Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Initial Reports on Congo Elections Discouraging

Initial Reports on Congo Elections Discouraging
Voting in Congo’s national elections started yesterday and will likely last several more days. Because of the many offices to be filled, including the presidency, The New York Times describes the ballot as “thick as a newspaper.” Not surprising, as the BBC reports, there are eleven presidential candidates, more than nineteen thousand candidates vying for the five hundred Assembly seats and other offices.

The price of RTE's catastrophic mistake

The price of RTE's catastrophic mistake
EVEN BY THE sorry standards of recent history, the past fortnight has marked another low for the media. In London, public figures troop in each day to the Leveson inquiry into media practices, delivering shocking stories of indefensible intrusion by newspaper journalists. Last week, in the High Court in Dublin, two newspapers admitted that they had no evidence for reports they had carried about the death of the schoolboy Robert Holohan at the hands of Wayne O’Donoghue.

Peter Singhatey: London approach with Citation Jet

Peter Singhatey: London approach with Citation Jet

African Union Observers - "Election Results Truly Reflect the Will of the Gambian People"

http://allafrica.com/stories/201111281469.html
The Observer Mission Team that was dispatched by the African Union (AU), to observe the 2011 Presidential Election in The Gambia has finally declared that the election was conducted in a free and fair manner and that the results are a true reflection of the will of the sovereign people of The Gambia.
In a preliminary statement issued at a press conference held at the Mission's office in Senegambia Beach Hotel, Kololi, the mission team led by Dr. Fonkam Samuel Azu'u, the chairman of the Cameroonian Independent Electoral Commission declared that the presidential elections in the Republic of The Gambia was also conducted in accordance with the Durban Declaration on the principles governing democratic elections in Africa as adopted by the Assembly of the African Union in July 2002.

Commonwealth Preliminary Statement On Presidential Election

http://allafrica.com/stories/201111291059.html?viewall=1
The Commonwealth Expert Team dispatched to observer The Gambia's presidential election held on November 24th, has issued a preliminary assessment on the election.
The statement according to Professor A. Bolaji Akinyemi, chairperson of the Commonwealth Expert Team, is their preliminary assessment of the presidential election, which reflects largely their observations on the pre-election environment, the polling day itself and the post- election phase.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Egypt military chief warns of 'extremely grave' consequences of crisis - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Egypt military chief warns of 'extremely grave' consequences of crisis - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
Egypt's military ruler warned of "extremely grave" consequences if the turbulent nation does not pull through its current crisis and urged voters to turn out for landmark parliamentary elections starting Monday.

What next for Gambian President Jammeh? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

What next for Gambian President Jammeh? - Opinion - Al Jazeera English
Gambians re-elected Yahya Jammeh, the leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), as president on Thursday to serve another five-year term of office.
He won 72 per cent of the total votes cast. His two opponents, lawyer Ousainou Darboe, candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP), received 17 per cent, and Hamat Bah, an independent candidate who is backed by four parties collectively called "the United Front", received 11 per cent.

Friday, 25 November 2011

African Union Observers Impressed With Gambia Election

African Union Observers Impressed With Gambia Election
The leader of the African Union (AU) poll observer mission monitoring Gambia’s presidential election says his team is positively impressed with the organization of the poll and the conduct of voters.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Defamation probe may see RTÉ heads roll | Irish Examiner

Defamation probe may see RTÉ heads roll Irish Examiner

RESIGNATIONS in RTÉ are not being ruled out after the Government announced an investigation into the defamation of Fr Kevin Reynolds by the national broadcaster.
Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/defamation-probe-may-see-rte-heads-roll-174786.html#ixzz1eXTMl23g

Action against 'hate speech' will do little for women's rights

Action against 'hate speech' will do little for women's rights

OPINION: IN A year of revolutions and mass demonstrations facilitated by online communication, the liberating promise of the internet has found its most faithful messengers since the entrepreneurs of Silicon Valley in a reinvigorated activist left. But online, as offline, some people are more equal than others and women, it seems, get a better deal in the stuffy old institutions of democracy than they do in the viciously sexist culture of the internet.

Peter Singhatey

Peter Singhatey

Peter Singhatey: London approach with Citation Jet

Peter Singhatey: London approach with Citation Jet

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Russia warns West against 'unacceptable' sanctions on Iran - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
Russia on Tuesday dismissed the new Western sanctions targeting Iran's financial and energy sectors as "unacceptable," warning that such measures would hurt the chances of renewing talks with Tehran over its nuclear program.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Priest's solicitor wants name of source

Priest's solicitor wants name of source
THE SOLICITOR of a priest defamed by RTÉ said he intends to find out the name of the source who made allegations about his client to the Prime Time Investigates programme. "I think the premise of journalistic confidentiality in this particular instance is flawed," Richard Dore, solicitor of libelled priest Fr Kevin Reynolds of Ahascragh, Co Galway, said yesterday...

Dark days: behind the bailout

Dark days: behind the bailout
IRELAND'S BAILOUT ONE YEAR ON: Over 10 weeks late last year, Irish and European officials engaged in a diplomatic dance of warnings, denials, negotiation and brinkmanship, before the November bailout by the EU and IMF. Here’s how it happened

Sunday, 20 November 2011

The Rush for Oil in West Africa – The New Wild West? - IPS ipsnews.net

The Rush for Oil in West Africa – The New Wild West? - IPS ipsnews.net
There is a new oil rush off the coast of West Africa. But there are fears that the sector is not sufficiently regulated, and watchdog groups are raising concerns about transparency and governance in the region.

