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As an activist blogger who fights all forms of social injustice and poverty, active in the fight against climate change, I don`t hesitate to say out loud what others think in silence.

Pakysse is my nickname (Type in Google and you will find my name) and my passion for citizen engagement started in the 90s when I was only a teenager eager for adventure within the Antilin’i Madagasikara (Catholic scouting) for many years.

I would like to pay tribute to my paternal grandparents for their experience, courage and self-sacrifice which, for the little story have always contribute to social transformation. My grandmother was one of the secretary of state in charge of the promotion of women during the Tsiranana`s regime. As for my grandfather, although he was trained as a civil administrator, he worked in trade union for the welfare and rights of workers as the Secretary General of the Confederation of Workers of Madagascar and the Comoros (union entity of the 50s and 60s). Their story has allowed me to develop my passion and desire to know myself and why I must help others.

In 2007, thanks to an open opportunity I was able to put in place the first and only association of citizen journalists (Blogging) in the country: FOKO MADAGASCAR, which is a full member of GlobalVoicesOnline bringing together bloggers, translators and journalists who follow and cover the news of the global blogosphere. This is mainly to promote the smooth running of democracy and freedom of expression, using new technology as a weapon of war.

During the popularization of this new mode of communication in Madagascar, opportunities came up again and again and I had the chance to attend the summit on climate change in New York at the United Nations headquarters and at the G20 summit in Pittsburgh with « Oxfam’s voices blogger » in 2009. In 2010, my international activist network reached out to me asking if I wanted to be one of the few contributors (blogger) for The Guardian newspaper in England tackling on climate change issues. In 2012, I went to Canada where I was able to attend the CIVICUS World Assembly in Montreal. In 2015, still in Canada, I followed the Canadian federal election closely and had the opportunity to participate in the activism walk with political activist bloggers. Recently, in March, I was in Ghana to report on the project implementation of the mechanism of emission reduction from deforestation and forest degradation as well as to support my African activists fellows within a strong Pan African climate and environmnetal justice network of civil societies that organized a march against global warming and climate change during the UNFCCC’s Climate Week in Accra ( on a side note, this was my very first experience on the African continent).

Beyond networking and activism at international level. We do not forget that in Madagascar, I organized the first flash mob protesting against practice of dirty politics, initially the mobilization started through sensitization and awareness raising on Facebook, I worked a lot with volunteers from various organizations and Peace Corps volunteers, United Nations Information Center, the US Embassy Press Center, UNICEF with the T4D-M4D Project, the UN Club (CPO), geeks, journalism schools like the ESSVA of Antsirabe thanks to you Randy or that of Mahanjanga which, unfortunately, does not exist anymore according to what some people said.

I organized a lot of training and conferences on blogging for business executives, students, entrepreneurs, organizations, NGOs, traditional journalists, military, etc.

From North to South and from East to West, hundred of people have benefited from this knowledge of 2.0 through the use of blogs and social networks.

This year, the calendar remains busy because we have a lot in the plate such as to organize a climate event called ConnecClimate, to facilitate training and capacity building on leadership, lead sharing and exchange sessions in Malagasy about the positive and negative impacts of social networks.

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After the -prompt- French official declaration of yesterday, supporting the AU and the government, I was left wondering: “so what?” Of course what has been achieved must be protected. However, it looks to me that once again, as we have often seen now, there are discrepancies between what the IC’s truth and the Malagasy reality.

Says « Jeannine d’Itaosy” which by the way seems to reflect and Malagasy’s opinions and foreigners

Another article that might help decode what is going on behind the backstage

1 –  What have the UA and their backers really achieved?

– allowing a coup regime stay for 5 years by calling it “transition »
– draft a roadmap which is only enforced at 50% or so; a roadmap that satisfies the bribed politicians and not the Malagasy people
– a recent election

2 –  What does a reconciliation entail?

– to be face to face, unless we invent the concept of virtual reconciliation 2.0
– to get the full picture, to know the facts and circumstances of several events in the history of the country, 2009, 2002 etc
– to “come out” and get rid of all bitterness, and other negative feelings
– to offer different perspectives so that “the other party” may understand why one “acted like s/he did or said what s/he said”
– to pardon, to forgive, so that unfortunate words not be repeated again or undesired acts not be repeated again

3 – What do Malagasy want?

