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We publish in these columns and elsewhere articles likely to challenge individual skills and strength with the union so that together we find the dash necessary to fight these plagues, tragedies and all the evils which handicap the full development of Africa and to preserve its assets.
" Non violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages"
et développement en Afrique
Human Development Report 2004
Accommodating people’s growing demands for their inclusion in society, for respect of their ethnicity, religion, and language, takes more than democracy and equitable growth. Also needed are multicultural policies that recognize differences, champion diversity and promote cultural freedoms, so that all people can choose to speak their language, practice their religion, and participate in shaping their culture—so that all people can choose to be who they are...MORE
Many of Africa's best-educated people have left the continent to live in the West while other Africans suffer back home... More
Source: The Ottawa Citizen
Keynote speech by Emeagwali at the Pan African Conference on Brain Drain, Elsah, Illinois on October 24, 2003.
....."We came to the United States on student visas and then changed our status to become permanent residents and then naturalized citizens. Our new citizenship status helped us sponsor relatives, and also inspired our friends to immigrate here"....Lire Plus
Do you send money
One of the ways that money enters poor regions of the world, including Africa, is in the form of remittances, sent back by immigrant workers in the industrialised world..
Africa Live is asking:
Does sending money back home hold you back in your new life? How does your family spend your money? Are you seen as a bottomless pit? Or have remittances changed your life? Have you become too dependent on relatives working abroad?
Participate in the debate...More
Public service mired in racism, senator charges
Minorities have little hope of being hired,
advancing, equal treatment, Conservative argues Senator
Donald Oliver says: 'It is clear to me that Canada's multicultural
garden is a mess -- choked with weeks, parched by a lack of water and
ruined through sheer neglect.'...MORE
Unique Conference Board Project Tackles Barriers to Visible Minority Advancement
In the two decades since its outbreak, HIV has infected more than 60 million people, and AIDS has caused the deaths of more than 20 million people. The pandemic has shattered lives and left families destitute. More than 14 million children have been orphaned by HIV/AIDS, and that number is expected to more than triple by 2010.
In the developing world, AIDS is reversing development by cutting down men and women in their most productive years and eroding the social and family structures. Today, more than 95 percent of the estimated 40 million people infected with HIV/AIDS live in the developing world. With already scarce health care resources, poor countries often lack the means to battle AIDS through prevention and awareness programs. As professionals -- teachers, doctors, engineers -- are stricken, they become unable to contribute to the development of infrastructure and the function of civil society. Education, a tool essential for development, is being compromised by a dwindling supply of both teachers and students -- particularly girls who must care for their younger siblings when a parent dies or becomes ill from the AIDS virus. Consequently, the impact of AIDS and the potential for future damage to societies and economies in the developing world is particularly devastating. More
"The goal of realizing human rights is fundamental to the global fight against AIDS. And in a world facing a terrible epidemic - one that has already spread further, faster and to more devastating effect than any other in human history - winning the fight against AIDS is a precondition for achieving rights worth enjoying."
- Dr. Peter Piot, UNAIDS Executive Director, Speech to the 59th Session
of the United Nations Commission on Human
Rights, Geneva, 19 March 2003
HIV /AIDS links
AEGIS (AIDS Education Global Information System)
CNN: Special Reports on AIDS
Family Health International
AFRICAN STORY FROM THE DAWN OF TIME
"Africa Dream have been only mislaid, not lost".
African Union was founded to acceleratete the process of integration in the continent to enable it play its rightful role in the global economy while addressing multifaceted social, economic and political problems compounded as they are by certain negative aspects of globalisation.
The main objectives of the OAU were, inter alia, to rid the continent of the remaining vestiges of colonization and apartheid; to promote unity and solidarity among African States; to coordinate and intensify cooperation for development; to safeguard the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Member States and to promote international cooperation within the framework of the United Nations.
Through the OAU Coordinating Committee for the Liberation of Africa, the Continent worked and spoke as one with undivided determination in forging an international consensus in support of the liberation struggle and the fight against apartheid.
Unity, Integration, Renaissance and Development are our commitments to Africa
Together we can overcome the outbreak of AIDS and achieve more. Information and will are the keys. Ignorance and Silence are the handicap.
"If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room"
"The real wealth of a nation is its people. The aim of politics and the purpose of development is to create an enabling environment for people to enjoy long, healthy and creative lives. This simple but powerful truth is too often forgotten in the pursuit of material and financial wealth."
Those are the opening lines of the first United Nations's Human Development Report, published in 1990. The 2002 Human Development Report shows growing divisions between those who prosper in this new world -- and those who do not.
