Thursday, December 11, 2003

PRESS REVIEW: ARREST TAYLOR INC., MUGABE FIDDLES WHILE ZIM BURNS, COETZEE ACCEPTS NOBEL
-Firm seeks Charles Taylor bounty, BBC. A British firm said its looking for an investor to fund an operation to seize former Liberian dictator and indicted war criminal Charles Taylor in order to recoup a $2 million bounty allegedly offered by the US Congress. Any takers? His whereabouts aren't exactly secret.

-Monrovia's bloodiest day since peace deal, Associated Press via CNN. Militiamen loyal to Taylor rampaged in Liberia's capital demanding cash to give up their guns. Rioting continued after the UN officials in the country agreed to do exactly that.

-Ivorian foes to leave the frontline, BBC. Possible hope in the Ivory Coast conflict. But does President Laurent Gbagbo really retain control over the forces loyal to him?

-Getting girls into school is first step to reaching [Milenium Development Goals], UNICEF via One World.

-DR [Congo]: Rape, pillage continue to plague southern Lubero, North Kivu Province, IRIN.

-Mugabe slams 'global inequality', BBC. I wonder if Zimbabwe's thug-in-chief realizes that the freedom of information promoted by the conference at which he gave his tirade would necessarily represent a threat to his regime. He's certainly show little respect for such freedom at home, as editors of his country's Daily News paper can attest.

-ZIMBABWE: Rising numbers in need of food aid, IRIN. While Mugabe is off in a posh Swiss hotel blaming Tony Blair for all his ills, half his population (literally) is dependent on foreign food aid.

-Shy Nobel winner [JM Coetzee] dedicates prize to mother, Reuters via CNN. A voice of humaneness and sanity in an insane world.

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