archives : January 2009


A massive oil spill, said to be more than 20,000 barrels, from pipelines belonging to the Agip Oil company has severely affected the environment and people of Kiminikiri Igabukiri, Sabatoru, Etiema, Kiripoguiwokiri, Agbakabiriyai and Igeta Ewoama all Nembe communities in the Niger Delta. - Wednesday 21 January 2009

Panafrica - United States
President Barack Obama signalled a decisive break with the Bush years on Tuesday, vowing a “new era of responsibility” in which he would rebuild the economy and restore America’s standing in the world. - Wednesday 21 January 2009

Millions of invading caterpillars have forced thousands of Bong County residents to flee their homes and the situation is “getting worse”, according to county superintendent Rennie Jackson. - Wednesday 21 January 2009

United States
As President Barack Obama is sworn in to take over from a government whose final bow a Nigerian newspaper described as the "end of an error", expectations are running high but so are criticisms. According to Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez, “I hope I am wrong, but I believe Obama brings the same stench [as Bush],”... The Middle East with its complex disputes has already ruled out any miracles from Obama, while scattered political voices in Asia have come together with their wish-list... Below are views from international editors. - Tuesday 20 January 2009

Robert Mugabe and his political rival Morgan Tsvangira last night lived up to expectations that they would again fail to reach an agreement over power-sharing. After a 12-hour meeting between regional leaders, Mugabe and his opposition rivals Tsvangirai and Arthur Mutambara it ended inconclusively. - Tuesday 20 January 2009

Financial and Economic experts have been suggesting ways out of the continuing depreciation of the Naira, the Nigerian currency, saying reduction in importation of non-essential goods and excessive frivolous foreign trips by politicians and government officials have had a negative impact on the value of the local currency. - Tuesday 20 January 2009

Algerian political parties, RCD, FFS, El Islah… will not take part in the next electoral exercise slated for April this year. Their boycott reveals a marked decrease in enthusiasm as the country’s presidential elections approach. - Monday 19 January 2009

Panafrica - United States
All eyes will be on Washington on Tuesday, but for those unable to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama the party will continue across America to celebrate the start of a new presidential administration. - Monday 19 January 2009

The Nigerian Navy has deployed 11 new MANTRA Class Seaward Defense boats and two new Augusta Helicopters to the Niger Delta region as the military aims to take control of the area and restore law and order. - Monday 19 January 2009

Morgan Tsvangirai, who returned to Zimbabwe Saturday could end up in jail again as his aging rival Robert Mugabe’s government has put in place an elaborate plan to arrest him. - Monday 19 January 2009

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