Equatorial Guinea: Amnesty condemns deaths

Equatorial Guinea: Amnesty condemns deaths

Amnesty International has openly rebuked the executions of four former military officers accused of attempting to assassinate the country’s president, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo.  José Abeso Nsue, Manuel Ndong Anseme, Alipio Ndong Asumu and Jacinto Michá Obiang were sentenced to…

1 Comment / 36 View / 24th August 2010

Diversions from the real issues: The curse of Celebrity

Diversions from the real issues: The curse of Celebrity

Journalism the world over labours under the curse of celebrity.  There is no doubt that the reading, surfing, watching and listening public are fascinated by it.  But are they fascinated to the exclusion of all else?As a journalist with more…

1 Comment / 52 View / 24th August 2010

Niger: Oxfam appeals for more aid

Niger: Oxfam appeals for more aid

Aid agencies have warned that heavy flooding in the region will mean that millions of people will remain neglected. Floods have killed at least six people and left thousands homeless, heightening the country’s on-going crisis.  The River Niger in the…

1 Comment / 27 View / 24th August 2010

Kenya: Agencies tackle poachers

Kenya: Agencies tackle poachers

A joint operation has led to the arrest of two suspects over the seizure of 317 pieces of raw elephant ivory.  The ivory was discovered on Saturday 21st August at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in the capital Nairobi. The…

2 Comments / 21 View / 23rd August 2010

South Africa: strikers are out of line

South Africa: strikers are out of line

South Africa’s current public sector strike is proving to be a repeat of the ‘07 strike – and in many ways, perhaps worse. Strikers have stepped out of the bounds of legitimacy by intimidating both fellow workers who wish to…

4 Comments / 15 View / 23rd August 2010

Celebrities Back Africa’s Year of Peace

Celebrities Back Africa’s Year of Peace

Efforts to raise the campaign profile of the African Union’s 2010 Year of Peace and Security have stepped up a notch. This is demonstrated by the esteemed individuals and celebrities who are now backing the exercise. Individuals such as Archbishop…

1 Comment / 28 View / 20th August 2010

Egypt: Afreximbank re-appoint President

Egypt: Afreximbank re-appoint President

Jean-Louis Ekra has been re-appointed the head of Afreximbank, he will be serving his second term. Shareholders unanimously re-appointed Ekra because of what they deemed to be his demonstration of incredible leadership during the unpredictable global recession. Advocates maintain that…

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Namibia: Ban on marches deemed ‘unconstitutional’

Namibia: Ban on marches deemed ‘unconstitutional’

The recent ban on public demonstrations instilled by the country’s police has been declared provisionally unconstitutional by the High Court. The police public relations division issued a statement last week saying ‘no demonstrations or gatherings would be permissible because the…

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Tanzania: Agencies attempt save rare toads from extinction

Tanzania: Agencies attempt save rare toads from extinction

Kihansi Spray Toads (KST) have been flown back to the country in an effort to save them from extinction. The move has been made in collaboration with World Bank and the Tanzanian government. The Bank has financed Tanzania’s commitment to…

2 Comments / 10 View / 19th August 2010

Sierra Leone: International institutions urged to aid Africa’s poorest

Sierra Leone: International institutions urged to aid Africa’s poorest

The World Bank and African Development Bank have been urged to do more for Africa’s most deprived people by senior financial ministers.  The African Caucus Meeting, which took place in Sierra Leone between 16th -17th August, was hosted by President Koroma…

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