Mr Chiluba's sporting suits paid for by public funds, a UK judge has said. AFP Photo

Zambia's Ex-President Frederick Chiluba 'To Stand Trial on Corruption' (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/31/07) "Zambia's ex-President Frederick Chiluba is to stand trial on corruption charges in Zambia, a Lusaka court has ruled. Magistrate Jones Chinyama rejected arguments that Mr Chiluba, 64, was too ill to be prosecuted for stealing $488,000 during his time in office. He suffers from a heart condition and was discharged from hospital on Tuesday after collapsing at his home last week. Earlier in May, a UK court ordered Mr Chiluba to pay back $39m of state funds he allegedly took while in power."

Isaias Afeworki rousing rebels in the Sudan. Old habits never die. Sudan Tribune Photo

 

Former Rebels Attack AU Forces in Darfur After Their Fighters Were Killed in Accident - Isaias Afeworki Backing Rebels (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/31/07) "KHARTOUM, Sudan - Former rebels who signed a peace deal with the Sudanese government opened fire on a convoy of African Union peacekeepers after a road accident in Darfur, wounding three soldiers, officials said Thursday." "Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki  met rebel leaders from Sudan's Darfur region on Thursday in the hopes of uniting insurgent factions in the restive area, officials said. "

Tony Blair waves farewell to Africa in Soweto, South Africa, May 31 2007. No stop-over in Addis Abeba    AP Photo

Britain's Blair Says World Waiting, Wanting, Zimbabwe Reform - The Ethiopian People Are Also Waiting For British Support to Remove the Tyrant That Blair Supplanted in Ethiopia (voanews.com, 05/31/07) "British Prime Minister Tony Blair has urged African governments to hold Zimbabwe to account and to do so urgently. VOA's Delia Robertson reports from Johannesburg that Mr Blair was speaking in Johannesburg on the final leg of his official farewell tour of the African continent. Mr. Blair said that decades of repression in Zimbabwe have forced as many as one-third of Zimbabweans to leave their country for opportunities elsewhere."

Steve Jobs of Apple and Bill Gates of Microsoft engage in civilized exchanges. Wall Street Journal Photo/ Washington Post

When Worlds Collide: Gates and Jobs on the Same Stage (washingtonpost.com, 05/31/07) "Nobody knew quite what to expect when, in a rare joint meeting on Wednesday, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and Apple CEO Steve Jobs sat down together for a joint interview at the fifth annual All Things Digital Conference. The two technology pioneers and fierce competitors, after all, hadn't exactly been sending each other mash notes lately. Gates had complained to NEWSWEEK in January about Apple's television ad campaign that unfavorably compare PCs to Macs, asking rhetorically if being cool meant you didn't have to tell the truth. And just a few hours before their evening meeting at the Carlsbad, Calif., conference, Jobs was taking swipes at Microsoft. When Apple wrote its iTunes application for Windows, he told attendees earlier that day, "it was like offering glasses of ice water to people in hell.""

 

Charles Taylor on trial for crimes against humanity Reuters Photo

PREVIEW-High Stakes for Africa at Trial of Warlord Taylor (uk.reuters.com, 05/31/07) "THE HAGUE, May 31 (Reuters) - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor goes on trial next week charged with instigating murder, rape and terrorism during Sierra Leone's civil war in a case prosecutors say could end impunity for African strongmen. Taylor, once one of Africa's most feared warlords, faces 11 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity at the U.N.-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone, including recruiting child soldiers during the 1991-2002 conflict. The 59-year-old has pleaded not guilty to all charges."

Robert Zoellick to replace Paul Wolfowitz at the World Bank  AFP Photo

US to Propose Robert Zoellick to Head World Bank (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/30/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States will propose Robert Zoellick, a former US trade representative and State Department official, as the next head of the World Bank, a senior administration official said Tuesday. President George W. Bush will announce his backing for Zoellick, who left government last year to join the Wall Street investment firm Goldman Sachs, on Wednesday, the official said."

ከላይ ከታዘዘ ቁርጥ ቀን ከመጣ፣ ማምላጫ የለውም እፎቅ ላይ ቢወጣ። ከሼህ ጀሚል ሙሃባ ሁሴን፣ ከወሎ ወረኢሉ፣ ግንቦት ፳፪ ቀን ፲፱፻፺፱ ዓ.ም.

The Global Peace Index 2007: Norway Rated World's Most Peaceful Country - In Zenawi/Afeworki's Eritrean Gulag the TPLF/EPLF Regime's Crime Against Humanity is So Heinous lt Was Unmentionable (guardian.co.uk, 05/30/07) The TPLF regime listed among the least peaceful states (103rd out of 121) RELATED STORY: US Ranks Low, Just Above Iran on New Peace Index (uk.reuters.com, 05/30/07)

Five Die in Somalia After Insurgent Attack on TPLF Troop Convoy  (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/30/07) "Ethiopian troops have opened fire, killing five civilians, after a land mine attack on their convoy in the town of Beledweyne in central Somalia. Troops fired in all directions after the mine struck a water tanker, the convoy's last vehicle, witnesses said. The Islamists are increasingly adopting guerrilla tactics in the conflict. They have taken to using roadside bombs and landmines after they were defeated by a major offensive in the capital, Mogadishu, last month."

Somali Pirates Release Ship, Crew (newsday.com -ap- 05/30/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- Somali pirates have released a cargo ship and its 16 Asian crew members they had held for 26 days, after the cargo owners agreed to pay a $100,000 ransom, a maritime official said Tuesday. Somali pirates have hijacked eight vessels this year, said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Kenyan chapter of the Seafarers Assistance Program. That matches the total number of pirate attacks off the Somali coast in 2006."

Gunman Kills Somali Judge In Mogadishu (voanews.com, 05/29/07) "A gunman has killed the head of a Somali court, in the latest attack by insurgents targeting Somali government officials. Sheikh Mohamed Muse Duale was chairman of a court in the central town of Baladweyne.  Witnesses say he was shot twice in the head while waiting for a bus in southern Mogadishu Tuesday.  Authorities are investigating the attack. In a separate incident, a police officer was killed as police exchanged fire with gunmen in Mogadishu's Blacksea neighborhood.  Police say they have arrested several suspects."

Blair Attacks Africa Trip Critics (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/30/07) "Prime Minister Tony Blair has attacked UK critics of his week-long trip to Africa, after receiving a warm welcome on his arrival in Sierra Leone. Mr Blair's trip, just before he steps down as PM, has been dubbed a "vanity tour" by some UK newspapers. But Mr Blair said: "The one thing I have come to despise more than anything else in my 10 years is cynicism"."

Tony Blair may visit his bosom buddy Meles Zenawi under cover of darkness in Debre Zeyit as he did a couple of years ago.

Blair Set For Farewell Africa Trip: No Public Announcement on a Meeting With the Head of the TPLF Regime in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/29/07) "LONDON (AFP) - Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair was to head to Africa Tuesday, in his last trip to the continent he has championed during his 10 years in power, his office said. The 54-year-old premier will visit Libya, Sierra Leone and South Africa, a Downing Street spokeswoman said, although she did not disclose exact dates or his full itinerary for security reasons." "...After visits to the United States and France this month, and with the G8 summit in Germany and European Union leaders meeting in Brussels in the offing, opponents have criticised Blair for embarking on a lengthy "farewell tour"."

Meles Zenawi Blaming the Victims of Jijiga for Propaganda and Political Gains (garoweonline.com, 05/28/07) "Right off the bat, the Ogaden Editorial Board, OEB, condemns the bombings in Jig Jiga where Ogaden civilians, forced to attend a political ceremony, which has no meaning to these poor citizens, have lost their lives. Without proper investigation and lacking a single shred of evidence, the misinformation ambassador and advisor to the head of the autocracy, Mr. Bereket Simon claimed that ONLF is the 'culprit supported by Eritrea'. It is incredulous how this prevaricator and purveyor of Ethiopian propaganda had quickly come up with a scapegoat for what local sources have attributed to a competition, which escalated to a physical confrontation, between two camps within the so-called local administration."

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Grenade Injures Head of TPLF Regime's 'Somali Regional State' (cnn.com -reuters- 05/28/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) -- A grenade tossed into a crowd in Ethiopia's volatile Somali region on Monday wounded the local president and several other people celebrating a national holiday, officials said. The government quickly blamed the attack on the Ogaden National Liberation Movement, separatist rebels who have been increasingly active in the remote east and last month attacked a Chinese-run oil exploration field killing 74. An ONLF spokesman denied involvement. Regional president Abdullahi Hassan suffered a leg wound during Monday's attack," RELATED STORY: Blast Rips Into Crowd in Ethiopia, Up to 11 Die (news.yahoo.com -reuters- 05/28/07)

EDITORIAL NOTE: In May of 2007, like his cousin in Asmara, Meles Zenawi , the Butcher of Adwa, is celebrating "his victory" over his nemesis Mengistu Haile Mariam, the former head of the Ethiopian military junta. No one despite the wishes of Bereket Simion, the Eritrean Shaibean agent and Zenawi's political guru is distracted by this charade.  Simion recently declared that he wants and has given permission to the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) to set free the people of the Somali Region of Ethiopia and declare the region independent just like his motherland Eritrea was let go in 1993. Zenawi the Tigrean tribal supremacist and liberator is now comfortable in Haile Mariam's chair and 'the liberation of the people in the Tigray region' is tactically on hold until an opportune time, or his grip on power is seriously challenged.  George W. Bush however wants Ethiopia and the East African region to remain in the hands of the Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF/EPRDF) until Meles Zenawi, Bush's viceroy, and secretary–general of the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray (MLLT) allied to the Chinese Communist party, accomplishes 'his charge' – subdue the Ethiopian opposition and safeguard the Ogaden and other selected regions for secret missions. Three New York Times American journalists 'stumbled' on the protected zone and ended up being held and tortured for five days and released without charges after their equipment and evidence were confiscated. Meanwhile a tragic-comedy is being staged all over Ethiopia today - the Ethiopian people are presumably celebrating 'with joy the removal in 1991 of Mengistu Haile Mariam' - one of the most blood-thirsty African tyrants (now living in exile in Zimbabwe under the protection of Robert Mugabe and US government blessing). READ FULL ARTICLE

U.S. Africa Command Brings New Concerns (washingtonpost.com, 05/28/07) "The creation of the Defense Department Africa Command, with responsibilities to promote security and government stability in the region, has heightened concerns among African countries and in the U.S. government over the militarization of U.S. foreign policy, according to a newly released study by the Congressional Research Service. The Africa Command (AFRICOM) was announced in February by the Bush administration and is scheduled to begin operations in October with temporary headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany. AFRICOM would have traditional responsibilities of a combat command "to facilitate or lead [U.S.] military operations" on the continent, but would also include "a broader 'soft power' mandate aimed at preemptively reducing conflict and would incorporate a larger civilian component to address those challenges," according to the CRS study."

Tony Blair Goes Down Decrying British Laws Upholding 'Traditional Civil Liberties' - The God-Father of African Terrorist Tyrants, the Likes of Meles Zenawi Who Absconded Budding Democracies, Showered With Praise as 'Beacon of Hope'. (news.independent.co.uk, 5/28/07) "Tony Blair has hit out at judges and opposition MPs for putting the human rights of terrorist suspects above the protection of citizens. He spoke out as the Government prepares to set out fresh proposals for antiterrorist legislation after three men on control orders went on the run. Mr Blair insisted their disappearance was not the fault of the Home Office or the security services, but the courts, which had blocked tougher action against Islamists. He said: "We have chosen as a society to put the civil liberties of the suspect, even if a foreign national, first. I happen to believe this is misguided and wrong.""

Ethiopia’s TPLF and Tigrean Identity Politics (sudantribune.com, 05/27/07) "May 25, 2007 —The TPLF dominated Ethiopian leadership holds the view that the Eritrean government plays the most destabilizing role in the Horn of Africa. The Ethiopian opposition forces and Eritrea on the other hand believe that it is the TPLF led Ethiopian government that is severely destabilizing the region. And yet the US foreign office is concerned by a "rising extremism of Islam", accusation which rests pointedly at Somalia and perhaps somehow at the Sudan."

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My Life as a Diplomat By NURUDDIN FARAH, May 26, 2007, Cape Town (saylac.com, 05/26/07) "WATCHING from afar, people find it difficult to understand the intractability of the conflict in Somalia. The cycle of violence, almost mysteriously, remains uninterrupted. Peace breaks out. Victory is declared, as it was a couple of weeks ago when President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed’s Transitional Federal Government declared its triumph over the rival Islamic Courts Union and the clan-based militia fighting alongside it. And then the violence quickly erupts again."

China Honorary Member in TPLF's Celebration of Africa Day (eitb24.com, 05/26/07) "Chinese investment in Africa, in terms of business ties, aid and attempts to secure political influence, has soared in recent years in deals to keep Africa's natural resources flowing to China's booming economy. Ethiopia hosted a celebration of African independence on Friday, with China looking like an honorary member of this struggling continent as the only non-African delegation to attend. The Chinese delegation's presence at Africa Day was the latest example of increased ties between Africa and China.

Amir Meshal Back in US After Months in Zenawi/Bush "African Guantanamo" (khaleejtimes.com, 05/27/07) "NEW YORK - Amir Meshal, 24, a US citizen held in Ethiopia since February while charged with no crime, returned home to his family in New Jersey, his lawyer said on Saturday.  “The Meshal family is overjoyed that their son Amir has returned home after many months of secret detention,” said the family’s attorney, Jonathan Hafetz of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law. “They look forward to spending time with their son.” Meshal had been held in Ethiopia without any charges brought against him, said a statement by the center, which describes itself as a think tank, public interest law firm and advocacy group for social justice." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi Releases Tinton Falls Man (app.com -ap- 05/27/07)

Meles Zenawi/George Bush Free Wife of Top African al Qaeda Suspect From Detention in Ethiopia ("African Guantanamo") (alertnet.org -reuters- 05/26/07) "NAIROBI, May 26 (Reuters) - The wife of one of Africa's most wanted al Qaeda operatives has been released in Ethiopia after she was detained trying to leave Somalia during fighting over the New Year, a Muslim rights group said on Saturday. Halima Badroudine, the wife of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed, was freed with her children and seven others, the chairman of Kenya's Muslim Human Rights Forum, Alamin Kimathi, told Reuters. Fazul Abdullah Mohammed is on the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's most wanted list of terrorists, and there is a $5 million reward for information that leads to his capture."

Seyoum Mesfin Opens TPLF Embassy in Somalia (iht.com -ap- 05/27/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia: Ethiopia reopened its embassy in Somalia on Sunday for the first time since the countries fought a war 30 years ago, strengthening the nations' ties as Somalia tries to stave off an Islamic insurgency. Ethiopia, the region's military powerhouse, has sent troops to protect this chaotic nation's fragile government. "The unpleasant history of lawlessness and anarchy in Somalia has ended, and the rule of law is coming back," Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said during a ceremony to open the new embassy, a freshly painted two-story building near the presidential palace." RELATED STORY: The TPLF Regime Opens Embassy in Chaotic Somali Capital (uk.reuters.com, 05/27/07)

"Mesfin held talks with more than 60 Somali political, religious and clan leaders Saturday, after the capital's two deputy mayors escaped a roadside bomb attack." (AFP/Jose Cendon)

Desperate TPLF Foreign Minister Holds Mogadishu Talks, Deputy Mayors Escape Attack (news.yahoo.com -afp-, 05/26/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin held talks with more than 60 Somali political, religious and clan leaders Saturday, after the capital's two deputy mayors escaped a roadside bomb attack. Islamist-led insurgent attacks have been increasing in Mogadishu since an Ethiopian offensive at the end of April put an end to heavy clashes that killed hundreds and forced tens of thousands to flee."

Mogadishu Deputy Mayor Survives Bomb Attack (uk.reuters.com, 05/26/07) "MOGADISHU, May 26 (Reuters) - Mogadishu's deputy mayor survived a roadside blast on Saturday that killed a boy and wounded at least five others, the latest Iraq-style insurgent attack in the chaotic capital. Deputy Mayor Abdifatah Ibrahim Omar has only been on the job since last month, when he replaced his father who was killed in a similar explosion in February. "I was the target of the landmine blast, but I survived. A 10-year-old boy died on the spot. The mine exploded after I had just passed it," Omar told Reuters by telephone moments after the blast, his voice hoarse."

Meles Zenawi Confirms Detention of Three New York Times Journalists (sudantribune.com, 05/27/07) "May 26, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — Ethiopian government has confirmed the arrest and the release of three US journalists in eastern Ethiopia. Addis Ababa said they were detained because they had no professional visa to investigate in the country. The Ethiopian foreign ministry confirmed in a pres statement that three journalists of the New York Times were detained by Ethiopian soldiers in the Somali Regional State, in eastern Ethiopia in the town of Degeh Bur last week. They were subsequently sent to Jijiga, a town n eastern Ethiopia, before being taken to Addis Ababa. They have now left Ethiopia, the ministry said."

Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition Office - Meles Zenawi and Mengistu Haile Mariam's God Father Mimicking Woyane Brutality (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/26/07) "JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Riot police in Zimbabwe raided the headquarters of the main opposition party on Saturday and arrested dozens of supporters, a spokesman said. Nelson Chamisa said close to 200 Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters had been seized in the raid on the party's headquarters in central Harare. Three truckloads of riot police arrived at the headquarters around midday. The police broke up a "routine meeting" called by the MDC to discuss party issues ahead of next year's crucial presidential and parliamentary polls, Chamisa said in a telephone interview."

EU Urged to Adopt Targeted Sanctions Against Issaias Afeworki On Eve of Independence Day (rsf.org, 05/23/07) "On the eve of the 16th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence tomorrow, Reporters Without Borders calls on the European Union to rethink its policy towards what is one of the world’s most repressive and impenetrable countries and, in particular, to adopt targeted sanctions against President Issaias Afeworki. The press freedom organisation finds it incomprehensible that, for example, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Belarusian President Alexandre Lukashenko are banned from the EU but one of Africa’s most brutal dictators was recently received by the European Commission which, moreover, declared itself “very, very honoured” by his visit. “Aside from reflecting a double standard, the EU’s new policy towards Eritrea is disastrous for those who are exposed to the government’s terror and the 13 journalists who disappeared into Eritrean detention centres in 2001,” Reporters Without Borders said."

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GLOBAL CORRUPTION REPORT 2007 - Corruption in Judicial Systems (transparency.org, 05/24/07) "Corruption is undermining judicial systems around the world, denying citizens access to justice and the basic human right to a fair and impartial trial, sometimes even to a trial at all, according to the Global Corruption Report 2007: Corruption in Judicial Systems issued today by Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption." “Equal treatment before the law is a pillar of democratic societies. When courts are corrupted by greed or political expediency, the scales of justice are tipped, and ordinary people suffer.” Huguette Labelle, Chair, Transparency International." READ PRESS RELEASE 

Activists Hail Fidelity's Divestment From Sudan-Linked Oil Company (news.yahoo.com -oneworld- 05/25/07) "UNITED NATIONS, April 25 (OneWorld) - The news that a major investment firm has drastically reduced its business interests with those close to the Sudanese government has emboldened pressure groups involved in the global campaign to stop attacks in Darfur. Last week, Fidelity Investments, the world's leading mutual funds company, announced it had sold 91 percent of its American Depository Receipts in PetroChina, which amounts to nearly half the investment firm's total holdings in the state-owned oil company that operates in Sudan."

