· May, 2006

Stories about Malawi from May, 2006

Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

  29 May 2006

Zimbabwe: The first anniversary of Zimbabwe's notorious “cleanup” operation, Operation Murambatsvina passed recently. There was a marked reticence among Zimbabwean bloggers towards organized commerations. Accoustic Motorbike explains her reasons; Marking the “one year” anniversary of this destruction ignores the fact that Murambatsvina is on going. It’s become a verb, a...

Senegal: Immigration as colonization

  25 May 2006

“No Sarkozy! Immigration does not come from a vacuum,” says (Fr) Semett in a post on French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy's immigration policies. “With centuries of merciless exploitation of subsaharan countries and a continuous transfer of their riches to the North, it is logical that the disinherited masses from Africa...

Pan African consciousness: Malcolm remembered

  22 May 2006

Afrika-aphukira remembers Malcolm X's birthday. He writes that 41 years after the assassination, Pan-African consciousness is dead and asks “What happened to such a promising start? What can we do today to make pan-Africanism once again the ideological force that it once was?”

African Diaspora: Victory for Sarkozy's Immigration Law

” [French Interior Minister] Sarkozy's immigration law [CESEDA] passed in the French National Assembly! ” says (Fr) Aimafrica . “For a country like Mali, this could be the beginning of an economic catastrophy. France … after having looted our riches and our people, wants business as usual. She no longer...

Malawi: African Hand Cart

  19 May 2006

Timbuktu Chronicles reports on the the “African HandCart” being built by local carpenters in Malawi...”novelty lies in its use of readily available bicycle wheels and a wooden chassis and body. In addition, all bolts are bicycle components, the only other fasteners being common nails and wood screws.”

Chad: What is France doing there?

  17 May 2006

Generation Consciente, Une Autre Afrique asks (Fr) “What is France doing in Chad? In Africa?” and answers: “The day before yesterday, they waved the communist threat to explain France's presence in Africa. Yesterday Anglo-American jolts justified the need to stay. Today Islamist regimes peak their heads in and explain our...

Africa: Clandestine Emigration

  17 May 2006

Seckasysteme would like to see (Fr) “a summit of West African heads of state so that clandestine emigration can be uprooted and so as to find a durable solution to the problem.” “Hundreds have died since the beginning of the year for having simply tried to escape misery,” continues the...

Voices From Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

  15 May 2006

Zimbabwe:A whirlwind tour of Europe by Arthur Mutambara the leader of the “pro-senate” faction of Zimbabwe's oppposition the MDC was the center of the nation's largest “cyber controversies” over the last two weeks. In an attempt to reach out to Zimbabweans in the diaspora, Mutambara, the robotics scholar-cum-politician stumbled into...

Malawi: remembering Marley

  12 May 2006

afrika-aphukira remembers May 11th – 25 years since the death of Bob Marley – is it that long ago? Marley's words remain with us and are just as relevant as they were 25, 30 years ago.

African Diaspora: Hard times for Africans in France and Belgium

Several francophone blogs have tackled African immigrants’ latest tribulations in France and Belgium. Choosing Immigrants Le Pangolin criticizes French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s latest round of immigration policies. The blogger sees Sarkozy’s approach as a diversion from the real social issues raised by protestors of the CPE [Youth Employment Law]....

Malawi: Governance

  5 May 2006

Anti-Bakili Muluzi criticises the former government of Malawi and states that “Since His Excellency Dr Bingu Wamutharika has engaged his priorities to financially secure and politically protect this nation from any ills , there is more hope now glowing in the lives of many Malawians than it was before during...

Malawi : Life of a midwife

  3 May 2006

Joanna of Babycatcher, provides more stories of her life as a midwife based in Lilongwe, Malawi. Reading her blog brings the people of Lilongwe to life as well as that of the new born babies

Broadening Blogging in Africa by Radio

  2 May 2006

Some members of the audience may have been sceptical – “blogging is too complex… where is the power for the connection, the internet is still a luxury” was the comment of one listener – but the BBC World Service Radio programme Network Africa showed that blogging in Africa is a...

Voices from Zimbabwe and the Great Lakes

  1 May 2006

Zimbabwe: As Nepal celebrated their revolution's success, envious Zimbabwean observers still trapped on the outside of democratic success couldn't hide their aspirations for the same in Zimbabwe. Nepal's revolution got Zimpundit dreaming, “As I sit here looking at my computer screen I’m dreaming of Nepal. I so badly want the...