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(AFP 28/07/13)
JOHANNESBURG, 28 juillet 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela, hospitalisé depuis plus d'un mois et demi à Pretoria, reste toujours dans un état "critique", avec "quelques progrès", a indiqué dimanche la présidence sud-africaine, qui a refusé de commenter des information de presse selon lesquelles l'ancien président aurait subi une légère intervention. Selon la chaine de télévision américaine CBS, le héros de la lutte anti-apartheid, 95 ans, aurait subi vendredi une "intervention chirurgicale pour débloquer le tube de dialyse", à sa septième semaine d'hospitalisation dans une clinique de Petoria. Cette opération a été "bénigne", a assuré CBS. Le porte-parole de la présidence, Mac Maharaj n'a pas confirmé ou infirmer. "Il (Mandela) est dans un état critique, stable, mais il y a quelques...
(Xinhua 26/07/13)
BRAZZAVILLE -- Le représentant de l'Union européenne (UE), Zouli Bonkoun Gou, a souligné jeudi au Congo, l'intérêt de tous les pays africains de trouver des moyens nécessaires pour optimiser le trafic par Internet, afin de soutenir les flux de trafic intracontinentaux et de créer des opportunités d'affaires pour les citoyens africains. "Abaisser le coût du trafic local permettra de réduire le coût de financement du commerce et d'encourager l'intégration commerciale régionale", a notamment déclaré M. Bonkoun à l'ouverture de l'atelier sur les meilleures pratiques de mise en oeuvre des points d'échange Internet, dans le cadre du projet Système d'échange Internet africain (AXIS) qui s'achève vendredi à la capitale congolaise. En effet, l'Afrique est en train de payer actuellement une forte...
(Xinhua 24/07/13)
LUANDA -- L'Union africaine (UA) a appelé mardi à mettre en place des liaisons aériennes directes entre les capitales des États membres pour réduire les temps de voyage sur le continent. Cet appel a été adressé par le directeur du département des Transports aériens de la Commission de l'UA pour les Infrastructures et l'Énergie, Adiron Alberto, à Luanda, capitale de l'Angola, en marge de la troisième réunion des ministres africains des Transports qui s'est ouverte ici sous la direction du ministre angolais des Transports Augusto da Silva Tomas. M. Alberto a rapporté qu'actuellement, un passager voyageant de Luanda au Gabon était contraint de faire étape par l'Europe ou l'Afrique du Sud, car il n'y a aucun vol direct entre l'Angola...
(Agence Ecofin 23/07/13)
(Agence Ecofin) - L’Afrique possède près de la moitié de toutes les terres utilisables non cultivées de la planète. Ce sont environ 202 millions d’hectares qui pourraient être ainsi exploités. Elle affiche pourtant le niveau de pauvreté le plus élevé du monde. Ses piètres performances sur le front du développement suggèrent qu’elle n’a pas tiré parti de ses abondantes terres agricoles et ressources naturelles pour enclencher une croissance partagée et soutenue. Intensifier les progrès Le rapport de la Banque mondiale intitulé « Securing Africa’s Land for Shared Prosperity », affirme que la mauvaise gouvernance des terres – qui permet de déterminer et d’administrer les droits fonciers – pourrait bien être à incriminer. C’est ce que vient de découvrir la Banque...
(Agence Ecofin 22/07/13)
(Agence Ecofin) - Le Fonds Afrique50 de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD) est devenu vendredi 19 juillet le le principal véhicule financier pour les infrastructures du continent. « Nous, Mme Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, présidente de la Commission de l’Union africaine (CUA), Dr Carlos Lopes, secrétaire exécutif de la Commission économique pour l’Afrique (CEA), M. Donald Kaberuka, président du Groupe de la Banque africaine de développement (BAD), les communautés économiques régionales, les institutions régionales de financement du développement et l’Agence de planification et de coordination du NEPAD, renforçons notre coopération dans la quête de nouveaux instruments innovants pour augmenter de manière significative les investissements dans l’infrastructure régionale et continentale en appui à la transformation de l’Afrique », déclare le communiqué commun...
