Table of contents


  1. CLIMATE CHANGE: Snapshot of wins and losses at the Doha talks
  2. WEST AFRICA: Defining piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
  3. MAURITANIA: Anti-slavery law still tough to enforce
  4. CLIMATE CHANGE: In the twilight zone
  5. SENEGAL: Casamance peanut farmers threaten to block exports
  6. FOOD: How to feed the future
  7. GUINEA-BISSAU: HIV/AIDS fight hit by Global Fund cuts
  8. Analysis: Premier’s ouster complicates Mali crisis
  9. TOGO: Focus on hepatitis
  10. HEALTH: How we live and die
  11. CAMEROON: Campaigners oppose industrial palm oil plantation


CLIMATE CHANGE: Snapshot of wins and losses at the Doha talks
JOHANNESBURG، 9/12/2012 (IRIN) - Like last year’s UN climate change talks, this year’s conference in Doha culminated in an all-night session to hammer out a deal on preventing further global warming and protecting people from the effects of climate change. While some promising compromises were made, the absence of a strong commitment to slash greenhouse gas emissions and help vulnerable populations adapt to climate change was evident in the conference’s 39 decisions. full report
WEST AFRICA: Defining piracy in the Gulf of Guinea
LONDON، 10/12/2012 (IRIN) - In July last year President Boni Yayi of Benin sent a worried letter to the UN secretary-general. His country was being threatened by the activities of pirates, who were scaring shipping away from the ports on which his country's revenues depend. He wanted international help of the kind which had been deployed against piracy off the coast of Somalia. full report
MAURITANIA: Anti-slavery law still tough to enforce
NOUAKCHOTT، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - Dozens of slaves have escaped or been liberated since slavery was finally criminalized in Mauritania in 2007, but thus far just one slave-owner has been convicted and imprisoned, according to anti-slavery campaigners. full report
CLIMATE CHANGE: In the twilight zone
DOHA، 11/12/2012 (IRIN) - Covering the UN climate change talks is, in many ways, a surreal experience. This year’s talks - the 18th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - were held in Doha’s futuristic Qatar National Convention Centre. The front of the centre is propped up by structures shaped like huge tree trunks, and the inside is bathed in an eerie blue and green light, with a giant spider guarding the main foyer. The fact that you are always deprived of sleep during the marathon talks lends to the sense of otherworldliness. full report
SENEGAL: Casamance peanut farmers threaten to block exports
ZIGUINCHOR، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - Peanut farmers and peanut oil producers in Senegal’s southern province of Casamance have threatened to block exports of locally grown peanuts, saying there are insufficient nuts for the home market, and that such a move will affect local livelihoods. full report
FOOD: How to feed the future
LONDON، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - Scientists anticipate there will be nine billion people in the world to feed by 2050. As this number rises, so will the earth’s temperature, which is expected to increase four degrees Celsius by the end of the century, wreaking havoc on the world’s food production. full report
GUINEA-BISSAU: HIV/AIDS fight hit by Global Fund cuts
DAKAR/BISSAU، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - One year after the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, reduced funding to the Guinea-Bissau government body in charge of coordinating HIV prevention and treatment activities, health centres outside the capital are facing medicine shortages, patients are not receiving the treatment they need, and the transport of patients to treatment centres has been cut. full report
Analysis: Premier’s ouster complicates Mali crisis
BAMAKO، 12/12/2012 (IRIN) - Mali’s coup-triggered political crisis that has seen half the country seized by Islamist militias deepened with the arrest and resignation this week of interim Prime Minister Cheick Modibo Diarra - something which could complicate international peace efforts, say analysts and observers. full report
TOGO: Focus on hepatitis
LOME، 13/12/2012 (IRIN) - The spread of viral hepatitis in Togo, where there is little awareness of the disease and most people discover by chance that they are infected, is causing concern, says the Save Africa from Hepatitis Society (ASADH), which is working with the Health Ministry to combat the disease. full report
HEALTH: How we live and die
LONDON، 14/12/2012 (IRIN) - We all know we are going to die, but how and when it happens depends largely on who we are and where we live. We think we know the major risks - perhaps malaria or AIDS-related diseases in Africa, or stroke, cancer and heart disease in North America and Western Europe. But, in fact, patterns of mortality and morbidity are rapidly changing around the world. full report
CAMEROON: Campaigners oppose industrial palm oil plantation
YAOUNDE، 14/12/2012 (IRIN) - Campaigners opposed to a large palm oil plantation in a rainforest covering part of the Korup National Park in southwestern Cameroon say up to 45,000 people risk losing their livelihoods if the project proceeds. full report