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ICG Criticises Mugabe Loyalists Over Reforms

The International Crisis Group (ICG) has warned that Zimbabwe could slide back into turmoil if the military leadership and others loyal to President Robert Mugabe are allowed to continue blocking reforms necessary for economic and political stability.

In its latest assessment of the country's year old coalition government, the ICG say although there have been some achievements made, the democratic transition remains at risk, especially from hard-line security officials fiercely loyal to Mugabe.

TAC Priorities for 2010: What is Needed to Achieve the NSP Targets?

HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria continue to be the leading causes of mortality and morbidity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The region remains home to 62 percent of global HIV infections and 72 percent of global AIDS mortality - mainly amongst women and children. It is estimated that there are 33.4 million people living with HIV. Most of them continue to face illness and death if they are unable to access treatment.

NGO Urged to Stay Out of Politics

The Mashonaland West Governor and Resident Minister, Faber Chidarikire, has urged the Zimbabwean NGOs to stop meddling in the country’s political affairs, but assist the government in its developmental projects.

Chidarikire, who argues that NGOs should concentrate on developing communities, says that, "Government appreciates efforts by NGOs but it's unacceptable for them to interfere in our internal affairs."

"If anyone wants to help people, they should do so without aligning themselves to political parties," states Chidarikire.

TAC Urges Zuma to Set an Example

The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) has urged President Jacob Zuma to take leadership and responsibility for himself, those around him and South Africa in fighting HIV/AIDS.

In its latest newsletter, the TAC says that Zuma's leadership on AIDS need some constructive scrutiny.
The organisation says that it does not want to impose moral judgements on people, especially on their private matters, adding that, "In a country without a serious HIV epidemic, it might be arguable that his extra-marital affairs are for him and his family alone to resolve."

Institute for Global Dialogue Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

We welcome the attempt by Minister Pravin Gordhan to balance the competing demands of staying the course and the need for change in the face of the global economic crisis. This balancing act is made even more complex by the shift in the balance of forces within the governing African National Congress (ANC) alliance before and after Polokwane, a development that posed a threat to the growth, employment and redistribution (GEAR) consensus.

NGO Workers Denied Work Permits

The Israeli interior ministry has stopped issuing work permits to foreigners working for international NGOs.

In the last few weeks, NGO workers have been given tourist visas instead, making it virtually impossible for them to carry out their work. The new Israeli policy affects 120 international NGOs, many of which provide vital developmental and humanitarian aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza.

Namibian Elections: Why the Results are Disputed

The controversy surrounding the voters’ register and a pending court case in which opposition parties dispute the outcome of the November 2009 presidential and national assembly election results in Namibia, is bad news for democracy in that country, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and for the African continent in general.

A Political History of Zambia

The author examines the introduction of the one party state in Zambia and its role in the political history of the country. The author argues that the failure of multi-party politics during the First Republic, which lasted from independence in 1964 to December 1972, reflected the lack of preparedness during the colonial period for plural politics.

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A Passion to Liberate

'A Passion to Liberate' is a literary biography of one of South Africa’s most eminent men of letters, Justin Alexander La Guma, who is better known as Alex La Guma and is one of the twentieth century’s most prolific, eloquent, and courageous writers. Although Fritz Pointer gives some attention to La Guma’s years as a journalist, he mainly focuses on La Guma’s novelette, A Walk in the Night, and his novels, And a Threefold Cord, The Stone Country, In the Fog of the Season’s End, and Time of a Butcherbird.

HRW Criticises Impunity and Violence

Impunity for past electoral violence is a major barrier to a free and fair election in Uganda in 2011, according to a summary of the Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.

The report points out that the perpetrators from all sides of the political spectrum have very rarely faced justice for crimes committed in past elections.

It further states that those responsible for earlier offences, as well as those contemplating crimes, will feel unconstrained in future elections barring new measures and increased enforcement.

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