archives : November 2010


Shortfalls in Zimbabwe’s health sector was highlighted last Wednesday, when a man awaiting trial for stealing motor cycles turned up in court holding his protruding intestines in a plastic bag. Zimbabwe has suffered from years of decline in its once enviable health sector as health workers throng out of the country. According to the UN, the country would need "a massive financial investment" to revitalise the sector. - Tuesday 30 November 2010

United States - Israel - Saudi Arabia - International
Revelations from leaked U.S. diplomatic cables that some Arab countries called on the U.S. to take military action against Iran and that Israel’s Mossad planned to harness minority and student groups to overthrow the Iranian regime may come as a surprise to many, but not to one man. Indeed, in Tehran, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be stroking his beard sagely and saying, "I told you so." - Tuesday 30 November 2010

DR Congo
A United Nations investigation of the incessant conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo has revealed evidence of illegal mining, smuggling, poaching, illegal taxation, protection rackets as well as indirect commercial control by the DR Congolese army that has prolonged the insecurity in the eastern part of DR Congo. - Tuesday 30 November 2010

Already a sensitive issue, homosexuality in Uganda is becoming a taboo subject. In recent months, many organizations have sprung up to stop what they believe is a vice being taught to many young people especially students. An anti-gay organization, National Coalition Against Homosexuality and Sexual Abuses in Uganda, has blamed foreign journalists operating in the country for promoting homosexuality. - Tuesday 30 November 2010

With the omni-present Pyramids and other historical monuments towering over the northern African country, Egyptians often refer to their country as the land of wonders. Yesterday, another wonder re-established its position: Parliamentary elections. - Tuesday 30 November 2010

Panafrica - United States - Italy - International
African American singer-songwriter, actress, Alicia Keys, who gave birth to her first son, Egypt, last month, posed for the November 2010 edition of Vogue Italy while she was pregnant. Depicted as a sexy, ingenuous and feline rocker in the Vogue Italy photos, the multiple-grammy award winner proves that she has what it takes to morph into a real "chameleon". - Monday 29 November 2010

Panafrica - Libya - Sudan - International - European Union
The African Union has decided to exclude Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir from the forth-coming European Union-African Union summit in order to prevent a protest by European delegates. - Monday 29 November 2010

Sierra Leone
The perspective often missing in the debate regarding female genital mutilation (FGM), a harmful traditional practice involving the partial or total removal of the external female genitals, is the voice of African youth. - Monday 29 November 2010

After announcing to Zimbabweans in 2009 that cigarette and alcohol taxes had sustained their crumbling economy, despite the country’s vast untapped diamond reserves, Finance minister Tendai Biti last Thursday again argued that the Southern African nation’s economy was in 2010 largely sustained by value added tax (VAT) derived from “juice cards". - Monday 29 November 2010

Crucial elections in troubled Zimbabwe are now closer to reality after Finance minister Tendai Biti on Thursday, November 25 set aside under Treasury an “unallocated contingency fund”. This falls short of the hundreds of millions in electoral budget allocation requested by President Mugabe. Government officials argue that the elections should cost less. - Friday 26 November 2010

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