archives : June 2009


United States
It was a non-stop standing ovation for Michael Jackson and his legendary career at the BET AWARDS ’09, as host Jamie Foxx and a legion of A-list stars paid tribute to the King of Pop with special performances, emotional testimonials about what Jackson meant to them, and a beautiful, colorful set featuring images and montages of the star. The BET AWARDS ’09 celebrated Jackson and today’s brightest stars in music, sports and entertainment at Los Angeles’ historic Shrine Auditorium during a once-in-a-lifetime evening full of unforgettable moments on Sunday, June 28 at 8:00 p.m. - Monday 29 June 2009

Nigeria - Russia
Militants in the oil-rich Niger Delta of Nigeria have been offered two months to surrender and be rehabilitated, educated and transformed into regular society, under a special amnesty program. The proposal has been ratified by the country’s 36 governors, as well as former presidents and chief justices. - Friday 26 June 2009

Panafrica - Nigeria
The world has not seen the last of this disease. Almost eradicated in 2000, polio has returned with a vengeance after the local authorities in the north of Nigeria tragically halted vaccinations — for over a year, in 2003. The World Health Organization is taking stock. - Friday 26 June 2009

A budget proposal prepared by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) of Ethiopia has rejected foreign trip budget requests of all federal institutions, with the exception of the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This is due to the fact that foreign currency reserve in the country has been diminishing. - Friday 26 June 2009

Zimbabwe - France
France, yesterday, said it is willing to cancel Zimbabwe’s Paris Club debt but there should be strong indications that it will channel the money to developmental projects. - Friday 26 June 2009

Ethiopia - Kenya - Somalia
The interim government of Somalia has been further weakened by the departure of its members of parliament. The lack of sufficient MPs has affected the legal minimum for the UN-backed government to function formally. - Thursday 25 June 2009

Panafrica - Cameroon - France
The Catholic Committee against Hunger and for Development (CCFD Terre solidaire) Wednesday published a new study highlighting the embezzlement of public funds by heads of state from developing countries, particularly Africa. This new document, titled "ill-gotten gains, who benefits from the crime?", was particularly interested in the riches of Cameroonian President Paul Barthélemy Biya. The report also denounces the reluctance of rich countries such as France, to freeze and return these “ill-gotten gains." - Thursday 25 June 2009

Zimbabwe’s government has raised more than $180 million from donors in Europe to help pull the southern African nation out of a decade-long recession. - Thursday 25 June 2009

Panafrica - International
In a recently released WHO report, more than 9 million new cases of tuberculosis were recorded worldwide in 2007. The 9,270,000 cases recorded 30,000 cases more than the preceding year, 2006. - Thursday 25 June 2009

Botswana - Tanzania
Newly elected leaders of countries saddled with a reputation for corruption often loudly declare a war on corruption and set up a commission to implement reforms. Yet many of those efforts fail because they lack crucial political and institutional elements, and public officials soon revert to the seven deadly sins of bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, graft and embezzlement. - Thursday 25 June 2009

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