(Le Soleil 18/07/13)
La Commission économique pour l’Afrique (Cea) en collaboration avec Oxford University Press, a publié la 3ème édition du Rapport sur la gouvernance en Afrique (Agr III). «Alors que l'Afrique a enregistré des progrès remarquables dans la régularité des élections, le contenu et la qualité de ces élections demeurent suspects dans de nombreux pays. Les élections sont devenues source de conflits avec la violence, les tensions et les acrimonies et les divisions d'élite pointue qui retardent les résultats des élections. Ceci constitue une tendance préoccupante à l'avenir démocratique de l'Afrique », lit-on dans le communiqué. Ce rapport retrace la généalogie des élections en Afrique; les infrastructures politiques et constitutionnelles sur lesquelles les élections sont faites, les formes de transition politique par...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/13)
America's wealthiest universities are venturing into Africa's fast-growing frontier markets in search of outsized investment returns that will allow them to offer scholarships, lure star professors and fund research. For Sub-Saharan Africa, recognition from these deep-pocketed U.S. institutions, who have often earned envy among fellow global investors for their strong returns, marks a significant shift. American university endowments - permanent funds of educational institutions - pride themselves on spotting new investment opportunities early, such as venture capital, private equity and natural resources such as timber. Combined, they manage assets of over $400 billion. A study of 831 endowments by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published this year showed their annual net returns...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. He was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on June 8. The government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A close friend told Sky News that the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for Mandela, a transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation.
(Shabait 01/07/13)
Asmara — The Agriculture Ministry's branch in the Central region has compiled the necessary data regarding Geographic Information System (GIS) and cartography. It made the statement at a meeting conducted yesterday at Asmara City Hall, during which it was stated that the task was facilitated with a view to clearly identifying distribution of social service facilities, assessing revenue and classifying afforestation patterns. Mr. Mihretab Yohanes, from the branch office, pointed out that the required research as regards effective harnessing of resources has been fulfilled, besides the clearly defined current distribution of social service facilities. Accordingly, the study enabled the branch office to mark crop and livestock production vis-à-vis proper utilization of land resources as grazing lands, green feed potentials and...
(Dw-World 14/06/13)
An Eritrean refugee who calls himself Mulugeta is speaking out for the first time since he arrived in Tel Aviv after surviving a torture camp in Sinai - one of hundreds of refugees who managed to pay his way out. Mulugeta is a quiet man. His voice is low and his eyes are sad, but he is pleasant as he forces a smile under his thin mustache. He works from dawn until dusk as a janitor. He lives in a men's shelter in Petach Tikva, just a short distance from Tel Aviv, and he prays for the safety of his daughters. It had taken nearly two weeks for Mulugeta to come forward but now he is ready. He is one...
(The Associated Press 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG — The desk is spotless and books neatly line the shelves in Nelson Mandela's office at a Johannesburg-based foundation that carries his name, but the former South African president and anti-apartheid leader hasn't worked there for years. The meticulously preserved room is one of many tributes to the legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation that many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death. That reluctance is gradually eroding as the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital on Tuesday. President Jacob Zuma called Mandela's condition "very serious" but said he has...
(AFP (eng) 11/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 11, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was spending his fourth day in hospital Tuesday where he was being treated in intensive care for a lung infection. The 94-year-old former president was rushed to a Pretoria hospital early Saturday and was said to be in serious but stable condition. His latest health scare has been met with prayers and a growing acceptance among South Africans that their hero may be nearing the end of his life. "He is receiving intensive care treatment," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj, who served jail time with Mandela, told AFP on Monday. He "remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged," the presidency said after describing him as being in a "serious but stable" condition...
(BBC News Africa 03/06/13)
Canada has ordered an Eritrean envoy to leave the country following claims he demanded contributions from expatriates to fund Eritrea's military. Semere Ghebremariam Micael, head of the Eritrean Consulate General in Toronto, has been under investigation for the practice. It is in breach of both UN sanctions against Eritrea and Canadian law, the Canadian government said. Mr Micael has been given until on 5 June to leave. Warned previously "Canada has taken steps to expel (declare persona non grata) Mr Semere Ghebremariam O Micael, consul and head of the Eritrean Consulate General in Toronto, effective immediately," Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said in a statement on Wednesday. "Today's actions speak for themselves," he added. The dispute centres on the...
