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Land For Sale: Foreign Investors Colonising Africa In The 21st Century Tags: African News Business African Land
Indian, Chinese and U.S. companies are among many inking land-investment deals in Africa, including Ethiopia, Tanzania, South Sudan, Mali, and Mozambique. According to a study by the U.S.- based Oakland Institute, foreign investors bought or leased a land area in sub-Saharan Africa about the size of France in 2009 alone. 

American universities’ trusts (including Harvard’s) are also buying up land, reportedly displacing millions of farmers in the process. 
 
Advocates say the land is being taken from indigenous communities by often violent means, and that land rights are handed over without proper contracts after closed-door deals. A lack of regulations in these countries allows foreign firms to purchase or lease large tracts of arable land, leaving little recourse for displaced residents. 
 
Investors claim to be growing food for the global market that will indirectly alleviate food shortages in Africa, but land is very often used to grow non-edible export commodities such as flowers and biofuels.
 
 
Defendants of the deals say local farmers who are employed by foreign firms earn more working the land than they otherwise could, and that infrastructure developments (like clean water facilities or improved irrigation systems) are there to help them. 
 
But many of the long-term social and environmental costs are more hard to predict, and critics say the “land grabs” are already causing “deprivation and destitution” for locals. 
 
Indian author and media commentator Anand Giridharadas will the joining the programme. The Oakland Institute’s Executive Director, Anuradha Mittal, will be on the show via Skype along with Christine L. Adamow, Managing Director of Africa BioFuel, a U.S. company invested in farmland in Kenya and Tanzania.
 
Source: AJstream 
Asamoah Gyan: I’ve No Regrets Leaving Sunderland
Category: African Sports
Tags: Asamoah Gyan Ghana News Western African News Ghana Sports Famous Africans footballers African Sports
Asamaoh Gyan has no regrets about leaving Sunderland and the Premier League, and says his arrival in the United Arab Emirates can help boost football in the Middle East. The self-assured 25-year-old Ghana international striker had an acrimonious parting from Sunderland in August, when he went out on loan to Al Ain.

Black Cats manager, Steve Bruce, was furious at the time, saying that 48 hours before saying he wanted to leave, Gyan had shaken his hand and told him he was staying at the club.
Bruce said ‘parasites’ had turned his head over a big money move to the club in Abu Dhabi, but Gyan told Reuters in an interview he was delighted with the way things have turned out, and does not know if he will return to the Premier League.
 
Sitting in a museum by the River Thames at the launch of new artist-designed kits to be worn at the African Nations Cup in the New Year, Gyan, with a huge star shaved into his hair and a glittering diamond encrusted watch on his wrist, told Reuters:
“I’m really enjoying myself. Its really working out well for me and I’m really happy for now. I have no regrets at all about leaving Sunderland because everyone supported me, my family, everyone was positive, so I moved without any doubt.”
 
Gyan cost Sunderland a club record fee of 13.2 million pounds ($20.98 million) when they signed him from Rennes in August 2010 after he came to prominence for Ghana during last year’s World Cup in South Africa.
 
He was Sunderland’s top scorer in his debut season with 10 league goals, but was continually linked with a move. At the time Gyan responded to Bruce’s remarks that the offer was too good to turn down, and that he did not have a choice of staying once Sunderland accepted Al-Ain’s offer.
Two months on, while admitting the obvious, that the standard in the UAE is not as high as the Premier League, he says his reason for being there are more than just about the huge salary he is reportedly earning.
 
“Everybody knows the English Premiership is top in the world with more exposure and everything, but the UAE league is improving in terms of football,” he said.
“When I went there, I thought to myself -this is not what people are talking about, they are playing good football.
 
“People are looking up to me in Africa. I have more fans in Europe. After last season, who knows? Maybe I am getting more exposure in this league – it is improving, and I think I might be able to help that League improve.
“Football in England was not always what it is now, the league had to improve, well its the same all over the world.”
 
The UAE season has just started and Al Ain are second in the table behind Al Jazira after three games, with Gyan having scored two of their six league goals, but he will be missing for a number of league games in the New Year, when he returns to Africa for the Nations Cup finals in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
 
With a number of the traditional African powerhouses like holders Egypt missing, Ghana are among the favourites to win the title for the first time since 1982. “It’s been a while since we won it and we want to win it.
“Most of the big guys are out now – I’m talking about Egypt, Cameroon, Nigeria – so now people are looking up to us. It’s good pressure for Ghana. We will go there and see what happens because the other countries will go there to win as well. It’s not going to be easy but we will see if we can do that.”
 
And what of the future after the African Cup and the loan deal with Al Ain ends? “Yes, I am on loan for one season with options. I will decide at the end of the season whether I am coming back to the Premiership or going somewhere else,” he said.
 
“I am still a player with Sunderland, but I have four or five options on how things are going to be and then I will decide where my future lies.”
 
Gyan was speaking at an event at the Design Museum where Puma unveiled new kits designed by artists from each country. The kits and works by the artist are part of an exhibition at the museum.
 
Source: The Chronicle
One killed in Liberia pre-election clash Tags: Liberia News African News African Elections West Africa News
MONROVIA (Reuters) - Clashes and sporadic gunfire rocked part of Monrovia on Monday, killing at least one person after Liberian riot police fired tear gas to disperse several hundred supporters of presidential challenger Winston Tubman.
 
Members of Tubman's CDC party said at least three other people were killed, though this could not be confirmed. Two United Nations helicopters flew overhead as police and Tubman's rock-throwing supporters clashed in side streets.
 
Liberian police firing tear gas and live rounds later stormed the CDC headquarters before they were repelled by U.N. peacekeepers, who have set up a cordon around the building.
 
