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A car goes up in flames near the scene of a blast in Mogadishu, Somalia on April 14, 2013. Despite claims by the corporate media that the country is stable, the war rages on., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Somalia stumbles amid infighting
Mogadishu - Bitter divisions between Somalia's top leaders threaten internationally-backed efforts to battle al-Qaeda-linked insurgents and end decades of anarchy in the war-torn nation, experts warn.
Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon, who has been in office for just over a year, is facing a confidence vote in parliament this week after he resisted President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud's demand that he resign.
The precise cause of the power struggle is unclear, but politicians have pointed to wrangling over alleged corruption, personal loyalties as well as Somalia's complex clan politics, where each community expects to be represented in the corridors of power.
"The prime minister told us he is at loggerheads with the president over several issues including who should be in cabinet," said MP Mohamed Yusuf.
The government, which took power in August 2012, was the first to be given global recognition since the collapse of the hardline regime in 1991, and billions in foreign aid has since been poured in.
But fighting over who gets what job appears to have become the number-one priority in a badly fractured country desperately in need of a strong central government and struggling to cast of its image as a failed state.
The political squabbling follows the resignation earlier this month of central bank governor Yussur Abrar - the second to step down during this government - complaining she had been pressurised to sign off on corrupt deals, claims the government denied.
Her predecessor, Abdusalam Omer, resigned his post in September amid accusations by United Nations experts the bank had become a "slush fund" for political leaders with millions of dollars siphoned out, claims that were dismissed by the government.
Sources close to the office of the prime minister claimed the president had barred all central bank signatories - including Shirdon - from withdrawing cash amid widespread allegations of graft.
"International backers are still behind the government because it is effectively the only option, and they do provide a chance to continue the push back against al-Shabaab," said a Western official.
The al-Qaeda Shabaab rebels still control large swathes of rural Somalia.
The Western official said the optimism that greeted the appointment of the new government is now "being tempered with reality".
"It is worrying, since they appear more and more to be following the example of their TFG (Transitional Federal Government) predecessors," the official said.
During the TFG's eight years in power, progress was stalled by political infighting - with loyalties often aligned along clan lines and development frozen by rampant corruption.
Mogadishu's government, selected in a UN-backed process in August 2012, was hailed as offering the best chance for peace in a generation.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, speaking in May, said then that the steps forward had "exceeded all expectations".
But Shabaab insurgents, breakaway regions, rival clans and rampant insecurity have conspired to ensure the Horn of Africa nation remains saddled with its basket case image.
Sources close to Shirdon say the latest power struggle broke out between the president and the prime minister in September following a proposed cabinet reshuffle, with Mohamud apparently furious after Shirdon wanted to sack three of his key allies including the powerful interior minister.
Mohamud demanded Shirdon resign but the prime minster has refused.
"The president won his position by election, while the prime minister was nominated by the president," said MP Abdirahman Hosh Jibril.
"The decision of the president did not come overnight, we have been asking for change for a long time... the prime minister can still refuse to resign but he should come in front of the parliament."
Behind-the-scenes efforts by foreign diplomats to broker a deal between the two have so far proved fruitless, and a majority of lawmakers now appear to back the president's bid to sack the prime minster, but others fiercely oppose it as unconstitutional.
"The president has the power to nominate the prime minister, but does not have a constitutional right to ask for the prime minister to submit his resignation," said Mohamed Yusuf, another MP.
Shirdon earlier this month confirmed a "rift" with the president, but claimed the argument was related to "constitutional issues not political", in a statement urging citizens to have "confidence in their leaders and lawmakers... to solve the misunderstanding".
Parliament speaker Mohamed Osman Jawari has also tried to play down the rift.
"Lawmakers must not exaggerate the issue of the rift between the president and the prime minister," he told reporters. "All issues must be brought to parliament for discussion before rushing to decisions."
But without resolution, political divisions could impact efforts to battle Shabaab rebels.
The African Union force that fights alongside government troops is awaiting reinforcements to boost it to some 22 000 soldiers, which is expected to kick-start a long-expected fresh offensive.
US-backed forces of the Somalia Transitional Federal Government and AMISOM enter the town of Wanlaweyn. The Horn of Africa nation is being occupied by imperialism utilizing proxy forces from the region., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Somalia and EU Fight over 'Lack of Aid' Claims
EXCLUSIVE: Somalia deputy PM Fawzia Yusuf Adam 'we get nothing' claim angers EU commissioner.
A diplomatic spat has erupted in Brussels between a high Somali official and the EU commissioner for development over the level of foreign aid given to the wartorn African country.
Fawzia Yusuf Adam, Somalia's minister of foreign affairs and deputy PM, said that her country had received "nothing from the European Union - only promises".
Reacting to earlier remarks by Adam, EU commissioner for development Andris Piebalgs told IBTimes UK exclusively: "I'm very upset because that is false.
"The political process starting in Somalia is not only because of political abilities but investment in different parts of Somalia which brings people to support the federal government," he said during a private meeting at the European Development Days in Brussels.
"We have a substantial development project in parts of Somalia. We disburse nearly €50m and the biggest parts goes to areas such as Somaliland, Puntland, in education, rural development, healthcare, access to water. Lots of money being invested.
"She's right we don't channel any money to federal government but that's because in order to use that you need public finance management and an accountability system and today that's not the case," he went on.
"I pledged to work with the government as close as a I can and I will honour it. We bring very substantial support to Somalia, although we don't channel any money through the government."
The European Commission provides development aid in Somalia under the 10th European Development Fund (EDF). The total allocation for Somalia for the 2008-13 period is €521m.
The EU support supports Amisom (the African Union Mission in Somalia), which aims to create the conditions for peace and stability, and has channelled €594m into it.
Adam said that Somalia had been pledged €1.8bn in a conference in September but claimed "so far, we have received nothing".
"We ask European countries to honour their pledge," she said. "We are looking forward to see that [for it to be] realised for development reconstruction and security.
"During the previous transitional government, €200m was pledged in 2010 but we never received it. We want friends to honour their pledge so that we can build our country."
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Areas in South Sudan where people have been killed recently over grazing rights for their cattle. The country held an election during January 2011 that led to separation from Khartoum., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
November 26, 2013
Former South Sudan Official wants to be Ruling Party’s Presidential Candidate
by Peter Clottey
South Sudan’s former Vice President Riek Machar says he is putting structures in place to challenge President Salva Kiir for the leadership of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) ahead of the 2015 general election.
