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Tuesday, March 23, 2004
This hasn't gotten very much media coverage:
A spate of weekend bombings on Zanzibar, which hosted visiting German President Johannes Rau on Monday, hit the homes of local political and religious leaders and a restaurant being used by Western diplomats, police said.

There were no casualties from the homemade bomb blasts at the house of Zubeir Ali Maulid, a cabinet minister in the Tanzanian semi-autonomous island's government, and the home of Zanzibar's Mufti and top Islamic leader, Harith bin Khelef, said police spokesman George Kizuguto.

The bombings are being blamed on the local Society for Islamic Awareness. It's not apparent that the bombings had anything to do with Rau's visit, nor is it clear that the Western diplomats were the intended target.


The NY Times has a summary of the recent failed coup in Equatorial Guinea.


Monday, March 22, 2004
Interesting piece in the Washington Post about sub-Saharan immigrants in Libya:
During the 1990s, in the name of African unity, Gaddafi opened the borders to tens of thousands of sub-Saharan Africans to live and work in Libya. For the past four years, resentment over the policy has led to occasional riots and frequent bitter confrontations between the immigrants and Libyans.

In effect, the problems mark the end of an officially ordained dream.

Last month participants at an African Union meeting in Libya's coastal city of Sirte, Gaddafi's home town, rejected his proposal for a continent-wide army. A few days later, the General People's Congress, a consultative assembly that meets annually, ratified laws to restrict immigration and to expatriate Africans and other immigrants who live in Libya but have no steady jobs.





Abiola has plenty about al Qaeda connections in West Africa:
Nigerians are already involved in fighting for Islamist groups outside of their nation's borders. This shouldn't really be all that surprising: as long ago as 1995, Nigerian volunteers were already to be found fighting in Kashmir, of all places. Anyone who thinks the Bush administration is overplaying the Islamist threat in West Africa is seriously in head-in-sand mode.

Read the whole thing.



Nigeria is recruiting commercial farmers from Zimbabwe:
Following a forceful ejection from their farms and redistribution of lands [...] many white farmers from the Southern Africa region indicated their intention to invest in Nigeria. This prompted the setting up in January of a presidential committee by the Obasanjo administration which saw the white farmers intention as a “positive move in the effort to move Nigeria from peasant to mechanised commercial agriculture.”

It's an interesting idea, but I'm sure that farming in Nigeria is quite a bit different from farming in Zimbabwe--different climate and all. 'Course, I grew up in the suburbs, so I'm pretty clueless about farming.

UPDATE: Apparently Zambia thinks this is a good idea, too.





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