archives : December 2009

     

Panafrica
Grim accounts of African and Asian women trafficked into wealthy countries and kept as virtual slaves are all-too-commonly headlined in Northern newspapers. But far less is said – or known – about human trafficking within Africa. - Friday 18 December 2009


South africa
Former South African president Thabo Mbeki has come out strongly in defence of his late friend, Manto Tshabalala-Msimang denying that thousands of South Africans have died due to the previous government’s Aids policy. Tshabalala-Msimang, who died Wednesday, was health minister under Mbeki’s rule. - Friday 18 December 2009


Liberia
The Liberian government despite its post-conflict progress, has not frozen assets benefiting or owned by war criminals, the UN panel of experts monitoring Liberia has revealed, citing new evidence that such individuals still have considerable financial resources from forest resources, and diamond trade. - Friday 18 December 2009


The dramatic 32-day standoff that has been playing out on the tiny Canarian Island of Lanzarote between the Moroccan government and hunge-striking human rights activist, Aminatou Haidar, took an alarming but all too inevitable twist today. As a British delegation flew in this morning they found that the woman who they had come to visit, Nobel Peace prize nominee Haidar, had been hospitalised. - Friday 18 December 2009


Sudan
The Federal and South Sudan Ministries of Health, have jointly launched Sudan Household Health Survey. - Thursday 17 December 2009


Nigeria
Corruption charges brought against a former Nigerian Governor, an ally to Nigerian president M. Umaru Yar’ Adua has been dropped, to the dismay of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC). - Thursday 17 December 2009


South africa
South African soldiers have been granted a pay rise months after they staged heavy protests over salaries. Observers have indicated that timely salary increase is a moral booster not only for the military but also for football fans who will be streaming to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup. - Thursday 17 December 2009


Panafrica - Morocco
The 5th edition of the Africities summit kicked off Wednesday, December 16, 2009 in the city of Marrakech, Morocco. The conference seeks to address burning issues related to local governments and their role in fighting the current economic crisis that has battered the African continent from all sides; financial, economic, social, cultural, civilization. Opening under the theme of “restoring trust,” Africities is not only dedicated to the channeling of the demands of basic African populations, to be made part of the global political collective of the continent, but also to present proposals that aim to find concrete local solutions to the global crisis. Employment and sustainable development are at the helm of this year’s focus. - Thursday 17 December 2009


Panafrica - United Kingdom
Chelsea’s hope of clinging the Premier league title could be on the line as the battle for the top spot becomes fierce. The Blues are yet to win any of their last four matches and with last year’s champion, Manchester United on their tail, Stanford Bridge faithfuls are beginning to panic, especially when the African players leave next month for national duties. - Wednesday 16 December 2009


Panafrica - Sudan - International
The indictment by the International Criminal Court of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed by government forces in Darfur has provoked a crisis in relations between the court and the African Union (AU). It has added further heat to an often angry debate about the court’s role in Africa. Simmering unhappiness with the ICC flared into a public break on 14 July, when the AU announced that it would not cooperate with the ICC warrant for Mr. Bashir’s arrest. The African leaders said they were unhappy with the “manner in which the prosecution against President Bashir has been conducted, the publicity-seeking approach of the ICC prosecutor” and the UN Security Council’s refusal of the AU request to defer the indictment while peace efforts continued. - Wednesday 16 December 2009

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