Friday, July 19, 2013

Nelson Mandela's life and Times (Mini-Biography)

Nelson Mandela, Biography, History, Life, Rest
Nelson Mandela is one of the world's most revered statesmen, who led the struggle to replace the apartheid regime of South Africa with a multi-racial democracy.

Jailed for 27 years, he emerged in 1990 to become the country's first black president four years later and to play a leading role in the drive for peace in other spheres of conflict. 

He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
His charisma, self-deprecating sense of humour and lack of bitterness over his harsh treatment, as well as his amazing life story, partly explain his extraordinary global appeal.

Since stepping down as president in 1999, Mr Mandela has become South Africa's highest

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Osama bin Laden's "Beautiful" life in Pakistan

A high-level, independent Pakistani commission, set up after the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in 2011, spent two years interviewing 200 people and reviewing thousands of documents. Its findings were suppressed until a leaked copy was published by Al Jazeera English. Here's some of what it reveals:  

Q: How did Mr. bin Laden live in Pakistan undetected?

The report bluntly faults "collective incompetence and negligence." Page after page describes near misses, complacency, inefficiency, and negligence.

At one point, he was stopped by a traffic cop

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

USA-China Competition Plays Out in Tanzania

In Summary
  • A Trojan Horse is anything that looks good on the surface but may pose great danger for whoever accepts it as a gift.
  • Anyone could have observed the enthusiasm with which many people from abroad, including heads of state, ministers and corporate executives have been trooping to our shores, carrying gifts and promising
    more, signing agreement after agreement, vying with each other for our attentions.
  • We all know that all these nations and the economic interests they represent are after the resources they can access here at minimal cost.

Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes, runs the Latin adage. Liberally translated, it means, I fear the Greeks even when

Monday, July 01, 2013

The Obamas Visit 'The Resourceful' Tanzania

Malia, Sasha, Michelle, Barack, Obama, Africa, Tanzania, Kenya
President Barack Obama on Monday courted African business leaders and announced new trade initiatives to open up East Africa’s markets to American businesses, as he sought to counter the rise of Chinese economic influence in the growing continent.

The United States, he declared, wants to ‘‘step up our game’’ in a region that is home to six of the world’s 10 fastest growing economies.

The president was welcomed in Tanzania by the largest crowds of his weeklong trip to the continent where his family ties run deep. Thousands of people lined the streets as his motorcade sped through this city on the shores of the Indian Ocean, some wearing shirts and traditional khanga wraps bearing Obama’s image. The oceanfront road leading to the Tanzanian president’s residence had been permanently changed to ‘‘Barack Obama Drive’’ in honor of the visit.

Throughout his three-country trip, Obama has touted a new model for U.S. partnership with Africa, one based not just on aid and assistance, but also on trade. While the U.S. has long been a leader in foreign aid to Africa, China has surpassed America as sub-Saharan Africa’s largest trading partner. Countries like India, Turkey and Brazil also

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