archives : October 2010


United States
US President Barack Obama grudgingly gets credit for bringing the America economy back from brink of total collapse yet he’s slammed from the left and the middle for doing too little to lower historic high rates of unemployment while the right-wing constantly castigates Obama for just being Obama mischaracterizing him as a socialist, communist and even a Hitler-clone. - Friday 15 October 2010

South africa - Botswana - Zimbabwe
Botswana President Ian Khama, a strident critic of his southern counterpart Robert Mugabe, seems to be "slowly awakening to an African cause" as he begins touring and consulting on issues affecting the Southern African Development Community (SADC). - Thursday 14 October 2010

Uganda - International
Uganda’s homosexual community say that their situation is worsening. Today marks one year since the introduction of an Anti-Homosexuality Bill in Uganda’s parliament that seeks to impose the death penalty on "repeat offenders" and HIV-positive gay men convicted of “aggravated homosexuality”. The bill also proposes jailing anyone who knows a gay man but refuses to report them to the authorities for three years, whilst anyone who is caught defending gay rights in public would be sentenced to seven years in prison. - Thursday 14 October 2010

Egypt - Ethiopia - Sudan
Russia’s decision this year to halt wheat exports has dealt Egypt a severe blow and brought many questions to the fore. Egypt’s population explosion is fast surpassing its agricultural capacities, and the Nile river water resource, which irrigates its reduced wheat farms, has also come under heavy scrutiny as other Nile riparian countries seek a break from colonial era agreements that give Egypt and Sudan about 90% of the Nile’s water. The clock is ticking away with incredible speed as Egypt tries to develop external strategies. Strategies that are increasingly becoming risky for Egypt. - Thursday 14 October 2010

The Association of Secular Humanism, Malawian human rights group, has demanded that the Malawian government release over eighty Malawians serving time in prison for practicing witchcraft. There is no law against witchcraft in Malawi. - Thursday 14 October 2010

In Africa, Women grow most of the crops and perform most of the farm labor, as they do in much of the developing world, proving that the hand that rocks the cradle also tills the field. - Thursday 14 October 2010

The World Bank and the IMF have not had many friends in the developing world since post-Structural Adjustments days, when their advice and interventions, largely backed by aid yielded slow and negative growth. It is the case though, that dealing with the two Bretton Woods institutions is like loaded dice. In one breadth they provide you with advice, and then in another, they continue to support countries that fail, even when their failure did not originate from bad advice, but essentially rooted in disrespect for the most basic institutions needed to effect real change. - Wednesday 13 October 2010

Uganda constitutional court Tuesday finally made a decisive ruling in a treason case involving opposition leader Dr Kiiza Besigye. The case was filed against him by the government about six years ago. - Wednesday 13 October 2010

Equatorial Guinea - International
Renowned African elites have written to UNESCO to cancel a prize named for the president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo who took over the country in a coup and has shown little tolerance for opposition during the three decades of his rule. Although the oil rich central African country’s GDP per capita is on par with Spain and Italy, it has some of the worst socioeconomic indicators in the world. - Wednesday 13 October 2010

Panafrica - Zimbabwe
Amnesty International (AI) is appealing to rival Zimbabwe’s political leaders to abolish the death penalty as the southern African nation is attempting to craft a home grown constitution. - Tuesday 12 October 2010

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