Friday, 27 January 2012

Taoiseach blames crisis on 'mad borrowing' and greed

Taoiseach blames crisis on 'mad borrowing' and greed


THE TAOISEACH has said the problem with Ireland’s economy was that “people went mad borrowing” in a system that spawned greed, went out of control and crashed.

School provision a Catholic right, says cardinal

School provision a Catholic right, says cardinal


CATHOLIC PRIMATE Cardinal Seán Brady has reiterated the church’s commitment to the provision of schools.He also defended the policy that Catholic parents have first claim on places in such schools.“The Catholic Church is committed to providing Catholic schools to cater for the needs of parents who wish to exercise their constitutional right to the provision of faith education,” he added....

Taoiseach’s remarks - The State has let the people down | Irish Examiner

Taoiseach’s remarks - The State has let the people down Irish Examiner


The Taoiseach is attempting to rewrite history by blaming the Irish people for the country’s economic difficulties and accusing them of going "mad… borrowing".

Thursday, 26 January 2012

IRIN Africa | AFRICA: High cost of child trafficking | DRC | Congo | Gabon | Equatorial Guinea | Children | Conflict | Human Rights

IRIN Africa AFRICA: High cost of child trafficking DRC Congo Gabon Equatorial Guinea Children Conflict Human Rights
Forced child labour remains rampant in Central Africa, where poverty fuels the trafficking of children from poorer countries to oil-rich states such as Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and the Republic of Congo, according to experts.

Insight: As Africa's consumers rise, so does inequality

Insight: As Africa's consumers rise, so does inequality
That's just one sign that African states such as Kenya are changing. Even as rich countries face a slowdown, sub-Saharan African economies are expected to post nearly 6 percent average growth in 2012, according to the IMF.

Soldiers of Conscience - By Patrick Galey | Foreign Policy

Soldiers of Conscience - By Patrick Galey Foreign Policy
When Maj. Ahmed Shuman made his way to Tahrir Square one evening last February, his face was soon beamed across the world. The first member of the Egyptian Army to join the 18-day protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, Shuman was hailed as a national hero -- a walking embodiment of the chant that echoed through downtown Cairo: "The people and the Army are one hand."

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Over 850 non-EU parents get residency

Over 850 non-EU parents get residency

MORE THAN 850 non-EU parents of Irish-citizen children have been granted residency in Ireland since a landmark European court judgment last year, while six people who were previously deported have been granted visas to re-enter the State

Nigeria's Boko Haram killed 935 people since 2009-report - AlertNet

Nigeria's Boko Haram killed 935 people since 2009-report - AlertNet
The Nigerian Islamist sect Boko Haram has killed at least 935 people since it launched an uprising in 2009, including more than 250 in the first weeks of this year, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday

Monday, 23 January 2012

Peter Singhatey: Independent Researcher & Ferry Pilot: The Real Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines:...

Peter Singhatey: Independent Researcher & Ferry Pilot: The Real Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines:...: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bfczz Three days flying around the UK in flimsy machines whose engines can cut out at any time: welcome ...

The Real Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines: A Wonderland Film

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01bfczz
Three days flying around the UK in flimsy machines whose engines can cut out at any time: welcome to the mad, bad and sometimes downright dangerous world of competitive amateur microlighting in the 'Round...

Minister presses Africa for UN seat - National News, Breaking News - Independent.ie

Minister presses Africa for UN seat - National News, Breaking News - Independent.ie
Ireland's minister for overseas aid is to lobby African government ministers for support for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC).
Joe Costello will this week attend the African Union summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa as part of the drive to secure election to the influential body.

World Bank warns of 'very difficult year' - Americas - Al Jazeera English

World Bank warns of 'very difficult year' - Americas - Al Jazeera English
The World Bank has warned the international community to brace for slow growth and economic challenges in 2012, as the International Monetary Fund said it would seek an additional $500bn in lending resources to help mitigate the worsening financial crisis.

NIGERIA: Boko Haram displaced fear returning home

IRIN Africa NIGERIA: Boko Haram displaced fear returning home Nigeria Governance Security Urban Risk
KANO, 19 January 2012 (IRIN) - Many of the tens of thousands of civilians who have fled their homes following a string of deadly attacks by “terrorist group” Boko Haram in northern Nigeria over recent weeks have not yet been able to return home - or been offered any shelter by the authorities.

