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  • Paul Dever
    Reply to: RE [ujeni] Malawi news It s true!! Just ask Steve Berry about the run-in we had with a croc...who had the gall to pass us up for something further
    Message 1 of 10 , May 8, 2000
      Reply to: RE>[ujeni] Malawi news
      It's true!!

      Just ask Steve Berry about the run-in we had with a croc...who had the
      gall to pass us up for something further down the coast of Likoma...

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      Date: 5/8/00 2:34 PM
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      MALAWI'S Multiplying Crocodiles Increase Attacks

      Blantyre, Malawi (PANA) (Panafrican News Agency, May 5, 2000) - A
      woman is still battling for her life in hospital in the central lakeshore
      district of
      Nkhota Kota after being attacked by a marauding crocodile while fetching
      for
      water in Lake Malawi.

      John Mlenga, an information officer in the district, said Friday this
      incident is just
      the latest in a series of unprecedented crocodile attacks in the area.

      "She went to the beach to collect water on Wednesday morning when she was
      attacked," he told PANA.

      Mlenga said when passers-by rescued her, her arm was severely savaged by
      the
      creature. There has been an unprecedented increase in crocodile attacks
      lately
      around the lake, with eight attacks in April alone.

      People in the area suspected the increase in the number of crocodiles has
      come
      about because of a change in management of a sugar company in the
      district.

      The Dwangwa Sugar Corporation used to rear crocodiles on its farm but when
      the company was sold to Illovo Sugar Group a few years ago, the new
      management decided to stop the crocodile farming.

      Illovo's acting human resources manager, Dickens Chaula, said the former
      management used to rear crocodiles for food and export.

      "Crocodile meat was a delicacy among both the expatriate and local
      communities," he added. A crocodile's tail meat was a must dish for the
      expatriates and hides were exported by the old management.

      But Chaula said when the new management took over, it decided to stick to
      its
      main line of sugar production.

      The crocodiles were sold to a Zimbabwean farm. Although the Zimbabwean
      farm is yet to collect them, no crocodile has been released into the lake.

      Khaled Hassan, a renowned crocodile hunter, said this seemed to be a good
      year for crocodile breeding. He noted that the boom in crocodile population
      could only be checked if government allowed the culling of crocodiles from
      200
      to 800 a year.

      Malawi is tied to a protocol it signed with the International Committee
      for the
      Protection of Endangered Species, which classified crocodiles among
      endangered species.

      It therefore limits the culling of crocodiles to 200 a year.

      Crocodiles, according to Hassen, are killing two people daily in southern
      Malawi
      which is dominated by the country's biggest and crocodile-infested Shire
      River.

      He said the animals prey on humans when they venture out of the water in
      search
      for food since they are too many for the little food they have under
      water.

      Environmental Affairs Minister Harry Thomson, the member of Parliament for
      Chikwawa district, one of the affected districts in southern Malawi, said
      government would try to convince CITES that the crocodiles in Malawi was
      not
      among the endangered species.

      The government would not allow the lives of its citizens to be endangered,
      he
      added.


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    • Paul Dever
      Reply to: RE [ujeni] Malawi news Hmmm. I remember putting THAT news in a Lilongwe Briefs in 1995...News sure is slow... ... Date: 5/18/00 2:47 PM To:
      Message 2 of 10 , May 18, 2000
        Reply to: RE>[ujeni] Malawi news
        Hmmm. I remember putting THAT news in a Lilongwe Briefs in 1995...News
        sure is slow...

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        Date: 5/18/00 2:47 PM
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        Malawi Has Highest Death Rate on Roads

        Blantyre (Malawi) (African Eye News Service, May 17, 2000) - Malawi's road
        accident rate is the highest in the world at 228 deaths per 10 000
        vehicles,
        African Eye News Service (South Africa) reports.

        This is according to a Road Safety Study conducted over five years in 19
        countries. The study was conducted by between 1990 and 1995 De Leuw
        Cather International, which has just released its final report on the
        study.

        It found that six African countries are in the top 10 list of nations with
        high
        accident rates. The United Kindgom has the lowest road deaths at 1.4 deaths
        for every 10 000 vehicles.

        In 1998, about 1 000 people died in 7 100 reported accidents in Malawi,
        says
        the National Road Safety Council of Malawi.

