archives : November 2009


There is a sigh of relief in the Niger Delta as the Federal government of Nigeria began the first installments of monthly allowances that were promised to former militants in exchange for peace and civility. Earlier this month, the former rebels organized protest over non-payment of the arrears of their allowances and alleged neglect by government. While the government delayed the payments, fear arose over a return to violence and break in civility. - Friday 20 November 2009

United States

The United States Congress is debating a proposal to lift the travel ban to Cuba, almost half a century after the US isolated itself from the communist country.

Richard Lugar, a Republican senator, and Howard Berman, a Democratic senator, said in a statement on Thursday: "It’s time for us to scrap this anachronistic ban, imposed during one of the chilliest periods of the Cold War."

Cuba is the only country to which the US has implemented a travel ban.

- Friday 20 November 2009

South africa - United States

Hollywood actress Jennifer Hudson is to play Nelson Mandela’s ex-wife, Winnie, in a film about her life, reports say.

Variety magazine reported Hudson was thrilled about the role and has described Ms Madikizela-Mandela as a "powerful and extraordinary woman".

Ms Madikizela-Mandela played a vital role in freeing her husband after 27 years in jail but has since been linked to a murder and convicted of fraud.

- Friday 20 November 2009


French people see sexual violation the premier threat to children’s rights, ahead of rights of living and education, according a recent poll conducted by TNS Sofres on protection of children’s rights.

On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, TNS released the poll result after surveying 1012 French people aged above 15 years old in June, conducted under the request of French branch of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and French Children Foundation.

- Friday 20 November 2009

Panafrica - United States

A new exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian traces black-Native American relations from the 1500s to the present.

Black folks who always heard that grandma was an Indian—Cherokee, you say?—will get a sense of affirmation from a museum exhibit that just opened at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Called “IndiVisible,” the exhibit was inspired by the Cherokees vote two years ago to exclude most members of African descent, a continuing controversy treated—quite fairly, I must say—in one of 20 panels of thoughtful text and telling photos.

- Friday 20 November 2009

United States

Oprah Winfrey will announce on Friday’s "The Oprah Winfrey Show" that she will end her talk show, said a spokesman for Winfrey’s Harpo Productions.

"Oprah will be ending her talk show," Harpo spokesman Don Halcombe said Thursday. "She will be speaking about it on tomorrow’s live show."

- Friday 20 November 2009

Gabon - France
Newly elected Gabonese President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, will be on an official visit to France, Friday, and will be conferring wih French President, Nicolas Sarkozy. The two are expected to review relations between the two countries. The visit is essential to restore the image of France among disgruntled Gabonese, who have accused France of a murky France-Afrique collaboration, among other subjects. - Thursday 19 November 2009

A Guinean youth militia group largely recruited on ethnic basis is, reportedly, being assembled ahead of January national elections. The government of South Africa has deployed an investigation panel to the West African country following rumors that South African soldiers were training the ethnic-based militia. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, William Fitzgerald, has said his country is concerned by the development. - Thursday 19 November 2009

In October 2009, I came to Mali to learn to read. This may come as a surprise since West Africa is supposedly the world’s most illiterate region (“West Africa: Combating World’s Lowest Literacy Rates,” IRIN, 22 April 2009). - Thursday 19 November 2009

DR Congo - Uganda
Nine former fighters of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and abducted children, who recently escaped from captivity in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), have arrived in their home district, Gulu, located about 300 kilometres north of Uganda’s capital, Kampala. - Thursday 19 November 2009

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