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Friday, March 9th, 2018


RELIGION: Why Are We Surprised When Buddhists Are Violent?

NEW YORT TIMES – Most adherents of the world’s religions claim that their traditions place a premium on virtues like love, compassion and forgiveness, and that the state toward which they aim is one of universal peace. History has shown us, however, that religious traditions are human affairs, and that no matter how noble they may be in their aspirations, they display a full range of both human virtues and human failings. While few sophisticated observers are shocked, then, by the occurrence of religious violence, there is one notable exceptionRead More

UGANDA: Telecom giants freeze SIM cards sales

Mobile giants freeze sale of SIM cards in Uganda Major mobile phone service providers in Uganda have responded to tough new rules targeting criminal use of unregistered SIM cards by halting sales. The telecomms companies have also been ordered to recall “all SIM cards held in stock by street vendors, agents and hawkers”. Under the new rules, Uganda’s Communications Commission says, mobile phone service providers will have to “validate national identification information” for its customers which will then be “verified against the national database”. Both MTN and Airtel – theRead More

TILLERSON: Conférence de presse téléphonique sur les activités et discussions du Secrétaire d’État américain Rex Tillerson à Djibouti

An English version follows after the French one. Conférence de presse téléphonique sur les activités et discussions du Secrétaire d’État américain Rex Tillerson à Djibouti, lundi 12 mars 2018, à 10h30 GMT Le Secrétaire Rex Tillerson a visité Djibouti le vendredi 9 mars 2018, dans le cadre de sa tournée africaine du 6 au 13 mars 2018 DAKAR, Sénégal, 9 mars 2018/ — L’Ambassade des États-Unis à Dakar vous invite à participer à une conférence téléphonique, le lundi 12 mars 2018, à 10h30 GMT, avec l’ambassadeur des États-Unis à Djibouti, S.E.M.Read More

SOUTH SUDAN: UN-operated radio station taken off air

UNMISS South Sudan’s media regulator has ordered the UN-operated, independent Radio Miraya station off air for refusing to comply with the country’s broadcast laws, Amsterdam-based Radio Tamazuj reports. Radio Miraya broadcasts 24 hours a day on FM and three hours a day on shortwave in Juba, in both Arabic and English. It was launched in 2005, and its initial aim was to support implementation of the peace agreement that marked the end of the long conflict between northern and southern Sudan. The media regulatory body says the popular radio station shouldRead More

UGANDA: Minister shows off 30 domestic workers being sold to Saudi Arabia

Gender Minister, Janat Mukwaya. Photo/File Uganda flags off 30 domestic workers to Saudi Arabia KAMPALA (NEW VISION) – The workers were flagged off on Friday at a function that was graced by the gender Minister Janat Mukwaya and Saudi’s ambassador to Uganda, Abdallah Alqahtany held at the Ministry headquarters in Kampala. Uganda has flagged off 30 females to Saudi Arabia following the lifting of a ban that had been imposed on exporting domestic workers to the Muslim country. The workers were flagged off on Friday at a function that wasRead More

TILLERSON praises Uhuru, Raila talks on his Kenya visit

NAIROBI (BBC) – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has praised the “positive step” taken by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and his opposition rival Raila Odinga who have promised to begin a process of reconciliation following last year’s bitterly contested election. Speaking at press conference in the capital Narobi, Mr Tillerson also stressed on the US and Kenya’s “shared fight against terrorism”, referring to Kenyan troops serving in Somalia. And he said he was “looking forward to more opportunities to trade” with Kenya. Mr Tillerson, however, critised Kenya for “shuttingRead More

KENYA: Miguna decries Raila betrayal after latter reconciles with Uhuru

A Statement by Dr Miguna Miguna, issued at Toronto, this 9th day of March 2018. I have been advised of media reports that the People’s President, Raila Amolo Odinga has “reconciled” with the despotic president Uhuru Kenyatta. I understand that Mr Odinga has further stated that the “conflict is over” and called on the country to “reconcile and move on.” Mr Odinga’s unilateral, irrational and erratic decision to betray the fight for electoral justice, the culture of impunity and the flagrant abuse of human rights that have become routine underRead More

TILLERSON: “Winning fight against corruption in Africa”; joint statement with AU chairman

Joint Communique on High level meeting between African Union Commission Chairperson and U.S. Secretary of State The AU has named 2018 as the year of “Winning the Fight against Corruption,” and the United States supports the AU’s fight against all forms of corruption ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, March 9, 2018/ — African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat today hosted U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa. Both sides reaffirmed their strong commitment to the shared goal of a stable and prosperous Africa. Their conversation today buildsRead More

DRCONGO: UK permanent secretary to UN statement on Congo situation

Statement by Stephen Hickey, UK Acting Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Democratic Republic of Congo LONDON, United Kingdom, March 9, 2018/ — Statement by Stephen Hickey, UK Acting Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Democratic Republic of Congo: Thank you Mr President. Let me begin by welcoming the presence today of the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Okitundu, and thank you also to SRSG Zerrougui for updating us on the intensifying instability, and the dire humanitarian consequences,Read More

CANADA embroiled in Zuma, Gupta corruption, Export Development Canada financed jet

In the dock: Atul gets his R10m back, while Guptas fight to keep jet SOUTH AFRICA (DAILY MAVERICK) – As the Gupta family fought in the Johannesburg High Court on Friday to keep their jet, the Bloemfontein High Court largely overturned the Asset Forfeiture Unit’s preservation order freezing R220-million in proceeds related to the Estina Dairy project. By GREG NICOLSON. The Canadian government’s Export Development Canada (EDC) called on the Johannesburg High Court to order the Guptas to stop using their Bombardier jet and park it in storage while theyRead More