Nations Use Fear to Distract From Rights Abuses, Group Says (washingtonpost.com, 05/24/07) "Powerful governments and armed groups are spreading fear to divert attention from human rights abuses, exacerbating polarization in an increasingly dangerous world, Amnesty International said yesterday in its annual assessment of rights worldwide. "The politics of fear is fueling a downward spiral of human rights abuse in which no right is sacrosanct and no person is safe," said Irene Khan, secretary general of the human rights watchdog. Governments are undermining the rule of law and human rights with "short-sighted fear-mongering and divisive policies.""

African Union Lays Foundation Stone For China-Funded Conference Centre (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/25/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - China and the African Union on Friday launched a 150-million-dollar project to build a new conference centre for the cash-strapped continental body, officials said. AU Chairman John Kufuor and China's Assistant Minister of Commerce Wang Chao laid the foundation for the AU Convention Centre in Addis Ababa. "The Chinese government always attaches great importance to its ties and cooperation with African countries and is willing and ready to develop a new type of strategic partnership (...)," Wang said in a statement."

Ana Gomes (Hanna Gobeze) in attendance and former European Parliament President Josep Borrell Fontelles will chair this historic meeting

 Josep Borrell Fontelles

You are invited to attend a meeting on "Human Rights and Democratisation in Ethiopia - Two years after 15 May elections", which will take place at the European Parliament, on 5 June (11.30h), in Brussels, Belgium

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Group Demands Information on 'African Guantanamo' Detainees (cnn.com, 05/24/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya (Reuters) -- In a case some rights campaigners have dubbed an "African Guantanamo," a British-based group called on Kenyan, Somali and Ethiopian authorities to come clean over the whereabouts and fates of some 66 Muslim detainees unaccounted for in Ethiopia. They were picked up in Kenya in January and February after a two-week war that saw allied Ethiopian-Somali troops oust militant Islamists from the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, and push many of their fighters south and across the border, the group, Amnesty International, said." "...."Ethiopia appears to be copying the unacceptable and unlawful treatment of prisoners practiced by the United States in the global war on terror," two rights groups, Reprieve and Cageprisoners, said in a recent release."

Bush says "What they're going to try to do is kill as many innocent people as they can to try to influence the debate here at home," he said. Reuters Photo

Bush Predicts Bloody Summer in Iraq (uk.reuters.com, 05/25/07) "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President George W. Bush on Thursday predicted a bloody summer in Iraq for U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, saying he expected insurgents and al Qaeda to step up attacks to try to influence the U.S. debate over how long to stay in Iraq. The U.S. House of Representatives broke a four-month deadlock with Bush on Thursday night and approved $100 billion (50 billion pounds) in new funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan without a timetable for withdrawing combat troops. The bill now goes to the Senate for expected approval this week."

 A Poll Conducted by Reuters Afirms That Aid Groups Are Not Free to Speak About Darfur Horror (uk.reuters.com, 05/24/07) "LONDON, May 24 (Reuters) - Most aid agencies in Darfur cannot speak openly about the humanitarian situation in the violent west of Sudan for fear of jeopardising their work or being thrown out, a Reuters AlertNet poll showed on Thursday. Four-fifths of those surveyed said they could not talk about who was behind attacks on civilians and aid workers in case they upset the government or suffered reprisals from militias and rebels. More than two-thirds would not discuss rape. "Speaking about touchy issues might result in restrictions and an order to leave the country which we do not want to risk, considering many people depend upon our support," one agency told aid information Web site AlertNet."

Woyane Pastor Says It is OK to Take a Combination of Holy Water and Medicine For Treatment of HIV/AIDS (newsday.com -ap- 05/24/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- For the past year, Yonas Tadesse has been trying to stave off the effects of HIV with a blend of science and faith -- he takes anti-retroviral medicine but also drinks a liter of holy water, blessed by a priest. The combination has long been a source of controversy in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church, where many local leaders believe patients should not take both holy water and medicine. But on Wednesday, Ethiopia's top religious official gave the treatment his blessing in a country where an estimated 1.5 million people are infected with HIV."

Isaias Afewerki Declares That the US is Responsible For Border Impasse With the TPLF's Meles Zenawi (sudantribune.com, 05/25/07) "May 24, 2007 (ASMARA) — President Isayas Afewerki has blamed US administration officials for "concocting incessant obstacles" to hinder the implementation of the final and binding ruling of the Boundary Commission to end border dispute with Ethiopia. In his speech to the nation on the 16th anniversary marking Eritrea’s independence, President Isayas said more than any body else officials of the US administration are responsible for obstructing publicly and persistently the implementation of the final and binding ruling made by the boundary commission and also for violating the rule of law. He further said the US officials also practically dismantled the Temporary Security Zone, therefore in the face of this the Eritrean government could not stand by and watch with arms folded while its sovereign territory in the 25 km buffer zone remains neglected and deprived of development."

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Exiled Chagos Islanders Win 40-Year Battle to Return Home as Judges Accuse UK of Abuse of Power (guardian.co.uk, 05/24/07) "Hundreds of Indian Ocean islanders who were forcibly deported from their homeland by Britain 40 years ago won a battle yesterday which could see them set sail for an emotional return within days. The court of appeal in London found the British government guilty of "abuse of power" for attempting to prevent the Chagos Islanders from reclaiming land leased from under their feet by Britain to the US in the 1960s. Three judges upheld a ruling in the islanders' favour last year, ordered the government to pay their legal costs and withheld support for an appeal to the House of Lords."

Ethiopia: Thousands of War-Displaced Return Home to Eritrea (reliefweb.int, 05/23/07) "ASMARA, May 23 (Reuters) - Some 3,400 Eritrean families who were displaced nine years ago during a border war with Ethiopia have returned home, the government has said. The 1998-2000 border war with Ethiopia killed an estimated 70,000 people, and displaced 1.1 million Eritreans -- about a third of the Red Sea state's population." RELATED STORY: Thousands Displaced by 1998-2000 Eritrea-Ethiopia War Resettled- Gov’t (somalinet.com, 05/23/07)

"Irene Khan, Amnesty International's Secretary General, holds a press conference in central London. Fears stoked by the post-9/11 "war on terror" are increasingly dividing the world, Amnesty International said Wednesday, while rapping rights abuses from China to Darfur and Russia to the Middle East.(AFP/Chris Young)"

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL REPORT 2007 -This report documents human rights issues of concern to Amnesty International during 2006.

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'War on Terror' Dividing World, Warns Amnesty International (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/23/07) "LONDON (AFP) - Fears stoked by the post-9/11 "war on terror" are increasingly dividing the world, Amnesty International said Wednesday, while rapping rights abuses from China to Darfur and Russia to the Middle East. The gap between Muslims and non-Muslims notably deepened, fuelled by discriminatory counter-terrorism strategies in Western countries, warned the international human rights group in its annual report." RELATED STORIES: Amnesty's Annual Report Attacks Anti-Terror Laws (politics.guardian.co.uk, 05/23/07) Corruption and Poverty Still Rampant in Africa in 2006: Amnesty (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/23/07)  AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EU OFFICE PRESS RELEASE (amnestyusa.org 052307) Amnesty International Says World Growing More Fearful, Divided And Dangerous (voanews.com, 05/23/07) Amnesty Accuses Israel of 'Serious Rights Abuses' (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/23/07)

TPLF Police Beating up foreign journalists who were reporting on the May 2005 fraudulent parliamentary elections in Ethiopia. On the eve of the ballots, Zenawi declared victory and imposed martial law for 30 days. He killed more than 200 peaceful demonstrators. The NYT ought to investigate why Zenawi is so sensitive about reporters visiting the Ogaden. AFP Photo

Meles Zenawi's Tigray Liberation Front Regime Detains Times Journalists for Five Days- Surprise, Surprise NYT (nytimes.com, 05/22/07) "Three journalists for The New York Times were arrested by the Ethiopian military on May 16 in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia, held for five days and interrogated at gunpoint, and then released on Monday without any charges being lodged against them, The Times said today. The three journalists — Jeffrey Gettleman, 35, Nairobi bureau chief; Vanessa Vick, 43, a photographer; and Courtenay Morris, 34, a videographer — were reporting on the conflict in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia when they were detained by soldiers in the town of Degeh Bur. They had entered the country on journalists’ visas and were not in a restricted area." RELATED STORIES: Ethiopia Frees New York Times Journalists After Five-Day Detention (cpj.org, 05/22/07) 'NY Times' Staffers Released After Being Held In Ethiopia (mediainfo.com, 05/22/07) Dictator Meles Zenawi Was Among the World’s Leading Jailer of Journalists in 2006 (cpj.org11/05/06) Swedes 'Were Tortured' in Ethiopia (thelocal.se, 05/22/07)

 

UN humanitarian relief chief John Holmes described conditions in Mogadishu as "depressing" AFP Photo

 

UN in Row Over Crisis in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/22/07) "The United Nations is in deep disagreement with Somalia's interim government over the scale of the crisis in the capital, a top UN official says. UN aid chief John Holmes says the dispute complicated his talks in Mogadishu with government officials. The UN says some 300,000 people fled the city during recent clashes but the government says less than 30,000 left." RELATED STORY: Somali Peace Conference Needs Money (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/22/07)

 

Iraq Plans for Possible Quick U.S. Pullout (cnn.com, 05/22/07) "BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) -- Iraq's military is drawing up plans to cope with any quick U.S. military pullout, the defense minister said, as a senior American official warned that the Bush administration may reconsider its support if Iraqi leaders do not make major reforms by fall. The U.S. official did not say what actions could be taken by the White House, but his comments on Monday reflected the Bush administration's need to show results in Iraq -- as an answer to pressure by the Democrats in Congress seeking to set timetables on the U.S. military presence." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: If likewise the US trained TPLF Aagazi troops in Mogadishu are suddenly pulled out of Somalia by Meles Zenawi, what will George W. Bush do next? Would he risk his entire investment and abandon Zenawi like Tony Blair did? Or resort to shock and awe over Addis Abeba? The Aagazi troops are being hammered by Ethiopian patriots and resistance fighters all over the country. Zenawi the blood thirsty tyrant is under intense pressure from the politburo of the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray to cut and run. The AU soldiers are reluctant to come to his rescue. Will Zenawi seek asylum in Harare or Crawford? How will Rice pull herself out of the quagmire she created in East Africa? Will Frazer loose her concentration and focus?

George W. Bush and His Cronies Rewarded Meles Zenawi For Allegiance and Provision of Aagazi Killers ... (publicintegrity.org, 05/22/07) "WASHINGTON — One dramatic act sets Ethiopia apart from the array of countries with poor human rights records that have become United States counterterrorism allies since the September 11, 2001, attacks: With U.S. backing, it invaded a neighboring country and overthrew a Taliban-like Islamist movement. The country that Ethiopia invaded is its neighbor to the east in the Horn of Africa, the disintegrated state of Somalia, where the Islamist movement, called the Union of Islamic Courts, had taken over much of the country and was suspected of harboring al Qaeda members. Ethiopia remains militarily embroiled there today." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi Now Says ONLY 1,000 Insurgents Were Killed in Mogadishu Clashes (reliefweb.int, 05/19/07)

"The TPLF troops, who had come from the former Ministry of Defense building, opened fire in all directions soon after the blast, and controlled the scene for 15 minutes before they continued their journey, said another witness, Sahal Sheik, who sells sheep in a market. Ma'alin said the Woyanes arrested one person. There was no immediate word on TPLF casualties from the attack." AP Photo

Meles Zenawi Troop Convoy Hits Mine in Mogadishu, High Casualty Reported (philly.com, 05/21/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia - Ethiopian troops backing Somalia's fragile government killed one person and wounded another Monday after their convoy was targeted by a land mine in the Somali capital, witnesses say. It was the latest in a series of explosions targeting convoys of government officials or troops, as Islamic insurgents appeared to be stepping up attacks."

Meles Zenawi,  the Pathological Liar Denies His Military Loses Claimed by the OLF and ONLF (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/21/07) "The two main rebel groups in eastern Ethiopia say their forces have killed dozens of Ethiopian soldiers in joint operations in May in the Ogaden region. But senior Ethiopian official Bereket Simon said their claims were untrue and just an attempt to get media attention. A statement from the Oromo Liberation Front said several separate attacks had led to more than 150 soldiers killed."

Two Rebel Groups Carry Out Joint Military Action in Eastern Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 05/21/07) "May 20, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — Two Ethiopian rebel groups carried out a joint military operation against the Ethiopian army in the eastern part of the country. A rebel statement alleged 157 soldiers were killed during the attack. In a joint military operation, the Oromo Liberation Army (OLA) and the Ogaden National Liberation Army (ONLA) have killed 157 soldiers of the Ethiopian army in various places in the Warder zone of the Ogaden region in eastern Ethiopia. According to Voice of Oromo Liberation, between 10 and 15 May 2007, commando units of the OLA and ONLA conducted attacks in various places in the zone of Warder killing over 82 Ethiopian soldiers and wounding over 75 others."

"Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, seen here in March 2007, has told AFP that "terrorists" are threatening his shattered country's security and slammed international donors for failing to help as promised." (AFP/File/Jose Cendon)

 

Somali Transitional Government President Says He Doesn't 'Believe the Threats of Terrorists' Are Over, Slams Donors (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/21/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - The Somali president warned that "terrorists" are threatening his shattered country's security and slammed international donors for failing to help as promised, in an interview with AFP. An Ethiopian-Somali offensive in Mogadishu last month ended weeks of clashes with Islamist-led insurgents that killed hundreds of civilians and forced tens of thousands to flee, but sporadic attacks are on the increase." RELATED STORIS: Pirates Halt Somali Aid Shipments (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/21/07) U.N. Food Ship Fears Somali Coast Piracy (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/21/07)

Meseret Defar sets new world record

Ethiopia's Meseret Defar Breaks Women's 2-Mile World Record (thestar.com.my, 05/21/07) "CARSON, California (AP): Olympic champion Meseret Defar of Ethiopia broke the world record in the women's 2-mile run Sunday at the Adidas Track Classic. Defar won in 9 minutes, 10.47 seconds, lowering the mark of 9:11.97 set by American Regina Jacobs in 1999.  The crowd at Home Depot Center roared as the 23-year-old runner cruised toward the finish line, leaving her rivals far behind." RELATED STORY: Ritzenhein Wins Healthy Kidney 10K, Ethiopia's Tefera Third (eitb24.com, 05/20/07)

Italy Presses Meles Zenawi to Pull His Troops From Somalia (metimes.com, 05/20/07) "NAIROBI --  The Italian government Saturday pressed Ethiopian troops to pull out from lawless Somalia and urged the rival factions there to observe a truce ahead of a key reconciliation conference in June. During a one-day trip to Mogadishu, Italy's deputy foreign affairs minister, Patrizia Sentinelli, held talks with Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf and Prime Minster Ali Mohamed Gedi. "I expressed the position of my government that Ethiopian troops must withdraw," she told a press conference in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, after visiting Rome's former colony. 
"For this reason, I stressed something the Italian government has always said: the strengthening of the AMISOM [African Mission to Somalia].""

Western Journalists Detained in Dhagah Bur by Meles Zenawi's TPLF Regime (somalinet.com, 05/20/07) "May 19, 2007 Reports reaching our service desk from the city of Dhagah Bur confirm the detention of four Western journalists. These journalists are said to be both print and video journalists. It is said that these detained journalists are from United States of America, USA, and Great Britain."

A Canadian Couple Accused of Human Trafficking of Ethiopian Nanny (theglobeandmail.com, 05/20/07) "Montreal — A couple charged in what the RCMP describes as Canada's first human trafficking case say they treated their alleged victim like family. Nichan Manoukian and his wife Manoudshag Saryboyadijan, both of Laval north of Montreal, are facing charges of trafficking in persons, receiving material benefit from it and withholding travel or identity documents. They denied the allegations in an interview with French-language TV network TVA broadcast on Saturday."

Piracy Choking Somali Aid Delivery: UN Food Agency (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/20/07) "NAIROBI (AFP) - The UN food agency pressed Sunday for uurgent action to end piracy off the Somali coastline which it said was choking the delivery of food aid to the war-torn east African nation."We urge key nations to do their utmost to address this plague of piracy, which is now threatening our ability to feed one million Somalis," World Food Programme chief Josette Sheeran said in a statement released in Nairobi."

Bomb Aimed at Somali Capital Mogadishu Mayor Mohammed Dheere Kills Two (uk.reuters.com, 05/20/07) "MOGADISHU, May 20 (Reuters) - A roadside bomb said to be targeting the mayor of the Somali capital Mogadishu killed two people on Sunday and wounded two others, officials said. The blast came barely three days after the Somali prime minister's convoy was attacked in the same city and four days after four Ugandan peacekeepers died in a similar attack. "Two died and two were wounded. I think the bomb attack was targeting Transitional Federal Government (TFG) officials. All the casualties were civilians," a security source who did not wish to be named, told Reuters." RELATED STORIES: Blast Near Mogadishu Mayor Kills 2 Civilians (voanews.com, 05/20/07) CIA Man Becomes Mogadishu's Mayor (prisonplanet.com, 05/05/07)

Zahra Redwood of Jamaica competing in 2007 Miss Universe Pageant. Reuters Photo

Dreadlocked Miss Jamaica Puts Rastas in New Light (uk.reuters.com, 05/20/07) "MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - With dreadlocks down to below her buttocks, the first Rastafarian to compete for the Miss Universe title is out to smash the stereotype that Rastas are only interested in reggae and marijuana. Zahra Redwood, 25 and the first Miss Jamaica to be crowned from the country's minority Rastafarian faith, is also shaking up a years-old view among many Rastas that beauty pageants should be shunned as degrading to women."

The Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF) Army Holds Talks With Foreign Oil Firms Over Security (sudantribute.ocm, 05/20/07) "May 19, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — In reaction to recent rebel attack against a Chinese oil firm working in the east of the country, Ethiopian army held a meeting with the three companies engaged in petroleum exploration activities in the country to dissipate fears and apprehensions. In presence of the minister of mines and energy, Samora; Alemayehu Tegenu, the Ethiopian army chief-of-staff, Let-Gen Samora Yunus, last week held a meeting with representatives of Petronas, South-West Energy and Pexco, the Addis Ababa based Reporter said today."

