archives : January 2009


The number of Ethiopians who will require humanitarian assistance in the next six months has dropped, mainly due to recent food harvests, an official said. - Saturday 31 January 2009

United States
Challenged by socio-economic inequality, poverty, teenage pregnancy, single parenthood, the inability to pursue formal education, drugs, crime, and imprisonment amongst other perils, the stereotypical African-American youth is pushed-to-the-wall, psychologically broken, angry, violent, and thus, has been and still is exposed to discrimination in what has been referred to by some as a psycho-social cycle. - Saturday 31 January 2009

MDC’s National Treasurer Roy Bennett who fled Zimbabwe after he was accused of plotting to overthrow Robert Mugabe has returned to the country to see the formation of an all-inclusive government. - Saturday 31 January 2009

Under intense pressure from its Southern African neighbours, Zimbabwe’s opposition Movement for Democratic Change on Friday voted to join a government of national unity with President Robert Mugabe. - Friday 30 January 2009

Gideon Gono, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe boss has again been fingered in an embarrassing financial scandal as it has emerged that he gave the Foreign Exchange Licenced Warehouses and Shops (FOLIWARS) for free to Zanu-PF members, friends and relatives. - Friday 30 January 2009

South africa
Mosiuoa Lekota, the leader of the newly formed South African party has accused the ruling ANC of undermining democracy by seeking a political deal to save its leader Jacob Zuma from prosecution on corruption charges. - Friday 30 January 2009

As the son and daughter of a Royal Dutch Shell staff in the city of Port Harcourt, one of Nigeria’s oil-producing cities, walked to school, the Niger Delta militants attacked them. The girl was shot dead and her brother carried away. - Friday 30 January 2009

Panafrica - Sudan
The African Union (AU) will press for a negotiated peace settlement in the troubled Darfur region in western Sudan, rather than back the warrants of arrest slapped on the Sudanese President Hassan el-Bashir and others accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC), the AU Commission (AUC) Deputy Chairperson, Mr Erastus Mwencha, said in an exclusive interview on Friday. - Friday 30 January 2009

Panafrica - International
Gazing at the faces of contrite bankers and somewhat shell-shocked politicians who are in Davos trying to figure out how to right a capsized global economy, I wish to remind them that if the world’s rich think they have never had it so bad, the developing world is having it worse. - Friday 30 January 2009

Zimbabwe has an estimated population of 12 million out of which a quarter has moved abroad due to a whopping 94% unemployment rate and also for political reasons. With an estimated 9 million resident population the UN World Food Programme estimates that over 75 percent will need food aid in the coming days. - Friday 30 January 2009

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