Madagascar en Madagascar: Marc Ravalomanana, former president, denied entry <p> &ldquo;All the talk yesterday evening was that his return was good and they were going to arrest him,&rdquo; Patrick Gearing, a Ravalomanana spokesman, told the New York Times. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know why the change of heart now.&rdquo;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar World Leaders Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2012 03:40:36 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5688380 at Madagascar News: Exiled former president sent back to South Africa <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Marc Ravalomanana's attempt to return to Madagascar have been thwarted for the second time. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan McConnell </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> NAIROBI, Kenya &mdash; The hopes of Madagascar&#39;s ousted former President Marc Ravalomanana <a href="" target="_blank">to return triumphantly</a>&nbsp;to home soil from South African exile <a href="" target="_blank">were dashed</a>&nbsp;&mdash; again &mdash; at the weekend.</p> <p> Just an hour before his plane was due to land at the airport in the&nbsp;capital Antananarivo it was turned around due, it seems, to &quot;security&nbsp;concerns&quot; at the airport where a large crowd of his supporters had&nbsp;gathered and were being kept at bay by riot police.</p> <p> <strong>More on GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Marc Ravalomanana, former president, denied entry</a></strong></p> <p> On board the flight was Niren Tolsi, a journalist for South Africa&#39;s&nbsp;weekly Mail &amp; Guardian newspaper.</p> <p> Below are parts of his report he wrote about &quot;<a href="" target="_blank">the theater of the&nbsp;absurd</a>&quot; on board:</p> <blockquote><p> &quot;At around noon, Ravalomanana was informed by the airline&#39;s security&nbsp;chief, who was on board the flight and identified only as Heinrich,&nbsp;that the plane had turned around and was now heading back to&nbsp;Johannesburg. But information was scarce &mdash; unlike the anger and&nbsp;disappointment welling up inside Ravalomanana and his entourage, or&nbsp;the general chaos in midair.</p> <p> &quot;Ravalomanana&#39;s attempt to set foot on Malagasy soil was thwarted an&nbsp;hour before it was due to happen. According to the airline&#39;s security&nbsp;chief, the pilot had been informed by ground control at Ivato&nbsp;International Airport that it had been closed due to &#39;security&nbsp;concerns.&#39;</p> <p> &quot;News filtering through suggested that large crowds &mdash; estimated&nbsp;between 20,000 and 30,000 &mdash; had gathered at Ivato in expectation of&nbsp;Ravalomanana. No one would say who had given the order to close the&nbsp;airport down, but Ravalomanana&#39;s aides suggested that it must have&nbsp;been an executive order from someone in the government of Andry&nbsp;Rajoelina (who had deposed Ravalomanana&#39;s democratically elected&nbsp;government in a 2009 coup).&quot;</p> </blockquote> <p> This is the second time that Ravalomanana&#39;s attempts to go home have&nbsp;been thwarted by his ouster and opponent Rajoelina.</p> <p> Now it is being&nbsp;reported that Rajoelina has had a <a href="" target="_blank">change of heart</a>, saying he&#39;ll even&nbsp;send a private plane to collect the former president ... and then have&nbsp;him arrested on arrival.</p> <p> <strong>More on GlobalPost:&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Madagascar&#39;s former president plans return, risks arrest</a></strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Africa Emerges Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:40:09 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5688449 at Brookesia micra, world's smallest chameleon, discovered in Madagascar <p> The tiny lizard, native to Madagascar, measures less than 30 millimeters fully grown &ndash; making it small enough to stand comfortably on a fingernail.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Wildlife News Germany Science United States Wed, 15 Feb 2012 15:07:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5691827 at Scientists: thirty Indonesian women colonized Madagascar over one thousand years ago While the theory that the island was settled by Indonesians is not new, a genetic analysis suggests just 30 women of childbearing age comprised the first human inhabitation of Madagascar. 93 percent of Malagasy genes were tied to Indonesia.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Science Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:46:07 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5696992 at Lemurs declared most endangered vertebrates on Earth Habitat loss is the main reason for the disappearance of the lemurs, Conservation International said in a statement, according to CNN.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Wildlife News Science Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 News Desk 5711841 at Soldiers mutiny in Madagascar proves unsuccessful Soldiers at a Madagascar army military camp attempted an ultimately unsuccessful mutiny today, the Wall Street Journal reports, taking over a barracks located near the airport in Madgascar's capital city of Antananarivo.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Madagascar World Leaders Military Politics Sun, 22 Jul 2012 20:47:07 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5712966 at Madagascar hit by locust plague According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the billions of insects could cause hunger for 60 percent of the country's population.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Strange But True Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:03:21 +0000 Jill Langlois 5795744 at Travel warnings after 3 killed in mob attack on Madagascar island <!--paging_filter--><p>JOHANNESBURG, <a href="">South Africa</a> — The US government has warned against travel to a popular tourist island in Madagascar after reports of rioting and the mob killings of two <a href="">European</a> men.</p> <p>A French national and a man with both <a href="">Italian</a> and French passports, as well as a local man, were attacked by a mob that reportedly suspected them of organ trafficking after a young boy's mutilated body was found on a beach on Nosy Be island, off the northwest coast of Madagascar.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Travel/Tourism Strange But True Fri, 04 Oct 2013 18:17:47 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5952114 at Rats, locusts and hungry children: Can elections save Madagascar from the abyss? <p>JOHANNESBURG &mdash; With swarms of hungry locusts destroying crops, and rats spreading bubonic plague, the crisis in Madagascar is becoming almost biblical in its devastation.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Elections Want to Know Tue, 22 Oct 2013 04:24:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5966922 at How to pronounce the name of Madagascar's new president: Hery Rajaonarimampianina <p>JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; The election of Hery Rajaonarimampianina as Madagascar&#39;s new president sets the ultimate challenge for radio and TV newsreaders around the world: properly pronouncing his name.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Need to Know World Leaders Elections Fri, 17 Jan 2014 19:12:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 6046070 at