October 2010 archive

Oct 31

two witnesses thrown off plane for protesting against restraining of deportee

Witnesses ‘thrown off plane’ during deportation flight Two students who tried to voice concern about ‘violent’ deportation say they were questioned by armed police. Matthew Taylor and Paul Lewis guardian.co.uk, Sunday 31 October 2010 15.23 GMT Article history Two passengers who attempted to voice their concern as a man was “violently” deported aboard a flight …

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Oct 31

THE SUNDAY TIMES ‘ARMAJARO’ DOCS (2)

THE LONDON SUNDAY TIMES 31–10-10 HOME/ NEWS / POLITICS Page 2 of 2 Anthony Ward is viewed as a consummate commodities dealer with an appetite for risk Read the freedom of information documents The campaign paid dividends. On July 12 Westcott reported in an internal memo (also sent to William Hague, the foreign secretary), that …

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Oct 31

THE SUNDAY TIMES ‘ARMAJARO’ FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DOCS 1

THE LONDON SUNDAY TIMES 31-10-10 HOME/ NEWS / POLITICS Chocfinger’s Tory donation pays off The secretary of state for international development intervened to help a cocoa trader beat sanctions for smuggling in Ghana By Marie Woolf and Jon Ungoed-Thomas Published: 31 October 2010 In early July Andrew Mitchell, the secretary of state for international development, …

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Oct 31

BRITISH MINISTER LOBBIED GHANA PRESIDENCY ON BEHALF OF COCOA SMUGGLER

A British Conservative cabinet minister intervened on behalf of one of the world’s richest cocoa dealers to get a ban on trading lifted after receiving £40,000 in donations from the millionaire’s company to his parliamentary office.

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Oct 30

SOUTH AFRICAN REGULATOR CUTS CELLPHONE RATES

Bloomberg Business Weekly South African Regulator Cuts MTN, Vodacom Rates October 29, 2010, 7:57 AM EDT By Franz Wild Oct. 29 (Bloomberg) — MTN Group Ltd. and Vodacom Group Ltd.’s call termination rates were set at 0.73 cents ($0.10) from March following South African government demands to bring down the world’s third-highest interconnection rates. Peak …

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Oct 28

FULL TRANSCRIPT OF EX-PRESIDENT JOHN KUFUOR’S INTERVIEW WITH THE LONDON FINANCIAL TIMES

FT: Were you worried during that period [when the 2008 election result had not been declared]? Because some of your own supporters have suggested there was the very real threat of a coup during that period.
JK: The coup would have happened if I had ignored the electoral commission and declared an emergency… We had only about ten days… left to the constitutional deadline for transfer of power…[If I had stayed on under a state of emergency] the implication would have been that I had staged a coup!

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Oct 28

“THE RENT IS still TOO DAMN HIGH”

The bank bailout cost each of us $5,000 – no wonder ordinary working Americans can’t make ends meet. You know what I say

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Oct 28

british home office ‘flipflops’ over ban on ‘restraining deportees’ after angolan’s death

Jimmy Mubenga died after being ‘heavily restrained’ for a deportation flight to Angola.

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Oct 28

THE ‘MUSEVENI RAP’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7ZZKPxsGDo&feature=player_embedded The Monitor (Kampala) Uganda: President Museveni Raps On Stage Rafsanjan Abbey Tatya 26 October 2010 Standby all of you music promoters; President Yoweri Museveni is on market. News of the country’s top man wanting to sing have been swirling around for over five years. During the 2006 Presidential Elections, President Museveni challenged rival John …

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Oct 28

BEFORE 419 WAS INVENTED: WHEN DOING BUSINESS IN NIGERIA WAS GOOD BUSINESS

TIME MAGAZINE Friday, Sep. 17, 1965 Africa: The Nigerian Millionaires Along with pride in status and problems of self-government, independence for the 31 nations of black Africa means the emergence of black businessmen. A few flourish on cottage industries, that early stage of every economy; some are the opportunistic agents of the colonial companies that …

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