Monday, 30 April 2012

Stop NGO pillage of Haiti
Protest Red Cross theft of money donated for earthquake relief.
Stop them building luxury hotel with our money!

Tuesday 1 May 2012, 1-2 pm outside the British Red Cross
44 Moorfields, London EC2Y 9AL  Nearest tube: Moorgate

In the wake of the earthquake in Haiti, people across the world generously donated hundreds of millions of pounds to the Red Cross and other NGOs. In the US the Red Cross alone is reported to have raised at least $479 million dollars.

Hardly any of this money has reached those it was intended for. Two years later hundreds of thousands of people are still living in tent cities, surrounded by rubble, without food security and with no income.

In addition, the UN occupying forces have brought cholera to Haiti and lack of clean water has allowed it to spread – 700,000 people have been infected so far, 7,000 of whom have died.

Haiti has more NGOs per square mile than any other country in the world, yet remains the most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. Now the Red Cross wants to use money it collected for earthquake relief to build a luxury hotel and conference center in Haiti!  How dare they!

The Red Cross is part of the 1% who are enriching themselves at our expense, in Haiti and everywhere. It is up to us, the 99%, to stop them.  People in Haiti have been protesting in their thousands against the UN and the NGOs.  Support them by joining our protest.

Protest called by Women of Colour @ Global Women’s Strike (GWS), and GWS/London; and is in solidarity with the May 1st General Strike called by the Global Occupy Movement.

Recruiting Excellence for Africa

About the Summit

We are very proud to announce that our Careers in Africa London summit is celebrating its tenth year in 2012.
The past decade has seen over 200 multi-national companies select 1,500 professional candidates from over 40 African nationalities, making the London summit the largest of its kind for the region.

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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Dear Ayoub,
Olympic Football tickets on sale tomorrow

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Peaceful Public Eritrean Demonstration in London 30/04/2012
To all Justice loving people of the UK
The Eritrean Public Campaign committee is holding a peaceful public demonstration against the UNjust Sanction and the continuation of Ethiopias 10 years illegal occupation of sovereign Eritrean territories.
As a show of contempt for International law; Ethiopia (the woyane minority regime) in it's own admission has recently attacked Eritrea twice. Perhaps it was its way of celebrating the 10th anniversary of the border commission's ruling between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

They are trying to put war on Eritrea and reverse EEritrra's independence.

We therefore advise you to join the Eritrean Demonstration against illegal occupation and Unjust Sanctions. Let's all bring our Eritrean Flag and wave it high, march together from each of our neighbourhoods and make our voice heard once again.

As Eritrean ambassadors we have no doubt that you will strongly assert your position, at the same time we would also strongly encourage you to show the disciplined custom of the Eritrean people.

Monday 30th April 2012 10 am at Downing Street, nearest tube Westminster.
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Victory to the Masses!
London 2012

Saturday, 28 April 2012

About the Day

What: In November 2011, during the UNESCO General Conference, the international community proclaimed 30 April as "International Jazz Day". The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music will embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Jazz has been a force for positive social transformation throughout its history, and it remains so today. This is why UNESCO created International Jazz Day. From its roots in slavery, this music has raised a passionate voice against all forms of oppression. It speaks a language of freedom that is meaningful to all cultures.The same goals guide UNESCO in its efforts to build bridges of dialogue and understanding between all cultures and societies.  
Irina Bokova, Director General

Message for International Jazz Day
Why International Jazz Day?
  • Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;
  • Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;
  • Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;
  • Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;
  • Jazz fosters gender equality;
  • Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;
  • Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;
  • Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.


Mogadishu, 26 April 2012 – A group of ten journalists, members of the Network for Peace and Security in Africa (NetPeace) arrived in Mogadishu on 26 of April 2012 for a four-day field visit to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). This field trip is aimed at further acquainting the media with the mandate and role of AMISOM on the ground, as well as the daily life of the troops in their endeavor to stabilize the country and set the basis for a deep-rooted peace.

Shortly after arriving in the capital city of Somalia, the NetPeace members attended the monthly press conference of Honorable Wafula Wamunyinyi, the Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (DSRCC) in Somalia. Together with the Somali press, they were briefed on the achievements and challenges of AMISIOM during the past month as well as on the progress made in the implementation of projects run by AMISOM throughout the country. General Fred Mugisha, out-going Force Commander of the AMISOM reported that the renovation of public buildings such as the Parliament, the construction of barracks for the Somali Police Force (SPF) as well as schools, were well on course. He also expressed his satisfaction at the return to normalcy in many parts of Mogadishu. “People are enjoying life again, going to the beach on Fridays and women are now able to wear their traditional clothes”, he said, adding that this would have been unexpected only a year ago.

The out-going Force Commander called on the people of Somalia to work hand in hand for peace, to reject extremism and terrorism and to further cooperate with AMISOM and the SPF so as to roll back the “criminal minds” destabilizing the achievements torward peace. According to the AMISOM, since last year, most of Mogadishu has been liberated from the terror of Al Shabab.

