archives : January 2011


Ethiopia - Kenya
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has announced plans to start an irrigation project on the trans-boundary Omo River. The announcement comes in spite of an unresolved contention raised over the government’s Gibe III Hydropower Project, which is currently underway to generate 1800MW. Analysts argue that Ethiopia should negotiate with countries like Kenya and Egypt before embarking on such projects. - Thursday 27 January 2011

Panafrica - South africa
South Africa is in an uneasy state with news that former President Nelson Mandela is admitted to a Johannesburg hospital- Milpark Hospital. - Thursday 27 January 2011

Egypt - United States
The United States is trapped in a political web in Egypt given its desire for stability in a regional ally, its support for democratic principles and its fear of the possible rise of an anti-U.S. Islamist government. Analysts argue that the United States’ position takes into consideration the fact that Egypt has supported Washington’s efforts to promote a wider Arab-Israeli peace. - Thursday 27 January 2011

Panafrica - United States
Baltimore honors the city’s deep-rooted African-American history with the introduction of Material Girls, an exhibition celebrating the talent and achievements of notable African American women through the form of art. The exhibit will be on display at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture from February 11 to October 16, 2011. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

Algeria - Egypt - Libya - Morocco - Tunisia
The Tunisian revolt has created high hopes in the Arab world, which has long since been weaned from freedom and democracy. Will Arab countries experience a domino effect as a result of the demise of the Zine El Abidine Ben Ali regime? In his opinion editorial, Errachid Majidi, a researcher at Paul Cézanne University in France, delves deeper into the specificities of the Tunisian revolt and explains why such a revolution is not likely to spread to other Arab countries in the near future. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

President Yoweri Museveni has described opposition politicians who claim they also want to sit in the "chair" as gamblers who cannot solve Uganda’s problems. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

The wave of democratic revolution blowing across northern Africa has recently swept Egypt, as pro-democracy groups in the tens of thousands took to the streets demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak’s reign. The protest is considered the largest and most significant in Egypt since riots over bread subsidies shook the African country in 1977. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

Malawi government is set to introduce a set of laws that would render life, in one way or another, interesting for its citizens. - Wednesday 26 January 2011

United States

Dr. Conrad Murray invoked his right to a speedy trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge in the death of Michael Jackson, requiring the case to begin by March 28.

"Your honor, I am an innocent man," Murray said after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Michael Pastor asked him to enter a plea during his arraignment Tuesday.

- Wednesday 26 January 2011

Japan - International

About 1.2 million models are being recalled in Japan and 421,000 overseas, including 15,500 Avensis and 3,100 Lexus models in the UK.

Japan’s transport ministry said slight cracks could appear in fuel pipes which could cause leakages if untreated.

- Wednesday 26 January 2011

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