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¿Cuál Democracia?

El partido en el poder de Guinea Ecuatorial gana elecciones: La Unión Africana pierde una oportunidad de impulsar  la democracia en el país.   El Partido  Democrático de Guinea Ecuatorial (PDGE), aseveró su victoria en las elecciones parlamentarias del 26 de mayo de 2013, las cuales estuvieron plagadas de fraude, irregularidades, y opacadas por el...

Poverty amid the Plenty in Equatorial Guinea

By Joseph Kraus, Policy Manager for Transparency and Accountability at ONE Cross posted from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa   Teodoro Obiang Nguema, the president of Equatorial Guinea for the last 33 years, stated in a recent interview that people in Equatorial Guinea “do not know what poverty is.” My friend and colleague, Marcial Abaga...

New Developments in the API Lawsuit

Cross posted from EG Justice. Oral arguments in API v. SEC were held before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on June 7, 2013. Each side had 45 minutes to speak before Judge Bates, who heavily questioned both API and the SEC about whether Section 1504 of the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall...

El Mismo Hombre, La Misma Cara

Por: Tiniebla   Llevamos días escuchando simplezas y viendo bailar a los acólitos en sus respectivos distritos con mítines faltos de seriedad y al mismo tiempo, regalando calderillas a la hundida población para embriagarse y olvidarse de las falsas promesas. Sigue sorprendiendo ver en distintos puntos del país, cuatro fotos a la par: tres de...

Elecciones en Guinea Ecuatorial: secuestrado el censo y sin candidatos del PDGE

El siguiente es un artículo que apareció en Tiempos Canallas, Mayo 22, 2013. http://www.tiemposcanallas.com/2013/05/elecciones-en-guinea-ecuatorial-secuestrado-el-censo-y-sin-candidatos-del-pdge/ Están en Guinea Ecuatorial acabando la campaña previa a las elecciones para el Parlamento, para los ayuntamientos y para el Senado que tendrán lugar el próximo día 26.. Durante las campañas electorales se expresa, como en pocos periodos, el carácter arbitrario...

Apertura de la Campaña Electoral: Mentiras y Pucherazo

Por: Tiniebla Hoy, 10 de mayo del 2013, como en otras ocasiones, el auto-denominado “primer deportista,” “primer magistrado,” “hijo predilecto,” “alcalde honorifico,” “único magnánimo,” y sus acolitos, abrirán  la campaña electoral. Durante los próximos catorce días por aquí se verán sombras que se esconderán bajo la bandera de la infamia y una vez más, harán llover...

Improvements in the Election Process?

Campaigning for the upcoming legislative elections in Equatorial Guinea officially started today, and the government’s Press and Information Office took the opportunity to portray the electoral climate inside the country in a positive light. It published a story on its website that featured statements made by President Obiang during a recent visit to the United...

Why Equatorial Guinea’s Low Ranking in the World Press Freedom Index Matters

The Reporters Without Borders 2013 World Press Freedom Index ranks Equatorial Guinea 166th out of 179 countries, a fall from its previous – and also low – ranking of 161/179. The Index ranks countries in order of their respect for media freedom, something Reporters Without Borders views as an indicator of whether the country protects...

President Obiang’s continued abuse and misuse of UNESCO

By Joseph Kraus Cross posted with permission from the ONE Campaign Blog. Reason and good sense do not always prevail. On March 8, 2012, UNESCO’s executive board voted 33-18 (with six abstentions) to award a renamed prize sponsored by President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea. The divisive vote marked the first time in UNESCO’s history that a...

Brazil’s South-South Leadership Misses the Mark

By Meredith Varela In 2010, President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea told visiting President Lula da Silva that, “For us, the Republic of Brazil is a country that serves as a reference development model.” Brazil has become a model for many developing countries as it continues to grow in economic and political power. It has...

The fight is on! Anti-poverty and financial transparency campaigners take on big oil

By Ian Gary Ian Gary is Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries at Oxfam America. Cross posted with permission from Oxfam America’s Politics of Poverty blog. In the first Star Wars movie, Luke Skywalker and friends somehow blew up the Death Star. That’s a bit how we felt in 2010 when after years of fighting we got a...

The transparent hypocrisy of big oil

The yawning gap between the transparency rhetoric of companies and the reality of their actions has never been more apparent than it is now. By Ian Gary Ian Gary is Senior Policy Manager for Extractive Industries at Oxfam America. Cross posted with permission from Oxfam America’s Politics of Poverty blog. The oil and gas industry loves to...