· January, 2006

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from January, 2006

Kenya: lesbian envy

  30 January 2006

Kenyan blogger, Gukira writes on his his afflication: LE (lesbian envy) “Over the past 6 years, I have met many wonderful lesbians in amazing relationships. While I am familiar with the Drama Diaries, I still take such relationships as real models for the type of intimacy I crave.”

Ethiopia: Aid

  30 January 2006

Redeem Ethiopia uses Ethiopian leader, Meles Zenawi as an example on the importance of aid to both the giver and the receiver…..The story underlines the notion that aid giving is as important to the international community as receiving it is to Meles. Aid provides the necessary leverage the west needs...

Ethiopia: winning athletes

  30 January 2006

Ethioblog reports on the winning success of Ethiopian athletes…..”Ethiopians Dibaba, Defar race to impressive victories”

Zimbabwe: IMF

  30 January 2006

Eddie Cross writing in Zimbabwean Pundit questions the repayment of millions of US$ to the IMF which they do not need and which could have been used by Zimbabwe….”We could have imported enough liquid fuels to overcome the persistent fuel shortages that are crippling our public transport system and pushing...

Burundi: Lords Resistance Army

  30 January 2006

Agathon Rwasa points to an article in the Sudan Times that asks if the “UN will finally call time on the Lords Resistance Army“..

Zambia: open source

  30 January 2006

Zambian blogger, Real Life of a Journalist argues for the use of open source in Africa as the best alternative for women and children……”Free and open source software Foss is the way of the future in terms of making technology accessible to neglected groups such as women and children in...

Kenya: war on terror

  30 January 2006

Captain Marlow points to an article on the “Gentle side of the War on Terror” – the US military in Kenya….”A small U.S. military task force in East Africa is installing water pumps, rebuilding schools and health clinics, making medical house calls, and training national armies – all part of...

We Love Cooking!

  28 January 2006

#1: All Indian food does NOT taste the same! From the UK, We all live downstream explains this popular belief that find its roots in the lack of adventurous spirit of some when executing this natural, vital and recurrent activity. What kind of Indian food do you get when you...

WSF Bamako – What it means for Africa

  27 January 2006

The World Social Forum (WSF) is a yearly gathering of civil society groups and social movements that meets every year in order to try to find solutions to fight against the continued domination of corporate capitalism. For the first time this year the WSF changed its format from one centralised...

South Africa

  27 January 2006

South Africa comments on an interview with PW Botha and writes “please make these stupid people shut up“.

South Africa: Arts blog

  27 January 2006

African Voices and Visons is another new African blog, this time from South Africa. The blog is written by a young female documentary filmmaker. The focus so far on the blog is mainly on the arts.

Chad: Fate of Habre decided.

  27 January 2006

Ethiopia Watch reports that the AU has decided on the fate of Habre, ex dictator of Chad. They will “form a committee of African jurists to decide within six months what should happen to him. The case is loaded with implications for African presidents, who include coup leaders and others...

  27 January 2006

Sudanreeves.org points to an interview with Eric Reeves on conflict in Sudan (January 26, 2006); hosted by Jerry Fowler, Staff Director of the Committee on Conscience of the Museum:

Mali: WSF

  27 January 2006

TerraViva has an interview with Malian author and social activist, Dr Aminata Dramane Traoré at the World Social Forum in Bamako, Mali……”the most important aim is to reach people where they are, in order to build a common agenda against neoliberalism. Bamako is the first step in the process to...

Somaliland: AU luxury on the Nile

  27 January 2006

The Voice of Somaliland Diaspora-Ottawa asks if African leaders remember the “cries of the hungry children as the savior on French gourmet”. As the dine on the banks of the Blue Nile and enjoy the comforts of expensive hotels millions of African women and their children sleep under the open...

Rwanda: Holocaust Memorial Day

  27 January 2006

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day in Rwanda. Rwandan Survivors remembers and writes “t is a time to look to the future. We should not forget the atrocities that have occurred in the past but we should look at where we are now and realise that in many countries these horrors...

Nigeria: blog on ethnicity

  27 January 2006

New Nigerian blog EthnicLoft created to ……” to serve as an online “watering-hole” for ethnic people worldwide. It is primarily a blog on issues relating to ethnicity, tradition, and culture. The idea is to connect ethnic groups and serve as a platform to diffuse, discuss, and share the treasures of...

African Union: election of chairperson

  27 January 2006

Adventures of a Retired Traveller reports on the election of President Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo as Chair of the AU….Sassou-Nguesso has faced criticism during his time in power, which ranged from 1979-1992, and again since 1997, when he seized power in a military coup. Remnants of his militia,...

African Union: Chair

26 January 2006

The African Union under pressure not to elect Sudan as AU chair has now elected the President of Congo-Brazzaville, Denis Sassou-Nguesso who also has an negative human rights record. Black Star Journal names a few leaders that would have been a better choice - Thabo Mbeki, John Kuffour, Abdoulaye Wade,...

Uganda: crafts by the people

  26 January 2006

Timbuktu Chronicles points to a Ugandan organisation, Uganda Crafts, “managed by disadvantaged people that helps disadvantaged people. The majority of the artisans are either people who are disabled, widowed or young.”

Nigeria: Africa MTV

  26 January 2006

CyBlug comments on the change in young MTV African watchers who now aspire to own “Hummers” talk like American hip hop artists and dress similarly.

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