archives : August 2010


The government of Guinea-Bissau, including its military, civil society, political parties and diplomatic corps have been challenged to work together and build a stable nation, and save the continually plummeting reputation of its leadership. - Friday 20 August 2010

Zimbabwe - United Kingdom
Zimbabwean nationals who were denied asylum in the United Kingdom face renewed deportation threats after a United Kingdom Border Agency fact-finding team visited Harare to asses whether Zimbabwe is still an unsafe place. They could be back home in time for Christmas. - Thursday 19 August 2010

Nigerian security officials may have salvaged a bloody religious war following the arrest of a cargo of arms and ammunition being smuggled into the country from neighboring Chad destined for the volatile Jos region where religious tensions have claimed hundreds of lives since January. - Thursday 19 August 2010

South africa
In a move that has shocked the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, the head of campaigns Fikile Mbalula has admitted that bribery is rife at the party’s elective conferences. - Thursday 19 August 2010

South africa - Namibia - Zimbabwe
Press freedom rankings conducted by Freedom House, an international watchdog has revealed that Zimbabwe is still ranked as the lowest in the Southern African region. - Wednesday 18 August 2010

United Kingdom
Whilst Tony Blair may have decided to get charitable with his money, it seems that the British public remain less than charitable in their attitude towards Tony Blair. News of the former Prime Minister’s very public announcement that he plans to give the profits from his memoir to the Royal British Legion to help fund a sports centre for injured troops has been greeted with suggestions that the money is being given to ease guilt, pave a legacy or avoid eternal damnation in the afterlife. - Wednesday 18 August 2010

Djibouti - Ethiopia - Somalia - Japan
The Japanese government is to build its foreign military base in Djibouti. The plan is aimed at strengthening and sustaining its fight against Somali pirates, Japanese ambassador to Ethiopia, Kinchi Komano, has announced. - Wednesday 18 August 2010

South Sudan is demanding its citizens living in northern Sudan to return in order to enhance the votes ahead of a referendum for independence. Despite these claims, South Sudan authorities insist that the reason behind the project to return southern Sudanese from the north are humanitarian and not politically motivated. - Wednesday 18 August 2010

A court in Uganda has today remanded 32 people suspected to have been involved in the July 11 twin bomb blasts in Kampala, perpetrated by Somali Islamist group al-Shabab, that killed 76 people. - Wednesday 18 August 2010

Oil spills are common in the Nigerian Delta. Identifying the cause of this pollution is not an easy task in a complex and violent region, where responsible parties continually pass the buck. While oil companies talk of sabotage, environmentalists and human rights organizations insist on the negligence of companies who neither maintain nor monitor their facilities to satisfaction. - Tuesday 17 August 2010

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