Madagascar http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21265/all en Madagascar: Marc Ravalomanana, former president, denied entry http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120121/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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120121/madagascar-marc-ravalomanana-former-president-denied-entry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar World Leaders Politics Sun, 22 Jan 2012 03:40:36 +0000 Samantha Stainburn 5688380 at http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar News: Exiled former president sent back to South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/madagascar-former-president-ravalomanana-return-not-welcomed <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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/africa/former-madagascar-president-plans-return-risks-arrest" target="_blank">to return triumphantly</a>&nbsp;to home soil from South African exile <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120121/madagascar-marc-ravalomanana-former-president-denied-entry" 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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120121/madagascar-marc-ravalomanana-former-president-denied-entry" 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="http://mg.co.za/article/2012-01-21-ravalomananas-return-to-madagascar-up-in-the-air" 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="http://mg.co.za/article/2012-01-21-ravalomananas-return-to-madagascar-up-in-the-air" 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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/news/regions/africa/former-madagascar-president-plans-return-risks-arrest" target="_blank">Madagascar&#39;s former president plans return, risks arrest</a></strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/madagascar-former-president-ravalomanana-return-not-welcomed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Africa Emerges Mon, 23 Jan 2012 15:40:09 +0000 Tristan McConnell 5688449 at http://www.globalpost.com Brookesia micra, world's smallest chameleon, discovered in Madagascar http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120215/brookesia-micra-worlds-smallest-chameleon-discovered-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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120215/brookesia-micra-worlds-smallest-chameleon-discovered-madagascar" 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 http://www.globalpost.com Scientists: thirty Indonesian women colonized Madagascar over one thousand years ago http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/120321/30-indonesian-women-colonized-madagascar 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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/science/120321/30-indonesian-women-colonized-madagascar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Science Wed, 21 Mar 2012 11:46:07 +0000 Tim Fitzsimons 5696992 at http://www.globalpost.com Lemurs declared most endangered vertebrates on Earth http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120713/lemurs-most-endangered-animals-earth-iucn Habitat loss is the main reason for the disappearance of the lemurs, Conservation International said in a statement, according to CNN.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120713/lemurs-most-endangered-animals-earth-iucn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Wildlife News Science Fri, 13 Jul 2012 22:30:00 +0000 News Desk 5711841 at http://www.globalpost.com Soldiers mutiny in Madagascar proves unsuccessful http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120722/soldiers-mutiny-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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120722/soldiers-mutiny-madagascar-proves-unsuccessful" 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 http://www.globalpost.com Madagascar hit by locust plague http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130327/madagascar-hit-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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130327/madagascar-hit-locust-plague" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Madagascar Strange But True Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:03:21 +0000 Jill Langlois 5795744 at http://www.globalpost.com Travel warnings after 3 killed in mob attack on Madagascar island http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/131004/travel-warnings-after-3-killed-mob-attack-madagascar-island <!--paging_filter--><p>JOHANNESBURG, <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/south-africa">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="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/europe">European</a> men.</p> <p>A French national and a man with both <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/section-config/italy">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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/131004/travel-warnings-after-3-killed-mob-attack-madagascar-island" 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 http://www.globalpost.com Rats, locusts and hungry children: Can elections save Madagascar from the abyss? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/131021/can-elections-save-madagascar-devastation <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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/131021/can-elections-save-madagascar-devastation" 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 http://www.globalpost.com How to pronounce the name of Madagascar's new president: Hery Rajaonarimampianina http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/140117/how-pronounce-the-name-madagascars-new-president-hery-rajaonarim <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="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/140117/how-pronounce-the-name-madagascars-new-president-hery-rajaonarim" 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 http://www.globalpost.com