MANAGUA, Nicaragua ([ ]CNS) — A Nicaraguan priest and poet says he is being persecuted by his country’s government. Father Ernesto Cardenal, 83, was convicted in August of defaming a German businessman and was fined $1,025, which he has refused to pay. Continue reading Famous priest claims he’s being persecuted by Nicaraguan government
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti ([ ]CNS) — In the slums that cover much of the Haitian capital, it’s not unusual to see an 8-year-old run interference for a gang operation. The task: cut the brake cables on U.N. tanks, providing enough of a diversion for the criminal gang members to flee. Continue reading Haitian children sucked into gang life find it hard to escape
CAPE TOWN, South Africa ([ ]CNS) — The political officeholders appointed after the Sept. 25 resignation of South African President Thabo Mbeki must work toward rebuilding confidence in the country’s leadership and focus on meeting the urgent needs and demands of ordinary citizens, said the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference. Continue reading Bishops say South African leaders must focus on needs of citizens
Mail and Guardian – PARIS, FRANCE Sep 28 2008 07:09
From household solar panels to thermal generators big enough to power a town, sun power has enjoyed explosive growth around the world.
Everywhere, that is, except on the sun-drenched continent of Africa. Continue reading Africa awash in sunlight, but not solar energy
International Crisis Group
Dakar/Abuja/Brussels, 18 September 2008: The peace process in Ogoni land – a major test for efforts to bring stability to the oil-rich Niger Delta – is likely to fail if the Nigerian government refuses to consult local communities about new oil operations.
Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell,* the latest policy briefing from the International Crisis Group, examines the political and economic implications of the Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) departure from Ogoni land and gives recommendations on resuming peaceful oil operations in the economically strategic and politically volatile region. Continue reading Nigeria: Ogoni Land after Shell
By Ben Russell
A clampdown on kerbcrawlers and men who pay for sex with trafficked women has been launched by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.
She won a standing ovation at the Labour Party conference after announcing that ministers may create a new offence against people who pay prostitutes who have been forced into the sex trade. Continue reading Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised