archives : February 2008


Panafrica - United States - United Kingdom - International - European Union
Is the democratic campaign getting down and dirty? The reason behind the circulation of Obama dressed in Somali traditional clothes does not escape anyone’s imagination, yet, Clinton campaign manager Maggie Williams found a way of shifting the shame: "If Barack Obama’s campaign wants to suggest that a photo of him wearing traditional Somali clothing is divisive, they should be ashamed." - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Panafrica - South africa - Nigeria
The demand for biofuels, such as bio-ethanol made from sugarcane has already impacted on the price of sugar. As more countries weigh the pros and cons of biofuel production, a new decision-support tool has been developed to ensure they do not compromise their food production and security. - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Panafrica - Algeria - Morocco - Tunisia - Western Sahara
The U.S deputy Secretary of State for the Middle East, David Welch, said during a visit to Morocco that its suggestion of an independent Western Sahara opens a new possibility and reiterated washington’s “support” in the negotiations being made by the two parties. - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Panafrica - Nigeria
The Nigerian Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that President Umaru Yar’Adua was validly elected at the last year’s presidential poll, throwing out petitions by two key opposition candidates that the election was massively rigged and that one of them was excluded from the exercise. - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Panafrica - Cameroon
At least 12 persons were killed in a riot that broke out Monday in Douala, the economic capital of Cameroon. The riot stemmed from a general strike action by urban and interurban transport unions protesting against an increases in foodstuff and petroleum prices. - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Panafrica - Malawi - Zimbabwe
Zanu PF, desparate to win the March 29 election at all costs has resorted to its tried and tested tactic of using food to buy votes. With the Southern African nation facing another drought, despite a good rainfall season, it is importing tonnes and tonnes of grain from neigbouring countries. - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Panafrica - Nigeria
A Nigerian court is expected to rule Tuesday (26 Feb) on whether or not President Umaru Yar’Adua was duly elected at the 21 April 2007 presidential polls, widely described as the worst in the country’s history by local and international observers. - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Egypt - Netherlands - International
Parliament is already brewing controversy in the Islamic world, less than one month before it is planned to be aired on television. The film sparking the storm is entitled "Fitna" (Ordeal in Arabic) and is being produced by Geert Wilders, a far-right politician critical of Islam. - Tuesday 26 February 2008

Panafrica - International
Twenty-four junior footballers have landed scholarships at the renowned ASPIRE Academy in Doha, Qatar, according to a panapress report. - Monday 25 February 2008

Panafrica - International - European Union
It’s hardly breaking news that smoking is bad for your health. But did you know that rolling tobacco is even more toxic than normal manufactured cigarettes? - Monday 25 February 2008

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