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The search for lasting peace in Uganda: Should the international community take LRA leader Kony seriously?

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

by Scott A Morgan

The Neighbors of Uganda were warned. Last Month at the African Union summit in Egypt there was a warning delivered by a US Diplomat. The gist of the message was chilling. One of the most feared rebel movements in Africa the Lord’s Resistance Army was rearming. And over the weekend they struck.

The timing of the clashes is unique. After all it was earlier this summer that an apparent peace deal was on the verge of being signed. So when the date approached for the signing the Ugandan Goverment Representatives showed up to sign. But the Militia that has been responsible for what is currently the longest insurgency that is ongoing in Africa Didn’t. The Main Reason that they did not show up is that Joseph Kony the Leader of the LRA has been indicted by the ICC (International Criminal Court).

The reports first came from Southern Sudan. There were apparently two seperate clashes reported along the Border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Clashes were with Forces of the Government of Southern Sudan. (GOSS) This is a reason for concern due to the fact that GOSS has been the main facilitator or the Peace Talks between the Government of Uganda and the LRA. There were also reports of attacks in the Central African Republic and in the DRC itself. At this time there has been no clear figures of casualties during the conflict.

Why would the LRA take such drastic action? On the surface it appears that this could be an attempt by the LRA to negotiate better terms for peace. One thing that the Group has been adament over is the quashing of the ICC Indictment of their senior leadership. The LRA has shown a willingness to disarm if these indictments are quashed. So does this mean that the situations in Northern Uganda, The Northeastern DRC, Southern Sudan and Parts of the Central African Republic will slide back into a state of civil war?

The failure of the talks was a motivating factor for the Ugandan Government to receive support from both the DRC and Sudan. These three countries have threatened to take some form of Military action against the LRA. It has been revealed that Washington has been assisting Governments in the African Great Lakes Region to coordinate actions against the Militias that permeate the region. It is widely believed that Militia Forces actively control the Kivu Provinces of the Congo.

Whatever happens there is one thing that is crystal clear. Unless Kony is cornered or even apprehended these incidents will occur for the forseeable future. This means that Kony can intimidate people and influence Governments and Aid Workers by being loose in the region. This is a situation that needs to be resolved soon.

The Author Publishes Confused Eagle on the Internet. It can be found at morganrights.tripod.com

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Nyanza Club may be brought to its knees due to embezzelment

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

By Jeff Otieno, Kisumu – Kenya

Enraged members of Nyanza Club are contemplating taking legal redress against officials who are alleged to have siphoned staggering millions of shillings during their regime.

Impeccable sources within the precincts of the outfit confided to the press how successive and current officials have turned the properties of the members as their personal ones with glee.

It emerged to the members recently that one of the members who has been at the helm embezzled millions of shillings under the pretext of refurbishing the golf course through a lady lover.

The official who the members have described as one of the most expensive of the time is also alleged to have employed cronies and concubines in the said outfits (Nyanza Club and the golf section).

Sparking further fury and controversy is the fresh revelation that the properties situated next to Kisumu state lodge are a thread away from being auctioned, thanks to a mysterious debt to the tune of Ksh. 24 million incurred by the spending spree cartel who would want to cling on power at all costs for obvious reasons.

It is shocking, interesting and worth noting that one the said officials went the full throttle of retaining a lady worker on the payroll despite the fact that the lady had gone to study abroad a couple of years ago. Thus adding credence to the claim of the plundering spree and favouritism prevailing there.

Even though prominent members and some trustees have vowed to bring in sanity and transparency, majority of members are however pessimistic that the war against the entrenched cartel milking the outfit will be won courtesy of their ill gotten fortunes and wittiness.

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Medvedev recognises Georgian states

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, has signed a decree under which Russia formally recognises the breakaway Georgian provinces of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.“This is not an easy choice but this is the only chance to save people’s lives,” he said a day after Russia’s Kremlin-controlled parliament voted unanimously to support the diplomatic recognition.

Medvedev’s declaration comes as Russian forces remain in Georgia after a war staking out positions beyond the de-facto borders of the separatist regions.

“I have signed decrees on the recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia,” Medvedev said onTuesdayin a pre-recorded address on national television.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia have effectively ruled themselves following wars with Georgia in the 1990s.

Residents in the Abkhaz capital Sukhumi were jubilant, firing shots into the air and uncorking champagne bottles after the announcement.

