archives : August 2008


Panafrica - South africa - Ghana - Brazil
Most of Africa is in a deepening state of de-industrialisation. Even mighty South Africa, once a contender in the same leagues as Brazil and Israel, with its nuclear bomb-making antics and machine fabrication edge, is today in a subtle retreat from manufacturing into the comforting arms of financial services and tourism (upswings this year are from a historical low base). What is to account for the rapid shrinking of industrial capacity in sub-Saharan Africa? - Sunday 31 August 2008

Nigeria - Saudi Arabia
President Umaru Yar’Adua has successfully undergone surgery suspected to be a kidney related ailment in a Saudi Arabia hospital. - Sunday 31 August 2008

All is not well in the Team Zimbabwe 2008 Beijing Olypics Squad and its about money. - Sunday 31 August 2008

The Niger army says it has seized a stockpile of more than 1,000 anti-personnel landmines it found abandoned on the Niger-Chad border. If confirmed as anti-personnel mines, this would be the first time such a large quantity of these outlawed mines, intended to maim and kill individuals rather than blow up vehicles, has been discovered in Niger. - Sunday 31 August 2008

Togo’s national football squad manager, Frenchman Henri Stambouli, has resigned, citing the non-payment of his salary and difficulties encountered in the course of his duties, sources close to the Togolese Sports ministry have confirmed. - Saturday 30 August 2008

Kenya’s presidential elections fiasco made a prominent comeback this week in the newspaper headlines, as senior executives of the East African nation’s disgraced electoral body gave details of how they mismanaged the polls. - Saturday 30 August 2008

Nana Akufo-Addo, presidential candidate for Ghana’s ruling party, has pledged to invest part of the country’s future oil income in agriculture, hoping to turn the pain caused by the global spike in fuel and food prices into profit. - Saturday 30 August 2008

United Kingdom - International
The more you eat at around the time of conception, the greater your likelihood of giving birth to a boy seems to be. This idea has now been confirmed by a team of British researchers who studied the relationship between the calorie intake of mothers-to-be and the gender of the child they gave birth to. It seems certain that it all begins with what we eat! - Saturday 30 August 2008

According to Zimbabwe’s state radio the Zimbabwean government has lifted a two-month-old ban on non-governmental organizations. - Saturday 30 August 2008

Nigeria - International
The Iranian government has agreed to use its nuclear technology to help Nigeria increase its electricity generation. - Saturday 30 August 2008

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