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White right-wingers blamed for bombings

We Will Bring Them to Justice, Says CabinetRightwing threatens Xmas terror campaign (IRIN) JOHANNESBURG (IPS)–Despite some unease, South Africans remained undisturbed by nine bomb blasts, blamed on right wingers, that damaged rail links between Soweto–South Africa’s largest township–and Johannesburg, its economic capital, on Oct. 30. The bombs exploded between midnight and 4 a.m. local time, leading to speculation that they...

UK official: Pay Zimbabwe for land reform

GINNEWS HARARE (GIN)–The British official who chaired Zimbabwe’s independence process has called on the UK government to meet its promises in helping pay for land resettlement and agricultural reform that has been at the center of controversy in this southern African country. Lord Peter Carrington says money set aside at the time of the Lancaster House negotiations at independence should be...

Warring parties to share power in Congo

JOHANNESBURG (IPS)–On paper, the chances of an end to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have never been so good. The warring parties in the conflict, in which more than two million civilians are estimated to have died, mainly due to starvation and disease, were scheduled to soon sign an "in principle" peace-deal, in South...

New immigration laws worry experts

PARIS (IPS)–Setting out new rights for minorities is a dance of half a step forward and two steps back, say human rights activists. The half-step forward comes with the announcement by Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy that he is ready to partially revoke the so-called double sanction against immigrants convicted of a crime. This double sanction means...

Zambia continues to reject genetically modified maize

LUSAKA, Zambia (PANA)–Zambia’s Agriculture Minister Mundia Sikatana recently reiterated his government’s rejection of genetically modified (GM) maize due to the existing scientific uncertainty surrounding such foods. Mr. Sikatana told journalists here that the government had agreed with a recommendation by local scientists who recently returned from a study mission abroad that GM maize should not be accepted. For the...

Muslims avoid hearsay in Indonesia bombings

JAKARTA (IPS)–Salim Umar, a Muslim preacher in Bandung, says the Bali bombings are "not a religious matter at all," so he did not discuss them at the mosque at Friday prayers. Rather than have the "politically-colored" Bali bombing take center stage, he says the discussions in many mosques focused on preparations for the holy month of Ramadan, the...

Journalists see Zimbabwe’s land crisis up close

Doctors: Will of Zimbabweans can conquer AIDS, food problemsMugabe: Zimbabwe will not be a colony againAre White Farmers reaping what they have sown?MDC says it has a better wayVisit to war memorial a blessed moment HARARE (FinalCall.com)–When Lorenzo Martin, publisher of the Chicago Standard newspaper, arrived at the international airport here, he expected to see soldiers all over the...

Doctors: Will of Zimbabweans can conquer AIDS, food problems

Mugabe: Zimbabwe will not be a colony againAre White Farmers reaping what they have sown?MDC says it has a better wayVisit to war memorial a blessed moment HARARE (FinalCall.com)–The people of this nation of 12 million have the spirit and tenacity to survive the current food and AIDS crisis, they just need a little sincere help from the international...

Security Council may reach agreement on Iraq resolution

UNITED NATIONS (FinalCall.com) –The United States and France are close to a compromise draft resolution that would set new guidelines for United Nations inspectors investigating Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, and how force could be authorized in the event of Baghdad’s resistance, Security Council delegates said as the council concluded a two-day open debate on Iraq. Speaking in New York...

Namibia eyes White farms for land redistribution

GINNEWS WINDHOEK (GIN)–frustrated over the slow pace of land transfers from Whites to landless Blacks, a Namibian government minister warned that the country may move to expropriate White-owned farms if White farmers continue to resist land reform. “There is a (provision) in our constitution that private assets can be expropriated in the public interest. Fair and just compensation must be provided...