COTE D'IVOIRE: Loss of relief aid could threaten fragile peace

IRIN Africa COTE D'IVOIRE: Loss of relief aid could threaten fragile peace Cote d'Ivoire Aid Policy Food Security Governance Refugees/IDPs Security
Nine months after fighting ended in Côte d’Ivoire, at least 15,000 displaced people are still in camps, many of the half million returnees require food aid, the groundwork for reconciliation in many parts of the west has not yet been laid - and aid workers are worried funding will dry up, threatening the fragile peace.

Pambazuka - Corruption in the independent African state

Pambazuka - Corruption in the independent African state

Sunday, 22 January 2012

A Military Cutback We Can't Afford: Fighting Tropical Diseases - The Atlantic

A Military Cutback We Can't Afford: Fighting Tropical Diseases - The Atlantic
In recent months, many politicians and presidential hopefuls have called for budget reductions, and many have specifically targeted military spending for cutbacks. Unfortunately, even programs proven to be cost effective are vulnerable to cuts. Medical research is no exception to this rule --

Thursday, 19 January 2012

EGYPT: Lending to Repression, Again - IPS ipsnews.net

EGYPT: Lending to Repression, Again - IPS ipsnews.net
CAIRO, Jan 18, 2012 (IPS) - For three decades Western governments and lending institutions bankrolled a corrupt regime in Egypt that trampled human rights and stifled democracy. Now they appear ready to do it again, say critics of the military council that has ruled since removing president Hosni Mubarak last February.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Nigerian unions call off national strike - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Nigerian unions call off national strike - Africa - Al Jazeera English
Under Goodluck's new plan, the Nigerian government will reduce fuel prices by 30 per cent, to around $2.75 per gallon, by restoring some of the subsidies. That price is still considerably higher than the roughly $1.70 per gallon Nigerians paid before the subsidies were removed.

IRIN Africa | AFRICA: AU wants peace, security and bigger global role in 2012

IRIN Africa AFRICA: AU wants peace, security and bigger global role in 2012 Central African Republic Congo Cameroon Djibouti Eritrea Ethiopia Kenya Mali Mauritania Niger Nigeria Sudan Somalia Chad Tanzania Uganda Conflict Economy Food Security Governance Migration

The African Union (AU) has unveiled an ambitious wish-list of priorities for Africa that would give the continent a stronger global voice, boost democracy and encourage peace and security. AU Ambassador to the United States, Amina Ali of Tanzania, presented the list of top priorities at a conference on 11 January held at Washington think-tank, the Brookings Institution.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Israel flunks nuclear safety test, but ranks above Iran and North Korea - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

Israel flunks nuclear safety test, but ranks above Iran and North Korea - Haaretz Daily Newspaper Israel News

Israel came close to the bottom of a new survey examining the security conditions of nuclear materials held in 32 different countries.
Israel ranked 25th in the study, published by the Nuclear Threat Initiative, scoring 56 out of 100.

Monday, 9 January 2012

Peppa Pig is 'making children naughty', parents fear - Mothers & Babies, Lifestyle - Independent.ie

Peppa Pig is 'making children naughty', parents fear - Mothers & Babies, Lifestyle - Independent.ie

Libya 'must offer militia a way out'

Libya 'must offer militia a way out':
Libya must offer its still-armed revolutionary fighters a future beyond the gun, the country’s former interim prime minister says, warning that failure could spell destabilising violence.

Ugandans Train on Raven UAVs | Military.com

Ugandans Train on Raven UAVs Military.com
Eight members of the Uganda air force received training on the Raven Dec. 12-23. The Uganda defense forces purchased four of the systems in July for $3 million, according to logistics management specialist Cindy Vanburg of AMCOM's Security Assistance Management Directorate.

Friday, 6 January 2012

Asylum request rejections 'too high'

Asylum request rejections 'too high'
IRELAND’S LOW rate of acceptance of asylum applications largely explains the continuing drop in asylum seekers coming here in recent years, according to advocacy groups.
Responding to figures which show asylum applications fell by one-third last year, the Irish Refugee Council and the Spiritan Asylum Service Initiative (Spirasi) called on Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to improve conditions for the 5,400 asylum seekers awaiting decisions.

Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Popular singer Youssou Ndour to run against Senegalese president

http://www.france24.com/en/20120103-popular-singer-youssou-ndour-challenge-abdoulaye-wade-senegal-president
World-renowned Senegalese singer Youssou Ndour announced Monday night that he was running for president against incumbent Abdoulaye Wade in February 26 elections. "I am a candidate," the country's most famous export declared on his privately-owned television station after weeks of speculation about his plans. "I have listened, I have heard, and I am responding favourably," Ndour said, referring to numerous requests that he throw his hat into the political ring.