Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Sunday, April 19, 2009
Dutch commandos have free 20 fisherman whose vessel was hijacked by Somali pirates and used to launch an attack against a tanker in the Gulf of Aden.
The captives, all Yemen, were freed when Dutch forces chased pirates back to the fishing dhow. It was being used by the pirates as a ''mothership'' from which to launch armed attacks on commercial shipping.
Meanwhile, Belgian official say pirates have captured a dredger, the latest in a surge of pirates attacks. The vessel, the Pompei, had been en route to Seychelles.
It's one of the biggest ironies in South Africa politics; the most loyal ANC voters are often those the party appears to have let down most bitterly.
For millions of poor, mostly black South Africans, life has barely changed since the African National Congress defeated apartheid under Nelson Mandela in 1994.
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Poverty is at the heart of Africa's problembs.This ia an overview of some of the economic challenges facing the continent.
Most of sub-Saharan Africa is in the World Bank's lowest income category of less than $765 gross National Income (GNI) per person per year!
Ethiopia and Burundi are the worst off with just $90 GNI per person.
Even middle income countries like Gabon and Botswana have sizeable section of the population living in poverty.
North Africa generally fares better than sub-Saharan African. Here, the economies are more stable, trade and tourism are relatively high and Aids is less prevalent. Development campaigners have urged that the rules on debt, aid and trade need reforming to help lift the more African nations out of poverty.