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today’s holiday: Ethiopia National Day


Ethiopia National Day

A military junta called the Derg brought an end to the Ethiopian Empire and Haile Selassie‘s rule on September 12, 1974. The Derg socialist military regime was overthrown by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) in 1991, commemorated by the May 28 holiday. A constitution was adopted in 1994 and Ethiopia‘s first multiparty elections were held in 1995. More… Discuss

today’s holiday/celebration: Liberia National Unification Day


Liberia National Unification Day

This annual observance in Liberia draws attention to the animosity between the Americo-Liberian elite and the indigenous majority. Under the leadership of President William V. S. Tubman, who led from 1944 to 1971, the divide between these two groups was diminished. Tubman introduced the National Unification Policy, which featured among other things an extension of the vote to women and the country’s indigenous people. The anniversary emerged as a means to draw support for the policy. The day reminds Liberians to remember what they hold in common and not to dwell on how they diverge. More… Discuss

quotation: John Milton about conscience


He that has light within his own clear breast May sit in the center, and enjoy bright day: But he that hides a dark soul and foul thoughts Benighted walks under the mid-day sun; Himself his own dungeon.John Milton (1608-1674) Discuss

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today’s holiday: Burkina Faso Republic Day


Burkina Faso Republic Day

On this day in 1958, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) voted to become an independent republic within the French community. It was then internally self-governing until it achieved independence in 1960. This is considered the most important national holiday in Burkina Faso, with many events held in the capital city of Ouagadougou. More… Discuss

this pressed: Sudan government asks UN mission in Darfur to prepare departure plans


Sudan government asks UN mission in Darfur to prepare departure plans

CAIRO ‚Äď The spokesman for the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur says the Sudanese government has asked his mission to prepare plans to exit the country.

The snub comes amid tension between the mission and the government over an investigation into allegations of mass rape in the violence-torn western region of Darfur. Initially, the mission was denied access to Tabit, a North Darfur village where allegations surfaced in media that women were raped by government-allied troops. Following a brief visit, escorted by government troops, the mission said it had not immediately discovered evidence of rape.

Spokesman Ashraf Eissa said Sunday the formal memo to leave was delivered last week. The mission’s mandate expires in March. The U.N. Security council asked the organization’s secretary-general to prepare an exit strategy by February.

via Sudan government asks UN mission in Darfur to prepare departure plans.

TODAY’S HOLIDAY: PAN AMERICAN DAY


Pan American Day

The International Union of American Republics (now called the Pan American Union)‚ÄĒgeneral secretariat of the¬†Organization of American States¬†(OAS)‚ÄĒdesignated April 14 as Pan American Day in 1930. Although each member country holds its own celebration, it is at the Pan American Union building in¬†Washington, D.C., that one of the largest observances takes place. Students from all over the¬†Western Hemisphere¬†travel to Washington where, against a backdrop of flags in the courtyard of the House of the Americas, they perform folk songs and dances.¬†More…¬†Discuss

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NEWS: UN FEARS SLAUGHTER IN CAR


UN Fears Slaughter in CAR

Despite the presence of thousands of French and African Union¬†peacekeeping troops,¬†sectarian violence¬†continues to be a serious problem in the¬†Central African Republic(CAR). Tensions between Christians and Muslims there have reached a “terrifying level,” according to the¬†United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees¬†(UNHCR), and nearly 16,000 people living in the capital,¬†Bangui, have had to flee their homes in recent weeks. The UNHCR, fearful that Muslims in areas near the capital are now at risk of being “slaughtered” by Christian militia, is working to evacuate some 19,000 Muslims from these areas.¬†More…¬†Discuss

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