archives : November 2009


Panafrica - Mali - United States
The moon and sun align this year to bring two holidays together: the Muslim feast of Tabaski (also called Eid al-Adha and Aďd el-Kebir) and the United States holiday of Thanksgiving. They occur on November 26 and 28, respectively. Although Tabaski is explicitly religious, and Thanksgiving ostensibly secular, both re-enforce ties to one’s family and larger communities. Both focus on animals. - Wednesday 25 November 2009

Uganda - Sudan
The President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir, has finally returned home several hours after the plane he was traveling in narrowly escaped a crash. - Wednesday 25 November 2009

The Sudanese journalist briefly jailed for wearing "indecent trousers" said Wednesday she might not return to her country but instead continue her campaign for women’s rights from abroad.

Lubna Ahmed Hussein, who said she defied a travel ban and sneaked out of Sudan, said however she was not planning to ask for asylum in Europe.

"I am waiting for the network of women in Sudan (campaigning for women’s rights)... to decide whether it is better for me to continue the campaign at home or abroad," she told reporters in Paris.

- Wednesday 25 November 2009

After meetings with local media and the head of the Office of Government Communication Affairs (OGCA), IPI’s fact-finding mission to Ethiopia found that, despite positive developments, concerns still exist regarding the government’s influence over the flow of information within Ethiopian society. - Wednesday 25 November 2009

United States

The top-ranked result for U.S. first lady Michelle Obama on Google’s image search engine is a racist caricature that depicted her with the face of a chimpanzee, just below a link to a suggested Google search for the terms "Michelle Obama Monkey."

The same image of Obama, which is currently hosted on Google’s Blogger service, has appeared among the top image results on Google for at least two weeks, according to user complaints on Google’s help forum.

The Obama caricature does not appear among the top image results for "Michelle Obama" on Microsoft’s rival Bing search engine.

- Wednesday 25 November 2009

DR Congo
Congolese warlords facing trials in The Hague for the genocide of villagers of the ethnic Hema, in the mineral-rich Ituri province of the Democratic Republic of Congo, have said they acted out of self defense. Prosecutors at The Hague plan to call 26 witnesses, out of which 21 of them are expected to give evidence veiled from public view for fear of reprisal attacks. - Wednesday 25 November 2009

Malawi - Caribbean islands
Crippling foreign currency and fuel shortages have prompted Malawi government to ban all foreign trips by government officials. - Wednesday 25 November 2009

Djibouti - Ethiopia
Exorbitant charges, among other factors, incurred by Ethiopia at the Port of Djibouti, have seen the landlocked eastern African country’s economy hit the doldrums, a draft study financed by African Trade Policy Centre (ATPC) of UNECA has revealed. The Economic Commission for Africa has undertaken a feasibility study that could see the construction of more dry ports in Ethiopia. - Wednesday 25 November 2009

Uganda - Sudan
Salva Kiir, President of Southern Sudan, has this morning survived a plane crash at the Gulu airfiled in northern Uganda. The accident occured when one of the tyres of the plane he was travelling in burst. - Wednesday 25 November 2009

Somalia - United States
The United States government has clamped down on Somalis in America who aid, support and fight for al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab Islamist group. Young Somalis who have been apprehended are facing charges in the United States as the FBI continues its investigations. - Tuesday 24 November 2009

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