        Blame has been placed on speeding, as well as unroadworthy and unlicensed
        vehicles. Malawi is also said to have the worst roads in the Southern
        African
        Development Community because of years of no maintenance.

        *****

        Court Acquits German, Blames Police for Highhandedness

        Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) (Panafrican News Agency, May 17, 2000) -
        Lilongwe Principal Resident Magistrate Harold Chafuwa Wednesday found a
        German research student not guilty in a case of inciting Monday's
        demonstration
        against policies of the World Bank and the IMF.

        The man, identified only as Anders was the only one arrested in the melee
        that
        followed the otherwise peaceful demonstration where trade unions and civil
        rights NGOs organised a protest against World Bank and IMF policies that
        they
        said impacted negatively on Malawians.

        But the police fired teargas canisters to disperse the demonstrators,
        branding the
        protest march an unlawful assembly.

        The German, who arrived in Malawi to conduct research on how Structural
        Adjustment Programmes affected the poor, was cornered by the anti-riot
        police
        who accused him of encouraging the protest. He had his tape-recorder and
        passport confiscated and whisked him away to a police station.

        The German embassy intervened and secured bail for him on the same day. But
        Anders, during the short trial, declared his innocence, saying he was not
        part of
        the demonstration and was only curious since the march was about structural
        adjustment policies. He told the court his research was supposed to form a
        basis
        for his doctorate thesis.

        Chafuwa agreed with the German, wondering why the police picked only on
        him, leaving the others free. He ruled that the police had failed to prove
        any case
        to convict Anders. He therefore found him not guilty and acquitted him of
        the
        charges.

        "Malawi has a constitution that guarantees freedom of assembly," Chafuwa
        said.

        Anders later told PANA outside the court that his short incarceration had
        affected his research. He said he was supposed to write a report to his
        supervisor at the University of Malawi. He, however, said he was glad that
        Malawi has a justice system that could be trusted.

        "I was only a bystander. It beats me why they picked on me," he said.

        The case of Anders has embarrassed the Malawi government, which Tuesday
        took an unprecedented face- saving move to condemn the police action.

        Finance Minister Matthews Chikaonda told journalists at a press conference
        he
        held together with World Bank director for Angola, Zimbabwe and Malawi,
        Barbara Kafka, that the government regretted the police action.

        "We, as a government, uphold human rights. The police action was
        regrettable,"
        he said.

        The arrest of the German, and the over-reaction of Malawi's highly
        politicised
        police towards the marchers, enlisted world-wide protests from human rights
        organisations.

        A source told PANA President Bakili Muluzi, a former Malawi Congress Party
        secretary-general at a time when the police behaved like it was above the
        law,
        has been inundated with messages over the incident.

        Observers have noted that, in spite of a British- aided reform programme,
        the
        Malawi police has yet to be de-politicised and anything like a peaceful
        protest is
        not taken kindly by its handlers.

        *****

        Malawi Urged to Cut Expenditure and Fight Inflation

        Blantyre (Malawi) (African Eye News Service, May 17, 2000) - The
        International Monetary Fund (IMF) urged Malawi on Wednesday to fight the
        country's spiralling 30% inflation rate and its crippling US$2.3 billion
        external
        debt.

        The IMF suggested that Malawi's government cut expenditure by halting
        subsidies to its free farm input scheme, maize price and fuel levies.

        The suggestions were made at a three-day Consultative Group (CG) meeting in
        Lilongwe, which was attended by 17 international lending institutions and
        creditor nations. The IMF said Malawi's inflation had to be cut by at
        least 10%
        by the end of 2001 and that its real GDP growth be raised to 5% this year.

        Malawi's current fiscal deficit is 3% of the Gross Domestic Product and
        should
        be brought down to 1.4% in the 2000/1 budget, the IMF said.

        The country's current account deficit, including grants is projected to
        rise from
        5.5% of the GDP in 2000 to 6.4% in 2001, and 7% in 2002, according to IMF.

        "Because of weak control procedures and budgetary resources, government
        expenditure has risen sharply," said IMF Malawi head of mission, Thomas
        Gibson.

        Malawi's finance minister, Mathews Chikaonda, blamed the government's heavy
        borrowing on unpredictable donor inflows.

        Depending on the outcome of the meeting, which ended on Wednesday, Malawi
        is to be considered for debt relief as part of the IMF/World Bank's list
        of Highly
        Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC).

