archives : August 2010


An election monitoring group in Zimbabwe has called on authorities to scrap controversial postal votes for police and instead introduce a new special voting system where law enforcement agents cast their ballots two days before polling day. - Monday 23 August 2010

Uganda - Sudan - United States
A United States law that was passed in May and which demands the Washington administration to develop a strategy to ensure civilians are protected from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA); to end the rebels campaign of butchery; and the recruiting of more members including child soldiers, has yet to take effect as south Sudan suffers renewed guerilla attacks from the LRA. - Monday 23 August 2010

Ethiopia - China
The Export and Import (EXIM) Bank of China has reached an agreement with the Ethiopian Railway Corporation (ERC) to finance its Light Railway Network project in Addis Ababa. - Monday 23 August 2010

Djibouti - Ethiopia
Ethiopia, Djibouti’s biggest port client, expects a boom in its import and export activities as Djibouti gets ready to construct a new port at Tadjoura to handle the growing demands of the landlocked Horn of Africa country. - Monday 23 August 2010

Fifty years ago, 17 African countries threw off the brutal and degrading yoke of colonialism. The 50th anniversary of African national liberation is an opportunity to critically reflect on the past five decades in post-colonial Africa, which began with luminous hope but have been marred by a leitmotif of grinding disappointment and failure. No one has suffered more from the continent’s post-colonial misfortunes and misadventures than its women. - Saturday 21 August 2010

Libya - Zimbabwe
Libyan president Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Lieutenant-Colonel Engineer Saadi Muammar al-Gaddafi and his entourage were on Thursday detained at Harare International Airport for two hours by immigration officials after jetting into the country without passports. - Saturday 21 August 2010

Gabon - France
Confirming his desire to distance himself from France, Gabonese president Ali Bongo looks determined to break away from his father’s legacy. After festivities marking the central African country’s fiftieth independence anniversary, Omar Bongo’s son is quoted saying that the "exclusive relations between Gabon and France belong to the past". - Friday 20 August 2010

Another signature appended to another agreement! The president of the High Transitional Authority (HAT) of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, last Friday signed an agreement to end the crisis in Southern African country. It calls for the organization of a constitutional referendum on November 17, parliamentary elections on March 16 and presidential elections on May 4. But distrust hangs heavy in the Malagasy political atmosphere. The political movements of the three former presidents, Marc Ravalomanana, Didier Ratsiraka and Albert Zafy, have denounced HAT’s decision to impose another unilateral solution. - Friday 20 August 2010

Panafrica - United States
In his autobiography, Succeeding Against the Odds, John H. Johnson, an African American who overcame poverty to become one of the wealthiest businessmen in the United States, revealed what pleased him most in attaining success: “the greater the handicap, the greater the triumph.” Johnson, born in 1918, rose from humble origins in the Mississippi River town of Arkansas City, Arkansas, to found the country’s largest African-American publishing empire and a variety of other business enterprises. He became a confidant of U. S. presidents of both political parties and served his country as a special envoy to several nations in Europe and Africa. - Friday 20 August 2010

Guinea - Canada
Thursday, the Camara family anxiously awaited the results of an autopsy on the body of their eldest son, Moriba Camara "Junior", who was found dead in his swimming pool at his home in Vieux-Longueuil, Canada. Ahead of the results, various local media speculated foul play. The Canadian police say a toxicological test will be done to further investigate the death, after the initial autopsy result. - Friday 20 August 2010

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