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· March, 2007

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from March, 2007

Mauritius: players don't use intelligence

  31 March 2007

Ishtiba on Mauritian soccer following their recent loss agains Sudan, “So much frustration among Mauritian supporters today …but 1 thing that many persons dont understand is that : how can we get good /quality football, how can “we deliver the goods” when there is no effective structure put in place...

Ethiopia: blog blocked

  31 March 2007

Andrew Heavens blog has been blocked in Ethiopia: Surprise, surprise…meskelsquare.com is now out of sight here. Why would they block a blog which publishes stories about Miscalls and Kenyan web watchdogs? Ahunis enezih sewotch cherkavhewin tilew abedu Of course, blogs on blogspot.com have disappeared once again.

South Africa: Busisiwe, Rest in Peace

  31 March 2007

Earlier this month, the South African blogosphere lost a blogger, writer, artist and poet, Busisiwe Sigasa (25). She started her blog, My Realities, at the end of last year with the help of Sokari Ekine. Busisiwe, whose name means “the Blessed One” in Zulu, was also known as Latifah. She...

Sudan: is it genocide or civil war?

  29 March 2007

Andile Mngxitama responds to Mahmood Mamdani‘s article about the conflict in Darfur: “If we cut through all the historical and sociological verbiage proffered by Mamdani, we can more clearly see his Arab settlerist sympathies. He uses a hierarchy of suffering method (genocide, crimes against humanity, crimes of war and civil...

Zimbabwe: taking gospel too far!

  29 March 2007

Is putting your hands up in the air illegal in Zimbabwe?: The Media and Information Commission (MIC) whose business it is to accredit newspapers and journalists think some gospel music producers have taken the gospel too far. According to The Standard newspaper, Geoffrey Chaparadza who was involved in the production...

Sudan: soldier of Africa is going home

  29 March 2007

After spending a year in Darfur as a UN/AU military observer, Soldier of Africa is going home. Well, after they get paid: “We have done our part, spent a year in Darfur as promised, but now we have to wait for news on when we go home. All we have...

Africa: we should all wear sacks and cover ourselves in ash

  28 March 2007

A thought provoking piece by Dennis Matanda at the Sub-Saharan Africa Roundtable, Africans: A race that got lost a long time ago: “And in response to Koluki’s www.africanpath.com’s article on ‘Are We Losing the Plot?’ my answer is a resounding YES. I will even dare to go further by saying...

Africa: Bloggers Differ on Reparations and Apology for Slavery

  28 March 2007

The Slave Trade Act was passed in England 200 years ago. The act ended slave trade in the British empire. A number of events such as art exhibits, lectures, church services, and parades have been taking place all over the world to mark this day. In England, Prime Minister Tony...

Madagascar: Growing with China

  28 March 2007

Madagascar Croissance reflects [Fr] on Madagascar's trade with China and East Asia, the main exporters of rice, textiles and technology to the country: “Trade between China and Madagascar … leaves the big island in deficit. But … Malagasy products were just exempted of taxes and rights in China which presents...

Mauritania: Successful Election

  27 March 2007

The CRIDEM blog points to a press release by Ould Maouloud stating [Fr}: “The March 25, 2007 election happened in good conditions marked by transparency, civic duty, responsibility and serenity. The Mauritanian people and its democracy are only better for it… In this occasion, I want to pay homage to...

France: Line Crossed in the Hunt for Immigrants

(photo via broyez) Here is a sombering follow-up to the post regarding the hunt for illegal immigrants and their following arrests in France. It seems that things have gotten worst in a hurry with the French presidential elections fast-approaching. Series of sudden arrests prompted many French people to take action...

Sierra Leone: claiming Ishmael Beah

  27 March 2007

A Siera Leonean blogger claims Ishmael Beah, the author of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, “However, as a Sierra Leonean, I don’t want Ishmael to be a Universalist. I want very badly to claim him as Sierra Leonean and to own his experience as part of...

Zimbabwe: living under a dictatorship

  27 March 2007

Zimpundit on life in Zimbabwe, “In Zimbabwe, a nation dominated by government owned media, keeping up with the political realities is an impossible and risky undertaking. Media in Zimbabwe is dominated by a state owned daily newspaper, and state owned radio and television. All reports carried by state media are...

Mozambique: mourning after bomb blasts

  27 March 2007

Green Chicken Diaries writes about the recent bomb explosions in Maputo, “Officially, 101 people are dead (at least that was the number of bodies delivered to the morgue so far). The city of Maputo is providing coffins for the funerals which started on Sunday. Searchers are also trying to hurry...

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Mozambique: Blasts Kill Dozens in Maputo

  26 March 2007

Photo by Alfredo Mueche, in “Domingo” weekly – March 25, 2007 Mozambique's capital Maputo is mourning the victims of a tragedy that could have been prevented, local bloggers say. Dozens were killed instantly when a series of bombs, mines and rounds of ammunition in the country's largest arms depot exploded...

Uganda: 2006 Best of Blog Awards

  26 March 2007

Jackfruity announces the winners of the 2006 Uganda Best of Blog Awards: The goal of the 2006 Uganda Best of Blog Awards was to recognize the incredible writing and art in this community, and all of our nominees are certainly emblematic of the talent that exists in the Ugandan blogosphere....

Ethiopia: political prisoner needs urgent medical care

  26 March 2007

A petition for political prisoner Hailu Shawel: “Petitioning the agency to pressure the government of Ethiopia–its primary regional ally in the Horn–to allow Engineer Hailu access to immediate and proper medical care is not a political demand. It is a purely human rights concern.”

DRC: Angolan troops in Kinshasa?

  26 March 2007

While Congolese are trying to get their life back to normal, there are rumours that Angolan troops have been deployed in Kinshasa, blogger Kate Wolf reports: The have been rumours of Angolan troops in the country on and off for several months and there have now been definite sightings in...

Malawi: Malawians are talking, are you listening?

  24 March 2007

Victor Kaonga publishes an article about blogging, Malawians turn to the blogosphere, in the Sunday Times and Nyasa Times, “When a young Mzuzu-based Malawian by the name of Mangaliso Jere died on January 18 this year, the number of non-Malawians who learned of his death probably surpassed that of Malawians...

Burkina Faso: woodless construction

  24 March 2007

Under the Acacias writes about woodless construction in Burkina Faso, “Woodless construction is an approach to building in the sahel that uses traditional building techniques to build houses entirely out of mud, including the roof. Such houses save on scarce wood, encourage local industry by using local skills and materials,...

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