archives : December 2009


Panafrica - International
Or, it can be called a timely call to end the hypocrisy over child soldiers. I know my position would draw some fire even from close quarters who had been dealing with the issue of child soldiers. But, let the abscess be pricked and opened— young boys and girls should take part in wars especially in those wars that can possibly render their lives better. In other words, if they are old enough to die should they not be considered old enough to kill? - Wednesday 23 December 2009

By 2050, global food production will have to double from current levels to keep up with a hungry world, but the delicately balanced ecosystem that produces food in abundance is already under considerable stress as climate change erodes crop production, says U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. - Tuesday 22 December 2009

Groups of Christians today demonstrated in Uganda’s capital Kampala against first world donor countries which are against the anti-homosexual bill which was recently tabled in parliament. - Tuesday 22 December 2009

Its only a few days before Christmas but its not a festive season for many Zimbabweans. - Tuesday 22 December 2009

Beach boys is the name locals give to young men looking for rich white female tourists visiting Kenya for more than the usual sea, sun and sand. Mostly sporting dreadlocks and tight-fitting shirts that reveal their athletic torsi, the beach are mostly around 25 years old or so. - Monday 21 December 2009

Mugabe’s land ‘reform’ set off a chain of [climate] disasters. Apart from the possibility of soil erosion, desertification and siltation, loss of trees reduces the capacity of nature to ‘process’ carbon dioxide. How can a man under ‘EU sanctions’ evade arrest for crimes against ‘nature and humanity’, when there is critical evidence to prove that Mugabe’s violent ten-year land grab has been responsible for desertification of previously arable commercial farmland? - Monday 21 December 2009

Christians in Uganda are organizing nationwide demonstrations and fasting to protest US President Barack Obama and growing international opposition to a proposed anti-homosexuality bill. - Saturday 19 December 2009

The National Elections Commission (NEC), the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Ministry of International Cooperation, have signed an agreement in Khartoum at which UN provided the funds for organizing next year elections. - Saturday 19 December 2009

Bars of a new genre are flourishing in Sanso since Morila gold mine opened in 2001 in Mali. The keepers of the place are prostitutes, most of them Nigerian women brought here against their will. The girls can be found in the vicinity of the gold mines dotted over the country. - Friday 18 December 2009

The 32-day standoff that had been playing out on the volcanic Canarian Island of Lanzarote between the Moroccan government and hunger-striking human rights activist, Aminatou Haidar, reached a dramatic denouement yesterday. A day that had started with Haidar’s hospitalisation ended with the 42-year old mother of two being flown home on a special Spanish military plane equipped with medical equipment. Her return followed intense international diplomatic pressure in which UN and the governments of Spain, France and the US had been heavily involved. - Friday 18 December 2009

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