archives : April 2009


France - United States - United Kingdom
General Charles De Gaulle wanted the liberation of Paris in 1944 to be seen as a french only affair. The allied forces agreed to his request by expertly putting a 100% white only Second Armored Division together at a time when two thirds of the French troops were made up of soldiers from the colonies, most of them West African. - Thursday 9 April 2009

Zambian authorities could be forced to de-register more than 5,800 health practitioners, including medical doctors as they have not renewed their 2009 practicing certificates. - Thursday 9 April 2009

Panafrica - United States
Woodstock, Virginia, resident Phoebe Kilby suspected there was a connection between her white family and the black Kilbys who lived in nearby Front Royal. After confirming through research that her family had once owned the ancestors of the Front Royal Kilbys as slaves, she decided to make contact with Betty Kilby, an African American, and begin a dialogue as a way of personally addressing what some describe as America’s original sin: African slavery. - Thursday 9 April 2009

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has declined an offer to move into a government residence and rather chosen to stay put at his famous Strathaven home, where his grand son, Shaun, drowned in a swimming pool last saturday. - Thursday 9 April 2009

Algeria - Morocco - United States - Western Sahara
Western Sahara is under microscopic scrutiny in the United States. Last week, two reports, one put together by foreign policy experts and the other by Senators, urged President Barack Obama to position himself on the future of the northern African territory. For over thirty years, this non-autonomous area south the of Moroccan Kingdom has been the bone of contention between Morocco and Algeria. Coveted for its natural wealth, Western Sahara represents both political and economic interests for north African countries as well as the United States. - Wednesday 8 April 2009

South africa
Southern African countries have signed a deal to put in place an emergency supply of thousands of megawatts of electricity to South Africa during the hosting of 2010 World Cup. - Wednesday 8 April 2009

It was 15 years ago, sometime in April, when Rwandans who had been divided against each other by their Belgian colonialist, suffered man-inhumanity-to-man. Blood soaked the streets, and corpses spread out on every nook and cranny as Hutus went from house to house, and street to street, massacring their Tutsi brothers and sisters. Within 100 days ethnic Hutu militia had killed some 800,000 people across Rwanda. - Wednesday 8 April 2009

South africa
Jacob Zuma’s rural village burst into song and dance when the news that their son has been set cleared of all charges aganist him. Reports say, Nkandla village in KwaZulu-Natal on Monday his trademark Umshini Wam song rang out across the hills and fellow villages and his family celebrated the end of his eight- year tussle with the law. - Tuesday 7 April 2009

Panafrica - United States
ESSENCE’s May issue celebrates Mother’s Day in a special way — with two of the most popular mothers in the world! In their first interview together, First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, 71, did a sit down interview in the White House during their first photo shoot together to speak to ESSENCE editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray about retaining their family values, what it takes to raise good kids and being role models for the Black community. They were photographed exclusively for ESSENCE at the White House on February 24th. - Tuesday 7 April 2009

South africa
South Africa service stations could run dry as more than 30,000 allied workers union members prepare to go on strike over a wage dispute. - Tuesday 7 April 2009

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