CSO’s and Multilateral Organizations approach on the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

This Ebola disease has taken its toll and that why I have made this blog post. With various sources quoting in the recent week on the matter, to prove what the nations does and don’t. Also too show the progress of multilateral organizational co-ops in the affected countries in the West Africa.   

This is what the US Government entities have to say about people with Ebola reaching its shores;

“Today, as part of the Department of Homeland Security’s ongoing response to prevent the spread of Ebola to the United States, we are announcing travel restrictions in the form of additional screening and protective measures at our ports of entry for travelers from the three West African Ebola-affected countries. These new measures will go into effect tomorrow (…) Today, I am announcing that all passengers arriving in the United States whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea will be required to fly into one of the five airports that have the enhanced screening and additional resources in place (…) We currently have in place measures to identify and screen anyone at all land, sea and air ports of entry into the United States who we have reason to believe has been present in Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea in the preceding 21 days” (DHS Press Office, 21.10.2014).

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that public health authorities will begin active post-arrival monitoring of travelers whose travel originates in Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea.  These travelers are now arriving to the United States at one of five airports where entry screening is being conducted by Customs and Border Protection and CDC.  Active post-arrival monitoring means that travelers without febrile illness or symptoms consistent with Ebola will be followed up daily by state and local health departments for 21 days from the date of their departure from West Africa” (CDCP, 22.10.2014).

Multilateral organizational response to health issues recently:

IMF addresses first: “The strong growth trends of recent years in the sub-Saharan Africa region are expected to continue. The region’s economy is forecast to continue growing at a fast clip, expanding by about 5 percent in 2014, the same level as in 2013, and accelerating to around 5¾ percent in 2015, underpinned by continued public investment in infrastructure, buoyant services sectors, and strong agricultural production. This growth momentum is particularly pronounced in the region’s Low-Income Countries, where activity is forecast to accelerate to 6¾-7 percent in 2014-15” (…)”This positive picture, however, co-exists with the dire situation in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, where, beyond the unbearable number of deaths, suffering, and social dislocation, the Ebola outbreak is exacting a heavy economic toll, with economic spillovers starting to materialize in some neighboring countries” (…)”In the countries currently affected by the Ebola outbreak, fiscal accounts are coming under considerable pressure. Ideally, support should be provided through grants from the donor community, to enable the countries to accommodate higher Ebola-related spending and to help avoid an even more pronounced decline in economic activity. However, when grants are not immediately forthcoming, and provided that the public debt levels remain manageable, fiscal deficits should be allowed to widen, subject to the availability of financing” (IMF, 20.10.2014)

Tostan addresses secondly: “Guinea has been confronted with the serious Ebola epidemic which, due to the surprising apparition of the disease and the unpreparedness of health authorities, has taken the lives of an unprecedented number of families and health workers. Despite preventative measures taken by Guinean authorities with the support of development partners, Ebola persists in the country” (…)”Using our approach of organized diffusion, 17 Tostan supervisors will hold educational discussions in local languages to raise awareness on the Ebola virus. 2,784 community members from 116 Community Management Committees (CMCs) and the Local Council for Children and Families (CLEF – in French) will educate their relatives, friends, and at least three districts and neighboring villages” (…)”Other preventative measures include the distribution and installation of hand-washing kits in each Tostan office in Conakry, Labe, and Faranah by the National Coordination of Tostan Guinea. The Governor and Prefect of Faranah, who visited the regional Tostan office, congratulated Tostan for putting in safety measures to help prevent the spread of Ebola amongst the staff and the 116 partner communities, as well as acknowledging the hundreds of other adopted communities reached through organized diffusion” (Tostan, 20.10.2014).

UNFPA addresses it as a third: “The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today reaffirmed its commitment to a partnership with Amref Health Africa aimed at improving the health of women and children in Africa. Speaking at the exchange of a signed Memorandum of Understanding that makes Amref Health Africa an implementing partner for UNFPA in Africa, Dr Laura Laski, Chief of Sexual and Reproductive Health at UNFPA, said the partnership intended to strengthen health systems by training midwives to building their capacity to respond to health issues, particularly those related to maternal, neonatal and adolescent health” (…)”She emphasised that high maternal mortality in Africa is an unfinished agenda of the Millennium Development Goals, and one of the critical issues that will be discussed at the Amref Health Africa International Conference to be held in Nairobi from November 24-26. She urged African governments to increase their commitment and contribution to health development, as well as individuals, corporates and institutions” (UNFPA, 23.10.2014).

