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Archive May 2012

Somalia: Al Shabab loses Afgoye and Afmadow, Kismayo next?

On Friday, troops from Somalia’s Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) captured the town of Afgoye from the rebel movement al Shabab, in what the Associated Press called “the biggest victory over al-Shabab since the pro-government forces took control of the capital last August” (more here).

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Christine Lagarde cares for Niger

Where does neoliberalism find its conscience? Apparently, in rural Niger.

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Egyptians protest choice between right and right

CAIRO, May 31  – Like the delayed after-effects of an earthquake below the ocean before the subsequent tsunami hits adjacent coastlines, Egyptian anger finally exploded this week after several days of stunned silence following the controversial results of Egypt’s first-round of presidential elections.

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Tanzania: Country urged to reduce land lease period to investors

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania — Tanzania has been advised to reduce land lease agreement to investors to below 50 years from the current 99. This is in a bid to improve efficient use of potential land.

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AfDB Seminar participants concerned By Africa’s inability to tackle emerging challenges

Africans need to recognise the legitimacy of self-interest and stop blaming everybody under the sun for the failure of their economies to be competitive with the rest of the world, a panellist at the 2012 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group said on Tuesday.

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Further boost for radio astronomy partnerships between Africa and Europe

Brussels – A workshop on funding opportunities for African-European radio astronomy partnerships brought together Members of the European Parliament, officials of the European Commission and the European Investment Bank, as well as leading African and European radio astronomers and representatives of global industry, to discuss how to further develop cooperation in radio astronomy between Africa and Europe.

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