Monday, March 08, 2004

Nigeria has pulled back from an earlier press statement that it had discussed acquiring nuclear power from Pakistan, according to the BBC. The reference to nuclear weapons was a ‘typographical error’ according to a defense ministry spokesman, in what has to be one of the lamest attempts at an excuse in recent history.

In an announcement that surprised no one familiar with West Africa, the chief prosecutor at the UN's new court for Sierra Leone has accused the Libyan leader of being behind the past decade of war in West Africa. This occurs as the Jamhariya’s relations with Britain and the United States are in the midst of a notable thaw. War crimes prosecutor David Crane noted there was a detailed plan by Mr Gaddafi to destabilise several West African countries which had caused widespread suffering in the region. "We know that, specifically up until last year, that there was a 10-year plan to take down Liberia, Sierra Leone, Cote d'Ivoire, then move to Guinea and then elsewhere as the situation developed," he said. Crane did not deny the possibility that Libyan strongman Muammar Gaddafi might be indicted.

While Zimbabweans are starving, the Harare regime is focusing on fighting the distribution of... ’revolutionary condoms’. Zimbabwe's state radio accused an underground local rights movement of distributing "subversive" condoms in collusion with a US-based prophylactics manufacturer, according to AFP. The Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) said the popular brand of Protector Condoms, advertised widely in the country, had been "rebranded" by the underground group that calls itself "Zvakwana," or "Enough" in the local Shona dialect.

Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe also saw fit to declare how he was ‘morally revulsed’ by homosexuality. It remains to be seen if the thug is also ‘morally revulsed’ by the alleged use of international food aid to punish suspected political opponents or the general destruction of the country implemented by his regime.

From the ‘who funded this study?’ category: Some 70% of South African men experience some sort of sexual dysfunction, according to data debated at a conference on sex in Africa. The BBC cited A recent survey in South Africa showed that some men consider sex more important than food or shelter, which is why the topic is so high on the agenda at first African Congress on Sexual Health and Rights.


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