WHO addresses is a fourth: “WHO convened a meeting with high-ranking government representatives from Ebola-affected countries and development partners, civil society, regulatory agencies, vaccine manufacturers and funding agencies yesterday to discuss and agree on how to fast track testing and deployment of vaccines in sufficient numbers to impact the Ebola epidemic” (…)”Results from phase 1 clinical trials of most advanced vaccines are expected to be available in December 2014 and efficacy trials in affected countries also will begin in this timeframe, with protocols adapted to take into consideration safety and immunogenicity results as they become available” (…)”Pharmaceutical companies developing the vaccines committed to ramp up production capacity for millions of doses to be available in 2015, with several hundred thousand ready before the end of the first half of the year” (…)”Community engagement is key and work should be scaled up urgently in partnership between local communities, national governments, NGOs and international organizations” (WHO, 24.10.2014).

African Development Bank group together with a collective or affiliates is the five one to address it: “Leaders of three Pan-African institutions – the African Union Commission’s Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the African Development Bank’s Dr Donald Kaberuka, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’s Dr. Carlos Lopes – concluded a solidarity tour on Friday 24 October 2014 in Conakry, Guinea” (…) ”They met with Heads of Government, cabinet Ministers, parliamentarians, civil society and media in the affected countries, as well as with leaders of two neighbouring countries, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. Ghana also hosted the delegation in its capacity as the current President of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)” (…)”They recognised the stepped up contributions of the international community in providing financial, technical, infrastructural and medical support to the fight against the EVD, and urged all to do still more” (…)”the AfDB’s contribution – currently at over 220 million USD – includes supporting the international response, budgetary support for the deployment of health workers from across Africa and the diaspora, as well as supporting the health systems in the three countries, including training local health extension and community workers” (…)”It felt that the virus – and perceptions about it – cannot be allowed to affect the economic prospects of the fastest growing continent. The group strongly believed that the Mano River Basin countries, now at the epicenter of the epidemic, continue to have some of the best economic prospects of the continent. In continuing to call for a lifting of all travel bans, it was pleased to hear that Côte d’Ivoire has resumed flights to Guinea this week, and will do so with Sierra Leone and Liberia in the coming days” (ADBG, 25.10.2014).

RMS Stats on Ebola:

Ebola-release-tippingpoint

(RMS, 23.10.2014)

Ebola-release-beds

(RMS, 23.10.2014)

I think this is all for today! Peace.

Links:

African Development Bank Group: ‘AUC, AfDB and ECA confident that countries will beat Ebola Virus Disease’ (25.10.2014) Link: http://www.afdb.org/en/news-and-events/article/auc-afdb-and-eca-confident-that-countries-will-beat-ebola-virus-disease-13667/

Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDCP): ‘CDC Announces Active Post-Arrival Monitoring for Travelers from Impacted Countries’ (22.10.2014) Link:  http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/p1022-post-arrival-monitoring.html

DHS Press Office: ‘Statement by Secretary Johnson on Travel Restrictions and Protective Measures to Prevent the Spread of Ebola to the United States’ (21.10.2014) Link: http://www.dhs.gov/news/2014/10/21/statement-secretary-johnson-travel-restrictions-and-protective-measures-prevent

IMF: ‘IMF Projects Robust Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, Amid Shifting Global Forces’ (20.10.2014) Link: http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2014/pr14475.htm

TOSTAN: ‘Tostan involved in awareness raising activities on Ebola in Guinea’ (20.10.2014) Link: http://www.tostan.org/news/press-release-tostan-involved-awareness-raising-activities-ebola-guinea

UNFPA: ‘UNFPA and Amref Health Africa seal Partnership to Boost the Health of Africa’s Women and Children’ (23.10.2014) Link: http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/unfpa-and-amref-health-africa-seal-partnership-boost-health-africa-s-women-and-children

WHO: ‘WHO convenes industry leaders and key partners to discuss trials and production of Ebola vaccine’ (24.10.2015) Link: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/ebola-vaccines-production/en/

RMS: ‘RMS Develops World’s First Probabilistic Model of West African Ebola Outbreak, Finds Current Outbreak Has Potential to be Deadliest Infectious Disease Event in a Century’ (23.10.2014) Link :http://www.rms.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/press-detail/2014-10-23/rms-develops-worlds-first-probabilistic-model-of-west-african-ebola-outbreak-finds-current-outbreak-has-potential-to-be-deadliest-infectious-disease-event-in-a-century

Press Release No. 14/403: IMF and the East African Community Launch Collaboration Program to Assist East African Partner States Develop Government Finance Statistics

August 29, 2014

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the East African Community (EAC) this week launched a collaborative program to improve the compilation and dissemination of Government Finance Statistics (GFS) for Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda. The inaugural workshop was held in Arusha, Tanzania, from August 25-29, 2014.

