Thursday, 29 March 2012

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Rich-poor gap grew by over one-quarter in 2010

Rich-poor gap grew by over one-quarter in 2010

THE GAP between the richest and poorest in Ireland grew by more than 25 per cent during 2010, new figures show.  A Central Statistics Office report on income and living conditions shows the average income of the top 20 per cent of earners was 5.5 times greater than those in the lowest 20 per cent.  This inequality ratio – up from 4.3 a year earlier – is the highest figure on record since this measurement was first used in 2004...

Non-Irish children perform better because their parents value education

Non-Irish children perform better because their parents value education

I have noticed a marked difference between the Irish school children in my child’s school and their non-Irish classmates. The school recently held an essay competition and awards were given in a series of categories. I’d say 60 per cent of the winners were not Irish. The school is not 60 per cent non-national...

Military Leaders Discuss Threats to Africa and National Security Strategies During ACSS Program

Military Leaders Discuss Threats to Africa and National Security Strategies During ACSS Program

During the three-week Next Generation of African Security Sector Leaders Program, 42 participants are examining Africa’s security environment and ways to improve stability, security, and democracy. They are analyzing civil-military relations on the continent to determine the role and place of professional military officers in advancing national security in democratizing states.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

allAfrica.com: InFocus » Voters in Senegal Choose Macky Sall over Incumbent President

allAfrica.com: InFocus » Voters in Senegal Choose Macky Sall over Incumbent President

Opposition candidate Macky Sall defeated President Abdoulaye Wade in a second round of voting. Calm prevailed as voters streamed to polls. After preliminary results came in, Wade called Sall to congratulate the former prime minister and National Assembly leader on his victory

allAfrica.com: InFocus » Africa: Towards Cities Without Slums

allAfrica.com: InFocus » Africa: Towards Cities Without Slums

Millions of people live in slums and the rapid growth of cities is compounding the problem. A meeting of ministers on housing and urban development aims to improve the lives of those living under these conditions.

allAfrica.com: Mali: Is There a Route Back to Democratic Stability?

allAfrica.com: Mali: Is There a Route Back to Democratic Stability?

Monday, 26 March 2012

Senegal opposition celebrates election win - Africa - Al Jazeera English

Senegal opposition celebrates election win - Africa - Al Jazeera English
Thousands of people are celebrating in the streets of Dakar after preliminary results showed Senegalese opposition candidate Macky Sall has won over Abdoulaye Wade, the incumbent president

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Peter Singhatey: Independent Researcher & Ferry Pilot: Birds of The Gambia and Senegal

Peter Singhatey: Independent Researcher & Ferry Pilot: Birds of The Gambia and Senegal: Birds of The Gambia and Senegal [Please read rules] , a group on Flickr.

United Nations Photo's photostream

Masisi Territory, Democratic Republic of the CongoAfter Years of Displacement, Mahammid Group Returns to North DarfurRice Harvest in Timor-LesteProtecting our Wildlife: the KingfisherSunset on the Congo RiverDisplacement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Government of Spain Funds Programmes for Timorese GirlsTurkish Prime Minister Makes Official Visit to SomaliaFarming for Development in BangladeshOperation Lifeline Helps Displaced People in Southern SudanAfter Years of Displacement, Mahammid Group Returns to North DarfurInternational Court of Justice at The Hague
"TV Mountain" on Kabul OutskirtsGirl at North Darfur Primary SchoolUN Helps Build School for Former Child Soldiers in DarfurWangdue, BhutanLandscape: Nepal and BangladeshOpium Use in Afghanistan
Drought in MaliViet Nam and Global Water ConsumptionWaiting for JusticeHigh Moon over Nili, AfghanistanYoung Haitians Observe Security Council DelegationGaza Village Hit by Powerful Winter Flood

PRESIDENT BIDS FAREWELL TO GAMBIA'S FIRST CONTINGENT TO DARFUR - DECEMBER 2004

http://www.statehouse.gm/darfurdec04.htm

Gambian soldiers left Banjul for Darfur, Sudan, to participate for one year in the African Union's peace building efforts in that country.  The 196-member contingent including three female soldiers took leave of the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, President Yahya Jammeh, on Friday at a farewell parade held at July 22nd Square in Banjul...The head of the Gambian contingent, Major Peter Singhatey, assured President Jammeh and the Gambian people that they will leave up to expectations.


