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Archive for November 21st, 2008

The Original Michelle Obama tape release to be scheduled

Posted by African Press International on November 21, 2008

Most of our readers registered with us when we were having the Tripod site. The purpose of the registration was to be send a password to the link soas to log in when the tape is being released.

API will enable those who have not registered to do sotomorrow Saturday.

The MBOs that will release the tape will do so simultaniously. API plans toactivate a link 30 minutes before the airing ofthe tape once the release day and time is scheduled by the MBOs in agreement with API.

Meanwhile, refresh your memories with the tape below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exZOEcVF-SY

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Uganda: Help Congo end all that bleeding (Editorial)

Posted by African Press International on November 21, 2008

Kampala (Uganda) – Eastern DR Congo is once again on fire.

Fighting between government troops and rebels of the National Congress for the Defence of the People (CNDP) led by so-called renegade Gen. Laurent Nkunda has left death and mayhem in its wake.

By the start of the weekend, a ceasefire declared late on Wednesday was still holding but with Gen. Nkunda, camped at the gates of Goma, threatening to storm that city unless, he said, the government troops stopped looting and killing civilians. As always, when eastern DR Congo bleeds, the blood flows into western Uganda. Over the past month of fighting, more than 6,000 Congolese have crossed the border into Uganda seeking refuge, according to the UN Refugee Agency.

This is the sort of thing that happens when political differences are not settled politically and genuinely. Gen. Nkunda says he is fighting to protect his fellow ethnic Tutsi minority in eastern Congo. But this is despite having signed on to “a broad peace deal” in January.

He now says that peace process was “dominated too much by Kabila’s government”. Gen. Nkunda may have a point about fighting to protect the Tutsi, but is he being genuine in making the accusation that Kinshasa dominated the peace process? Why did he sign the agreement that was the result of a process he did not believe in? Or did he simply participate in the negotiations so as to buy time to reorganise and rearm?

As it is, the situation is dire. But, encouragingly, Gen. Nkunda is being reported by the news agencies saying he is willing to talk peace but only under the mediation of a neutral party. The international community should take him on this one, even if it amounts to simply calling his bluff. The United Nations, the European Union, the United States, and countries in the Great Lakes Region should get on with the talks.

The starting point, however, should be to find out what went wrong with the January peace agreement. Also, it would be important to establish why the different regional frameworks aimed at avoiding situations such as presently obtaining in eastern DR Congo have not worked.

The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) lists these as the Pact on Security, Stability and Development and the Protocol on Non-Aggression and Mutual Defence. “These instruments carry obligations which if implemented would forestall any possible aggression,” the ICGLR said in a statement as it called for diplomatic pressure from the international community to be exerted on the parties involved in the conflict.

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API/Source.The Monitor (Uganda) – November 3, 2008.

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API suspends receiving of comments temporarily. Will resume when all things are under full control, probably by Monday the 24th.

Posted by African Press International on November 21, 2008

It has been a very interesting week for API with problems coming and going. Many commentators have been attacking API without reason and that now has caused API to tighten the rules.

When API opens for comments, it will be for 3 to 5 hours daily and very controlled so that no commment that causes displeasure passes through.

No comment with a link will pass through either.

Important for API now is to ensure that there is no attempts by people to spoil what is being done. In order to achieve positive developments for our news outlet, API suspends all comments being received until all is well again.

Readers sending comments will realise that their comments go to moderation. Such comments will be publishedon Monday.

API needs the whole weekend to organise itself in many ways and will resume normal business on Monday.

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API Editorial

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Between 15.30pm and 02.30am Norwegian time today, all comments will be held in moderation

Posted by African Press International on November 21, 2008

API will be watchful so that people do not post bad comments that may put us in trouble with WordPress.

In order to manage that, we will be putting all comments in moderation some hours daily.

Today we have moderation as show above.’

When wwe do not place mederation on, then people post messages direct.

Sorry for any inconvenience, but we want to avoid recent problems from being repeated.

BY order of API monitoring service

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