Posts byOlinta Lopez

New Millennium Coups in West Africa

African democracy has been in a tight spot in the past few weeks. Together with Niger, Mauritania and Guinea, the recent uprisings in Mali and Guinea-Bissau now form a long history of coup d’états in the West African Region. Each take-over arose from particular/different dilemmas caused by domestic complexities, but at the same time, there are common threats. We’ll take a look at some of the recent cases that have occurred since the start of this millennium.

How Facebook overthrew a dictator

The current wave of democratic revolutions in the Arab world has evidenced the rising power of new social networks. Facebook and other Internet networks had a crucial role in the downfall of the dictatorships in Egypt and Tunisia, which found themselves unprepared from the “dangers” of new technologies.