Ethiopian troops to stay in Somalia

October 17, 2008

Ethiopian troops in Somalia are stay in that country until the AU deployed its full peacekeeping force. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told parliament in Addis Ababa. The African Union plans to send 8,000 peacekeepers but currently there are just about 3,000 of them from Uganda and Burundi. >>>>>


Ethiopian Troops Leave Somalia

October 16, 2008

Why is a Scot newspaper the only one to report this from Somalia?…

Ethiopian troops still in Baidoa are under heavy attacks. Troops from the U.S. supported Somali warlord ‘government’ surrendered to Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) fighters.

Burundi just deployed more peacekeepers to Mogadishu. There are now 3,200 African Union troops  from Uganda and Burundi there and they are also under attack as they seem to play the side of the ‘government’. They and other non-Somalis should leave and give the country time to heal.  >>>>>

10 Killed in Turkey – Kurd Clashes

October 16, 2008

The PKK has been fighting for Kurdish autonomy in southeastern Turkey since 1984. The violence has killed at least 37,000 people.  The PKK is considered a terrorist group by Turkey, the United States and the European Union. >>>>>

JOEL BRINKLEY: Evidence grows that Israel, with U.S. aid, is preparing to attack Iran

October 10, 2008

For the last few weeks, all eyes have been on North Korea, as the nation’s idiosyncratic leadership began reopening a plant that manufactures weapons-grade plutonium. Christopher Hill, an assistant secretary of state, met, to no effect, with North Korea’s leaders in Pyongyang last week – a visit that would have been inconceivable while hawks still dominated the Bush administration.

But, as anyone might guess, the problems in Iran did not suddenly freeze while everyone looked east. In fact several recent developments leave the strong suggestion that Israel is preparing to attack Iran – with significant help from the United States. >>>>>

French army chief rules out military victory in Afghanistan

October 9, 2008

PARIS (AFP) — The head of the French military General Jean-Louis Georgelin on Wednesday backed comments by a senior British military officer’s view that the war in Afghanistan was unwinnable.

A British officer “was saying that one cannot win this war militarily, that there is no military solution to the Afghan crisis and I totally share this feeling,” Georglin told French television channel Public Senat.  >>>>>

Hiding America’s Crime: Mogadishu Empty and in Ruins

October 9, 2008

Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, has ceased to exist as a city. Inhabited by nearly three million people less than two years ago, and still home to more than a million nine months ago, Mogadishu has been virtually emptied of civilians. Whole sections have been leveled, according to the BBC, in what Human Rights Watch calls “the most ignored tragedy in the world” today. Ignored, that is, by the American and most of the world’s media.   >>>>>

Oil, war, lies and bulls**t

October 9, 2008

There’s hardly any doubt that the George W Bush administration lied rather consciously about the cause of invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq. President George W Bush also has been deliberately untruthful to the American public on a number of domestic issues, such as illegal, indiscriminate wiretapping of US citizens, torture of foreign detainees and American political prisoners, and limitless encroachment on civil, human, and legal rights of the American citizenry at large.  >>>>>