archives : July 2009


South africa - Zimbabwe
Large sections of the border security fence between South Africa and Zimbabwe have been stolen as the South African police have reduced patroling the area. South Africa’s Democratic Alliance at the weekend said visits at the site last week revealed that the fence have been stolen. - Monday 27 July 2009

An extreme Islamist group demanding the imposition of Sharia law across Nigeria, has attacked a police station in Northern Nigeria, in protest of the arrest of their leaders. It is feared that the group, which has been amassing weapons, could pose more serious threats as their actions risk igniting retaliatory acts in the mainly Christian south, thus widening the Christian-Muslim fissure. The violent acts come weeks after the Niger Delta rebels accepted amnesty. - Monday 27 July 2009

Panafrica - China - European Union
After many years of enduring the rigors, manipulation and exploitation of Western colonial powers, Africans are hoping that patronage, peace and progress may come at last from the East, aligned by China. After centuries of slavery, wars and poverty, China has stepped forward to offer what appears to be a trustable hand of friendship to a lagging continent. - Saturday 25 July 2009

Panafrica - South africa - France - United Kingdom
She was called The Hottentot Venus, for her civil status she was Saartjie (Sara) Baartman. Sent back to South Africa, her homeland, to be buried in dignity two centuries after her death, Saartjie Baartman’s life had been all but dignified. Exhibited at fairs as a circus beast in England, forced into prostitution as an exotic animal in France, Saartjie Baartman was cast in plaster and dissected upon her death and displayed at the Museum of Mankind (Musée de l’Homme) in Paris. This is the epitome of human suffering, humiliation and total disrespect. And the victim was a blackwoman. - Saturday 25 July 2009

Ghana - Netherlands
Members of the Ahanta kingdom, one of several kingdoms within the Akan group, Thursday took part in a ceremony in the Netherlands to honour the memory of King Badu Bonsu II, beheaded in the Gold Coast (now Ghana) 171 years ago by the Dutch. His head had been preserved in formalin and kept in the reserves of a medical center. The head was returned to the Ahanta people to enable them give their king a proper burial. - Saturday 25 July 2009

Panafrica - United States
Many countries in Asia and Latin America “don’t have even one smidgen of Africa’s natural resources — a country like South Korea, for example — yet they are huge players in the global trading system..." Speaking ahead of the 8th Annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, August 4–6, Florizelle Liser, assistant U.S. trade representative for Africa, indicated that trade is the key to long-term, sustainable economic growth and development in sub-Saharan Africa. - Friday 24 July 2009

Signs are clear that Gabon will be subject to a dynastic rule, as late president Omar Bongo’s son, Ali-Ben Bongo, prepares to replace his father as president of the oil-rich country, come end August. Mr. Ali Bongo has sacked four Gabonese ministers who opposed his candidacy for next month’s presidential poll, in a show of power. - Friday 24 July 2009

Sudan - Saudi Arabia
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement with Sudan to donate more than $18 million for developmental and humanitarian projects in Darfur. - Friday 24 July 2009

Sudan - United States - European Union
Following is the text of a joint declaration by the European Union and the United States following the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration concerning the determination of the boundaries of the Abyei Area. - Friday 24 July 2009

South africa
Violent protests have erupted in townships across South Africa over poor delivery of basic services and foreigners have again been caught up in the chaos. But Jacob Zuma’s new administration has vowed to crack down on violent protest. - Thursday 23 July 2009

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