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Analysts: African Union Weakened by Summit Inaction on Zimbabwe

Friday, July 4th, 2008

By Peter Heinlein Addis Ababa Heinlein report - Download (MP3) Heinlein report - Listen (MP3) The African Union's reputation suffered a setback during the past week when its leaders faltered in the face of Robert Mugabe's blunt challenge to democratic norms ...

Kenya’s New democratically elected PM calls for “suspension” of Mugabe from AU

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Reuters - Raila Odinga, Kenya's New democratically elected PM, urged the African Union (AU) on Monday to suspend Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe from the body. "The African Union should not accept or entertain Mr. Mugabe," Odinga told reporters in Nairobi. "He should be suspended until he allows the African Union ...

AU Summit Begins Under Shadow of Zimbabwe

Monday, June 30th, 2008

African Union (AU) leaders have begun a summit in Egypt that looks set to be overshadowed by the crisis in Zimbabwe. The two-day AU meeting was declared open by the current chairman, Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete, who introduced host President Hosni Mubarak for the first speech. President Robert Mugabe entered the ...

Emotional Mandela seeks to pass baton in his lifelong struggle

Friday, June 27th, 2008

(Picture - Nelson Mandela, left, waves from the stage, as U.S. actor Will Smith smiles from behind, at the 46664 charity concert in honour of Mandela's 90th birthday in London, Friday, June 27, 2008. The former South African president Mandela's 90th birthday falls on July 18.AP Photo) ___________________________ LONDON (AFP) — Nelson ...

Africa’s Crocodile Tears for Zimbabwe

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

Some African Leaders Call For Free Elections in Zimbabwe, But Not In Their Countries. Leaders Criticize President Mugabe But Face Similar Allegations of Voter Fraud and Intimidation at Home. In the AU, several powerhouse countries have leaders who critics say benefited from rigged elections. Nigeria, Ethiopia, Egypt and Uganda are all ...

Egypt deports more Eritreans despite U.N. objections

Thursday, June 19th, 2008

UN fears the deported could face long term detention and torture _____________________________ Reuters Egypt is continuing large-scale secret deportations of Eritrean asylum seekers despite objections by the U.N. refugee agency, which fears for their safety, Egyptian security sources said on Wednesday. They said a number of Eritreans were taken to Cairo airport in interior ...

Libya’s Gaddafi calls EU plan an insult

Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

"Our Arab League is located in Cairo and the African Union is located in Addis Ababa. If they want cooperation they have to go through Cairo and Addis Ababa" - Muammar Gaddafi _______________________ TRIPOLI, June 10 (Reuters) - Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday a EU proposal for an economic and ...

Too many bad African examples

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The Standard Kenya, Ethiopia, Zimbabwe - Africa Even with the grand coalition Cabinet in office here in Kenya, we will not be the same again. Suspicion still abounds, as do counsels of despair in the prospects of African democracy. Travel through the country and you will sense something tangible of disunity ...

Africa plans biggest dam project

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The existing Inga Dam is located 250km south west of Kinshasa. BBC - A plan to build the largest and most powerful hydroelectric dam in the world is being discussed in London. Financiers and African politicians will look at how to finance the $80bn (£40bn) cost of the Grand Inga project. The plant ...

India, Africa conclude summit with pledge to enhance cooperation

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

Experts warn India to avoid china's approach. (Prime Minister Meles Zenewi meeting with President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil of India, New Delhi on April 08, 2008) The first India-Africa summit concluded on Wednesday with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying India wanted to be a partner in Africa's 'resurgence.' The summit, adopted the ...