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Jean Ping Lost AU Chairmanship to Dlamini-Zuma

The incompetent and flamboyant ex-Commissioner of the African Union – Jean Ping – is now history. It is simply gratifying and indeed a good omen seeing him left office with his head down.  We are expecting leadership form the new and first women Chairman of the AU Commission, Ms. Dlamini Zuma.

Jean Ping and his lame duck leadership of the AU has ended with his defeat. Alas!

By Reuters,

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma , South Africa’s minister of home affairs, was on Sunday elected as the first female head of the African Union Commission.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma, who received 37 votes in the last round of voting, needing 34 to win, defeated incumbent and rival Jean Ping of Gabon, who had headed the steering body of the 54-member organisation since 2008.

A failure by the AU to resolve the leadership contest between candidates from rival English- and French-speaking blocs at its summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, would have divided the continental body and undermined its credibility in the world.  Continue reading Jean Ping Lost AU Chairmanship to Dlamini-Zuma

Ethiopia’s Dictator Meles Zenawi on a Death Bed: 1955-2012

A fortnight ago, Meles was trying to joke by disseminating a fairy tale story on President Isaias’ death from serious illness. Now, he is on that deathbed – for real.

By TesfaNews,

The rumor that goes viral all over the internet and across the country on the deteriorating health condition of Ethiopia’s longtime ruler and dictator, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, has finally been confirmed today by the Senegalese leader, President Macky Sall.

Zenawi, who has not been seen for the last several weeks, has missed an African Union Summit that opened Sunday in Ethiopia – a first since he assume power in 1991. Continue reading Ethiopia’s Dictator Meles Zenawi on a Death Bed: 1955-2012

African Union Turned into Handmaiden for Pax Americana

The aftermath of AU’s betrayal to Africa, particularly to Eritrea and Somalia is there for all to see.

By Sophia Tesfamariam,

Professor Ali A. Mazrui, Director of the Institute of Global Cultural  Studies and Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities State  University of New York, in his 2003 article “Between Pax Americana and Pax Africana“, wrote about the effects of the September 11 attacks on Africa and US policy in Africa . Professor Mazrui, in concluding his article asked the following:

“…will American resources help to strengthen Pax Africana, or will American power simply turn it into a handmaiden of Pax Americana ? How can we avoid the Americanization of Pax Africana ?…”

Hence the title and subject for today’s lengthy piece… Continue reading African Union Turned into Handmaiden for Pax Americana

African Union: A Tool to Western Rule in Africa

The aftermath of AU’s betrayal to Africa and its disservice to the USA is there for all to see

By Thomas C Mountain,

The African Union (AU) has mutated into a particularly corrupt and brutal enforcer of western rule in Africa. When it comes to the interests of Pax Americana, you must start with the crimes committed in the AU’s “War on Terror” in Somalia a.k.a. The War on the Somali people.

In 2006 the Somalis themselves under the umbrella of the Union of Islamic Courts brought about a miracle in many observers eyes and established a functioning government in the former capital of Mogadishu bringing peace and security to the region for the first time in 15 years. Continue reading African Union: A Tool to Western Rule in Africa

South Africa Stands Firm Between Libya Crisis and Rebel Recognition

South Africa condemns any form of imposed regime change - Jacob Zuma

By David Smith (Mail & Guardian),

The South African government has defended its refusal to back a United Nations proposal to release $1.5-billion of Libyan assets and to recognise the country’s rebel authority, despite growing criticism at home and around the world.

The United States proposed a draft resolution to the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that Libyan assets — frozen by the UN to starve Muammar Gaddafi of resources – be released for the benefit of the rebel National Transitional Council.

South Africa says it will approve $500-million of the package for urgent humanitarian assistance, but opposes the release of the -remaining funds because the interim structure has not been recognised by the UN itself. Continue reading South Africa Stands Firm Between Libya Crisis and Rebel Recognition

African Leaders Boycott AU Famine Fund Raising Event in Addis Ababa

African leaders will present ONLY if there is’ meat to eat’ … hell NO to pledge meat for others to eat …

By Argaw Ashine (AfricaReview),

Almost all invited heads of state were absent from the African Union’s fundraiser here for the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa, despite the bloc having pushed back the event by three weeks in order to get more high level attendance.

Only host Meles Zenawi, AU chairman and Equatorial Guinea President, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the President of worst-hit Somalia, Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, attended the Thursday event at the UN’s compound in Addis Ababa that raised $51.7 million while ADB gave $300 milliion. Continue reading African Leaders Boycott AU Famine Fund Raising Event in Addis Ababa