        Follow-up discussions on debt relief will take place in Washington DC in
        June.

        Japan, Malawi's single biggest donor, opposed giving loans as a means of
        debt
        relief and suggested that indebted countries rather be given more
        financial grants
        until their economies recovered.

        Japan promised to continue to assist Malawi even it was included in the
        HIPC.

        *****

        Court To Make Ruling On Election Fraud Case Friday

        Panafrican News Agency
        May 17, 2000

        Lilongwe, Malawi (PANA) - The long-awaited
        judgement in a case in which the
        opposition in Malawi is disputing President
        Bakili Muluzi's victory in the June 1999
        election will be delivered in the Lilongwe High
        Court Friday.

        Charles Mkandawire, the registrar of the court,
        said the presiding judge, Justice
        Isaac Mtambo, has finished preparing his
        judgement.

        "The judge told me this (Wednesday) morning to
        inform concerned parties that
        judgement is Friday," he told PANA.

        Mkandawire said that owing to the political
        sensitivity of the case, security would
        be tightened to avoid ugly scenes.

        The opposition, led by presidential hopeful
        Gwanda Chakuamba, dragged Muluzi
        and the Electoral Commission to court, accusing
        the latter of fraudulently declaring
        Muluzi winner in the closely-run contest.

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      • Rand Wise
        A child dies of malaria every second in Africa, according to statistics from Malawi s Malaria Control Programme. That s 31 million African children per year.
        Message 3 of 10 , Jun 15, 2000
          "A child dies of malaria every second in Africa, according to statistics
          from Malawi's Malaria Control Programme."

          That's 31 million African children per year. Surely this can't be right.
          Figures I've seen say about 1 to 2 million people (of all ages worldwide)
          die from malaria annually.

          Not to diminish how devastating it is.
        • Paul DEVER
          Probably a child dies in Africa every second, but to get more money you inflate the figures.... Actually statistically, that would mean a negative Population
          Message 4 of 10 , Jun 15, 2000
            Probably a child dies in Africa every second, but to get more money you
            inflate the figures.... Actually statistically, that would mean a negative
            Population Growth, so we can put Chishango out of business...

            The cynic in me sees this as a ploy to get more money for conferences,
            sitting fees, etec... Good thing I left Africa, huh...


            ----Original Message Follows----
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            Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2000 10:59:03 -0400

            "A child dies of malaria every second in Africa, according to statistics
            from Malawi's Malaria Control Programme."

            That's 31 million African children per year. Surely this can't be right.
            Figures I've seen say about 1 to 2 million people (of all ages worldwide)
            die from malaria annually.

            Not to diminish how devastating it is.



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          • Paul DEVER
            I am glad to see that the courts are taking hold of very important activites such as deciding how long one s hair can be, as opposed to...say....drinking water
            Message 5 of 10 , Jun 26, 2000
              I am glad to see that the courts are taking hold of very important activites
              such as deciding how long one's hair can be, as opposed to...say....drinking
              water for every one...less dependency on one cash crop (no, I won't be
              hypocritical and spout off about the evils of tobacco)...and other pressing
              social issues...

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            • Daniel Dudley
              I thought that the second article was very beautifully written. Why wasn t this guy at any of the Bottle Stores that I consumed Carlsberg at? Dan ...
              Message 6 of 10 , Jul 11, 2000
                I thought that the second article was very beautifully written. Why wasn't
                this guy at any of the Bottle Stores that I consumed Carlsberg at?
                Dan