Bush Preparing for British U-turn On Iraq: Report (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/20/07) "LONDON (AFP) - US President George W. Bush has been told to prepare for a British U-turn on Iraq once Gordon Brown becomes prime minister, The Sunday Telegraph newspaper said. Bush has been briefed by White House officials to expect an announcement on British troop withdrawals during Brown's first 100 days in office, the weekly said.: RELATED STORIES: Kurds Massacred as Blair Visits Iraq (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/19/07) Explosions as Blair Visits Troops (rte.ie, 05/20/07) Amid the Bombs, Blair Remains Upbeat on Farewell Tour in Iraq (observer.guardian.co.uk, 05/20/07)

Sudanese Police Attack On Aid Workers Tests U.N. Chief's Diplomacy (washingtonpost.com, 05/20/07) "UNITED NATIONS -- On Jan. 19, a group of 20 international aid workers and peacekeepers celebrated their day off with an afternoon of dining, drinking and dancing at the guesthouse of the private relief agency, the American Refugee Committee, in the town of Nyala, Darfur. The outing ended in the early evening when Sudanese police and security agents broke into the house, videotaped the attendees -- which included five U.N. workers, representatives of six U.S. and British aid agencies, and African Union peacekeepers -- and then beat them with batons and rifle butts and sexually assaulted at least one female U.N. worker. Locals cheered from the street, and some joined in the assault."

The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) Accuses Blair-Bush's Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF) of Genocide in The Ogaden  (ogaden.com, 05/19/07) "Having failed politically and militarily in its campaigns to subdue the struggle for independence in the Ogaden, the colonial regime of Ethiopia has resorted to a campaign of terror, indiscriminate killing, gang-raping, looting of civilian belongings and burning villages and farms.  This scorched earth policy which, the Ethiopian regime is employing is all happening in the name of fighting The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)."

 Locations of secret Bush/Zenawi prisons in Ethiopia AP Image

 

 3 Swedes Released From Meles Zenawi's 'Outsourced Guantanamo' (newsday.com -ap- 05/19/07) "STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Three Swedes who were among dozens of foreigners held in Ethiopian jails and accused of ties to Islamic militants in Somalia have been released, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The three were released Friday after five months in Ethiopian custody, and the embassy in Addis Ababa helped organize their return to Sweden on Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tobias Nilsson said. RELATED STORIES: Three Swedes Freed From Ethiopia (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/19/07) Swedish Teenager Held in Ethiopia Says She Was Detained in U.S.-Led Operation (iht.co -ap- 04/12/07) "  An 'Outsourced Guantanamo' in Ethiopia: U.S. Interrogating at Africa’s Secret Prisons (msnbc.msn.com, 04/03/07)

Former US "President Jimmy Carter slammed Blair's unwavering support for Bush. " Getty Images

Jimmy Carter Slams Blair-Bush Ties as 'Tragic' (cnn.com, -ap- 05/19/07) "LONDON, England (AP) -- Britain's support for the war in Iraq was a "major tragedy" for the world, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Saturday, as he criticized Tony Blair's unwavering support for President Bush. Asked how he would judge Blair's support of Bush, Carter said: "Abominable. Loyal. Blind. Apparently subservient." "And I think the almost undeviating support by Great Britain for the ill-advised policies of President Bush in Iraq have been a major tragedy for the world," Carter told British Broadcasting Corp. radio." RELATED STORY: Carter: Bush Administration "Worst Ever" (newsblogs.chicagotribune.com, 05/19/07)

Racism Goes on Trial Again in America's Deep South: Here Lie the Roots of Neoconic (hypocratic) Bigotry That Condoleezza Rice is Attempting to Implant in Ethiopia. Despite Her Efforts, Shaibiat-Woyane Racist Supremacy Will Not Hold - At last, Justice will prevail! (observer.guardian.co.uk, 05/19/07) "In the cool and beflagged small courtroom in Jena, Louisiana, three black schoolboys - Robert Bailey, Theodore Shaw and Mychal Bell - are about to go on trial for a playground fight that could see them jailed for between 30 and 50 years. Jena, about 220 miles north of New Orleans, is a small town of 3,000 people, 85 per cent of whom are white. Tomorrow it will be the focus for a race trial which could put it on the map alongside the bad old names of the Mississippi Burning Sixties such as Selma or Montgomery, Alabama."

US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (Mr. I Don't recall) Washington Post Photo

Alberto Gonzales's Signature Moment: Corruption in The White House and the World Bank Breeds Tyrants in Africa and Elsewhere- Do As I Do....  (washingtonpost.com, 05/19/07) "It just gets worse and worse. We already knew that Alberto Gonzales -- who, unbelievably, remains our attorney general -- was willing to construe the Constitution and the Geneva Conventions however George W. Bush and Dick Cheney wanted. We knew he was willing to politicize the Justice Department, if that was what the White House wanted. Now we learn that Gonzales also was willing to accost a seriously ill man in his hospital room to get his signature on a dodgy justification for unprecedented domestic surveillance." RELATED STORY: In Closed Meeting With Gonzales, Prosecutors Express Their Dismay (washingtonpost.com, 05/19/07)

G8 Says Africa Threatened With New Round of Debt (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/19/07) "POTSDAM (AFP) - The Group of Eight industrialised powers warned Saturday that irresponsible lending practices could condemn Africa to a new round of crippling debt, with Germany singling out China as a potential risk to the continent. Finance ministers from the G8 raised the alarm at a two-day meeting here during which they also vowed to make good on African aid pledges and insisted that Africa itself was responsible for applying sound financial management."

Ugandan Africa Union peacekeepers patrol the international sea port in Mogadishu, 08 May 2007 AP Photo

Killing of Peacekeepers in Somalia Brings Calls for Ugandan Troop Withdrawal (voanews.com, 05/18/07) "In Uganda, the deaths of four peacekeepers in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, this week have prompted calls for President Yoweri Museveni to withdraw his military troops from the African Union mission. As VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi, the Ugandan government is sending mixed signals about how long it intends to remain committed to efforts to stabilize Somalia. Weeks before a contingent of about 1,400 Ugandan soldiers arrived in Mogadishu in early March, many Ugandans had openly questioned the wisdom of sending their troops to Somalia, which has been mired in civil war for nearly 16 years."

Mogadishu Seriously Damaged as Meles Zenawi's TPLF Troops Try to End Resistance (usa.mediamoniters.net 05/17/07) ""It is true that the international community and media have on the whole ignored the Somali conflict, concentrating their attention on Darfur (Sudan) instead. But the indiscriminate bombing by the Ethiopian army of Mogadishu, which in a short time destroyed many of its buildings, killed thousands of its inhabitants and injured many more, and forced most of them to flee, could not fail to draw attention to the mayhem. However, that attention was very little compared to the concentration of the West on Darfur, despite the fact that a UN agency pointed out that the Somali conflict is far bloodier and more costly.""

Sudan Accused On Darfur killings (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/18/07) "Sudanese security forces took part in the killing of some 100 people in the war-torn Darfur region, the UN says. UN Human Rights Commissioner Louise Arbour says Border Intelligence Guards took part in eight raids this year during clashes between Arab groups. "Attackers fired indiscriminately from the outskirts of the settlements with heavy machine-guns and rocket-propelled grenades," her latest report said." RELATED STORY: Janjaweed Still Roam Free in Darfur (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/26/07)

China Insists it Has No Interest in African Governments' Domestic Affairs and Persists in Its Pursuit of Commercial Exploitation (uk.reuters.com, 05/18/07) "SHANGHAI, May 18 (Reuters) - China's rapid rise into an economic powerhouse offering aid and soft loans is changing the aid picture in Africa -- winning China its share of critics but also the gratitude of governments who say its engagement makes a difference. The World Bank has accused China of financing projects rejected by others because of environmental concerns and rights groups say it lends without regard to standards on governance or corruption." "....Chinese officials also make no bones about the ways in which government assistance smooths the way to commercial deals for its companies. "Through aid projects, China has received more business opportunities in African countries," said Commerce Ministry official Lu Bo." RELATED STORIES: China Complicit in Sudan Dam Rights Abuse: Activist (sudantribune.com, 05/18/07) China: Trade Ties With Africa Under Question After Ethiopia Attack (radioaustralia.net.au, 05/01/07) China: Don't Politicize Olympics (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/18/07)

Tony Blair and George W. Bush wallowing in historical blunder and putting on a brave face.  Washington Joint press Conference 05/17/07) AFP Photo  WATCH WASHINGTON POST VIDEO

The Odd Couple: Blair Trying to Do a Square Dance Around Bush's Iraqi Political Grave Went Down With Him (washtimes.com -ap- 05/17/07) "WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Bush said today he's optimistic compromise will be reached with Congress on an Iraq spending bill. "I think we'll get a deal. We'll work through something we can all live with," Bush said in a Rose Garden news conference with outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair. For his part, Blair, the staunchest of U.S. allies on Iraq, predicted that Britain would continue to stand side by side with the United States after he leaves office. He said he did not regret his decision to join Bush in supporting the war in Iraq and "I believe that we will remain a staunch and steadfast ally in the fight against terrorism." RELATED STORY: At White House, Bush and Blair Focus on Iraq Outgoing Prime Minister Predicts U.S., Britain Will Remain Steadfast Allies (washingtonpost.com, 05/17/07)

"World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz leaves his house in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Wolfowitz said Thursday he was resigning for the "best interests" of the bank, effective June 30." (AFP/Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

 

World Bank President Wolfowitz Resigns (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/17/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) -World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz said Thursday he was resigning for the "best interests" of the bank, effective June 30. "I am announcing today that I will resign as president of the World Bank Group effective at the end of the fiscal year (June 30, 2007)," Wolfowitz said in a statement." RELATED STORIES : World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz Resigns (washingtonpost.com, 05/17/07) Democrats Seek No-Confidence Vote on Gonzales (washingtonpost.com, 05/17/07) 

The body of a Ugandan soldier killed in Somalia shipped home  AFP Photo

Somalia TG Premier Ali Mohammed Ghedi Escapes Assassination Attempt (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/17/07) "Somalia's prime minister has escaped unhurt after an apparent attempt to kill him in the capital, Mogadishu. A bomb was aimed at Ali Mohammed Ghedi's convoy but it is not clear if it exploded. No-one was hurt but one man was arrested, officials say. The convoy was returning from the airport, where the bodies of four Ugandan peacekeepers were flown home after they were killed on Wednesday." RELATED STORIES: Somali TG Prime Minister Survives Grenade Attack (cnn.com, 05/17/07) Security Tightened in Mogadishu After Assassination Attempt (voanews.com, 05/17/07)  Korean Boats Seized Off Somalia Coast (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/16/07) Rice Names Veteran Africa Diplomat as Somalia Envoy (voanews,com, 05/17/07) International Crisis Group's Dream Come True (crisisgroup.org, 06/25/04)

Belarus Blocked From Membership in U.N. Human Rights Council (nytimes.com, 05/17/07) "UNITED NATIONS, May 17 — Belarus, one of the world’s most repressive states, was blocked from gaining membership on the United Nations Human Rights Council today after being outvoted in favor of Bosnia, a late entry. Human rights groups had been campaigning for weeks to head off what seemed to be a near-certain choice of Belarus for the panel, after the Eastern European group submitted only Belarus and Slovenia as nominees for the two seats from its region."

Khat Bundles    USDOJ Photo

Making a Federal Case Out of an Obscure Leaf: A Natural WMD is Discovered in East Africa by the FBI? (msnbc.msn.com, 05/16/07) "When federal drug enforcement agents announced last summer that they had arrested scores of suspects in an “international narcotics-trafficking organization” with operations in New York and Seattle, they hailed it as the first major crackdown on khat — a plant grown in the Horn of Africa and chewed like tobacco for its stimulant buzz. But more than nine months later, prosecutors in Seattle have dismissed charges against all but a handful of defendants, and the few expected to go to trial next month are considered to have a good chance of avoiding jail."

 

"Yolanda Denise King, daughter of the late Rev. Martin Luther King, died late Tuesday May 15, 2007 in Santa Monica, Calif., at age 51" (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

Yolanda King, Daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., Dies at 51 (thetimesnews.com -ap- 05/16/07) "ATLANTA (AP) - Yolanda King, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s eldest child who pursued her father's dream of racial harmony through drama and motivational speaking, collapsed and died after making a speech. She was 51. King died late Tuesday in Santa Monica, Calif., said Steve Klein, a spokesman for the King Center. The family did not know the cause of death, but relatives think it might have been a heart problem, he said."

INTERVIEW-TPLF's Meles Rules Out Hurried Exit From Somalia: Incoherent Ramblings of a Pathological Liar - No One Else But Him Tells The Truth! (alertnet.org -reuters- 05/16/07) "...."I am deeply disheartened by the fact that the media and the U.N. agencies have been circulating lies without any attempt to verify the facts," he said. Inflated civilian casualty figures came from a pro-Islamist rights group, Meles said. "People tell me there might have been a handful, let us say maybe in the tens, 20, 30, but nothing more than that.""

Africa Development meeting 2007 in Shanghai, China Asia News Photo

 

Beijing’s Much Needed Aid and The Risk of Plunder (asianews.it, 05/16/07) "The annual meeting of the African Development Bank opened in Shanghai. Beijing comes with a bag full of offers and sincere pledges of assistance, but African countries remain cautious. They need help the West often denies them, but fear that Beijing will end up plundering their raw materials and install a new form of economic colonialism."

The Christ the Saviour Cathedral is a symbol of religious rebirth AP Photo

Russians Repair Orthodox Schism (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/16/07) "Orthodox Church - whose members fled abroad to escape the Bolshevik Revolution - is to be reunited with the main body of the Church at a ceremony in Moscow on Thursday. The reconciliation has been strongly supported by President Vladimir Putin, who is expected to attend. Leaders of the New York-based Russian Orthodox Church Abroad flew into Moscow on Tuesday for the historic reunification."

Four Ugandan Peacekeepers Killed in Somalia's Capital Mogadishu (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/16/07) "Four African Union soldiers have been killed after a roadside bomb struck their convoy while on patrol at the north of Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. AU spokesman Paddy Ankunda said five other soldiers were injured in the explosion targeted at the peacekeepers. The attack is the deadliest on the peacekeepers since 1,600 Uganda soldiers deployed to the city in March." RELATED STORY: Bomb kills 4 Ugandan peacekeepers in Somalia (cnn.com, 05/16/07)

Omar Hassan al Bashir the mastermind behind the genocide in Darfur, Sudan.  Reuters Photo

Sudan Defense Minister Hails Ties With the TPLF Regime (sudantribune.com, 05/15/07) "May 14, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — Sudanese Defense Minister hailed bilateral ties with Ethiopia, saying the multifarious cooperation between the governments of Ethiopia and Sudan has been growing. After talks with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Monday, the Sudanese Minister Lieutenant General Abdelrahim Mohamed Hussein told journalists that cooperation between the governments and peoples of the two countries in, among others, economic, political and social sectors was boosting." "...Sudan at the beginning but after admitted the existence of such movements. Experts says the Sudanese minister who a close fried to president al-Bashir, came to discuss ways to end these infiltrations." 

Meles Zenawi the Eritrean fascist behind the Genocide in Eritrea, Tigray and the rest of Ethiopia.  Sudan Tribune Photo

Bush/Zenawi Trained TFG Somali Child Soldier "Mogadishu is a mess after the heavy fighting." BBC Photo

Mogadishu Life is a 'Horror Film' (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/14/07) "Student Mohamed Abdi, 35, was in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, during the recent heavy fighting. He told the BBC News website how the fighting was relentless and how he feared for his life. I can't express how horrible the heavy fighting was. It was like a horror film. I was here in the city all those days when the fighting was going on. Those 10 days were so difficult... Being bombed, the mortar shelling - the fighting did not stop, day and night."  RELATED STORY: Somalia Crisis Worse Than Darfur, Says UN (telegraph.co.uk, 05/15/07)

EDITORIAL NOTE: "Black Hawk Down" avenged and the Ogaden secured "to build air stripes for 'humanitarian aid delivery and saving rare Ethiopian lion cubs'." 

Meles Zenawi Troops Disguised as Insurgents Attack UN Health Office in Mogadishu, Retaliation for Holmes' Criticism About Genocide Being Committed in Mogadishu (uk.reuters.com, 05/15/07) "MOGADISHU, May 15 (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a U.N. World Health Organisation (WHO) office in Mogadishu and wounded a guard, in the latest strike near the world body's facilities in Somalia since the weekend, a WHO official said on Tuesday.The late Monday attack came just two days after U.N. aid chief John Holmes, the most senior U.N. official to visit Mogadishu in a decade, cut short his visit when bombs planted by insurgents killed three people near a U.N. compound on Saturday. "We were attacked last night by gunmen wearing (government) uniforms. Our security guards repelled them. Unfortunately one of our guards was wounded," Mohamed Abdullahi, the acting officer in charge of WHO operations in Mogadishu, told Reuters."

The Secretary-General of the Marxist-Leninist League of Tigray Says He wants to Withdraw His Aagazi Troops From Mogadishu But G. W. Bush Won't Let Him Do So, Alpha Oumar Konare of AU Agrees (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/15/07) "Ethiopia's prime minister has said he wants to withdraw all his troops from neighbouring Somalia, where they helped oust Islamists last year. Meles Zenawi told the BBC that he hoped African Union peacekeepers would deploy soon to relieve his troops. One of the AU leaders says it would be a "catastrophe" if Ethiopia pulled out before the AU troops arrived."

Paul Wolfowitz enraged Reuters Photo

Angry Paul Wolfowitz in Four-Letter Tirade (guardian.co.uk, 05/15/07) "An angry and bitter Paul Wolfowitz poured abuse and threatened retaliations on senior World Bank staff if his orders for pay rises and promotions for his partner were revealed, according to new details published last night. Under fire for the lavish package given to Shaha Riza, a World Bank employee and Mr Wolfowitz's girlfriend when he became president, an official investigation into the controversy has found that Mr Wolfowitz broke bank rules and violated his own contract – setting off a struggle between US and European governments over Mr Wolfowitz's future." RELATED STORY: Condoleezza Rice a 'Russian Diplomat' (int.iol.co.za 05/15/07)

The Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF) Foreign Minister Declared That "Americans Need Us for Counterterrorism" and Will Turn a Blind Eye to the Ethnic Genocide That His Marxist Group has Committed in Ethiopia (washingtonpost.com, 05/14/07) "Ethiopia's foreign minister dismissed criticism of his country's human rights record as concerns are rising about security there, saying the fight against terrorism is just as momentous in Ethiopia as it is in other nations. "Why should countries like Ethiopia be taken to task? There is no country that has established perfect institutions of democracy or human rights, even countries like the United States," Seyoum Mesfin said recently in response to accusations that his government has carried out arbitrary detentions, used excessive force in dealing with opposition demonstrators and rolled back personal freedoms."

