archives : January 2011


Acting Tunisian president, Fouad Mebazaa, has agreed to fulfill promises to break with the past, including a complete withdrawal of Ben Ali’s party, Rassemblement Constitutionnel Démocratique (RCD) from the interim government. But besides proof, Tunisians are asking for more. Both the acting President and Prime Minister were members of RCD. - Thursday 20 January 2011

Less than a week after authoritarian leader President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, the north African country’s new government has undergone radical changes. Following the arrest of several members of the president’s family, the government of Switzerland has announced its decision to freeze Ben Ali’s assets. - Thursday 20 January 2011

Panafrica - DR Congo
As Africa this week pays tribute to Patrice Lumumba, one of the continent’s greatest men of all time, brings you an excerpt of his last letter written to his wife, Pauline. This masterpiece, composed as he inhaled his last few breaths while he solemnly waited to be sent to the slaughter, continues to peal with potent force half a century after his untimely death; A monstrous assassination that was orchestrated to perfection by a kleptocratic colonial master. The beauty of Lumumba’s profound expression of love for his native Congo and Africa is a political legacy that transcends time. - Wednesday 19 January 2011

According to a study carried out in a hospital in Vancouver, Canada, children who are obese are at risk of developing atherosclerosis. And this precursor of cardiovascular accidents and early mortality is usually seen in people in their 50s. - Wednesday 19 January 2011

Common knowledge says that the tiredness caused by exercise will help us sleep better. It can, but it’s important to know how to go about it, because the effect it has on sleep will vary depending on when you exercise. - Wednesday 19 January 2011

In Senegal, more than eight homes out of ten now have at least one insecticide-treated mosquito net. This is proof that efforts invested during the last five years in the battle against malaria are beginning to pay off. - Wednesday 19 January 2011

- Wednesday 19 January 2011

The common expression is that eyes are windows to the soul, but eyelashes and eyebrows also have their role to play. - Wednesday 19 January 2011

Zambia - Zimbabwe
Several Zambians, accused of clamoring for the secession of Barotseland in the western part of the country, were on Wednesday (19 January) dragged to court in Lusaka and charged with treason. Early January, another group in Zimbabwe called for the secession of Matabeleland. - Wednesday 19 January 2011

Ivory Coast
Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga has admitted that the African Union has failed in its mediation efforts whilst Military chiefs of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have met to plan possible armed intervention to depose President Gbagbo. - Wednesday 19 January 2011

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