The workshop provided an opportunity for statisticians and economists from the EAC region to identify the needs for technical assistance (TA) to strengthen GFS to be provided by the IMF. The program will assist the EAC Partner States to meet the fiscal data requirements associated with the East African Community Monetary Union (EAMU) protocol, signed by EAC Heads of State in November 2013.

Dr. Enos Bukuku, EAC Deputy Secretary in charge of Planning and Infrastructure, welcomed the opportunity to host the workshop and launch the GFS program. “The intervention is timely in facilitating production of robust statistical data required for the establishment of EAMU and transition to EAC single currency by 2024,” noted Dr. Bukuku. He added that GFS compiled in accordance with internationally agreed methodological standards would not only provide the EAC region with an important framework for comparing, analyzing and evaluating fiscal policy, but also an opportunity to improve government and public sector performance.

Mr.Barredo Capelot, Director of the Government Finance Statistics and Quality Directorate in Eurostat, said “solid and comprehensive fiscal statistics are essential for regional integration and preserving macroeconomic stability.”

Mr. Sukhwinder Singh, Coordinator at the IMF’s East Africa Regional Technical Assistance Center (East AFRITAC), noted that “as part of the collaboration program, the IMF will provide TA through hands-on sessions during visits by experts to participating countries, as well as regular workshops to provide practical training and allow countries to share experiences.”

During this inaugural workshop, country representatives from the EAC discussed their national fiscal data development plans that will guide the work of improving compilation and dissemination of regionally comparable GFS data in accordance with international standards. This is to be done by 2018, which is within the timeline of the EAMU protocol.

IMF staff shared their expertise in developing systems for compiling GFS and government debt statistics. TA needs were drawn up based on national priorities and work plans are also already underway. This work reflects the initiative and migration to the use of the Government Finance Statistics Manual 2014(GFSM 2014) methodology in reporting fiscal data related to the EAMU macroeconomic convergence criteria, which would be compatible with international standards and best practices and consistent with other macroeconomic statistical systems.

Background

East AFRITAC, located in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, is one of nine regional IMF technical assistance centers around the world, serving Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. It provides capacity-building assistance in core areas of expertise of the IMF such as: revenue administration; public financial management; macro-fiscal analysis; financial sector regulation; monetary policy and operations; and economic and financial statistics. Its Steering Committee, composed of the member countries, the IMF and representatives of the donors, oversees and provides guidance on the Center’s operations.

Link:

http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2014/pr14403.htm

FDC Press release(svar til) State of the Nation Adress(mer spennende lesing!)

THE 2013 STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS THAT NEVER WAS
The Truth that the President Should Have told Ugandans

1. The tradition of a President delivering a State of the Nation Address was never part of our constitutional tradition until the promulgation of the 1995 Constitution. When this requirement was enshrined in article 101, it was intended that the President, on an annual basis, gives a full account to Ugandan citizens and taxpayers, through their elected representatives, the State of our Nation. The State of the Nation address is therefore an address to appraise the Nation about the state of our democracy, the state of our economy, the state of our socio-economic infrastructure, the state of public service delivery, the state of our military, and the state of our international relations, among others.

2. It is therefore disappointing to see that after 27 years of leading this country, President Museveni would address the Nation and fail to address the issues that are central to the citizens of Uganda. In 2001, he deceived the Nation and wrote in his election manifesto that he was seeking the mandate to lead Uganda for the last term of office. Since then, he has deceived our teachers, our health workers, university professors and all Ugandans. At this rate, deception and corruption could turn out to be the most enduring legacy of his presidency.

3. The President needs to be truthful to Ugandans to the fact that what he calls the 10 strategic bottlenecks is a clear manifestation of his failed leadership. If he failed to end “ideological disorientation” through his Muchaka Muchaka courses, it only means that he is pursuing an ideologically disoriented system. If he hasn’t succeeded in building the pillars of state after 27 years in power, it means that all along he has pursued a wrong strategy. After 27 years at the helm of leadership, he can’t be talking about promoting the private sector or modernizing agriculture or developing the human resources of our country as if he started leading Uganda yesterday. That is being disingenuous.

4. What Mr. Museveni should be telling Ugandans in a State of the Nation Address is what he has done to build the pillars of state, what progress has he made and when does he hope to complete this undertaking? How does the increase in population from 14 million to 35 million constitute the development of human resource capital? The World Bank (2010) projects that at the current level of Mr. Museveni Government’s investment in education, Uganda’s labor force in 2030 will be worse off in terms of education attainment than that of Ghana in 2010 and lower than what South Korea and Malaysia were in 1970. Mr. Museveni’s Government projects to increase its percentage of the labor force with secondary education to 48 percent in the next 20 years by 2030. Malaysia achieved a 60 percent target in 10 years. Ghana has projected to raise its percentage of the labor force with post-primary education from 60 percent in 2010 to 80 percent by 2030.

