US wants top security for Kenya’s germ labs

US Senator Richard Lugar with Director of the Kenya Medical Research Institute Dr Solomon Mpoke during a press conference after he toured laboratories at the institute in Nairobi, November 12, 2010. Photo/STEPHEN MUDIARI

Daily Nation

Kenya has been asked to beef up the security of its germ handling laboratories

A strong team from the US Department of Defence, which has been in the country inspecting the government laboratories, on Friday raised concern that some of them were close to residential areas. Continue reading US wants top security for Kenya’s germ labs

Shocking State Fair Scandal, Wage Theft Epidemic, Spur Nationwide Protests

In These Times

by Art Levine

Activists in more than 30 cities, organized by Interfaith Worker Justice and backed by labor groups, are staging a National Day of Action Against Wage Theft on November 18. “As the crisis for working families in the economy has deepened, so too has the crisis of wage theft,” says Interfaith Worker Justice (IWJ) Executive Director Kim Bobo, perhaps the country’s leading reformer addressing the ongoing scandal. Continue reading Shocking State Fair Scandal, Wage Theft Epidemic, Spur Nationwide Protests

Education System Failing Congolese Children

Institute for War and Peace Reporting

The high costs of education creates problems, with poorer pupils forced to drop out.

According to UNICEF, just 32 per cent of secondary school-age children attend class Photo: Julien Harneis, go.iwpr.info/jhdrc

Hubert Ilunga, an 18-year-old from Lubumbashi, wishes that he could have stayed in school. Instead, he dropped out of the education system when he was just seven and is now forced to work 12-hour days as a conductor on a bus for very little money. Continue reading Education System Failing Congolese Children

ANGOLA-DRC: Expulsions mark rising tensions over resources

Johannesburg, 28 October 2010 (IRIN) – Angola’s “very violent” expulsion of about 200 Democratic Republic of Congo nationals from its territory this month is a sign of the increasing “bad blood” between the neighbours that analysts believe revolves around border demarcations and conflicting claims to resources, particularly oil. Continue reading ANGOLA-DRC: Expulsions mark rising tensions over resources

DR Congo police on trial for killing Floribert Chebeya

BBC

The trial has started of eight officers charged with the murder of prominent human rights activist in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  They are accused of killing Floribert Chebeya, head of the charity Voice of the Voiceless, in June. His body was found bound and gagged in the back of his car after being called to a meeting with police chief John Numbi, which did not take place. Continue reading DR Congo police on trial for killing Floribert Chebeya