archives : October 2010


Panafrica - South africa - Algeria - Egypt - Kenya - Nigeria - Somalia
African literature is generally ignored by the Nobel committee. Since 1901, only four writers from the continent have been rewarded, two of whom are entirely of European descent. This year, Africa has again bitten the dust after many had tipped the Swedish Academy to give the award to one of four ingenious African authors: Chinua Achebe from Nigeria, Nuruddin Farah from Somalia, Ngugi wa Thiong’o from Kenya, and Assia Djebbar from Algeria. Nevertheless, the Swedish Academy has failed to live up to its Eurocentric reputation by choosing Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa as winner of the 2010 Nobel Prize in literature. - Friday 8 October 2010

In March 2009, the Supreme Court in Egypt dismissed an appeal that sought to prevent implementation of a lower court ruling the year before allowing Baha’is to leave blank the religious classification field on official documents, including all-important identity cards and birth certificates. The back and forth case ended with a near-secular decree and a very religiously oriented statement from a member of the judiciary insisting on the solid Islamic nature of the Egyptian constitution. - Thursday 7 October 2010

Amnesty International welcomes today’s release of opposition leader and prisoner of conscience Birtukan Mideksa by the Ethiopian government. - Thursday 7 October 2010

The Ethiopian government’s release on October 6, 2010, of detained opposition leader Birtukan Midekssa should pave the way for freeing dozens of other political prisoners in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Birtukan, the leader of the Unity for Democracy and Justice Party, had been detained since December 2008 following an earlier two-year imprisonment. - Thursday 7 October 2010

South africa
South Africa President Jacob Zuma’s approval rating has dropped to a new low of 42 percent in the last three months, according to the latest TNS Research Surveys poll released Wednesday. - Thursday 7 October 2010

Sudan - United States
Hollywood star George Clooney has joined Delegates from the United Nations Security Council to emphasize the need to avoid war in Sudan as the south prepares to go to the polls in January to vote in a referendum to decide whether to remain in Sudan or separate. - Thursday 7 October 2010

Panafrica - Kenya
Famed internationally for his practice of extreme polygamy, 94 year old Acentus Akuku, aka "Danger", kicked the bucket on October 3 in Kenya after having been married 130 times and fathering nearly 300 children. - Thursday 7 October 2010

Panafrica - United States
With air traffic between the United States and Africa growing at more than 5 percent annually, the United States air carrier Delta Air Lines is steadily increasing its flights to the continent in response to strong customer demand, says Delta spokesman Kent Landers. - Wednesday 6 October 2010

Panafrica - United States
Today Forward Ever Media, LLC officially announces the launch of the 2025 Game Changers Project - a national media fellowship created to reframe the images of African-American males. Sponsored by the Open Society Institute’s Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the project seeks to highlight the many positive untold stories about black males in America that often get ignored by mainstream media. - Wednesday 6 October 2010

The politics of vilification has begun in Nigeria ahead of a promisingly intriguing pending national elections, as presidential candidates seek points over the independence day attack quagmire. - Wednesday 6 October 2010

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