5. Mr. Museveni has told the story of our economic growth for the last two decades but this is not our main point of contention. What we contested and what he continues to run away from at every State of the Nation Address is what does that growth mean to ordinary Ugandans? What does the 5.1% GDP growth or the size of GDP mean to the 400,000 young men and women that come through our tertiary education system to look for jobs in a jobless market? Out of every 100 youth of this country, 83 of them have no formal employment. What does the increase in revenue collection mean to these youth or how many jobs did his Government create over the last financial year? What does 3.6% inflation mean to hardworking business men and women who have to pay the highest interest rates in this region? How can he pursue monetary and fiscal policies that kill businesses through high interest rates and he calls it strengthening the private sector?

6. We will call upon Parliament, through the Leader of the Opposition, to put the President’s address to more rigorous scrutiny for it to pass for a State of the Nation Address. Parliament voted for over UGX10 trillion to be spent during the financial year ending June 30, 2013. Where is the commencement of works on the railway line that he promised in the last address? Where are the works for the Karuma project? How many kilometers of paved roads did the Government add on the Nation’s road network and what should we expect for the next financial year? How does the President account for the 16 mothers that continue to die every day after the taxpayer and donor money that has been sunk into our health services system?

7. Year after year, Mr. Mueseveni has deceived the country by committing and then failing to increase salaries or improving the working conditions of our teachers, health workers, and the men and women who service in our police services and the armed forces. The lame explanation is that Government has a limited resource envelop and everybody has to be patient by waiting for money from oil. But this Government squandered over UGX500 billions during the CHOGM debacle. A businessman walked away with UGX162 billion for building ghost markets. Without shame, over UGX6 billion meant for buying bicycles for village council leaders was stolen under his watch.

8. Of course if Mr. Museven cared, he would use the opportunity presented by the State of the Nation Address to announce major reforms to cut down the size of his bloated Government and the wastage associated with it, confront the cancer of corruption and channel the resources saved from such reforms to implement programmes that benefit had working Ugandans such as teachers, health workers, and the men and women who serve in our armed forces. On the contrary, he has become an expert, not in solving the problems facing the country, but by blaming others for his failures. Leadership by deception and blaming your failures on others has never been a formula for transformation of Nations.

9. You are all aware that some of our men and women in the UPDF are in faraway lands in Somalia, Central African Republic and elsewhere. These men and women are some of the best of our citizens because they pay the ultimate sacrifice in fighting terror, contributing to our pan African agenda and most importantly, safeguarding our freedoms and our democracy. The State of the Nation Address is a singular opportunity to recognize the sacrifice of these gallant men and women who carry our Nation’s flag in some of the most dangerous and treacherous environments. To fail to recognize their service in a State of the Nation address is to fail the litmus test of what such an address should cover. In any case, Parliament and the country should expect the President to appraise the Nation on the strategic policy goals of these deployments and the exist plan that enables our officers and men to be reunited with their families at an appropriate time.

10. The State of the Nation address is commanded by our Constitution which is the foundation of our emerging democracy. No doubt, there has been checkered progress in our democracy mainly expressed in our ability to hold regular elections. However, the gross imperfections in our democratization process epitomized in the excessive use of money, rampant rigging and election violence are all issues that a President should address in a State of the Nation Address. The increasing onslaught on free speech, the attacks on the media, the continuing harassment of organized civil society and the pushback on progressive and independent minded Members of Parliament are clear manifestations of democratic reversals.

11. Ugandans expected the President to outline the building blocks that his Government intends to pursue to strengthen our democracy enterprise: what is the road map to free and fair elections to 2016? What is the agenda and timeline for electoral reforms? Does the President hope to provide leadership on the restoration of presidential term limits? Does he have a succession plan or doesn’t he see his failure to organize a peaceful transition as putting him squarely in the docket of the previous leaders?

12. It is unfortunate that Mr. Museven’s rule is coming to an end before he is able to comprehend the simple fact that the best way to benchmark a country’s success and transformation is not to benchmark it against the failures of the past or the failures of others. Leaders that help nations achieve transformation benchmark their successes against a shared vision, targets and timeframes.

13. Mr. Museveni has for the last 27 years put more energy in blaming others for his failures rather than focusing on what he should have accomplished given the good will that Ugandans gave him and the resources at his disposal. Let me also remind him that deception, corruption, oppression and intolerance that have become the hallmark of his rule are not a winning formula for achieving socio-economic transformation. Unemployed youth, under resourced public sector workers or traders cannot be teargased into increasing productivity. History has taught us that it is only political and economic freedom that are capable of unleashing the ingenuity of a people to transform a nation. And you don’t need 27 years to learn that. I implore the President to use the remaining 3 years of his presidency to redirect his energies towards pursuing an agenda that strengthens our democracy and growing the economy to create jobs

14. In conclusion, the Forum for Democratic Change will shortly unveil an alternative development agenda aimed at putting our country on a growth trajectory that creates jobs, ensure the dignity of every Uganda and transforms our country.
For God and my Country
Major General (Rtd) Mugisha Muntu
President
Forum for Democratic Change

(Håper du likte å lese dette til å svare på den forrige saken jeg la ut!).