– there are different aspirations, different ideas; but I would hope there is a common interest in « the truth”, in “living in peace”, and restore honesty and good governance
– and let’s remember: not all of us long for the reconciliation as this would shrink business opportunities or would potentially lead to social embarrassment (which still seems a behavioral influencer)

4 –  What do UA and their backers want?

– to protect their “achievement”, what is perceived as a defendable, politically correct process of democracy restoration; the Malagasy have yet to understand that this is not necessarily aligned with what they really want;
– to « sneak in” the interests of their countries or their friends’ interests (e.g. Maurice as a hub for trafficking woods from Madagascar during the AU transition)

Exit opportunity

I understand part of the IC is embarrassed because here is a man who has been waiting for their good will for 6 years or so, a man some have believed they have made people forget, a man they believed was playing golf somewhere in the South of Johannesburg, has now appeared like a messiah before the Malagasy people. His biggest fault is to unveil others’ shortfalls. Hiding behind a “he didn’t tell us” is not really mature.

On “he is not trustworthy; he lied that SADC and few countries back him?” Think again; there were promisses made; maybe not in 2014 but before then, certainly.

And on “destabilizing declarations”, he really said: “I’m not going to wait for 2018”. Most interpreted it as: “not wait for 2018 to seize power”. Guys: you’re losing your cool. The man is closer to an admirable genius than a stupid man. Work with him! Make it “I’m not going to wait for 2018 …before I start contributing to the reconstruction of the country”! He is fully capable of doing that, more than anyone. Very few believed he could fly back on his own. Just believe; he is more than capable of mobilizing many Malagasy to reconstruct what has been destroyed. Let him work, he will let you harvest the honor of his work. All will be happy! Or rather, there are going to be many more happy people than unhappy people; after all, that is democracy.

Andry Ralijaona
Washington DC

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Former president Marc Ravalomanana finally stepped on the Malagasy territory, his homeland on sunday 12th october in the night. A land where his followers call him: Dada, or father. Where he was once democratically elected as Chief of State then thrown out of power by a controversial coup d’état in 2009. A transition government was put in place reigning over the not so glorious years of political instability. This time around, Dada successfully entered the Malagasy territory without the typically mediatised declaration of his arrival. Surprising many of his followers – Dada is back !

Back to bickering 
Dada’s arrival was followed by predictable controversies. The current President Rajaonarimampianina announced that he has been arrested, emphasis added, to ensure his safety. Dada has actually been placed “in a supervised area” to ensure his safety. Clearly he has been invisibly hand cuffed and imprisoned by the authorities in a naval base in the North of the island in Diego Suarez. None of the Government officials hierarchically competent to decide on such matter was present at the conseil de gouvernement that was to decide on Dada’s fate. General Dominique Rakotozafy, minister of Défence, Didier Gérard Paza, secretary to the gendarmerie nationale, as well as the minister of “public security” who would be the principal decision maker on such issues were not involved the meeting. Once again, the lack of transparency on defining events in Madagascar’s political future is not surprising.

Dada « the martyr? » 
Where should we start? A shady house arrest, that was not decided by a tribunal, without a warrant, I presume, thus devoid of any legal basis. It was in fact a decision taken by the conseil de gouvernement, thus by the executive branch. Should we call it a “kidnapping” or an “arbitrary arrest”? Thus in violation of the rights of a former Chief of State, a legislation upheld in Madagascar as well as articles 5 and 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was ratified and implemented by the Malagasy Government.

If Ravalomanana, was a danger to another person, to the population, to national security, similar measure emanating from the legislative branch could potentially apply. However, as President Rajaonarimampianina declared, he had been locked away in Diego on the basis of security threats. In the legislation on the rights of former Chief of State, it is possible to assign military type of surveillance if such threat is suspect and there are reasonable grounds that Dada was indeed in danger. Needless to say, it is only a matter of the most simple research to conclude that Dada under house arrest was an arbitrary decision.

The government of Rajaonarimampianina should calculate his actions carefully since such blatant abuse of Dada’s right is unacceptable even when rubber stamped by the SADC and FRANCE, who in fact congratulated him on obvious violations.

To be continued ….
The contradictory opinions of the international community : SADC and la belle FRANCE

Michaella A’solo
The Hague




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