Stories from 1 June 2006
Ethiopia: Money for repression
Weichegud!ET Politics comments on Ethiopias receipt of $1billion aid package from the world bank. She writes “See what blocking opposition websites, repressing free speech, jailing the opposition and being an AK-47 wielding goon in a silk tie gets ya? Schweeet”.
Zimbabwe: Telephony bill
Enough is Enough comments on the proposed new “Interception of Communications Bill” …which will enable the government to monitor telephones, email and mobile phones of anyone “suspected of threatening national security”
DRC: Western Press Turnaround
A recent article by Le Monde “finally looks at the Congo with sincere eyes,” says (Fr) blogger Tony Katombe. The article states that the DRC government includes “former war criminals, known incompetents and unscrupulous business-types.” The blogger credits [opposition party] UDPS, Bishop Laurent Monsengwo and his own efforts for this...
We reach: Indian Arrival Day in Trinidad
On May 30 Trinidad and Tobago celebrated Indian Arrival Day, a holiday commemorating the first wave of migration to the islands from India, in 1845. The immigrants came as indentured labourers, bound for the sugar estates, replacements, as Dr. Roi Kwabena reminds us, for the newly-emancipated African slaves. The indentureship...
DRC: PPRD March
Tony Katombe contends (Fr) that [ruling party] PPRD paid many of those who participated in a gigantic march in its favor on Wednesday May 31. The march protested “negotiations demanded by the political opposition before elections.” The blogger also contrasts the authorities’ treatment of the PPRD march to that of...