archives : March 2010


Sudan - United States
There have been “major and frequent” violations of the U.N. Security Council arms embargo imposed against Sudan in 2005, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice condemned the council’s inaction in the face of continued gender-based violence and military offensives. Rice called on the council to find a consensus to better enforce the sanctions to promote peace and stability in Sudan. - Tuesday 9 March 2010

The United States has moved to ensure that Sudanese can exercise their universal right to free speech and information to the greatest extent possible. Sudanese, Iranians and Cubans will be allowed the use of web services like social networks and other media means to express their civic rights to gate-keep, despite existing sanctions on this countries. - Tuesday 9 March 2010

Panafrica - United States
Ghanaian writer Meri Nana-Ama Danquah expresses the confusion many Africans - coming from majority black countries - feel towards America’s preoccupation with race when she asks, “What is it about the black body that draws people in, makes them so fascinated?” The book The Black Body is a collection edited by Ms. Danquah in which black, white and bi-racial contributors explore that question. - Tuesday 9 March 2010

500,000 people in Uganda are at a risk of being hit by landslides and floods, the government has said today. - Monday 8 March 2010

President Mugabe’s young wife, Grace is at it again. First she grabbed Iron Mask Farm in Mazowe about 40km from Harare area in 2002 where she personally ordered John and Eva Matthews, both in their seventies, out of their 29-room house on the nearby 2,500-acre. Now, she is ordering a village to move for another project. - Monday 8 March 2010

Ethiopia - United Kingdom
British charities have rubbished reports by the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC that aid money in Ethiopia was spent on weapons during the civil war. Bob Geldof, founder of Live Aid attacked the BBC report which also included backing from the Central American Intelligence, CIA, summing it up as ‘palpable nonsense’. - Monday 8 March 2010

The massacre of nearly 200 opposition demonstrators in Conakry, Guinea, in late September 2009 shocked Africa and the world. Beyond the sheer brutality of the crackdown, one feature was particularly stunning to many survivors and observers, although it has become a common one in most African conflicts: the systematic rape of scores of women. - Monday 8 March 2010

Men armed with machetes attacked and killed men, women and children in ’Christian villages’ in the northern Nigerian city of Jos, on Sunday, reports have claimed. The city has been under curfew since January when over 200 people were killed in clashes between Christians and Muslims. - Monday 8 March 2010

South africa
In 1996 Nelson Mandela, the first president of post-apartheid South Africa, paid a state visit to Britain. People lined the streets to catch a glimpse of the 78 year-old statesman and parts of London, most memorably Brixton, came to a complete standstill. He was welcomed by the Queen and feted by the entire House of Parliament. From the press there was nothing but admiration and respect. Last week the current South African president, Jacob Zuma was also afforded the honor of a state visit. Like Mandela, he visited parliament and stayed in Buckingham palace but the warmth of his reception and his treatment by the media demonstrate just how far South Africa has slipped both in terms of political and moral leadership over the past fourteen years. - Sunday 7 March 2010

Panafrica - South africa - United Kingdom
The global advertising market will grow between 0 and 1 per cent this year, thanks to events such as the South Africa, 2010 FIFA World Cup, experts forecast. The growth will help stabilise the world advertising market that has been battered by the global recession. - Saturday 6 March 2010

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