Monthly Archives: June 2014

President Obama Removes Swaziland, Reinstates Madagascar for AGOA Benefits [press release]

President Obama reinstated Madagascar’s eligibility for African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) benefits, effective immediately, and withdrew Swaziland’s AGOA eligibility, effective January 1, 2015.


Madagascar was removed from AGOA …

Madagascar back in the US trade fold

ANTANANARIVO 27 June 2014 (IRIN) - As anticipated, the US government has reinstated preferential trade status for Madagascar on its 54th independence day anniversary, providing hope for the country’s embattled

Draconian Laws Will Never Suppress a People’s Desire for Free Expression, the Press Is Here to Stay – Swazi Observer [press release]

The editorial in yesterday’s Swazi Observer agrees with South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa that the media must annoy and challenge the leaders of a country, while also reporting in …

Mswati Should Be Ashamed of Himself for Stealing Swazi Gold [press release]

The Swaziland Solidarity Network [SSN] has been receiving information on illegal mining operations in Swaziland for quite some time now. The okolwako diamond mine, for example, is reportedly being covertly …

‘Expose U.S. When We Abuse State Resources,’ Says SA Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa As Regional Media Faces Renewed Threats [press release]

In today’s Swazi Observer, a daily newspaper in Swaziland, several reports from the region highlight the difficulties of being a journalist. A Somali journalist died in Mogadishu on Saturday after …

Swaziland braces itself for AGOA exit

MBABANE 17 June 2014 (IRIN) - The threat of Swaziland being suspended from a US preferential trade agreement for poor progress in meeting democratic norms is threatening the livelihoods of