Similar celebrations were seen in the South Ossetian capital Tskhinvali.

“We feel happy. We all have tears in our eyes. We feel pride for our people,” said Aida Gabaz, a 38-year-old lawyer.

Georgian ‘genocide’

Russia’s military presence seems likely to further weaken Georgia, a Western ally in the Caucasus region.

It is alsoa major transit corridor for energy supplies to Europe and a strategic crossroads close to the Middle East, Iran, Afghanistan, Russia and energy-rich Central Asia.

Russian tanks and troops drove deep into the US ally’s territory in a five-day war this month, a moveMoscow saw as a justified response to a military threat in its backyardwhile the West viewedit asa repeat of Soviet-style intervention in its vassal states.

Medvedev said Mikhail Saakashvili, the Georgian president, had forced Russia’s hand by launching an August 7 attack to seize control of South Ossetia by force.

“Saakashvili chose genocide to fulfill his political plans,” Medvedev said.

“Georgia chose the least human way to achieve its goal – to absorb South Ossetia by eliminating a whole nation.”

On the heels of Russia’s first post-Soviet invasion of a foreign country, recognition was another stark demonstration of the Kremlin’s determination to hold sway in lands where its clout is jeopardised by Nato’s expansion and growing Western influence.

International reaction

Giga Bokeria, Georgia’s deputy foreign minister, described Medvedev’s recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states as an “annexation” by Moscow of Georgian territory.

“This is an unconcealed annexation of these territories, which are a part of Georgia,” Bokeria said.

Alexander Lomaia, the Georgian national security council secretary, said: “This decision has no legal force. Russia will face harsh political consequences from this.”

France, which had brokered a ceasefire agreement to end the fighting between Russia and Georgia, said it regretted the Kremlin’s move.

“We consider this a regrettable decision and I recall our attachment to the territorial integrity of Georgia,” Eric Chevallier, a French foreign ministry spokesman, said.

Condoleezza Rice, the US secretary of state, also called the move “regrettable”.

Russian stocks fell on the decision, as traders worried that it would increase international tension.

The benchmark RTS index, which had already dropped earlier in the session on weak oil prices, extended its losses and was down nearly six per cent.

Aid controversy

Earlier on Tuesday, the United States said it intended to deliver humanitarian aid by ship on Wednesday to theGeorgian port city of Poti, which Russian troops still control through checkpoints on the city’s outskirts.

While Western nations have called the Russian military presence in Poti a clear violation of an EU-brokered cease-fire, a top Russian general said that using warships to deliver aid was “devilish”.

“The heightened activity of Nato ships in the Black Sea perplexes us,” Col. Gen. Anatoly Nogovitsyn said in Moscow.

“Only yesterday I saw there were nine Nato ships in the sea and by evening another frigate of the US navy passed through the Bosphorus Straits.

“We have also learnt that another eight warships from Nato states are expected shortly.

“They talk about planned exercises and you can probably find some legitimacy in that but … it’s very hard to believe that all the visits so far have been bringing only humanitarian aid,” said Nogovitsyn.

Nogovitsyn insisted that Russia was complying with a French-brokered peace plan while Georgia’s military was rearming.

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South Ossetia
– A territory of 70,000 inhabitants located in the Caucasus mountains
– Mostcitizens have a Russian passport and the local currency is the rouble
– The majority of South Ossetians are Orthodox Christians
– Two referendums, in 1992 and 2006, demanding independence did not get international recognition

Abkhazia
– The territory has about 250,000 inhabitants, most of whom have a Russian passport
– It covers 8,600 square kilometres, occupying slightly more than 12 per cent of Georgian territory
– The majority of Abkhazians are Muslim
– Abkhazia unilaterally proclaimed its independence in July 1992
– Separatists pushed Georgian troops from the Kodori Gorge on August 12, 2008, the only part of the region Georgia had controlled

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South Africa: Shelters to Remain Open

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

Johannesburg (South Africa) – The Constitutional Court has ruled that the temporary shelters housing thousands of displaced foreign nationals will stay open until the end of September.

BuaNews (South Africa), by Nthambeleni Gabara
On Friday the highest court in the country ruled that all six temporary shelters in the province should remain open for a further five weeks until the process of reintegrating foreign nationals back into their communities is complete.

