from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Mal·a·gas·y Republic (mălˌə-găsˈē)Madagascar An island country in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa comprising the island of Madagascar and several small islands. It was originally peopled by Indonesian and African groups around the end of the first century B.C. The French first established settlements on the island in 1642 and made it a colony in 1896. The country gained full independence as the Malagasy Republic in 1960 and was renamed Madagascar in 1975. Antananarivo is the capital and the largest city. Population: 19,400,000.
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- proper n. A country and island of the east coast of Africa with capital Antananarivo. Official name: Republic of Madagascar.
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- n. an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa; the 4th largest island in the world
- n. a republic on the island of Madagascar; achieved independence from France in 1960
Njuwa Maina/Reuters MADAGASCAR DIVIDED: Opposition supporters rallied in Antananarivo, Madagascar, Monday to call for President Marc Ravalomanana's ouster in the wake of violent antigovernment protests that left dozens dead.
ANTANANARIVO (MADAGASCAR): At least 68 people died in a wave of rioting in Madagascar this week, a police official said, as President Marc Ravalomanana accused his main rival of stoking political unrest.
France24 MADAGASCAR: Southern African leaders meet over Madagascar crisis - 1 hr ago
A reason bloggers often cite for France's involvement in Madagascar is the potential for oil farming in the region of Bemolanga.
A prominent Malagasy, website TopMada, notes that the committee of journalists in Madagascar is weary of the increased partisanship of journalists in the Malagasy political landscape:
Because Madagascar is also part of your history now, we ask for your help in order to retrieve a sense of dignity and pride for the island […] we Malagasy call for your solidarity towards a friendly nation and your faith in democracy and the respect for human rights.
But while the so called "land grab" of previous years proved to be politically divisive — in Madagascar contributing to the downfall of the government after it leased an area the size of Connecticut to Korea's Daewoo — very little has been grown.
* Over 200 new amphibian specis found in Madagascar!
Barijaona Ramaholimiaso argued that his personal ethic as a blogger demanded that he reveal his true identity and pointed out that there is another form of pressure in Madagascar, the social peer pressure that prevents people from freely expressing their minds.
As the political crisis in Madagascar drags along and international awareness of the situation fades, traditional media and new media in Madagascar came together to debate standards of collection and distribution of news in times of crisis.