archives : February 2010


There is now an issue of militarism versus autocracy in the wake of Niger’s Coup d’état. The African Union and the international community condemn both forms of government and encourage democracy. - Friday 19 February 2010

Panafrica - United States - Germany - International
What makes people from Brazil to Berlin and beyond rally in support of a new trial for America’s most recognized death row inmate – Mumia Abu-Jamal – award-winning journalist and convicted cop killer? - Friday 19 February 2010

South africa - Ethiopia
From Zenawi to Zuma, the follies of Africa are ably translated by the great continent’s presidents and prime ministers; those power mongers hellbent on staining the face of our beloved continent. Some are funny, most are not. But they all add up to the burlesque of governance that is still symptomatic of some parts of Africa. Personally, I prefer Jacob Zuma to Meles Zenawi, the mischievous wannabe democratic politician with an unusual penchant for ethnic politics to the detriment of some 80 million Ethiopians. But does my preference count at the end of the day? - Friday 19 February 2010

Ghana - United States
It is a crisp, sunny, February day in Los Angeles and I am on my way to the airport to catch my flight to Accra, Ghana via Amsterdam. Bobby and I ride in silence for the most part. I am completely enmeshed in a dizzying array of thoughts and emotions and I am sure he is too, or probably just giving me space to wrestle with my thoughts. - Thursday 18 February 2010

Panafrica - Cameroon - Ivory Coast - International
Cameroon’s Eto’o, Togo’s Adebayor, Mali’s Kanouté and Ivory Coast’s Drogba and Touré: Five African players have made it to the list of football’s top 50 earners for the 2009-2010 season. Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lionel Messi beat them all of an all-Spain podium. - Thursday 18 February 2010

Niamey, the capital of Niger has been hit by a coup d’état. The President, Mamadou Tandja, and his Cabinet Ministers who were holding an extraordinary meeting at the time of the attack are believed to be held by soldiers within the confines of the presidential palace. - Thursday 18 February 2010

Zimbabwe - United States
President Barack Obama of the United States of America has dispatched a five-member delegation of US congressmen led by Representative Gregory Meeks to Zimbabwe. - Thursday 18 February 2010

The Nigerian House of Assembly has moved to take a legal stand on how it would handle any future power vacuum created by a sick and incapacitated government official, or by any other circumstance. However leading political stakeholders failed to show up at the first organized public hearing to revise the country’s constitution on this matter. - Thursday 18 February 2010

The African-American Shakespeare Company (AASC) operates on a simple premise with a big goal: bring classic works of theater to diverse audiences by folding diversity into the plays, thereby dismantling preconceptions about theater, actors and viewers alike. - Wednesday 17 February 2010

Panafrica - European Union
Despite overwhelming opposition from the European Parliament against the resumption of elephant ivory trade, the European Commission now looks increasingly likely to support overturning the 1989 global ban at the 15th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), 13th - 25th March in Doha. - Wednesday 17 February 2010

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