President Kiir expelled Machar as vice president citing statements Machar made which he said could destabilize Africa’s newest country. But, Machar said his interest in the top job led to his dismissal.
“I have made my intentions clear and the members of the SPLM are clear of my intensions, the people of South Sudan know about it. It has cost me dismissal from government,” said Machar.
Some supporters of the ruling party give another reason for his removal. They say he’s one of a group of visionless and directionless people in the party who are power hungry and intent on enriching themselves. Machar disagreed with the accusation.
“I have raised critical issues such as corruption, tribalism, insecurity in the country and the fact that the party members have said the party has lost vision and direction and also the poor relations between our state and our allies during the liberation,” said Machar. “So, finally I stated that I will be contesting the next election and that made my president furious and decided dismiss me from government, which I accept.”
He said his dismissal from government will allow him to prepare his campaign to become the SPLM’s presidential candidate two years from now. Machar denied reports that he is bitter about his dismissal from government.
Machar also denied reports that he boycotted the official opening of an office for the leader of the ruling SPLM party.
“I didn’t boycott the event; I was told the chairman of the party wants to open it alone. But, then he called in three others who these days are more or less his team. The rest of us who are in the politburo, 14 of us did not attend,” said Machar. “Maybe he knows that because of the differences that have happened in the government and in the party, he probably didn’t like our presence, during the opening of the SPLM leadership house.”
Last year a party report suggested that the group’s leadership has lost touch with the grassroots. The report also raised concern about infighting, lack of cohesion and divisions within the rank and file of the party. Machar said Mr. Kiir appeared displeased with the assessment.
“This was the verdict of the members of the party. We want to give the party vision and direction again, by having new leaderships,” said Machar. “So, I opted to refocus the vision and the direction of the SPLM so that we can become a more vigorous, [and] more democratic party.”
Pipeline linking northern and southern Sudan. In the aftermath of the partition of Africa's largest geographic nation-state, problems have developed over the country's most valuable export., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Fears of renewed war in Sudan's East
Khartoum - Renewed war is increasingly likely in Eastern Sudan, seven years after a peace agreement promised to address complaints of economic and political neglect, a report warned on Tuesday.
"Unless the East's marginalisation is adequately addressed, renewed war is a growing possibility," said the Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG).
The 2006 Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement ended years of low-level insurgency in Sudan's East, which borders Eritrea and includes Red Sea, Kassala and Gedaref states.
Members of the Muslim-non-Arab Beja people, camel herders by tradition, fought alongside Free Lions rebels of the Rashaida tribe against what they said was marginalisation by the Arab-dominated Khartoum regime.
The peace deal is one of several agreements Khartoum has signed during the past eight years in an attempt to solve rebellions and conflicts across the country.
It promised power-sharing, funds for development, and rebel reintegration into Sudan's security forces or civilian life.
But many of the deal's core provisions have not been implemented and there has been no substantive "peace dividend" to most people in the East, ICG said.
It added that "social and economic conditions are gradually deteriorating, communal relations are fraying, and the prospects of preserving the fragile peace are fading fast."
Calls for resumption of armed opposition have been growing, ICG said, calling for a "comprehensive national mechanism" to address the root causes of Sudan's conflicts between the centre and outlying regions.
A decade-long rebellion continues in western Darfur, while insurgencies began two years ago in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.
High poverty rate
The unrest is fueled by complaints of economic and political neglect that similarly drove the East Sudan fighters.
Leaders in the Eastern region say the 2006 peace agreement has brought benefits.
Government figures show Red Sea's poverty rate is 75%, but officials say that is an improvement from 90 percent poverty two years ago, thanks to increased development spending.
Malnutrition rates in Red Sea are the highest in Sudan, according to the United Nations.
On Monday the European Union and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation launched an 8.6 million euro ($11.6 million) programme to help governments in the East improve their ability to collect and analyse information about food availability, which will assist in policy development.
"The situation in Eastern Sudan is particularly worrisome," European Union ambassador Tomas Ulicny said.
Onlookers gather to looks at a huge fire that engulfed the Yarmouk ammunition factory in Khartoum October 24, 2012. The factory was bombed by the Israeli military., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2013
Sudan says US special envoy should focus on normalising ties
November 26, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The United States Special Envoy to the Sudans Donald Booth should make normalising ties between Khartoum and Washington a priority if he is to fulfil his peace mandate.
U.S. special envoy Donald Booth talks to reporters after a meeting with the Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti (SUNA)
The spokesman for the Sudanese foreign ministry, Abu Bakr al-Sideeg told pro-government Ashorooq TV that if the US wants to have a role in efforts for peace and stability in Sudan "the logical thing to have a normal and mutual trust relationship that would pave the way for the US to have a positive contribution in Sudanese issues".
Following Booth’s appointment in late August, Sudan said it is awaiting his arrival to see if he will offer a clear “road map” to resolve the issues between the two countries or not.
"If the new U.S. envoy has a clear roadmap for relations between Khartoum and Washington, including helping to resolve the remaining files, we welcome this role but if he goes to other issues we will certainly move away from him," Sudan foreign minister Ali Karti said at the time.
Sudan has been under the US blacklist of states sponsoring terrorism since 1993 on allegations of harbouring Islamist militants despite reports of Sudan being a cooperative intelligence partner of Washington in the "war on terror" over the last decade.
Sudan is also subject to comprehensive economic sanctions since 1997 over terrorism charges as well as human right abuses. Further sanctions, particularly on weapons, have been imposed since the 2003 outbreak of violence in the western Darfur region.
The US has promised to remove Sudan’s terrorism designation if it facilitated South Sudan’s referendum and recognize its results. South Sudan voted to secede from Sudan in January 2011 and declared independence in July that year.
However, the conflicts that erupted in South Kordofan and Blue Nile border states last year as well as lack of progress on post-referendum matters made Washington attach additional conditions for the de-listing process.
The US special envoy is currently on a tour of the region which took him to Ethiopia, Qatar and Egypt.
According to Cairo-based Daily News, a US embassy official said that Booth met with Egyptian foreign minister Nabil Fahmy and Arab League Secretary General Nabil El-Arabi.
