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June 8, 2011. The Consul General for Angola moved from her job in New York to a consular position in Houston. Dr Chika Onyeani, above, gave a speech in recognition of the great work she has been doing in African communities. Dr Chika Onyeani publishes African Sun Times, and is a prolific writer of intellectual works.

Pictures of dancers above right and on Aug Daily Updates. Also on Aug Daily Updates, picture of the Consul General Mrs Julia Machado Esq with Princess Tosin Mustapha and Dr Susanna.
The Republic of Angola
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The Portuguese colonized Angola, and left in 1975, and a civil war started which ended in 2002. Angola has a lot of oil, a lot of minerals and a lot of poverty. They banned Islam in 2013.

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Presidente Bukele, negocie con las pandillas de El Salvador (pero de otro modo)
Una investigación periodística presentó pruebas de que funcionarios del actual gobierno salvadoreño han entablado diálogos con la MS-13. Pactar con las pandillas no debe rechazarse, pero debe hacerse de manera eficiente y con transparencia.

Wed, 16 Sep 2020 09:05:08 GMT

400,000 Immigrants Can Be Forced to Leave the U.S., Court Rules
People from countries like El Salvador and Haiti who won temporary protected status after fleeing natural disaster and war can be forced to return home, a federal appeals court ruled.

Mon, 14 Sep 2020 22:14:08 GMT

A Salvadoran-American Assembles the Fragments of a Violent Cultural History
“Unforgetting,” by the journalist Roberto Lovato, examines the long and bloody relationship between the United States and El Salvador through the prism of his family.

Tue, 01 Sep 2020 09:00:07 GMT

¿Por qué son populares los chicos malos?
Pese a las crisis, errores y tropiezos en sus gobiernos, los presidentes de México, El Salvador y Brasil mantienen índices de aprobación nada desdeñables. ¿Cuáles son las razones de sus seguidores?

Thu, 20 Aug 2020 09:10:05 GMT

En El Salvador todos han negociado con las pandillas
Dialogar con las pandillas ha sido una realidad en el país: políticos de todos los colores lo han hecho por casi una década, pero solo unos cuantos han sido perseguidos por hacerlo. ¿Es una utopía transparentar esos pactos?

Sun, 02 Aug 2020 12:00:05 GMT

El virus gana impulso en América Latina
La desigualdad, las ciudades densamente pobladas, las legiones de trabajadores informales y los débiles sistemas de atención médica han socavado los esfuerzos gubernamentales de combate a la pandemia.

Wed, 24 Jun 2020 18:10:40 GMT

Virus Gains Steam Across Latin America
Inequality, densely packed cities, legions of informal workers and weak health care systems have undermined efforts to fight the pandemic, as some governments have fumbled the response.

Tue, 23 Jun 2020 16:28:35 GMT

Los gobiernos hablan, el crimen dispone
La nueva normalidad podría ser una versión empeorada de la cruda normalidad antes del coronavirus en América Latina. Se corre el riesgo de que la crisis contraiga aún más el alcance de unos Estados frágiles y los grupos del crimen organizado ganen espacios.

Mon, 22 Jun 2020 12:00:10 GMT

Una tormenta azotará las democracias latinoamericanas
Las políticas de austeridad para responder a la pandemia podrían traer a la región males mayores al que buscan conjurar.

Mon, 15 Jun 2020 12:00:08 GMT

Cómo evitar que las cárceles de América Latina se conviertan en una incubadora del coronavirus
Reducir la sobrepoblación penitenciaria es crucial para evitar un contagio generalizado en las prisiones de la región. Los gobiernos y los jueces deben actuar con urgencia.

Thu, 21 May 2020 14:41:29 GMT

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Ivory Coast council approves President Ouattara for third term bid
ABIDJAN - Ivory Coast’s Constitutional Council on Monday ruled that President Alassane Ouattara is eligible to run for a third term in the Oct. 31 presidential election, even as opponents said his candidacy jeopardises the West African country’s democracy.,

Violent protests have rocked Ivory Coast since Ouattara, in power since 2010, announced his candidacy. Over a dozen people have died in clashes between protesters and police since August.

The constitution says the president can only stay in power for two terms, but Ouattara has argued that the publication of a new constitution in 2016 reset his presidency.

The unrest has political observers worried that the vote could destabilise Ivory Coast, the world’s top cocoa producer and French-speaking West Africa’s largest economy. A disputed election in 2010 led to a brief civil war that killed over 3,000 people.


