archives : March 2011

     

Nigeria - United States
The top U.S. diplomat to Africa urged Nigerians to demonstrate their ability to hold fair and democratic elections as the country prepares for legislative, presidential and state balloting scheduled for April 2, April 9 and April 16, respectively. - Thursday 31 March 2011


Libya - Uganda - International
Uganda has freely offered embattled Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi refuge in Uganda as diplomats attempt to persuade the defiant leader to leave office without military force. However, if Gaddafi chooses to fight to the end as he once avowed, the international coalition said it is prepared to arm Libyan rebels. - Thursday 31 March 2011


Morocco
Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Taib Fassi Fihri, Monday night in Paris, highlighted a range of constitutional reforms initiated by King Mohammed VI as a wave of pro-democracy demonstrations continue to rock North Africa and the Arab world. - Wednesday 30 March 2011


Sudan
Tensions have risen between Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan over Darfur. Northern Sudan charges southern leaders of supporting Darfur rebels against the north, while Southern Sudan say the north are just trying to stir up trouble ahead of southern independence in July. - Wednesday 30 March 2011


Libya - Uganda - United States - United Kingdom - International
As world leaders met Tuesday in London to discuss the Libyan situation, hundreds of members of a group called Pan Africanists from Uganda and other African countries held protests in Kampala against the U.S. and her allies who have been bombarding Gaddafi’s military machinery and weapons pursuant to a UN Security Council approved ’No-Fly Zone’ over Libya. Meanwhile, after Qatar, the United Arab Emirates has become the second Arab nation to join the ’No-Fly Zone’ effort. - Wednesday 30 March 2011


United States - Japan
Trace amounts of the radioactive element iodine-131 from the Japan nuclear disaster have been detected in South Florida, but authorities say the concentrations remain far below the level that would present any danger. - Wednesday 30 March 2011


Israel

Facebook has removed a page calling for a new Palestinian uprising against Israel after more than 350,000 people signed up to it.

The page which appeared on the social networking site was called Third Palestinian Intifada after two previous uprisings against Israeli occupation.

- Wednesday 30 March 2011


Panafrica
AOL Black Voices is taking a critical look at the AIDS nonprofit Keep a Child Alive’s ad campaign featuring Hollywood stars in what is meant to be traditional tribal face paint. Each celeb’s image is accompanied by the text, "I am African." - Wednesday 30 March 2011


NASA released an image of the planet Mercury on Tuesday, the first obtained from a spacecraft orbiting the solar system’s innermost planet.

The image is the first of many expected to come from the Messenger probe, the first space mission to orbit the planet closest to the sun. The Messenger spacecraft launched on August 3, 2004, and after flybys of Earth, Venus and Mercury, started its historic orbit around Mercury on March 17.

- Wednesday 30 March 2011


Panafrica

Held over the weekend, in Yenegoa, Bayelsa State (Nigeria) on Saturday, March 26, 2011, the celebration announcing the winners of the 2011 African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) – in just its 7th year.

This year’s nominations list boasted an even longer list of awards, compared to previous years, as the award ceremony continues to grow.

Viva Riva, a film I’ve touted on this website in recent days, after seeing it for the first time last week, rightfully dominated, winning 6 trophies, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Production Design.

- Wednesday 30 March 2011

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