Booth presented Fahmy with the US administration’s strategy to achieve a lasting peace between Sudan and South Sudan, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The pair discussed “mediation efforts relating to the Darfur crisis and the political, security and humanitarian situation in the [Sudanese] states of South Kordofan and Blue Nile.”
They also addressed some of the outstanding issues that exist including the disputed region of the oil rich Abyei District on the border between the two countries.
Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is fighting to maintain the sovereignty of his central African nation., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Probe of former national security adviser’s relationship with Sudan ends without charges
By Matt Zapotosky, Published: November 27
Federal investigators have concluded their probe of Robert “Bud” McFarlane, whom they once suspected of having an inappropriate relationship with the government of Sudan, and will not file any criminal charges against the Reagan administration national security adviser, his attorney said Wednesday.
Barry Wm. Levine said prosecutors had told him that “the investigation they did was thorough and it’s closed.” He declined to discuss prosecutors’ reasons for terminating the case, but said McFarlane was “totally innocent of any allegation,” and the prosecutors’ decision not to charge him demonstrated that.
“He’s exonerated,” Levine said. “He’s vindicated.”
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia declined to comment.
The FBI began investigating McFarlane, who is known for his role in the Iran-contra scandal, after a 2009 Washington Post article outlined his involvement with the strife-torn African nation of Sudan, which has long sought to ease U.S. economic sanctions and to be removed from the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism.
The investigation, which was being conducted in secret, burst into public view earlier this year when federal agents searched McFarlane’s ninth-floor Watergate condominium. They alleged in a publicly available search warrant that McFarlane was “entering into an agreement with the government of Sudan to lobby the U.S. government officials on behalf of Sudan.”
U.S. law makes it a crime to work as an agent of a foreign government without proper disclosure and prohibits business with Sudan because of its history of human rights violations in its decades-long civil war.
Before searching McFarlane’s condominium for business records, the FBI had in 2010 searched his business e-mail account and went through the trash of the former offices of his consulting firm in Arlington, according to court documents.
Levine said the search warrant should not have been made public and that it reflected the “misguided” perception of federal investigators rather than any formal accusation of criminal wrongdoing. A search warrant is not a formal charge, and federal investigators often conduct searches in cases where they ultimately conclude no wrongdoing has occurred.
Levine said McFarlane was doing business with Qatar, not Sudan, and he was concerned especially with the people of Darfur who were “suffering at the hands of the Sudanese.” He said he believed McFarlane’s efforts in that region were over, and McFarlane was now working on projects related to global energy and improving life in Southeast Washington.
Unrest has erupted in Sudan over the elimination of fuel subsidies. Some protesters are calling for the overthrow of the Khartoum government., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2013
Foreign pharmaceutical companies refuse to deal with Sudan
November 28, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s Drug Importers Chamber (DIC) has revealed that 31 foreign pharmaceutical companies have refused to deal with Sudan until outstanding credits amounting to $90 million are repayed, accusing the Central Bank of Sudan (CBoS) of failing to provide the foreign exchange.
The DIC warned against the significant shortage in drugs, describing the government’s decision to provide foreign exchange for the basic commodities as "ineffective".
The chamber renewed its call for the allocation of a portion of gold revenues for drugs importation rather than revenues from non-oil exports which only provides for 30 to 40% of actual needs.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, DIC spokesperson Yasir Hamed said CBoS failed to provide the necessary amount of foreign exchange needed for drugs importation, stressing that the 10% allocated from non-oil exports revenues for the purpose provides only $100 million while the actual needs amount to $300 million.
He pointed that the government’s decision to provide hard currency for the important and life-saving drugs reflects the failure of the CBoS and the ministry of finance to provide foreign exchange, pointing that doctors and pharmacist do not agree on the definition of the life-saving drugs.
The DIC went further to complain that this inability to provide foreign currency for drug importers, is the main reason for increase in drug price.
Several pharmaceutical companies were forced to shut down over lack of hard currency.
After South Sudan’s independence in mid-2011, Khartoum lost access to more than three-quarters of the oil reserves that were the main driver of an economic boom that lasted for much of the last decade.
Since then the government has struggled with a shortage of hard currency and revenue as the pound sank in value on the widely used black market and inflation soared.
The CBoS refuses to disclose the amount of Forex reserves it holds but a report released by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) shows it having $1.6 billion in 2013 which covers only 2 months of imports compared to $1.7 billion in 2012.
An IMF online survey published in 2011 argues that that a country must hold Forex reserves that cover 3 months of imports at a minimum.
Sudan's Finance Minister Ali Mahmoud speaks during a news conference in Khartoum December 1, 2011. Sudan has received a loan from the People's Republic of China., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2013
Sudan says foreign investment levels are in decline
November 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudanese Investment minister Mustafa Osman Ismail acknowledged that inflows of Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) in the country have declined since the secession of the oil-rich south in mid-2011 compared to the prior decade.
Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday, Ismail said that in the period of 2000-2010, Sudan saw FDI totaling $29 billion and covering 230 projects of which 74% of them were in the oil sector. The rest were in service, industrial and agricultural sectors.
He said that this period was characterized by peace and stability after which Sudan’s ranking of FDI recipients in the Arab word dropped to fifth place from second.
The minister said that the biggest problem facing investment currently in the country is the land market and the exchange rate.
He stressed that creating an attractive investment environment needs is not about crafting new laws but applying them.
He pledged that 2014 will be a year that would see a surge in attracting investments.
Foreign companies operating in Sudan are suffering from the shortage in hard currency and continue to complain about losing millions of dollars when buying it from the black market.
Telecommunication companies continue to report losing money due to unfavorable exchange rate of the Sudanese pound relative to other major currencies.
Sudan’s economy was hit hard since the southern part of the country declared independence in July 2011, taking with it about 75% of the country’s oil output. As a result Sudan had been unable to come up with hard currency needed by individuals or businesses who want to import or send profits overseas.
Other investors complain of unfavorable investment laws and bureaucratic hurdles they face when they come to Sudan.
Republic of Sudan Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti addressing the United Nations General Assembly. He criticized the United States for refusing a visa to President Omar Hassan al-Bashir., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2013
Lawmakers question effectiveness of Sudan’s foreign policy
November 27, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudanese foreign minister Ali Karti was grilled on Wednesday by members of the national assembly over the country’s policy on dealing with Arab, regional and international communities.
