archives : June 2010


South africa
Can the Bafana Bafana reach for the stars on their home turf? 34 years after the Soweto uprising, Carlos Alberto Parreira and his boys cross swords with Uruguay. World Cup hosts should have a clearer idea of their destinies after what promises to be a hotly contested encounter in the heartland of Pretoria. - Wednesday 16 June 2010

Ivory Coast
Ivory Coast and Portugal locked horns this Tuesday in what was already the final of this group G. With Brazil firm favourites, both squads had to win to keep their hopes of qualifying for the second round of the 2010 World Cup. In the end, it was a disappointing 0-0 goalless draw. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

Libya - European Union
A Swiss businessman Max Göldi who had been held in a Libyan jail since July 2008, following the arrest of Hannibal, son of Muammar Gaddafi, was released on Monday in Tripoli. Meanwhile, the Libyan leader has threatened to open the borders of his country to Europe bound African migrants if the European Community does not fund a project to secure his country’s borders. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

Guinea’s top military officers close to former military ruler, Captain Moussa Dadis Camara, who was shot in the head in an assassination attempt last year, have been detained at the Matam gendarmerie barracks, in the suburbs of Conakry ahead of the country’s presidential election slated to take place on June 27. Members of General Sékouba Konate’s transitional government have decided to clean up after former junta leader Dadis Camara’s rule to ensure a new beginning only two weeks before the presidential elections in Guinea. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

South africa
Stewards, police officers, bus drivers and various World Cup workers are on strike, overshadowing the football event, leaving fans and officials stranded. The reason? A dispute over wages. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

Ethiopia - International
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved today the first review of Ethiopia’s economic performance under the 14-month arrangement under the high-access component of the Exogenous Shocks Facility (ESF). The Executive Board decision was taken on a lapse of time basis [1]. The approval will enable Ethiopia to draw SDR 40.11 million (about US$58.7 million), bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 113.65 million (about US$166.2 million). - Tuesday 15 June 2010

Zimbabwe - Canada
A new PAC report about Zimbabwe’s contested diamond fields is about many things: smuggling and frontier hucksterism; a scramble fuelled by raw economic desperation and unfathomable greed; and heart-wrenching cases of government-sponsored repression and human rights violations. It’s a story about political intrigue, ambition and a complete disregard for decency or the rule of law. It is also a story of how the Kimberley Process - the international initiative created to ensure that the trade in diamonds does not fund violence and civil war - has lost its way. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

Botswana - International
An International Monetary Fund mission visited Gaborone during June 1-14, 2010 to conduct the Article IV Consultation with Botswana. The mission’s work focused on reviewing recent economic developments and prospects and policies to ensure continued economic stability and growth. The mission met with Minister of Finance and Development, the Honourable O. Kenneth Matambo; Bank of Botswana Governor, Linah K. Mohohlo; senior government officials, development partners, the private sector, and representatives of trade unions and civil society. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

Panafrica - United States
On June 17, 2010, four college-educated African-American male leaders — Xavier Ramey, Antonio Gross, Willie Chatman and Kemarius Lee — will return to North Lawndale, the neighborhood where they grew up. In doing so, they will begin their service at the Young Men’s Educational Network’s (YMEN) College & Career Campus. Their job is to keep younger North Lawndale males in school, help them get to college, and push them into positive career paths. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

Panafrica - United States
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) has moved to intervene in a lawsuit filed by Shelby County, Alabama, which seeks to invalidate the federal preclearance provision of the Voting Rights Act known as Section 5. LDF seeks to intervene on behalf of African-American residents of Shelby County whose voting rights are directly impacted by this challenge. - Tuesday 15 June 2010

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