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Archive June 2010

Burundi holds single candidate presidential election

Burundian president Pierre Nkurunziza casts his vote at a polling station in his hometown of Mumba, in northern Burundi’s Ngozi province. An opposition boycott has left President Pierre Nkurunziza as the sole candidate on the ballot as Burundians went to the polls Monday.

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Soweto: the sound of the vuvuzela dominates the mass

SOWETO, JOHANNESBURG– In Johannesburg even religious functions are dominated by the vuvuzela. People watching matches on television may find their noise annoying but here in South Africa these plastic trumpets are a vital part of the party, not just of the stadium.

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Ghana: Black Stars vs Malaria

Jun29

Ghana has already gathered a number of successes during this World Cup. What is missing now is the most important match: the one between the Black Stars and malaria, an illness that kills 20 thousand Ghanaian children every year. Watch the video of the national team’s anti-Malaria campaign.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29aGTA8HQpg[/youtube]

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Pitch Perfect, Episode 2: Dirty Paraffin light up Jo’burg

Jun28

For episode two of Pitch Perfect documentary series, the FADER staff visit with Dirty Paraffin of Johannesburg. The duo of okmalumkoolkat and DJ Spizee, originally from Durban, bring the sounds of many childhood days spent listening to Zulu radio station Ukhozi FM into their genre-defying music. They give a short history of SA dance pop and perform at the Pitch Perfect kickoff party in Jo’burg.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5hvSTsYTGk[/youtube]

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Amnesty International: human rights abuses in Libya

The international human rights monitoring group Amnesty International has published a new report looking at rights abuses in Libya.  The report says Libya is making an effort to boost its role on the world stage but that human rights abuses are rife.

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West Africa: Call for more aid as 10 million face hunger

DAKAR – Several UN agencies and NGOs are calling for a greater mobilization of aid workers and funding in the West African Sahel to meet the needs of a population facing one of the worst nutrition crises in recent years.

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