UN to Probe Human Rights Violations Committed in Somalia by Meles Zenawi's Aagazi Troops (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/14/07) "Somalia's interim government welcomes a probe into alleged human rights abuses during recent fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, a UN official says. UN emergency relief co-ordinator John Holmes said although the Somali administration denies any wrong-doing, it will co-operate with investigators. Some 1,600 people died during fighting between Ethiopia-backed government troops and insurgents in Mogadishu." RELATED STORY: Live Ordnance Left in Wake of Somalia Battles (cnn.com -reuters- 05/14/07)

 "I have nowhere to turn" says 17 year old Khadiija Aweys Mohamud BBC Photo

Somalia's Poor Have No Where to Turn After Their Stalls Were Demolished (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/14/07) "Somalia's interim government is seeking to strengthen its grip on the capital, Mogadishu, less than a month after it declared victory over insurgents but ordinary people complain they are paying the price. Some of the makeshift shacks which survived the worst violence in Somalia's 16 years of civil war are now being destroyed. In the early mornings, before the sun is high in the sky, hundreds of police with sledgehammers and bulldozers flatten kiosks and shops in the streets of the city." RELATED STORIES: Somalia Crisis Worse Than Darfur, Says UN (telegraph.co.uk, 05/15/07) Somalia Aid 'Not Reaching Needy' (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/14/07) Climate Change to Make One Billion Refugees Says Christian Aid (uk.reuters.com, 05/14/07) Angola's Slum Evictions Condemned (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/15/07)

"This stall has been the only source of income for my family" says 65 year old Abdi Dinah Aden BBC Photo

"In Dese, a symbol of Ethiopia's religious intermingling, Muslims and Christians have lived in peace for centuries. "Me, I'm not fundamentalist," says one 80-year-old man. "I'm Ethiopian." Photo Credit: By Stephanie Mccrummen -- The Washington Post

Ethiopians Fear for Their Interfaith Oasis (washingtonpost.com, 05/13/07) "DESE, Ethiopia -- Rumors were spreading up and down the narrow streets here, in front of the Noah pharmacy and Millennium Cafe, through the rectangular mosques and domed Orthodox churches of this northern Ethiopian city. Muslims were said to be training to attack Christians. Christians were said to be stockpiling weapons for an assault on Muslims. Fears of an all-out religious melee became so rampant last year that the archbishop of the Orthodox Christian church sent spies to a mosque thought to be harboring Islamic fighters." "...The reaction has been similar elsewhere in Ethiopia, where the notion that the violence could have been instigated by Ethiopian Muslims and Christians has remained somehow unthinkable. "When I first saw the tape, I couldn't finish it," said Aissetu Barry, a Christian and director of the Interfaith Peace-Building Initiative in Addis Ababa, referring to the scenes of carnage on the Jima video." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: There is no doubt that Meles Zenawi's Marxist Leninist League of Tigray (MLLT/TPLF) instigated this heinous crime to turn Ethiopians against each other in order to stay in power through divide and conquer tactics. Evidence had to be concocted for G. W. Bush to wage his war against "phantom enemies" and for Zenawi to secure funds and launch his "anti-Islamist-terrorist" campaign. There are no WMD in Iraq and no Islamic terrorists in Ethiopia. Bush and his cronies may succeed in establishing three ethno-religious republics in Iraq, but the behavior of the elders and the faithful people of Dese is proof positive that  Zenawi and Bush will have tried in vain. Zenawi's police aided and abetted in the massacre in Jima, and they produced and distributed the video of the carnage. The Secretary-General of the MLLT (a God-less tyrant), and his Saudi billionaire patron extremist have so far failed miserably and they will never succeed! Ethiopians are bonded in faith! Almighty one God of all people is great! Ethiopia Stretches Her Hands Unto GOD! (posted by web master 05/13/07)

 

John Holmes, the U.N.'s top humanitarian official, visits a cholera center in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Saturday. 05/12/07 AP Photo

UN Envoy Cuts Short Somalia Trip (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/13/07) "The UN's emergency relief co-ordinator has cut short a visit to Somalia's capital amid fresh security concerns. John Holmes's arrival in Mogadishu coincided with several bomb blasts, one of which killed four people near the UN compound in the city. He is the most senior UN official to visit the city in a decade, and was urging the Somali government to let humanitarian aid reach its people." RELATED STORIES: 3 Killed in Bombings in Somali Capital as U.N. Official Visits (cnn.com -ap- 05/12/07) Somali Abductors Threaten to Kill Foreign Aid Staff (uk.reuters.com, 05/13/07)

Meles Zenawi Says His TPLF Troops Will Quit Somalia After African Union Soldiers Arrive (forbes.com, 05/13/07) "KUWAIT CITY (Thomson Financial) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said in Kuwait that Ethiopian troops will complete their withdrawal from neighbouring Somalia after the arrival of African Union peacekeeping forces. 'Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu will withdraw when the African Union peacekeepers arrive to support Ugandan forces which are already there,' Meles was quoted by the state-run Kuwait News Agency KUNA as saying."

Fury at Zimbabwe UN Role: Tragic-Comedy at the International Body- Duplicitous Diplomacy (observer.guardian.co.uk, 05/13/07) "A major rift between the West and Africa was exposed at the United Nations this weekend as Zimbabwe was controversially elected as head of the UN's main environment body. Diplomats from the European Union and the US had strongly objected to a country that has destroyed a once-thriving farming industry, has a failing economy, an appalling human rights record and a poor record of looking after its wildlife and national parks, holding the post."

U.N. Official Urges Somalia to Allow Aid (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/12/07) "MOGADHISHU, Somalia - Wearing a flak jacket over a blue pinsttriped suit, the top U.N. humanitarian official crawled into a hut made of sticks and plastic tarp Saturday and asked the owner how he survives in one of the world's most violent cities." "..."While the fighting was going on we were very, very concerned about the plight of civilians. Clearly it was not the normal respect for humanitarian law," Holmes told the president." ".... After the meeting, Holmes said the fighting in the city had violated international humanitarian law. "When you have a pitched battle going on in a city full of civilians, that is not in accordance with the Geneva Conventions," he said."

Bomb Blast Mars UN Somalia Visit by UN's Emergency Relief Coordinator (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/12/07) "The highest-ranking United Nations official to visit Somalia for 10 years has arrived in the capital, Mogadishu. John Holmes, the UN's emergency relief co-ordinator, said he was there to pressure the Somali government to let humanitarian aid reach its people. A car bomb killed four people near the UN compound in the south of the city as Mr Holmes' convoy left the airport. The visit comes two weeks after Somalia's government declared victory over a bloody Islamic insurgency. Senior intelligence official Ibrahim Mohamed Ahmed was one of those killed in the blast, a security source told Reuters news agency."

"Demonstrators held a "farewell party" for World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz outside the bank building in Washington on Wednesday." Photo Credit: By Win Mcnamee -- Getty Images

Bank May Vote No Confidence In Wolfowitz (washingtonpost.com, 05/12/07) "The World Bank executive board has concluded that the bank's president, Paul D. Wolfowitz, broke ethics rules in engineering a hefty pay raise for his girlfriend, and plans to try to end his tenure next week, senior bank officials said yesterday. Board members do not want to vote to fire Wolfowitz, the officials said, since that might provoke a rupture with the bank's largest shareholder, the United States. Instead, they are inclined to adopt a resolution saying they have lost confidence in him, hoping that will persuade him to resign."

Somali women with luggage leave Mogadishu AP Photo

Out of Hundreds of Thousands Displaced, Few Somalis Returning to Mogadishu (voanews.com, 05/11/07) "UN officials say relatively few displaced people in Somalia have been willing or able to return to Mogadishu. That, despite relative calm in recent weeks. Hundreds of thousands fled the city beginning in early February due to fighting between Ethiopian-backed transitional government forces and the Union of Islamic Courts. Catherine Weibel is a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR. From Nairobi, she gave VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua an update on the displaced Somalis.

Ethiopia, Kenya Discuss Border Insecurity (sudantribune, 05/12/07) "May 11, 2007 (NAIROBI) — An Ethiopian government delegation met their Kenyan counterpart to discuss security along the shared porous border, amid fears of renewed raids. The meeting in Embu, came as the Red Cross claimed that the number of deaths during a raid in northern Kenya had risen to 11, but the police insisted they were 10, the Kenyan Standard reported today. Ahmed Mohamed, the Red Cross disaster co-ordinator, who led his team in assisting the victims, told The Standard 11 people had been killed and 27 families displaced."

"Director Steven Spielberg, seen here 06 May 2007, asked Chinese President Hu Jintao to pressure Sudan over the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, according to a letter obtained by AFP on Friday." (AFP/Getty Images/File/Frederick M. Brown )

Steven Spielberg Urges China to Act Over Darfur (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/11/07) "LOS ANGELES (AFP) - Legendary director Steven Spielberg has asked Chinese President Hu Jintao to pressure Sudan over the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, according to a letter obtained by AFP on Friday. Spielberg, who is serving as an artistic advisor to organisers of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, called on China to persuade Sudan to end its opposition to the deployment of United Nations peacekeepers in the region."

Foreign Aid Workers Held in Somalia Said to be Safe (uk.reuters.com, 05/11/07) " BOSSASSO, Somalia, May 11 (Reuters) - Two foreign aid workers kidnapped by gunmen in northern Somalia are in good health and their abductors are negotiating with local elders to free them, a source close to the captors said on Friday. 
The source, who did not want to be named, said the Briton and Kenyan were being held near where they were seized on Wednesday, some 75 miles (120 km) south of Bossasso, the main port of the semi-autonomous province Puntland. Both work for the CARE International relief agency."

Somalis Who Settled in Old Mill City in Maine are Having Hard Time (newsday.com, 05/11/07) "LEWISTON, Maine -- A prank in which a middle-schooler tossed a slab of leftover Easter ham onto a table surrounded by Somalian Muslim youngsters has exposed -- yet again -- the gaping cultural divide in this struggling former mill town. Over the past six years, as many as 3,500 black refugees from the war-torn African country have settled in this nearly all-white, heavily French-Canadian and largely Roman Catholic city of 36,000, giving Lewiston the highest concentration of Somalis anywhere in America."

"Gordon Brown, Britain's finance minister, has been a rival and partner of the prime minister he is set to succeed, Tony Blair." (By Sang Tan -- Associated Press)

Brown May Loosen U.K. Ties to Bush (washingtonpost.com, 05/11/07) "LONDON, May 10 -- Gordon Brown, who is set to become prime minister of Britain on June 27, was sitting in the White House one day last month chatting with national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley when, as Brown later put it, "President Bush happened to drop in for a meeting." Two of the world's most powerful politicians, in their first substantial conversation, chatted for 45 minutes about Iraq, Afghanistan and world trade. White House officials said the meeting was hardly happenstance but planned in advance." RELATED STORIES: Blair Backs Brown Leadership Bid (cnn.com, 05/11/07) Brown Vows to Give Power to the People (uk.reuters.com, 05/11/07)

 

Outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair waves to supporters after announcing his resignation Thursday. CNN Photo

Bosom buddies Blair and Zenawi

Blair: My Political Journey is Over (edition.cnn.com, 05/10/07) "LONDON, England (CNN) -- Tony Blair announces he will step down as Labour Party leader and British prime minister, defending his record during his decade in power, but adding "my apologies to you for the times I've fallen short." Blair spoke at his parliamentary constituency in northeast England and said he would tender his resignation to Queen Elizabeth on June 27. He later returned to London. "I've come back here to Sedgefield, to my constituency, where my political journey began and where it's fitting that it ends," Blair said. "I've been prime minister of this country for just over 10 years ... I think that's long enough for me, but more especially, for the country." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: So long Mr. Blair. We hope that you will take with you the tyrants that you nurtured, installed and armed to oppress the Ethiopian people. We pray that your blood stained hands may remind you of the agony of the African people suffering from genocide being committed by the EPLF/TPLF/MLLT gangsters that you sustained through your misguided policies and misplaced priorities.  By embracing Meles Zenawi so close to your heart and defending him to the last; you thwarted the dawn of democracy in Ethiopia in 2005. The first sham parliamentary elections were held in 1957 and not 1995 as your viceroy claimed. Nevertheless,  the Ethiopian people shall overcome the ethnocentric dictatorship that you along with George W. Bush managed to impose through the use of fire arms. Farewell!

Africa Parliament Says Meles Zenawi's TPLF to Fail in Somalia (africa.reuters.com, 05/10/07) "JOHANNESBURG, May 10 (Reuters) - Ethiopia's efforts to stabilise Somalia are unlikely to succeed and African countries should live up to their promises to send peacekeepers there, a continental advisory body said on Thursday. The Pan African Parliament (PAP) also said in a report that Ethiopian military support for Somali government forces against Islamist insurgents was "doomed to failure". Backed by Ethiopian troops, tanks and warplanes, Somali forces ousted rival Islamist leaders in January and are trying to secure the capital after a surge of bloody fighting."

Aid Workers Feared Kidnapped in Somalia (cnn.com -reuters- 05/10/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuters) -- Two aid workers, one British and one Kenyan, are missing feared kidnapped in northern Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, their organization said on Thursday. CARE International said the Briton, who is from Northern Ireland, and his colleague had been missing in the Horn of Africa nation since at least Wednesday. A diplomatic source said the incident did not appear to be terrorist-related. CARE spokeswoman Beatrice Spadacini said it was thought the abductions might be connected with a local issue and that tribal elders were working towards securing a release."

Row Over Africa Peacekeeper Money (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/10/07) "The African Union (AU) has defended its method of funding peacekeeping forces following complaints from the Ugandan peacekeeping mission in Somalia. The Ugandan army, which arrived in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, in March, says it has not received money promised to it by the AU since its deployment."

China Appoints a Special Representative on African Affairs to Focus on the Darfur Issue (newsday.com -ap- 05/10/07) "BEIJING -- China, crriticized for not pushing its close ally Sudan to resolve the Darfur crisis, said Thursday that it had appointed a special representative on African affairs to focus on the issue. The move comes a day after 108 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a letter to Chinese President Hu Jintao demanding China do more to persuade Sudan's government to stop the bloodletting in the Darfur region."

"Saudi Arabia's leading executioner [Muhammad Saad al-Beshi] says he is "very proud to do God's work" and does not lose sleep over beheading several people in one day."  Arab News Photo

Saudi Arabia Beheads Ethiopian Woman Convicted of Murdering Egyptian Man (iht.com -ap- 05/09/07) "RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi authorities beheaded Wednesday an Ethiopian woman convicted of killing an Egyptian man over a dispute, the Interior Ministry said in a statement. Khadija Bint Ibrahim Moussa was found guilty of fatally stabbing Mohammed Kamal Shaheen, according to the statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency. Moussa had stabbed Shaheen in the neck while he was asleep and then beat his head with a glass bottle. She was executed in the Red Sea port city of Jiddah. No other details were known. Moussa was the first woman to be executed this year. The kingdom last beheaded two women in 2005." RELATED STORIES: The History of Beheading (richard.clark32.btinternet.co.uk)  Saudi Arabia – Beheading Capital of the World (worldnetdaily, 06/25/04) Saudi Executioner Tells All (news.bbc.co..uk, 06/03/03)  Saudi Arabia's Beheading Culture (cbsnews.com, 06/25/04) Saudi Arabia Excuted 32 Women Since 1990 (cuddlynecrobabes.com) Off With Heads: In Saudi Arabia, it’s the Legal Norm. (nationalreview.com, 07/15/04) Human Rights in Saudi Arabia: A Deafening Silence (Human Rights Watch, December 2001)

Cousins Isaias Afeworki and Meles Zenawi on Their Periodic Temper Tantrums: Security Council as Usual Responds and Urges Restraint (un.org, 05/09/07) "8 May 2007 Voicing concern over increased friction between [Ethiopia and Eritrea], which have hit a stalemate in efforts to resolve their border dispute, the United Nations Security Council today called on both Horn of Africa countries to refrain from violence. “Members of the Security Council remain deeply concerned by the impasse in the Eritrea-Ethiopia peace process and by the growing tension between the two countries,” United States Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, the Council President for the month of May, said in a Press Statement." RELATED STORY: Isaias Afeworki Dismisses UN Call for Border Peace (voanews.com, 05/09/07)

Niqabs and Burkas have become more popular in recent years in Mogadishu. AP Photo

 

Anger at Somali Face Veil Burning (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/09/07) "Two hand grenades have gone off in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, where government soldiers were confiscating and burning face veils worn by women. A BBC correspondent says one woman was injured in the explosions at a junction near the city's main Bakara market. Eyewitnesses say soldiers were ordering women in burkas to remove their face veils on Tuesday, but the operation was later stopped by their superiors."

Richard Cheney visits Iraq and Saudi king Abdullah this week. AP Photo 

White House Reiterates Full Support for Wolfowitz (uk.reuters.com, 05/09/07) "ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE (Reuters) - The White House on Wednesday expressed continued full support for World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz, under fire over a pay and promotion deal for his companion. "We still support him fully," White House spokesman Tony Snow told reporters as he flew with President George W. Bush to visit parts of Kansas devastated by tornadoes last week." RELATED STORIES: In the Shadow of a Scandal Shaha Riza Remains the Mystery Woman From the World Bank (washingtonpost.com, 05/10/07)  Cheney and the Saudis: The Cheney Visit is Aimed Partly at Mutual Reassurance (washingtonpost.com, 05/09/07) Cheney Says Iraq Remains a Dangerous Place (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/09/07) Rocket Explodes Near US Embassy During Cheney Visit  (mg.co.za, 05/09/07) 

"But it [FAO] also warned that sustainable energy crops could have a negative impact if these replace primary forests, "resulting in large releases of carbon from the soil and forest biomass that negate any benefits of biofuels for decades." Reuters Photo

United Nations Tackles Sustainable Bioenergy Growth (uk.reuters.com, 05/09/07) "UNITED NATIONS, May 8 (Reuters) - The United Nations unveiled guidelines on Tuesday to tackle the rapidly growing bioenergy industry, which it warned could threaten the availability of adequate food supplies. As environment and development ministers from around the world prepare to meet on Wednesday for the U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development, UN-Energy released its report "Sustainable Energy: A Framework for Decision Makers." The report said the development of new biofuel industries could provide clean energy services to millions of people who currently lack them, while generating income and creating jobs in poorer areas of the world. "But the rapid growth in first-generation liquid biofuels production will raise agricultural commodity prices and could have negative economic and social effects, particularly on the poor who spend a large share of income on food," it said."

U.S. Military Apologises for Afghan Civilian Deaths (uk.reuters.com, 05/08/07) "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. military [apologised] on Tuesday for the killing of Afghan civilians, calling a March incident a "terrible mistake" and making payments to families of the dead, a U.S. officer said. Army Col. John Nicholson, commander of forces in eastern Afghanistan, said U.S. forces killed 19 people and wounded 50 in a March 4 incident, in which Marines are believed to have responded to an ambush on one of their convoys. Nicholson, in a statement given to victims' families and later read to reporters, said he was "ashamed" that Americans had killed Afghans." RELATED STORY: U.S. Apologizes for Raid on Afghan Civilians: Condolence Payments Issued to Families of 19 Civilians Killed in Attack (washingtonpost., 05/08/07) EDITORIAL NOTE: When will G. W. Bush apologize to the Ethiopian and Somali people for the massacre of thousands in Addis Abeba and Mogadishu carried out by his viceroy Meles Zenawi?

