After launching the ground invasion of Iraq, President Bush paused to have dinner Thursday with an unlikely guest, given the circumstances. Bush and Secretary of State Colin L. Powell met in the White House with the leader of Cameroon for a discussion of "common interests." Best known for poverty and corruption, Cameroon is among the nations being courted to support the war. But the country also figures prominently in a monumental new initiative to tap rich West African oil fields and more

On 14 March 2003, Reporters sans frontières (RSF), expressed concern over the recent closure of two privately-owned television stations, RTA and Canal 2, which has threatened the development of diverse and independent broadcast media in Cameroon.

The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions has expressed alarm at the unprecedented wave of repression against Cameroon trade unionists in recent days, which culminated on 12 February in the arrest for the second time of Benoît Essiga, President of the ICFTU-affiliated Confederation syndicale des travailleurs du Cameroun (CSTC).

A number of Cameroonian as well as internationally based logging companies have been sanctioned or are involved in ongoing legal cases brought by the Cameroonian Ministry of Environment and Forests (MINEF). Some of these cases result from the documentation of illegal logging by Ministry staff supported by Global Witness, says Global Witness in its latest field investigation reports that detail cases of illegal logging.

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