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Sweden: A political event

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2007

Announcement:

Hi,
Mona Sahlin the Chairperson of the Swedish biggest party ,Social Democratic
Party,will hold “the party summer talk” (Partiledarens sommartal) at Fittja
Beach. She has opted the segregated Botkyrka municipality and Fittja to be
precise which is seen as a total contrast to Gran Persson (former party
leader) who used to hold the the summer talk at Bjrkvik an area
concentrated by indigenous swedes.

I (Mwaura) happen to sit in Fittja Branch Social Democratic Party Committee
and also in Servicenmden in Botkyrka Kommun and with the reguest of our
area member of perliament Ms Christina Zedell who also happen to be our
Chairperson in the whole Botkyrka Municipality wish to invite Kenyans and
our friends to come and hear what our party leader will have to say on
saturday the 11th Augast 2007 at 1300hrs. There will be entertainments which
will include one of the biggest rapper in Sweden Mr Dogge,Zinat Pirzadrer
among others… The ceremony will start at 1300hrs to 1600hrs.

We the members of Social Democratic Party of Sweden, Fittja Branch feel very
honoured to host Party Leader so come and support us.

By Daniel Mwaura Njuguna
Fittja S-frening. – Sweden

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The Minister of Children and Equality Karita Bekkemellem announced the 32 members of the so-called Men’s panel Monday

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2007

The Minister of Children and Equality Karita Bekkemellem announced the 32 members of the so-called Men’s panel Monday. The panel, consisting of men from various backgrounds and professions, aims to spark a public debate on men’s rights in areas such as health, education and divorce.

Minister of Children and Equality Karita Bekkemellem yesterday announced the members of the Men’s panel.

PHOTO: HEIKO JUNGE / SCANPIX

Even on a normal day, the sport’s pub known as Bohemen in Oslo city centre is dominated by men. Monday night, however, the men in the sport’s pub were all there for a reason other than socialising, called in to duty by the Minister of Children and Equality Karita Bekkemellem.

The 32 men in the sport’s pub are members of the newly established Men’s panel, set up by Bekkemellem to introduce a public debate on men’s rights. Men are falling behind in the education system, rarely get custody over children after divorce, and face other health risks than women, the minister argued.

The Men’s panel will discuss these issues and more, and will advise the Government on the drafting of a forthcoming white paper on men and equality, due next summer.

However, Bekkemellem said that the Men’s panels main mandate is to spark public discussion on men’s right.

“This is to put focus on men’s lack of rights. It is about time that men themselves enter the debate. Women cannot do that for them,” Bekkemellem told Aftenposten.

The 32 member panel consists of politicians, artist, athletes, private and voluntary sector leaders, and others already prominent in public life.

By Kristin Solberg

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Norwegian F-16 fighter jets and Special Forces soldiers are headed to Iceland this week for a military exercise

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2007

Norwegian F-16 fighter jets and Special Forces soldiers are headed to Iceland this week for a military exercise to practice defence of the island nation.

Lieutenant Colonel Kristian Lyssand is one of the Norwegian soldiers going to Iceland this week.

PHOTO: OLE MAGNUS RAPP

The military exercise, which also includes military personnel from Latvia, Denmark and the USA, aims to practice the defence of the island nation, which has no army of its own.

After the USA shut its military base in Iceland, Norway has had a special NATO responsibility to defend the island’s military interests, through an agreement signed this April. The upcoming exercise is the first concrete expression of Norway’s responsibility, and military personnel and planes will this week head to the island nation.

“The exercise is the first concrete expression of the increased military co-operation between Norway and Iceland,” said Junior Defence Minister Espen Barth Eide.

“We have a lot in common with Iceland,” he added.

By Kristin Solberg and Ole Magnus Rapp

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CLAUSE IN MEDIA BILL VERY RETROGRESSIVE!