Bashir Goth- Somalia

                               Queen Elizabeth VOA Photo

Nostalgia for Swords and Heroes by Bashir Goth (newsweek.washingtonpost.com, 05/08/07) "I am not a fan of hereditary rule. I would rather live in a place where every child can dream of being able to reach the highest position of power. A place where even immigrants and children of immigrant parents such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy can find an open field to compete and achieve their goals through ambition, merit and hard work and not through the mere chance of being born into it." "...It is also quite palatable why the queen should be revered now more than ever. The world at large is bereft of national leaders with the status of tall historical figures such as Roosevelt, Kennedy, Churchill and De Gaulle. Political dwarfs who do not meet people’s basic expectations of national leaders dominate our modern era. It is no wonder, therefore, that the queen is set on a pedestal by people in search of heroes." RELATED STORY Queen Elizabeth Visits US for 400th Anniversary of Colonial Settlement (voanews.com, 05/03/07)

Somali Police Knock Down Stalls, Shops (cnn.com -ap- 05/08/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Police using sledgehammers and bulldozers demolished kiosks and other makeshift shops Tuesday in a move to boost security and restore this seaside capital, but many residents were left wondering how they will make a living. The mass demolitions of stalls selling tea, vegetables and other small goods by the roadside left behind piles of corrugated metal sheets and wood planks. "The campaign is aimed at ending illegal businesses built on the streets to help police perform security patrols and to revive the lost image of the capital," said Mohamed Dheere, a former warlord who was recently named mayor of Mogadishu."

ICRC Photo

Red Cross: Somalia Needs $15 Million (newsday.com -ap- 05/08/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- The international Red Cross asked donors Tuesday to contribute more than $15 million for Somalia as the African nation tries to recover from the worst fighting in more than a decade and a devastating humanitarian crisis.The move would bring the agency's budget to nearly $38 million for 2007 to address recent violence in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, which aid groups estimate has killed more than 1,500 people since March and sent more than 300,000 fleeing their homes." RELATED STORY: ICRC Boosts Vital Aid for Hundreds of Thousands of Meles Zenawi's TPLF Troop Victims in Somalia (icrc.org, 05/08/07)

 

An Mi-24 attack helicopter (reg. n° 928) at Nyala airport in Darfur, March 2007 © AI

 

China and Russia Arms Transfer to Sudan Fuel Serious Human Rights Violations (web.amnesty.org, 05/08/07) "Arms, ammunition and related equipment are still being transferred to Darfur in the west of Sudan for military operations. Extremely serious violations and abuses of human rights and international humanitarian law are being committed by the Sudanese government, the government-backed Janjawid militias and armed opposition groups in these operations. In a report published today, Amnesty International (AI) describes the arming process and its effects on the people of Darfur and neighbouring eastern Chad, many of whom have been forcibly displaced. It describes violations of the United Nations arms embargo on Darfur by parties to the conflict that occurred during January to March 2007." READ FULL REPORT:  RELATED STORIES: Sudan Using Chinese, Russian weapons in Darfur: Amnesty International (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/08/07) Meles Zenawi Denies Shipment From Korea Violated Ban (nytimes.com, 04/15/07) China, Russia Deny Weapons Breach (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/08/07) US Urges "Abundance of Caution" in Arms Deals With Sudan (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/08/07)

Associated Press reporter Anthony Mitchell with wife Catherine Fitzgibbon, son Tom, left, and daughter Rose in this July 30, 2006, family photo taken in Nairobi, Kenya. AP Photo

AP Correspondent Anthony Mitchell Dies in Cameroon Crash (washingtonpost.com -ap- 05/07/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- Anthony Mitchell, among the 114 people that an official said were killed in a plane crash over the weekend in Cameroon, was a dogged Associated Press correspondent from Britain with a passion for Africa and for uncovering challenging stories. He had been on assignment to investigate the criminal trade in endangered species for food." "...During the May 2005 election, Mitchell repeatedly uncovered government efforts to influence the vote's outcome and obtained secret European Union reports that detailed allegations of rigging. In January 2006, the Ethiopian government expelled him for what it called hostile reporting."

Terror Suspects Captured by US Government Sent to Ethiopia for Illegal Interrogation and Torture (saukvalley.com, 05/07/07) "While we have been awash in news stories about the firing of U.S. attorneys, Don Imus and the Virginia Tech horror, how many Americans know that the FBI and, to a lesser extent, the CIA have been interrogating suspected terrorists in secret prisons in Ethiopia? An ally in our combating terrorism, Ethiopia is also notorious for abusing prisoners, including torturing them. Among those held recently there is an American citizen." "...Last year, the president said that no one was still being held in CIA secret prisons although they remain open, as permitted by the Military Commissions Act of 2006. On what authority has - as reported by the Washington Post - "the FBI carried out interrogations of dozens of detainees in Ethiopian secret prisons?"" RELATED STORY: Somalia: The Other (Hidden) War for Oil (zmag.org, 05/07/07) 

Many Somali Displaced in No Rush to Return to Mogadishu (voanews.com, 05/07/07) "Many among the hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Somalia appear to be in no rush to return to the capital, Mogadishu. Aid agencies say Somalis apparently are taking a wait-and-see attitude as to whether the peace will hold in the city. It’s estimated more than 360,000 people left Mogadishu since early February. Catherine Weibel is a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency, the UNHCR, and has just visited Somalia. From Nairobi, she spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about her trip to some areas where the displaced have fled."

Eritrean tyrant Isaias Afeworki

Eritrean Dictator Isaias Afeworki Arrests 80 After Raid on Church During  Ceremony - Opposition (sudantribune.com, 05/07/07) "May 6, 2007 (ASMARA) — Eritrea arrested some 80 people including several U.S. citizens in a raid during a church ceremony last week, Christian and opposition groups said. "A Presbyterian Church in Eritrea was raided during Sunday service on the 29th of April," said a statement on U.K.-based opposition Web site, www.release-eritrea.org.uk. "Following the raid, Pastor Zecharias Abraham and around 80 of his parishioners were detained. Among the worshippers on the day were some foreign nationals at least three of them Americans," it added. Information Minister Ali Abdu did not deny or confirm that security forces stormed Mehret Yesus Church in Asmara."

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz. "According to the sources, there is "widespread feeling" on among board directors that it is virtually impossible for Wolfowitz to finish his term because of the damage to the bank's credibility and its ability to be effective." Reuters Photo

Wolfowitz Aide Quits World Bank Amid Controversy (uk.reuters.com, 05/07/07) "WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A close aide to World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz resigned on Monday, saying turmoil at the bank over its current leadership has made it difficult for him to do his job. The departure of Kevin Kellems was a blow in a critical week for Wolfowitz, a key architect of the Iraq war who is now under fire for his handling of a lucrative promotion and pay raise for his companion, Shaha Riza, a Middle East expert at the bank." RELATED STORY: Wolfowitz Adviser to Quit World Bank (washingtonpost.com -ap- 05/07/07

Arab Countries Reluctant to Pressure Sudan (usatoday.com -ap- 05/07/07) "CAIRO (AP) — Western countries looking for ways to pressure Sudan to curb violence in Darfur are getting little support from the Khartoum regime's Arab neighbors. Egypt, whose president met Monday with Sudan's leader, has the greatest influence with its neighbor, but analysts said it is leery of pushing Khartoum for fear of jeopardizing access to Nile River water and because of Arab sentiment against outside interference in the region."

George Tenet, former CIA Director- The Post's Bob Woodward reviews the former CIA Director's new book, "At the Center of the Storm."spacer
Washington Post Photo

 

Mixed Praise for Tenet's Memoir :The Post's Bob Woodward Reviews the former CIA Director's New Book, "At the Center of the Storm."spacer (washingtonpost.com, 05/06/07) ""In his remarkable, important and often unintentionally damning memoir, George Tenet, the former CIA chief, describes a meeting with Condoleezza Rice, then national security adviser, two months before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In much more vivid and emotional detail than previously reported, Tenet writes that he had received intelligence that day, July 10, 2001, about the threat from al-Qaeda that "literally made my hair stand on end.""

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighters. "Somali-speaking people inhabiting our region, they are Ethiopians, they have full rights," said Minister for Information Bereket Simon. "They can secede from Ethiopia if they want. Their right is respected to this level so they have never enjoyed better." Quote taken from Twin Cities article below.

Ethiopia Region Faces Ethnic Somali Uprising: Violence Flaring in an East African Region Vital to U.S. Security Interests (statesman.com, 05/06/07) "GODE, Ethiopia — The town of Gode sits on an arid plain of brittle yellow scrub brush in Ethiopia's eastern Somali region. It looks like a place a John Wayne character might live and die. And to be sure, people are dying here as violence from warring factions in the neighboring nation of Somalia spills over into Ethiopia. "The worst are bullet injuries to the abdomen," said Solomon Muluneh, a 31-year-old Ethiopian general practitioner, one of only two doctors within 100 miles. "When you open the abdomen, you pray because it is a very difficult area."

Meles Zenawi:  The Last Warlord of IGAD? (garoweonline.com, 05/03/07) ""The international community has a legitimate concern about dangers associated with a failed state, but it should not abandon its responsibility for the well-being of the people of the Horn, and particularly for the prevention of the impending dangerous situation in Somalia. The Horn people spoke and have been yearning for freedom from tyranny for over hundred years now. The honeymoon for the new generation of African leaders is over. [Melez] must be remembered as The Last Warlord of IGAD, and not as the First Shah of the Horn!"" Full Article - pdf  RELATED STORIES: The TPLF Gang Criticizes "Opposition Parties" Over Somalia (sudantribune.com, 05/05/07) In Region Vital to U.S., Violence Reigns: American Military Wants Somali Region of Ethiopia to be Base for Battling al-Qaida (twincities.com, 05/05/07)

Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) Denies Link With Arrested Currency Smuggler  (sudantribune.com, 05/05/07) "May 4, 2007 — In October 2006 the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia reported to the Security Council Committee on Somalia that that the OLF was fighting on the side of the Islamic Courts Union. At the time the OLF rejected this baseless Ethiopian propaganda that turned into UN news stating as a matter of policy the OLF does not interference in neighboring states internal affairs, and that Somalia is no exception. The UN Monitoring Group on Somalia simply Copied Ethiopian propaganda without any legitimate substantiation and converted it to "news". The occupying forces of Ethiopia in Somalia have captured thousands of Ethiopian refugees who lived in Somalia for years, killed many of them, and tortured even more to submission and admission of guilt."

New Mogadishu Mayor Tells VOA His Priority is Making the Capital Safe (voanews.com, 05/05/07) "The new mayor of Somalia's troubled capital says he has implemented tough measures to help secure Mogadishu and is appealing for international help to restore badly-needed services. Mohamed Dheere spoke to VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu in Mogadishu. It was Dheere's first interview with a western journalist since the former factional leader was named to the post four days ago." RELATED STORY: About 58 Somali Immigrants Rounded Up in Tanzania (english.people.com.cn, 05/05/07)

"The Kenyan and US armies have worked together for many years." AP Photo

Kenya Gets US Anti-Terror Funds (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/05/07) "The US government has announced new funding to Kenya's security forces aimed at countering "terrorist activities" in the Horn of Africa. The US administration will provide $14m-worth of training and equipment. Kenya is a close US ally in the region - several terror suspects have been arrested in Kenya and sent to Somalia or Ethiopia for questioning."

Running Their Way From Ethiopia to Istanbul (Turkish Daily 05/05/07) "Emebet Lencho and Drebe Neme are the latest Ethiopian athletes to apply for Turkish citizenship, following the footsteps of the former 5000-meter record holder Elvan Abeylegesse. Three months ago, Lencho and Neme were living in villages close to Addis Abeba, the capital city of Ethiopia, until they were found by the scouts of Kasımpaşa sports club. The 17-year-olds are now trained by Abeylegesse's coach Anatoly Bychkov, who believes that they can get medals in this summer's Junior World Championships."

Sweden Tells Ethiopia to Release Three Nationals (africa.reuters.com, 05/05/07) "STOCKHOLM, May 3 (Reuters) - Sweden has demanded Ethiopia immediately release three of its citizens under detention since January unless the legal grounds for holding them are clarified, the Swedish foreign ministry said on Thursday. A 17-year-old Swedish national was released last month. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Petra Hansson said Swedish officials summoned the Ethiopian ambassador on Wednesday to lodge their strongest-ever protest over the detention."

"US soldiers in central Baghdad. A survey of US combat troops deployed in Iraq has found that one in 10 said they mistreated civilians and more than a third condoned torture to save the life of a comrade." (AFP/File/Ali Yussef)

One in Three US Combat Troops Would Condone Torture: Survey (news.yahoo.com -afp 05/04/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - A survey of US combat troops deployed in Iraq has found that one in 10 said they mistreated civilians and more than a third condoned torture to save the life of a comrade, a report said Friday. The study by an army mental health advisory team found continuing problems with morale and that acute mental health issues were more prevalent among troops with lengthening tours or on their second and third deployment to Iraq." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Here is a crystal clear answer to the naive and gullible Ethiopian nationals who are wallowing in wishful thinking about "democracy being handed to them on a silver platter." Meles Zenaw's US trained Aagazi troops massacred mothers and children in Ethiopia in 2005 because they were ordered to defend comrade Meles Zenawi of the MLLT, and cover up his humiliating defeat in the hands of the peaceful and unarmed opposition. In short "might is right." Somali citizens must expect the same. 

"Some companies have handed their weapons to peacekeepers." AFP Photo

Guns Banned From Somali Streets (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/04/07) "The new mayor of the Somali capital, Mogadishu, has banned people from carrying weapons on the streets. Former warlord Mohamed Dheere announced the ban at his inauguration ceremony, following his appointment last week. The move is seen as a big step forward in the process of restoring stability to Somalia, which has not had a working government in 16 years." RELATED STORY: Mogadishu's New Mayor Orders Residents to Turn in Arms (cnn.com -ap- 05/04/07)

U.N. Says Needs More Funds For Displaced Somalis (uk.reuters.com, 05/04/07) "GENEVA, May 4 (Reuters) - The United Nations refugee agency said on Friday it needs more funds to help the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled violence in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Many families who have arrived in the southern town of Baidoa live in flimsy shelters made of fabric wrapped around sticks, while others had nothing to protect them from heavy rains, it said. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had set a 2007 budget of $5.7 million for Somalia before 365,000 people fled fighting in the capital between government forces and insurgents that killed at least 1,300 people."

Starbucks and Ethiopia Get Together Over Coffee (guardian.co.uk, 05/04/07) "The long-running dispute between Starbucks and the Ethiopian government was close to being resolved last night after the two sides said they had reached an outline agreement over the country's ownership of its premium varieties of coffee. A deal could represent a significant victory for the impoverished east African country. It had been thwarted by Starbucks in its attempt to get a higher price for its coffees, which would earn its farmers tens of millions of dollars extra each year."

Three Fishing Vessels Hijacked in Somalia (nglish.people.com.cn, 05/04/07) "Pirates have hijacked three fishing boats off the Somali coast, the third of such events since early this year, Kenya's maritime official said on Thursday. Andrew Mwangura, coordinator of the Mombasa-based Seafarers Assistance Program, said the boats were seized in the northeast of pirate-infested Somalia on Wednesday night."

Sweden Sharpens Tone Against Ethiopia (thelocal.se, 05/03/07) "The Swedish government has demanded the immediate release of three Swedes who have been held captive in Ethiopia since the beginning of the year. 
On Wednesday the Ethiopian ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry in Stockholm. Cabinet secretary Frank Belfrage handed over a formal protest on behalf of Foreign Minister Cal Bildt, who is currently in India."

Seven Chinese Workers Kidnapped in Ethiopia Fly Back Home (english.people.com.cn, 05/03/07) "Seven Chinese workers kidnapped by Ethiopian rebels after an attack on a Chinese oil company in Ethiopia arrived at the Beijing Capital International Airport Wednesday afternoon. The workers, from an exploration bureau of the China Petroleum & Chemical Corporation, arrived at about 3 p.m. aboard an aircraft of the Etihad airways of United Arab Emirates from Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. All seven were in stable health condition despite obvious tiredness after the terrifying experience. They are scheduled to return to their hometown in central China's Henan Province, in one or two days."

Here We Go Again  Meles Zenawi The Pathological Liar Dismisses Criticism Over Press Freedom (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/03/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - The Ethiopian government on Thursday dismissed criticism of its record on press freedom, saying recent reports from rights watchdogs were based on unfounded allegations. "We regret that these reports are not based on research but only on allegations. If they were based on research the Ethiopians would welcome them," said information ministry official Fantahun Asres." RELATED STORY: Dangers Grow for Journalists: Meles Zenawi's TPLF Regime at the Top of the "ROLL OF DISHONOUR" (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/02/07) 

Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, D-IL addresses the crowd at the First AME Church in Los Angeles, Calif., Sunday, April 29, 2007. (Stefano Paltera - AP)

Senator Barack Obama Gets Secret Service Detail (washingtonpost.com, 05/03/07) "WASHINGTON -- The Secret Service said Thursday that Democratic Sen. Barack Obama was being placed under its protection, the earliest ever for a presidential candidate. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff authorized Obama's protection after consultations with the bipartisan congressional advisory committee, according to Chertoff spokesman Russ Knocke and the Secret Service."

Fleeing Somalis Battling Hunger, Cholera, UN Says (uk.reuters.com, 05/03/07) "ROME, May 3 (Reuters) - Many of the 365,000 Somalis who fled the capital Mogadishu over the past several months are still battling hunger and even cholera, the U.N. World Food Programme said on Thursday. But a lull in heavy fighting and help from the government would allow the WFP to more than triple the number of people receiving emergency food rations in the coming days, it said. "We have to help these people now. Women, children and the elderly are sheltering from the rain under trees and cholera is spreading," WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran said in a statement."

Sudan Says No Evidence Against ICC Darfur Suspect (uk.reuters.co.uk, 05/03/07) "KHARTOUM, May 3 (Reuters) - Sudan said on Thursday it has found no evidence to support the charges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against a government minister suspected of committing war crimes in Darfur. Justice Minister Mohamed Ali Al-Mardi said a probe into the activities of Ahmed Haroun, Sudan's state humanitarian affairs minister -- a post below full ministerial level -- found he had no direct link to any military operations in the troubled western region. Haroun was previously former state minister of the interior."