                >From: "Christine Chumbler" <cchumble@...>
                >Reply-To: ujeni@egroups.com
                >To: ujeni@egroups.com, seanconchar@...
                >Subject: [ujeni] Malawi news
                >Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 13:29:39 -0400
                >
                >Journalist threatened, film confiscated
                >
                > The Media Institute of Southern Africa
                > July 10, 2000
                >
                > Windhoek - On Thursday July 6, journalist
                >Pushpa Jamieson was threatened by
                > about five heavily armed Police Mobile Force
                >(PMF) members while covering the
                > aftermath of Malawi's 36th independence
                >anniversary at the Civil Service Stadium
                > in Lilongwe.
                >
                > Jamieson had photographed the aftermath of
                >clashes between riot police and
                > hundreds of people who could not be
                >accommodated in the stadium when she was
                > accosted by the PMF members. While training
                >their guns on her, they confiscated
                > her camera and threatened to shoot her if she
                >resisted. They claimed she was not
                > allowed to take pictures of riots, but Jamieson
                >had only photographed the debris in
                > the main road and not the actual riots.
                >
                > After the incident Jamieson returned to the
                >"Chronicle" offices, where she reported
                > the matter to her colleagues. A while later,
                >the same policemen who had
                > confiscated her camera stopped near the paper's
                >office, prompting newspaper staff
                > to approach them about the camera. One of the
                >officers then used a wooden baton
                > to beat journalist Don Kulapani, while other
                >officers threatened to arrest the other
                > journalists. Kulapani was saved from serious
                >injury by the intervention of other
                > staff. A short while later about twenty other
                >officers arrived on the scene and
                > threatened to shoot the journalists if they did
                >not leave the place.
                >
                > "Who do you think you are? We are doing our
                >job. You can go and sue if you
                > want. We are PMF, so watch yourself," one of
                >the policemen were quoted as
                > saying.
                >
                > Later that same day, Jamieson's camera was
                >returned to her, but without the film.
                >
                >*****
                >
                >Africa is not a basket case
                >
                > Why does the Western media goes out of its way to trash the
                >image of the
                > African continent?
                >
                >
                >
                > JOHN MATSHIKIZA asks
                >
                >
                > To paraphrase from a character in one of Toni Morrison's
                >great novels:
                > "The trouble with these people is that they just don't
                >know when to stop."
                >
                > OK, I admit it, I'm still smarting. Sitting in the centre of
                >the African continent,
                > staring out at its myriad wonders, I find myself still
                >smouldering like the
                > magnificently mysterious Mount Cameroon, ready to explode. For
                >why?
                >
                > A recent edition of The Economist magazine led with a cover
                >story entitled
                > "Hopeless Africa". It was another example of the Western media
                >going out of its
                > way to trash the image of the continent, to seek to sustain the
                >notion that Africa
                > will remain the basket case that it has always been in the
                >Western imagination.
                >
                > Yes, there is hideous civil war raging in Sierra Leone; the
                >Democratic Republic of
                > Congo remains an intractable mire of war, political intrigue
                >and financial
                > corruption; Ethiopia and Eritrea are involved in a mortal
                >combat of twin brothers;
                > Aids casts its lethal and unexplainable shadow from north to
                >south; illiteracy is
                > growing, children face a bleak future.
                >
                > And yet, this is not the only story out of Africa. There are
                >other, equally important
                > stories, stories that are seldom told, about the sheer
                >exuberance and variety of the
                > place. How can there be one image of Africa?
                >
                > And yet, in spite of the schoolyard chant that says "Sticks and
                >stones may break
                > my bones, but names can never hurt me", a bad image, when
                >carefully placed, is
                > hard to shake off. Thus readers of The Economist, sitting
                >thousands of miles away
                > from the continent in question, would have swallowed the whole
                >thing, hook line
                > and sinker, when that noble rag made so bold as to say:
                >
                > "Africa was weak before the Europeans touched its coasts.
                >Nature is not kind to
                > it. This may be the birthplace of mankind, but it is hardly
                >surprising that humans
                > sought other continents to live in ..."