MP Mohamed Sideeg directed explicit criticism at Karti, accusing him of failing to normalise relations with the United States. He also questioned how Karti, with his background as ex-head of the paramilitary Popular Defence Forces (PDF), could end up becoming a top-level diplomat.
Sideeg described Karti as someone who moved from a blue collar role to wearing fine suits and ties.
While the lawmaker stressed he has nothing personal against Karti, he noted the US does not have “political amnesia” over Karti’s role as PDF chief during the civil war with the South.
A visibly angry Karti responded by advising Sideeg to submit a memo with his grievances to president Omer Hassan al-Bashir, saying that he had been selected for his post and had not sought it.
He also accused certain circles within the government of undermining the work of his ministry, alluding to Sudan’s 2009 decision to expel more than a dozen aid agencies in response to an arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) for Bashir.
Karti said it was his view that humanitarian groups should have been contained and put to optimal use rather than being ejected from the country, thus harming Sudan’s relations with the international community.
Meanwhile, Sudan’s position on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict has divided the parliament, with some saying Khartoum’s passionate pro-Palestinian stance would not come without a price.
However, the majority of parliamentarians have called on Sudan to maintain its stance, despite the issue causing tensions with Washington.
Karti said while the government must stick to its principles, including those with regards to the Palestinian issue, they must also reach out to the US and Europe.
“If the role of the foreign ministry is to scream and weep over adhering to principles and sticking to them any party can do that”, he said.
The minister disclosed that about 20 US companies had expressed interest in investing in Sudan during a meeting which took place in Washington that was arranged by the Sudanese embassy there and approved by the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) which enforces sanctions.
According to Karti, the main obstacle facing companies was how to wire money to Sudan given the sanctions, but they agreed to carry it through a third party.
Sudan has been on the US blacklist of states sponsoring terrorism since 1993 over allegations it harbours Islamist militants, despite reports of Sudan being a cooperative intelligence partner of Washington in the so-called ‘war on terror’.
Sudan has also been subject to comprehensive economic sanctions since 1997 over terrorism charges, as well as human right abuses. Further sanctions, particularly on weapons, have been imposed since violence broke out in the western Darfur region in 2003.
Despite relentless efforts by Khartoum to normalise ties, Washington has continued to renew the sanctions, although conditions have been eased in recent years in certain sectors, including agriculture.
Karti also acknowledged the existence of border violations, particularly Ethiopia and Chad, but noted that they are individual incidents and not condoned by the states in question.
He revealed that work is underway to demarcate the borders with Ethiopia that will include all but three areas.
When asked about the country’s tense relations with Arab Gulf states, Karti asked for a classified session, saying any discussions would contain “sensitive” information that cannot be shared with the media.
MP Abdullah Masar blasted Sudan’s ongoing ties with Iran, saying that the latter is “ungenerous” and calling for relations between the countries to be limited.
Shiite power Iran sees the pre-dominantly Sunni Gulf as its own backyard and believes it has a legitimate interest in expanding its influence in the region. Arab Gulf states, however, say that Iran is stoking tensions by inciting Shiite populations in Bahrain.
Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states have privately expressed their unhappiness about Khartoum’s growing relations with Tehran.
Iranian warships, which regularly patrol the Red Sea, have docked three times in Port Sudan since last year.
This may explain why the Saudi government, for instance, has been reluctant to assist Khartoum financially following the secession of the oil-rich South despite pleas by Sudanese officials, including president Bashir.
The Sudanese president has also been unable to hold bilateral talks with any senior Saudi official since March 2012, despite repeated non-official visits to Riyadh.
Gulf states are among the biggest investors in the country and have funded a large sugar plant and Sudan’s only shopping mall. Diplomats told Reuters last year that Sudan’s central bank has toured the Gulf several times, trying to drum up support for more funding.
Kenyan President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta won the elections with just over 50 percent of the national vote. With over 50 percent there will not be a run-off., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Kenyan launches mega $13.8bn railway project linking Uganda, S/Sudan, Rwanda
Written by Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
Kenya has launched a $13.8bn flagship railway project linking the port city of Mombasa to the capital Nairobi and is eventually hoped to extend onwards to neighbouring Uganda.
The project, called a “historic milestone” by President Uhuru Kenyatta, who presided over a ground-breaking in Mombasa on Thursday, will also connect with proposed lines to Rwanda and South Sudan, according to the AFP news agency.
Built by a Chinese state-owned firm and with funds from the Chinese government, the railway line is expected to dramatically increase trade and boost Kenya’s position as a regional economic powerhouse.
Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi form the the East African Community, a regional bloc that the five nations have used to boost economic integration.
“What we are doing here today will most definitely transform... not only Kenya but the whole eastern African region,” Kenyatta told crowds at the ceremony, which was attended by Chinese officials.
“As a result east Africa will become a competitive investment destination. A busy growing east Africa is good for us a country.”
The new railway line will replace the dilapidated British colonial-era railway, and has been hailed by the Kenyan media as the region’s largest infrastructure project for a century.
“Kenya is stepping forward...it will be a landmark project both for Kenya and east Africa,” said Liu Guangyuan, China’s ambassador to Kenya.
Financing, currently only from China, has so far been made for only the first 450km section from Mombasa to Nairobi, replacing the current single trainline with a high-speed standard gauge track, as well as building an additional line alongside.
Work on that section, by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), is expected to be completed by 2017.
CRBC completed in August the first-stage of an expansion to Mombasa’s port, including a berth able to handle 50,000 tonne container ships.
According to plans, the new lines would see passenger journey times cut from the current 12 hours to around four, which is around half the current driving time on crowded and pot-holed roads.
Freight trains are planned to be able to cut the current 36-hour trip by rail to just eight, a major boost for regional landlocked nations, with planners claiming it will slash cargo transport costs by 60 per cent.
An explosion at the rebel defense ministry in Benghazi, Libya. The incident coincided with the first anniversary of the attacks on the US Consulate., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
A year after Benghazi attack, killings continue
Published: November 27
BENGHAZI, Libya — It is exceedingly easy to get away with murder here.
Just ask any Libyan: Who killed more than 50 police officers, soldiers and judges here and in the eastern city of Darna this year?
Who lit the fire that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and another American at the U.S. diplomatic mission here just over a year ago? Who launched the mortar rounds that killed two CIA contractors that same night?
