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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Aug 03, 2007 Scores Die in Congo Train Derailment
QUOTE: At least 68 people were killed when an eight-car freight train derailed Wednesday night in a remote area of Congo, a calamity exacerbated by the problems plaguing the vast central African country: poor roads, a lack of rescue equipment, inadequate hospitals and limited electricity.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2007 U.N. Authorizes 26,000 Peacekeeping Troops for Darfur
QUOTE: The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Tuesday to authorize a force of about 26,000 U.N. peacekeepers to help end more than four years of violence in the Darfur region of Sudan, which has left hundreds of thousands dead and forced millions from their homes.
Washington Post Jul 15, 2007 Stop Trying To 'Save' Africa
QUOTE: [Some] campaigns [to help Africa] , however well intentioned, promote the stereotype of Africa as a black hole of disease and death. News reports constantly focus on the continent's corrupt leaders, warlords, "tribal" conflicts, child laborers, and women disfigured by abuse and genital mutilation.
Washington Post Jul 03, 2007 Janjaweed Using Rape as 'Integral' Weapon in Darfur, Aid Group Says
QUOTE: A new report on the crisis in the Darfur region of western Sudan has identified rape as a systematic weapon of ethnic cleansing being used by government-backed Janjaweed militiamen, and said Sudanese laws discriminate against female victims, who face harassment and intimidation at local police stations if they try to report the crime.
Washington Post Jun 25, 2007 In Sudan, China focuses on oil wells, not local needs: China has invested billions in oil facilities and pipelines, but not in much else, say Sudanese locals.
QUOTE: [Although China's National Petroleum Corporation] has invested billions in oil-related infrastructure...the Chinese operations were marked "from the beginning," by a "deep complicity in gross human rights violations, scorched-earth clearances of the indigenous population," says Sudan activist Eric Reeves...
Christian Science Monitor Jun 06, 2007 Amnesty International taps tech to slow violence in Darfur: New satellite imagery and Web site aim to sound alarm for imminent militia attacks
QUOTE: The Eyes on Darfur project is the first time a human rights organization has used technology to try to prevent human rights violations, according to Amnesty International.
Computerworld May 30, 2007 Pfizer Faces Criminal Charges in Nigeria
QUOTE: Officials in Nigeria have brought criminal charges against pharmaceutical giant Pfizer for the company's alleged role in the deaths of children who received an unapproved drug during a meningitis epidemic. .... The move represents a rare -- perhaps unprecedented -- instance in which the developing world's anger at multinational drug companies has boiled over into criminal charges.
Washington Post May 23, 2007 Court Examines Alleged Abuses in Central African Republic
QUOTE: "These victims are calling for justice," Moreno-Ocampo said, adding that many of them are now shunned by their families and communities. The court will look into crimes committed during continuing hostilities in parts of the country.
Washington Post May 16, 2007 Algeria's Voters Uninspired as Limited Democracy Slowly Evolves
QUOTE: Although voters will be allowed to choose elected representatives, their choices are limited to candidates blessed by the military-backed system of government that has prevailed in Algeria since it gained independence from France in 1962. Only a handful of minor opposition parties are permitted to run against the governing coalition.
Washington Post May 03, 2007 Starbucks strikes deal with Ethiopia
QUOTE: The goal of the trademarking initiative is to help Ethiopia's coffee sector - including farmer cooperatives - earn more from its valuable coffee brands, increase its negotiation leverage through control of the marks, and ultimately increase the price received for its best coffees.
Guardian Unlimited Apr 25, 2007 In 2005, G8 pledged $50bn for Africa. Now the reality: West accused of putting lives at risk as fund reaches just 10% of promised total
QUOTE: "If the efforts to double aid by 2010 are not increased soon it will be too late," Mr Annan said as the APP presented its findings in Berlin to the prime minister and the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, who will host this year's G8 summit in early June. Mr Annan said the commitment to doubling aid had fallen year on year since Gleneagles.
Guardian Unlimited Apr 20, 2007 As Vote for New President Nears, Democracy Disappoints Nigerians
QUOTE: Nigeria's corruption, rated by Transparency International as among the worst in the world, has undermined its young democracy by weakening public services and trust in elected leaders.
Washington Post Apr 17, 2007 Nigerian Court Says Candidate Illegally Excluded
QUOTE: The ruling, a firm rebuke of President Olusegun Obasanjo’s efforts to prevent politicians he says are corrupt from running for office, throws the already chaotic election season in Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer into deeper turmoil. The unanimous decision also applies to candidates for governor who were barred from races for suspected corruption in half a dozen states. Those state elections took place last Saturday, amid widespread allegations of fraud and intimidation. The ruling raised fresh doubts about whether the results would stand.
