archives : August 2010


Rwanda - United States - European Union
Rwanda’s progress since the genocide of 1994 has been remarkable and is a testament to the people in facing and overcoming staggering challenges, a senior White House official says. But despite such progress and the recent re-election of President Paul Kagame, the United States says it remains concerned over recent events in Rwanda. - Tuesday 17 August 2010

Humanitarian workers from the United Nations and the Red Cross have been ordered to leave Darfur within 24 hours because their "security is no longer guaranteed in Darfur." The Khartoum-based government of Sudan is suspected to have ordered the expulsions. However it remains uncertain who issued the withdrawals of the UN and Red Cross workers from Darfur and on what conditions the withdrawals were made. - Tuesday 17 August 2010

United States
President Barack Obama would have been better off without this new controversy. A speech he gave last Friday supporting the construction of a mosque in close proximity to Ground Zero, the scene of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks, has been met with unrelenting criticisms despite a statement that has sought to nuance his words. Sarah Palin has also suggested that the President’s call for a right to a constitutional right should be questioned. - Tuesday 17 August 2010

The holy month of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, begun on August 11 in the ninth month of the Muslim calendar all across the Muslim world. During this holy month, Muslims must abstain from eating, drinking or engaging sexual relations from sunrise to dusk. In Morocco, this month comes with its own culinary experience and a celebration that is second to none. - Monday 16 August 2010

Uganda government is concerned about the increase of pornography in the country. It says pornography is contributing to the rise in HIV-AIDS infections. Last year, the country’s minister of Ethics and Integrity attacked Congolese sex workers for infecting Ugandans with HIV/AIDs. - Monday 16 August 2010

South africa - Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe’s premier Morgan Tsvangirai and South African leader Jacob Zuma look headed for collision at the SADC summit in Namibia on Monday, with statements by their senior aides indicating the two men are worlds apart in their assessment of progress made by Zimbabwe’s troubled inclusive government. - Sunday 15 August 2010

North and South Sudan will resume war should northern Sudan, hinder the referendum for southern independence, a top leader in Southern Sudan warned Friday. - Saturday 14 August 2010

Panafrica - France
The irony of the land of human rights. The UN has expressed concerns over the "political speech" and recent actions of the French government. Wednesday and Thursday in Geneva, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), a branch of the international organization, examined the situation. Its views are unequivocal. - Friday 13 August 2010

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has been given the green light by the Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party- the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)- to run for president in next year’s elections. The backing comes despite a power-sharing agreement that requires a candidate from the Muslim North to be president, and Mr. Jonathan is from the Christian South. - Friday 13 August 2010

Equatorial Guinea - International
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization should cancel the Obiang Prize at its next session in October 2010, Human Rights Watch and 95 partner groups said in a letter sent to UNESCO Executive Board members today. - Friday 13 August 2010

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