Or, for that matter, who bears responsibility for the 2011 torture and killing of Abdul Fattah Younis, the Gaddafi-era military commander who defected to lead the rebels?
“Do you live on Mars?” asked Hashem Bishr, the hard-line Salafist leader of a powerful Tripoli militia.
To understand Libya’s unsolved murder mysteries, understand this, Bishr said: “It’s just not a good time.”
What he meant is that there are people who know the answers — they’re just not willing to share.
Nor is the fragile, Washington-backed counter-revolutionary government prepared to mete out justice, many Libyans and rights groups say.
Tripoli’s weak authorities have promised to investigate the killings. “But until now, there is nobody in detention. Nobody has been charged. And according to our knowledge, no one is being investigated,” said Hanan Salah, a Libya researcher for Human Rights Watch. The government, she said, lacks the technical capacity to do so.
But there is also a powerful element of fear.
More than a year after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission here, the dilapidated port city that was the birthplace of Libya’s 2011 CIA-Pentagon-NATO engineered counter-revolution has become the epicenter of a shadowy campaign of assassinations and bombings. Most of the killings have targeted police and army personnel, along with a handful of judges and a political activist.
“The pale truth is that this is a bleeding city — a city that has a lot of losses every day,” said Fathallah Bin Ali, a Benghazi businessman who allies himself with the federalists, a faction in eastern Libya that is holding the region’s oil infrastructure hostage to extract more control from the government.
In recent months, mysterious early morning bombings have targeted two courts, a wedding hall and a popular cafe. No one was killed. But the intent, residents say, was intimidation.
Mohamed al-Bargathi said he has no desire to mend the facade of his once-bustling cafe, the Rotana, which was shattered last month by a homemade bomb in a bag left on the front steps.
“I’m afraid they’ll just bomb it again,” he said, smoking a cigarette outside the shuttered business. “If we knew who did it, we would kill him and reopen. But we don’t know who did it.”
Many here say that Benghazi is a microcosm of Libya’s larger struggles.
On a normal afternoon, political opponents and rival militia leaders can be seen warily eyeing one another over espressos from across hotel lobbies. The Libyan rebel special forces, resurrected from a force that existed before the counter-revolution, man camouflaged gun-trucks at intersections in the center of town and participate in a “joint-security operations room” to manage the city’s security. But their Islamist militia rivals have their own security operations room — their own bases and, sometimes, their own checkpoints.
This week, the special forces clashed with Ansar al-Sharia, the hard-line militia that remains the prime but unprosecuted suspect in the U.S. mission attack. Ansar was operating a roadside checkpoint at the city’s western edge.
Two weeks earlier, someone had fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the car of the Libyan operations room chief, killing his driver.
Depending on whom you ask, just about every armed group around here is guilty of killings, theft and human rights abuses.
Since Stevens’s death, U.S. officials, along with many other Western diplomats and civil society groups, no longer venture to Benghazi because the risks are simply too high. Even the FBI officials charged with investigating the Sept. 11, 2012, attack have conducted the bulk of their research from the safer confines of Tripoli, 400 miles away.
But Benghazi is wasting away, abandoned by its friends and investors at a time when it is most desperately in need of help — with justice, policing, reconstruction and employment opportunities — said Amina Megheirbi, a member of Libya’s elected congress who represents the city.
“It’s suffering from the evacuation — of our own government and all international missions,” Megheirbi said. “It left Benghazi open to extremists, criminals and Gaddafi supporters.”
The result, she said, is even more unemployed youths, more fuel for the fire. “One thing leads to another,” she said. “It worsens the situation.”
And so there are some Benghazi residents who take a different approach, looking a visitor in the eye and pleading: It’s not so bad. Tell the foreigners to come back.
“Benghazi is safe,” said Abdel Hafidh Sallak, a longtime political activist, sitting in his living room.
Sallak and others point to Venezia Street — a crowded boulevard just a few blocks from the charred wreckage of the U.S. mission where locals browse an array of gleaming, new clothes and furniture shops late into the night.
The U.S. ambassador’s death was an accident, Sallak insisted, adding that ordinary people haven’t been affected by the killings. In Libya, he said, “they never put the bombs in places where there are people.’’
African migrant carries his belongings at a makeshift camp in Libya. Three Africans were murdered by counter-revolutionary rebels on August 24, 2012., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
28 November 2013
Last updated at 17:43 ET
Libya: Blast at Brak al-Shati arms depot kills 30
At least 30 people have been killed in an explosion at a weapons depot in southern Libya, officials say.
The blast is believed to have occurred after a group of people, reportedly including African immigrants, were trying to steal copper.
A hospital near the depot in Brak al-Shati, near the city of Sabha, says it is treating the injured.
Meanwhile, four soldiers have been killed in another day of violence in the restive eastern city of Benghazi.
In one incident, three naval officers were killed, and six others were injured, in clashes with members of the Salafist militia group Ansar al-Sharia.
Fighting broke out after naval officers arrested four people at their checkpoint when "a vehicle search found weapons and money", the army's special forces commander in Benghazi, Wanis Abu-Khamada, said.
Earlier on in the day, a soldier was reportedly shot in the head in a drive-by shooting in another part of Benghazi.
The government has struggled to contain militias in control of parts of Libya, and Benghazi has seen an increasing number of clashes between the army and militias.
Fighting continues between various rebel factions in eastern Libya. Dozens of people have so far been reported killed., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
Soldiers killed in clashes in Libya's east
Fighting between the army and an armed group in Benghazi leaves three soldiers killed and several others wounded.
Last updated: 28 Nov 2013 20:49
Fresh clashes between the Libyan army and an armed group in the country's east have killed four soldiers and wounded several others, a medic said.
A security source told the AFP News Agency that Thursday's fighting erupted when members of an armed group tried to enter the restive city of Benghazi from the east, adding that the allegiances of the group were not known.
"Three soldiers were killed and three wounded soldiers were admitted to the hospital," Al-Jala hospital spokeswoman, Fadia al-Barghathi, said.
Earlier on Thursday, witnesses said gunmen sprayed a volley of bullets at two soldiers as they got into a car after leaving a cafe, killing one of the soldiers. Witnesses said the second soldier escaped unharmed.
In the southern town of Barek al-Shati, security officials said a storeroom housing tank ammunition at an airbase exploded, killing 10 and wounding 20. It was not immediately clear what caused the explosion.