New York Times Apr 16, 2007 Tide of Zimbabwean refugees swells: Amid allegations of torture and harassment, refugees say they had no choice but to flee.
QUOTE: Zimbabwe is marking 27 years of independence from Britain this week – all under Mugabe's rule – but the celebration has been marred by the country's devastated economy and a political crisis sparked by Mugabe's plan to seek another five-year term in 2008. Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, said last week that he would talk with Mugabe's party to try to end the crisis, which he says has resulted in the abduction and torture of 600 political activists this year.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 15, 2007 Wolfowitz Clashed Repeatedly With World Bank Staff: Tenure as President Has Been Rocky
QUOTE: [Wolfowitz] insisted on retaining retain "professional contact" with her -- something that the executive board later determined was a clear conflict of interest under personnel rules. The Riza issue has come back to haunt Wolfowitz, as the bank's executive board is now considering what to do about revelations -- contained in documents it released Friday -- that Wolfowitz resolved the issue by personally arranging a bank salary and promotions for her in a temporary State Department post.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2007 Millions Vote in Nigeria, but Intimidation Is Widespread
QUOTE: The election, if it is successful, could lead to something new in Nigeria: the first time one elected government hands over power to another, a watershed moment for a nation that has suffered through repeated coups, military rule and a grim civil war that nearly destroyed the country...If this election fails, it could plunge Africa’s most populous nation and largest producer of crude oil into chaos, potentially destabilizing oil markets and the entire region.
New York Times Mar 25, 2007 Diamonds Move From Blood to Sweat and Tears
QUOTE: An international regulatory system created after the war has prevented diamonds from fueling conflicts and financing terrorist networks. Even so, diamond mining in Sierra Leone remains a grim business that brings the government far too little revenue to right the devastated country, yet feeds off the desperation of some of the world’s poorest people...In many cases, the vilified foreign mine owners have simply been replaced by local elites with a firm grip on the industry’s profits.
New York Times Mar 14, 2007 Arrests Energize Zimbabwe Opposition: Leader of Fractured Movement Finds Stature Boosted Following Beating
QUOTE: At the gathering Sunday, police shot dead one anti-government activist, rounded up 50 others and beat many of them severely, opposition officials said. Those arrested appeared in court together Tuesday, wearing casts, bandages and bloodied, dirty clothing, and won both access to their attorneys and the right to medical care at a Harare clinic, news reports said.
Washington Post Feb 28, 2007 World court's big move on Darfur: The International Criminal Court indicted a key Sudanese official and a janjaweed leader Tuesday.
QUOTE: The naming of Ahmed Haroun, a former deputy interior minister, and a janjaweed leader known as Ali Kushayb, is considered a bold move for the young ICC and its chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo. Despite Sudan's rejection of the indictments, most experts hailed them as an international censure that could help end the four-year-old crisis that has killed more than 200,000 people, and displaced more than 2 million.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 21, 2007 New fight, old foe: Slavery. Some 27 million men, women, and children are in unpaid servitude, the UN says – 200,000 of them in the US.
QUOTE: While slavery takes different forms today, the impact remains devastating to lives around the globe, according to UN and US government statistics. An estimated 300,000 children have been forced to serve as child soldiers in more than 30 conflicts. Each year, human trafficking for sexual servitude or forced labor moves 800,000 people across international borders, including some 17,500 foreigners trafficked into the United States.
Christian Science Monitor Feb 09, 2007 Chinese leader's almost triumphal trip to Africa: Growing skepticism met President Hu the further south he went as leaders signaled the end of the China-Africa honeymoon
QUOTE: But[Chinese President--Ed.] Hu canceled a visit to Zambia's copper belt, fearing protests over low pay and poor working conditions at Chinese- run mines. In the lead-up to Zambia's Sept. 28 elections, runner-up presidential candidate Michael Sata promised to kick out the Chinese if he had won. In South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki recently warned his fellow African leaders not to allow Chinese investment to become a "colonial relationship."
Christian Science Monitor Feb 09, 2007 New Advocacy Group Aims To Point Up Atrocities in Africa: Former Officials Unite to Focus Public on Darfur, Other Conflicts
QUOTE: A new group, calling itself Enough, has joined the growing list of nongovernmental peacemaking organizations. Its aim, the founders said, is to tap into the grass-roots awareness and sense of rage generated by the Darfur crisis and create a social and political network that can identify potential wide-scale atrocities, particularly in Africa, and stop them before they occur.