(Shabait 22/05/13)
Asamara — Eritrean nationals in Stockholm and its environs celebrated the 22nd Independence Day anniversary on 18 May with patriotic zeal under the theme "ERITREA - Shield of Resilience and Nobility of Work". Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Yonas Mana, Charge D'Affaires of the Eritrean Embassy in the Scandinavian countries, explained that preserving sovereignty is challenging as that of bringing independence and that it is the responsibility of every citizen to live up to the task. Mr. Alem Teklegiorgis, Chairperson of Holidays Coordinating Committee, who said that "Independence Day is the fruit of our struggle and sacrifice", indicated that the Eritrean people are celebrating Independence Day at a time in which the nation is progressing into higher economic development foiling...
(The Associated Press 13/05/13)
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Eritrea's government has jailed about 10,000 dissidents without charge or trial over the years, a rights group said in report Thursday, describing the Horn of Africa nation as one of the world's most repressive states. The new report by Amnesty International said those held in detention include suspected critics of the government, politicians, journalists, and "anyone who refuses to comply with the repressive system." In a statement Thursday, Eritea's governmnet called the report "unsubstantiated" and a "political assault" on the country. Among those behind bars are 187 people detained since January, when a group of more than 100 soldiers stormed the Ministry of Information and demanded the release of all political prisoners. Some Western diplomats...
(Allafrica 29/04/13)
Khartoum — Eritrean women fleeing their country's oppressive regime are increasingly finding themselves the repeat victim of abuse, exploitation and violence once outside their homeland, a new report by a women's rights group has found. The report titled 'Letters from Eritrea: Refugee Women Tell Their Stories' was compiled by the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa (SIHA) and released earlier this month. It seeks to provide a backdrop as to why the women left, as well as their experiences leaving Eritrea and while living as refugees in their host countries. SIHA collected the testimonies of 15 women during its research currently living in Sudan, Kenya and Uganda. The deeply personal stories highlight the often traumatic circumstances surrounding...
(Reuters (Eng) 26/04/13)
Africa's brisk economic growth over the past decade has been consumer driven, a much-hyped trend that masks the uncomfortable fact that the region remains far too reliant on commodities. Sub-Saharan Africa's growth has been second only to Asia and cracked along at 5.8 percent last year, according to a World Bank estimate, if South Africa, the continent's biggest economy, is excluded. About two-thirds of growth in the past decade has been driven by domestic demand, which has been stoked by a number of factors including the continent's fast-growing and young population. Consumption has had multiplier effects into a range of services including banking and finance. Yet unlike in Asia, Africa's consumer boom has been financed mostly by income generated from...
(Asmarino Independent 08/03/13)
On Tuesday the 5th of March, 2013 a panel discussion on Eritrean refugees was held at Simmons College in which the author participated and submitted the paper titled “ Eritrean Refugees and Human Trafficking” Introduction Eritrea is one of the few countries in the world that begun producing refugees as early as late 1960s. Perhaps it is one of the earliest conflict prone areas in Africa where its citizens were forced to flee their home for safe sanctuary in the Sudan. Sadly, the earliest victims of this involuntary exodus were Muslim pastoralist in whose region the conflict begun. Therefore, massive refugee influx is not a new phenomenon to this troubled land because at the height of the civil war that...
(Asmarino Independent 08/03/13)
Lamlam, 17, is one of thousands of people who make the treacherous journey from Eritrea to Egypt each year. Many fall victim to unscrupulous people traffickers, who kidnap them and demand ransom money from their families. "The kidnappers would make me lie on my back and then they would get me to ring my family to ask them to pay the ransom they wanted," she says, lifting up the back of her shirt to expose a rash of deep scars. "As soon as one of my parents answered the phone, the men would melt flaming plastic over my back and inner thighs and I would scream and scream in pain. "This, they hoped, would put extra pressure on my mother...

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