Mogadishu’s New Warlord Mayor Says ’The Time of The Terrorists is Over’ (sudantribune.com, 05/03/07) "May 2, 2007 (MOGADISHU) — Mogadishu’s new mayor isn’t new to town _ he is one of the country’s most feared and ruthless warlords. His new role may have as much to do with the calm Mogadishu has seen in recent days as the government’s claimed victory over insurgents with alleged links to al-Qaida. Mohamed Dheere, who has long cooperated with the CIA in grabbing al-Qaida operatives off the streets of Mogadishu, told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the "time of terrorists is over." "We will crack down on terrorists and bandits in the capital," Dheere said, just days after President Abdullahi Yusuf appointed him mayor."

A 15th century Ethiopian painting of the Madonna and Christ Child flanked by archangels, perhaps by Fre Seyon, a court painter

Christian Art From Ethiopia on Display in New York (voanews.com, 05/02/07) "Some of the oldest and most striking Christian art in existence is now on view in New York at the Museum of Biblical Art. Visitors to Angels of Light: Ethiopian Art from the Walters Art Museum said they were fascinated at its glimpse into a distinctive medieval Christian culture in sub-Saharan Africa. The Ethiopian paintings, manuscripts and crosses on display at the Museum of Biblical Art are all on loan from the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. Gary Vican, director of the Walters, visited New York for the opening of the exhibit, and said the works are as significant as more familiar early Christian art from Byzantium, Italy and Northern Europe."

 President George W, Bush declaring victory in Iraq May 1, 2003: What a difference four years make. (by J. Scott Applewhite -- AP)

 

Democrats Recall an Anniversary Bush Would Rather Forget: NO Remorse, NO Regrets, NO Shame, Only Blame  (washongtonpost.com, 05/02/07) "Four years to the day after President Bush made his now-infamous landing on the aircraft carrier, lawmakers observed the anniversary with the dignity Americans have come to expect of their leaders. "Today is the fourth anniversary of the president of the United States announcing 'Mission Accomplished,' " Rep. Stephen Cohen (D-Tenn.) proclaimed on the House floor. These days Bush "has been channeling Warren Zevon, who said, 'I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. Send lawyers, guns and money,' " Cohen said, paraphrasing the rest just a little: " 'The Shiites have hit the fan.' " 

EDITORIAL NOTE: The Neoconic fantasy of weaving an "axis of evil" dragon and slaying it with awe and thunder has hutched a vulture that is feasting on human life in a vast expanse of the globe stretching from the Middle East to Equatorial Africa. In East Africa, the Eritro-Tigrean clano-phobics mercenaries are spilling blood from Khartoum to Nairobi hoping to replicate Iraqi type ethnic, tribal, clan, sectarian and economic class based civil wars. "The Marxist Leninist League of Eritrea/Tigray have indeed also hit the fan!

Ahmed Haroun of Sudan charged and ordered arrested by the ICC for Darfur crimes against humanity and war crimes respectively. AP Photo

International Criminal Court Issues First Darfur Arrest Warrants (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/02/07) "THE HAGUE (AFP) - The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued its first arrest warrants over the Darfur conflict for a Sudanese minister and a Janjaweed militia leader accused of murder, torture and rape. The two men are: Ahmed Haroun, Sudan's secretary of state for humanitarian affairs and a former minister in charge of Darfur; and Ali Kosheib, a principal leader of the Khartoum-backed Janjaweed. They face a long list of 42 and 50 charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes respectively."

Afghan protestors shout slogans during a demonstration in Jalalabad against a US-led offensive in western Afghanistan that killed around 50 civilians this past weekend. AFP Photo

Probes Find 50 Afghan Civilians Killed in US-led Action (news.yahoo.com -afp- 05/02/07) "KABUL (AFP) - Investigations into a US-led offensive in western Afghanistan at the weekend found around 50 civilians were killed, officials said Wednesday, as President Hamid Karzai summoned the top US general over the casualties. The US-led coalition has said it is not aware of any civilian deaths following the offensive, which involved intense bombing and ground fighting in the western province of Herat on Friday and Sunday." RELATED STORY: Afghan President Decries Civilian Deaths (chron.com, 05/02/07)

EDITORIAL NOTE: George W. Bush's mercenaries led by Meles Zenawi massacred over 1300 civilians in Mogadishu during the last four weeks. Over 325, 000 were displaced.  No wonder the Tigray People's Liberation Front's troops are emboldened to commit ethnic genocide in Ethiopia and Somalia. Like father like son! No wonder George is beating around the bush when it comes to the crimes committed by Sudanese Arab racists and their Toms.

"And a new report by the independent Committee to Protect Journalists has published a "roll of dishonour" of places where it says press freedom has deteriorated over the past five years. Ethiopia is at the top of the list: 18 journalists have reportedly been jailed there, and the CPJ says private newspapers are driven to exercise self-censorship."   BBC Photo

Dangers Grow for Journalists: Meles Zenawi's TPLF Regime at the Top of the "ROLL OF DISHONOUR" (news.bbc.co.uk, 05/02/07) "UN World Press Freedom Day, to be marked on Thursday, has an alarming message - that too many journalists are being killed for what they do. If truth is killed, the whole world will suffer, writes William Horsley, head of the Association of European Journalists in the UK. "People sometimes pay with their lives for saying out loud what they think." Those were the words of Anna Politkovskaya, the Russian journalist shot dead by an unknown assassin in the lift of her Moscow apartment block on 7 October last year." "...

African Union (Ugandan) troops patrol Mogadishu 05/02/07

 

African Union Troops Deployed in Mogadishu (guardian.co.uk, 05/02/07) "African Union peacekeepers have been patrolling the streets of Mogadishu for the first time since the start of fighting that killed more than 1,300 civilians and caused tens of thousands of people to flee to Somali capital. Travelling in a large convoy of armoured vehicles, Ugandan soldiers ventured into some of the neighbourhoods worst-affected by the clashes between insurgents and Ethiopian troops propping up the weak Somali government. Until now, the 1,600 peacekeepers have largely been confined to barracks." "...These two guys [Mohamed Dheere and Abdi Hassan Awale] are the same warlords that helped sparked the rise of the Islamists," said one European diplomat, who predicted that fighting would return with a matter of weeks. "Every time the government has a chance to do something sensible they do the exact opposite. " RELATED STORY: Mogadishu Mayor Vows to Hit Terrorists (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/02/07)

CHINA: Trade Ties With Africa Under Question After Ethiopia Attack (radioaustralia.net.au, 05/01/07) "A rebel attack on a Chinese oil facility in Ethiopia's Ogaden region has once again shone a spotlight on China's growing trade ties in Africa. The saga drew to a close after the rebels handed over seven captive Chinese oil workers to the Red Cross." Listen  Listen  

Getting The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) Out of Somalia (boston.com, 05/01/07) "THE UNITED Nations' Office for Coordinating Humanitarian Affairs in Somalia reported that the recent clashes between Ethiopian troops and Somali resistance groups killed more than 1,000 civilians and displaced more than 350,000 residents of Mogadishu. The European Union has reacted to this carnage and it is investigating whether war crimes were committed by the Ethiopian forces and Somali government militias. The EU argues that forces intentionally targeted civilian areas."

Meles Zenawi, the Pathological Lair, Denies Blocking Opposition Web Sites - He is Exposed by Global Watchdog (peacejournalism.com -reuters- 05/01/07) "ADDIS ABABA, May 1 (Reuters) - An Internet watchdog on Tuesday accusedd Ethiopia of blocking scores of anti-government Web sites and millions of Weblogs in one of sub-Saharan Africa's biggest cases of cyber-censorship. Web monitor, the OpenNet Initiative, said the Horn of Africa country was stopping citizens from viewing opposition-linked Web sites, and blogs hosted by Blogger, an online journal community owned by Internet search engine Google Inc. Ethiopia dismissed the report as "a baseless allegation". "We may have technical problems from time to time," Information Ministry spokesman Zemedkun Tekle. "But we have not done anything like that and we have no intention of doing anything like that.""

Abay Tsehaye Removed From DBE Board (allafrica.com, 05/01/07) "Abay Tsehaye, special advisor to the Prime Minister on Public Mobilisation with the portfolio of minister, was removed from his seat on the Board of Directors of the Development Bank of Ethiopia (DBE). In a letter signed by Neway Gebreab, chief economic advisor to the Prime Minister, the Management and Board Members of the Bank were informed of Abay's removal. Abay, who is a party member of the EPRDF, and who headed the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF) until he was replaced by Meles Zenawi, was appointed as a DBE Board Member on August 3, 2006."

Ethiopian Opponents Defending Themselves in Political Trial (sudantribune.com, 05/01/07) "April 30, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — A former member of parliament charged with inciting anti-government violence along with 47 other Ethiopian journalists and opposition activists stressed Monday that he called for change through peaceful means only, and mocked charges he threw rocks at police. The 48 defendants appeared in a packed courtroom in the capital in the latest phase of the trial, which has been condemned by human rights activists. Many of the defendants are accused of inciting violence and violating the constitution during protests over 2005 parliamentary elections."

The Chinese Government is vested in dictatorial regimes in Sudan and Ethiopia thereby supporting their policies on ethnic cleansing and genocide. AFP Photo

Group Presses for China Oil Divestment (news.yahoo.com -ap- 05/01/07) "WASHINGTON - The Save Darfur Coalition stepped up its campaign against the Sudanese government on Tuesday by pressuring Berkshire Hathaway Inc. and Fidelity Investments to withdraw their financial interests in a Chinese company linked to development of Sudan's flourishing oil industry. Berkshire Hathaway and Fidelity "are supporting the genocide in Darfur" by their investments in PetroChina, said David Rubenstein, executive director of the coalition, in a teleconference with reporters."

Security Council Deplores Rising Civilian Deaths in Somalia (un.org, 04/30/07) "30 April 2007 Deeply deploring the civilian deaths resulting from renewed fighting in Somalia, the Security Council today urged the country’s Government to reach out to all segments of the war-torn country’s society, while demanding that the warring parties allow relief aid to reach those in need. In a statement read by Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry of the United Kingdom, which holds this month’s rotating presidency, the 15-member body stressed the Government’s need to promote “the widest possible political dialogue across Somalia” and said that in particular, it must “intensify its dialogue with the clans” in the capital Mogadishu."

The British Government Issues Travel Advice for Ethiopia and All Travel to Somalia (fco.gov.uk, 4/27/07) "We advise against all travel to areas off the principal roads/towns within 50 kms of the border areas with Eritrea."  "We advise against all travel to the Danakil desert area bounded by the Dessie-Adigrat road, the Dessie-Djibouti road and the Ethiopian/Eritrean border.  "We advise against all travel to the Gambella Region where the situation remains volatile.  "We advise against all travel to areas off the principal roads/towns within 50 kms of the borders with Sudan and Kenya." EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi, the brutal neo-fascist is surrounded by Ethiopian resistance fighters and even his sponsors have lost faith in him. He has dug his grave in Mogadishu where he used to chew chaait and snort hashish with Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed. Friends in need indeed!

Islamic Leader Urges Somalis to Attack Peacekeepers (cnn.com -ap- 04/30/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- A top Islamic leader and the former parliamentary speaker on Monday called for continued and more sophisticated attacks against Ethiopian troops and African peacekeepers backing Somalia's fragile government. Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed and former speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden issued a statement from Eritrea saying the fighting against Ethiopian troops will continue until they are kicked out of Somalia. They said insurgents have adopted a new strategy, rebutting government claims that the insurgency was defeated. "We call on Somalis, wherever they are, to continue the resistance and never accept the yoke of the colonizer," the joint statement signed by the two leaders said. All foreign troops, including African peacekeepers, were considered the enemy, the statement said." RELATED STORY: Somalis Trickle Back to Relative Calm of Capital (uk.reuters.com, 04/30/07)

Kidnapped Chinese Workers Freed in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/29/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Kidnappers on Sunday released seven Chinese workers they abducted during an attack on an oil plant in eastern Ethiopia last week in which 77 people died. "We have released the Chinese at 2:00 pm (1100 GMT) today to the ICRC (International Committee of the Red Cross)," said Abderahmane Mahdi, the London-based spokesman for the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF)." RELATED STORIES: Rebels Release 7 Chinese Hostages (cnn.com, 04/29/07) 9 Freed After Attack on Chinese Oil Explorers in Ethiopian (news.yahoo.co -ap- 04/29/07)

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighters (AFP/SHABELLE/File)

ONLF Says Kidnapped Chinese Workers Freed in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/29/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Seven Chinese workers captured in an attack on an oil venture in Ethiopia last week have been released, their kidnappers told AFP on Sunday. The Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) group had said Friday that China was not the target of the raid. "Chinese citizens were not the target of our attack and their deaths resulted from munitions exploding during the battle (with troops guarding the site)," the ONLF said in an open letter to the Chinese government, sent to AFP by email." RELATED STORIES: Ethiopia Rebels Free Chinese Oil Workers (uk.reuters.com, 04/29/07) 9 Freed After Ethiopian Oil Attack (washingtonpost.com, 04/29/07) TPLF Defense Ministry Says Kidnapped Chinese Workers Freed (xinhuanet.com, 04/29/07)

Looting Troops Prey on Somalia's Refugees (observer.guardian.co.uk, 04/29/07) "During a lull in fighting in Mogadishu yesterday, survivors picked their way through the post-apocalyptic landscape of Somalia's capital, quickly burying bodies. The floors and stairs of the filthy hospitals were crammed with injured civilians and slick with blood. Up to 350,000 refugees from fighting were camped in the bush - easy prey for armed thugs and warlords. Almost two weeks of heavy fighting and indiscriminate shelling between Islamic militia and clan fighters battling Ethiopian and Somali government troops has turned Mogadishu into the front line in what Washington and al-Qaeda both call the 'clash of [civilisations]'."

Somalia Cholera Death Fears Grow (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/28/07) "An escalation in violence in Somalia has left many too frightened to seek treatment for cholera, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres has warned. It says there could be a "humanitarian crisis" as people flee fighting between Ethiopian-backed troops and Islamist insurgents in the capital Mogadishu. MSF has called on those fighting to respect the work of aid agencies."

Refugee Girl from Eritrea facing bleak future in East Sudan camp.  BBC Photo

The Forgotten Refugees of East Sudan (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/27/07) "In eastern Sudan, some 20km from the border with Eritrea in an expanse of sand that stretches as far as the eye can see, is Wad Sharife camp. It is home to some of the 130,000 refugees that have crammed into eastern Sudan over the decades. Yet despite the raw beauty of the craggy Kassala Mountains that form a dramatic backdrop, this is possibly one of the loneliest places in the world." "One man who has endured these conditions for nearly 25 years is Haja Abdel Salam. He is a tall proud man, dressed in white who as a peasant farmer fled from his native Eritrea during its bloody war with [neighbouring] Ethiopia. It was a choice of either becoming a refugee, he says, or facing execution."by Isaias Afeworki's regime.

Many Eritrean-Ethiopian refugee children have been born in the camps during the last 25 years. Victims of Afeworki-Zenawi brutal dictatorships. Will these refugee children ever see their parents' homes? AP Photo

Somalia's 'Total Nightmare' (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/28/07) "The Somali capital Mogadishu has this week seen some of its worst fighting for 16 years. A fragile transitional government there has been trying to destroy groups of fighters left over from the so-called Islamic Courts group which was in control of much of the country last year. Abdi Shakur is a retired sea-captain.

Massacre in Mogadishu—War Crime Made in the USA (asiantribune.com, 04/29/07) "The brutal military siege against the Somali capital of Mogadishu constitutes a war crime for which the US government bears the principal responsibility. While the mass media in the US itself has largely averted its eyes from the carnage, Ethiopian military units, backed and advised by Washington, have unleashed an intense bombardment of Mogadishu’s crowded and impoverished urban neighborhoods, killing and wounding thousands and turning hundreds of thousands more into homeless refugees." RELATED STORY:  War Crimes Made in Britain and France: Somaliland and Puntland (somalinet.com, 04/27/07)

Helen Chana who went to Yemen for work RN Photo

Recruited in Ethiopia, Exploited in Yemen (radionetherlands.n, 04/27/07) "A growing number of girls are being recruited in Ethiopia to work as domestic servants in nearby Yemen. Once there, they're often kept locked in the house, and are sometimes subjected to physical, mental and even sexual abuse. 
Amsterdam-based anthropologist Marina de Regt has been providing help to Ethiopian women like Helen, whose employment agent beat her with a stick two days after she arrived in Yemen."

Weyane Police Claim They Have Detained Suspects in Ogaden Attack- History of Chinese Involvement (allafrica.com 04/28/07) "....Tewodros Ashenafi, an American of Ethiopian origin, is the founder and owner of South West Energy. The company is licensed in Hong Kong. Last year it hired the Chinese petroleum company, ZPEB for seismic survey work and three months ago it began to conduct the seismic survey. Most of the Ethiopians killed in the attack were daily laborers, guards and other support staff. Some members of the defense force were also killed during the surprise attack. Tewodros Ashenafi was not available for comment. The remains of the nine Chinse will be flown to China today. ZPEB [Zhongyuan Petroleum Exploration Bureau] also works for the Malaysian oil and gas company, Petronas, which prospects for oil in the Gambella and the Ogaden basins. Petronas, which took the Gambella basin on concession on June 2003, subcontracted the exploration work to ZPEB."

Meles Zenawi and the MLLT Gang and Their Sponsors Find Themselves Ensnared in Somalia (washingtonpost.com, 04/27/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- Four months after Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi declared his own "war on terror" against an Islamic movement in Somalia, Ethiopia remains entangled in a situation that analysts and critics are comparing to the U.S. experience in Iraq. Though Meles proclaimed his military mission accomplished in January, thousands of Ethiopian troops remain in the Somali capital, where they have used attack helicopters, tanks and other heavy weapons in a bloody campaign against insurgents that in recent weeks has killed more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, and forced half of the city's population to flee."

Somali Insurgets Say Meles Zenawi Announced Their Destruction prematurely. AFP Photo

Islamic Militants Rebound in Somalia (newsday.com-ap- 04/27/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- A day after the Somalia's interim government claimed victory in its battle with Islamic militiamen in the capital, they were back Friday -- attacking a Mogadishu hotel used by top officials. Driven from power last year by a Western-supported offensive, the Islamists have fresh recruits and new funding and are threatening to turn the country back into a haven for al-Qaida. More than 1,400 people have been killed over the last month, 400 in the last five days, in violence caused at least in part by the militants, who have been infiltrating towns across the country." RELATED STORIES: Thousands Flee as Shelling by TPLF Tanks Kills Hundreds of Civilians in Somali Capital (guardian.co.uk, 04/27/07) Somalis Move Bodies After Clashes (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/27/07) Somalia: Profiting From Misery (alertnet.org -reuters- 04/27/07) People Who Feed Off Anarchy in Somalia Are Quick to Fuel It (nytimes.com, 04/25/07) 

"Omar Hashi says "There is no [Prime Minister] Gedi, there is no [President] Abdullahi Yusf, there is no government, there is [TPLF Prime Minister] Meles Zenawi in Mogadishu."

