archives : June 2009


Algeria - United States
Andrew Warren, 41, has been charged in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia with one count of sexual abuse in Algeria within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Channing Phillips of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and Ambassador Eric J. Boswell, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security announced today. - Tuesday 30 June 2009

Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has today ruled out pulling out from the coalition government- at least- for now, but endorsed his ministers’ action of boycotting cabinet meeting on Monday. - Tuesday 30 June 2009

Kenya - United Kingdom
Five veterans of the Mau Mau movement arrived last week in London to launch a complaint against the British government for acts of torture committed before the Kenyan independence. Tens of thousands of Kenyans were arbitrarily detained, tortured and executed in response to a rebellion against the settlers. The victims are now demanding compensation and recognition of the atrocities committed by the English. - Tuesday 30 June 2009

Panafrica - The Gambia
When it comes to fighting malaria, Gambia is leading the way. Engaged in a relentless battle against this disease since the beginning of this century (2000), the country has now started reaping the rewards of its efforts. Malaria is quite plainly in freefall in the Gambia. - Tuesday 30 June 2009

Botswana - Niger - France - China - Japan
One hundred and eleven Chinese enterprises now own exploration licenses to dig up Botswana for Uranium and other raw materials. China, which is competing with Japan over Botswanan resources, currently has 12 nuclear reactors under construction, with another 33 planned and another 80 proposed. The Chinese mining activities in Botswana have been compared to French mining activities in Niger. - Tuesday 30 June 2009

A new wave of revolution is starting to reshape Africa. Oddly, it is not a political revolution but an Internet revolution set to transform the face of communication on the continent. - Tuesday 30 June 2009

Panafrica - United States
For Africa and all those affected by famine, the African-American performer Michael Jackson expressed his most heart-felt compassion as he dedicated “We are the World” to them in 1985. His most famous album, Thriller, released three years earlier, was marked with a few African expressions borrowed from Manu Dibango, a Cameroonian musician of international repute. - Tuesday 30 June 2009

Eritrea - Ethiopia - Somalia
Somalis and Eritreans migrating to Ethiopia en masse due to the unending political crisis in their countries could trigger a humanitarian burden. According to a report released by the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), about 100 Somalis per day arrive at the border towns of Ethiopia. - Monday 29 June 2009

The European Union monitored elections in Guinea Bissau has been reported to be void of any rigging or violence so far. EU observers posted to 80 out of the 2,700 polling stations received no reports of incidents or complaints during the vote. The elections have come three months after President Vieira was killed by soldiers in an apparent revenge for the death of the head of the army. Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by coups since independence in 1974. - Monday 29 June 2009

The Nigerian government has resorted to utilizing every possible avenue to bring peace to the oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. The government has agreed to release guerilla leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Mr. Henry Okah who is facing trial on charges of gun-running and treason, in order to appease the rebels after they defied an amnesty offer by attacking an oil field, hours after the presidential pardon was announced. - Monday 29 June 2009

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