archives : August 2010


A sedition law in Uganda under which many journalists have been arrested and prosecuted is no more. - Thursday 26 August 2010

Caribbean islands - Haiti
Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council will not budge despite Wyclef Jean’s struggle to appeal its decision not to allow him to run in the country’s next presidential election. His candidacy was irrevocably rejected on Tuesday. - Wednesday 25 August 2010

In the week that Eric Schmidt, Google CEO warned of the danger that the Internet could strip current and future generations of their privacy, I discovered, quite by chance, that someone was using Facebook to spy on me. - Wednesday 25 August 2010

When UK Prime Minister Harold Macmillan addressed the whites-only South African parliament in February 1960, he could not have known that his remarks would come to be seen as the epitaph of European colonialism in Africa: “The wind of change is blowing through this continent and whether we like it or not, this growth of national consciousness is a political fact. We must all accept it as a fact, and our national policies must take account of it.” - Wednesday 25 August 2010

Panafrica - International
The floods in Pakistan and droughts in sub-Saharan Africa are the bookends around the lethal hardships that millions around the globe live with daily: lack of access to clean, reliable water and sanitation. - Wednesday 25 August 2010

South africa
Thousands of striking civil servants in South Africa have issued their strongest warning to President Jacob Zuma over the strike saying they would not hesitate to push him out of office anytime - a fate suffered by his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, reports say. - Wednesday 25 August 2010

Panafrica - Somalia
Al-Shabab have begun their ’new massive war’ against the UN-backed Somali government, killing 32 people; including parliamentarians in a hotel assault close to the presidential palace, forcing Somali President Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed to seek military assistance. - Wednesday 25 August 2010

Until two Sundays ago, Ghanaians lived with the delusion that politics can be separated from the other institutions of society, such as religion and chieftaincy. The wake-up call came from none other than an ex-General Overseer of the Methodist Church, Reverend Samuel Asante-Antwi, who waded into the thin line between church and state, draped in the colours of Ghana’s largest opposition party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during church service. - Tuesday 24 August 2010

Panafrica - South africa - Ivory Coast - Gabon - Ghana
A veteran novelist, VS Naipaul is stirring controversy over his recent book on Africa and its people. Since the tasteless headline of The Economist magazine in 2000 - “Africa: The Hopeless Continent”, no other bad publicity has come close to it until the international author known for his provocative and controversial writing, published his latest book: “The masque of Africa.” - Tuesday 24 August 2010

Caribbean islands - Haiti
Wyclef Jean’s presidential aspiration has been rekindled after having been rejected by Haiti’s Provisional Electoral Council. The entertainer has decided to fight last week’s decision to disqualify him from running in Haiti’s presidential election. - Monday 23 August 2010

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