archives : January 2010


Panafrica - Uganda - Haiti
The high commission of the republic of Trinidad and Tobago in Uganda has yesterday launched the Haiti disaster appeal fund at a ceremony held in Uganda’s capital Kampala. - Tuesday 26 January 2010

The aftermath of the Christian-Muslim conflict in the Northern Nigerian city of Jos has seen hundreds of people arrested. However, there are fears that the culprits, like in past conflicts, could go unprosecuted, leaving room for a possible recurrence of religious violence in the near future. - Tuesday 26 January 2010

An open letter which calls for one of the strongest men in African Politics to retire is usually written with extreme caution. But just why would a citizen vehemently request his Octogenarian President to retire if he has not had enough of “land expropriation, three million Zimbabweans in exile, one billion percent inflation, collapse in education, health, road and electricity infrastructure, extensive poverty, election violence and death, biased judiciary, media paranoia”? Rejoice Ngwenya believes Mugabe has outlived his usefulness or rather uselessness as a President. And he reminds Mugabe that his retrogressive sense of judgement is as a result of natural progression in age. “There is both intellectual and biological justification for this universally acceptable standpoint. All human beings – including those purportedly chosen on a ticket of popular rhetoric – are subject to deteriorating mental and physical capacity with age”... - Monday 25 January 2010

The city of Jos in Nigeria’s Plateau State was the scene recent of communal clashes that registered the death of several hundreds of people. Although no official figures have been provided, various sources indicate that at least 400 could have perished. A week after the attacks, residents are still fleeing the troubled area. Marc-Antoine Pérouse de Montclos, Nigeria specialist, talks to about the real reasons behind the so-called religious conflicts that have repeatedly rocked the Nigerian middle belt in recent years. - Monday 25 January 2010

Anglicans in Zimbabwe have resolved to hold a street prayer protest in central Harare to press the police to allow the church access to its buildings across the capital. The parishes have invited President Mugabe, a Catholic, to the prayer session. - Monday 25 January 2010

Ethiopia - Lebanon
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Girma Wake, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, have announced their condolences to the families of victims of Ethiopian Airline crash in Beirut Lebanon. - Monday 25 January 2010

15 traders died and twenty got severely injured Saturday night when a lorry they were traveling in overturned in Kamuli district, in eastern Uganda. - Monday 25 January 2010

Nigeria’s political elite are faced with an uneasy and strategic decision making week, as the Federal Court has issued a fourteen-day ultimatum for the nation to mandate a leader. President Umaru Yar’Adua’s two month absence has raised concerns over power vacuum in the country. - Monday 25 January 2010

United Kingdom - Iraq - International
Days before Tony Blair is due to testify before the Iraq Inquiry in London, Stefan Simanowitz comments on the performance of Alistair Campbell, one of Blair’s closest aides. - Monday 25 January 2010

“The time has come, » the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things;
Of shoes and ships—and sealing wax—
Of cabbages—and kings—
And why the sea is boiling hot—
And whether pigs have wings.”
Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventure Through the Looking Glass) - Monday 25 January 2010

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