· October, 2006

Stories about Sub-Saharan Africa from October, 2006

Sudan: skin-color not the root cause of conflict in Sudan

  27 October 2006

Sudanese Thinker discusses the root causes of the conflict in Sudan, “The CBS documentary is cool but it fails like many other articles to describe the root causes of the conflict correctly. They’ve oversimplified it as a racist genocidal war by Arabs against Africans. While racism is definitely an element...

Africa: $5 Million for the Best Head of State

  26 October 2006

Sanaga Peregrinations writes (Fr): “A $5 million prize for the best African head of state. The prize was created by Sudanese billionaire Mo Ibrahim … The winning head of state will have to leave power democratically, will have to have managed his country properly when it comes to security, health,...

Madagascar: Among the Top Third for Freedom of the Press

  26 October 2006

Blogin'i Harinjaka writes (Fr): ” Madagascar is 66th in the global ranking of freedom of the press established by international non-governmental organization Reporters without Borders. … 66th is not among the very first but it is not bad considering the country iis ranked in the first third.”

D.R of Congo: election photos

  26 October 2006

“In honor of the next-to-last stage in DR Congo's efforts to elect a new president (Inauguration of the president-elect is scheduled for early December), I bring you three photos from my time tooling around Kinshasa in my friend's car,” writes Congo Girl.

Ethiopia: this was a massacre

  26 October 2006

The Sub-Saharan Africa Roundtable declares, “This was a massacre,”: “Ethiopia struck me as a story of crucial importance. Parliamentary elections had just been held on May 15, and the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy charged fraud upon the announcement of the results. Anti-government demonstrations transformed into riots, which Ethiopian...

Africa: mud-brick building should be standardized

  26 October 2006

African Architecture believes that there is a need to standardize the mud-brick building in Africa, “The abundance of this material “Clay” makes it very popular and affordable for low income people living in hot dry climates of Africa to use as versatile building material, Hence there is a need to...

DRC, Belgium: Anti-Kabila Demonstration

  26 October 2006

Congolese demonstrating in Brussels last weekend. Photo by Etienne Ngandu. In anticipation of the presidential runoff taking place this Sunday, October 29 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, opposing Jean-Pierre Bemba to incumbent Joseph Kabila, a demonstration took place in Brussels, Belgium last weekend in qualified support of Bemba but...

Uganda: five interesting Ugandan blogs

  26 October 2006

White African writes about five interesting blogs from Uganda, “For some reason I got on a kick looking into different blogs from around Africa. I was looking into Uganda recently… not for any particular reason. I don’t know any of these bloggers, but found them all compelling reads in their...

Kenya: website in memory of Dr. Wanjiru Kihoro

  26 October 2006

Mental Acrobatics announces that there is a site dedicated to the Kenyan political and social activist, Dr. Wanjiru Kihoro, who passed away recently, “The tribute website for Dr. Wanjiru Kihoro is now up. Thanks to Mshairi and Mich.”

Ethiopia: human rights lawyer arrested

  25 October 2006

“Yalemzewd Bekele, a prominent human rights activist and a lawyer working for the European Commission in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, was arrested on the morning of 19 October by the Ethiopian authorities, while trying to cross the border to Kenya with another Ethiopian,” reports Ethiopian Life, Politics, Culture and...

Africa: using soccer to fight AIDS

  25 October 2006

All African Bazaar writes about a non-profit organization, which uses soccer to fight AIDS in Africa, “Founded by Tommy Clark,MD, Grassroot Soccer became a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization in 2002. Dr. Clark conceived of the idea after having played soccer professionally in Zimbabwe. During that time he witnessed first hand...

South Africa: using web 2.0 to sell jobs

  25 October 2006

Vincent Maher writes about a new South African employment site, which uses web 2.0 to sell jobs, “You’d think in South Africa, where there is so much unemployment, it wouldn’t take a Web 2.0 approach to attract job applicants. I guess when the number of highly skilled candidates is low...

Kenya: badge of endorsement for MPs

  25 October 2006

Alexcia has a simple proposal for Mzalendo, “My proposal is simple enough. Why don’t you introduce a badge of endorsement/ recommendation that you would include with the biographies of MPs that have signed up to some 5 or so core values?”

Kenya: how to beat the stock market in Kenya

  25 October 2006

Odegle Nyang Investment knows how last year's Nobel Peace Prize winner, Wangari Maathai, can help you beat the stock market, “a friend of mine has just told me how the great lady can help you beat the NSE fair and square. here is the deal….”

France, Togo: Koffi Yamagne's 12 Years in French Public Office

  25 October 2006

Togolese-origined politician Kofi Yamgnane posts a pamphlet about his 12 years in elected public office in Finistere, France. Says the pamphlet (Fr): “All the work accomplished was done with incessant dialogue with your mayors and your elected officials. but also with you through your citizen groups.”

Africa: African blog for Best of Blog Award

  24 October 2006

Black Looks has been nominated for Best of Blog Award, “Received this email yesterday: Black Looks has been selected as one of 10 nominees in the Best Weblog/English category of the Best of the Blogs (www.thebobs.com), making Black Looks open to two awards. The first comes from the BOBs’ jury...

Zimbabwe: are you mad?, UNDP asked

  24 October 2006

Kubatana Blog writes about the initiative by the UNDP in Zimbabwe to broker meetings between the government and the civil society organizations, “In response to this initiative, a few civic and human rights organisations have asked, “are you mad?” – you want us to speak with a Government that brutally...

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