archives : February 2011


France - United States - International
Following reports that the death toll may have climbed to nearly 2000 since the beginning of anti-government protests in Libya, France has embarked on a massive operation to push Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, out of power. Whilst France has increased efforts to regain its image following a gaffe by its former foreign secretary, many countries around the world have moved to impose an assets freeze and travel ban on the Gaddafi clan and inner circle. Muammar Gaddafi and his inner circle are holed up in Tripoli as the net closes in on them. - Monday 28 February 2011

United States - International
Known as the godfather of hip-hop, Afrika Bambaataa evolved from an inner-city gang leader to the emissary of a worldwide youth culture. - Monday 28 February 2011

Whilst Muammar Gaddafi’s eccentric lifestyle has been a subject of constant amazement within political circles, the entertainment industry might view things differently. A music video (below) of the Libyan dictator’s speech, following anti-government protests in the North African country, has become an instant hit on the internet. - Monday 28 February 2011

The private life of Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, a widower, is never far from media spotlight. After being romantically linked to a string of women, a lawsuit has been filed against the PM. - Monday 28 February 2011

Libya - International
As the propensity for civil war heightens in Libya, citizens of poorer nations trapped in the crisis and terror shaking the North African country remain susceptible to the promises of bloodshed. - Monday 28 February 2011

United States
Imagine an opinion poll of African Americans on the topic, "Things that would make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. turn over in his grave on his birthday." Along with racial disparities in health and economics, widespread casual use of the n-word and the Wake County, N.C., school board’s recent Tea Party-backed efforts to abolish its diversity policy, you can bet you’d hear quite a few responses condemning Black Entertainment Television. - Monday 28 February 2011

MTV’s new awards show will be called the OMAs and it’s scheduled for April 28. By the way, the "O" in OMAs doesn’t stand for anything because according to MTV, they want to leave it open for people’s interpretation. - Monday 28 February 2011


Over nearly 70 years as the World’s Greatest Detective, Batman has followed clues, pursued investigations and pounded out confessions from a diverse rogues’ gallery as tight-lipped and unresponsive as they come. But never mind the Joker or the Penguin: If the Dark Knight wanted a real challenge, he should try getting information from his director, Christopher Nolan.

The ever-reserved Nolan was predictably and amusingly coy when asked about "The Dark Knight Rises" on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, where the 40-year-old was a double nominee in the categories of Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for "Inception."

- Monday 28 February 2011

It’s an old pattern by now. Phase 1: Apple introduces some new gadget. The bloggers and the industry tell us why it’ll fail. Phase 2: It goes on sale. The public goes nuts for it. Phase 3: Every company and its brother gets to work on a copycat.

It happened with the iMac and the iPhone. Now the iPad is entering Phase 3. Apple sold 15 million iPads in nine months, so you can bet that 2011 will be the Year of the iPad Clone.

Starting Thursday, you’ll be able to buy one of the most eagerly awaited iPad rivals: the Motorola Xoom. Like most iPad aspirants, this one runs Google’s Android software — but the Xoom is the first that runs Android 3.0 (code-named Honeycomb), which Google designed for tablets instead of phones.

- Monday 28 February 2011


The global box office success of The King’s Speech has seen it take more than $230m (£142m).

British film The King’s Speech has been crowned best picture at the Oscars, with star Colin Firth named best actor.

Tom Hooper was named best director for the film, which also won for best original screenplay at the ceremony.

Its best picture rival, The Social Network, won for adapted screenplay, film editing and score. Natalie Portman won best actress for Black Swan.

- Monday 28 February 2011

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