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Pambazuka - Gaddafi’s assassination: Bombing Africa into ‘civilisation’

Pambazuka - Gaddafi’s assassination: Bombing Africa into ‘civilisation’
Mr Kwesi Pratt, Jnr, a leading member of the Socialist Forum and managing editor of the Insight newspaper, was certainly not amused at hearing the news concerning the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. News reports from Ghana read, ‘On Multi TV’s PM: Express programme on Thursday evening, Kwesi Pratt described the NATO-backed war against Gaddafi as a disgrace to the continent.’ On the same programme he said, ‘killing any head of state, whether he is a dictator or a democrat, is wrong, and what NATO has done is appalling, it’s disgraceful and needs to be condemned in the strongest possible terms. This is an assassination, this is illegal and this is an act of terrorism…’

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Britain urged to clamp down on 'vulture funds'

Britain urged to clamp down on 'vulture funds'
BRITAIN IS being urged to help close down a legal loophole that lets financiers known as “vulture funds” use courts in Jersey to claim hundreds of millions of pounds from the world’s poorest countries. The call came from international poverty campaigners as one of the vulture funds was poised to be awarded a $100 million (€74 million) debt payout against the Democratic Republic of Congo after taking action in the Jersey courts...

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Iranian students form human shield near nuclear site amid fears of Israeli attack - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Iranian students form human shield near nuclear site amid fears of Israeli attack - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News
Hundreds of students on Tuesday formed a human chain around the uranium conversion plant in central Iran, in a demonstration staged by students to show that Iranians were ready to sacrifice their lives if the nuclear sites were attacked by Israel

Ending political cronyism

Ending political cronyism
TRADITIONAL FORMS of patronage can no longer be tolerated. They reflect unethical standards of behaviour that damage public confidence in the fairness of administration and the quality of our democracy. If the aspiration to create a new and inclusive society - articulated by President Michael D Higgins in his inaugural address - is to mean anything, then the old ways of doing business and rewarding political supporters must be consigned to the dustbin.

Sunday, 13 November 2011

Friday, 11 November 2011

Liberia: Muddy Waters

Liberia: Muddy Waters
...There is less enthusiasm for her in Liberia, where many see her as a conventional politician who was once allied to the notorious Charles Taylor, now on trial at in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for a legion of human rights abuses. In the first presidential round with a large field of candidates, she received about 44 percent of the votes. The opposition, however, claims there were significant irregularities, and the chairman of the electoral commission resigned....

Daily Maverick :: Thabo Mbeki troubled by a 'new imperialism' in Africa

Daily Maverick :: Thabo Mbeki troubled by a 'new imperialism' in Africa
Thabo Mbeki’s not happy with Nato, the West or the UN Security Council. All drew criticism from the former president, who is worried that the Libyan intervention is the first step in an insidious attempt to re-colonise Africa. SIMON ALLISON explains why Mbeki should take off his pan-African spectacles and look deeper into the issues...

Pambazuka - The right to education

Pambazuka - The right to education
The right to education is a fundamental human right, inseparable from people’s aspirations to a full and a wholly authentic democracy.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Clinton says HIV drugs can help lead to 'Aids-free generation'

Clinton says HIV drugs can help lead to 'Aids-free generation'
WASHINGTON – The US set a new direction for its global Aids campaign yesterday, emphasising HIV-fighting drugs that can prevent new infections to bring the goal of “an AIDS-free generation” within reach, US secretary of state Hillary Clinton said.

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The African population disaster - Cyprus Mail

The African population disaster - Cyprus Mail
ACCORDING to the United Nations, the world’s population passed the seven billion mark at the end of October, and there was much tutting and shaking of heads over its prediction that we will be ten billion by the end of the century. But almost nobody will have the temerity to point out that this is almost entirely an African problem.

Laura Noonan: Here's what is at stake if we don't repay those Anglo bondholders - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

Laura Noonan: Here's what is at stake if we don't repay those Anglo bondholders - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie
If a bank fails to honour one of its bonds, the rest of its bonds become payable immediately. In Anglo's case, there will be about €12.5bn on bonds outstanding once today's $1bn payment goes through. The last of those bonds don't fall due until 2049, but Anglo could face demands for all of them today if it didn't make the $1bn payment...

Hague says suppression of internet is not acceptable

Hague says suppression of internet is not acceptable

INTERNATIONAL “RULES of the road” must be agreed for the internet, but not at the price of freedom of expression, British foreign secretary William Hague has told a major conference in London. “The internet is not separate from society, it is part of society and mirrors society,” he said. “The best and worst of human behaviour find expression online and the technology lends itself to misuse as well as to great benefit.”

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

The two Irelands - Bondholders and charities | Irish Examiner

The two Irelands - Bondholders and charities Irish Examiner

WE had yesterday a glimpse of two contrasting Irelands.

One was seen active, alive, happy, responsible and empowering at the Dublin City marathon, where a record 14,000 signed up for the event. Although Santa Claus took part, Kenyan Geoffrey Ndungu won, setting a record in two hours, eight minutes and 32 seconds. The great majority of participants were motivated by charitable rather than athletic impulses. Hundreds of causes will benefit, continuing a tradition that has seen marathon running — or walking — become one of the most effective ways of raising funds for various charities. As those 14,000 people ran in the 32nd Dublin marathon, Government officials were preparing to pay something in the region of €700 million to those brave enough to invest in Sean FitzPatrick’s Anglo-Irish Bank. What a difference that €700m would make to the charities, and the great work they do, represented at the Dublin marathon yesterday. Two Irelands indeed.

Population fears as ‘seven billionth’ baby born | Irish Examiner

Population fears as ‘seven billionth’ baby born Irish Examiner
THE world welcomed its symbolic "seven billionth" baby yesterday, but celebrations were tempered by worries over the strain that humanity’s population explosion is putting on a fragile planet. The United Nations said that by its best estimates the seven billionth baby would be born yesterday, and countries around the world marked the demographic milestone in a variety of ways.