archives : August 2008


The early elimination of Nigeria’s national badminton champion Grace Daniel at the ongoing Beijing Olympics has been blamed on ’’overweight’’. - Monday 18 August 2008

The streets of Douala were flooded with Cameroonians, Sunday night, celebrating the women’s triple jump gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games by Francoise Mbango Etone. - Monday 18 August 2008

THE Movement for Democratic Change has said it is committed to reaching an agreement with Robert Mugabe on the formation of a government of national unity, but is warning him against convening parliament before a deal comes through. - Monday 18 August 2008

Nigeria - Brazil
If the poll conducted by FIFA on its website is anything to go by, Nigeria may just pick either the silver or bronze medal as the gold is already tipped for Brazil. - Monday 18 August 2008

The deployment of additional troops to Nigeria’s restive, oil-soaked delta has managed to improve security, but not even their commanders believe there can be a military solution to the armed young men in the creeks, willing to back their demands for a greater share of the wealth their region produces by attacking oil facilities and the soldiers guarding them. - Sunday 17 August 2008

Caribbean islands - China - International
Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, who prior to this season had not run a 100-metre race as a senior, won the ultimate sprint prize, the Olympic final, in 9.69sec, breaking his own world record set three months ago. - Sunday 17 August 2008

Panafrica - United States
One of the winning passages in Barack Obama’s speeches is his description of the Republicans flocking to his campaign rallies. “They whisper to me. They say: ‘Barack, I’m a Republican, but I support you.’ And I say ... ” – here Mr Obama usually lowers his voice to a stage whisper – “‘Thank you.’” The founding of Republicans for Obama this week by former congressman Jim Leach of Iowa, former senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island and Rita Hauser, a former fundraiser for George W. Bush, seems merely to make official a phenomenon that is already widespread. “There is going to be a split in the Republican base on foreign policy,” Mr Chafee told reporters, “because the Bush-Cheney approach has been such a failure all over the world.” - Sunday 17 August 2008

Swaziland - Zimbabwe
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Council of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) have urged SADC leaders, meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, for a two-day summit to declare the 27 June Zimbabwe Presidential run-off election and its outcome “illegitimate and unacceptable”. - Sunday 17 August 2008

Mauritania - United States - European Union
Mauritania’s future, — after the August 6 coup that brought to power a ’High State Council’ made up of 11 officers led by General Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, — has become a matter of concern as the US government, following EU’s decision to freeze it’s non-humanitarian assistance, in an uncompromising message, insisted that the deposed President Sidi Mohamed Ould Cheikh Abdallahi should be restored to power. - Saturday 16 August 2008

South africa - Botswana - Zimbabwe
Highly critical of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, the President Seretse Khama Ian Khama of Botswana has decided to boycot a summit of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in South Africa this weekend because the veteran Harare leader will be in attendance. - Saturday 16 August 2008

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