Monday, January 30, 2012

Week Review: January 23 - January 29

A summary of what happened in the world over the last week.

The first free parliament in six decades got to work in Egypt one year after start of the revolution; UN criticism over the US detention facility of Guantanamo; Diplomatic tensions between France and Turkey over French bill, as well as between Argentina and the UK over the Falkland Islands; President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address; the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust; Israel/Palestinians peace talks; Lybia rebuilding challenges; pressure mounts on Iran over nuclear program and on Syria over continued violence and killing of civilians.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Haiti: two years after the earthquake

After two years from the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti and its people, the country is still in desperate conditions and it is becoming more and more evident that the international community has failed to keep its promises. And the reasons for this failure are, of course, hard to establish.

Nigeria and sectarian violence

Map of Nigeria, from Wikipedia
Today, the High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay urged Nigeria's political and religious leaders to make all necessary efforts to stop the spiralling sectarian violence unleashed by the Boko Haram group.

Monday, January 9, 2012

South Africa: celebrations of ANC's 100th anniversary

South Africa, Wikipedia
African National Congress celebrated its 100th anniversary with a jamboree on January 9th in Bloemfontein, where it was founded.

"We are determined to move to the second centenary with a more rejuvenated organisation that is strategically positioned to continue to lead the people of our country and continent in their tireless and ceaseless quest for a better life, in a just and more humane world," said President Jacob Zuma in his address.