archives : April 2009


Panafrica - United States
Kenya’s Dr. Ali A. Mazrui, nominated by the British Journal, ’PROSPECT’ as the top 100 public intellectuals alive in the world has shared his views on a key challenges, facing Africa today. In a seminar in Indiana, USA, he seized the moment to call for all western countries who had slaves to open their top governmental positions for black people in a form of reparation for slavery. - Monday 13 April 2009

At the dawn of the XXI century, virginity is still a delicate subject. What do Africans and Afro Caribbeans think about this phenomenon? Is virginity before marriage worth the trouble? Pros and cons of virginity before marriage... Traditions, religion and education are the main determining factors to the question of premarital sex and virginity. To find out more, met with several people from different horizons to share their views. - Sunday 12 April 2009

The United Nations envoy to Madagascar Mr. Tiebele Drame has been accused of being biased, partiality and pursuing his own agenda as the ongoing talks, between supporters of ousted president Mr. Marc Ravalomanana and new president Mr. Andry Rajoelina, stall. - Sunday 12 April 2009

South africa - United States
The American justice system Wednesday gave the green light to victims of apartheid to begin legal proceedings against some highly reputed multinational corporations in the United States. The plaintiffs are accusing them of having collaborated with the former racist regime of South Africa. This case could affect relations between America and South Africa. - Saturday 11 April 2009

The just concluded Algerian election that witnessed its incumbent president Mr. Abdelaziz Bouteflika retain office for the third term in a row, has been described as a tsunami of colossal fraud. Islamist militia threaten subsequent violent attacks. During the election, a polling station was bombed, wounding two soldiers in the eastern part of the country. - Saturday 11 April 2009

Togo - United Kingdom
The World Junior and Cadet Fencing Championships is taking place in Belfast, Northern Ireland between 4 and13 April 2009. The African bronze medal title holder from the continent’s last junior fencing championship held in Bamako, Mali, Dulcie Nodjo, is stuck in Lome as her counterparts from other continents comfortably make their way to Ireland. She has been refused a visa. - Friday 10 April 2009

Reporting from political hot spots is not a glamorous job, veteran journalist Peta Thornycroft warns. To be successful, you need a logical and methodical way of working, including meticulous planning for transportation, shelter and even having “cover stories” if you are questioned by those who do not support press freedom. - Friday 10 April 2009

Somalia - United States
An American navy warship and Somali pirates holding a US citizen hostage remained at a stand-off on Thursday amid signs that other pirate-held vessels were moving towards the area. Pirates seized the Maersk Alabama, a US-flagged ship, on Wednesday. The crew later regained control of the cargo vessel but the pirates left the ship taking Richard Philips, the captain, as hostage. - Friday 10 April 2009

Panafrica - France
Not a lot has been made of the 27-year-old French soldier of Brazilian origin who went on a killing spree in Chad on Tuesday. His capture on Thursday has raised questions about the mental state of soldiers trusted with guns as psychotherapists seek to come up with an explanation on what may have gone wrong. The soldier was part of a UN mission, which took over peacekeeping operations in Chad last month. - Friday 10 April 2009

The Nigerian government is deliberating on what it must do about the Niger Delta crisis and the Nigerian economy as Dow Jones news wire, recently estimated the country’s revenue loss to be about $20.7 billion as a result of the attacks on installations in the region which resulted in shut downs and spillages, along with oil theft. - Thursday 9 April 2009

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