archives : April 2010


Panafrica - United States
The Members, Board and Staff of The Executive Leadership Council are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Dorothy Height - a pioneer and icon of the struggle for civil rights and equality in this country. Dr. Height’s life and legacy represent the quintessential American story of determination and courage in the face of prejudice, fear, and inequality. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

Prisoners in Zambia suffer malnutrition, overcrowding, grossly inadequate medical care, and the risk of rape or torture, the Prisons Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA), AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA), and Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Some prisoners are detained for years in such conditions even before they are brought to trial, the groups said. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

The 17th International Contact Group meeting at the League of Arab State (LAS) headquarters in Cairo took place last week. The United Nations Special Representative for Somalia, Ahmedou Ould-Abdallah, acknowledged the participation of LAS Secretary-General Amr Moussa as most appreciated and productive. He also recognized the combined effort of the international community and the Somalis to demonstrate an interest in uniting to rigorously address the overall situation in Somalia. However, the Special Representative has also expressed his dismay at the current ongoing disputes in Parliament. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

On 25th April, the African Union (AU) commemorated World Malaria Day. Statistics collected by the AU for the year 2010, show some advances in controlling malaria in Africa. At the same time, the AU acknowledges the urgency in meeting critical milestones in order to eliminate and eventually eradicate the disease on the continent. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

South africa
FIFA and Sony Music Entertainment today announced that Waka Waka (This Time For Africa), written and co-produced by global superstar Shakira, has been chosen as the Official Song of the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM) in South Africa. The song will be performed by Shakira together with South African artist Freshlyground at the Closing Ceremony before the FIFA World Cup(TM) Final on July 11 in Johannesburg Soccer City Stadium. All proceeds from the song will benefit FIFA’s Official Campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup(TM) "20 Centers for 2010." - Tuesday 27 April 2010

Reporters Without Borders today welcomed the acquittal on appeal of Asumani Niyonambaza, editor of the bi-monthly newspaper Rugari. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

Panafrica - United States
Imagine being onstage during a black gospel concert in the ’60s and ’70s with some of the most famous gospel groups of all time. Imagine traveling through the South during the 1960s as the only Caucasian artist in a group of African American singers. In minister Gene Viale’s new memoir, "I Remember Gospel: And I Keep On Singing" (published by AuthorHouse), Viale puts readers in his shoes, in front of the microphone where he used to stand and perform throughout the United States as part of the James Cleveland Singers. He shared the stage with some of black gospel’s greatest artists including Mahalia Jackson, Rev. James Cleveland and Pastor Shirley Caesar. "I Remember Gospel" chronicles his experiences onstage, on the road and through life. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

Uganda - Rwanda - Tanzania
The Chairperson of the East African Community Council of Ministers, Hon. Dr. Diodorus Kamala has assured the people of East Africa that Partner States were committed to the EAC Common Market Protocol as evidenced by the fact that the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Uganda and the Republic of Rwanda had completed their respective processes of ratifying the Protocol. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

Three Nigerian journalists were killed in two separate incidents over the weekend. Muslim rioters killed two reporters working with a local Christian newspaper on Saturday, according to local journalists and news reports. Also on Saturday, court reporter Edo Sule Ugbagwu, 42, from the private daily The Nation was shot dead at his home by two gunmen, according to local journalists. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

Panafrica - United States
Mary Sheffield represented a third generation of citizen advocates, today in the meeting with NBC, including her grandfather Horace Sheffield Jr., a historical figure in the labor movement that met with Presidents Roosevelt, Kennedy & Johnson to advance the cause of civil rights. - Tuesday 27 April 2010

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