"Each day in the developing world, more than 30,000 children die from mostly preventable and treatable causes such as diarrhea, acute respiratory infections, measles or malaria. These diseases are far more deadly to children who are stunted or underweight. 12 million people die each year from lack of water, including 3 million children from waterborne disease: 1.1 billion lack access to clean water; 2.4 billion live without decent sanitation; and 4 billion without wastewater disposal".
"The level of inequality
worldwide is grotesque."
"Most of human suffering and misery is due to Human Beings preying upon one another, indifferent to the suffering and misery of others as they pursue the fulfillment of their selfish desires and hatreds related to the acquisition of personal wealth, resources, land, power, control".
The first African woman elected president, pledged to fight corruption and create jobs
Liberia's president-elect has pledged to make women across the world "proud", after becoming Africa's first elected female head of state.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said her election victory had "shattered the glass ceiling theory". Addressing the nation after her win was confirmed, she promised to usher in a new era after 14 years of war....More
Crowds cheer Senegal peace deal
Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 18:22 GMT
President Wade has made peace a priority of
Blair calls for action on Africa
Blair said there would soon be "no more excuses"
British Prime Minister Tony Blair has appealed to the world to do more to help Africa out of poverty. At a meeting of his Commission for Africa, in Ethiopia, he vowed to put the continent at the top of the agenda when Britain chaired the G8 next year. It was "a tremendous opportunity to put before the international community a plan for Africa", he told the BBC.
The Commission for Africa was set up to look at issues such as development aid, fair trade and debt relief...More
Public money or fund must be invested in public infrastructures for the sake of all tax payers. Everybody benefit from such investment. Corruption deprives not only the innocent masses but also the relatives and those who are involved in this malpractice. This is one of the depressing features of corruption.
The following is an excerpt from a speech at a meeting at the South African Institute of International Affairs headed by Moeletsi Mbeki
Moeletsi Mbeki accused African elites of stealing money and keeping it abroad, while colonial rulers planted crops and built roads and cities. "This is one of the depressing features of Africa," he said.
He said that while China had lifted some 400,000 people out of poverty in the past 20 years, Nigeria had pushed 71 million people below the poverty line.
"The average African is
poorer than during the age of colonialism. In the 1960s African elites/rulers,
instead of focusing on development, took surplus for their own enormous
entourages of civil servants without ploughing anything back into the
country," he said.
African poverty crisis and causes are well known and are due to corruption of selfish people who have no respect and care of collectvities but their own selfish wealth. There is no embarassment fighting corruption and corrupted leaders.
Comment by Inaedad on Africa's poverty issue
African Poverty Crisis, an Embarrassment, Says
President Olusegun Obasanjo yesterday said the endemic poverty in Africa as well as the deepening unemployment situation constitute a continental embarassment. Speaking at the extra-ordinary summit of African Union on Employment and Poverty Alleviation in Ouagadougou, Obasanjo urged African leaders to adopt far-reaching and comprehensive reforms built around people to reposition the continent. He also warned the rich against displaying indifference in the face of poverty crises and its attendent security implications.
He added that the leadership corps in the continent must shy away from rhetoric and demonstrate fresh political will to tackle the problem which poses one of the greatest security threat to the continent. According to him, "We must admit that at some level, this is an embarrassing scorecard for a continent that is so richly endowed with some of the most creative and hardworking people in the world."
Obasanjo highlighted the causes of the "gloomy picture of poverty and employment situations" as low or no economic growth, bad economic and political governance, conflicts, high population growth, deteriorating health, poor social conditions, debt overhang as well as environmental degradation among others. He noted that the continent will continue to face serious challenges unless more determined efforts and well co-ordinated programmes on a sustainable level are developed. "We all know what is required of us; far reaching and comprehensive programmes reforms built around the people and designed to position our countries and continent for growth, stability, democracy and development. We cannot run away from this reality and unless we reform no amount of rhetoric or half measures will turn round the fate and fortunes of Africa", he said....More
World commemorates end of slavery
Note from INAEDAD: The following image and the comment are excerpted from BBC. We want to ensure that history should not be falsified and even if slavery is slavery whatever forms its come with, the "unprecedented tragedy" which has humiliated and depleted Africa from its inhabitants should not be confused with any actual form of slavery. We want to forgive but not to forget. The commemoration of the end of slavery should not bring at the front line the “participation or contribution” of Africans themselves in this shameful and degrading trade of human beings. Initiating and Participating countries in these tragedies should make the front line of the comments, and pictures of their deeds should be publicized. It is worth knowing the source, date and the author of this picture!.
The UN says slavery has taken on new forms
Events are being held worldwide to mark the abolition
of the slave trade and to highlight the fact that millions still live
as slaves in all but name.
New life in US for Somali Bantus
Migrants die on journey to Italy
The migrants said they had been at sea for nine days, but a quarter of those on board died on the way, and the survivors threw their bodies overboard.
