archives : January 2010


The Moroccan government has initiated talks with various trade unions with the aim of improving the social conditions of workers. Although the government seems to have decided to fulfill its promises, after a decision to revise upward its wage policy from this year, some union members remain dissatified over the government’s failure to address the issue at a most crucial time. - Monday 4 January 2010

South africa
South Africa’s polygamous president Jacob Zuma has done it again - he wed his fifth wife on Monday. - Monday 4 January 2010

Fighting between African Union-backed government forces of Somalia and Islamist group, al-Shabab, on Saturday and Sunday, have resulted in over 60 deaths and 100 injuries, a human rights group has reported. The pro-government forces, Ahlu Sunna engaged the islamic insurgents in combat over the strategic town of Dhuusa Marreeb, north of Somali capital, Mogdishu. - Monday 4 January 2010

DR Congo - Uganda
Reports from Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) reveal that Lord’s Resistance Army rebels attacked villages in very remote areas of Isiro -Niangara county in north-eastern DRC, where communication is very poor, and killed several people. - Monday 4 January 2010

Panafrica - Egypt - Ethiopia
Ethiopia and Egypt have moved a significant step, this week, towards leveling their bumpy relations. The two countries have agreed to strengthen their economic collaborations to enhance their overall relations in a backdrop of a longstanding disagreement over the Nile’s water resources. Whether or not this agreement stands to disrupt ongoing negotiations within the framework of the Nile Basin Initiative, the answers remain vague. - Saturday 2 January 2010

Ivory Coast
Cote d’Ivoire has recieved a boost of $10 million dollars from a United Nations agency. The fund is to assist the West African country’s agricultural sector recover from the devastation caused by the armed rebellion in 2002 that crippled and divided its state capacity. 86,000 farming-dependent families were affected by the rebellion. - Saturday 2 January 2010

Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar transports the viewer to Egypt in the late fourth century AD, a time when followers of the last ancient Egyptian and Roman gods were under heavy Christian persecution ... - Saturday 2 January 2010

Gashaw Tahir was shocked when he returned to his native Ethiopia after living overseas and saw how the land had been degraded, as well as the effects of deforestation on the climate and quality of life for his community, which overwhelmingly relies on farming. - Friday 1 January 2010

Ethiopia - International
The government of Ethiopia has moved to debunk claims by a US-funded Famine Early Warning System that has claimed that the majority of Ethiopians are starving and in dire need of food. Ethiopia has been extremely sensitive to images showing its people as starving since the famine of 1984-5 and have condemned any further portrayal of such negativity. The FEWS claims come in the backdrop of another report from IFPRI which shows Ethiopia in a distant sixth position on the Sub-Saharan Africa hunger index. - Friday 1 January 2010

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) has said that it has very many people who have come up to stand for various posts in the presidential and general elections to be held in Sudan next year. - Friday 1 January 2010

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