archives : June 2009


Panafrica - Ghana - United States
Everybody knows Ghana is blessed with gold, cocoa and now oil, but one of its greatest resources is still neglected and untapped: the creative talents of its songwriters, composers, and bands. If Ghana recognised, developed, and supported this talent, it could become a big source of wealth. - Friday 5 June 2009

A self-confessed witch in Zimbabwe who claimed to have flown naked in a winnowing basket for 120km has been given a wholly suspended one-year prison term by a magistrate but her husband is reluctant to take her back. - Friday 5 June 2009

South africa
South African president Jacob Zuma has told one of his most powerful allies, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), that he is willing to serve two terms. - Friday 5 June 2009

Nigerian President Mr. Umaru Yar’Adua has been accused of succumbing to pressure from formidable Northern Nigerian groups and power brokers, and playing the ethnic card by replacing the widely praised Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Mr. Charles Soludo with a man from Northern Nigeria. - Friday 5 June 2009

Panafrica - Egypt - United States
President Barack Obama was Thursday in Cairo, where addressed reconciliation speech to the Muslim world. The American president called for an end to the cycle of mistrust and discord and urged Israel to suspend the colonization of Palestinian territories. A day prior to Obama’s speech, the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden, had criticized the U.S. president for following in "the footsteps of his predecessor (George W. Bush) in his policy of hostility towards Muslims." Below is a full transcript of President Barack Obama’s speech at the Cairo university: On a new beginning. - Thursday 4 June 2009

South africa - Botswana - Zimbabwe
After realizing the huge amounts they would have lost hotels in Zimbabwe have made a sharp u-turn and are now reconsidering their pricing after a deal offered by Fifa for occupation of 80% of the country’s hotel rooms flopped. - Thursday 4 June 2009

Egypt - United States - International
Hamas, a Palestinian Islamic socio-political and paramilitary organization that controls the Gaza Strip, have described President Obama’s speech: "A New Beginning: US and the Muslim World," in Egypt as a promise of tangible change. Hamas has governed the Gaza portion of the Palestinian territories since 2007. - Thursday 4 June 2009

With just eight days remaining before Zimbabwe embarks on yet another attempt to craft a home grown constitution, no funds have been availed for by Government, a senior official has revealed. Close to US$36 million is needed for the cumbersome process. - Thursday 4 June 2009

Panafrica - United States
Speaking at a gala reception in Washington marking the beginning of “Africa Week,” last month, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson indicated that “High-level engagement has already started” between the Obama administration and Africa. “Most of the Obama administration’s Africa team is in place, and we are gearing up. We will continue to build on and strengthen the strong bipartisan consensus in Congress and among the people of America that has motivated U.S. policy towards Africa.” he said. - Thursday 4 June 2009

Panafrica - European Union
The Economic Partnership Agreement, EPA continues to cause controversy and division among African regional block groupings. After the recent criticism of the European agreement by African trade experts in Johannesburg, African governments are beginning to speak up and demand for fairer trade deals. - Thursday 4 June 2009

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