archives : December 2009


South africa
With only six months until South Africa hosts the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the nettlesome question of how to deal with sex workers looms. - Wednesday 9 December 2009

Uganda - Sudan
Five Ugandan businessmen have been killed in violent clashes between Police and protestors in the Southern Sudanese town of Rumbek. - Wednesday 9 December 2009

Zimbabwe’s unending negotiations have been stopped to pave way for President Mugabe’s party to hold its lavish congress which starts in Harare today. - Wednesday 9 December 2009

Nigerian hospital is reportedly planning a mass burial as its facilities are overstuffed with corpses being brought to them by the Nigerian police. The Nigeria’s police forces have faced strong disapproval from human rights groups for carrying out extrajudicial and random killings. Records have shown that 75 corpses were delivered to the mortuary by police between June and 26 November this year. - Wednesday 9 December 2009

Mali - Mauritania - France - Spain
The Al Qaeda terrorist group in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) Tuesday claimed responsibility for the abduction of a French and three Spanish nationals, respectively kidnapped in Mali and Mauritania late November, in an audio message sent to the Al Jazeera television network. This claim confirms the suspicions of many observers and embellishes the idea that AQIM is gaining ground in the Sahel. - Tuesday 8 December 2009

Check-points, rampant vehicular searches, violent raids, arrests, summary executions… Loyal junta forces in Guinea are leaving no stone unturned as they seek to lay their hands on lieutenant Aboubacar “Toumba” Diakité, the man who, reportedly, shot and gravely wounded the junta leader, Moussa Dadis Camara in the head, last Thursday. The military’s reign of terror in the West African country has reached unprecedented levels. - Tuesday 8 December 2009

The die may have been cast in Sudan as Southern Sudanese take to the streets demanding electoral reform and independence, following the arrest of their leaders in Khartoum. The office of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s party in the south was burnt, protesters were arrested and tensions are reportedly rising. - Tuesday 8 December 2009

The Nigerian minister of information and communication, Professor Dora Akunyili, was given a good lecture by the Venezuelan ambassador to Nigeria, Enerique Fernando Arrundell after she asked the Venezuelan envoy to help attract Venezuelan investors to Nigeria. - Tuesday 8 December 2009

Panafrica - International
“For the first time in history,” says Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, “Africa will field a single negotiating team empowered to negotiate on behalf of all member states of the African Union…. Africa’s interest and position will not be muffled.” - Tuesday 8 December 2009

Uganda - Somalia
Security in Uganda has been tightened up due to fear of Somali’s al-Shabab militia attacks. More guards have been placed at security installations in the country. - Monday 7 December 2009

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