archives : November 2009


Nigeria - Switzerland - European Union
It’s been a week of Europe’s exhibition of support to the efforts of the Nigerian government in transparency, fight against corruption and state civility. The European Union (EU) has supported Nigeria’s peace process in the Niger Delta with a fund pledge of $1bn. A Swiss court, on the other hand has ordered the seizure of $350m in assets from, Abba Abacha, son of Nigeria’s former military ruler, General Sani Abacha. - Saturday 21 November 2009

Morocco - Spain - Western Sahara
Aminatou Haidar, the Western Saharan Nobel Prize nominee who has been on hunger strike for six days, has used a live telephone link-up during an international conference in Barcelona to send a message to her children. - Saturday 21 November 2009

Panafrica - France - International
In the old musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, there is the chorus that sings the question: Jesus Christ, Superstar, who do you think you are? A very pertinent question to someone claiming to be the son of God and wanting to redeem souls through his message but choosing to be born in the wrong place at a backward time instead of coming today to pass his message via the internet and the new mass media to the world at large. The question of identity is perennial. Who are you? Who do you think you are? Are you who you think you are? - Friday 20 November 2009

Mozambique - Nigeria

Nigeria will renew their rivalry against Mozambique after both teams were drawn in Group C of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations from January following the draw for the tournament in Luanda on Friday afternoon.

Star-studded Nigeria barely survived Mozambique at the dreaded Machava Stadium in Maputo in a combined Nations and World Cup qualifier in March, before they grabbed a late winner against the Mambas in October.

Defending champions Egypt and Benin are the other teams in Group C. This group will be based in the city of Benguela.

- Friday 20 November 2009


The five member states of the East African Community (EAC) on Friday signed the protocol on the establishment of a common market within the block in Arusha, Tanzania.

The signing of the protocol by Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi is the second landmark step of the block toward integration.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete hailed the signing of the protocol as a great step, according to reports reaching here.

- Friday 20 November 2009


Daul Kim, a South Korean supermodel who starred in a string of high-profile fashion campaigns, has been found dead at her luxury flat in Paris.

Her death was discovered after she left a series of messages on a website saying she was "lonely" and "depressed".

Kim, 20, was a regular on catwalks in New York, Milan and Paris was found hanged in her city centre apartment by a friend, according to police.

- Friday 20 November 2009


The Arsenal boss gives his thoughts on the controversial handball moment in the France v Ireland World Cup play-off.

- Friday 20 November 2009


NASA said last week that the world was not ending — at least anytime soon. Last year, CERN, the European Center for Nuclear Research, said the same thing, which I guess is good news for those of us who are habitually jittery. How often do you have a pair of such blue-ribbon scientific establishments assuring us that everything is fine?

On the other hand, it is kind of depressing if you were looking forward to taking a vacation from mortgage payments to finance one last blowout.

CERN’s pronouncements were intended to allay concerns that a black hole would be spit out of its new Large Hadron Collider and eat the Earth.

- Friday 20 November 2009

Algeria - Egypt
The Algerian "Greens" became the last African team to qualify for the South Africa 2010 World Cup finals with an undisputed 1-0 win over current African Champions, the Egyptian Pharaohs, in Khartoum on Wednesday, November 18. The Algerian "Greens" did it the hard way after being forced to a one-off clash with a stunning 2-0 loss to the Egyptian Pharaohs, given their first leg convincing 3-1 win in Algiers in June. - Friday 20 November 2009

The World Bank, which has in the past been accused of prescribing “suicidal economic policies” for third world countries, says Zambia should increase its low electricity tariffs to profitably run the power utility. - Friday 20 November 2009

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