archives : November 2009


Panafrica - Caribbean islands - Canada
The "Africentric Alternative School" in Toronto is Canada’s first "Afrocentric" public school. Catering for students of African or Afro-Caribbean descent, the school’s main aim is to help reduce the high levels of school dropout rates among the city’s black youth. Needless to say, the system has been strongly criticized by a number of educational communities in Toronto. Despite the controversy, the school went ahead and opened its doors last September. - Sunday 1 November 2009

Morocco - International - Western Sahara
On 31st October, to mark the 34th anniversary of the occupation of Western Sahara, campaigners held a vigil outside the Moroccan embassy in London where they called for an end to the current crackdown on peaceful activists and the release of seven prominent human rights defenders currently imprisoned, awaiting sentence from a military court in Rabat. Their ‘crime’ was to visit the refugee camps where around 165,000 Saharawi refugees have lived for three decades. The arrests have been condemned by politicians and human rights organisations around the world including Amnesty International. - Sunday 1 November 2009

Ethiopia - Kenya
The World Bank is scheduled to meet in the month of September 2010 to decide whether to grant a 380 million dollar joint funding request from Ethiopia and Kenya to interconnect their power grids. The request was made by the Manager of Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo), Miheret Debebe, and the Energy Ministry of Kenya. - Sunday 1 November 2009

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