SOUTH AFRICA 11-15 Jul 2012 Communist ANC ally hold elective conference
The elective conference of the South African Communist Party (SACP) – held every five years – will be in Durban. It is the first of three key leadership conferences for the triple alliance that is the dominant political force in South Africa. The September conference of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and the culminating African National Congress conference in December round out the trio. Leadership changes in any of the three could affect the direction of the country for some time. A pending labor law sees both the
UNITED STATES 10 Jul 2012 Telstar communications satellite launched 50 years agoRead More
SOUTH SUDAN 9 Jul 2012 Africa’s 54th nation marks first birthdayRead More
ENGLAND 9-15 Jul 2012 Drones a likely draw at 2012 Farnborough International Air ShowRead More
PARIS 6 Jul 2012 “Friends of Syria” meet again
France will host the third “Friends of Syria” meeting on Jul 6. Two previous meetings have yielded little because of a political stalemate and lack of enthusiasm for intervening militarily to stem the bloodshed from the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad. The coalition of some 50 “friends” wants a United Nations Security Council resolution imposing sanctions on Syria that would be binding for all member states, but Russia and China are blocking the move.
ENGLAND 6-10 Jul 2012 York hosts Anglican stormy summer synod
A covenant that articulates common beliefs among Anglicans and establishes a process for resolving disputes will be considered again at the July synod of the Church of England. It was proposed by the head of the worldwide Anglican communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, as a means of healing the schism in a church pulled apart over the ordination of women bishops and homosexuality. The synod will also see the continuing tussle between Anglican traditionalists and liberals over Williams’ successor.
SPAIN 6-14 Jul 2012 Pamplona holds controversial bull running extravaganzaRead More
PARIS 5 Jul 2012 Authorities release final report on 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447
BEA, the French authority conducting the investigation into the Flight 447 crash into the Atlantic Ocean off Brazil on 1 Jun 2009, plans to release its final report on Jul 5. The black box was recovered from the ocean floor two years after the crash. It shows the captain was absent from the cockpit when the flight ran into trouble, and that the plane was in the hands of a relatively inexperienced co-pilot. The flight departed from Rio de Janiero on 31 May
The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church convenes in Indianapolis, Indiana, with inclusivity on the agenda and with homosexuality again at the fore. The convention will vote on a rite for the blessing of gay and lesbian relationships. A Yes vote, which is expected, could prompt more defections by conservative Episcopalians to breakaway jurisdictions and to the Catholic Church, where Pope Benedict XVI has created a nationwide diocese, called an ordinariate, for them.Read More
SAINT LUCIA 4-6 Jul 2012 Caribbean leaders meet for key summit
At the 33rd meeting of the Conference of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), regional heads of state and government plan to focus on the results of Rio+20 in June and on a five-year strategy for reforming the CARICOM Secretariat. The second goal is significant because the bloc is reported to be in crisis, making the summit a potential last-ditch occasion for saving it. Failure to find the right strategy could doom CARICOM to fading from sight by its 40th birthday. It meets in July under the 6
EGYPT 1 Jul 2012 Generals’ date for handing over power
Egypt’s generals, who sealed deposed president Hosni Mubarak’s fate by refusing to shoot at crowds demanding his downfall in Feb 2011, promised to hand over power to the Egypt’s new democratically-elected government on Jul 1. The election results are likely to determine if they keep any part of the promise: they are unlikely to hand over more than token control to a president who is unwilling to allow the military most of the power and perks it enjoyed before Mubarak’s downfall.
SANTIAGO Jul 2012 Chile hosts foreign ministers troika of new regional bloc
The foreign ministers of the ruling troika of the new Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) meet in Santiago in July, then again in September in New York, ahead of a 2013 summit of the bloc. Their stated agenda covers the region’s economies, science and technology, infrastructure, finance and social development, with no mention of contentious issues raised at the inaugural summit in Dec 2011. Issues certain to come up at the second summit include the leadership and decision-making mechanisms of CELAC and, perhaps behind