Thursday's violence comes on the final day of a three-day Benghazi strike in protest over militias after a shoot-out on Monday between an armed group and the army left seven people dead and 50 wounded.
Benghazi city council declared the three-day strike after an army patrol came under attack near the headquarters of Ansar al-Sharia, a jihadist group blamed for the 2012 attack on a US mission in which the ambassador and three other Americans were killed.
On Wednesday, three soldiers were shot dead in the city and the bodies of two more were found in the nearby town of Derna, officials said.
Libya has seen mounting unrest since the toppling of long-time ruler Mouammar Gaddafi in 2011 by rebel groups backed by NATO forces.
Many of these rebel brigade have since been transformed into militias that defy the weak central government.
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, speaking on African Agenda on Press TV. He addressed the ICC and the African Union., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.‘Egypt slipping out of US hands’
Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:41AM GMT
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Press TV has interviewed Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire from Detroit, to discuss the state of affairs in Egypt following the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
What follows is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Well, Abayomi Azikiwe, does our guest Moustafa Reda have a point that this should have been enacted after Mubarak was ousted, in terms of this new law that has been passed, banning protests without permission?
Azikiwe: I believe that the new laws are in response to the political instability that continues in Egypt.
We have to understand that since the July 3 military seizure of power there have been numerous demonstrations throughout the country. The government has banned the Freedom and Justice Party which was allied with the Muslim Brotherhood. They have also cracked down on other groups that are in opposition to the military coup.
So this represents the continuation of this same process. At the same time the degree of repression is escalating in regard to the women who have just been sentenced to some 11 years for merely opposing the military regime in Egypt. Then people such as Ahmed Maher, who is the head of the April 6th Movement, who had been heavily involved in the initial rebellion during January 2011, and also in fact supported the military seizure of power on July 3, they too are now coming under scrutiny and indictment by the military-backed regime.
So this is a further legal rationale for the outright suppression of all dissent and all protests and in a sense the political process in Egypt has come full circle.
Press TV: Abayomi Azikiwe, our guest there, Moustafa Reda talked about how the Muslim Brotherhood is part of Egyptian society and it has been just that; but that is not how this army-appointed government looking at it, is it?
I mean they have pretty much looked at anybody who is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, let alone the supporters, the Muslim Brotherhood itself, that they are terrorist. They have labeled them terrorist, even on their TV screens and that is used to label actions by, you know, supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi, as I mentioned the Muslim Brotherhood group.
The army just wants to clean up anything that has to do with the Muslim Brotherhood in terms of support. It does not sound like there is a happy medium being established there by this army-appointed government, is there?
Azikiwe: They have made it very clear through a series of decrees that have of course impacted anyone, not only those who belong to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Freedom and Justice Party, but other individuals within civil society in Egypt, who have opposed the military coup d'état, which took place back in July, who have opposed the arbitrary actions on the part of the military appointed government and the operatives of that regime, they have, in fact, been prosecuted. The examples are numerous. Morsi himself has only made one public appearance in a courtroom since July 3, and that hearing was adjourned.
So it is clearly a situation where there is no democratic practice or due process that is being enacted right now in Egypt and what is interesting is that some of the same people who had supported the military coup d’état back in July, are now themselves coming under fire and under scrutiny and being prosecuted by the same military regime which took power by force as a result of the demonstrations that had developed in June.
I agree that the Freedom and Justice Party did not do a good job in regard to administrating the situation inside of Egypt. They should have been more open in regard to opening up dialogue with opposition groups; they should not have forced the draft constitution which was voted on by a small minority of the Egyptian people last year. But even with all of that, if the political dynamics inside the country had been maintained, they could very well have reached some type of accommodation where both major political camps could have formed some type of government of national unity.
The chances of that happening in the near future, now becomes more and more remote.
Press TV: Abayomi Azikiwe, the 16 or 17 billion dollars that our guest there said, contributed by the Persian Gulf countries, which I thought it was 12 billion dollars, the main financier has been Saudi Arabia.
How do you look at the Saudi role in this case bankrolling this army-appointed government? Some reach the conclusion that there is a possibility that Saudi Arabia is dictating the army-appointed government on how to run its domestic affairs in Egypt.
Azikiwe: Well, they (Saudi government) were opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood government and there was also a difference with the government of Qatar which is also closely allied with the West.
I believe that they are attempting to win influence inside of Egypt and also it is bad for the United States to continue its support for the Egyptian military. They had announced earlier, during the period in which John Kerry visited Cairo, that the US would not necessarily suspend aid or only certain aspects of the aid was suspended but they were going to maintain relations even under a military government that has been under scrutiny by not only people inside Egypt but also people throughout the region.
So I think that Saudi Arabia’s role is also closely allied with the United States’ ongoing support of the military government which in fact is losing a tremendous amount of credibility and legitimacy among many sections of the Egyptian society.
And I think that it is only a matter of time before broader segments of the population do come out and protest against this government that is headed by the generals.
Press TV: Abayomi Azikiwe what do you think Russia wants in return? Quickly if you can.
Azikiwe: Well the Egyptian government is probably attempting to balance the dominance of the United States with other external powers, and Russia of course is trying to increase its influence, which had waned back during the 1970’s under Anwar Sadat. So I think that both governments perceive themselves as developing alternative relationships that are outside of the influence of the United States and other Western European states.
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, speaking at the Dr. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on April 5, 2008. The event commemorated the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.United Nations Climate Conference Again Fails to Agree on Reducing Pollution
Warsaw meeting characterized by acrimony and compromise
By Abayomi Azikiwe
Editor, Pan-African News Wire
In the former socialist state of Poland yet another gathering to discuss the impact of climate change ended without firm commitments to reduce CO2 emissions. Over 190 countries attended the event which is ostensibly designed to address the ongoing threat to the world's environment.
Under the banner of the 19th Conference of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) environmentalists condemned theevent claiming that no real agreement could be reached due to the intransigence of the western industrialized states.
These meetings have been held since 1992 but are routinely marred by fierce debates over who should be responsible for reforming the character of production policies aimed at addressing the degradation of the planet as exemplified by global warming which is said to have a profound impact on disastrous storms and flooding.
Not even a weak agreement would have occurred if China and India had not backed away from demanding that specific goals related to the 1992 meeting calling for specific actions by the imperialist states be adhered to. On November 21, environmental activists had walked out of the gathering frustrated that no real progress was being made.
