Sunday, June 23, 2013

Africa Policy Leaders Demand a New Direction in President Obama’s Policy toward the African Continent

Prez. Obama interacting with some Traditional Chiefs during his visit to Ghana in 2009
Pres. Obama interacting with some Traditional Chiefs during his visit to Ghana in 2009
As President Obama plans trip to Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa, a press conference at the National Press Club will give voice to those calling for change in his Africa policy.
When: Monday, June 24, 2013, 12:30 PM ET (6:30 PM SAST)
Where: National Press Club, Murrow Room, 529 14th St NW, 13th Floor, Washington DC
Speakers: Adotei Akwei, Amnesty International; Dev Kar, Global Financial Integrity; Emira Woods, Institute for Policy Studies; Sarah Pray, Open Society Foundations; Kysseline Chérestal, ActionAid USA; Nii Akuetteh, independent Africa policy analyst; Mwiza Munthali, TransAfrica – Moderator
Coffee, tea, light fare will be provided
June 23, 2013, Washington DC (IPS-DC) – Leaders from the Africa policy community will host a press conference on Monday, June 24, to give their thoughts and analysis on U.S. policy towards Africa in advance of President Obama’s trip to the African continent later that week, visiting Senegal, Tanzania, and South Africa. The press conference will be broadcast live on the IPS YouTube Channel. Read more…
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The Education System that Ignored Ignorance: Socio-Cultural Unawareness in Ethiopia

By Iddoosaa Ejjetaa*  | June 23, 2013
How do you spell your name?
Which of the following persons’ names are correctly spelled in English: Amenu, Beklcha, Debela, Degaga, Deraratu, Demeksa, Gebisa, Geleta, Geda, Lema, Leta, Megersa, Merera, and Tolossa?
“Anyone who doesn’t take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either.” [Albert Einstein].
Introduction: Prayer’s Note
I am not a religious activist or linguist by profession, and not behavioral scientist either. I consider myself as keen observer, naturalist and independent thinker who strive to share knowledge and disseminate truth to the public. I like discussion because it is an exchange of ideas and moreover it is an exchange of knowledge. In the contrary, I do not like arguments because it is an exchange of ignorance. Arguments are often happening when people do not want to understand one another or failed to recognize the truth that is always situated in the middle of the people who are arguing over something like religion for instance. One may say there is a God. The other person may say there is no God. Read more…
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At least 15 killed in grenade attack

June 23, 2013, Kenya (Reuters) – At least 15 people were killed in a grenade attack on Sunday in a remote village in northern Kenya where low-key clan clashes have displaced hundreds of people in the past week, the Kenya Red Cross and local officials said.
Pastoralist communities in northern Kenya have long wrangled over the control of highly valuable grazing land.
But the fighting, in which more than 20 villagers have been killed in the past two days in Mandera county, near the east African nation’s frontier with Ethiopia and Somalia, has marked an escalation in tension.
Residents say the political class in the area are using clan militia to jostle for top positions in the local administration and to settle old scores. Read more…

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