Monday, 29 June 2015

Dalai Lama at Glastonbury decries 'unthinkable' violence in Syria, Iraq and Nigeria

The Dalai Lama grabbed a Glastonbury t -shirt to shelter from the rain ahead of his appearance.
If Kanye West was Glastonbury Festival's most-discussed act on Saturday,declaring himself the greatest living rock star and giving BBC subtitle writers heart palpitations, Sunday saw an entirely different appearance hogging the headlines.
The Dalai Lama, whose appearance at the music festival was condemned by China, used his slot to denounce terrorism and violence. Speaking to some 1,000 people Sunday morning, he specifically singled out the "unthinkable" violence in Syria, Iraq and Nigeria.

African Union says Burundi election not free or fair, speaker flees :Reuters


The African Union stood down its election observers in Burundi on Sunday, saying Monday's parliamentary election would be neither free nor fair, as the speaker of parliament said he had fled after being threatened and heavy gunfire echoed across the capital.

Lionel Messi 'shouts' helped save the life of Argentine man kidnapped in Nigeria

On June 24, Santiago Lopez Menendez was kidnapped and his story has been all over Argentine newspapers over the past couple of days after he revealed that Messi was the reason his captors went easy on him, according to a report on 101 Great Goals.
“The Nigerian kidnappers thought he was American, which he believes was the reason that they were particularly violent towards him,” according to the report.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

African Union Neglecting Women's Issues? International Business Times

For a fleeting moment, American actress and United Nations ambassador Angelina Jolie Pitt stole the spotlight at the African Union summit last week in Johannesburg, with a speech calling for policies designed by women, focused on women, executed by women and championed by men as a solution to Africa’s many problems with violence and economic progress. But despite her star power and an ongoing vow from African leaders to focus on women’s issues, the summit, dominated by male leaders, largely ignored discussions on ensuring gender parity in the security, economic, political and health sectors and instead focused on war, terrorism, election scandals and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s outstanding warrant for alleged war crimes.

World Must Act to Avoid Burundi Catastrophe, Says Exiled Journalist

World Must Act to Avoid Burundi Catastrophe, Says Exiled Journalist
Demonstrators in Musaga, a district in Burundi's capital Bujumbura that has been at the heart of violent protests against the presidents third term bid on June 24, 2015.(AFP)
The international community should prepare for a possible military intervention in Burundi, one of the country's top journalists said.
"We are facing a catastrophic situation," Bob Rugurika, head of African Public Radio (RPA), Burundi's most popular private radio station which was shut down by the state in May, told AFP in an interview in Geneva this week.

"We work in love without discrimination" -- How immigrant women are making successful businesses By Tariro Washinyira

Abukar was speaking at an event hosted at the Cape Town Holocaust Centre on Monday 15 June in anticipation of World Refugee Day on Saturday 20 June. Miranda Madikane of Scalabrini Cape Town Centre chaired a discussion where several women immigrants, including Abukar, described their business experiences.
Fatima Mahomed Abukar immigrated to South Africa from war-torn Somalia. She together with a group of Somalis, Burundians, Senegalese and Malawians sell belts, socks and bags in Stellenbosch. Their business now runs smoothly, but they had to fight to get it that way.
Abukar says the municipality used to harass her group of entrepreneurs. “They were not friendly. You needed R45 a day and almost R900 per month for a piece of pavement. They used to come at 1pm and ask for permits. If you did not have the permit, they would confiscate your stuff .

Photos: TRANSGENDER: US$80 000 for sex change: Sunday Mail

Tatelicious addresses some of The Sunday Mail staffers. - Picture by Believe Nyakudjara
Tatelicious addresses some of The Sunday Mail staffers. – Picture by Believe Nyakudjara

A human rights imperative, science at work, a sign of the end of times, or outright insanity.
These are among the different arguments propounded by people around the world when American man Bruce Jenner recently unveiled himself to the world as a woman called Caitlyn.
Zimbabweans have shown they are not to be outdone. Well, at least one Zimbabwean.

OSHA Receive Petition Requesting Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola To Resign Over Months Of Unpaid Salary and Socio-Economy Collapse Of the State.

The Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Mr. Najeem Salaam, said on Wednesday 
that the assembly had received a petition from Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, calling for the impeachment of Governor Rauf Aregbesola because of alleged financial recklessness.

Oloyede is a serving judge in the Osun State judiciary. The judge’s petition read in part,

Record 18 journalists jailed in Egypt: watchdog

Al Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy stands behind bars at a court in Cairo in this May 15, 2014 file photo. Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste was released from a Cairo jail on February 1, 2015. F
Image by:  REUTERS

The Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 18 journalists, many of whom worked for online media, were locked up in Egypt, the most since it began keeping records in 1990.