Gado siste (med kort CV til Museveni, Mugabe og Biya)

Bare for å gi litt kjøtt på beine til vitsen for de som ikke kjenner de Afrikanske lederne Gado viser. Her er en kort CV til Museveni, Mugabe og Biya.

Alex Ferguson:

Posisjon – Fotball manager

Ansatt/tatt posisjonen – 6. November 1986

Går Av: Etter denne sesongen og siste kamp i Premier League vil være mot West Bromwich Albion 19.05.

Historie/Oppnådd:

13 Premier Leauge tittler.

5 FA Cup tittler.

4 League Cup tittler.

2 UEFA Champions Leauge titteler.

1 UEFA Cup winner Cup tittel.

1 Interkontinental Cup titel.

1 Verdens Cup for Klubblag tittel.

Yoweri K. Museveni:

Posisjon – President i Uganda.

Ansatt/tatt posisjonen – 29. Januar 1986.

Historie/Oppnådd:

Var med i slutten av 70-tallet med samarbeid Milton Obote og fikk avsatt Idi Amin ved hjelp av Julius Nyerere fra Tanzania inn til Uganda.

–          April 1979: Forsvarsminister i regjeringen til Yusuf Lule.

–          Juni 1979: Minister for Reginale affærer i Godfrey Binaisa

–          May 1980 – Kupp av Paulo Muwanga

–          Desember 1980: Valg – Med ny opprettet Ugandan Patriotic Movement som tapte valget og startet det som blitt kjent som Obote II regjeringen.

–          1981 – 86: Bush krig og stiftelse av NRA(National Resistance Army)

–          29. Januar 1986: Offisielt president.

–          Resistance Council startet.

–          1987 – SAP: Structual Adjustment Plan med støtte av IMF.

–          1990: Støttet første mislykkete kupp forsøk til RPF(Rwandan Patriotic Front og Paul Kagame).

–          April 1994: Støttet andre invasjon til RPF etter Habyarimana helikopter styrter.

–          April 1995: Kutter støtten til Sudan etter Omar Al-Bashir gir støtte til LRA(Lord Resistance Army)

–          Konstitusjon i 1995.

–          9. Mai 1996: 72.6% av stemmene.  Sverget inn 12. mai.

–          1996-97: Rwanda og Uganda innvaderer DRC(Democratic Republic of Congo), styrter Mobutu Sese Seko og innsetter Laurent Kabila.

–          1997: introduserer gratis grunnutdanning.

–          1998: Rwanda og Uganda innvaderer DRC for andre gang.  Insetter sønnen Joseph Kabila i 2001(og forsatt er president).

–          2001: Får 69% av stemmene og første gang Dr. Kizza Besigye og ny startet FDC(Forum Democratic Congress).

–          Juli 2005 . Konstisjonell forandring – man trengte ikke lenger å stille som kandidat for parti, men kunne skal stille individuell.

–          30 Juli: Politisk alliert i SPLA John Garang i helikopter kræsj.

–          Februar 2006: Tredje valg – andre gang hovedmotstander Dr. Kizza Besigye(FDC).

–          2007 – Sender styrker til AMISOM og AU i Somalia.

–          2011 –  Fjerde valgperiode: Valgt med 68 % av stemmene og tredje gang hovedmotstander Dr. Kizza Besigye(FDC).

Robert «Bob» Mugabe:

Posisjon –  President i Zimbabwe

Ansatt/tatt posisjon – 31. Desember 1987.

Historie Oppnådd:

Lærer i Zambia (1955-58) og i Ghana (1958-60). I politisk fangenskap i Rhodesia(Zimbabwe) fra 1964 til 1974.

–          Lancaster House Agreement: September 1979. Valg i Februar 1980.

–          4. Mars 1980: Statsminister.

–          Juni 1980: Forsvars kontrakt med Nord Korea.

–          1982 Gukurahundi: Omstilling og sendte hæren mot ZAPU’s kjerne område.

–          1987 konsoliderte ZANU og ZAPU til ZANU-PF.

–          1980-tallet: Sosialistisk økonomiske reformer.

–          1989: Sparket ministere og parti medlemmer over korrupsjon.

–          1990: Gjenvalgt.

