archives : December 2009


Eritrea - International
According to local polls, most Eritreans support the United Nations sanctions imposed on Eritrea under the ’repressive’ government of President Isaias Afwerki. Eritrea has repeatedly been accused of destabilizing the Horn of Africa since it gained independence from Ethiopia in 1993 after a 30-year guerrilla war. - Friday 25 December 2009

The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) condemned the Egyptian Interior Ministry for refusing to act on a release warrant issued on 14 December 2009 by the State Security Supreme Criminal Court. This is the fourth time that a court has called for the release of Christian blogger Hani Nazeer Aziz, owner of the blog "Karz AlHob", which was erased after his arrest in October 2008. - Friday 25 December 2009

Guinea - Madagascar - Niger - United States
The Obama administration has decided to suspend trade benefits granted under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) for Guinea, Niger and Madagascar, citing a lack of democratic progress, which is a primary criterion for eligibility in the program. At the same time, it is reinstating Mauritania in recognition of democratic elections that replaced a government which came to power through a 2008 military coup. - Friday 25 December 2009

In an interview during the month of November, Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia founder, talked about the state of development of the participatory online encyclopedia in Africa. He expressed his wish to develop Wikipedia in more African languages. He believes it is necessary to ensure that more people have access to knowledge and culture. According to him, the progressive expansion of the Internet in Africa should create a dynamic to attract more Africans online. - Friday 25 December 2009

The first Vice President of the Republic of Sudan, who is also the President of the Government of southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has assured the people of Sudan and the world at large that there will be no return to war in Sudan. - Friday 25 December 2009

Morocco - France
Yasmine, the head of a pornographic production company and a young actress, talks to about her porn star past and explains her choices. An encounter. - Friday 25 December 2009

The sale or lease of millions of hectares of African farmland to foreigners in recent years has set alarm bells ringing on and off the continent. The headlines practically shout off the page: “The Second Scramble for Africa Starts,” “Quest for Food Security Breeds Neo-Colonists,” “Food Security or Economic Slavery?” - Thursday 24 December 2009

The Kingdom of Morocco has met the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s standards for good governance, and entered a compact with the assistance agency. The kingdom has developed a project to improve infrastructure supporting the fishing industry. Modernization of the delivery chain between the sea and the markets will profit fishermen and deliver a fresher product to consumers. - Wednesday 23 December 2009

Ivory Coast
Living in harmony and respecting the rules of democracy. Two thousand Ivorian children have put this into practice under the leadership of Mireille Critie Thobouet of the Center for Research and Action for Peace (Cerap). Despite Côte d’Ivoire’s politically turbulent times since 2002, some of its institutions continue to show exemplary democratic practices. - Wednesday 23 December 2009

Uganda - United States
There is a scene in the comedy, ‘In and Out’, in which Joan Cusack, playing a bride left at the altar by her gay groom, cries at a bar on the shoulder of a man she finds attractive but who, alas, turns out to be gay, too. The camera cuts to the bar entrance where we see her, now doubly jilted, throw the door open, take a deep breath, and yell, “Is EVERYBODY GAY?!” - Wednesday 23 December 2009

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