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· December, 2009

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from December, 2009

Zimbabwe: Politics of condemnation

Amanda blogs about the “politics of condemnation” in Zimbabwe: The Congress [Zanu PF] resolved that “the Party’s national strategic objective for the next five years shall be the checking, containment...

Ghana:Visiting Cape Coast Castle

Beautiful photos and a post about a tour to the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana: “We followed a guided tour into the slave dungeons. There were several African-Americans in the...

Ethiopia: Death penalty is meant to terrorise Ethiopians

Berhanu Nega, one of the men sentenced to death by an Ethiopian court says he is not suprised by death penalty.

Ethiopia: Mother of political activist appeals to Prime Minister

Arefe reports that the mother of the leader of the leader of Ethiopia’s biggest opposition party and political activist, Birtukan Mideksa has sent a letter sent to Prime Minster Meles...

The Year that Was in Madagascar: Part I

In part one of a three-part summary of the year in citizen media in Madagascar, Lova Rakotomalala recalls the turmoil that seized the country in the first four months of...

Malawi: Bloggers discuss 30 earthquakes in 3 weeks

In what some geologists have described as rare occurrences, Malawi's northern district of Karonga has in the past three weeks experienced a total of 30 earthquakes resulting in at least...

Mozambique: How many languages are spoken in the country?

There are 20 languages spoken in Mozambique, according to the government website, apart from the official Portuguese. Carlos Serra [pt] wonders if there are more, according to two renowned linguists:...

Global: Tweeting for #Gaza

In honor of the one-year anniversary of Israel's attacks on Gaza in December 2008, a number of activists have planned a targeted "tweet for Gaza" campaign on Twitter. Jillian C....

D. R. of Congo : Human rights activist's house burnt down

Ouvertures website [fr] reports that the house of human rights activist, Emmanuel Kabengele Kalonji, in Congo has been burnt down while he is in Morocco to receive the Harubuntu Award...

Rwanda: Videos of volunteering

A series of videos uploaded by user kdarpa on youtube, featuring a group of volunteers and the people they met while they travelled to Rwanda and worked with local communities.

Africa: Internet and Mobile Statistics in Africa in 2009

Africa grows fastest in the world according to mobile and internet statistics released by the International Telecommunications Union, writes Erik Hersman.

Africa: Contemporary African Art since 1980

Sci-Cultura reviews the book, Contemporary African Art Since 1980 by Okwui Enwezor and Chika Okeke-Agulu, which looks at the work of contemporary African artists from diverse situations, locations, and generations...

Kenya: M-Pesa is not a Kenyan innovation

Gmeltdown argues that M-Pesa, the mobile-phone based money transfer service is not a Kenyan innovation as many people think.

South Africa: Remembering Busi

Sokari remembers Busi, a survivor of rape, HIV and diabetes: “Today is Busi’s birthday, she would have been 29 but she died on the 12th March 2007.”

After COP15 Copenhagen: Reactions from the African blogosphere

The 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen received broad media coverage. Many analysts have indicated that nations in Africa and the developing world stand to lose most heavily...

Uganda: President Says He Will Block Anti-Gay Bill

Uganda's proposed Anti-Homosexuality Bill 2009 still awaits a final decision by the country's Parliament, but the country's Daily Monitor newspaper reported Wednesday that President Yoweri Museveni has "assured the US...

South Africa: Truth without venom is impossible when it comes to Manto

Truth without venom is impossible when it comes to South Africa's former Minister of Health: “To be honest, I did not wish to reflect on the life of Manto Tshabalala-Msimang,...

Ethiopia: Meles Zenawi betrays Africa

Lucas Liganga writes about Ethiopian Prime Ministers's betrayal: “Unfortunately, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi who is the spokesman of Africa on climate change uncharacteristically teamed up with France and heavily...

South Africa: A nation in conversation with itself 140 words at a time

“Was news of Manto’s death the Hudson plane crash of South Africa? Did the passing of the controversial former minister of health mark a coming of age of Twitter in...

Angola: Interview with Feliciano Cangüe from the Hukalilile blog

Professor and engineer Feliciano Cangüe is the author of the blog Hukalilile (Don't cry for me, Angola), and the first of several Angolan bloggers who feature in a series of...

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