–          1990: Structural Adjustment Plan (SAP) reformer fra IMF.

–          1994: Sparket ministere og parti medlemmer over korrupsjon.

–          1996: Gjenvalgt igjen.

–          2000: Land Omstillingsreform – Kastet ut 75k hvite bønder.

–          2000: Hyper inflasjon: 40% innflasjon.

–          2001: USA setter inn saksjoner.

–          2002: Gjenvalgt atter en gang etter massiv valgjuks.

–          2002: EU setter inn saksjoner.

–          2002: Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC – Movement for Democratic Change )tapte valgkampen men vant internasjonal presisje .

–          2002: Commonwealth suspenderer Zimbabwe.

–          2005: Parliamentsvalget blir kritisert, utbrudd av vold og rigget.

–          29. Mars 2008: Tapte først valgrunde for MDC.

–          30 Mars 2008: Hemmlig møte med sikkerhetsperson som skulle skremme folket til å velge rett.

–          2. Mai 2008: Tsvangirai 47,9% og Mugabe 43,2%.

–          27. Juni 2008: Zimbabwe Electorial Commision – Mugabe 85,5% og Tsvangirai 9,3%. Valg var kontroversielt.

–          11. September 2008: Samarbeidsregjering etter forhandlinger mellom MDC og ZANU-PF.

–          Forsatt President – Vise President Tsvangirai.

–          2010: IMF – andre året med «flytende» økonomi.

Paul Biya:

Posisjon – President i Kamerun

Ansatt/tatt posisjon – 6. November 1982.

Historie/Oppnådd:

–          1968 – Første minister post.

–          Juni 1970 – Innenriks minister.

–          30 Juni 1975 Statsminister.

–          Midten av 1980-tallet økonomisk kriser.

–          1984: Vant valget med 99,98%.

–          1988: Gjenvalgt.

–          1990: Legalisere andre politiske partier.

–          1990 – tallet: Økonomiske kriser.

–          1992: Vant valget igjen med 40%.

–          1997: Gjenvalgt med 92,6%.

–          2004: Gjenvalgt med 70,92%.

–          2011: Gjenvalgt med 77,9%.

Kinoene blir privateide. Snurr film!?!

Nå har Høyre politikerne i Oslo og Bergen klart å selge kinoene i disse byene. SF Kino og Egmont får kontroll over markedet for filmer her i byen. Ikke nok at Nordisk Film(eid av Egmont) og SF Norge allerede er store på salg av DVDer og Blu-Ray i Norge. De har stor kontroll over distrubisjonen derav allerede makt i markedet.

Privatiseringen av flere av de tidligere statelige tjenster de siste tiårene. Strømmen gikk fra statelig styring til å bli kommersielt produkt. I starten deleid av kommuner til å bli eid av hel-private selskap. Telenor var et statelig monopol selskap i Norge. Lenge alene i markedet og styrende. Så ble markedet åpnet. Noe som gjør at vi kan velge mellom Tele2, TalkMore, Chess, OneCall, NetCom og Telenor. Om det har gjort telefoni billigere eller vi alle bør hoppe på Skype. Samtidig har det kanskje gjort produktet bedre fordi det ble kvitt monopolet. Slik kan man ikke si om Strømmen. Den er bare økt og økt i pris. Selv om man bytter selskap så må man betale nettleie til lokale selskap før du betaler resten av regningen til selve selskapet du har. Dermed tjener man lite i realiteten på å bytte eller må gjøre det jevnlig,

Derfor lurer jeg på om det er klokt for å kommunene å selge rettighetene og kinoene som har vært offentlig eiendom i en halv evighet. Kinoene har vært en del av kultursesjonen til kommune før kulturhusene og litteraturhus. Disse er bare nye institusjoner i disse kommunene. Kinoene har vært her lenge og forsatt velbrukt av borgerne. Sikkert ikke like populært som før. Siden man kan laste filmer ned før de blir utgitt på forskjellige format eller til leie.

Liker staten skal ha legitim makt. Makt over kulturinstitusjoner og støtte kulturelle aktiviteter. Akkurat, som alt annet de bør ha litt kontroll for å ha et visst orden i samfunnet. Samfunnet blir bygd fra grassroten. Samtidig som vi må ha et organ over som sjekker og regulerer. Når dette blir tatt vekk blir det ofte bare grådigheten igjen. Slik som Lazize Fair økonomien har vist oss siden 2008. Finanskrisen hvor alle reguleringer og sikkerhetsnett ble tatt vekk fra bankene. Dermed kunne bankene lager tjenester og lån. Ikke minst satse sparepengene til alle kundene sine på risikable prosjekter uten å vite om det var reell profitt eller om det senere ville skade banken. Det er dette europeiske banker opplever nå. Fordi vi lot det bli totalt privatisert uten noen skikkelig mekansime for å sikre innskudd og bank-tjenester. Noe som gjorde at bankene kunne gjøre hva de ville. Deretter bli reddet fordi disse institusjonene er altfor viktig for samfunnet. Derfor reddet statene bankene. Selv om dette gjør at lånene kommer med nye krav som er strenge.