According to an article published by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, "The Warsaw conference called on parties to announce their offers to rein in or cut emissions by the first quarter of 2015 if they are 'in a position to do so.' But it gave little detail on what kind of information should go into those offers."
Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists was quoted as saying that "Unfortunately, they failed to agree on what process and criteria they would use to evaluate the adequacy and fairness of each other's proposed actions." (cbc.ca, November 23)
Moving Further Away From the Kyoto Protocol
The United States has been the most obstinate government in rejecting concrete guidelines and objectives aimed at reducing CO2 emissions.
Even under the current Obama administration the notion that there should be standards established that hold the capitalist countries accountable for their industrial crimes against the planet has been firmly rejected.
Todd Stern, the U.S. envoy for climate change, reiterated that there should be no categories of countries as it relates to emission standards. In Washington's policy submissions to the UN it opposes formulas which would provide guidelines based upon the economic capacity and character of various states.
The U.S. documents frames the discussion on climate change as a "race to the top" in which "parties are both comfortable with putting their best commitment forward, and uncomfortable about not putting their best effort forward, because they want others to see they are contributing the most they can do to solve the climate problem."
India has maintained that formulas should exist based upon the degree of industrialization and a state's carbon emissions that would be strictly measured. China also wants the pollution history of various countries taken into consideration as a precursor for any binding agreement that may develop by 2015.
At present the existing categories consist of Annex 1, the capitalist industrialized states largely in the West and non-Annex 1, the former colonial, semi-colonial and so-called developing or emerging economies. Both China and India wants the developed states to provide assistance to the developing countries in order to improve technological systems that limit greenhouse gases.
With specific reference to Indian governmental policy documents submitted to the UN there should not be any "dilution" of the annex framework. Developing states over the last two decades have continued to demand that wealthy countries adopt legally binding quantified emission reductions programs while the oppressed and emerging economies will make changes "enabled by finance and technology transfer," based upon how much various states have contributed to climate change. (E&E Climate Wire, November 18)
Western industrial state funding must be enhanced, India argues, and it is also stressing the need to loosen intellectual property rights on environmental technology, an objective that Washington is adamant should not be realized.
South Africa has also been involved in the debate around climate change. The country is considered one of the emerging economies and has recently joined the Brazil, Russia, China, India (BRICS) Summit which held its last gathering in Durban.
Lisa Friedman wrote in E&E Publishing that "South Africa has one of the most comprehensively laid-out submissions for the 2015 deal. While it shares the language of its fellow emerging powers about the need for equity, South Africa breaks with others on some key issues. For one thing, it wants to see a single legally binding protocol for all parties, with a common global commitment to stay below the 2-degree threshold, saying that approach 'has the most potential to mobilize ambition.'"(November 18)
Although South Africa maintains that there should be different approaches to emission standards for developing and developed states.
Nonetheless, between 2020-2030 there should be a transition for lesser developed countries which will strictly limit CO2 emissions.
Brazil over the last two years served as a mediator between the sharp differences between developed and developing states. However now, they appear to have shifted to a different view that is quite similar to that of India and China basing guidelines upon the history of carbon emissions.
The aim of the U.S. and Canada is to prevent the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol treaty that was adopted by the UNFCCC in 1997. The document set the stage for the current positions adopted by developing states and environmentalists that places responsibility for climate change on the industrialized capitalist states.
Kyoto was slated to go into effect in 2005 but the U.S., which signed the agreement and is the world's major polluter, has failed to ratify the treaty. Canada, which also signed the treaty, withdrew from it in 2011.
Ottawa under its present Conservative Party leadership has moved closer to the U.S. on many international issues involving environmental as well as military affairs. Although the European Union adopted the Kyoto Protocol, its alliance with the U.S. has prevented it from adopting similar views as the developing states.
Environmental Debate Must Be Given a Class Character
It is in the interests of the majority of nations and peoples of the world for measures aimed at preserving the planet to be put in place with firm regulations and guidelines. The major impediment to the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol is the quest for profit maximization that has characterized the world capitalist system for well over a century.
The increase in so-called natural disasters including massive heatwaves, storms and floods have been attributed to climate change.
Inside the U.S. the issue is highly politicized with the barons of Wall Street influencing government and academia to deny even the existence of a crisis in climate change.
Environmentalists must view the ideological and political struggles surrounding climate change as a manifestation of the modern-day global class struggle. Progressives, trade unionists, national liberation movements, socialist states and international solidarity activists must enter the debate in order to provide it with the necessary organizational direction to push back the U.S. and its allies in their continuing exploitation of peoples around the world.
Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Featured on RT Satellite World News: 'No Unifying Political Ideology to Guide Post-Gaddafi Libya'
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, featured on Russia Today satellite television news. Azikiwe is a frequent commentator and analyst on various media outlets internationally., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.Persistent violence: No unifying political ideology to guide post-Gaddafi Libya
November 26, 2013 04:40
To watch this RT interview with Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, on the security situation in the North African state of Libya, just click on the website below:
Violence in Libya stems from the lack of unifying ideology bringing the country together, especially after NATO, CIA and Pentagon destroyed most of the national institutions within the country, editor at the Pan-African News Wire Abayomi Azikiwe told RT.
RT: Why has the Libyan government failed to establish a reasonable level of stability and control over the country thus far?
Abayomi Azikiwe: There has been a problem associated with bringing together the various militia groups and many of them claim that they fought during the war for regime change in 2011.
But many of them are motivated by sectional interests, by criminal activity and we have seen the fruits of this over the last weeks both in the capital of Tripoli as well as in Benghazi.
In Benghazi the latest fighting indicates that there is strong resistance on the part of many of these militia groups into consolidating their forces inside what they claim to be the national army that the Prime Minister Ali Zeidan is working trying to construct during this time period.
RT: Many of these armed groups that are fighting now fought in 2011 as well, why didn't they put down their weapons after Gaddafi’s fall.
AA: During the war for regime change in 2011 there was no uniform or consistent political ideology or philosophy that could have guided the country during the post-Gaddafi era.
Also, the role of NATO, the Pentagon, and the CIA through their massive bombings, through their destabilization programs destroyed most of the national institutions inside the country. So in order to try to put the country back together again without a prevailing ideology or a political vision is almost impossible.