The council whittled down an initial list of 44 candidates to just four. It ruled out Ouattara rivals, including former President Laurent Gbagbo, who was acquitted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity charges last year, and former rebel leader Guillaume Soro, both of whom reside outside Ivory Coast but command strong followings inside the country.

Their candidacies were rejected because they were not present on the electoral list, the council said.

The candidacy of another former president, Henri Konan Bedie, was approved.


Ivory Coast has been on edge ahead of the eagerly awaited ruling by the council.

Police fired tear gas on Monday to break up demonstrations against Ouattara’s decision to run again. Protesters set up barricades and shut down traffic in several towns, including the commercial capital Abidjan, where a burning bus sent high plumes of black smoke from the densely-populated Yopougon district. Demonstrators also torched a truck in the western city of Bangolo, witnesses said.

Ouattara had announced in March that he will not run, but revised his decision after the sudden death of his handpicked successor Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly in July.Reuters


Sat, 19 Sep 2020 14:15:39 GMT

Namibia lifts coronavirus state of emergency
Namibia has ended its Covid-19 state of emergency, six months after it was imposed to curb the spread of the virus.,

It means international travel can resume, a ban on domestic travel between the capital and nearby towns has been lifted, sporting events can resume with spectators up to 50% maximum capacity, and social gatherings of up to 50 people are permitted.


"We are not out of the woods yet, and not by a long shot. Now is the time to exercise maximum personal responsibility and vigilance," President Hage Geingob said.


He added that the authorities will monitor infections over the next 14 days and introduce new measures if necessary.


Namibia has confirmed more than 10,000 coronavirus cases, and 108 deaths.


Sat, 19 Sep 2020 09:01:38 GMT

Libyan strongman Haftar 'ready' to lift oil blockade
Libyan strongman General Khalifa Haftar says he is ready to temporarily lift his blockade of the country's oil production facilities.,

The rival government which backs him in eastern Libya submitted its resignation earlier this week after protests in Benghazi and other cities over deteriorating living conditions and corruption.

Gen Haftar said Friday's announcement about lifting the oil blockade followed an agreement with the UN-backed government in Tripoli under which oil revenues would be distributed fairly.

A government minister has said a committee would be set up to oversee the handling of the revenue.

But the national oil company says it won't resume operations until Gen Haftar's forces leave the production facilities.

His blockade - which began January - has starved the Libyan economy of billions of dollars of desperately needed export earnings.

Before the blockade, Libya was producing around 1.2 million barrels per day compared to just over 100,000 barrels per day, according to Reuters.




Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:59:06 GMT

Egypt misses out on World Trade Organization leader bid
Egypt's Abdel-Hamid Mamdouh has been knocked out of the running to become the next leader of the World Trade Organization (WTO), along with candidates from Mexico and Moldova.,


The two Africans left in the race are Nigeria's Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Kenya's Amina Mohamed.


They proceed to the second selection round with South Korea, the UK and Saudi Arabia.


The new leader is expected to take office in November.


The WTO sets the rules for global trade and adjudicates in trade disputes between nations. It is also, according to its website, supposed to "open trade for the benefit of all".


BBC Africa business editor Zawadi Mudibo says there is a growing feeling among African diplomats that someone from the continent should be at the helm of one of the world's top economic institutions.




Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:52:11 GMT

Kenya shuts camp that blocked wildebeest migration
The Kenyan authorities have ordered the closure of a tourist camp built in the Masai Mara that blocked wildebeests from their annual migration to Serengeti park in Tanzania.,


Kenya's National Environment Management Authority (Nema) said the Mara Ngenche camp had not complied with environmental requirements.


The camp has now been ordered to undertake a fresh environmental assessment to determine its suitability at current site, the authority tweeted



"The camp management was ordered to demolish structures encroaching into the riparian reserves of the Mara river," the authority said.


Nema added that it will conduct an "audit of all facilities in Mara's ecosystem in the next one month and all non-compliant facilities will be closed and prosecuted".


Several people on Twitter expressed their anger last week after Kenya's Tourism Minister Najib Balala shared a video showing the wildebeest blocked from their annual migration.




Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:49:14 GMT

Somalia's leader presents pick for next prime minister
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo has named Mohamed Hussein Roble as prime minister, pending approval of parliament.,


The president said Mr Roble was selected on the basis of "his knowledge, experience and ability to move forward with state-building efforts and the development of national plans".