Thursday, 22 March 2012

Investigations around Libya

Pambazuka - Investigations around Libya

The report is fairly revelatory, making two important points: first, that all sides on the ground committed war crimes with no mention at all of a potential genocide conducted by the Qaddafi forces; second, that there remains a distinct lack of clarity regarding potential NATO war crimes. Not enough can be made of these two points. They strongly infer that the rush to a NATO ‘humanitarian intervention’ might have been made on exaggerated evidence, and that NATO’s own military intervention might have been less than ‘humanitarian’ in its effects.

Speaking up about racism in Ireland

Speaking up about racism
IT WOULD be all too easy perhaps to dismiss Imran Khan’s comments about racism in Ireland as hyperbole from the race relations industry. But complacent and wrong...

AH 64 Apache Crash Afghanistan | Break.com

AH 64 Apache Crash Afghanistan | Break.com

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Birds of The Gambia and Senegal

Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maxima, femaleGiant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maxima, maleLittle Crake, Porzana parva, maleCommon Greenshank, Tringa nebulariaCommon Greenshank, Tringa nebulariaGrey Hornbill, Tockus nasutus
Greater Honeyguide, Indicator indicator, juvenileGreater Honeyguide, Indicator indicator, maleLong-tailed Cormorant, Phalacrocorax africanusPalm-nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensisPalm-nut Vulture, Gypohierax angolensisCentropus senegalensis - Coucal du sénégal - Senegal Coucal -  04/02/12
African Finfoot, Podica senegalensis, maleAfrican Finfoot, Podica senegalensis, maleAfrican Finfoot, Podica senegalensis, maleAigrette des récifs     IMGP0977Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchellusSenegal Coucal, Centropus senegalensis
Abyssinian Roller, Coracias abyssinicusPied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudisPurple Heron, Ardea purpureaBlue-breasted Kingfisher, Halcyon malimbicaStriated Heron, Butorides striataPainted Snipe, Rostratula benghalensis

RADIO CAROLINE April 66 boat

Radio Caroline is an English radio station founded in 1964 by Ronan O'Rahilly to circumvent the record companies' control of popular music broadcasting in the United Kingdom and the BBC's radio broadcasting monopoly.[1] Unlicensed by any government for most of its early life, it was considered a pirate radio station.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Kidnapped, gang raped, tortured, shot and dumped, but no one cares | Irish Examiner

Kidnapped, gang raped, tortured, shot and dumped, but no one cares | Irish Examiner
The lack of public outrage over the brutal murder of a Roma teenager raises serious questions about our values as a society, according to a senior garda. 

Chief Superintendent Michael O’Sullivan said she "suffered an appalling death that is incomprehensible in a civilised society".

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Xenophobia Rises from Ashes of Greek Economy - IPS ipsnews.net

Xenophobia Rises from Ashes of Greek Economy - IPS ipsnews.net

"There has been a deteriorating picture including anti-migrant attacks, the attack on a makeshift mosque, harassment of students, as well as the appearance of people flaunting neo-Nazi paraphernalia around the schools..."

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Men are domestic violence victims too | Irish Examiner

Men are domestic violence victims too | Irish Examiner

What about the male victims of domestic violence, of which there are also very many, but never spoken about? Male victims receive little or no funding compared to their female counterparts. Why are we still in total denial about men being victims of domestic abuse???

Well done British Airways pilot!

Monday, 12 March 2012

The lessons of 2011 - Pambazuka

Pambazuka - The lessons of 2011

The militant working class struggles of 2011 - from the strikes and occupation in Wisconsin, to the countless demonstrations against Wall Street Banks, the direct action and broad resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, to housing occupations throughout the country, to the defeat of regressive anti-Union legislation in Ohio, to the (inter)national explosion of the Occupy Movement - demonstrated the critical fact that the multi-national working class contained in the United States can stop the ‘shock doctrine’ measures being imposed upon it by transnational capital and the neo-liberal state.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Envoy Annan warns against more force in Syria

Envoy Annan warns against more force in Syria


“I hope no one is thinking very seriously of using force in this situation. I believe any further militarisation will make the situation worse,” ...“We have to be careful that we don’t introduce a medicine that is worse than the disease. We don’t have to go very far in the region to find an example of what I am talking about,”

Thursday, 8 March 2012

The Waiting Game: Egypt, Libya and Tunisia

http://www.thisisafricaonline.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/398/Waiting_game.html

As new and emerging governments establish political office in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, strategies to tackle economic exclusion are still lagging.  Governments and emerging parties must now start grappling with the issues of corruption, unemployment and rising inequality, but there is still little sign of how the region’s leaders plan to deal with the economic problems that gave rise to the revolutions.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Israel 'master of own fate'

Israel 'master of own fate'
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told US President Barack Obama that Israel must remain the "master of its fate" in a firm defence of his right to mount a unilateral strike on Iran.