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Africa’s first coup d’état? A history of Niger’s Sawaba movement

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The Yearning for Relief by Klaas van Walraven

In a new book on Niger, Dutch author Klaas van Walraven charts the history of what he calls Africa’s first coup d’état. The Sawaba movement, formed in 1954, was opposed to French colonial rule and pushed for independence. It developed into a militant social movement, aligned with Eastern bloc states, as well as Algeria and Ghana. But it was stopped in its tracks, repressed by France’s fifth republic. Can we really call this Africa’s first coup?

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

24 February 2013 at 13:45

Interview: Watching the Last Lions with Dereck and Beverly Joubert

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The Last Lions - Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Photo: Wildlife Films Botswana / Mike Meyers

The Last Lions - Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Photo: Wildlife Films Botswana / Mike Meyers

More than 90 per cent of the lion population has disappeared from Africa over the past 50 years, according to some estimates. A film to be shown on the National Geographic channel in France charts the story of one family of lions. RFI spoke to the makers of The Last Lions about their journey into the world of one of the most ferocious predators known to man…

Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

2 February 2012 at 17:02

Voting chaos and pockets of violence mar DRC elections

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Voters searching for their names on the voter list in Matete, Kinshasa

Voters searching for their names on the voter list in Matete, Kinshasa

Missing ballot papers and problems with voter lists kicked off the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections on Monday, with scattered pockets of violence throughout the country. RFI visited polling stations in Kinshasa, where frustrations ran high.

Q&A: Dominique Struye, Belgium’s Ambassador to DRC


Q&A: John Stremlau, Election Observer, Carter Center


Radio France Internationale

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Beshir risks new Sudan civil war, says SPLM-N chief

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Yasser Arman, March 2010. Photo: Youtube/Yasirarman.com

Yasser Arman, March 2010. Photo: Youtube/Yasirarman.com

Sudanese President Omar Al-Beshir could start a new civil war in Sudan, says Yasser Arman, the secretary general of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement’s northern branch (SPLM-N). In an exclusive interview he told RFI that anti-Beshir groups in Darfur, South Kordofan and Blue Nile are close to forming an alliance.
Radio France Internationale

Interview: Yasser Arman, Secretary General, SPLM-N


“It’s high-time for Beshir to be removed. Beshir is worse than [former Egyptian president] Hosni Mubarak, worse than [deposed Libyan leader Moamer] Kadhafi. At least Hosni Mubarak did not divide Egypt and Beshir if he continues, he’s going to, again, divide the present north Sudan,” says Arman.

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Written by Daniel Finnan

5 October 2011 at 10:00

About

Photo of Daniel Finnan by Agata Wolanska

Photo: Agata Wolanska

Daniel Finnan is a broadcast journalist working for Radio France Internationale’s English service in Paris.

His work mainly concerns international news and politics, especially Africa  and France. He also covers arts, culture, economics, the environment, music, sports and technology. He has skills in multimedia production with a high level of expertise in audio editing, graphics, video and web technologies. His work has been heard on international radio stations, including American Public Media, Radio Netherlands and Deutsche Welle.

Before working as a journalist he spent time in commercial and community radio in the United Kingdom. He developed The Hillz FM community radio station and helped it to secure a full-time FM license.

Written by Daniel Finnan

24 August 2011 at 10:00

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Somali TFG must end in August, says UN rep

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Mogadishu, Somalia, March 1993, CC licence: rjones0856

Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government must come to an end in August, a top UN official told RFI. Augustine Mahiga, the special representative for Somalia, said there have been “ups and downs” since 2004, but it will soon be time to “broaden the political base”, ratify a new constitution and run elections.

Interview: Augustine Mahiga, the special representative for Somalia


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Written by Daniel Finnan

27 January 2011 at 20:17

Jostling for position at the Paris Games Week

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Poster of the Lapins Crétins video game at Paris Games Week

Poster of the Lapins Crétins video game at Paris Games Week

With 28 million regular video game players in France and a market worth more than three billion euros in 2010, the inaugural Paris Games Week is attempting to woo gaming geeks with new games as well as innovations in interactivity. Ahead of the important Christmas period, major players such as Xbox, Disney and Electronic Arts are showing off their wares.

Radio Feature: Focus on France


Radio France Internationale

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Video games, bonobo, lemon curd and lies

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Screens at MuseoGames exhibition

Screens at MuseoGames exhibition

This week’s Sound Kitchen visits the MuseoGames exhibition at the Arts et Metiers museum in Paris to play video games and find out why it’s just been extended until December. Rachel Khoo, a food creative, and author of Pâtes à tartiner shows us how to make lemon curd. Our regular quiz taxes your ears with another mystery sound. And we have dance music from Bonobo, Alltrics and Fenech Soler.

Radio Magazine: The Sound Kitchen


Radio France Internationale

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Glastonbury festival 40th anniversary

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Glastonbury festival 2010

Glastonbury festival 2010

Glasto 2010

Britain’s Glastonbury festival kicked off this week, arguably Europe’s most famous and most celebrated music festival. The area of farmland in Somerset, south-west England is hosting a jam-packed weekend of music, arts and culture.

The festival’s hippy ethos brings together people from all walks of life, offering what it describes as a beacon of hope and aspiration. This year it also celebrates a very special anniversary.

Radio Report

Presenter: Richard Walker


Network Europe – Radio Netherlands

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Africa-France business conference kicks off

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The Column of Quinconces, in Bordeaux

The Column of Quinconces, in Bordeaux

The second Africa-France business conference starts in Bordeaux on Wednesday, described by some as the African Davos. It aims to bring together 100 African and 100 French firms to foster new business ties.

Coming just after the Nice summit, which saw French President Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledge the importance of African economic powerhouses such as South Africa and Nigeria, this conference sees companies from across the continent gather in what is traditionally the wine capital of France.

Radio Report

Conference opening


Radio France Internationale

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Written by Daniel Finnan

2 June 2010 at 10:00

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