Vel, la meg komme kjapt tilbake til kinoene. Vil disse bli bedre nå som de solgt til SF Kino Norge og Egmont? Tviler. Veldig. Fordi ja, fortiden og framtiden henger i hop. Det verste er vel at privatiseringen blir klappet inn. Som en positiv fremskritt. Men er det hele sannheten? For hvis det som sies at disse kinoene har gått med overskudd de siste årene. Det betyr at kommunene som Bergen og Oslo faktisk har tjent penger på driften. Overskuddet har gått til andre kommunale tjenester. Kommuner som får en stor engangssum istedenfor å få en jevn inntektstjeneste pluss drive en kulturell institusjon som mange setter pris på.

Derfor er det merkelig at kommunene selger disse. For å få bare kjapp fortjeneste når de kunne tjent på lengre sikt å beholde disse. Slik som de kommunene som er medeier i kraftselskap. Kraftselskap som skaffer jevne inntekter og sikre penger til kommunale tjenester. Noe disse også kunne ha gjort i tilegg til skattekronene som kommer inn. Derfor spør jeg har de folkevalgte i Bergen og Oslo gjort seg selv en bjørnetjenste. Solgt bjørnen før den ble skutt.. Tiden får vise om jeg har rett. Noe jeg innerst inne tror, selv om et egentlig er litt pinlig fordi de solgte med tankene på å sine egne borgere. Hvis de gjorde det for andre grunner – personlig prestisje så er det mer synd i disse. Fordi man skal ta ansvar for sine handlinger.

Snurr film!    

Nytt år, nye muligheter!

Nå er det bare å vente i spenning på hva det nye året bringer, utenom prøver, eksamner og alt annet. Helt sikkert ett par Blu-Ray filmer og CD’r. Ikke minst noen politikere som tabber seg ut eller skaper en genial skandale. FN klager ett midt-østlig regime for menneskerettighetsbrudd, IMF låner enda ett Europeisk land ut av økonomisk krise. Merkel blir mer sur på Cameron. Egil Olsen er usikker på landslagets sjanser før en landskamp. Blir masse gulekort under oppgjøret mellom Barcelona og Real Madrid. Sir Alex Fergusson kommer til å klage på en dommer etter uavgjort oppgjør mot enten Tottenham/Chelsea/Arsenal. Arnold Schwarzenegger spiller inn i en ny action film. Kenya kommer til å ha en liten hær forsatt være inni deler av Somalia. Boko Haram kommer til å eksplodere flere bomber i 2012. I ett eller annet land kommer valget til å være jukset med. Altså en langsittende president kommer til å vinne en gang til. The Avangers kommer på kino. Lil Wayne blir feature på en drøss av låter. Kommer forhåpentligvis mer smør i butikken, slik at VG slipper maset om Lav-Karbo hysteriet. Northug vinner ett av mange langrenn. Kathy Perry lager en singel som spilles på altfor mange ganger på P3.

Som du ser.. Så vil året vil bringe mye nytt. Masse likt ifjor. Uansett. Godt nyttår. Håper Charlie Sheen kommer med nye kommentater. Jeg vel mest sannsynlig være litt lik før. Så for å avslutte 2012 første blogg innlegg med stil. Så hør på denne singelen fra Nelly! 🙂

Tabloid årskavalde

Tilgi meg, nå korter jeg veldig ned og gjør det lite. Selv om alle sakene kunne tatt flere siders informasjon/refleksjoner. Derfor går jeg tabloid og skriver kort og presist. Usikkerhet om det står skrevet. Google it bro!

Arabiske revolusjonener i Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Yemen, Syria og Bahrain. Flere presidenter ble enten arbeidsledige eller mistet livet. Salim Selah, Ben Ali, Hosni Moubarak og Gadaffi har mistet sitt embete og framtiden i Tunisia, Libya Egypt og Yemen vil uansett hvordan du ser på være anerledes enn 2011 i 2012.

FRP politikere har blitt tatt med buksene nede, det er jo tradisjon! Så hvorfor nevner jeg det, fordi vi trenger en pause før mer seriøse greier.