Ali Mohamed Gedi Claims Victory in Mogadishu But Omar Hashi Dinies Gedi is in Control (voanews.com, 04/27/07) "The prime minister of Somalia's transitional government is claiming victory over insurgents in Mogadishu.  But a former member of parliament denies that the transitional government is in control of the volatile capital.  Cathy Majtenyi reports for VOA from Nairobi. While the prime minister was claiming victory over the insurgents, Omar Hashi, a former member of parliament now in exile in Eritrea and allied with some Islamists fighting the transitional government, denies that the government is in control."

Ethiopia Attack Demonstrates Dangers of China's Africa Push (chinapost.com, 04/26/07) "A deadly guerrilla attack on an oil installation in Ethiopia's remote east has highlighted the growing penetration and perils of Chinese interests in the vast Horn of Africa nation and the continent as a whole. The most visible evidence of China's presence lies in the miles upon miles of Chinese-engineered roads rolling across almost every region. Key trade routes limited to single-lane, rutted tracks for centuries are being transformed into smooth, asphalted highways. China is now Ethiopia's largest trading partner, according to its embassy here. More than US$130 million of exports headed out to Beijing from January to September last year alone, according to the latest figures available."

The Rise and Fall of Mogadishu's Islamic Courts: Chatham House Briefing Paper. April 2007 Issue (chathamhouse.org.uk, 0407) "In early April 2007, Jendayi Frazer , the highest-ranking US official to visit the country in more than a decade, met the President of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia . But the meeting took place in the provincial town of Baidoa, not the capital Mogadishu that had been plunged into the worst violence since the days of the Somali ‘civil war’ in the early 1990s. The recent violence is the result of a seismic shift in southern Somali politics over the last twelve months, where the spectre of an Islamist movement – opening a new front on the ‘war on terror’ – has provoked the first significant international engagement in Somalia since the departure of the United Nations in 1995. " RELATED STORIES: Premier Claims Somali 'Victory' (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/26/07) Somali PM Claims Insurgents Subdued (chron.com, 04/26/07) Thousands Flee as Shelling by TPLF Tanks Kills Hundreds of Civilians in Somali Capital (guardian.co.uk, 04/26/07)

Chinese Tragedy in Ethiopia Raises Safety Fears (chinadaily.com.cn, 04/26/07) "The killing of nine Chinese working in an oil facility by an armed group in eastern Ethiopia on Tuesday has once again brought the safety of Chinese working or traveling abroad into focus. The safety of Chinese has become an increasing concern as more and more mainland enterprises adopt a go-overseas strategy and recruit people to work for them abroad. Regional turmoil and political instability, analysts say, are the main sources of danger for the Chinese working in Africa and the Middle East. Chinese enterprises have to devise a way to overcome this challenge." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi Pledges to Track Down Oil Workers' Killers (news.independent.co.uk, 04/26/07)

Islamist militia prepare to launch mortar rounds at Mogadishu stadium, where Ethiopian troops are situated. AFP Photo

Mogadishu Fighting Enters Second Week as Truce Talks Fail (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/25/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Shelling and tank fire rattled the Somali capital Wednesday as fighting between government-backed Ethiopian forces and Islamist guerrillas entered its second week, with hundreds already killed. Meanwhile, the UN pleaded for access to bring aid to tens of thousands of displaced civilians, and talks between feuding sides aimed at reaching a ceasefire failed." RELATED STORIES: Mogadishu War Enters Second Week, No Let-Up in Sight (uk.reuters.com, 04/25/07) U.N. Says Mogadishu Becoming 'Ghost City' (cnn.com -reuters- 04/25/07) 

Meles Zenawi Faces Military Escalation From Rebels Inside Ethiopia (voanews.com, 04/25/07) "Tuesday’s attack on a Chinese-run oil field in eastern Ethiopia is said to be one of the largest operations carried out by a regional separatist group known as the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF).  The attack was reportedly carried out by 200 gunmen and left 65 Ethiopians and nine Chinese dead.  David Shinn is Adjunct Professor of International Studies at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and a former US Ambassador to Ethiopia.  He tells VOA English to Africa reporter Howard Lesser how a generation of ONLF fighters have started to expand the scope of their fight for independence from Addis Ababa. "

US Secretary, Department of State Condeleezza Rice AFP Photo

Democrats Authorize Subpoena for Condoleezza Rice (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/25/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - A congressional committee took steps Wednesday toward issuing a subpoena for Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify about discredited assertions about Iraq's prewar nuclear intentions, but her spokesman said she would resist. Democrat Henry Waxman (news, bio, voting record), chairman of the House Government Reform Committee, said the panel is interested in learning how the White House came to make bogus assertions that Iraqi President Saddam Hussein had been trying to obtain enriched uranium from Niger."

Meles Zenawi Says Isaias Afeworki is Behind Chinese Oil Facility Bloodbath (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/25/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Ethiopia on Wednesday accused arch-foe Eritrea of supporting the rebels who attacked a remote Chinese-run oil venture, killing 74 people and abducting up to seven Chinese workers. Eritrea immediately denied the claim -- the latest in a string of accusations and counter-accusations between the rival neighbours." ""The accusations are baseless," Eritrean Information Minister Ali Abdu said. "They want to create a pretext to take belligerent measures against Eritrea." Ali said the ONLF was the result of a "failed Ethiopian racial policy" that had splintered Ethiopia into more than 30 rival ethnic groups." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: The EPLF, OLF, ONLF, TPLF and other Fs are the results of the feudo-socialist bankrupt policies of two Eritrean thugs- Isaias Afeworki's and Meles Zenawi. The ethnocentric, racist/tribal supremacist machinations that the duo underwrote 35 years ago has brought Ethiopia where she is today. Isaias and Meles are two sides of the same coin. It is for the consumption of the naive that the kettle calls the pot "BLACK." In their quest to exploit Ethiopia's natural resources and her global strategic location, two of  the world's military and economic powers are turning a blind eye to the ethnic genocide taking place in Ethiopia and Somalia; and continue to fight over oil fields. Ethiopian patriots must continue to resist the division of their nation along ethnic/language lines by foiling Afeworki-Zenawi plots.

China Strongly Condemns Attack on Chinese Oil Company Site in Ethiopia (english.people.com.cn, 04/25/07) "China on Tuesday strongly condemned a violent armed attack on a Chinese oil company site in Ethiopia's Somali state. Nine Chinese and a number of Ethiopians working for the company were killed while seven other Chinese were kidnapped in the attack by more than 200 unidentified gunmen, said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi Boasts About Capturing Ethiopian Insurgents Who Seized Chinese Oil Workers. (uk.reuters.com, 04/25/07)

Meles Zenawi Facing Results of His Somalia Adventure (arabmonitor.info, 04/24/07) "Addis Abeba, 24 April - As the Somali population of Mogadishu is facing decimation, Somali fighters have taken over the city of Kisimayo. Nonetheless, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said military operations to clean Somalia of Islamist extremists were going well. Despite reports of wounded dying in streets and shelled homes and of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced, camping in the open without shelter nor emergency supplies, Zenawi insisted that there are "no mass casualties of the type that the so-called human rights organisations have been reporting"." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenaw's TPLF Tanks Pound Somali Insurgents (canada.com, 04/25/07)

Meles Zenawi's Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF) Tanks Pound Mogadishu (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/24/07) "Ethiopian tanks are pounding parts of the Somali capital, stepping up a week-long campaign against insurgents and fighters from the Hawiye clan. Heavy shelling is also taking place near the presidential palace - guarded by Ethiopian and African Union troops. And about five people were killed in a suspected suicide bomb attack near a hotel frequented by officials." RELATED STORIES: Meles Zenawi's Mercenary Forces Base Attacked (news24.com, 04/24/07) Bombs, Shelling Rock Somali Capital (news.yahoo.com -ap- 04/24/07)

 

Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) fighters gather in Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006. .(AFP/SHABELLE/File)  EDITORIAL NOTE: Afeworki, Zenawi and Bush Liberation Front Clones Mushrooming in Africa. Who is behind this attack on the Chinese; and who is responsible for the exploitation of Ethiopia's immense natural resources? Why Isn't the ONLF mounting direct attacks on the TPLF forces massacring Somalis in Ethiopia and Somalia?

74 Killed in Attack on Chinese Oil Venture in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/24/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Scores of gunmen attacked a Chinese-run oil field in a remote area of Ethiopia on Tuesday killing 74 people including nine Chinese after a gun battle that lasted for almost one hour. Seven Chinese workers were also kidnapped in the attack which the government blamed on a separatist group, said Ethiopian prime minister's spokesman, Berekat Simon. "It is a massacre. It is a terrorist act, ordered by a terrorist alliance that includes ONLF," said Simon, referring to the Ogaden National Liberation Front." RELATED STORIES: Ethiopian Rebels Kill 74 in Oil Attack (newsday.com -ap- 04/24/07) Scores Die in Ethiopia Oil Exploration Facility Attack (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/24/07) Rebels Kill 74 in Ethiopian Oil Field Raid (uk.reuters.com, 04/24/07)

Somalis Flee as Sixth Day of Shelling Hits Capital (uk.reuters.com, 04/23/07) "MOGADISHU, April 23 (Reuters) - Somalis fled a sixth day of shelling in Mogadishu, desperate to leave a capital where a rights group said allied Somali-Ethiopian troops killed 37 people on Monday in an offensive to wipe out Islamist rebels. 
That brought the death toll from the latest violence to at least 267, according to the local Elman Peace and Human Rights Organisation, which tracks casualties from hospitals, families and counts on the street, where bodies rot in the sun. The U.N. refugee agency UNHCR warned of scenes of growing chaos as hundreds of terrified residents carried on fleeing the coastal city and crowds of tired, hungry people demanded help." RELATED STORY: Somalis Flee Capital After Sixth Day of Shelling (abc.net.au, 04/24/07)

"Fatma Ahmed Chande, 25, who spent three months in detention Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia after being caught up in the war on terror. Photograph: Xan Rice"

Africa's Secret - the Men, Women and Children 'Vanished' in G.W. Bush's "War on Terror" (guardian.co.uk, 04/23.07) "Fatma Ahmed Chande was cold. It was 3am and raining. The 25-year-old Tanzanian woman was kneeling on the taxiway at Nairobi's international airport. Headlights from a convoy of police vehicles punched holes in the darkness. She saw a group of blindfolded men being led towards a plane. She recognised some of the shackled women and children who followed them. A policeman jerked Ms Ahmed's scarf over her eyes. He tied her hands behind her back with a pair of plastic handcuffs that cut into her wrists. It was the same man who had threatened to kill her if she did not admit that her husband had supported al-Qaida terrorists in Somalia."  RELATED STORY: Family's Nightmare Escape From Mogadishu (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/23/07)

Insurgents fighting back against US trained Meles Zenawi Mercenary Forces AP Photo

Shelling Traps Somalis in Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/23/07) "Heavy shelling is taking place as Ethiopian-backed government forces battle insurgents in Somalia's capital. Ethiopian tanks have been pursuing Islamists and local militias into their stronghold in the north of Mogadishu. The United Nations refugee agency says many residents are trapped in the fighting as roads leading out of Mogadishu have been blocked." RELATED STORIES: Shelling Rattles Somali Capital as Civilian Casualties Mount (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/23/07) Fighting Rages in Somali Capital as Bodies Rot in Streets (cnn.com -ap- 04/23/07) Somali Government Warns Civilians in Mogadishu (voanews.com, 04.23.07)

Meles Zenawi Says Kidnapped Nationals Freed by Isaias Afeworqi (africa.reuters.com, 04/22/07) "ADDIS ABABA, April 22 (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Sunday that eight of its nationals kidnapped last month with a group of European travellers in a remote northern desert region had been released safely by its foe and neighbour Eritrea. Asmara has always denied involvement in their abduction. The saga had put further strain on ties between the two Horn of Africa nations, who fought a 1998-2000 border war. "After being held hostage by Eritrea, the eight Ethiopian nationals have crossed from Eritrean territory into Ethiopian territory and are now in the hands of Ethiopian security bosses," the government said in a statement." RELATED STORY: 8 Ethiopian Hostages Freed After 52 Days (newsday.com -ap- 04/22/07)

World Bank Orders Probe of Wolfowitz, Salary Scandal (washingtonpost.com, 04/20/07) "The World Bank's board of directors said in a statement today that it has ordered an ad hoc group of board members to "urgently" conduct a far-reaching investigation into problems raised by bank president Paul D. Wolfowitz's involvement in arranging a compensation and promotions package for his companion, a bank employee. The board did not set a timeframe on the committee's deliberations."

Richard Cheney and George W. Bush  may have violated US constitution in their actions (nurturing and supporting terrorist regimes) in Somalia and Ethiopia.  NYT Photo

Vermont Senate: Impeach the President George W. Bush and VP Cheney (newsday.com -ap- 04/20/07) "MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont senators voted Friday to call for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, saying their actions have raised "serious questions of constitutionality. "The nonbinding resolution was approved 16-9 without debate -- all six Republicans in the chamber at the time and three Democrats voted against it. Bush and Cheney's actions in the U.S. and abroad, including in Iraq, "raise serious questions of constitutionality, statutory legality, and abuse of the public trust," the resolution reads."

Mogadishu Clashes Claim 113 Amid Looming Humanitarian Disaster (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/20/-7) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Fighting between Ethiopian forces and Islamist insurgents in the Somali capital killed at least 113 civilians and left 229 wounded in three days, a local human rights group said Friday. The United Nations warned of a humanitarian catastrophe with corpses left rotting in the streets, where rival fighters continued pounding each other with heavy artillery." RELATED STORIES: Fierce Somali Clashes 'Kill 113' (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/20/07) Somalis Dispute President's Claim That Violence is Ending (cnn.com -reuters- 04/20/07) Somali Deaths Mount (uk.reuters.com, 04/20/07) U.N. Chief Urges End to Somalia Fighting (news.yahoo.com -ap- 04/20/07)

Armed Islamist militiamen are gathered in the shade in a Mogadishu suburb, 18 April 2007.(AFP)

Heavy Fighting Resumes in Somali Capital (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/20/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Heavy fighting between Ethiopian forces and Islamist insurgents resumed in the Somali capital Friday with exchanges of machine-gun fire and mortar shells, witnesses said. Ethiopian forces fired mortar shells from the presidential palace in southern Mogadishu at insurgents in the north of the city, who fired back, an AFP correspondent said."The fighting has resumed, we can hear machine-gun fire. The Ethiopians are firing mortar shells," said Fahad Gutale, a resident of Ex-Control area in northern Mogadishu." RELATED STORIES: More Somali Fighting Amid Crisis (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/20/07) Islamists Said to Claim Suicide Attack on Meles Zenawi Mercenary Troops in Somalia (uk.reuters.com, 04/20/07)

Somali residents stand Saturday among the debris of a settlement that was destroyed by Meles Zenawi/GW Bush mercenary forces in Mogadishu. Getty Images

At Least Nine Killed in Mogadishu Clashes (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/19/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - At least nine civilians were killed and 12 wounded in renewed fighting between Ethiopian forces and Islamist insurgents in the Somali capital, witnesses said Thursday. They said eight were killed when a mortar landed on a bus station in southern Mogadishu. "I have counted at least eight bodies, some of them dismembered," said eyewitness Hussein Mohamed Abdi." RELATED STORIES: Heavy Shelling in Somali Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/19/07) Fighting in Somalian Capital kills at Least 12 (cnn.com -ap- 04/19/07) Rockets Hit Mogadishu Market (uk.reuters.com, 04/19/07) UN Aid Agencies Request More Funding For Crisis-Torn Somalia (monstersandcritics.com, 04/19/07)

World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz told to resign. WB Photo

Wolfowitz's World Bank Deputy Tells Him to Quit (guardian.co.uk, 04/19/07) "Paul Wolfowitz's tenure as president of the World Bank may be decided today by the bank's governing board, after he was abandoned by the Bush administration and faced a revolt led by his own deputy. When Mr Wolfowitz asked a meeting of senior staff yesterday what he could do to repair faith in his leadership, he was told bluntly to resign by Graeme Wheeler, a managing director of the bank and one of two deputies to the president." "Sources inside the bank have described the situation as "civil war". The Bank's staff association has called for Mr Wolfowitz to resign, and a group of senior staff have threatened to quit if he stays. Other staff are planning to wear blue ribbons to show their support for the calls for his resignation."

 

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Honesty is The Worst Policy: Neoconic Hypocrisy (commentisfree.guardian.co.uk, 04/18/07) "As the public life of Paul Wolfowitz draws peacefully towards its close, it is time to point out that the neocons got one important thing right, whatever their other sins; and that the one thing they got absolutely right is also the one point on which they are attacked by absolutely everyone. They saw - and, worse, they said - that it was impossible to tell the truth to the general public about anything that really matters. I've spent about 20 years now trying to tell the truth to readers about important stories, and it's obvious to me that Wolfowitz and his mentor Leo Strauss were right. It is just about impossible to have grown-up conversations in public."

Hussein Aideed a member of Mogadishu's Hawiye clan tells Meles Zenawi pull your troops out of Somalia or else! BBC Photo

Leave Somalia or Face All-Out War, Meles Zenawi Told (mg.co.za, 04/18/07) "Ethiopia must withdraw its troops from Somalia immediately or face an all-out war that "no army" could resist, three senior Somali leaders warned on Wednesday. The three, including top Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Hussein Aidid, who holds a post in Somalia's government, were meeting in the Eritrean capital for talks. Aidid said Somalis will unite against the "brutal occupation" of Ethiopian forces,"

 

 

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"A Somali woman is carried by relatives into Medina Hospital, Mogadishu, after she was hit by shrapnel during fighting in Mogadishu, 18 Apr 2007"  AP Photo

At Least 10 Dead in Renewed Mogadishu Violence (voanews.com, 04/18/07) "Witnesses in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, say renewed fighting between Ethiopian troops and Somali insurgents has left at least 10 people dead and at least 20 injured. Residents say the fighting broke out late Tuesday in the Al Kamin neighborhood of southern Mogadishu. Witnesses report heavy shelling and artillery fire overnight in other areas as well. The city was calm again by early Wednesday." RELATED STORIES: Fighting in Mogadishu Kills at Least Seven (uk.reuters.com, 04/18/07) Fresh Fatalities in Somali Clash (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/18/07)

Scores of Meles Zenawi's Troops Defect and Flee Somalia for Yemen (eritreadaily.net, 04/17/07) "17 April 2007, Sana'a, Yemen (dpa) - scores of Ethiopia army troops have arrived off the coast of Yemen onboard two boats belonging to smugglers after they fled fighting with Islamic insurgents in Somalia, a press reoprt said Tuesday. Some 89 Ethiopian soldiers arrived in the Arqa area in southern Yemen after crossing the Gulf of Aden from Bosaso city in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland in northeast Somalia, the al-Ayyam daily newspaper said in a report on its website." RELATED STORY: New Foreign Affairs Minister to Handle Ties With Arch-Foe Ethiopia (eitb24.com, 04/18/07)

Somali Former-Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden (left) fired by Meles Zenawi's puppet regime for advocating peaceful reconciliation  AP Photo

Somali Parliament Fires 30 Lawmakers (cnn.com -ap- 04/17/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Somalia's transitional parliament fired its former speaker and 29 other lawmakers Tuesday for failing to attend sessions in recent months in what may be a government move to further consolidate its control of the legislature. In January, the government successfully removed then-Speaker Sharif Hassan Sheik Aden, seen as being too close to the government's rivals in a radical Islamic group that had controlled most of southern Somalia, including the capital, for six months. Aden was among those ousted from parliament Tuesday."

