6 May 2010
THAILAND'S prime minister yesterday said that he would dissolve Parliament in September, paving the way for new elections demanded by anti-government protesters if they end their crippling occupation of Bangkok's commercial district. But in a sign of the deep mistrust between the opposing sides, the demonstrators, according to the Associated Press (AP) said they would…
28 Dec 2009
Introduction I've had a few folks mention to me that they miss the original list. The Original CD Reissue Wishlist is :- "Ofege - Try and Love (Nigeria) 1973 EMI. Very interesting Nigerian psych album. The music sounds from an earlier era, around 1968, and more like a US band than UK (the influence you would expect). The songs themselves have a light and breezy song style, with a Vox Continental sounding organ, and very distinctive African English vocals. So at this point they sound like some sort of African Afterglow. But what makes this album so good is the delicious fuzz leads - cranked at maximum volume and played in a soulful manner. Well worth checking out. ** Reissued by Academy Records, November, 2009**"
25 Dec 2009
THE African Union yesterday expressed concern at the lack of trust between Sudan's north and south over the implementation of their peace agreement, agency reports indicated The Agence France Presse (AFP) reported that the AU's Peace and Security Council said in a statement following a mission to Sudan last month that the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) that ended two decades of north-south civil war needed to be "re-energised". The council "expresses concern at the continuing lack of confidence between the National Congress Party (north) and the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Movement (south) regarding the implementation of the CPA," the statement said.
25 Dec 2009
GUINEA could face a civil war if the country's military leader, Moussa Dadis Camara, returns home, France's Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, has said. Kouchner told French MPs on Wednesday that Moussa Dadis Camara should remain in Morocco where he is in hospital after an assassination attempt. Earlier, the European Union toughened its sanctions against Guinea. It froze the assets of members of the military government and banned European companies from exporting equipment that could be used for state repression.
25 Dec 2009
NIGER has reactivated arrest warrants against three exiled opposition leaders, including a former president, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported yesterday. But the move may have jeopardised talks aimed at ending a crisis sparked when President Mamadou Tandja changed the constitution so he could stand for a third term. Opposition delegates were taking part in talks because the government agreed to suspend the arrest warrants.
25 Dec 2009
THE United Nations (U.S.) Security Council slammed Eritrea with an arms embargo and other sanctions on Wednesday for its role in aiding rebels in Somalia and refusing to withdraw from a border dispute with Djibouti. According to a report by the Cable News Network (CNN), the council approved the resolution with veto-holder, China, abstaining and Libya, the current chair of the African Union, voting against the measure. But Eritrean Ambassador Araya Desta denounced the action, calling the resolution "shameful" and based on "fabricated lies mainly concocted by the Ethiopian regime and the United States (U.S.) administration."
23 Dec 2009
A UNITED Nations' (UN) report which was leaked to the media yesterday wants Guinea's military leader, Capt Moussa Dadis Camara, to be charged with crimes against humanity over the killing of opposition protesters. The UN panel, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), claims that Camara bears "direct criminal responsibility" for the killings. The report said it could identify 156 people who were killed at the protest - contradicting claims from the ruling junta that fewer than 60 people died. Earlier this month, Capt Camara was shot and wounded by one of his own soldiers. However, the junta spokesman, Idrissa Cherif, accused the UN of rushing out the report and said there had been a "procedural fault" in the way it had been communicated. "I get the impression people want to speed things up as if it were a race against the clock. It is not normal," he told Reuters news agency.
23 Dec 2009
AN Ethiopian court yesterday sentenced five people to death and 33 others to life in prison for planning to assassinate government officials, agency reports claimed. Many of the accused, Associated Press (AP), British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Agence France Presse (AFP) stated, were sentenced in absentia, including the alleged mastermind of the plot, United States (U.S.)-exiled Berhanu Nega, who served two years in prison after accusing Prime Minister Meles Zenawi's regime of stealing the 2005 polls.
21 Dec 2009
IT was a sad 66th anniversary for Somali police authorities yesterday when Islamic militants fired mortars into the Mogadishu's police compound, sparking a battle that killed no fewer than 12 civilians and a police officer, agency reports claimed. In the ensuing battle, one police officer was killed and three others were wounded after the mortar landed near the compound during the ceremony, a police official, Aden Ahmed, told Associated Press (AP). He said that government soldiers and the African Union forces returned fire, shelling Mogadishu's rebel-controlled district. Most of the shelling hit near the Bakara market, a busy shopping area, Ahmed said.