Tension has risen in the Liberian capital ahead of a November 8 election run-off between Tubman and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf after Tubman called on his supporters to boycott the vote over alleged irregularities, despite international pressure on him to stand.
 
Violence erupted after police tried to break up a crowd of several hundred CDC supporters. Shooting then broke out and a police officer said both the police and Tubman's supporters had fired, but it was not possible to confirm the information.
 
A Reuters reporter saw a dead body with an apparent bullet wound to the head at Tubman's CDC party headquarters. Several people were injured, including two police officers.
 
"I saw four dead bodies, two men and two women," said Lavla Washington, a 36-year-old unemployed CDC supporter.
 
"I have never in my life seen the police treat civilians like the enemy. The Nobel peace laureate is killing us," Washington said, referring to Johnson-Sirleaf, who was recently co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
A U.N. vehicle had its windows smashed, slightly injuring two peacekeepers, according to a U.N. official. An official at Liberia's ministry of information said the government was holding a security meeting and could not immediately comment.
 
Johnson-Sirleaf took nearly 44 percent of the first round vote on October 11 and has since won the backing of the third-place finisher, former warlord Prince Johnson, all but sealing her victory in the second round run-off.
 
Former U.N. diplomat Winston Tubman - who took roughly 33 percent in the first round - announced last week he would withdraw from Tuesday's race and called on Liberians to boycott the poll due to evidence of fraud.
 
But international election observers called the October 11 vote mostly free and fair, and the United States, regional bloc ECOWAS and the African Union have all criticized Tubman's decision to boycott the second round.
 
The vote is due to gauge the West African state's progress since a devastating civil war ended in 2003 and pave the way for new investment, but fears are rising it could instead open the door to open-ended political turmoil.
 
Retreating CDC supporters set up barricades of burning tyres and tree stumps as they were pushed back by riot police.
 
Tubman told Reuters on Sunday he was seeking changes to Liberia's vote-counting procedures and a delay to the run-off of between two and four weeks, adding that his party would reject the results if the election goes ahead on Tuesday as planned.
 
"I think that at the end of the day we will have to evaluate what is likely to be better for the country: delaying the elections or going forward with them in a way that doesn't carry the support of such a big party in the country," Tubman said.
 
"The impact on the region would be huge if we were to descend into chaos again." He said he had urged his supporters not to be violent on polling day.
 
Source: Reuters
ACFLi Youth Light A Farewell Candle For Their Late President Doeba P. Bropleh Tags: Community News ACFLi Doeba P. Bropleh Othelia Marwieh Nafesa Kanneh Local News Loua Zoe
ACFLi youth held a farewell candle light on a rainy Saturday night (11.5.2011) at the location where their late president Mr. Doeba P. Bropleh passed. Othelia Marwieh and Nafesa Kanneh the youth organizers along side with Loua Zoe ACFLi 2009 Queen and other community leaders gathered together to mourned Mr. Doeba 'unbelievable death' that shocked the whole African communities.

They sang and prayed for their beloved leader and told an interesting short-story about their engagement with their leader (an educator and icon). The death of the late Mr. Doe P. Bropleh is still unknown. Mrs. Wade Allison was the spiritual leader for the 'Light a farewell candle for Mr. Doeba P. Broplah' in California.

It is with great sadness that the Association of Citizens and Friends of Liberia (ACFLi) and BeeAfrican Networks, announces the sudden death of its President, Mr. Doeba Patrick Bropleh.  This sad event occurred Friday, October 14, 2011 in Sacramento, California (USA).  The cause of death is yet unknown.

Mr. Doeba P. Bropleh leaves to mourn him: his Parents, Siblings, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc., and a host of Family and Friends in the Diaspora and Liberia.   As we mourn his death, let us remember to pray for his Family as they try to cope with this great loss.
 
Our President, our Mentor, our Artist, our Author, our Poet, our Friend and most of all our Leader Doeba, we will miss you. May the life you lived speak for you, as your SOUL rest in perfect peace. An emergency meeting was held on Sunday, October 16, 2011.
 
 
Meeting update:
Final rites arrangements have not been concluded; all details will be communicated to you as soon as possible. As we wait to receive information on the burial arrangements, the community has expressed interest in hosting a memorial service, thereby setting committees to collect donations and start a tentative planning process.  
 
Contacting the family: Please direct all inquiries to fourbeesconsulting@gmail.com and all messages will be passed on to his parents: Dr. & Mrs. Nah-Doe Patrick Bropleh and the rest of the family.
 
You may also use Doeba’s Facebook page to leave messages (search Dobe Brops).
 
Source: Lartink@beeafrican.info | Narwale Washington
African runners banned from European marathon
Category: African Sports
Tags: African Runners Sports News African News
Estonia’s human rights commissioner has launched a criminal case against the organizers of a three-day running marathon on Saaremaa Island, Estonia, accusing them of racial prejudice and discrimination.

According to DELFI.ee, commissioner, Mari-Liis Sepper, has demanded an explanation of the reasons behind rejecting the applications of African athletes, who wanted to take part in the event.

The runners claimed that they were banned because of their ethnic origin, while the organizers say that the Africans were only thinking about obtaining permission to enter the EU and that sport has nothing to do with it. 

"I believe that rejecting the application on such reasons is a racist prejudice and, therefore, a violation of principles of equal treatment, discriminating against people based on ethnic or racial criterion,” Sepper stressed.

Meanwhile, one of the accused organizers, Tonu Vaher, said he is shocked by the criminal case as he could never believe that banning black athletes could be labeled as racism.

Vaher explained that he only wanted to avoid the usual problems with Africans, of which he was warned by some experienced people.

Source: RT

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