Saturday, 29 October 2011

Looking Beyond Spring: An African Perspective on the Arab Revolt in World Order

Looking Beyond Spring: An African Perspective on the Arab Revolt in World Order
There is a great deal of misunderstanding today about the African Union’s decision not to endorse the military intervention in Libya undertaken by France, Great Britain, and the United States in conjunction with several Arab States. Speculations abound as to whether the uniform decision coming out of Africa indicates that the African Union is out of step with the spirit of freedom sweeping across North Africa and the Arab World; or whether the absence of Africa in the battlefield of Libya merely suggests military ineptitude and political bankruptcy. Underlying the African objection to military intervention is a longstanding tension between international organizations that represent Africa, on one hand, and self-identified representatives of the West, on the other. It is not accurate to say that the African Union has been indifferent to the conflict in Libya...

African Democracy: Elections Despite Divisions

African Democracy: Elections Despite Divisions
Electoral violence in a number of sub-Sahara countries has prompted some Africa watchers to question whether the United States and other Western countries should be prioritizing “free, fair and credible” elections when the process so often polarizes a country rather than unifying it around democratic institutions and practices. Nevertheless, I believe the United States and other westerners should continue to do what they can to support Africans working to build free, fair, and peaceful democracies, not least because Africans themselves want elections, and there are no good alternatives.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Prince as kingmaker: Can an ex-warlord deliver Johnson-Sirleaf the Liberian presidency?

Prince as kingmaker: Can an ex-warlord deliver Johnson-Sirleaf the Liberian presidency?
Despite allegations of electoral fraud, Johnson has said that he will support Johnson-Sirleaf “for the sake of the nation," and his own presidential ambitions in the 2017 elections.

Nigerian man and family win deportation challenge

Nigerian man and family win deportation challenge
AN IRISH woman, her Nigerian husband and Irish-born daughter have won their High Court challenge to an order for his deportation made while the woman was pregnant with the child. The man had arrived here in March 2009 but his applications for asylum and subsidiary protection were rejected. In October 2010 an order was made for his deportation; he was arrested in January 2011 and deported about a month later.

Deportation order would forcibly split family: judge | Irish Examiner

Deportation order would forcibly split family: judge Irish Examiner

AN Irish woman, her Nigerian husband and Irish-born daughter have won their High Court challenge to an order for his deportation made while the woman was pregnant. Mr Justice Gerard Hogan found the Justice Minister’s decision to deport the man effectively amounted to a permanent forcible separation of the family.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Africa Center for Strategic Studies Media Review for October 25, 2011

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Africa Center for Strategic Studies Media Review for October 25, 2011

New vaccine 'to cut malaria risk by half' - Africa - Al Jazeera English

New vaccine 'to cut malaria risk by half' - Africa - Al Jazeera English
A new vaccine against malaria will help reduce African children's riskof acquiring the disease by about half, according to the first resultsof an ongoing phase III trial. The vaccine has been developed by theBritish pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline's lab in Belgium. Knownas RTS, the vaccine is the first of its kind to attempt to block aparasite, rather than bacteria or viruses.

Did Egypt's Women Win the Revolution Only to Lose Out? | World | AlterNet

Did Egypt's Women Win the Revolution Only to Lose Out? World AlterNet

In the immediate aftermath of this spring’s revolution, something newand unfamiliar happened in Egypt: women and men participated equallyin political events. But this article also notes: 'Yet today,political, economic and cultural barriers prevent women from beingaccepted as full members of society. Egypt’s dwindling economyprevents women from landing jobs in the public sector - which used tooffer guaranteed employment.'

Monday, 24 October 2011

Saving the euro - Rescue deal may cost us all dearly | Irish Examiner

Saving the euro - Rescue deal may cost us all dearly Irish Examiner

YESTERDAY’S Brussels meeting of the 27 European Union leaders focussed on saving the euro but underlined the difficulty in getting 27 governments to act as one, especially at such a critical moment.

Netanyahu: Israel ready to tackle other challenges now that Shalit released - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Netanyahu: Israel ready to tackle other challenges now that Shalit released - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday thanked the ministers of his cabinet for approving the prisoner swap with Hamas that secured the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, adding that the government was ready to tackle other issues at hand.

