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Archive September 2009

Guinea: “International Community’s intervention is needed”

Guinea’s military leader banned all gatherings and demonstrations and called for two days of mourning starting Wednesday after troops opened fire on 50,000 pro-democracy protesters at a stadium rally earlier this week, AP reported.

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Anti graft now in the hands of civil society

The national anti-corruption agency, previously a toothless body with no power only recently bolstered by amendments in the law, has now invited civil society to play a significant role in ridding corruption in Sierra Leone. (The picture is by the National Accountability Group from Sierra Leone. Comics are used as means of public awareness-raising about the problem of corruption).

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Malians’ exodus turns to tragedy

They were from Mali, all of them between the ages of 25 and 30, all of them part of the same family. They were dreaming about making both hands meet by trying to reach the European Eldorado through troubled ways: it had been going well since the arrival in Mauritania, a thousand kilometres away from their homes in the Bougouni province of Mali, but once they reached the Nouadhibou harbour, the menacing waves of the Atlantic Ocean would be their greatest challenge yet as they planned to sail off in unsafe canoes.

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Guinea: Junta actions “beyond all acceptable limits”

At least 128 people in the Guinean capital Conakry were killed on 28 September when security forces cracked down on the 50,000 demonstrators protesting the presidential candidature of junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara.

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South Africa: water resources in danger

South Africans may have to start paying more for water if they do not manage their water resources efficiently. This is in light of a recent study which has shown that South Africa has less natural water resources than previously believed.

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Climate Change and Meles Zenawi’s hypocrisy

The Ethiopian government’s record on both the environment and human rights is abysmal, writes Rezene Hagos, and Meles’s demands for vast sums from donors in support of Africa’s battle against climate change should be viewed with a great deal of scepticism.

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