archives : June 2009


Ethiopian export industry has, this year, shifted from the very positive trends of the past few years with a shocking underperformance as exports revenues are expected to fall short of set targets. - Tuesday 9 June 2009

Panafrica - Madagascar
The African trade group, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) on Monday passed a shocking resolution stating that a military intervention could be an option to restore democracy in Madagascar. - Monday 8 June 2009

Panafrica - South africa
Surprises and confirmations this weekend. Gabon is on a winning spree. Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Ghana have also won their matches, while Algeria has repositioned itself. Cameroon continues to disappoint while the great Egyptian team has collapsed under pressure. Here is a recap and analysis of the full results of the weekend’s qualification matches ahead of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. - Monday 8 June 2009

Madagascar - Sudan - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe played host to Sudan’s leader Omar al-Beshir, who faces international arrest for war crimes and ousted Madagascan leader Marc Ravalomanana, who has received a four year prison term in absentia. - Monday 8 June 2009

General Boyloaf, second-in-command to the detained leader of the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), has decided to lay down his arms and accept the amnesty offered by the Federal Government. This announcement comes a day after reports claimed that Government Ekpemupolo, the dreaded leader of another notorious Niger Delta militant group has fled the country. - Monday 8 June 2009

Panafrica - Gabon - France
According to French government sources, Gobonese President Omar Bongo passed away Sunday June 7, 2009 after 41 years in power. With his passing, an era of Franco-African relations comes to a screeching halt. It would come as no surprise that many would welcome his inability to do a proper hand over to ensure continuity. Others will surely be biting their lips. An epilogue of an African saga. - Monday 8 June 2009

Countries across the African continent devoted May 25 to the observance of the so called African Union’s Day. Few countries, though, have declared the day a holiday and celebrated as such to the neglect of the millions of man hours that could have been put to productive use. Little was heard of the challenges and potential progress that the continent could make in the face austere financial difficulties. It was the grumpy old self-delusory target of ridding the continent of coup makers and now, state-sponsored terrorism. Amusingly, Eritrea was the only culprit fingered and suspended for the latter charge whilst others such as Sudan, Madagascar and Mauritania, renegades of true democracy are still plying their violent and near-violent trade against ordinary citizens. - Saturday 6 June 2009

It is nearly dusk in Conakry and a convoy of journalists including’s special envoy to Guinea has just arrived at the very heart of the famous Alpha Yaya Diallo Camp, the present headquarters of the Guinean presidency. For two days, businessmen, journalists, communication experts ... from Paris, attending an employment, training and vocation forum have been waiting to meet President DADIS Moussa Camara. From an obscure corner, we can see him sitting in his comfortable presidential lounge. Could the hope of meeting him be wishful thinking? Time will tell... - Saturday 6 June 2009

Guinea-Bissau Military have killed presidential aspirant Mr. Baciro Dabo and former defense minister Helder Proenca, three weeks ahead of national polls. Ex-prime minister Faustino Embali and several other politicians - all members of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, have been arrested and detained by the military. - Saturday 6 June 2009

Foreign buyers of Ethiopian special coffee beans have expressed their concern over the introduction of a new auctioning system related to the trading of coffee beans at the Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX). The system was introduced in December 2008. - Saturday 6 June 2009

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