Obama pulls out of Iraq

Obama pulls out of Iraq
President Barack Obama said all American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the year, ending a long war which cleaved deep political divides and estranged the United States from its allies.

UN calls for Gaddafi probe

UN calls for Gaddafi probe
The circumstances surrounding the death of Libya's ousted despot Muammar Gaddafi are unclear and an investigation is needed, the UN human rights chief said on Friday.

It’s good to talk: Mobile phone use not linked to cancer, says new research - Health News, Health - Independent.ie

It’s good to talk: Mobile phone use not linked to cancer, says new research - Health News, Health - Independent.ie

THERE is no link between the long-term use of a mobile phone and getting brain cancer, research suggests. In what has been described as the largest study on the subject, researchers found that cancer rates in the central nervous system were almost the same in both long-term mobile phone users and people who do not use the handsets, the study published on bmj.com found.

Fresh hope for blind girl after stem-cell therapy - National News - Independent.ie

Fresh hope for blind girl after stem-cell therapy - National News - Independent.ie
BLIND schoolgirl has been able to see shadows up to 10 inches away after just one round of stem-cell treatment in China, her mum said last night.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Hamish McRae: Seven billion -- and the world's population just keeps on rising - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

Hamish McRae: Seven billion -- and the world's population just keeps on rising - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie
SEVEN billion. Next week the world's population will, according to the UN, reach seven billion and a baby born somewhere in the world will be designated the seven-billionth baby -- just as Adnan Nevic, now a healthy 11-year-old living in Bosnia, became the six-billionth when he was born just after midnight on October 11, 1999...

Monday, 17 October 2011

We’re growing and growing: World's population to reach 7 billion this month - Europe, World News - Independent.ie

We’re growing and growing: World's population to reach 7 billion this month - Europe, World News - Independent.ie
In Western Europe , Japan and Russia, the milestone comes amid worries about low birthrates and aging populations. In China and India, the two most populous nations, it's an occasion to reassess policies that have already slowed once-rapid growth. But in sub-Saharan Africa, the demographic news is mostly sobering as the region staggers under the double burden of the world's highest birthrates and deepest poverty. The regional population of nearly 900 million could reach 2 billion in 40 years at current rates, accounting for about half of the projected global population growth over that span.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Africa Center for Strategic Studies Media Review for October 13, 2011

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Africa Center for Strategic Studies Media Review for October 13, 2011

Help for troubled homeowners in Ireland

Help for troubled homeowners
STANDING ON the steps of Government Buildings yesterday Minister for Finance Michael Noonan suggested there was something for everyone in the report from the Inter-Departmental Working Group on Mortgage Arrears. That is not quite true. It advances several proposals which will alleviate the personal debt crisis faced by many people with unsustainable mortgages and remove the threat of home repossessions and forced evictions for up to 10,000 homeowners.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Africa Center for Strategic Studies Media Review for October 12, 2011

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Africa Center for Strategic Studies Media Review for October 12, 2011

The black economy - A dodge we can’t afford | Irish Examiner

The black economy - A dodge we can’t afford Irish Examiner


EDUCATION Minister Ruairi Quinn’s assertion that raising income taxes will drive more people into the black economy rather than raising Exchequer revenues has an unfortunate ring of truth about it.

World's top 10 universities - Lifestyle - Independent.ie

World's top 10 universities - Lifestyle - Independent.ie

No Quick Remedy for Africa's Internet Gap | IDN-InDepthNews | Analysis That Matters

No Quick Remedy for Africa's Internet Gap IDN-InDepthNews Analysis That Matters
LONDON (IDN) - Prior to the 2010 South Africa World Cup, submarine fibre optic cabling was laid to improve the speed and reliability of broadband. Despite this, Internet World Statistics reports that only 11.4 percent of Africans have internet access, far below the global average of 30.2 percent.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

