an article entitled: "Ali Bongo travels to escape the social climate," which argues that the increase in extended stays abroad, by Ali Bongo, is due to a desire to escape from the deteriorating social climate in Gabon.

The social demands by State agents regarding the payment of the incentive performance bonus; a measure promised by Ali Bongo that is still not deployed to all. On top of this, student scholarships have not been paid either and two student leaders, Firmin Ollo Obiang and Célestin Mitong, are still imprisoned by the regime for arbitrary reasons.

La Lettre du Continent says that Ali Bongo has not been seen in public in Gabon since 3 July 2014, that is to say for 20 days. The periodical says that from 7 July 2014, Ali Bongo was in Brazil, where he attended the two semi-finals and the final of the world c…

STATEMENT BY ZACHARIE MYBOTO, PRESIDENT OF THE UNION NATIONALE PARTY, MADE ON 20 JULY 2014. ALLOCUTION DE ZACHARIE MYBOTO, PRÉSIDENT DE L’UNION NATIONALE, PRONONCÉE LE 20 JUILLET 2014

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Some members of the Union Nationale party Des membres du parti Union Nationale (Photo ; J.P. Rougou)


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THE NEWSPAPER LA UNE. LE JOURNAL LA UNE

THE NEWSPAPER ÉCHOS DU NORD. LE JOURNAL ÉCHOS DU NORD

THE NEWSPAPER L’AUBE. LE JOURNAL L’AUBE

ALI BONGO’S IMPACT ON GABONESE FOOTBALL. L’IMPACT D’ALI BONGO SUR LE FOOTBALL GABONAIS

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Photo: DPA






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It seems that Ali Bongo loves football. It seems that he does not miss any opening or final of major competitions like the World Cup or the Champions League. Given this great love for the king of sports, as a spectator at Gabonese taxpayers expense, one would expect that his being at the head of the country would result in significant advances of Gabonese football. This blog has set on a graph, the average annual ranking of Gabon in world football by FIFA. We leave you be the judge of whether Ali Bongo’s presidency has been beneficial or destructive for Gabonese football. We begin our graph in 2006, when Alain Giresse, this connoisseur of football, was hired as national coach. For the year 2014 we take the month of July for the ranking. These figures are verifiable on the official FIFA website. This is a polynomial graph so you can clearly see the tendencies.

Version française
Il parait qu’Ali Bongo aime le football. Il semble qu’il ne rate aucune ouverture ou f…

THE GABONESE FREE CIVIL SOCIETY WRITES TO THE NEW OPPOSITION FRONT. LA SOCIÉTÉ CIVILE LIBRE DU GABON ÉCRIT AU NOUVEAU FRONT DE L’OPPOSITION

STATEMENT FOR THE CONSTITUTION OF THE FRONT OF THE OPPOSITION FOR CHANGE. DÉCLARATION EN VUE DE LA CONSTITUTION DU FRONT DE L’OPPOSITION POUR L’ALTERNANCE

THE NEWSPAPER LA LOUPE. LE JOURNAL LA LOUPE

REQUIEM FOR THE « EMERGENCE ». REQUIEM POUR L’ÉMERGENCE

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Photos: Marc Ona Essangui


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The work of the marina on the Libreville’s waterfront, which were presented as the flagship of the “emergence” according to Ali Bongo, are now stopped, as you can see from these pictures. When we say that the coffers are empty, the “emergent” answer that their economy has a growth of 5%. Therefore they must justify this stoppage!

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Les travaux de la marina sur le front de mer de Libreville, qui nous étaient présentés comme le fleuron de l’émergence selon Ali Bongo, sont désormais aux arrêts, comme vous pouvez le constater sur ces photos. Quand on dit les caisses sont vides, les émergents répondent que leur économie a une croissance de 5%. Qu’ils viennent donc se justifier !

CAN WE RELY ON THE REGIME’S FIGURES REGARDING ECONOMIC GROWTH IN GABON? PEUT-ON SE FIER AUX CHIFFRES AVANCÉS PAR LE RÉGIME GABONAIS EN CE QUI CONCERNE LA CROISSANCE ÉCONOMIQUE?

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Christophe Akagha-Mba (photo: gouvernement-Gabon)

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The Ali Bongo regime seems preoccupied lately with the restoration as possible, of its financial repute. Most recently, the regime did a media blitz with an article entitled: "Gabon is cleaning up its public finances." This article which appeared simultaneously everywhere, suggested that the Gabonese government launched, last January, a comprehensive audit of public finances in order to eliminate ghost companies, shoddy procurement processes, misappropriation of investment budgets etc. The problem with this umpteenth announcement effect is that these promises had already been made in 2009. We are witnessing here a recycling of rotten recipes, which the regime wants the Gabonese people to reused as new. No, that will not convince anyone. This famous audit will have no more impact than the previous ones, the results of which were never published.
A new gesticulation of the regime has been, when all indicators show …

THE 18TH OF JUNE MARKS THE CELEBRATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL NELSON MANDELA DAY. LE 18 JUIN EST LA CÉLÉBRATION DE LA JOURNÉE INTERNATIONALE NELSON MANDELA

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All photos by USA Today



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The 18th of July is the date of birth of the late Nelson Mandela. It is also the date that was chosen by the United Nations and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to celebrate the International Nelson Mandela Day. This is the first celebration of this day since his death on 5 Dec. 2013. This blog commemorates this day in pictures.


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Le 18 juillet est la date de naissance de feu Nelson Mandela. C’est aussi la date qui a été choisie par l’Organisation des Nations Unies et la Fondation Nelson Mandela, pour célébrer la Journée Internationale Nelson Mandela. C’est la première célébration de cette journée, depuis son décès le 5 décembre 2013. Ce blog commémore cette journée en images.





THE GOOD BUSINESSES OF LADY CHERIE BLAIR IN GABON. LES BONNES AFFAIRES DE MADAME CHERIE BLAIR AU GABON

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Sylvia Bongo, Yoko Ono and Cherie Blair
(Photo: Europa Newswire)



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It is The Telegraph, a daily newspaper published in London, which in an article, reveals the vast business empire of the wife of the former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, around the world. And as you guessed it, this lucrative empire goes through Gabon and the inevitable Bongos; more specifically Sylvia Bongo. This may explain why she lives in London!

The article written by Robert Mendick, tells us that Cherie Blair runs her empire from the penthouse floor an office building overlooking Hyde Park, the nicest part of London. These are the headquarters of her international law firm Omnia Strategy. This article estimates her husband Tony Blair’s fortune to amount to about 70 million pounds, or about 58 billion CFA francs.

Cherie Blair’s law firm, Omnia Strategy, has an office in Washington DC, but most importantly works on cases in Africa, principally in Nigeria, Ghana, Gabon and Cameroon. It is an ultra-s…