As part of the inception training, members of the NetPeace where briefed on the civilian, military and police components of the Public Information Unit of the AMISOM. Their programme on the 27th of April will focus on the lines occupied by the Ugandan and the Burundian battalions. 


Friday, 27 April 2012

Press release

Friday 27 April 2012

For immediate use

Ministerial Code must be enforced, emails and texts released to Parliament - Harman

Letters to David Cameron, Jeremy Hunt, Lord O'Donnell

Harriet Harman MP, Labour's Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture Secretary, has today written to David Cameron, Jeremy Hunt and Lord O'Donnell, who was Cabinet Secretary when the Culture Secretary took on the issue of the BSkyB.

The letters call for the matter to be referred to the Independent Advisor on Ministers' Interests, the release of texts and emails to Parliament, and ask whether Lord O'Donnell still regards it as appropriate for Jeremy Hunt to have taken on his quasi-judicial role in the BSkyB deal.

Letter to David Cameron

Dear Prime Minister,

On 25 April I wrote to you and asked you to refer to Sir Alex Allan, the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests, the conduct of the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Jeremy Hunt MP, in respect of his responsibility for News Corporation’s bid for BSkyB.

Your spokesman has said that you have ‘no plans’ to do so, as you believe the Secretary of State acted ‘properly’ and ‘there is an inquiry ongoing that is looking at some of these issues and we should let that inquiry take its course’.

Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry is of the greatest importance.

But the Leveson Inquiry:

- does not relieve ministers of their duties under the Ministerial Code;

- does not relieve you of your responsibility to ensure that your ministers abide by the Code;

- does not relieve you of your responsibility to refer a Minister to the Independent Adviser if the Code is breached.

When you took office and published the new edition of the Code, you said your Government must be ‘...Transparent about what we do and how we do it. Determined to act in the national interest, above improper influence. Mindful of our duty...’.

The Ministerial Code is important. But it is worth nothing if you do not fulfill your responsibilities to uphold it.

You should now refer the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to the Independent Adviser on Ministers’ Interests for three breaches of the ministerial code:

- failing to take responsibility for the actions of his Special Adviser, contrary to paragraph 3.3;

- not giving accurate and truthful information to parliament, contrary to paragraph 1.2c;

- disclosing the contents of a statement to Parliament to News Corporation before making the statement in the House, contrary to paragraph 9.1.

Yours sincerely,

Harriet Harman

Letter to Jeremy Hunt

Dear Jeremy,

On 26 April I wrote and asked you to publish:

- all the text messages, emails from both official and personal accounts, and records of phone calls between yourself and Adam Smith relating to the News Corporation bid for BSkyB;

- all of the text messages, emails from both official and personal accounts, and records of phone calls between Adam Smith and Frederic Michel and any other representatives of News Corporation relating to the BSkyB bid.

I now understand that you intend to make some of these documents available to the Leveson Inquiry.

It is not acceptable for you – while being prepared to release these documents to the Leveson Inquiry – to refuse to release them to the House of Commons, to whom you are accountable.

So I am asking you to place them in the House of Commons Library at the same time as you give them to the Leveson Inquiry.

It was in the House on 25 April that you acknowledged that what your Special Adviser did was wrong, but you were unaware of what he was doing. It is therefore the House that needs to see the correspondence that shows this to be the case.

There can be no possible explanation for your preparedness to give these documents to the Leveson Inquiry but refusal to give them to the House, other than that you are evading your accountability to the House for your actions as Secretary of State.

You should publish all of these documents, as I requested in my letter of 26 April.

Yours sincerely,

Harriet Harman

Letter to Lord O’Donnell

Dear Lord O'Donnell,

On 22 December 2010, John Denham MP wrote to you asking whether Jeremy Hunt MP was a fit and proper person to rule on the News Corporation bid for BSkyB in light of previous comments he had made. You replied on the same day saying that following legal advice, you were satisfied he had not prejudged the case.

In light of the documents released by the Leveson Inquiry on Tuesday 24 April, which reveal the extent of contact between Jeremy Hunt’s Special Adviser and News Corporation, do you still regard it appropriate for Mr Hunt to have taken on a quasi-judicial role because of the risk of the perception that Mr Hunt would not have been impartial?

Yours sincerely,

Harriet Harman


Inclusive growth, job creation and attention to human needs underpins UNCTADXIII conclusions

ECA Press Release No. 57/2012

Doha, 27 April 2012 (ECA) – The Thirteenth Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD XIII) closed in Doha, Qatar, today with a call to orient financial flows towards supporting inclusive and sustainable development.

Held from 21-26 April on the theme: “Development-centred globalization: towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development”, this was the first major United Nations ministerial gathering focused on trade and development since the 2008-2009 economic and financial crisis according UNCTAD’s Secretary General, Mr. Supachai Panitchpakdi.