Washington Post Dec 11, 2006 Darfur crisis crosses borders
QUOTE: The crisis in Darfur has exploded in recent weeks, and now threatens to drag fragile neighboring countries into a regional war. Both Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR) have become engulfed in fighting that involves a toxic mix of rebel groups, government forces, armed militias, and civilians.
Christian Science Monitor Nov 15, 2006 African Children Often Lack Available AIDS Treatment
QUOTE: "Of 368 women in Saint Luc’s prenatal clinic so far this year, 22 were H.I.V.-positive and 16 others with H.I.V. arrived in labor. Of those who carried the virus, 15 got a dose of one drug, nevirapine, at the time of birth. None got full preventive treatment."
New York Times Sep 05, 2006 Kenya Killings Put Aristocrat in Racial Fire
QUOTE: White farmers in Kenya, an increasingly beleaguered and endangered species, are deeply sympathetic. They say that crime is out of control and the police are useless, and that the bush, however beautiful, is awash with guns...But black Kenyans see Mr. Cholmondeley’s situation differently, and worry that the days of white privilege may not be over. His absolution in the first case deepened their cynicism about an already suspect judiciary and ignited large protests.
New York Times Aug 31, 2006 Shaky Darfur Peace at Risk as New Fighting Looms
QUOTE: Nearly four months after signing the agreement, the [Sudanese-ed.] government is preparing a fresh assault...to use 10,500 of its own troops to crush the rebellion, a move that would violate the peace agreement...bringing Darfur to the edge of a new abyss
New York Times Aug 30, 2006 Nurses and Doctor Again Face Execution in H.I.V. Trial in Libya
QUOTE: A Libyan prosecutor on Tuesday again demanded the death penalty for five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor being tried a second time in Libya on charges that they infected hundreds of Libyan children with H.I.V...But the country’s leader has argued that he cannot intervene in the medical workers’ case, because that would interfere with the independence of Libya’s justice system.
New York Times Aug 30, 2006 For People With AIDS, a Government With Two Faces
QUOTE: What the government says and doesn’t say still matters, unfortunately. I met some South Africans who can get antiretrovirals free at their local clinic but still prefer herbal medicines. They could live, thanks to the government’s highly reluctant actions. Instead, they will die because of its words.
New York Times Aug 28, 2006 Journalist Faces Charges Over Entering Darfur Region
QUOTE: The Sudanese government has charged Paul Salopek, a foreign correspondent for The Chicago Tribune and winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, with espionage and entering the country illegally...Mr. Salopek was traveling in Chad to report for an article about the culture, history and politics of the Sahel region.
New York Times Aug 19, 2006 U.N. Official Assails South Africa on Its Response to AIDS
QUOTE: South Africa has the largest number of H.I.V.-infected people in the world. Its president, Thabo Mbeki, has continually expressed skepticism that H.I.V. causes AIDS, and the country has questioned antiretroviral treatment and delayed providing it to pregnant women and AIDS patients.
New York Times Jun 13, 2006 In Africa, China Trade Brings Growth, Unease: Asian Giant's Appetite for Raw Materials, Markets Has Some Questioning Its Impact on Continent
QUOTE: African and Western activists say China's increasingly close ties to the troubled governments in Angola, Nigeria, Sudan and Zimbabwe are undermining efforts to nurture democracy and improve human rights.
Washington Post May 19, 2006 Mubarak Rival Loses Freedom Bid
QUOTE: An appeals court on Thursday upheld the fraud conviction of Ayman Nour, the candidate who challenged President Hosni Mubarak and his 25 years of one-man rule in elections last year, effectively consigning the fiery lawyer to five years in prison.
Washington Post May 17, 2006 U.S. Secretly Backing Warlords in Somalia
QUOTE: ...officials of Somalia's interim government and some U.S. analysts of Africa policy say the United States has returned to the African country, secretly supporting secular warlords who have been waging fierce battles against Islamic groups for control of the capital, Mogadishu.
Washington Post Apr 02, 2006 If Not Peace, Then Justice
QUOTE: ...now the International Criminal Court has begun its investigations into the mass murders and crimes against humanity that have been committed, and are still taking place, in the Darfur region of Sudan.