Mozambique is celebrating 40 years of independence today. 6 things you might not know about the country

Former Mozambican president Samora Machel
Image by: © Sowetan

1. Origins
The original population of Mozambique were Bushmen who were hunter-gatherers. The great migrations from the Great Lakes saw the bantu speakers migrating to Mozambique in the first millennium, and Arab and Swahili traders settled in the region thereafter. It was colonised by Portugal in 1505.

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Ethiopia's Ruling Party Declares Historic 100% Win

Ethiopia’s ruling party has secured a historic victory in the East African country’s May 24 general elections, with nearly 100 percent of the vote. The Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its regional allies won 546 of the 547 seats in Parliament, with the results for one seat still uncertain, election officials announced Tuesday, according to media reports.

Can Rwanda Imagine Another President? Foreign Policy

Can Rwanda Imagine Another President?
 There’s no shortage of people asking for Rwandan President Paul Kagame to extend his time in office. Some 3.7 million Rwandans — nearly three quarters of registered voters — allegedly signed a petition calling on Kagame to stay past his 2017 term limit. The ruling party recently signaled its approval, and parliament is expected to give its rubber stamp to the proposal next month. It seems the only person not taking a stance is Kagame himself.

Reintegrating Boko Haram By Tarila Marclint Ebiede

As the fight against Boko Haram continues, discussions of the how to approach post-conflict reintegration are becoming increasingly important.  There are currently two possible approaches to the Boko Haram conflict. Most Nigerians who have commented on the issue favor a solely military solution, which the Nigerian government has put at the top of its agenda. Despite its appeal, this solution has increased the desperation of Boko Haram. The group has lost some of the territory it controlled, but it has also moved from just holding territory to carrying out isolated cases of suicide bombings in metropolitan areas in the northeast. The group has also transformed itself into Wilayat Gharb Afriqiya’ (Islamic State of West Africa) and recently launched an attack on Chad. This shows that Boko Haram seems to be adapting to the changing dynamics of Nigeria’s military solution.

'The United States and Others To help Nigeria search for stolen money'

John Kerry shakes hands with Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on 29 May 2015
US Secretary of State John Kerry attended President Muhammadu Buhari's inauguration in May
The US and other countries have agreed to help Nigeria recover money stolen from the government, President Muhammadu Buhari has said.
The new president said on Tuesday that the country's treasury was "virtually empty".
He vowed to recover billions of dollars "stolen" under previous administrations.

Ebola returns to Sierra Leone capital, Freetown: government: AFP

Liberia was declared Ebola-free in May, but hopes that neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea would quickly follow suit have been dashed recently, with the weekly toll of infections in the two countries hovering around 25© AFP/File Francisco LeongLiberia was declared Ebola-free in May, but hopes that neighbouring Sierra Leone and Guinea would quickly follow suit have been dashed recently, with the weekly toll of infections in the two countries hovering around 25
Sierra Leone has announced the return of Ebola to its capital Freetown, dashing hopes that health authorities in the densely-populated city of 1.2 million had beaten the deadly outbreak.

Photos: Wind, rains cool Pakistan heat wave that killed at least 749 : The Associated Press

People rush a man to a hospital as he suffers from a heatstroke in Karachi, Pakistan, Tuesday, June 23, 2015. A scorching heat wave across the southern city has killed hundreds of people, authorities said Tuesday. (AP Photo)
Wind from the sea and pre-monsoon rains cooled southern Pakistan on Wednesday, likely marking the end of a scorching heat wave that killed at least 749 people, authorities said.

22 Year old Student, Sarah Kwabla Accuses Ghana's Captain, Asamoah Gyan of Sodomy.

Ghana's forward Asamoah Gyan reacts after missing a goal opportunity during the 2015 African Cup of Nations group C football match between South Africa and Ghana in Mongomo on January 27, 2015.
Image by: Gallo Images

Sarah Kwabla is alleging that the Black Stars captain got her pregnant and is therefore demanding financial support from him, according to a Ghanaian radio station Joy FM. Tweets after cut

Photo: Prisoners Of Islamic state Murdered By Drowning.

WATER TORTURE: Prisoners of Islamic State are lowered into a swimming pool, apparently to drown them, in a still from a video released by the terrorist group. The men were accused of spying

The video, apparently shot in Iraq's Nineveh province, was one of the most brutal yet in a series released by the jihadists of killings of opponents in areas under IS control.

Photos: Dj Zinhle’s lavish baby shower

Dr Helene Ndume and Jorge Sampaio Wins The UN Nelson Mandela Prize


An eye doctor from Namibia and a politician from Portugal are the first-ever winners of the United Nations Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Prize‚ awarded by the UN.

Dr Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio of Portugal were honoured for their achievements in dedicating their lives to the service of humanity.