PAMBAZUKA NEWS 118: OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH

African heads of state and government have a busy few days ahead of them, as they meet for the second summit of the African Union in Maputo, Mozambique, from 10-12 July. With some devastating crises afflicting the continent, their citizens look to them for the leadership to end Africa’s armed conflicts and address problems like drought and famine, as well as speed up development, promote democracy and strengthen regional integration and trade.

The government of Sudan has appealed to the African Union to actively support the ongoing peace process between the government and the rebel Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), a diplomatic source told IRIN.

Active participation of citizens in shaping policy and decision making of their countries is impossible if their own governments continue to deny them the rights necessary to ensure such participation. These include the rights to freedom of expression, assembly, association and political participation, as well as media freedom to facilitate a free exchange of information, ideas and opinion. This is part of the text of a press statement issued on Tuesday at the 2nd African Union meeting of H...read more

After a one-week general strike the leaders of the Nigerian trade unions have called it off. And for what? The government had increased the price of petrol from 26 naira to 40 naira. Initially the trade unions has said they would stand firm, the government had to bring the price down to 26 naira. Then the negotiations started and the agreed price was 34 naira, a 30% increase. The workers and poor people of Nigeria had shown a bitter determination to continue the strike, but they have been ...read more

Political sleaze is the biggest corruption scourge facing the world, according to a global survey of public perceptions released July 3 by an international watchdog. The poll for Transparency International found that when asked which area of public life they would most like be rid of corruption, people in three out of every four countries pointed to politics.

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