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Friday, September 30, 2005

GSM Roaming Latest Telco Step in Somalia: "The unique OTA feature allows any GSM subscriber from another network to roam on the Somafone network, utilizing their home network SIM card. The subscriber immediately receives a text message with a local Somafone mobile number upon the selection of the Somafone network, and can start receiving calls immediately without any operator intervention. The subscriber would simply need to purchase a prepaid voucher to top-up their OTA account in any denomination."

[Roaming access on the fly? Once again, Somalia shows the way...]

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Mailing List subscription | LinuxChix Africa: "You can now subscribe to the mailing list by submitting your e-mail address using the Mailing List Subscription Panel on the right hand side bar."

UNON Vacancy: Deputy Chief, Publishing Services Section, Nairobi

Sikh: don't freak

Fw: Fw:
Originally uploaded by swampcottage.

Asian? Sikh of being treated like a terrorist?

Monday, September 26, 2005

Apple scraps with War Child over charity album price | The Register: "Apple clashed with kids-caught-in-conflict charity War Child last week when it chose to go its own way on album pricing.
The iTunes Music Store initially sold the new War Child album, Help: A Life in the Day, for two pounds less than the price demanded by the charity. When the organisation made its displeasure known, the online store was forced to withdraw the record for almost a day while it corrected the error."

ReliefWeb ? Professional Resources ? Vacancies: "LPI wishes to recruit a suitable person to fill the position of Project Coordinator for its project work in Somalia. "

Sunday, September 18, 2005 Kenya: Telkom Kenya Launches High Speed Internet (DSL): "Telkom Kenya has launched a new high-speed digital service for the internet."

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Meskel Square: A weblog about Ethiopia by Andrew Heavens, a journalist. Contact andrewheavens at ftnetwork dot com.: "The Prime Minister, needless to say, was not impressed. If you want a summary of his thoughts, look no further than the headings of each installment:
Part 1: Easy to remove the garbage that has covered lumps of truth
Part 2: Guilty until proven innocent
Part 3: The grapes are sour "

This is Meles Zenawi's 13,000 word rebuttal of EU criticism of recent elections...

Imaging Famine Very good site looking at what kind of images come out of famines and what constitutes exploitative imagery.

Reuters AlertNet - Aid workers lament rise of 'development pornography': "Starving black babies pleading silently for help.
Twenty years ago, such images thrust Ethiopia?s deadly famine into the global spotlight, helping to raise billions of dollars in aid. But the pictures also sparked soul-searching among aid agencies who felt they reinforced debasing stereotypes of Africa and robbed the subjects of their dignity.
That soul-searching led to the development of voluntary standards on the use of images in charity fundraising and appeals, but now some experts say fierce competition for donations in a ballooning NGO sector has led to an alarming resurgence in shock tactics that critics call ?development pornography?. "

Monday, September 12, 2005

DOS A?OS DE GOBIERNO DE GUINEA ECUATORIAL EN EL EXILIO The "government-in-exile of Equatorial Guinea" is taking out Google ads...

Africa Diaspora Investment Week 2005: "Financial flows from the Diaspora on average contribute 5-10% of some African countries Gross Domestic Product and in a few cases over 20%. In a year alone it is estimated that the Diaspora invest over US$ 450 million, this excludes the estimated US$ 12 billion remittances sent by the Diaspora annually."

| Guardian Re design | Typophile: "Somehow, it signals a pandering to ?taste?, a movement away from a hard-line stance, whether or not that is the editorial drift." [Is a sans-serif font a sign of anti-establishment tendencies?]

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Musikbase - Senait Mehari (Portrait) Interesting Eritrea singer based in Germany...

Friday, September 02, 2005

Think Pictures :: Kenya today Photo feature by Guillaume Bonn

Timbuktu Chronicles: The Africa Channel: "Co-founder of the The Africa Channel James Makawa states that '...Our network will serve an important cultural need while providing diverse, entertaining programing that demystifies Africa to the American television audience,' ...'We also want to highlight that there is a lot of good stuff going on in Africa...',"

RAP21 - 2000 Euro cash prize in award for most innovative website: "Submissions are encouraged for The RFI Net Africa Prize, hosted by Radio France Internationale (RFI), which honours Africa?s most innovative website or multimedia creation. Organised in partnership with UNESCO and the l?Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, the RFI Net Africa Prize 2005 aims to discover, encourage and promote projects that contribute to development in one the following areas: culture, health, education, solidarity economy, information, science, research, innovation and services."