archives : November 2009


Panafrica - United States

On that supercharged day in 1955, when Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Ala., she rode her way into history books, credited with helping to ignite the civil rights movement.

But there was another woman, named Claudette Colvin, who refused to be treated like a substandard citizen on one of those Montgomery buses — and she did it nine months before Mrs. Parks. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made his political debut fighting her arrest. Moreover, she was the star witness in the legal case that eventually forced bus desegregation.

Yet instead of being celebrated, Ms. Colvin has lived unheralded in the Bronx for decades, initially cast off by black leaders who feared she was not the right face for their battle, according to a new book that has plucked her from obscurity.

- Friday 27 November 2009

Ivory Coast - Ghana - Nigeria
It is funny. The more I listen to pharmaceutical industry players on increasing access to quality medicines, the more relevant Nkrumah’s African unity becomes. And yet for an industry where the supply and distribution of medicines is described as “more than a mafia” in the words of Ghanaian Pharmacist Enoch Osafoe, this is certainly no laughing matter. The World Health Organization defines access within the framework of selection, supply, financing and health systems. - Friday 27 November 2009

Benin - Burkina Faso - Ivory Coast - Guinea-Bissau
The West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) has moved a step closer to establishing a common visa that will allow free movement within its eight member states. - Friday 27 November 2009

Recent reports on the health situation of Nigerian president Mr. Umaru Yar’Adua pose a problem for Nigeria’s constitution, as a case of a sudden demise would mean, Vice President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a southerner, would take over as president. - Friday 27 November 2009

Ethiopia - International
The Ethiopian government has vehemently rejected accusations that it has excluded some opposition supporters from a food-for-work programme, charges that are the focus of growing international concern in the run-up to elections in 2010. - Thursday 26 November 2009

South africa
During school hours the pupils of Claireville Primary in the port city of Durban are spared the jibes and taunts of not being South African nationals, but the welcome ends when they leave the grounds. - Thursday 26 November 2009

Morocco - Spain - Western Sahara
News today that hunger striking Nobel Peace Prize nominee Amainatou Haidar is in a critical condition has drawn concern from around the world including from actor Javier Bardem, film director Pedro Almodovar and Nobel Literature Laureate Jose Salamango. Dr Alberto Guzman, director of Lanzorote provincial health service who examined her today stated that her condition is now “critical”. - Thursday 26 November 2009

Panafrica - International
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 26 November 2009

Nigeria - Zimbabwe
One of the less-popular towns of Nigeria, Shonga, is gradually fast becoming a food hub in both Nigeria and Africa, thanks to white Zimbabwean farmers expelled by Robert Mugabe in early 2000. - Thursday 26 November 2009

DR Congo - Rwanda - Tanzania
Human Rights watch has called on the United Nations to change its policy and strategy towards humanitarian intervention and conflict resolution in Congo. A leaked report, by UN panel of experts, claim there had been an upsurge in violence despite the UN joining the Congolese army to fight the rebels. - Thursday 26 November 2009

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