archives : May 2010

     

Algeria - Morocco
Efforts by both Algerian and Moroccan citizens towards the reopening of their common land border, closed since 1994, have intensified. By virtue of artistic projects, sports and petitions, thousands of Algerian and Moroccan citizens have rallied for a common cause with a single slogan: Brothers Forever. But is the community of Maghreb people strong enough to undo a separation that has been caused by corrosive Maghreb politics? Some believe in that possibility. - Monday 31 May 2010


Zimbabwe - Brazil
The mighty Samba Boys of Brazil head to Zimbabwe on Wednesday for a warm up game with the lowly placed Warriors of Zimbabwe. The game would be played at the dilapidated National Sports Stadium in Harare and the lowest ticket is going for US$40. - Monday 31 May 2010


Panafrica - France
In the past decade France has had a dwindling clout of influence in the strategic continent of Africa, a trend that brings the objectives of the 25th France-Afrique summit to the fore. Launched 37 years ago by French president Georges Pompidou, France-Afrique summits have been an important fixture of French diplomacy on the continent for the past decades, and have not been limited to only former French colonies in recent times. But critics have condemned it as a "neo-colonialist" collaboration that favours the economic well being of individual African leaders and dooms the entire continent. Having promised to set a new order in France-Africa relations, French President Sarkozy’s words will go under the microscope at the newly named "Africa-France summit" which takes place in Nice on Monday, May 31. - Monday 31 May 2010


Uganda - International
UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, Sunday played against each other in a football match at the Nelson Mandela stadium in Uganda. - Sunday 30 May 2010


Uganda - International
In 1998, near the end of a century marred by unspeakable atrocities, representatives of 160 States gathered in Rome to create the world’s first permanent international court to punish individual perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Sceptics predicted failure. But by July 2002, 60 States had ratified the Rome Statute and the International Criminal Court (“ICC”) became operational. At the end of this month, State representatives will gather once again, this time in Kampala, Uganda. They will take stock of a system that represents one of the greatest advances in international law. Crucially, they will discuss how to build on the ICC’s success to ensure that atrocities are reliably followed by justice, and justice by sustainable peace. - Friday 28 May 2010


Panafrica
For decades the dream of an African continent united under one leadership, one government with a prosperous people with shared values, shared interest, common citizenship and with a common destiny and taking their place in the world community of nations has escaped the leadership in Africa. On the 12th of February 2009 Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade is quoted as saying: "The United States of Africa will be proclaimed in 2017, to allow for the time needed to work out the different African institutions," Source: Pan-African News Agency, 12th of February 2009. - Friday 28 May 2010


Sudan
Police in southern Sudan has arrested four of it’s police officers for reportedly gang raping two Kenyan girls. - Friday 28 May 2010


Panafrica - Mozambique - Brazil
Brazil Monday launched its international television network in the Mozambican capital of Maputo. TV Brazil International will be broadcast in Portuguese and beamed to 49 countries in Africa, and later to both Latin and North America. The launching of TV Brazil International in Africa shows Brazil’s growing interest in Africa. - Friday 28 May 2010


Panafrica - Canada - India - International
Years after agreement was reached at the World Trade Organization to allow poor countries to continue to import cheaper generic versions of patented medicines it has failed to deliver. This report examines a looming crisis in drugs access for millions. - Friday 28 May 2010


Panafrica - International
Donors have been cutting funding for HIV/AIDS in eight African countries as a result of the global economic meltdown. This increasing phenomenon has forced some doctors to abandon patients to their fate. - Friday 28 May 2010

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