Monthly Archives : October 2009

The Commonwealth: kill or revamp?

The Commonwealth: kill or revamp?

The Commonwealth of Nations is celebrating its 60th Birthday in London this year. This is not only a good time to reflect on its history, but also on its relevance to members today. In other words, is the Commonwealth, as…

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Undiplomatic Diplomacy

Undiplomatic Diplomacy

The current BBC Radio 4 series “Parting Shots” which recounts the practice by British Ambassadors and High Commissioners of sending a valedictory despatch on completion of their posting overseas has raised a few eyebrows around Africa and beyond. Traditionally outgoing…

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Explaining Al-Megrahi’s release on compassionate grounds

Explaining Al-Megrahi’s release on compassionate grounds

British foreign secretary David Milliband has said his government ‘makes no apology’ for the progress made in Libya’s entry back into the community of nations.  He also rejected ‘repeated charges’ that pressure was put on the Scottish authorities by the…

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Kagame praises Chinese aid

Kagame praises Chinese aid

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda has been quoted as saying Chinese investment in Africa fuels development of the private sector in Africa, whereas western countries have mostly exploited the continent’s resources. Kagame, who has won praise for running a disciplined…

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2 African activists awarded ‘Alternate Nobel Prize’

2 African activists awarded ‘Alternate Nobel Prize’

Two African activists, Rene Ngongo and Catherine Hamlin, on Tuesday won the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”. Ngongo, an activist working in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has been recognised for his efforts in protecting…

9 Comments / 20 View / 19th October 2009

Africa joins climate change debate

Africa joins climate change debate

Burkina Faso African leaders met to discuss their positions on climate change just two months before a crucial UN summit in Copenhagen. The forum was held last week in the country’s capital Ouagadougou and concluded that billions of dollars will…

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Recession worsens global hunger – UN

Recession worsens global hunger – UN

The UN has warned that more international effort is needed to cope with global hunger.  The annual report published Wed 14th October by the UN’s food and agriculture organisation (FAO) and the world food programme (WFP) reveals that 1.02 billion…

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The problem with aid

The problem with aid

When the announcement of a conference in London to ‘showcase Sierra Leonean progress to investors and donors from around the world’ was made last month it ignited the debate on aid once again. Because, the conference would be about aid;…

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Guinea: might Dadis be telling the truth?

Guinea: might Dadis be telling the truth?

The international pressure is mounting for junta leader Capt Moussa Dadis Camara with the International Criminal Court (ICC) opening an investigation into the suppression of an anti-government protest last month. The announcement comes just a day after Karel de Gucht,…

4 Comments / 24 View / 16th October 2009