Los Murdoch se disculpan y declaran que desconocían la trama de espionaje

El dueño de News International, Rupert Murdoch (derecha) y su hijo James (izquierda)

El dueño de News International Rupert Murdoch, compareció junto a su hijo James ante la Comisión de Cultura del Parlamento británico el pasado martes 19 de julio, para desmentir su implicación y responsabilidad ante el último escándalo desatado por la práctica de escuchas ilegales y supuestos sobornos a policías que se llevó a cabo en “News of the World” (NoW), uno de los periódicos de su imperio mediático.

El magnate australiano y su hijo, que actualmente es presidente de News Corporation en Europa y Asia, han reconocido sentirse humillados y avergonzados por la trama de espionaje que se empezó a descubrir en el año 2005, cuando el tabloide británico publicó una información confidencial sobre el Príncipe Guillermo.

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Los rebeldes libios avanzan sobre la ciudad de Brega

Un ciudadano de Brega contempla el impacto de una mina

Tras cinco días de combate, los rebeldes libios afirman que el grueso de las tropas leales al régimen de Muamar Gadafi ha sido expulsado de Brega, un importante enclave petrolero situado al este de Libia.

A pesar del optimismo de las milicias rebeldes ante el avance, todavía no han logrado hacerse con el control total de la zona ya que las tropas gadafistas lograron minar los alrededores y algunas zonas del interior de la ciudad.

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Ivory Coast militia leader, Ibrahim Coulibaly, killed

Minister of Foreign Affairs have stated that the forces of new President, Alassane Ouattara, killed one of the best known fighter of the Ivory Coast’s civil war, Ibrahim Coulibaly, at age of 47, on Wednesday 27th.

Mr. Coulibaly was murdered, in gunfire, after an extensive labor among the political struggle of Ivory Coast in the last years. His role had been essential since the several coups that took place in this African country during the 90’s and early 00’s. Indeed, it was during the uprising in 2002 when he appeared as a militia leader, something he has kept until his death this week. Leer más de esta entrada

Possible war in Ivory Coast

After the recent elections that took place in Ivory Coast, in which former president Laurent Gbagbo was beated by Alassane Ouattara, a civil war is threatening again the country.

In fact, Gbagbo hasn’t approved that, even though the international community and the UN have certified its legitimacy, and his supporting forces are taking over the civilians. Abuses of human rights are taking place all around, as the increasing number of disappearing of members of the pro-opposition neighbourhoods of Abidjan can witness. There is now a real risk that the situation will escalate into civil war, and the massive displacements of the civilians witnesses of the rising fear.

The UN refugee agency had expressed its concern about the situation that is taking place among the civilians in Abidjan, the most important city economically speaking. The spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHR), Melissa Fleming, pointed out that  an important part of the 1.5 million people living in Abobo have already fled, and the others are being forced to stay by armed forces. Leer más de esta entrada

The African Union supports Gaddafi

The African Union Peace and Security Council has resolved to stand by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in his clampdown on armed rebels in his country. As we know, the measure of support for the Libyan leader, Muammar Gaddafi, had appeared while the African Union was developing this meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the organization, with the main objective of discuss the situation in Ivory Coast and Libya.

Although there were some vague statements about “deep concern” of the AU on the situation in Libya and a condemnation of “disproportionate use of force”, Ramtane Lamamra, AU Commissioner for Peace and Security, said that the AU is committed to respect the unity and territorial integrity of Libya.

In its total support for the Gaddafi’s regime and contrary to the wishes of the rebel government in Benghazi, the African Union rejects any form of foreign military intervention.” This can only be interpreted as a rejection of the AU to a no-fly zone in Libya. Leer más de esta entrada

Increasing protests in Angola after Northern African uprisings for democracy

Opposition in Angola has tried to follow the path of their counterparts of North Africa, which has been dismissed by the ruling party. Their try to bring the enthousiams of their fellows of Egypt, Tunisia and Lybia has vanished after their call for protests in its capital, Luanda has failed.  Through social networks, by mouth and posters, a protest march had been organized on the 7th March, by the activists pro-democracy.

Nevertheless, the worry surrounding the successor of president José Eduardo dos Santos remains. After 32 years holding the power, opposition believes it’s now the moment for change. During the protesting march of March the 7th, a few hundred pro-democracy demonstrators defied heavy police presence and called for an end to the 31-year rule of President José Eduardo dos Santos at a long-planned manifestation in central Luanda. Leer más de esta entrada

Africa about to follow Libya

The wave of changes affecting the muslim world has reached Libya. The whole African continent is currently focused on what is going to happen next.

Libya is closing its borders, Visas are being refused to European citizens, actually to all the citizens coming from the Schengen space. Other closings are taking place: Youtube, Facebook and other social networks are also being locked, to avoid any organized demonstration; and Libyan TV has dismissed as “lies” every information delivered by global media, as Al Jazeera has been broadcasting since the begining of the pacific uprising in Egypt. Embassies are closing: Nigeria’s Libyan Embassy has closed, and it seems to be the starting point of the complete isolation of Libya, as if it was a modern Iron Curtain that is being settled up.

Moreover, on the Subsaharian world, the uprisings are being followed carefully. Some coordinated activist actions are taking place against other authoritarian regimes. This year, about 20 of these countries may organize elections, which gives some kind of insecurity to those regimes. Indeed, countries such as Nigeria or Uganda may have a crucial importance in the future of Africa: they both are relevant countries inside the African Union, and revolutions in there may cause an historical change in Africa. Furthermore, Uganda’s leader, Yoweri Museveni, has held the power for 20 years, which is a similarity with the causes of the uprisings in Egypt, or Tunisia. Leer más de esta entrada