The court ruling stemmed from an application made by the Wits Law Clinic and the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa to prevent the Gauteng Provincial Government from closing the shelters.

The date for the closure of the shelters had been set for 15 August.

The provincial government, who welcomed the ruling, said there were only about 2 000 foreign nationals left living in the six temporary shelters.

About 15 000 people have returned to their homes voluntarily while some returned to their country of birth.

Government set up the shelters as a temporary measure to house the thousands of foreign nationals who had been displaced by the violent attacks which broke in Alexander and then spread around the country.

According to provincial government spokesperson Thabo Masebe, the order of the Constitutional Court is in agreement with the submission made by government on 19 August 2008.

The provision indicates that the applicants accept that the shelters provided are of a temporary nature and that they should not be operational for longer than a month.

It further states that applicants must cooperate with the employees and agents of the respondents for all administrative purposes.

“Applicants must refrain from canvassing or recruiting people, who do not presently reside at the shelters to move in, intimidate any of the inhabitants to remain in the shelters so as to frustrate the process of closure.

“Any applicant that receives a financial benefit in respect of alternative accommodation must leave the shelters,” read the Constitutional Court provisions.

On Friday, the court also ordered the province to continue engaging with the legal refugees’ representatives who fought to keep the shelters open, to accelerate the reintegration process.

In the meantime, Mr Masebe said the provincial government would continue to facilitate the reintegration of the displaced persons who are entitled to be in the country into communities.

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API/source.BuaNews (South Africa), by Nthambeleni Gabara

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Kenya: We failed the flock, church leaders say

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

Nairobi (Kenya) – Church leaders have owned up to having failed to give the country direction ahead of the 2007 elections, resulting in bloodbath and suffering for Kenyans.

Speakers at a four-day conference also attended by retired President Daniel arap Moi on Saturday and Speaker of the National Assembly Kenneth Marende gave testimonies about their activities during the crisis, including blessing warriors to engage in violence.

Others admitted having invited politicians to their churches where they used the pulpit to disseminate hate messages that incited people against members of various communities.

The over 1,300 Christian leaders meeting at Kabarak University, vowed not to fail the country again.

The participants agreed that the Church has not lived up to its calling since the 2005 national referendum on the proposed new constitution.

In a press statement, carried elsewhere in this newspaper, the clergymen said: We own up to taking partisan positions on national issues, elevating our ethnic identities above our Christian identity, direct involvement in party politics and participating in post-election violence which were made more ominous by the deteriorating national values, sinful political strategies and failure to faithfully stand for biblical values and principles.”

We ask God to forgive us and to renew and empower our witness to His grace.

National Council of Churches of Kenya Secretary General Peter Karanja said the church body was in a process of rebuilding its image and restoring confidence amongst the faithful as the country embarks on the road to national reconciliation.

While asking why they gave politicians platforms to incite people, Mr Moi urged the leaders to avoid divisive politics and instead support the government in resettling the internal refugees. He asked the Church to support the government and other humanitarian agencies in ensuring peace in the country.

Mr Marende said truth must be told and people asked to forgive each other for violence not to re-cur. The country must also establish strong institutions to help it forge forward united, he said.

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API/Source.Daily Nation (Kenya), by Wanjiru Macharia

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Kenya: Women turn to black magic in love matters

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

Nairobi (Kenya) – It may sound stranger than fiction or straight out of a Nigerian movie, but Kenyan women, desperate to keep their roving men on a tight leash, are turning to black magic to keep their men home.

Single women yearning for a man to call their own or seeking a life of material comfort but unwilling to work for it are also seeking the services of the so-called love doctors in an effort to net themselves men with a fat wallet and millions in the bank.

It is believed that once �treated�, these men will find the women so irresistible that they will follow them around like besotted puppies, never casting a glance at other women and answering to their every whim.

What�s more, a woman seeking the services of a witchdoctor no longer has to travel far to get one.

Nairobi, for instance, has its own waganga and all one has to do is take a matatu (or drive) to Majengo, a slum on the outskirts of the city centre, to get the desires of their heart.

Remarkably, the women seeking these services are not just your average ordinary woman.

They are educated, intelligent, sophisticated women with well-paying jobs, the type who have weekly manicures and pedicures.

These women, many of whom are university graduates and hold senior positions at their places of work, will, however, tell you that common sense and a sound education become inconsequential when you see your once cozy and secure world start crumbling.