New York Times Mar 31, 2006 Overfarming African Land Is Worsening Hunger Crisis
QUOTE: The degradation of farmland across sub-Saharan Africa has accelerated at an ominous rate over the past decade, deepening a hunger crisis that already afflicts more than 240 million Africans, according to a study released yesterday.
New York Times Mar 03, 2006 Kenyan Police Deliver Blows to the Press
QUOTE: The crackdown on the country's second-largest media company came after the government jailed three of its journalists this week over a recent article about political intrigue involving President Mwai Kibaki. Mr. Kibaki, elected in 2002, has experienced a flurry of critical press coverage in recent months as his administration has grappled with accusations of corruption and political infighting.
New York Times Feb 02, 2006 Easing the burden of school fees in Africa
QUOTE: Although South African law says that no student should be denied an education and that impoverished students should be exempt from paying fees, children's advocates say that schools often do not understand or follow these regulations.
Christian Science Monitor Jan 03, 2006 As Rural Ethiopians Struggle, Child Labor Can Mean Survival
QUOTE: Across sub-Saharan Africa, according to U.N. research, one-third of all children younger than 14 go to work each day, making a stark jump past childhood and into responsibilities that their peers in the West don't have to think about for years.
Washington Post Nov 14, 2005 School Beatings Draw New Scrutiny in Africa
QUOTE: Corporal punishment is practiced across much of Africa....In many African societies, authority is rarely questioned, wife-beating is permitted, and women and children have low status. Underpaid teachers with little training -- many of whom were once beaten by colonial schoolmasters -- must handle classrooms with as many as 100 students.
Washington Post Oct 26, 2005 Study Finds Doctors Abandoning Poor Nations for Rich Ones
QUOTE: A new study documents for the first time the devastating exodus of doctors from Africa and the Caribbean to the wealthy, English-speaking nations...The study is likely to fuel an already furious debate about the role the developed world is playing in weakening African public health systems...
New York Times Aug 06, 2005 Nigerian Net Grifters Doing Fine
QUOTE: In the con that internet users are probably most familiar with, the e-mailer poses as a corrupt official looking for help in smuggling a fortune to a foreign bank account. E-mail or fax recipients are told that if they provide their banking and personal details and deposit certain sums of money, they'll get a cut of the loot.
Wired Jul 30, 2005 U.N. Report Details Rampant Sexual Violence in Darfur
QUOTE: Sudanese security forces and other armed groups continue to rape and abuse displaced women in Darfur with impunity...victims are routinely subjected to humiliating treatment at the hands of the authorities if they say they have been raped.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 Rwanda to Free Thousands of Inmates
QUOTE: Rwandan authorities will free thousands of inmates suspected of taking part in the 1994 genocide among 36,000 slated for a release beginning Friday to ease overcrowding in prisons, officials said.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 Mugabe's Role in Raids Debated
QUOTE: A scathing U.N. report last week condemned the demolition of slums across Zimbabwe and called for criminal prosecutions of those responsible...As a result, debate has intensified in Zimbabwe over whether Mugabe, at 81, still wields total control over the national government...
Washington Post Jul 24, 2005 U.S. Diplomat Visits Darfur. Take Three
QUOTE: It's true that sometimes even superficial events can have an impact...But the sameness of these events underscores how they are designed mainly for the pictures and images. Policy implementation is another matter.
Washington Post Jul 01, 2005 Cruel To Be Kind
QUOTE: Using bulldozers, the Zimbabwean army has destroyed the makeshift houses and flea markets that were the homes and businesses of Harare's urban poor.
Slate Jun 09, 2005 Global law claims new turf in Sudan
QUOTE: Thrust this week into its highest-profile case to date, the fledgling International Criminal Court (ICC) faces both enormous opportunities and risks as Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo launches an investigation into possible war crimes in the Sudanese region of Darfur.
USA TODAY Jun 02, 2005 Fighting AIDS in Mozambique
QUOTE: In 2004, Mozambique's health ministry spent $50 million to fight AIDS. The United States dropped $27 million last year and will donate $48 million more in 2005. From the passenger seat of a pickup truck bumping along a teeth-grinding road in one of the most infected parts of the country, Aurelio Gomes has just one question: Where is the money?
Slate Dec 05, 2004 The Power To Say No To AIDS
QUOTE: Transactional sex. Consensual, but not really...The woman's ability to provide for her children depended on her ability to attract a man to trade sex for child support.
Washington Post Nov 10, 2004 A Ugandan Tragedy
QUOTE: The actions of a fanatical rebel movement, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), have displaced more than 1.6 million people in northern and eastern Uganda...
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