archives : March 2011


United States

Several hundred people have gathered in New York’s Times Square to protest at this week’s Congressional hearings on the US Muslim community.

The hearings will look at the extent of radicalisation within the community and the response on that issue of Muslim leaders.

Muslim organisations say they are being unfairly singled out.

The hearings are in response to such events as the Fort Hood shootings and the Times Square car bomb plot.

- Monday 7 March 2011

Libya - United States
U.S. gasoline prices increased nearly 33 cents in two weeks, the second-biggest two-week jump in the history of the gasoline market, according to a new survey of filling stations. - Monday 7 March 2011

Libya - United States
R&B superstar Usher announced Friday (March 4) that he was donating to various charities proceeds from appearing at a private event at St. Barts linked to Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, according to a statement made to the Associated Press. - Monday 7 March 2011

United States

In case you forgot, the 42nd NAACP Awards ceremony aired on Fox TV last night. Anybody watch it?

I’ll save the color commentary and just post the list of winners, which follows below (no real surprises):

- Monday 7 March 2011

The ability to buy products strategically placed on television programs — a handbag clutched by the actress Blake Lively on “Gossip Girl” or a suit worn by the actor Jon Hamm on “Mad Men” — with the click of a button has always been talked about as something that the future of marketing would deliver. But like flying cars or robot companions, it has never materialized.

Glamour is taking a stab at the concept with an original reality series produced exclusively for the iPad that allows viewers to pause the program and buy clothing worn by the characters, directly from

- Monday 7 March 2011

Christianity in Uganda has been hit by anti-gay propaganda which has led to divisions amongst followers as many Christians in the country express surprise at the increasing number of religious leaders using homosexual allegations to discredit their fellow pastors. - Friday 4 March 2011

Botswana - Zimbabwe
In most Africa cultures cremation is largely considered a taboo but due to increasing shortage of land it is now being touted as an alternative to burial in Southern Africa. - Friday 4 March 2011

Sudan - South-Sudan
A battle between Northern Sudan and Southern Sudan over the oil rich Abyei region has entered its fourth day. Scores of people have been killed and women and children have fled the violence after two Dinka villages of Maker and Wungok, north of Abyei town, were burned to the ground and completely destroyed. There are fears that other attacks are pending. - Friday 4 March 2011

Ethiopia - India
Ethiopia Agriculture Ministry, last month, rejected a petition to reconsider the lease of huge forestry lands to foreign companies. Whilst local environmentalists argue that the land lease would destroy large portions of forest lands and contribute to drought, officials from the Agriculture Ministry say otherwise. - Thursday 3 March 2011

Long demanded by the opposition, the abrogation of the 19-year old emergency decree in Algeria was published on February 24 in the north African country’s Journal Officiel. Nonetheless, political freedom still remains a no-go territory in a country where the army retains an overbearing control in the area of counter-terrorism. So what has really changed since the lifting of the emergency decree in Algeria? - Thursday 3 March 2011

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