The Italian authorities believe the boat began its journey in Libya. Those on board were mainly from Sudan, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Ivory Coast.
"My son didn't make it. I had to abandon him in the sea," one survivor told Ansa news agency...More
AFRICANS SEEKING SOLUTION TO IVORY COAST CONFLICT: TIME TO RESOLVE OUR PROBLEMS IN AN AFRICAN WAY!?.
Ivorian signs peace deal in
Ivorian rebels must now start disarming by mid-October
Annan addresses West African summit on Côte d'Ivoire
29 July 2004 – Addressing a West African summit in Ghana, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today appealed to the opposing parties in Côte d'Ivoire to use the meeting to break the present deadlock in the peace process and to speak candidly about any contentious issues. "I look to you to put aside partisan and personal interests and work together in a spirit of commitment and compromise," he told the Ivorian representatives at the meeting of 12 heads of member countries of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). "Only in this way can you forge the political consensus needed to move forward on the implementation of the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement," he said, referring to an accord reached last year in France which he called "the roadmap for resolving the crisis, and bringing an end to the long and deep suffering of the people of Côte d'Ivoire." He reminded all Ivoirian parties that they should shoulder responsibility for ensuring unconditional implementation of the peace agreement, adding that the United Nations needed full cooperation from both leaders and people "to allow us to provide maximum support for your efforts to restore peace and stability."..More
IT IS TIME TO TALK ABOUT AFRICAN LANGUAGES
CHEICK ANTA DIOP'S REBIRTH!?
CHEICK ANTA DIOP WAS RIGHT?!
"What the African can never express, until he abandons
the use of foreign languages, is the peculiar genius of his own languages.
This is one of the dramatic problems of our culture:
that we must express ourselves in a foreign language or keep quiet.
Extirped from : TOWARDS THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE
TOWARDS THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE
Swahili baffles African leaders !!!
A summit of African leaders
was thrown into confusion (!!!) when Mozambique's president addressed
the meeting in an African language - Swahili.
Africa 'should not pay its debts'
Mr Sachs insisted that such a response was serious
and responsible, providing that the money was
used transparently and channelled only into urgent social needs... Read
Chief Cites Intolerance as Major Cause of Conflict in Africa
HO, Ghana/GENEVA, 28 June 2004 (LWI) – Ghanaian Paramount Chief Togbe Afede XIV, has appealed for tolerance and reciprocal respect among Africa’s peoples, saying conflict was one reason why the continent had grown poorer over the past 25 years. The regional leader of Ho-Asogli state in the Volta region, urged African governments to endeavor to strengthen peace by working toward a more equal and just society. In a candid presentation during the opening session of the West African Inter-Faith Peace Summit in Ghana’s northeastern city of Ho, Afede XIV cited tribalism, intolerance, poverty, excessive politicization of governance and corruption as some of the most significant causes of conflicts in Africa. “While we work for the resolution of the various conflicts in Africa, it is important that we do not forget to work toward the prevention of conflict in areas where there is a semblance of peace,” Afede XIV told religious representatives attending the June 23-24 summit organized by the Inter-Faith Action for Peace in Africa (IFAPA)... More
Present world trade imbalances are discriminatory, Annan says
Annan at opening of UNCTAD XI, 14 June 2004
The world could improve living standards for all because it now has the experience, the technologies, the unprecedented consensus around the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) seeking to halve extreme poverty by 2015 and the beginning of a global economic recovery, he said...Pointing to the lack of coherence, Mr. Annan said Asian entrepreneurs trying to take advantage of a new market opportunity in a rich country, might find that their roads were inadequate for the trucks that would have to carry their exports to local ports... An African farmer might find that duty-free access to global markets has been nullified by requirements for sophisticated packaging, or by the financial and marketing impact of subsidies paid to competitors in wealthier countries. The indigenous producer of medicinal herbs in Latin America might not know whether his peoples would be fairly rewarded, he said... New resources would help countries to rely on themselves and would be an investment in the future well-being and security of the world, he said. .. More
UNCTAD INTERACTIVE SESSIONS EXPLORE LINKS BETWEEN TRADE AND POVERTY, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND CAPITAL ACCUMULATION
SÃO PAULO, 14 June
Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, said: "We are too aware of the anxiety and suffering caused by footloose capital, deindustrialization, delocalization of jobs and industries and recent outsourcing of services, to ignore it", he added. Such action should not be neutral in terms of values, but aim instead at creating more equity. That was the moral commitment that had always been the force and inspiration of UNCTAD, a voice for the weak, the poorest among the poor and the disadvantaged"... More
ANOTHER MOVE AFTER THE PARLIAMENT SET UP. DO NOT STOP THE MOVE FOR THE SAKE OF INNOCENT MASSES. LET US GO NOW BEYONG CONFERENCES AND TALKS. THE GENERATION TO COME WILL JUDGE ALL OF US BY OUR WILL AND ACTION TOWARDS THE CONTINENT.