African leaders fail pitch for 2010 Mo Ibrahim award

African leaders fail pitch for 2010 Mo Ibrahim award
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has the second in two years resolved not to award the prestigious African Leadership Award. The award that is normally awarded to former African leaders with outstanding governance records will once again not be awarded by the foundation. The Mo Ibrahim Foundation said the Prize Committee, after deliberations over the weekend could not select any winner for the 2010 Mo Ibrahim Prize

Monday, 10 October 2011

Jewish people are just that, people, and far from chosen - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Jewish people are just that, people, and far from chosen - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News

But the idea that we are members of the chosen people is planted far deeper, and not only in Jewish tradition and among those who observe it - modern and ostensibly secular Israel believes in it with all its heart. There are not many other ancient Jewish ideas as deeply implanted in the contemporary Israeli experience as the idea that the "Jewish people," however it is interpreted, is better than any other nation. If you scratch beneath the skin of almost any Israeli, you'll discover that he really is convinced of that: We're the best; the "Jewish genius" is the most successful; the Israel Defense Forces is the most moral. Nobody will tell them different, we're simply the best in the world...

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Livni visits U.K. for first time after war crimes jurisdiction amended - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Livni visits U.K. for first time after war crimes jurisdiction amended - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni met with British Foreign Secretary William Hague in London on Thursday morning, in her first visit to the U.K. since 2009 when an arrest warrant was issued against her over her role in Operation Cast Lead.

Clinton: UNESCO should think again before granting Palestinian membership - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Clinton: UNESCO should think again before granting Palestinian membership - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that the UN cultural agency UNESCO should "think again" on plans to vote on Palestinian membership, noting that such a move could cause the United States to cut funds for the group.

Pambazuka - Palestine and Western Sahara

Pambazuka - Palestine and Western Sahara
‘Little is said about the wall that the United States has raised on the Mexican border and little is said of the fences in Ceuta and Melilla. Almost nothing is spoken of the wall in the West Bank, which perpetuates Israel's occupation of Palestinian lands, and yet it will be a little over 15 times longer than the Berlin wall. And nothing, nothing at all, is spoken of the wall of Morocco that has perpetuated Morocco’s occupation of the Western Sahara for 20 years. This wall, land-mined from end to end and guarded by thousands of soldiers from end to end, measures 60 times longer than the Berlin wall. Why are these walls so high-flown and so mute???

Africa and Ending Poverty

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Fifteen years ago, Easterly and Levine published “Africa’s Growth Tragedy”, highlighting the disappointing performance of Africa’s growth, and the toll it has taken on the poor. Since then, growth has picked up, averaging 5-6 percent a year, and poverty is declining at about one percentage point a year. The “statistical tragedy” is that we cannot be sure this is true...

Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Media Review for September 30 - October 5, 2011

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Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Media Review for September 30 - October 5, 2011

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

One-third of charities under threat due to falling incomes | Irish Examiner

One-third of charities under threat due to falling incomes Irish Examiner

THE future of more than one-third of Irish charities and community groups is under threat due to falling income levels, a survey has found. In addition, close to half the 128 charities who took part in the survey have had to either suspend or delay projects in the past six months due to financial challenges.
Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/one-third-of-charities-under-threat-due-to-falling-incomes-169662.html#ixzz1Zwo6bH8H

Casual racism an everyday reality for migrant workers in Ireland - Independent.ie

Casual racism an everyday reality for migrant workers in Ireland - National News - Independent.ie

THE Immigrant Council of Ireland has said that racism is "an everyday fact of life" for migrants in this country. Foreigners who have come to live in Ireland have reported encountering such abuse to the Immigrant Council of Ireland (ICI) which today called on the public to do more by challenge such behaviour when they witness it.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Foreign Aid Set to Take a Hit in U.S. Budget Crisis

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American efforts to wield “smart power” amid natural disasters and political upheaval would be hurt as lawmakers propose slashing funding for the State Department.

Egyptian women, long allowed to vote, see little progress from revolt | McClatchy

Egyptian women, long allowed to vote, see little progress from revolt McClatchy


Thousands of Egyptian women fought in the 18-day uprising that unseated longtime President Hosni Mubarak. They hurled stones at pro-regime attackers, delivered meals to hungry protesters, and drew global attention to the struggle through their blogs and Twitter accounts. At least 15 women died in the uprising, according to official figures. Hundreds were wounded.
And still, complain prominent Egyptian feminists, women are being sidelined from post-Mubarak politics...

