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Thursday, 17 February 2011


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Va Boy

I have one question. If we help you to push out Biya, would you guys get out of our way (Southern Cameroons) if we still want to leave? I have read some of your articles, right here on this blog, and you are an enlightened citizen of la republique. Please stop referring to Southern Cameroons in quotes. It is disrespectful.

Va Boy

I wish to congratulate Up Station for maintaining unparalleled access to articles and archives, way back to 2005. Most African sites are chock full of dead links. This is a good tool for research.

Tita Mofor

Great that some Cameroonians have started realising that anti french sentiment is a big distraction. It will only make Cameroonians look like a bunch of radicals in the eyes of the international community. And if anybody think that we can succeed to get rid of Paul Biya by being anti-international community, then we have a couple of hundred years to go before we get to where we want to.

Many ordinary French people don't know that their government is supporting dictators in Africa and blaming all the French for acts committed by their government, which they do not even know is counter productive. If Cameroonians make it clear that they like to collaborate with ordinary people from all over the world, do business with them and welcome them in Cameroon I don't see how any government will feel threatened by that. We can say no to French policies that support dictatorship in Cameroon without whipping up anti french sentiments

John Dinga

Grateful for these insightful postings. I like the idea of avoiding distractions like making our problem sound like an anti-French issue. As a matter of fact, on a larger scale, the mistake of backing Ivory Coast's Laurent Gbagbo against Alassane Ouattara is a similar flaw where anti-external interference is made to look like the support of a candidate who has over-stayed his welcome at the helm. It is ridiculously myopic taking such a stance knowing that sooner or later the nation will turn again for help to the very French, UN, and other external bodies being vilified now.

On the other hand, if the answer lies inside Cameroon itself, what is the best remedy for overcoming our many divisions to present a united front? It is clear that the regime in power has used divide-and-rule as a powerful tool of governance for a very long time. The problem is not simply anglophone against francophones, north-west against south-west etc. It is far deeper! Take our numerous (the past and present Goebbels) and praise singers who have been beneficiaries of the system. How will you unite university professors who depend on writing and sending motions of support to Paul Biya instead of academic pursuit for their advancement? That is one painful reminder for those who have sung "Paul Biya must go" until it sounds like a broken record. I can bet my last devalued CFA franc that even today there are persons prepared to go on the streets and mount a counter demonstration to protect the largesse they enjoy from the system. That is the challenge. How do we tackle it?


You people are still not getting this. Even If Paul Biya is removed who is to say the next person being put into power will not do the same thing. Why believe the solution is to stay with the French. We can build our own Nation. We were better off before we joined the French. Can somebody tell me what has this unity really brought us. An idiot will say peace. Is this really peace with rising unemployment and food shortages. Anglos are still divided but the legion that believe we can be independent will make us independent. Look at the country now and imagine how worst it could be in the next 10 years.Dont thing about yourself thing about the kids of Ambazonia who are yet to be born.


La France fait ses valises
Paris a multiplié les faux-pas politiques sur le continent africain, si bien qu'aujourd'hui, son influence est menacée d'Abidjan à Tunis.

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Des manifestations le 19 février devant l’ambassade de France à Tunis. Des banderoles avec des slogans particulièrement virulents tels que «Dégage, petit Sarko». Boris Boillon, un ambassadeur de France obligé de présenter des excuses à la télévision nationale afin de calmer la colère des Tunisiens qui réclament son départ. Ils l’accusent d’arrogance après qu'il a tenu des propos particulièrement peu amènes à l’égard des journalistes qui l’interrogeaient lors d’une conférence de presse.

Très fier de sa maîtrise de l’arabe classique, il se serait lâché dans la langue du Coran et dans celle de Molière: il aurait notamment qualifié de «débiles» et de «nulles» certaines questions des journalistes. La vidéo de cet échange de haute volée a été visionnée sur YouTube par des milliers de Tunisiens. Une page Facebook, intitulée «Boris Boillon dégage», connaît, elle aussi, un grand succès sur le Net.

La situation est d’autant plus étonnante que cet ambassadeur vient d’être nommé pour rétablir de bonnes relations entre la France et la Tunisie. Son prédécesseur a récemment été limogé —il n’avait pas su prévoir la chute de Ben Ali.

La France, attentisme et pieds dans le plat

Le jour de la fuite du dictateur (le 14 janvier) le diplomate se montrait rassurant. Il n’aurait pas invité le quai d’Orsay à la vigilance. Le soir de la chute de Ben Ali, Paris n’a pas trouvé de mots pour commenter l’événement. Un silence étourdissant s’était emparé de la diplomatie française —alors que Washington n’avait pas été saisie par les délicieuses prémices du week-end et que la diplomatie américaine multipliait les déclarations publiques.

Des manifestations hostiles au représentant de la France en plein Tunis; pareil spectacle aurait paru inconcevable, il y a quelques jours encore. La «patrie des droits de l’Homme» a longtemps été considérée comme le modèle à suivre pour nombre de Tunisiens. Mais la gestion calamiteuse de la fin de règne de «l’ami Ben Ali» a fait des dégâts...

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Many Cameroonians have fled the country, we want to come back, but the country should be one worth living in: Good constitution, laws that are respected, the president shouldn't hold election dates in his wallet. We should know critical dates well in advance. Biya must go!!


Since 1982, Cameroon has proven to be a good example of an "under-developing country" creeping backwards ever since. We need a change.

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