Take 35-year-old Eunice Syombua*, for example. Eunice, a marketing manager with an international freight company and a Bachelor of Arts graduate from a local university, admits that she sought the services of a mganga a year ago to try and save her ailing, seven-year marriage.

Eunice discovered that her husband, Brian, had been cheating on her for several months. The discovery hit her like a tonne of bricks because she had thought that she and her husband were happy, despite of the challenges every couple faces. She found out about his illicit affair when she stumbled on a text message on his mobile phone.

�I had borrowed it to send a message to a friend, so when one came through soon after I sent mine, I assumed that it was a reply to the one I had sent, so I read it,� recalls Eunice. It turned out that the message was for her husband, and it was from a woman called Mercy.

It said, �Sweetheart, are we still on this evening?�

�It was a Saturday and Brian had told me that he was meeting his business partner that evening.� A huge argument ensued, during which her husband admitted that he was, indeed, having an affair.

�I was devastated. We were college sweethearts and had been inseparable throughout. Everyone assumed that we would get married, and we did,� Eunice recalls of her happier days. She says nothing could have prepared her for this betrayal because there had been no signs that her husband was getting into mischief behind her back.

After several days of �talking about issues� they decided to work on the relationship. �He assured me that it was just a fling, that it was me that he loved. He convinced me that he was committed to our relationship and even agreed to go for counselling.�

Shaken to the core, Eunice started paying more attention to her appearance and started doing more cooking at home. Four months later, however, a friend told her that she had spotted Brian in a certain restaurant on the outskirts of the city looking cozy with another woman.

�The first thought that came to mind was to leave him, but when I considered how much I had invested in our marriage, I knew I could not turn my back on it all. “We had both contributed towards building our home, buying the family car and creating a comfortable life for ourselves,� she explains, adding that she could not stand seeing another woman cheat her out of her hard-earned comfortable life.

It was a friend of a friend who came up with the unconventional solution of enlisting the help of a witchdoctor. At first she laughed it off, but when she thought about it later, she decided to give it a try. After all, the orthodox methods had all failed. Not even horror stories of witchcraft gone wrong could deter her.

�I have heard of men who have turned into zombies after charms that were supposed to tame them backfired. I considered this possibility but convinced myself that it would not happen in my case.�

Accompanied by two women and with Sh5,000, in her handbag, they navigated their way to a local slum and into a dimly lit, dingy single room.

Sitting inside on the floor on a tattered mat was an elderly man with one shuka (shawl) wrapped round his waist and another round his shoulders. Without any pleasantries, he asked what their business was. After explaining her problem, he started mumbling some incoherent things while shaking a rattle.

�It was frightening and I nearly ran out, especially when I saw froth coming from the side of his mouth.�

Afterwards, he asked for her husband�s photograph, which he inserted into a clear bottle containing black powder before corking it. He explained that it signified bondage. As long as the cork remained in place, her husband would remain by her side. He told her to take the bottle home and hide it in the bedroom.

An hour later, and Sh4, 000 poorer, Eunice made her way home with her husband �imprisoned� in a bottle. �It felt kind of absurd but I was willing to try out anything to save my marriage,� she explains.

Whether the black magic worked or her husband realised that his marriage was too important to throw away for a mere fling, Eunice�s husband began spending more time at home and become more loving towards her and their son. So far, all signs are that he has said goodbye to his cheating ways.

Eunice says that she still has the bottle kept out of sight and has no intention of uncorking it any time soon. Asked whether she feels guilty about what she did, shakes her head emphatically.

�He still has his freedom but he comes home to me. Every woman deserves that,� she says defiantly.

Frida Kareithi*, a 30-year-old single mother of one who will be quitting the singles club next month to marry the man of her dreams, is convinced that black magic works.

There have been stories of commercial sex workers who swear that visiting a mganga ensures that they have a steady supply of clients.

Saturday magazine also learnt that most women who turn to witchcraft have tried everything, including prayers, counselling, poring through relationship books and even seeking intervention from their parents.

However, some, like commercial sex workers or those in search of the eternal rich man, resort to black magic simply because they believe or have been told that it is the answer to what they want.

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API/Source.Daily Nation (Kenya)

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South Africa: Cape Town claims third spot on Monopoly board

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

Cape Town (South Africa) – The votes have been tallied and the city of Cape Town has claimed the third top spot on the first ever World Edition Monopoly board.

