archives : February 2010


Burundi - Kenya - Uganda - Rwanda - Sudan - Tanzania
Agricultural experts from the EAC Partner States met at the Kibo Palace Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania recently to discuss harmonization of policies, laws, regulations and standards on farm inputs in the region. - Tuesday 23 February 2010

A group of experts from across Africa developed an action plan for boosting pharmaceutical innovation on the continent, with an emphasis on putting countries in the drivers’ seat for their medicines development, access and local production. - Tuesday 23 February 2010

2009 was especially difficult for the exchanges and brokerage industry, as lenders have done their best to adjust to a changed landscape. - Tuesday 23 February 2010

Panafrica - United States
When the Negro writer Ralph Ellison learned of the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision in May 1954, he exclaimed to a friend, "what a wonderful world of possibilities are unfolded for the children!" - Tuesday 23 February 2010

Panafrica - United States
The American Civil War ended slavery without ending racial prejudice. In the decades that followed, Caucasian Americans passed hundreds of laws (primarily in the Southern part of the United States) designed to keep whites and blacks from living, working and riding public transportation together. They were not even allowed to be buried in the same cemeteries. Nicknamed “Jim Crow” after a character in a minstrel song (performed by white entertainers in “blackface” makeup), these laws and rules were often enforced by violence. One of the first successful challenges to Jim Crow came in Montgomery, Alabama, in March of 1955 when a high school junior named Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to surrender her seat on a public bus to a white passenger and, for the first time in the city’s history, fought the charges in court. Although black leaders did not select Claudette as their “poster child” for the subsequent Montgomery Bus Boycott — instead opting nine months later for 42-year-old Rosa Parks — the Colvin case provided tactical and political information that was later useful to boycott leaders, including the young Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Significantly, Colvin helped bring the boycott — and racial segregation in intrastate public transportation — to an end by courageously serving as a plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit Browder v. Gayle. - Tuesday 23 February 2010

Panafrica - United States
Rosa McCauley Parks is known today as the “mother of the civil rights movement” because her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat sparked the pivotal Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. She didn’t set out to make history when she left her job as a seamstress to board a bus on the afternoon of December 1, 1955. She was tired, and she just wanted to go home. Still, when the bus driver asked her to move toward the back of the bus so that a white man could sit, she couldn’t bring herself to do it. - Tuesday 23 February 2010

Panafrica - United States
An ardent abolitionist and a proponent of women’s rights, Sojourner Truth (Born: c. 1797; Died: November 26, 1883) found her voice in the early 1840s. She was born a slave named Isabella Baumfree. She took the name of Sojourner Truth because she felt God had called her "to travel up and down the land, showing the people their sins and being a sign unto them." - Tuesday 23 February 2010

South africa
Rumble in the jungle. South African World Cup dream takes a hit as the Bafana Bafana are forced to move training camp due to it... not being ready in time! - Monday 22 February 2010

Zimbabwe - China
China looks set to abandon Zimbabwe. The communist nation has told the southern Africa country “not to expect further loans from Beijing until it pays its existing debts”. - Monday 22 February 2010

Panafrica - France - European Union
Aid to developing countries has increased by 35% since 2004, but some G2O countries have failed in their promises. According to OECD, development aid is 21 billion dollars short of financial commitments made by rich countries in 2005. - Monday 22 February 2010

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