Category: Country Profiles

Liberia Country Profile 2012-2013

A long period of political stability and relatively good macroeconomic development, but under a monarchy dominated by the so-called Americo-Liberians (originally freed slaves), ended in 1980 with a bloody coup of “master sergeant” S. Doe, a representative for the oppressed local ethnic groups. Economic downturns and increased polarization led to a 14 year civil war…
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June 2, 2020 0

Gambia

This small West African country is a favorite holiday paradise for Western tourists. But behind the image of chalky white beaches is the hegemony of brutal powers that prevails. President Yahya AJJ Jammeh is taking new steps to crack down on political opponents and hold power. President Jammeh took power in a bloodless coup in…
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June 1, 2020 0

Tanzania

Tanzania, a peaceful country in an otherwise troubled region, continues to be a favorite among donor countries and is Norway’s largest aid recipient in Africa. However, large-scale corruption casts dark shadows on the government and has weakened the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) government. President Jakaya Kikwete, who won the 2005 election overwhelmingly with over 80…
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May 31, 2020 0