archives : March 2010

     

Libya - Nigeria
Libyan Leader Muammar Gaddafi has responded to Nigerians criticisms of his suggestions and insinuations that Nigeria should split on religious and ethnic lines in order to reduce religious clashes, ethnic marginalization and tensions. According to reports, Gaddafi insists that Nigeria’s rival tribes desire independence, an accusation that has reportedly worsened Libya’s diplomatic relations with Nigeria. - Tuesday 30 March 2010


Ethiopia - United States
Voice of America (VOA) began satellite broadcasts of its Amharic-language programs to Ethiopia this week after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi ordered that VOA’s broadcasts be blocked. - Tuesday 30 March 2010


Zimbabwe
The legal fraternity in Zimbabwe has condemned Justice and Legal Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa who claimed that “dismal and half baked’ lawyers are churned at the University of Zimbabwe. - Monday 29 March 2010


In Uganda, there is a burning desire to send them to the gallows. Woe betide those who dare "marry" in Malawi. In Zimbabwe, President Mugabe and Premier Tsvangirai have surprisingly agreed to refuse to consider their rights in the new constitution, with the former describing them as "pigs" and "dogs". In 38 of the 53 countries on the continent, homosexuals are treated like criminals. - Monday 29 March 2010


Panafrica
Africa’s battle against HIV/AIDS is not won yet. But there has been some good news recently, including a significant decline in new HIV infections and AIDS-related deaths in sub-Saharan Africa and a critical policy shift in South Africa, the country with the largest number of infected people in the world. Aptly assessing this good news and mapping out the remaining challenges are two steps in the right direction. - Monday 29 March 2010


Ethiopia
Key U.S. lawmakers, both Democratic and Republican, have expressed concern for political conditions in Ethiopia, citing authoritarian tendencies by its government as well as human rights abuses such as the continued detention of a prominent opposition leader. - Monday 29 March 2010


South africa - Uganda - Rwanda - Zimbabwe
South African president Jacob Zuma has defended his country over hosting two wanted army officers from Rwanda, and called on the United Nations to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe. - Friday 26 March 2010


Togo
Honouring to an invitation from the Togolese opposition party, Union of Forces for Change (UFC), thousands of candle holding militants gathered Wednesday at the party’s headquarters at around 17 hours (local time). However, the vigil to "bury the regime in power" was cut short. At nightfall, the police stormed the area and dispersed the crowd. The opposition has been banned from protesting against the re-election of Faure Gnassingbé as President of Togo. - Friday 26 March 2010


Ethiopia - United States
Voice of America (VOA) began satellite broadcasts of its Amharic-language programs to Ethiopia this week after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi ordered that VOA’s broadcasts be blocked. - Friday 26 March 2010


Panafrica
African Experts representing finance, planning and economic development ministries in African countries started their deliberations yesterday in Lilongwe (Malawi) on how to achieve a high quality growth, through employment-focused development policies, in the wake of the economic and financial crisis. - Friday 26 March 2010

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