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Zimbabwe government seizes farm of colonial ruler

Journalists see Zimbabwe's land crisis up close  HARARE, Zimbabwe (PANA)–The Zimbabwe government has seized a farm belonging to the country’s last White colonial ruler under its controversial land reform program, officials and the former leader said, recently. Ian Smith declined to give details, saying only that he would try to get back his 4,000-acre Gwenoro farm in the central district...

Kenya’s economy to pick up after unrest?

New cabinet faces tough road in Kenya (FCN, 05-05-2008)Economic inequality fuels Kenya’s violence (FCN, 02-15-2008) NAIROBI, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya’s economy is expected to accelerate its growth from the depressed focus rate of 4.6 percent upwards as the economy picks up activity months after violence erupted following the East African nation’s disputed presidential polls. Kenya’s Finance Minister Amos Kimunya said...

Losing AU chair possible blow to S. Africa’s prestige

(FinalCall.com) - Influential African states appear to fear a South African being seated as the chair of the African Union Commission. South Africa Home Affairs Minister and a former wife of the country's president, Nkosazana Dlamina-Zuma, would be the first female to hold the top job at the AU. Dlamina-Zuma's credentials are undisputed. She not only is credited with...

Germany Rejects Reparations Suit Over Colonial Massacre In Namibia

GINNEWS (GIN)  — In its first formal response to a class-action suit filed by the Herero and Nama people of Namibia, Germany has asked a New York judge to throw out the suit as “inadmissible” because of “the principle of state immunity.” The indigenous people have been seeking reparations for the genocide of their peoples under German colonial rule in the early...

UN, African Union reiterate commitment to Sudan, as joint mission ends operations

The United Nations Secretary-General and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission have reiterated their commitment to continue to support Sudan consolidate peace as the AU-UN hybrid peacekeeping mission in the country’s Darfur region ends its operations on Dec. 31.  In a joint statement on Dec. 31, Secretary-General António Guterres and Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat also called on all Sudanese actors to...

Israel, Egypt, Ethiopia and convoluted U.S. foreign policy

Israel and Egypt are America’s principal Middle East and North Africa watchdogs of United States foreign policy. Why else would Israel be endowed by Washington with $3.8 billion in aid plus $8 billion in loan guarantees annually. Coming in a distant second is aid to Egypt, which according to the State Department’s website has long played a central role...

Labor unrest explodes around the Continent for wage hikes and back pay

(GIN)—As American workers are demanding raises after years of stagnant wages, African workers are also seeking salary hikes, back pay and other benefits in a phenomenon dubbed “Striketober.” The official African response, however, has been anything but responsive. In Swaziland—renamed Eswatini, the home of Africa’s last absolute monarchy— striking nurses and paramedics were met with a hail of bullets for...