archives : June 2010


Panafrica - International
The 45th summit of the African Development Bank (AfDB) that took place between May 27 to 29 in Côte d’Ivoire presented a rare opportunity for the continent’s main lender to triple its share capital. The increased capital should enable the continental financial institution to fund major infrastructure projects. Another positive piece of news revealed in a report on the sidelines of the summit showed that the continent has shown resilience in the face of the global economic crisis. - Tuesday 1 June 2010

Representatives from more than 100 countries are meeting in Kampala, Uganda to assess the achievements of the International Criminal Court (ICC), and push forward proposals for strengthening its rules. The existence of the International Criminal Court (ICC) has curtailed impunity and has broken new ground on victims’ rights in Africa, the United Nations has stated. - Tuesday 1 June 2010

Panafrica - United States - Brazil
Hundreds of Americans and Brazilians gathered in Atlanta, the cradle of the American civil rights movement, to address issues of race and social inclusion May 20–21 at the U.S-Brazil Joint Action Plan to Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Discrimination and Promote Equality Conference. - Tuesday 1 June 2010

United States - United Kingdom - Israel
As news came in of the mounting death toll from the Israeli storming a humanitarian flotilla heading for Gaza, the British actor and comedian David Schneider, wrote on Twitter. "As a Jew, Israel’s like a close family member who’s hooked on heroin and you just don’t know what to do with them any more." But it is not just Jews who are beginning to despair at Israel’s actions. - Tuesday 1 June 2010

United States - Brazil - International
In a move that will do little for US-Brazilian relations but much for our understanding of the workings of the Obama administration, President Lula has released the full text of a letter from Obama sent to him prior to negotiations with Iran on the so-called ‘fuel-for-fuel swap’. - Tuesday 1 June 2010

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