If Mr Roble wins the confidence of parliament, he will replace Hassan Ali Khaire, who was ousted in a no-confidence vote by parliament on 25 July.


President Farmajo, in a statement, urged the prime minister-designate to "immediately form a capable government that will lead the country to elections and make significant efforts to consolidate security gains, rebuild the armed forces, develop infrastructure, expand basic services".


Mr Roble is a relative newcomer to Somali's politics.


His predecessor fell out with President Farmajo over differing views on the election due early next year. Mr Khaire had insisted that "elections should be held on time... to avoid a political, security and constitutional crisis".







Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:47:07 GMT

Algeria jails ex-policeman who joined protests
A former Algerian police officer who joined the country's Hirak protest movement has been sentenced to two years in jail for threatening security officials and divulging professional information online.,


Toufik Hassani became popular after he apologised to students who were brutalised by police during their demonstrations in October 2019.


A prisoners' rights group, the National Committee for the Release of Prisoners (CNLD), said some 45 other people are in jail for charges linked to online posts.


Journalist Khaled Drareni was on Tuesday sentenced to two years in prison for covering protests.


Human rights groups have condemned arrests of journalists and protesters.


The Hirak movement led protests against then-President Abdelaziz Bouteflika's bid for a fifth term after nearly 20 years in power.





Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:43:48 GMT

Mali's former leader Moussa Traoré set for burial
Mali's former President Moussa Traoré is to be buried on Friday at the Place d'Armes du Genie Militaire, the former air base in the capital, Bamako.,


The leader of the military junta Col Assimi Goita is expected to attend.

Mr Traoré died on Tuesday aged 83 at his home. Three days of national mourning began on Thursday.

He took power in a coup in 1968 and remained president until he was ousted by the military in 1991.

Mr Traoré has played the role of elder statesman in recent years, advising the younger generation of Malian politicians.


Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:41:01 GMT

Coronavirus in South Africa: Relief, pride and the 'new normal'
It was hardly a "mission accomplished" moment. South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa looked appropriately dour, and sounded appropriately cautious, as he appeared on national television this week to warn of the dangers of a second wave of infections and to urge the public against relaxing their guard against the virus.,


And yet the president's key message was a simple, optimistic and impressive truth.

"We have succeeded in overcoming the worst phase of this epidemic," he declared.

As the infection rate here sinks below an important threshold of one new case per day per 100,000 people, South Africa is moving - with relief, and with some pride - into a new phase.

What the president and his scientific advisers describe as "a new normal".

With almost all economic activity resuming, the nation's borders slowly opening, and one of the world's earliest and strictest lockdowns ending, this feels like a significant moment - an opportunity to take stock, even to celebrate, and to explore the ever-thorny issue of who, or what, should share most credit for containing Covid-19.

"I had visions of Italy… that we're not ready, that we're going to get overwhelmed," recalled Professor Salim Abdool Karim - chair of the government's Covid-19 advisory panel and the public face of the scientific community - thinking back to March, and to what he and the government publicly warned was an oncoming viral "storm".

Instead, very few hospitals were overwhelmed, and the official death toll of some 15,000 is significantly lower than even the most optimistic modelling predicted.

Speaking on an internet link from his office in Durban, Prof Karim does not disguise the relief he feels.

But, like many scientists, his inclination is not to sit back and enjoy the good news, but rather to keep probing and testing hypotheses in order to better understand both Covid-19, and South Africa's response to it.

'Bad epidemic'

There is plenty of data to wade through now.

Much of it contradictory. Or rather, much of it still needing to be put in proper context.

Take South Africa's long battle against HIV and tuberculosis.

New evidence suggests TB patients are particularly vulnerable to Covid-19.

But, on the flip side, the systems put in place to cope with both pre-existing diseases, "assisted us and better prepared us to cope with Covid," said Prof Karim.


Sat, 19 Sep 2020 08:33:39 GMT

Saudi Arabia crude exports rebound in July from historic lows
- Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports rebounded in July to 5.73 million barrels per day (bpd) from a record low in June, official data showed on Thursday.,

At 4.98 million bpd, crude exports in June were the weakest on record, according to data from the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI) stretching back to 2002.

Output from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rose by more than 1 million bpd in July as Saudi Arabia and other Gulf members ended voluntary supply cuts, on top of an OPEC-led deal to curb production.Reuters


Thu, 17 Sep 2020 19:23:07 GMT