archives : August 2010

     

DR Congo
Reports that between 150 and 200 women and children were raped by rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) prompted pledges by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that the United States will do everything it can to work with the United Nations and DRC officials to hold the perpetrators responsible and create a safe environment for all civilians living in eastern Congo. - Friday 27 August 2010


Australia
I recently traveled through two beautiful countries, Australia and New Zealand. And as English speaking countries that share a common geographic location, I expected the two to share more than just a language. I couldn’t be more wrong. - Friday 27 August 2010


United States - United Kingdom - Yemen
On Wednesday the Washington Post reported that CIA sources now believe that Yemen-based group, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), now represents a greater threat to US security than Al Qaeda in Pakistan, and senior Obama administration officials are urging an escalation of American operations in the region. The report comes a day after Amnesty International called on Washington to clarify the role of US forces in unlawful extra-judicial executions of Al Qaeda suspects in the country. - Friday 27 August 2010


Ghana - Nigeria
Nigerian traders in Ghana claim the authorities are closing them down under a long-ignored 1994 law that demands a minimum investment of US$300,000. Ghana denies anyone is being targeted but the law itself is a barrier to trade, foreign investment and cheaper prices for Ghanaians: no wonder Ghana is falling down the rankings of good places to do business. - Friday 27 August 2010


Former South African president in the aparthied era- FW De Klerk has claimed that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is heading for a split as "the glue which holds the ANC together has disappeared, and it is going to tear apart". - Friday 27 August 2010


DR Congo - Rwanda
A leaked United Nations report which claims that the Rwandan army may have carried out genocide in Congo, between 1993 and 2003 is to be removed from the final version of the document due to be presented next week by the UNHCHR, as it may stir tensions between Rwanda and the United Nations. - Friday 27 August 2010


South africa - Zimbabwe
Considering the new wave of xenophobic attacks against black Zimbabweans, some black South Africans now have conceded that they are a brood of insecure, spineless cowards. - Thursday 26 August 2010


Ethiopia - India
Gambela, one of the nine regional states of Ethiopia is fast growing into what the local media has described as “a land grabbing” hub among Indian companies. - Thursday 26 August 2010


DR Congo - Sudan
The Obama administration has deployed U.S experts to buffer the tensions in Sudan ahead of the referendum for south Sudan’s independence, and offer assistance needed to resolve the rape case in the Democratic republic of Congo. - Thursday 26 August 2010


Zimbabwe
The first learning point I have encountered is that adopting the use of ‘foreign’ currency as legal tender in one’s country has very little impact on a country’s failed state or HIPC status. - Thursday 26 August 2010

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