2011 archive

Jan 11

THE CONGO AND I by CAMERON DUODU

The Mail and Guardian, Johannesburg Of Congo’s music and blood-stained history Oct 02 1998 Cameron Duodu: LETTER FROM THE NORTH The Democratic Republic of Congo has always aroused two contradictory emotions in me as an African: the ecstasy created in my soul by some of the best guitar music on the continent, and the fear …

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Jan 09

WHO IS BEHIND AL QAEDA IN ISLAMIC MAGHREB?

Who is behind Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb? LEMONDE.FR | 21.09.10 | 3:32 p.m. • Updated 22.09.10 | 2:17 p.m. Screenshot showing a group of militants of AQIM, provided by the site “SITE.” AFP / – TWO FRENCHMEN ABDUCTED IN NIGER WERE “EXECUTED” BY THEIR ABDUCTORS, “AL QAEDA IN THE ISLAMIC MAGHREB”. BUT WHAT IS THIS …

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Jan 08

GHANA AND THE IVORY COAST (1)

A serious debate is going on in Ghana over whether or not Ghana should participate in an ECOWAS military invasion of the Ivory Coast to dislodge Laurent Gbagbo. Here is a flavour of the debate as gleaned from Internet discussion forums: So silent tactitians on the Board.., what really are West African armies good for? …

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Jan 05

GBAGBO WAS PAYING A US LOBBYIST $100,000 A MONTH — TO DO WHAT?

Mr. Davis had signed up this month to represent Mr. Gbagbo’s government for $100,000 a month.

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Jan 05

DIPLOMAT REVEALS THAT GBAGBO WANTED TO KILL OUATTARA IN 2002

Diplomat accuses Gbagbo of trying to kill Ouattara in 2002 LEMONDE.FR with Reuters | 05.01.11 | 9:13 A former French diplomat stationed in Ivory Coast accuses incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo of having ordered the crimes in 2002, and then tried to assassinate his rival Alassane Ouattara. The newspaper Liberation published on Wednesday 5 January in …

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Jan 05

THE UNCERTAINTY OF DAILY LIFE IN IVORY COAST

Côte d’Ivoire: “Uncertainty plagues the daily lives of the people” LEMONDE.FR | 05.01.11 | 12:13 • Updated 05.01.11 | 1:24 p.m . The ultimatum set by the Gbagbo camp – Charles Ble Goude (Young Patriots leader, pro-Gbagbo) had threatened to resume the Hotel du Golf, where the government has cut Ouattara – has expired but …

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Jan 04

GBAGBO “IS FACING CASH CRISIS”

What are the chances of Gbagbo being able to pay his soldiers and civil servants? READ THE LATEST REPORT FROM ABIDJAN Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo facing crisis as cash noose tightened • Banks and businesses will end his rule, say rivals • Leader remains defiant despite African pressure Afr By Pauline Bax in Abidjan …

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Jan 01

WIKILEAKS: IS THE PUBLICATiON OF SECRET US CABLES JUSTIFIED?

SATURDAY 1 JANUARY 2011 Honor the WikiLeakers Friday 31 December 2010 by: Alexander Cockburn, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed When it comes to journalistic achievements in 2010, the elephant in the room is WikiLeaks. I’ve seen many put-downs of the materials as containing “no smoking guns”, or as being essentially …

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