                >
                > Three quick lies in three quick
                > sentences. But their message hits home,
                > nevertheless. Potential foreign investors
                > are told what they want to hear, and
                > decide on the basis of nothing more than hearsay to stay away.
                >
                > A chain reaction follows. Continually destabilised
                >economically, Africa finds it
                > hard to stabilise politically. Huge numbers of its
                >best-qualified citizens choose to
                > join the brain-and-body drain and leave "hopeless Africa"
                >forever - joining the
                > rest of those (supposedly "sensible") "humans [who] sought
                >other continents to
                > live on". The lie becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
                >
                > But what does one actually perceive on the ground?
                >
                > Take the Congo. On the surface, and all too terribly, a basket
                >case living through
                > an endless and meaningless series of civil wars, with no
                >infrastructure worth
                > speaking of 40 years after independence from the Belgians, and
                >so on. And yet,
                > people are living there. The land is wide, rich and fertile.
                >The marketplace culture
                > is alive and kicking. If the ordinary people were allowed to
                >live in peace, they
                > would be able to demonstrate their political sophistication and
                >their ability to uplift
                > and govern themselves.
                >
                > Far from The Economist's view that "nature is not kind to it",
                >the Congo is
                > testimony to the fact that Africa's natural riches are part of
                >its fatal problem.
                > Everyone greedily wants a share.
                >
                > Far from all intelligent life forms choosing to leave it
                >(although there are hundreds
                > of thousands of refugees and political and economic exiles),
                >Africa, on the
                > contrary, as well as being abundantly populated in the most
                >fertile of its regions, is
                > also still being endlessly invaded from other continents. This
                >invasion - from
                > Britain, from Lithuania, from the Americas, from China, from
                >Israel, from New
                > Zealand or wherever else there is a class of buccaneer
                >missionaries to sample
                > from - comes, as it has always come, for the twin purposes of
                >rape and pillage.
                > Cobalt, wood, gold, aluminium, copper, oil, rubber, platinum,
                >diamonds - you
                > name it, Africa's got it, and someone else wants it. Wildlife
                >(both for viewing and
                > hunting) exists in unparalleled abundance. And then there is
                >the endless variety of
                > its people, with their incomprehensible, fascinating, age-old,
                >yet adaptable,
                > cultures. Africa is still, in Western eyes, and in spite of all
                >the deliberate
                > disinformation, "God's own country".
                >
                > "Hopeless Africa" is rather an image of hopelessly passionate
                >romance. If Africa
                > was really a hopeless case, if it was really nothing more than
                >Heart of Darkness
                > and "The White Man's Grave", would there still be so many of
                >the latter species,
                > in all shapes and genders, moving so tenaciously through its
                >heartland? From King
                > Solomon's Mines to The Snows of Kilimanjaro, from Out of
                >Africa, the film
                > Chocolat, and whatever is coming out next, the West's romance
                >with Africa is a
                > gripping and eternal part of its secret personality. And like a
                >secret lover, it has to
                > be denounced to its very face to keep the secret safe.
                >
                > What else does one perceive from down here on the ground?
                >
                > That Africa is not an entity divorced from the history of the
                >rest of the world. Nor
                > is it remote from any aspect of what the world is today. Not
                >only is the African
                > image deeply embedded in many of the accepted symbols of world
                >culture: vast
                > arrays of the cultures of the world are part of the African
                >image - while not
                > contradicting the existence of a distinct African identity.
                >
                > Africa, like the rest of the world, is capable of being both
                >ancient and modern at
                > the same time.
                >
                > Africa is like the rest of the world. Except that it is Africa.
                >
                > We must not avoid being critical of our own continent. But we
                >must also try to
                > keep a clear eye on what the continent is really like, and be
                >clear that it is not, by
                > a long stretch of the imagination, a hopeless case.
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              • Vyrle Owens
                12 July 2000 Dear Christine, Thank you for the article, Africa is not a Basket Case. People hear so much of the negative (poverty, war, famine, HIV/AIDS,
                Message 7 of 10 , Jul 12, 2000
                  12 July 2000

