archives : December 2009

     

Panafrica - United States - International
’The African Presence in Mexico: From Yanga to the Present’ is an exhibition that throws a pictorial light on the history of the black man in Mexico. Hosted by The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, it is on view through July 4, 2010. Through paintings, photos, lithographs and historical texts, the visiting exhibition highlights the indelible impact that Africans have on Mexican culture and examines the complexity of race, culture, politics and social stratification. The exhibition also features important historical figures, like Yanga, an African leader and founder of the first free African township in the Americas (Jan. 6, 1609). - Wednesday 2 December 2009


Panafrica - France - European Union
Unexpected things are happening all over the world, especially amidst Africans. That the King of Swaziland got married to yet another eighteen year old is, of course, not news, but the decision by African "sans papiers" or illegal migrants in France to fly to Baghdad and get kidnapped is pricking much media interest. - Wednesday 2 December 2009


Panafrica - Liberia
Capitalism Socialism Communism: These are all socio-political systems of varied origins that espouse different methodologies practiced in nations the world over. In Liberia we have our own unique system, “MEISM”. “Me what?” you may ask; “MEISM, I reply!” the socio-political methodology of the almighty ME. - Wednesday 2 December 2009


A Microsoft security update for its new computer operating system, Windows 7 as well as older versions of Windows, is resulting in some users getting a "black screen of death" on their machines, according to reports. The problem may be tied to security updates recently released by the software maker.

"Microsoft is investigating reports that its latest release of security updates is resulting in system issues for some customers," the company said in a statement. "Once we complete our investigation, we will provide detailed guidance on how to prevent or address these issues." (Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

Windows users are familiar with the "blue screen of death," when their computers essentially shutdown because of an operating system problem. The new "black screen of death" appears to occur when the computer is first turned on, then shuts down...

- Tuesday 1 December 2009


Morocco - United Kingdom - Western Sahara
A cross-party group of British MP’s today tabled a Motion in Parliament expressing “dismay” at the expulsion of Nobel Peace Prize nominee Amainatou Haidar from Western Sahara. The Motion signed by parliamentarians from all three main political parties states that “this House condemns the escalating wave of human rights violations against Saharawi human rights activists..[and] is dismayed over the expulsion of prominent Saharawi human rights activist and winner of the 2009 Civil Courage Award Aminatou Haidar from Western Sahara.” - Tuesday 1 December 2009


South africa - International
South Africa says Friday’s World Cup draw in Cape Town would be the biggest ever. The organizing officials have stressed that the country’s safety record in hosting major sports events is "second to none". The event will be beamed to over 200 countries across the globe with over 1000 journalists in attendance. - Tuesday 1 December 2009


Uganda - Sudan
Police in Uganda have stopped a forced marriage between a 17 year old girl and a 56 year old southern Sudanese soldier from taking place. The girl, whose name has not been disclosed, is a Sudanese refugee studying in Uganda. She is currently in safe custody at Gulu police station, 300 kms north of Uganda ’s capital Kampala. - Tuesday 1 December 2009


Burundi
Burundi is set to witness the transition of another rebel leader into presidency. Former rebel leader of a Hutu militia, Mr. Agathon Rwasa is running for president in the Burundi 2010 presidential elections, under the initially named ‘Party for the liberation of Hutus.’ - Tuesday 1 December 2009


Guinea - United Kingdom
The beauty pageant was supposed to be the most memorable day of their lives. Yet, for the bevy of beauties gathered here, their dream of becoming beauty queens has turned into a somewhat surreal nightmare. Their anger is legitimate as the ceremony, which is taking place in London, proves itself as a magnificent showcase of unadulterated incompetence on the part of the organisers. - Tuesday 1 December 2009


Equatorial Guinea
In the absence of any independent media, Reporters Without Borders condemns the state-owned media’s totally one-sided coverage of the campaign for the 29 November presidential election. After winning the 2002 election with 97.1 per cent of the votes, President Teodoro Obiang Nguema has "promised" to win this one with more than 97 per cent again. - Tuesday 1 December 2009

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