Cape Town will be among the more expensive cities in the Monopoly Here and Now World Edition Game board, coming in ahead of cities such as New York (10), Sydney (11) Rome (14) and Barcelona (19).

Representing the most expensive properties however are the Canadian city of Montreal and Latvias capital city, Riga, who claimed the top two spots.

The developers of Monopoly, Hasbro Inc, launched a global online voting campaign in January this year that, for the first time, would allow fans to decide which cities appeared on the legendary board game.

Cape Town was among 70 world-class cities competing for a top 20 place.

According to Hasbro, more than 5.6 million votes were cast over the course of the six week voting campaign.

“This accolade is yet another jewel in Cape Towns crown,” said the CEO of Cape Town Tourism Mariette du Toit-Helmbold.

“I cannot wait to get my hands on the new World Edition Monopoly Boardgame and see Cape Town’s name on the board amongst the best cities on earth,” she added.

The new Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition will be available in stores around the world later this month. The game will be sold in 50 countries and in 37 different languages.

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Africa at large: Finding new ways to reach farmers

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

Johannesburg (South Africa) – When beekeepers in central and eastern Uganda got vouchers to go online at internet cafs, their most popular query was how to treat bee stings. A local agricultural information provider replied in Baganda, the local language.

In Kenya, horticultural entrepreneurs and researchers lobbied the Ministry of Agriculture to update a clause in the Pesticides Act. This allowed a local company to market a natural pest control package to exporters of high-value products, such as green beans, baby corn and cut flowers, and comply with European Union requirements for no pesticide residues.

In Tanzania, where the cheapest transport is donkeys, a comic book explains how to improve their performance through taking good care of them.

The key here is information: tailored to farmers and to policy makers, requested and delivered through a variety of ways, from computers to comics, and based on research on natural resources funded by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID).

Coming up with creative ways to share agricultural information on a large scale is the goal of the Research Into Use programme (RIU) under DFID’s Strategy for Research on Sustainable Agriculture.

RIU moves away from the generation of new knowledge to the ways in which knowledge is put to use and, in the process, reduces poverty.

Since 2006, RIU has worked in the regions with the highest levels of poverty — South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Malawi, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania and Zambia are all in the process of setting up RIU programmes.

This year, RIU is seeking to fund initiatives to communicate DFID-funded research on natural resources in a further ten African countries. In its search for new initiatives, it is seeking out in particular projects that make use of new communication technologies, such as educational entertainment, and public/private partnerships.

Why has research not reached farming communities?

The reasons include poor infrastructure in rural locations, inadequate financial and business services, weak incentives for researchers to package and disseminate their results informally, poor incentives for producers, particularly those based in risky environments, to invest in new technologies, and few financial incentives for companies to engage with rural communities.

Moreover, research has remained small scale. You are lucky if you reach one hundred farmers. DFID wants to reach thousands of farmers who live away from urban centers, without roads and telecommunications.

How can new communication technologies help?

By making the gaining of knowledge fun and relevant. This is the exciting part: creating new models of agricultural extension using new communication technologies. Bringing information to the Ugandan beekeepers via the internet is cheaper than using traditional extensionists and can reach larger numbers. People associated with universities and research can become information providers for farmers: we call them info-mediaries, or knowledge brokers.
A platform gathers all players in one sector: producers and buyers, processors and retailers, researchers and government.

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API/Source.Inter Press Service (IPS)

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Africa at large: Continent’s athletes triumph in Olympics Marathon

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

Nairobi (Kenya) – As the Beijing Olympics reached their climax ahead of the closing ceremony on Sunday, African athletes overpowered others to take the top five places in the men’s marathon, traditionally the final athletics event.

Samuel Kamau Wansiru of Kenya won gold with a new Olympic record of two hours, 6.32 minutes. Morocco’s Jaouad Gharib won silver, also beating the previous Olympic record. Tsegay Kebede of Ethiopia won the bronze medal. In fourth and fifth place were Deriba Merga of Ethiopia and Martin Lel of Kenya.

China’s official Xinhua news agency quoted Wansiru as saying: “It feels good to make history here. It feels good to make history for Kenya and win the gold.” It was the first time a Kenyan athlete had won the marathon.

Sunday’s three marathon medals brought to 10 the number won by African athletes in distance running on the final two days of the games. On Saturday, they won seven medals, sweeping up all the medals in both the men’s 800m and 5000m races.

Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele, already the gold medallist in the men’s 10000m, took gold in the men’s 5000m, where Africans took the top six places. His countrywoman, Tirunesh Dibaba, had on Friday added a gold medal for the women’s 5000m race to her gold for the 10000m earlier in the week.

Kenya won six medals at the weekend, making it Africa’s biggest medal-winner this Olympics, with total of 14 (five of them gold). On Sunday it was in 15th place on the overall medals log, and it ended the Olympics in fourth place on the athletics medals log, behind the United States, the Russian Federation and Jamaica.

Ethiopia is Africa’s second most successful winner, with seven medals (four of them gold). Zimbabwe is in third place, with four medals, all of them won by swimmer Kirsty Coventry.

On Saturday, Sudan won a medal for the first time – Ahmed Ismail took silver in the men’s 800m.

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API/Source.(allAfrica.com) – August 25, 2008.

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Kenya set to import oil from Sudan

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

The Kenya Pipeline Corporation depot in Nairobi. Photo/FILE

ByREUTERS

Kenya will start importing 500,000 barrels of crude oil from Sudan each month after the two countries signed an agreement, the Sudanese embassy in Nairobi said.

The two parties to the memorandum of understanding agreed that Sudan will supply Kenya with at least 500,000 barrels of crude oil monthly, a statement by the embassy said.

Kenya will be the third neighbouring country to buy Sudanese oil, the statement seen by Reuters on Monday said. It did not say which other countries were importing the crude nor give details of the agreement.

Sudans oil operations are repeatedly interrupted by war with southerners laying claim to oil fields.

Oil price

Meanwhile oil stood firm above $119 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from three-month lows triggered by concerns about weakening demand from a global economic slowdown.

An explosion on a key oil pipeline in eastern Turkey late on Tuesday provided a bullish backdrop, adding to Nigerian supply concerns and the threat of disruptions from Iran should its standoff with the west worsen.

US light crude was 44 cents up at $119.61 a barrel by 0945 GMT, recovering from lows of $118.10 hit earlier in the session. London Brent crude was 65 cents higher at $118.35 a barrel, off highs of $118.73.

Oil has fallen almost $30 from its mid-July peak of $147.27 a barrel, a drop of nearly 20 per cent, amid growing evidence that high prices had finally started to take a toll on demand.

Dealers say that prices are expected to range at $118-$120.

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Obama was to be assasinated today? CNN reports two men arrested with guns in Denver where Obama is expected to address Democratic Convention

Posted by African Press International on August 27, 2008

We have stated earlier that Obama’s interest in the US presidency may cost him his life. Today, CNN reported that the US police in Denver, where the Democratic Convention is to be addressed by Obama, arrested two armed men who have stated that they are aiming at Obama’s life.

We all remember when Robert Kennedy, the brother of the late president JF Kennedy was gunned down while addressing democrats just like Obama is about to do. Robert Kennedy had been given a go ahead just like Obma to represent them as their presidential candidate.

It is now clear that Obama is in danger and must be very security conscious from now until the elections in November.

There are many forces in America who are not ready to allow a black man to occupy the top seat in the land. Many voters, however, have taken firm decisions that they want to be part of history by giving a black man an opportunity to lead the only remaining powerful nation in the world.

If Obama gets to live until he takes over the presiudency, many will be watching to see how a black man can manage the strongest nation in the world.

Obama has stated to all and also to other leaders ” I’M ASKING YOU TO BELIEVE. Not just in my ability to bring about real change in Washington ……. I’m asking you to believe in yours!”

Some African nations are, however, mistaken. They have believed in their beliefs that Obama will not only bring change in Washington but also in Africa if elected to the White House! They think that Obama’s rise to power will change Africa because being black, therefore, he isone of their own and will lead the United States but thinking of African problems. They will be disappointed. When a leader is elected, he does not rule alone. There will be many men and women around the leader and who in many cases will overrule any attempts by Obama to favour Africa.

We have pointed out in our earlier articles that Obama risks his life by asking to be voted to the top job. Here we now get the news that may jeopardise his wishes. A kill by extremist Americans will most probably cause a civil war in America. Even if he is elected, he msut be guarded around the clock, otherwise, he will be assassinated before he embarks on change in Washington. Many observers fear for his life.

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