                  Dear Christine,

                  Thank you for the article, "Africa is not a Basket Case."

                  People hear so much of the "negative" (poverty, war, famine, HIV/AIDS,
                  deforestation, mineral depletion, civil disorder, etc. etc. etc.) that it
                  is almost impossible to get them to actually hear something positive about
                  Africa.

                  Actually, I don't think people believe me (even people who know me well and
                  trust me) when I describe the very positive 6 year's experience I had in
                  Southern Africa. Sure there were problems, challenges, and not a few
                  heartbreaking incidents. But there were also many delightful times, "a-ha
                  moments," and heartwarming relationships to remember.

                  It was a great place to experience 6 years of the sorrows and joys of life.
                  What more can I say? Focusing on either the negative and tragic, or the
                  natural beauty and human tenacity will fail to give a balanced picture. I
                  just wonder why the "west" clings to its "negative" image so tightly, not
                  only of Africa, but also of India and other places filled with large
                  numbers of struggling people who aren't exactly white.

                  Thanks for keeping the news on/in the ujeni. It is about the only material
                  about Africa I get these days.

                  Also thanks to Elizabeth Bell for the HIV/AIDS updates.

                  Vyrle

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                  > From: Christine Chumbler <cchumble@...>
                  > To: ujeni@egroups.com; seanconchar@...
                  > Subject: [ujeni] Malawi news
                  > Date: Tuesday, 11 July, 2000 10:29 AM
                  >
                  > Journalist threatened, film confiscated
                  >
                  > The Media Institute of Southern Africa
                  > July 10, 2000
                  >
                  > Windhoek - On Thursday July 6, journalist
                  Pushpa Jamieson was threatened by
                  > about five heavily armed Police Mobile Force
                  (PMF) members while covering the
                  > aftermath of Malawi's 36th independence
                  anniversary at the Civil Service Stadium
                  > in Lilongwe.
                  >
                  > Jamieson had photographed the aftermath of
                  clashes between riot police and
                  > hundreds of people who could not be
                  accommodated in the stadium when she was
                  > accosted by the PMF members. While training
                  their guns on her, they confiscated
                  > her camera and threatened to shoot her if she
                  resisted. They claimed she was not
                  > allowed to take pictures of riots, but
                  Jamieson had only photographed the debris in
                  > the main road and not the actual riots.
                  >
                  > After the incident Jamieson returned to the
                  "Chronicle" offices, where she reported
                  > the matter to her colleagues. A while later,
                  the same policemen who had
                  > confiscated her camera stopped near the
                  paper's office, prompting newspaper staff
                  > to approach them about the camera. One of the
                  officers then used a wooden baton
                  > to beat journalist Don Kulapani, while other
                  officers threatened to arrest the other
                  > journalists. Kulapani was saved from serious
                  injury by the intervention of other
                  > staff. A short while later about twenty other
                  officers arrived on the scene and
                  > threatened to shoot the journalists if they
                  did not leave the place.
                  >
                  > "Who do you think you are? We are doing our
                  job. You can go and sue if you
                  > want. We are PMF, so watch yourself," one of
                  the policemen were quoted as
                  > saying.
                  >
                  > Later that same day, Jamieson's camera was
                  returned to her, but without the film.
                  >
                  > *****
                  >
                  > Africa is not a basket case
                  >
                  > Why does the Western media goes out of its way to trash the
                  image of the
                  > African continent?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > JOHN MATSHIKIZA asks
                  >
                  >
                  > To paraphrase from a character in one of Toni Morrison's
                  great novels:
                  > "The trouble with these people is that they just don't
                  know when to stop."
                  >
                  > OK, I admit it, I'm still smarting. Sitting in the centre of
                  the African continent,
                  > staring out at its myriad wonders, I find myself still
                  smouldering like the
                  > magnificently mysterious Mount Cameroon, ready to explode. For
                  why?
                  >
                  > A recent edition of The Economist magazine led with a cover
                  story entitled
                  > "Hopeless Africa". It was another example of the Western media
                  going out of its
                  > way to trash the image of the continent, to seek to sustain
                  the notion that Africa
                  > will remain the basket case that it has always been in the
                  Western imagination.
                  >
                  > Yes, there is hideous civil war raging in Sierra Leone; the
                  Democratic Republic of
                  > Congo remains an intractable mire of war, political intrigue
                  and financial
                  > corruption; Ethiopia and Eritrea are involved in a mortal
                  combat of twin brothers;
                  > Aids casts its lethal and unexplainable shadow from north to
                  south; illiteracy is
                  > growing, children face a bleak future.
                  >
                  > And yet, this is not the only story out of Africa. There are
                  other, equally important
                  > stories, stories that are seldom told, about the sheer
                  exuberance and variety of the
                  > place. How can there be one image of Africa?
                  >
                  > And yet, in spite of the schoolyard chant that says "Sticks
                  and stones may break
                  > my bones, but names can never hurt me", a bad image, when
                  carefully placed, is
                  > hard to shake off. Thus readers of The Economist, sitting
                  thousands of miles away
                  > from the continent in question, would have swallowed the whole
                  thing, hook line
                  > and sinker, when that noble rag made so bold as to say:
                  >
                  > "Africa was weak before the Europeans touched its coasts.
                  Nature is not kind to
                  > it. This may be the birthplace of mankind, but it is hardly
                  surprising that humans
                  > sought other continents to live in ..."
                  >
                  > Three quick lies in three quick
                  > sentences. But their message hits home,
                  > nevertheless. Potential foreign investors
                  > are told what they want to hear, and
                  > decide on the basis of nothing more than hearsay to stay away.