Monday, 3 October 2011

Alarm over secret Facebook accounts that allow children to slip safety net

Whatever the situation, social networking sites are a source of anxiety for parents, and now the latest trend will only add to their alarm. Children are staying way ahead of attempts by parents and schools to police their online activity And the latest ruse is a secret, fake-name Facebook account...

Clarity on charity chiefs | Irish Examiner

Clarity on charity chiefs Irish Examiner

I REFER to your article (Sept 26) in which you highlight the results of an Irish Examiner survey of the pay packages of the heads of leading charities
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Saturday, 1 October 2011

Palestinian official: Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair 'useless' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Palestinian official: Mideast Quartet envoy Tony Blair 'useless' - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News

A senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday said that former British premier and current Mideast Quartet representative Tony Blair was "useless." "Lately, he (Blair) talks like an Israeli diplomat, selling their policies," Nabil Shaath told reporters in the West Bank city of Ramallah. "Therefore, he is useless to us."

Source: UN won’t advance Palestinian statehood bid until diplomacy option exhausted - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Source: UN won’t advance Palestinian statehood bid until diplomacy option exhausted - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
United Nations panel considering Palestinian application for full UN membership will drag on dealing with technical matters for several weeks, says a senior Western diplomat.

Hamas: 'Resistance' against Israel is only option left for Palestinians - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Hamas: 'Resistance' against Israel is only option left for Palestinians - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
Hamas leader Khaled Meshal told an international conference in Iran on Saturday that "resistance" was the only option left for the Palestinians. Meshal was addressing the "5th International Conference in Support of the Palestinian Intifada" in Iran’s capital Tehran...

Peter Singhatey: A dilemma for Burundi's war veterans: peace and po...

Peter Singhatey: A dilemma for Burundi's war veterans: peace and po...: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/sep/29/burundi-war-veterans-peace-poverty Former child soldiers sidelined and impoverished by the poli...

A dilemma for Burundi's war veterans: peace and poverty or return to arms?

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Former child soldiers sidelined and impoverished by the political process are being drawn back to conflict

Egypt's angry political groups say they'll boycott elections | McClatchy

Egypt's angry political groups say they'll boycott elections McClatchy

In a major setback on Egypt's path to democracy, dozens of the country's political parties and movements announced Thursday that they'll boycott the first parliamentary elections scheduled since former President Hosni Mubarak's government collapsed seven months ago. Forty-three political parties, ranging from the conservative Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood to the liberal Ghad Party of one-time presidential candidate Ayman Nour, said they'd take part in the boycott...

Palestinian Statehood: Where Do We Go from Here? - By Hussein Ibish | Foreign Policy

Palestinian Statehood: Where Do We Go from Here? - By Hussein Ibish Foreign Policy
In a perfunctory meeting on Wednesday morning, Sept. 28, as expected, and per its usual procedure for dealing with would-be new United Nations members since the late 1960s, the Security Council referred the Palestinian application to one of its standing committees. The committee -- which meets and votes in secret and requires unanimity to refer the matter back to the Security Council -- is scheduled to begin considering the application on Friday morning...

Do Muslims Really Care About Somalia? - Akbar Ahmed and Frankie Martin | Foreign Policy

Do Muslims Really Care About Somalia? - Akbar Ahmed and Frankie Martin Foreign Policy

The richest Muslims in the world live just across the waters in the Gulf states, where billions of dollars are spent on indoor skiing facilities, artificial islands to host luxury hotels and water parks, and frolicking in yachts and faux European villas. There is never a dearth of funds for magnificent mosques, but when it comes to alleviating the mass starvation of a people, Muslims are coming up short.

Checkbook Diplomacy - Shopping for Hearts and Minds

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In 2009, the State Department sent me to Iraq for a year as part of the civilian surge deployed to backstop the more muscular military one. At the head of a six-person Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), I was assigned to spend U.S. government money creating projects that would lift the local economy and lure young men away from the dead-end opportunities of al Qaeda.