In the face of the continuing “fragility” of the global economy following recent economic crises, “finance should support the real economy [towards] sustainable, sustained, inclusive and equitable economic growth and sustainable development”, according to the “Doha Mandate”, adopted after intense all-night deliberations that concluded on the morning of 26 April.

The Mandate sets out agreed conclusions on policy analysis and the role of UNCTAD on the overall theme of the Meeting — “Development-centred globalization: towards inclusive and sustainable growth and development”, covering key priorities considered over the past week. They included enhancing and enabling the economic environment to support inclusive development; strengthening all forms of cooperation and partnership for trade and development; addressing persistent and emerging development challenges and their implications for trade and development; and promoting trade, investment, entrepreneurship and related investment policies to foster economic growth and sustainable development.

Accompanying the Mandate was a political declaration known as the “Doha Manar”, referring to the Arabic term for beacon. The Manar recognizes the significance of the revolutionary protests occurring over the past year and notes that the winds of change blowing in many parts of the world today “attest to the desire of populations for responsive policies that foster participatory and inclusive approaches to development towards achieving prosperity for all.”

In addition, it recognizes "the need to make our common economic life more conducive to progressive structural change, more productive of inclusive and sustainable growth and development and more effective in fostering broad-based inclusion in a new and more robust social contract.”

“Development-centred globalization sets the stage for inclusive growth and development and contributes towards reducing poverty and creating jobs,” the Mandate states, and adds that development strategies should be inclusive and designed to meet human needs.

“People have similar needs and aspirations, including freedom, human rights, in particular the right to development, decent work [and] all aspects of affordable health care and good governance at all levels.” Since those ends were closely interconnected, development strategies should be based on an integrated and holistic approach, if the desired policy options were to emerge.

With regard to the role of UNCTAD, which has been a point of contention among member states in the past week, it was agreed that it should contribute to global efforts to transition towards a green economy; continue to monitor and assess the evolution of the international trading system and its trends from a development perspective; and continue to support the specific needs of least developed countries, small island developing States, middle-income countries and those with economies in transition.

Hamad bin Abudlaziz al-Kuwari (Qatar), incoming President of UNCTAD and Minister for Culture, Arts and Heritage, said the Meeting expressed hope that its outcome would contribute to fulfilling the aspirations of peoples around the world. “When the spirit is willing, and when there is will to act, nothing is impossible,” he stressed, adding that such a spirit had led to the consensus seen today.

The representative of Zimbabwe, speaking on behalf of the Group of African States, said: “The road to Doha was long and at times strewn with challenges; Nonetheless, consensus had been reached." He added: “Of course, we could have done more, but such is the nature of the give-and-take process.”

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   A case has been lodged at the General Court of Justice of the European Union challenging the continued economic sanctions against the Republic of Zimbabwe. Lodging the case in Brussels on Tuesday morning was Dr David Matsanga, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Africa World Media

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 Speaking to journalists soon after returning to London from Brussels, Dr Matsanga said he had been forced to seek a judicial ruling on the illegibility of the sanctions after visiting Zimbabwe and witnessing the problems economic sanctions against Zimbabwe are causing to the ordinary person in Zimbabwe.
 Dr Matsanga, who is also the CEO of The London Evening Post, said he is seeking to have all travel bans imposed on leading Zimbabwean politicians annulled. He said the travel and visa bans imposed on the Zimbabwe leadership, go against the provisions of the African Charter on human rights which give individuals an express right of freedom of movement and residence within the borders of a state.  At the same time, he is asking the EU General Court to order that Zimbabwe be compensated for the economic loss and related incidents caused by the EU sanctions.

 He told the general Court that Zimbabwe’s ability to reschedule her loan payments and to apply for debt cancellation in terms of severe financial crisis had been severely affected by the economic sanctions imposed on her. Dr Matsanga added that Zimbabwe’s credit and investment rating had been severely affected as wel
Matsanga charged that imposing sanctions on members of ZANU-PF and other officials working for the Mugabe regime. Sanctions against ZANU-PF aimed at bringing down the Mugabe regime, had not been made in the best interest of democracy or people’s will. “By doing so, Western powers continue to disregard key regional bodies such as the African Union,” Dr Matsanga said, adding that nor does this accelerate the political and socio economic integration of the continent as envisaged by the African Union.

 He argued that economic sanctions against Zimbabwe had caused a breakdown of the Zimbabwean economy due to lack of foreign investors and the dollarization of the market leading to lack of affordable health care, quality education, joblessness and millions of innocent people continue to lose their lives from HIV/AIDS and malaria.
source  of  story -London  evening  post

 Dr Matsanga said generally, sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe go against the spirit of the constitutive Act of the African Union whose objective is to promote and protect human and peoples’ rights.