Mugabe, Museveni og Biya er de presidentene i Afrika som har holdt sin posisjon lengst. Mugabe har sittet siden 1980. Museveni har sittet siden 1986 og Biya har sittet siden 1982. Uventet var det at juntaen i Niger lot Mahamadou Issoufou ta embete etter flere kupp i landet de siste årene. I Nigeria ikke uventet vant Goodluck Jonathan valget. I Ghana vant John Atta Mills over Fru Rawlings i kampen om å være kandidat for NDC i neste valg. Idag er John Atta Mills presidenten i Ghana.

Vi i Norge klarte å gå tom for meierismør, så nå selges det i Desember for små pakker smør på finn.no for 75 kr for 15 gram. Overpris? Næh, seriøst? Oh yeah.

I Frankrike har valgkampen før nesteår begynt allerede med at Sarzoksy mistet sin fordel og sosialistene får mer støtte. I MDG har de valgt Eva Joly som kandidat. Ikke at hun mest sannysnlig blir president, men gøy er det.

Triste nyheten er 22. Juli. R.I.P. Alle de som mistet livet. Forferdelig dag.. for Norge og demokratiet, nå må vi bare verne det vi som ser på en verdiful samfunnsystem, slikt at de som er slike som han ikke vinner.

Vulkanen i Island stengte luftromemt for fly i en kort stund av året.

Ikke bare FRPs politikere har iår blitt tatt med buksene nede. DSK Dominic Strauss-Khan IMF direktøren mistet både tittelen, muligheten i presidentvalget i Frankrike og sin uskyld i år. Når vi snakker om Uskyld. Så har FIFA valgt ha holde det i 2018 i Russland og 2022 i Quatar. To hovdemedlemmer i FIFA ble også tatt for korrupsjon rett før avstemming. Mystisk at de beste alternativene gikk vekk i første runde? Neida, Sepp (B)latter viser bare sin Sveitiske diplomatiske evner..

Flere Afrikanske land har jobbet med å gjøre homoseksualitet(HS) forbudt. Dette har medført at flere vestlige land har truet med å kutte direkte bistandsmidler. Slikt som UK og Nederland har kuttet flere milliarder til Uganda. Nigeria har lovfestet med å drive på med HS så kan du dømmes til 14 års fengsel.. Mer skjer her definitivt.

Vi hadde ett kommune/fylkestingsvalg som ble naturligvis forsinket debatt. Hvor Høyre gikk kraftig opp. AP beholdt sin posisjon og Venstre gjorde det greit. FRP mistet en del stemmer. MPG fikk flere kandidater inn enn noen gang tidligere.

I London gikk demonstranter så til aksjon at Tottenham start av sesongen ble utsatt.

Kenyanske borgere og ledere dro som følge til ICC Haag for det som skjedde i forrige valg i 2008. Ingenting har skjedd siden. Får vente på om det blir reaksjon til Odinga Odinga og de andre som var med på dette.

Equatorial Guineas president Obiang tok over som leder av African Union med VP Ping. AU har ikke klart å ha ett klart fokus i Somilia hvor Burundi, Uganda og Kenya har stryker inne. Heller ikke løst Gbagbo i Elfenbenskysten, hvor Frankrike sente en hær og kvittet seg med ham. Lite skjedde også med de to fredsbevarende samtalene i Libya. UK og Frankrike sammen med NATO, hvor Norge hadde kampfly inne, tok Gadaffi ut. Også revolusjonære tropper gjorde dette, men uten luftstyrken til NATO, hadde det nok ikke gått så fort.

Sudan ble delt i to. Sør-Sudan er den yngste staten for øyeblikket. Gratulere til folket og verdens nye hovedsete Juba, Sør-Sudan. Salva Kiir er president i landet.

I DRC ble Kabila utropt vinner, selv om hovedfienden Tshisekedi har også nevnt seg selv til vinner av valget.

Russland har hatt valg hvor Putin vant. 100 000 har demonstrert mot resultat. Resten av året og neste år vil det sikkert skje mer.

Lil Wayne solgte til dobbel platinum. Ikke at albumet holdt noe kvalitet, men det er visst godt nok til å selge 2m i USA. I mellomtiden solgte Success is Certain gold(500k).

540 dager etter forrige regjering gikk av. Så har endelig Beliga en regjering som er blitt tatt i ed hos kong Albert II. Gratulere Belgia!

Trekant sesong 2 startet, ikke som lovet med følelser, heller flere teknikker. NRK viser igjen hvorfor de kan og driter i at folk klager på programmene. Venter på at noen klager på Skavlans kvalme Norsk-Svenske dialekt. Gud velsigne rikskringkastingen. Fedrelandssalmen spilles forsatt tidlig morgen på P1, så nå satser jeg på at dagen din er reddet.

Det har skjedd mye mer og masse jeg har glemt. Pigade, for ett år 2011 har vært. Regner med at neste år blir like fartsfylt. God advent. Peace.