archives : July 2010


On 13 July 2010, Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations Dickson Jere advised the media in Zambia to be extra cautious with stories they source from what he has termed as disgruntled politicians. - Wednesday 14 July 2010

Panafrica - United States
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society announces that 1st Lt. Vernon Baker, Medal of Honor recipient, passed away last evening at his home in St. Maries, Idaho at age 90. - Wednesday 14 July 2010

New UNAids reports show positive sign of HIV/AIDS reduction in Africa. In countries such as Ethiopia, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe the reduction in new HIV infections, measured among young pregnant women presenting for antenatal check-ups, indicates that these nations will achieve UN targets for reducing HIV rates among the young this year. - Wednesday 14 July 2010

Panafrica - International
Just as World Cup organisers were breathing a sign of relief that the finals had not been targeted by terrorists, news came in of the bombings in Kampala which left at least 74 dead. The attacks in Uganda, thought to be the work of the al Qaeda-linked group, al Shabab, indicate both the danger of Islamic terrorism in Africa as well as its limitations. - Wednesday 14 July 2010

Panafrica - France
Some 400 hundred soldiers from the African continent will be marching alongside their French military counterparts on Wednesday, the French national day. President Nicolas Sarkozy has invited the heads of state of former French colonies as well as various African armed forces to the July 14 national celebrations. An invitation that has stoked criticism and questioned the true nature of the colonialist "FranceAfrique" relations. - Tuesday 13 July 2010

The OECD’s first economic survey of South Africa is to be released on Monday 19 July 2010. lt looks at the reforms needed to boost long-term growth and employment in areas ranging from labour markets to fiscal policy. - Tuesday 13 July 2010

IFC Vice President for Business Advisory Services, Rachel Kyte, said today that IFC is committed to supporting private sector development in Lesotho by backing the country’s efforts to create a better investment climate and increase opportunities and access to finance for smaller businesses. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group. - Tuesday 13 July 2010

Sudan - International
The International Criminal Court (ICC) issued an arrest warrant on July 12, 2010, for President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan for genocide committed in Darfur. An earlier arrest warrant for al-Bashir was issued in March 2009 by the ICC for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Darfur. - Tuesday 13 July 2010

On Friday, 9 July, 2010, Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), ended a two day visit to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the headquarters of the African Union. He met with the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr Jean Ping, who reiterated the African Union’s commitment to end impunity, as well as with Heads of European Missions and of the African States Parties to the Rome Statute. - Tuesday 13 July 2010

Tens of thousands of Kenyan women and girls suffer from obstetric fistula, a childbirth injury causing leakage of urine and feces, a direct result of inadequate health services and failed government policies, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. - Tuesday 13 July 2010

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