                  >
                  > A chain reaction follows. Continually destabilised
                  economically, Africa finds it
                  > hard to stabilise politically. Huge numbers of its
                  best-qualified citizens choose to
                  > join the brain-and-body drain and leave "hopeless Africa"
                  forever - joining the
                  > rest of those (supposedly "sensible") "humans [who] sought
                  other continents to
                  > live on". The lie becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.
                  >
                  > But what does one actually perceive on the ground?
                  >
                  > Take the Congo. On the surface, and all too terribly, a basket
                  case living through
                  > an endless and meaningless series of civil wars, with no
                  infrastructure worth
                  > speaking of 40 years after independence from the Belgians, and
                  so on. And yet,
                  > people are living there. The land is wide, rich and fertile.
                  The marketplace culture
                  > is alive and kicking. If the ordinary people were allowed to
                  live in peace, they
                  > would be able to demonstrate their political sophistication
                  and their ability to uplift
                  > and govern themselves.
                  >
                  > Far from The Economist's view that "nature is not kind to it",
                  the Congo is
                  > testimony to the fact that Africa's natural riches are part of
                  its fatal problem.
                  > Everyone greedily wants a share.
                  >
                  > Far from all intelligent life forms choosing to leave it
                  (although there are hundreds
                  > of thousands of refugees and political and economic exiles),
                  Africa, on the
                  > contrary, as well as being abundantly populated in the most
                  fertile of its regions, is
                  > also still being endlessly invaded from other continents. This
                  invasion - from
                  > Britain, from Lithuania, from the Americas, from China, from
                  Israel, from New
                  > Zealand or wherever else there is a class of buccaneer
                  missionaries to sample
                  > from - comes, as it has always come, for the twin purposes of
                  rape and pillage.
                  > Cobalt, wood, gold, aluminium, copper, oil, rubber, platinum,
                  diamonds - you
                  > name it, Africa's got it, and someone else wants it. Wildlife
                  (both for viewing and
                  > hunting) exists in unparalleled abundance. And then there is
                  the endless variety of
                  > its people, with their incomprehensible, fascinating, age-old,
                  yet adaptable,
                  > cultures. Africa is still, in Western eyes, and in spite of
                  all the deliberate
                  > disinformation, "God's own country".
                  >
                  > "Hopeless Africa" is rather an image of hopelessly passionate
                  romance. If Africa
                  > was really a hopeless case, if it was really nothing more than
                  Heart of Darkness
                  > and "The White Man's Grave", would there still be so many of
                  the latter species,
                  > in all shapes and genders, moving so tenaciously through its
                  heartland? From King
                  > Solomon's Mines to The Snows of Kilimanjaro, from Out of
                  Africa, the film
                  > Chocolat, and whatever is coming out next, the West's romance
                  with Africa is a
                  > gripping and eternal part of its secret personality. And like
                  a secret lover, it has to
                  > be denounced to its very face to keep the secret safe.
                  >
                  > What else does one perceive from down here on the ground?
                  >
                  > That Africa is not an entity divorced from the history of the
                  rest of the world. Nor
                  > is it remote from any aspect of what the world is today. Not
                  only is the African
                  > image deeply embedded in many of the accepted symbols of world
                  culture: vast
                  > arrays of the cultures of the world are part of the African
                  image - while not
                  > contradicting the existence of a distinct African identity.
                  >
                  > Africa, like the rest of the world, is capable of being both
                  ancient and modern at
                  > the same time.
                  >
                  > Africa is like the rest of the world. Except that it is
                  Africa.
                  >
                  > We must not avoid being critical of our own continent. But we
                  must also try to
                  > keep a clear eye on what the continent is really like, and be
                  clear that it is not, by
                  > a long stretch of the imagination, a hopeless case.
                  >
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                • Rand Wise
                  Remember that time we thought about writing a WID proposal to buying branding irons? It didn t occur to us at the time, but that last Malawi News article
                  Message 8 of 10 , Jul 13, 2000
                    Remember that time we thought about writing a WID proposal to buying
                    branding irons? It didn't occur to us at the time, but that last Malawi
                    News article tells us we might have been more successful if we had written
                    the proposal to buy a "blender", vis-a-vis the line below:

                    "Gulule at first refused to withdraw his statement, denying that he blended
                    the ruling party deputies thieves."
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