archives : July 2009


Panafrica - Somalia - International
Somalia has had no functioning government since January 1991, when former President Siad Barre was ousted. Since that time, fighting between Somali warlords, government forces and various alliances of Islamist insurgents has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Somalis and the displacement of hundreds of thousands. - Tuesday 14 July 2009

Liberia - International
Former Liberian warlord and president, Mr. Charles Taylor will be allowed to speak in his defense at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, for the first time. In previous hearings, Mr. Taylor could only pass notes to his lawyer and hold whispered conversations with him. - Tuesday 14 July 2009

Ghana - United States
Good governance will determine future relations between the United States and African countries. This is the message sent to politicians in Ghana and Africa by President Barack Obama during his first official visit to sub-Saharan Africa. - Monday 13 July 2009

A rebel attack is being prepared in Guinea Bissau and the Casamance region in Senegal, against Guinea, Conakry has announced. According to officials, the plotters are being financed by drug cartels with whom the new Guinean regime is at war. - Monday 13 July 2009

President Robert Mugabe on Monday boycotted a crucial All Stakeholders Constitutional Conference in Harare as delegates walked out of the venue after Zanu PF youths started singing revolution songs. The chaos could see the collapse of the inclusive government and force Western Donors from offering financial help to Zimbabwe. - Monday 13 July 2009

The notorious rebel movement in Nigeria (Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta), has carried out an attack on an oil-tanker facility in Nigeria’s commercial city of Lagos: It is the groups first attack in the country’s economic capital. The rebel group had vowed to call off their rebellion if their leader Mr. Henry Okah was discharged and acquitted of treason and gun-running charges labeled against him. - Monday 13 July 2009

Despite protests from the opposition, presidential elections in Congo, Sunday, was relatively peaceful as a result of some 17 000 security personnel ordered to patrol the length and breath of the country. Outgoing President Denis Sassou N’Guesso is tipped to win the elections as the country’s electoral commission prepares to announce the results anytime from Monday evening. According to the main opposition, "90 per cent" of the country’s electorate did not go to the polls. The government has responded... - Monday 13 July 2009

Panafrica - Sudan - International
Following the decision of the jury at the International Criminal Court (ICC) not to indict Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir for masterminding genocide in the Darfur region, prosecutors have appealed the tribunal’s decision saying there is sufficient evidence to prove his guilt. - Saturday 11 July 2009

Panafrica - Nigeria - International
Nigerian writer EC Osondu has fended off competition from Ghana, Kenya, and South African writers to claim this year’s Caine Prize for African Writing. Selected from 122 entries from 12 African countries, the winner of the prize was announced at a celebratory dinner at the Bodleian Library, Oxford, Monday July 6. - Saturday 11 July 2009

Panafrica - International
About 80% of financial aid to Africa is sent back into Western bank accounts of Africa’s dictators and corrupt leaders. In 2004 about $94 billion was deposited into Swiss accounts, most originating from African politicians, and in 2005 the amount increased to $150 billion. - Saturday 11 July 2009

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