And then of course we still have the ongoing role of the US and other Western states who are continually interfering in the internal affairs of Libya. Now the US is talking about training some 5,000-7,000 Libyans to be a part of this national army.
This could cause even more consternation inside the country because many of the militia groups even though against Gaddafi, they do not support the US or NATO interfering in Libyan affairs at this stage.
RT: The government also lost control of some major oil-fields to separatist militia, do you think this can lead to civil war funded by black market oil sales?
AA: There is a lot of criminal activity going on, there have been complaints by contiguous states - in Tunisia, Egypt as well as other countries throughout North Africa, as well as West Africa, saying that instability in Libya is spreading to their nation states as well.
This is getting extremely difficult for the Libyan government to maintain stability. And there is factionalism among the militia.
For example, Misrata militia just a week and a half ago attempted to move into Tripoli and seize power, they of course were beaten back.
But, this of course is just representative of what the problems are inside the country and it remains to be seen whether the current government will be able to stabilize the situation in Libya.
But, it seems highly unlikely and it is going to be a serious problem not only for Libya itself, but for other countries through North as well as West Africa.
RT: How big a toll for Al-Qaeda affiliates have in Libya?
AA: It depends on who you describe as being al-Qaeda. There are various Islamist guerrilla organizations that are operating in Libya.
They are also operating in Algeria and the north of Mali. It’s very convenient to put a label of al-Qaeda on them, but they have their own sectional, even ethnic interests.
Therefore, they are trying to pursue those interests. But to just label them as being al-Qaeda takes away from the subtlety and complexity of the ongoing crisis inside that region of Africa.
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, speaking on Press TV World News on the July 7, 2012 elections in the North African state of Libya. Azikiwe said that the vote had reinforced existing regional differences., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.For Immediate Release
Thursday November 28, 2013
Pan-African Journal: New York City Version Broadcast Over CPRMetro.org on Tuesday November 26, 2013
To listen to this broadcast of the Pan-African Journal over Community Progressive Radio just click on the website below:
In this New York City version of the Pan-African Journal Abayomi Azikiwe discusses the situation in the Southern African state of Zimbabwe. He talks about the ongoing campaign against gender-based violence and the growing investments in the country from the People's Republic of China.
Libya remains in a state of chaos since the CIA-NATO-Pentagon war of regime-change beginning in 2011. Shootouts have occurred in the capital of Tripoli and in Benghazi in the east of the country.
The National Security Agency has infected 50,000 computer networks with malware. This is according to revelations by Edward Snowden the former contract employee for the NSA through Booz Allen Hamilton.
Other reports in this broadcast deal with the signing of an agreement between the Islamic Republic of Iran and western imperialist states over the Middle Eastern nation's civilian nuclear program. The agreement is being hailed as a victory for diplomacy involving Tehran.
Abayomi Azikiwe has been hosting this version of the Pan-African Journal since January 2013. His reports from CPRMetro.org as well as other media outlets including Press TV and RT satellite television news outlets are often used by Community Public Radio news hosted by Don DeBar, a producer at CPRMetro.org.
Abayomi Azikiwe, PANW Editor, Featured on Emanations Over CPRMetro.org: 'The Struggle Continues In Detroit'
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, broadcasting from a truck riding through the west side of Detroit. The broadcast highlighted the economic crisis facing the city. (Photo: Alan Pollock), a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.For Immediate Release
Thursday November 28, 2013
Abayomi Azikiwe Featured on Emanations Hosted by Bernard White on CPRMetro.org
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Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, was a featured guest on Emanations, a program hosted daily by Bernard White over Community Progressive Radio (CPRMetro.org). Azikiwe gave a comprehensive update on the struggle in Detroit against emergency management, austerity and the forced bankruptcy.
The Pan-African News Wire editor noted that the campaign against emergency management has grown significantly over the last several months. He recounted demonstrations on October 23, November 12 and current plans for December 3 and December 10.
Azikiwe holds that the banks and corporations are at the root of the Detroit economic crisis. The only way to defeat the austerity imposed on Detroit and other cities is to organize workers and community residents to expose the source of the crisis and the need to cancel the debt.
Detroit was targeted by the banks for predatory lending in both housing and municipal finance. The figure of $18-22 billion in debt is fraudulent and most be rejected by the masses.
Azikiwe is interviewed for 45 minutes during the first and second hours of Emanations.
Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Thursday November 21, 2013--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, speaking in East English Village in Detroit on December 6, 2008. (Photo: Alan Pollock)., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.For Immediate Release
Thursday November 28, 2013
Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Thursday November 21, 2013
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The British government has suspended aid to the Malawian state in Southern Africa. President Joyce Banda has terminated several ministers in connection with allegations of embezzlement and a case of attempted murder.
The government of Mozambique has held local elections despite a recent series of attacks by the RENAMO rebel organization. RENAMO has its origins in the former colonial police during Portuguese imperialist rule.
The Zimbabwe government under ZANU-PF is working to restructure information and media services. Minister of Information Prof. Jonathan Moyo has recently met with Reuters press agency and other media houses in the Southern African nation.
Finally, South African miners are continuous strike action at the Northam and Glencore facilities. The National Uniob of Mineworkers (NUM) negotiators say that the workers are demanding better pay and conditions of employment.
Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Wednesday November 20, 2013--Hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe
Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, at Central United Methodist Church chairing MLK Day on Jan. 21, 2013. The annual event attracts activists from throughout the region. (Photo: Sharon Black), a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.For Immediate Release
Thursday November 28, 2013
Pan-African Journal: Special Worldwide Radio Broadcast for Wednesday November 20, 2013
To listen to this special broadcast hosted by Abayomi Azikiwe, editor of the Pan-African News Wire, just click on the website below:
For over three years the Pan-African Journal, an audio news magazine, has been broadcasting over Blog Talk Radio. The program features Pan-African News Wire reports, special segments on African and world affairs and cultural music.
This broadcast medium covers events throughout the Pan-African world and the international community in general. Occasionally there are remote broadcasts which feature rallies, conferences, public meetings and workshops.
These broadcasts are podcasts and are available on demand at http://blogtalkradio.com/panafricanjournal .
This website is linked to the Pan-African News Wire at http://panafricannews.blogspot.com .
The host Abayomi Azikiwe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on facebook by name. The Pan-African Journal is brought to you by the Pan-African Radio Network.