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2007

A last minute introduction of a clause by Ol Kalou Mp Karue Muriuki requiring journalists to make disclosure of confidential source of a story when it becomes the subject of a legal tussle in a court of law is a very dangerous. The Medial Bill 2007 in itself was from the onset a controversial one. However after fine tuning it looked as if something reasonable can be made out of it after all. But it has turned out disastrously!

This is the first step to criminalizing and extermination of
Investigative Journalism in the country. What this means is that it would be difficult to investigate and report on vices such as
corruption, criminal behavior, immorality in high places and so on. The would be whistle blowers on crime, theft of public property, corruption and such other societal ills will be stiff scared.

And it is or it is not surprising that the politicians seem to have a
beef to pick on this important aspect of Journalism. What is it that scares them that they want it covered, hidden or stifled? Does this tell us something about our politicians?

Kenyans need to be very worried. This current parliament has added another cap to its infamy. The reason is that it is already in the realm of the Public with outrageous frequent remuneration proposals for itself and a slew of state purse buccaneering perks. Just recently there was one such proposal for a golden handshake send off for the members of the 9th parliament as they wind up the session. Just a few months ago they were also proposing that they need to earn until the next parliament starts sitting.

Could it be the MP’s passed the amendment to punish the media for its penchant to exposing the greed and vanity of the MP’s and the Media’s strong inclination of exposing each and every such move? A while ago the president had to reject the proposed remuneration of a sitting president which was thought to be excessive. Again the media has not been letting politicians have it easy on any of their supposed wayward
ways.

In a nutshell if there is a bill which the president would for the sake of posterity need to reject is this one. I strongly believe president Kibaki with all his accomplishments so far would not wish to go in history signing into law of a bill with such a glaring mistake and mischief. He has so many things going for him not to spoil by a cunning clause. It is my guess that his presidency means well for the country and spoiling the media is a greatest setback to democracy. We need the media to continue doing its work un-hindered and Investigative Journalism is increasing one very important facet of Journalism in the whole world.

ikunda1.jpgBy API*APN East African Correspondent

Harrison Mwirigi Ikunda,
P.O. Box 51806,
NAIROBI.

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AU slams Taliban over Korean hostages, appeals for immediate release

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2007

Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) The African Union Commission has expressed deep concern over the detention of 23 Korean hostages by the Taliban group in Afghanistan, and pleaded for their immediate and unconditional release.

“AU deplores the act of taking innocent people hostage, an act which subjects not only the victims, but also their loved ones to unnecessary stress,” the AU said in statement on Saturday.

The Commission also condemns the execution of two of the hostages and strongly urged that none of the remaining 21 hostages be subjected to execution or maltreatment.

It further urges the international community to continue to work with the government and the people of Afghanistan to ensure the release of the kidnapped Koreans and any other persons that are being held by the Taliban.

The AU expressed solidarity with and sympathy for the people and government of the Republic of Korea and also expressed the hope that the unfortunate event will end quickly.

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Tension rises after Congolese attack on Ugandan oil barge

Posted by African Press International on August 8, 2007

KAMPALA (Uganda) Tension between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has built up after attack on a Uganda oil exploration site on Lake Albert by Congolese forces.

Heavily armed Ugandan forces have now taken positions at the Uganda side of the lakeshores while Congolese forces are reported to have taken similar maneuvers on the opposite banks.

However, Ugandan army spokesperson Major Felix Kulaigye said on Monday that Uganda and Congo are not at war despite heavy deployment.

Last week armed men from DRC attacked an oil exploration barge on the lake in which a senior oil surveyor, Carl Nefdt, was killed.

The incident has hurt fishing on Lake Albert, with fish prices shooting up as the stock in the Ugandan districts of Hoima and Kibaale have run out without replenishment.

Hoima district fisheries officer Richard Rugadya said the fishermen from the Uganda side of the lake have abandoned fishing for fear of attack.

Ugandan fishermen say Congolese forces extort money from their families by abducting fishing crews whom they accuse of crossing into DRC waters.

Fishermen from Buhuka in Uganda say they have lost millions of shillings in ransom to DRC forces in order to free their relatives.

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