archives : July 2009

     

South africa - International
Has the swine flu become the number one enemy among football fans across the world? The World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that it was collaborating with the South African government to find measures to deal with a possible spread of the virus during the 2010 FIFA World Cup event. Over half a million football enthusiasts are expected at the international sporting event in South Africa next year. - Friday 31 July 2009


Panafrica
Six new cases of the A (H1N1) influenza also known as the Swine flu were confirmed Monday in Morocco, bringing the recorded number of people infected with the disease on the African continent to 177. New cases of the swine flu are recorded each day all over the world, raising serious concerns among populations. The place of origin of the virus is unknown. The World Health Organization (WHO) has released information on the symptoms and treatment of swine flu. - Friday 31 July 2009


The death of Mr. Mohammed Yusuf, leader of the Islamist rebel group that shook Nigeria’s civil society, religious sphere, and democracy, in the last week, has died. However, it remains to be seen whether or not, his legacy, philosophy and mission dies with him. Mr. Yusuf was a thirty-nine year-old motivational character, who had four wives and twelve children. - Friday 31 July 2009


Namibia - European Union
Recent reports in the media with regards to Namibia’s so-called “reluctance” to sign the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) have elevated the issue to a level that once again necessitates public debate on the merits of such a step... - Friday 31 July 2009


Ethiopia
The Ethiopian government has moved to place restrictions on aid intervention, consolidating a bill passed early this year limiting funding for Non-governmental organisations (NGOs). NGO’s involved in aid relief programmes are expected to work within the confines of situational reports provided by the government. This comes as Ethiopia experiences a sharp rise in aid beneficiaries. - Friday 31 July 2009


Zimbabwe
A self styled war veteran Joseph Chinotimba who accuses deputy Minister of Youth, Thamsanqa Mahlangu for stealing his mobile phone has filed a land mark lawsuit of US$19.5 million. - Thursday 30 July 2009


Panafrica - Namibia - European Union
Recent reports in the media with regards to Namibia’s so-called “reluctance” to sign the interim Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU) have elevated the issue to a level that once again necessitates public debate on the merits of such a step. - Thursday 30 July 2009


Nigeria
The Nigerian Military has successfully dispersed the Islamist group that has terrorized the northern part of the country in the last five days. Over one thousand extra soldiers were deployed to fend off the Taliban-styled Islamist which comprises of young men from neighbouring Chad and Niger. More than 200 people have been killed since the clashes began in Maiduguri. - Thursday 30 July 2009


Nigeria
Africa, in recent years, has seen a spate of violent clashes among populations that have co-habited since time immemorial. Inter-communal tensions have been one of the major causes of civil strife in Africa, and more often than not, politics, which is to help curb this growing trend, has made matters worse. Although recent religious clashes and renewed violence in the central and northern regions of Nigeria, respectively, can neither be compared with the Sudan crises nor the events that led to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, among others, the only culprit here is the lack of political will that could help curb these conflicts. Politics in Africa has all too often been linked to partisanship, which runs on ethnic lines and thrives on nepotism. - Thursday 30 July 2009


Nigeria
The Nigerian government, Wednesday, claimed to have brought the violence in Maiduguri under control. The announcement came after the military bombed leader of the Islamist group, Mohamed Yusuf’s house. Boko Haram is demanding a stricter version of the Sharia law, which has been in force in the north of the country since the beginning of the decade. Northern Nigeria has been the scene of violence between government forces and an Islamic group, Boko Haram, since Sunday. The provisional estimated number of deaths is reported to be about 300. - Wednesday 29 July 2009

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