African leaders have launched the Peace
and Security Council of the African Union, in Ethiopia.
Its mission is to deal with the main problem facing African nations since they achieved independence - war between nations and within nations. The council's objective will be to work towards a common defence policy and develop a united defence force.
"No one will bring peace to Africa in the place of Africans", said the commission's chairman, Alpha Oumar Konare...More.
THE WILL OF A 84 AGED MAN
WHAT IF THEY ALL WERE ABLE TO READ AND DECIDE FOR THEMSELVES? LET US GIVE THEM THE RIGTH INFORMATION TO DO SO. IT IS THE DUTY OF EACH OF US. IT IS A PATH TO RENAISSANCE.
Kenya's Kimani Nganga Maruge hit the headlines around the world earlier this year for being the oldest man in Kenya to start school - aged 84.
He said one of his main aims for starting school was to learn to count the money he expects to receive in compensation from the authorities for fighting against the British. He says he also hopes to learn to read the Bible - because he does not trust the version he hears each week in church... More
Guinea premier steps down.
Guinea Prime Minister Lounseny Fall has resigned, while on a visit to New York. (BBC)
During an earlier stopover in Paris, he told the weekly Jeune Afrique-L'Intelligent that he was resigning because President Lansana Conte did not give him enough room for manoeuvre to salvage the Guinean economy.
A BBC correspondent in Guinea says it is likely that the minister announced his resignation from abroad because he feared for his safety and that of his family.
Mr Fall was appointed to his post in February.
Last year, as Guinea's foreign minister, he was his country's ambassador to the UN when Guinea presided the UN security council ahead of the war in Iraq... More
An African chief stands against AIDS -
“I had to take a stand,” he says. “I see more and more people dying, more and more falling ill and being unable to work their land. It causes great distress and poverty. More
Mbeki tackles AIDS
Urges Media Leaders to Use Influenceto
Spread Information in Fight Against AIDS
Annan with media executives at the launch of the Global Aids Initiative.
"If there is one thing that we have learned in the two decades of this epidemic, it is that in the world of AIDS, silence is death... More
Mr Konare was praised for bringing peace to Mali
The parliament with MPs from 53 member states of the African Union has been officially inaugurated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The parliament with MPs from 53 member states of the African Union has been officially inaugurated in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Commission chairman Alpha Oumar Konare said the members will craft the political road map of the continent. The union was set up in 2002, as a successor to the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Only 190 MPs from 38 countries were sworn in at the official inauguration, attended by the current chairman of the AU President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique.
The MPs will meet at the first session to decide on the permanent base of the parliament. Egypt and South Africa have offered to host the legislative body. But the parliament will only advise the heads of state of the African Union, prompting criticism that it will become just another talking shop.
The MPs elected a Tanzanian - Gertrude Mongella - as their speaker.
true 'Mother Africa'?
ADDIS ABABA: The Pan African parliament has elected a woman on a unanimous basis as the first president of the body... More
die off Spanish coast
At least 14 suspected immigrants have drowned at sea
off the coast of Spain's Canary Islands, police say.
UN council freezes Taylor's funds
REMEMBER THAT THERE ARE MANY OTHERS WHO SHOULD BE SUED FOR AFRICANS PUBLIC FUNDS MISMANAGEMENTS.
THIS IS THE CORE PROBLEM OF WARS FINANCING AND POVERTY SOURCE IN AFRICA.
.... Read More
" War does not determine who is right. only who is left"
" If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your ennemies".
Conflict and unrest drive African brain drain
March 30 2004 at 10:33AM
Addis Ababa - African experts blamed civil unrest and conflict for driving people from their home countries, saying on Monday that governments should encourage skilled migrants to return and stop Africa's "brain drain"... More
AFRICA' S IDENTITY DEBATE
" Seen from space, Africa is one huge and undivided landmass.
But for some on the continent, however, the widely-held perception is of two very different regions; Africa south of the Sahara desert, or sub-Saharan Africa, and north Africa.
For some, the dividing line is more than the Sahara - it is culture, language and even skin tone.
North Africa is predominantly Arab and relatively more developed. Many residents identify more with the Middle East than they do with the larger part of the continent.
Hundreds of people from the south migrate to the north in search of greener pastures - but they are often met with hostility.
But when it comes to an African identity, some sub-Saharan Africans believe they have more claim to the continent than their northern counterparts"... More
Your voice could certainly make the difference. Sharing of your know-how or information could save lives in Africa and to be beneficial at a community. It is the condition of survival of our communities in needs.
LET US FIGHT GUILTY SILENCE
LET US NOT BE WITNESSES IN SILENCE
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