archives : January 2011


The Marshall Plan — the world’s most successful aid project — revived post–World War II Europe by fostering entrepreneurs and local businesses. William Duggan, the co-author of The Aid Trap, says this Marshall Plan model could work in Africa, too. - Saturday 22 January 2011

Opposition in Uganda has warned president  President Yoweri Museveni against copying embattled Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo by refusing to handover power if he loses next month’s elections. - Saturday 22 January 2011

Kenya - Uganda
President Yoweri Museveni who is also the Presidential Candidate of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) has hit back at opposition critics who claimed that Kenyan leaders have been to Uganda to campaign for him. - Saturday 22 January 2011

Panafrica - Ivory Coast - Ghana
The practice and promotion of peace is a powerful tool of diplomacy that has all-too-often been misunderstood, especially in Africa. This became clear to me recently when Ghana claimed a position of peace and nonviolence in regards to the recent developments in its neighboring country, Cote d’Ivoire. - Friday 21 January 2011

Last Saturday evening the week long referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan ended. Polling stations closed, ballot boxes were sealed and over the coming weeks the vote will be tallied. The result which is expected in mid-February, seems certain to split Africa’s largest country and create the world’s newest nation. - Friday 21 January 2011

Panafrica - United States
By 2050 population growth is expected to translate into a 70 percent increase in global demand for food. Add the estimated 27 percent decline in global productivity expected due to climate change, and it is clear that the demand for food production will become more critical in the coming decades. - Friday 21 January 2011

Ethiopia - China
Two Chinese citizens who were apprehended by the Ethiopian Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEACC) as they tried to smuggle rare Ethiopian artifacts out of the country could face up to ten years in the country’s prison. - Friday 21 January 2011

Somalia - Saudi Arabia - International
Over 2,000 Somali nationals have been recruited to fight pirates who are terrorizing the African coast under a multimillion-dollar program financed by several Arab countries, including the United Arab Emirates. The U.N. is quietly investigating whether the Somalia projects have broken the blanket embargo on arms supplies to Somali factions. - Friday 21 January 2011

Panafrica - Tunisia - United States
Less than a week after the departure of Tunisian dictator, President Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, Moody’s international financial rating agency has reworked Tunisia’s ratings, taking into account the northern African country’s new political context. - Friday 21 January 2011

Botswana - Ivory Coast - International
Arrangements are underway for President Alassane Ouattarra’s first official visit outside his country since he was recognized by the international community as winner of the contested November 28 Ivory Coast presidential elections. President Ian Khama, who sent the first official invitation to Mr. Ouattarra, is a strong critic of what he terms as "hijacking" of political power. - Thursday 20 January 2011

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