archives : March 2011

     

Algeria - Western Sahara
Around 150 members of the British film industry gathered on Wednesday evening for the London launch of the 8th International Sahara Film Festival: the world’s remotest film festival. The event, held in 33 Portland Place - a key location for the Oscar winning King’s Speech – saw a host of actors, directors and film industry insiders come together to find out more about the festival which takes place in May in a refugee camp in the desert. Among the guests were film-directors Guillem Morales and Sara Olsson whose films will be among the 30 movies on this year’s festival programme. - Friday 25 March 2011


Panafrica - Libya
The dangers of a post- 2011 revolution Libya with Muammar Gaddafi still in charge, the influence that Gaddafi’s violent resistance may have on other avaricious, power-hugging presidents in Africa and the affected will of a people to rise up against tyranny, oppression and abuse are reasons the ongoing coalition against Gaddafi in response to his war against his people ought to include an agenda to force him [Gaddafi] out of office and replace his regime with a people-centered regime. - Friday 25 March 2011


Ghana - United States - United Kingdom
Most mornings I pass by the American Embassy on my way to the gym. There is always a long queue of people waiting patiently, expectantly, hopefully, clutching envelops and file folders stuffed with documents, photographs, receipts. Seeing them fills me with a huge sadness. This whole business of applying for travel visas can be remarkably gruelling and, I dare say, downright abusive. - Friday 25 March 2011


South africa - Zambia - Zimbabwe - International
Following South Africa’s decision to freeze all Gaddafi’s assets in accordance with UN Security Council resolution Zambia has sought clarification on whether the resolution would have any effect on massive investments undertaken by the embattled Libyan leader’s regime in the southern African country. Zimbabwe has remained silent. - Thursday 24 March 2011


Panafrica
Africa is wired and fast proving its tech savviness as millions of Africans adopt new technology. A decision by UEMOA, an eight-member country, to approve several millions of dollars to boost ICT in universities comes in a backdrop of specialised election web applications and mobile banking tools that have taken the continent by storm. - Thursday 24 March 2011


Algeria - Egypt - Libya - Morocco - Tunisia
As hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in Cairo’s Tahrir Square celebrated the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak on 11 February, some held up mobile phones to snap photos of the crowd, others sent Twitter messages to their friends and a few wielded signs proclaiming, “Thank you, Facebook.” - Thursday 24 March 2011


Libya - Mali - Chad
As an international intervention to stop Colonel Muammar Gaddafi from committing further atrocities against Libyans continue, the north African country’s leader remains impassive and has sworn to win this battle at all costs. The self professed Libyan "Guide" is relying on his armed forces and a number of African mercenaries. But the so-called mercenaries, mostly Tuaregs, have another problem at hand. - Thursday 24 March 2011


Panafrica - Libya - United States - International
Because somebody has to stand up against tyranny and oppressive governments, I disagree with the several African leaders who have parochially condemned the international military coalition aimed at deterring Muammar Gaddafi’s forces and mercenaries who are violently crushing civil protests against an iron-fisted, corrupt and tyrannical regime in Libya. Agreed, military intervention has its pitfalls, but the chaotic international system needs the services of physical security, commercial regulation, financial stability and legal alternative in a backdrop of universal human rights. - Wednesday 23 March 2011


I’m a Liberal Democrat with unwavering affinity to both life and choice. On a clear day, this is a metaphysical paradigm where co-existence tends to be a foregone conclusion, yet I see these two as ultimately mutually exclusive. Like life and death. Light and darkness. Democracy and tyranny. On life and choice, my inference is one based on common sense and rational judgement that if you choose to live, you do not die. - Wednesday 23 March 2011


Japan

Japanese officials’ concerns over food contamination expanded beyond the country’s borders Tuesday as tests detected radiation in ocean water offshore.

Plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. said that high levels of radioactive substances were found in seawater near the plant, but said that the results did not represent a threat to human health.

- Wednesday 23 March 2011

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