Kenya to Begin Shuttle Diplomacy Between Tyrants Isias Afeworki and Meles Zenawi (voanews.com, 04/17/07) "Kenya's Foreign Ministry says it is preparing an intense diplomatic shuttle to bring an end to the crisis between Horn of Africa rivals Eritrea and Ethiopia over Somalia. VOA correspondent Alisha Ryu reports from Nairobi. Kenya's Deputy Foreign Minister Moses Wetangula says ministry officials are working hard to lay the groundwork for Foreign Minister Raphael Tuju to begin the shuttle in the next two weeks."

Reports of Torture in Ethiopia are Widespread Bush Says Prime Minister Meles Zenawi is Committed to Human Rights Sfgate.com, 04/16/07) "(04-16) 04:00 PDT Ghimbi, Ethiopia -- First, the police threw Tesfaye into a dark cell. Then, each day for 17 days, it was the same routine: Electric shocks on his legs and back, followed by beatings with rubber truncheons. Four or five officers would then surround and kick him. At last, a large bottle of water would be tied around his testicles. He'd pass out. Tesfaye's crime? Maybe it's that he refused to join the ruling party of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. He was accused of organizing street protests in late 2005. Police suspect he's a member of a rebel group called the Oromo Liberation Front. Tesfaye doesn't know for sure because no court ever charged him with a crime." RELATED STORY:  Meles Zenawi's Terror Offenses Noted by US State Department (sfgate.com, 04/16/07)

Somalis search through debris Saturday in Mogadishu after overnight shelling by Meles Zenawi Mercenary forces. AP Photo

Fighting Breaks Out Between Insurgents and Meles Zenawi Troops Somalia Peace Conference Delayed Again (cnn.com -ap- 04/15/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Gunfire and mortar shells rocked Somalia's capital Sunday, and plans for a peace and reconciliation conference were delayed for a second time. Mogadishu has seen sporadic violence in recent days, ending more than a week's lull in fighting between insurgents and Ethiopian-backed government troops. Four days of bloodshed that started in late March killed hundreds of people -- and possibly more than 1,000 -- in the worst fighting in 15 years. On Sunday, the chairman of a committee planning a peace and reconciliation conference said the meeting would be held June 14. The conference was supposed to be held this month, but had been postponed to May because of the violence."

Fighting Flares Between Somaliland, Puntland (uk.reuters.com, 04/15/07) "HARGEISA, April 15 (Reuters) - Fighting flared between forces from the breakaway Somali enclave Somaliand and neighbouring semi-autonomous Puntland for the second time in a week, an official said on Sunday. Gunmen used heavy weapons in the clashes on Saturday over a strip of desert that has been the source of sporadic violence for years. It was unclear whether there were any casualties. "Forces from Puntland attacked two positions held by Somaliland forces outside the city of Dahar ... in the afternoon," Somaliland Information Minister Ahmed Hagi Dahir said in a statement."

Meles Zenawi Denies Shipment From Korea Violated Ban (nytimes.com, 04/15/07) "WASHINGTON, April 14 The Ethiopian government has denied that it violated United Nations sanctions by carrying out a secret purchase earlier this year of military equipment from North Korea. The Central Intelligence Agency reported in late January that an Ethiopian-flagged ship had left a North Korean port and that its cargo probably included tank parts and other military cargo, according to American officials."

Wolfowitz Affair Hits Action on Poverty (observer.guardian.co.uk, 04/15/07) "A tough politician parachuted in by the White House to save the world from poverty, but brought down by his lover - it sounds like a Hollywood film plot, but in fact, it's the sorry tale which unfolded in Washington this weekend, as Paul Wolfowitz's day-job of running the World Bank was overshadowed by his girlfriend's 30 per cent pay rise. As finance ministers and central bankers from 185 countries gathered for the spring meetings of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, instead of the usual high-minded discussions about the future of Africa, all eyes were on what the US papers have dubbed 'Raisegate'."

Somali Courts Leader Says to Target African Forces Deployed in Somalia (uk.reuters.com, 04/14/07) "DUBAI, April 14 (Reuters) - The fugitive leader of Somalia's ousted Islamists has threatened to target African peacekeepers in the country but said he would work with the government on reconciliation if foreign troops left, an Arab newspaper said. Sheikh Hassan Dhahir Aweys told Asharq al-Awsat newspaper that fighters of the deposed Islamic courts in Mogadishu "would not allow the African peacekeepers to remain on Somali land"."

Ethiopia in Somali 'Genocide' Row (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/13/07) "A member of Somalia's transitional government has accused Ethiopian troops in the capital Mogadishu of committing genocide since arriving in December. The accusations came from Hussein Aideed - a former Somali warlord who is the deputy prime minister of the transitional government. Meles Zenawi, the pathological lair, dismissed Mr Aideed's comments as an absolute fabrication."

Amir Meshal AP Photo "The FBI has no plans to charge Amir Meshal, 24, and did not inform the State Department that his name had been placed on the no-fly list, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the issue remains unresolved."

American To Be Freed By Ethiopia Faces Hurdle (washingtonpost.com, 04/13/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, April 12 - A U.S. citizen arrested in Somalia and held without charge in a secret Ethiopian prison was set to be released and flown back to the United States as early as Friday. But State Department officials booking his flight discovered that his name had been placed on a no-fly list at the request of the FBI and that no airline would take him, U.S. officials said. The FBI has no plans to charge Amir Meshal, 24, and did not inform the State Department that his name had been placed on the list, said the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because the issue remains unresolved."

EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi says "shoot them and ask questions later" and George W. Bush declares war on "phantom WMD and terrorists" and proclaims that he may have made a mistake because "they all look alike to him." What a travesty of justice and mockery of democratic governance! Ethiopia, a peaceful nation celebrating its 2000 years of Christianity has been morphed into a notorious torture chamber since Meles Zenawi and cousin Isaias Afeworki, twin bandit gangsters were installed as heads of states by the US intelligence and military services in 1991.

World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz holds a press conference in Washington. Photograph: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images

"Wolfowitz, a former Pentagon official, attempted to address about 200 staffers gathered in the bank's central atrium on Thursday but left after some began hissing, booing, and chanting "Resign. . . . Resign."

World Bank Board Takes Serious Line Over Wolfowitz Scandal (guardian.co.uk, 04/13/07) "Paul Wolfowitz's tenure as president of the World Bank was today increasingly under threat, after the bank's powerful governing body indicated that he broke their ethical guidelines in awarding pay increases to his partner. The statement by the bank's board leaves Mr Wolfowitz vulnerable to disciplinary action, especially if the bank president is found to have lied about his handling of the affair. The news comes just a day after World Bank staff called on him to resign over the matter."  RELATED STORIES: Pressure Grows on Wolfowitz in Promotion Scandal (uk.reuters.com, 04/13/07) The World Bank, Stuck In the Mud (washingtonpost.com, 04/13/07) Wolfowitz Apologizes for 'Mistake' (wahingtonpost.com, 04/13/07)

Swedish Teenager Held in Ethiopia Says She Was Detained in U.S.-Led Operation (iht.co -ap- 04/12/07) "STOCKHOLM, Sweden: A Swedish teenager who was imprisoned for weeks with alleged terror suspects in Ethiopia said in an interview published Thursday that Americans in military uniform directed the Kenyan soldiers who took her into custody on the Somali-Kenyan border. The statements by 17-year-old Safia Benaouda were the first to describe a broader U.S. role in the detentions. Other detainees have said they were taken into custody by Kenyans and transferred to Ethiopia, a U.S. counterterrorism ally." RELATED STORY" Meles Zenawi Admits Canadian in Custody (thestar.com, 04/12/07)

Flash Flood Damages Houses in Dire Dawa (alertnet.org -reuters- 04/12/07) "ADDIS ABABA, 12 April 2007 (IRIN) - ADDIS ABABA, 12 April 2007 (IRIN) - Several houses were damaged by flood waters in the eastern Ethiopian town of Dire Dawa, 515 km from the capital of Addis Ababa, after heavy rains pounded the area, officials said. The Thursday morning floods swept over the Addis Ketema and Decahtu suburbs, said Binyam Fikru, public relations officer at Dire Dawa police station. There were no reports of casualties, although the flooding was quite intense."

Fresh Clashes in Mogadishu As Key Peace Meeting Delayed (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/11/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - At least four civilians were killed Wednesday in renewed clashes in Mogadishu between Ethiopian forces and Islamist fighters that shattered a ceasefire, residents said. Sporadic gunfire and heavy mortar shelling rattled neighbourhoods where the two sides recently fought the worst battles the Somali capital has seen in 15 years, leaving around 1,000 dead. RELATED STORIES: Clashes Threaten Somali Ceasefire (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/11/07) Somalia Meeting Delayed Over Security Concerns (uk.reuters.com, 04/11/07)

Meles Zenawi Paraded Eight So Called Terrorism Suspects on Woyane's Television (newsday.com -ap- 04/11/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- Smiling broadly and wearing casual clothes, eight terrorism suspects have been paraded on Ethiopia's state television as the country faces mounting pressure to explain a controversial program to net alleged al-Qaida loyalists. The detainees, including an American, told the Ethiopian News Agency they were being treated humanely. One said the captors were "like our friends" and another thanked the government for treating them so well."

Kamilya Mohammedi Tuweni "I will not rest until I get justice for all the humiliation and pains caused to me and my family. " AP Photo

'I Want Justice for Terror Detention' Says Kamilya Mohammedi Tuweni (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/11/07) "Meles Zenawi now admits holding 41 'terror suspects' from 17 countries arrested in Somalia, following reports by Human Rights Watch of secret prisons for interrogation by the US FBI. One woman who underwent a similar ordeal told her story to the BBC News website's Noel Mwakugu in Nairobi. If there is one thing Kamilya Mohammedi Tuweni will not do, it is to forgive Kenya's security forces. Ms Tuweni has begun proceedings in the United Arabic Emirates to sue the Kenyan government for wrongful arrest and abuse of her rights."

Meles Zenawi the pathological lair is fabricating stories again. He says "And when those in the ivory tower seek to promote their own agenda under the cover of investigative journalism and the defense of human rights, the situation becomes destructive, even tragic." In other words anyone who investigates and publicizes his bloodthirsty persona is "destructive and commits a tragic act." The former guerrilla leader who robed banks and held his rivals in ten-foot deep holes and enjoyed watching their bodies being consumed by maggots, has the audacity to condemn human rights advocates. Such is the nature of the beast that the Ethiopian people have been subjected to in the name of fighting George W Bush's "phantom terrorists" in Ethiopia and Somalia.

Meles Zenawi Exposed to Acknowledge Detaining Suspects After Initially Denying He is Holding Any (newsday.com -ap- 04/10/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- The Ethiopian government acknowledged detaining 41 suspected international terrorists from 17 countries and said foreign investigators were given permission to question them, according to an official statement published Tuesday. The statement comes a week after an Associated Press investigation into the transfer of terror suspects from Kenya to Somalia and eventually to Ethiopia. Ethiopian officials at the time denied any suspects were in custody, but U.S. officials said they had questioned some of the suspects." RELATED STORIES: Meles Zenawi Admits Terror Detentions (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/10/07) Canadian Detainee May Face Trial in Ethiopia: CTV (ctv.ca, 04/10/07)

Death Toll from Mogadishu Clashes Tops 1,000 (reuters.com, 04/10/07) "MOGADISHU, April 10 (Reuters) - The worst fighting in Mogadishu for more than 15 years killed at least 1,086 people and led half the city's population to flee in terror, according to a Somali committee set up to assess the damage. The clashes pitting Ethiopian and Somali forces against clan militia and insurgents wounded more than 4,300, said the committee's report obtained by Reuters on Tuesday. The March 29-April 1 battles prompted 1.4 million to flee their homes in the Somali capital, home to 2.4 million people." RELATED STORY: Report Says More 1,000 Killed in Somalia Fighting (cnn.com -ap- 04/10/07)

EDITORIAL Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Meles Zenawi's Excess: U.S. Bears Responsibility in Sad African Tale (post-gazette.com, 04/10/07) "How Ethiopia has gone from being a developing country, focusing on economic improvement, with a fair record for honesty and an evolving, positive attitude toward democracy, to where it is now is a sad tale, and one in which the United States bears considerable direct responsibility. In recent years, Ethiopia, along with Uganda, Botswana, Mozambique and a few other African countries, was among the favored ones of Africa in terms of prospects for the future. It joined the reform-minded New Partnership for Africa's Development, retained the headquarters of the new African Union and was working on becoming democratic in its political institutions. Now it perpetuates hostilities with its neighbor Eritrea, which had the nerve to secede from it in order to be accepted by the world."

`Washington Erred in Allowing Ethiopia-North Korea Arms Deal' (times.hankooki.com, 04/10/07) "A former U.S. envoy on North Korea said Monday that Washington made a mistake in assenting to Ethiopia's arms purchase from Pyongyang, thus potentially allowing other countries to deal with the communist regime believed to have a stockpile of missiles and nuclear weapons, according to the Yonhap News Agency. "It points out that things are not black and white," Jack Pritchard, now president of the Washington-based Korea Economic Institute, told reporters." RELATED STORY: U.S. Declines to Comment on Reported North Korean Arms Sales to Ethiopia (globalresearch.ca, 04/10/07)

Meles Zenawi's Special Police Troops Beating up Foreign Journalists in June 2005 AFP Photo

Meles Zenawi's Tyrannical Regime Critics Acquitted for Lack of Evidence (newsday.com -ap- 04/09/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- An Ethiopian judge on Monday acquitted 25 opposition supporters and journalists who faced charges of attempted genocide and treason stemming from violence that erupted during protests over disputed 2005 elections. Federal High Court Judge Adil Ahmed said the prosecution had failed to prove the charges, part of an ongoing trial of 131 opposition leaders, aid workers and union members. The defendants could have faced life in prison or the death penalty." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi Dropes Genocide and Treason Fabricated Charges Against 25 Journalists and Publishers  (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/09/07)
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"Kamilya Mohammedi Tuweni, left, sits with her brother Sabry Abdullah in her house in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on Sunday. Kamilya said she was held incommunicado, without charges or due process for more than two and a half months in jails in Kenya, Somalia and finally Ethiopia. She was freed a month after being interviewed, fingerprinted and photographed by a U.S. agent, she said." AP Photo

US Citizens Arrested in Kenya and Held in George Bush's Second Guantanamo Setup in Ethiopia (focus-fen.net, 04/06/07) "Washington. An American arrested as he fled unrest in Somalia is now being held in Ethiopia in "lawless" circumstances, a lawyer for his family said Friday, calling for the US authorities to bring the man home. Amir Meshal, 24, from the northeastern state of New Jersey, fled Somalia and was arrested in January in neighboring Kenya where he was questioned by US agents from the FBI intelligence agency, the lawyer, Jonathan Hafetz, told AFP. However, US authorities did not take custody of Meshal, according to a US Justice Department statement. He was sent back to Somalia but was later seized again and is now detained in Kenya's northern neighbor Ethiopia." RELATED STORIES: People Fleeing Somalia War Secretly Detained (hrw.org, 03/30/07) U.S. Interrogating at Africa’s Secret Prisons: CIA, FBI agents looking for al-Qaida militants at notorious Ethiopia jails (msnbc.msn.com, 04/03/07)

 

US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer, after bragging about defeating the "Islamist Terrorists" in December 2006 has finally, pledged in April 2007 to help stabilize battered Somalia, holding a rare high-level meeting with its leaders as insurgents dug in against Meles Zenawi's mercenary forces in Mogadishu. (AFP Photo)

Jendayi Frazer is "Focused Like a Laser" But Has a Distorted Vision of Ethiopia's Glorious History: What a Shame on  American Ivy-League Pedagogy (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/07/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - A top US envoy to Somalia pledged Saturday to help stabilize the battered country, holding a rare high-level meeting with its leaders as insurgents dug in against Ethiopian forces in the capital. US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer, the most senior US official to visit Somalia since 1994, said she wanted to highlight the suffering there after some of the worst fighting in its history." RELATED STORIES: Top US Envoy on Somalia Mission (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/07/07) Top U.S. Diplomat Visits Somalia to Urge Truce (uk.reuters.co.uk, 04/07/07)

32 Migrants Drown When Forced Into Sea (seattlepinwsource.com -ap- 04/06/07) "SAN'A, Yemen -- Human traffickers wielding knives forcced about 300 African migrants to jump into the sea off Yemen early Friday, causing at least 32 to drown, a Yemeni security official said. The migrants, mostly Ethiopians and Somalis, were packed into two rickety boats that had crossed the Gulf of Aden from Somalia when their crews forced them overboard as they approached Yemen's coast, the official said. Survivors said those who stood up to the crew were stabbed, beaten and thrown overboard, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media."

EU Looks at Potential War Crimes Committed in Somalia by US Trained Meles Zenawi Aagazi Forces (uk.reuters.com, 04/06/07) "NAIROBI, April 6 (Reuters) - A European Union security expert has warned that Ethiopian and Somali troops may have committed war crimes during a four-day battle in Mogadishu, adding to growing criticism of rights violations in Somalia. The warning in a letter to the EU ambassador for Somalia and Kenya, dated April 2, came just a day after the end of a four-day offensive by joint Somali-Ethiopian forces to eliminate insurgents in the Somalian capital. At least 400 people were killed and nearly 1,000 wounded as Ethiopian and government troops flattened pro-insurgent neighbourhoods with tanks, helicopters and artillery, in the heaviest fighting in 15 years in a city notorious for bloodshed." RELATED STORIES: Somali Battles Bring Charges of War Crimes (nytimes.com, 04/06/07)   EU E-Mail Warns of Somali War Crimes (newsday.com -ap- 04/06/07) EU Given War Crime Warning Over Somalia Aid (guardian.co.uk, 04/07/07) 

George W Bush/ Meles Zenawi "Decentralized, Outsourced Guantanamo" Secret Torture Prisons in Ethiopia Under Scrutiny (newsday.com -ap- 04/05/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- Ethiopia was under pressure Thursday to release details on detainees from 19 countries held at secret prisons in the country where U.S. agents have carried out interrogations in the hunt for al-Qaida in the Horn of Africa. Canada, Eritrea and Sweden were lobbying for information about their citizens. Human rights groups say hundreds of prisoners, including women and children, have been transferred secretly and illegally to the prisons in Ethiopia. An investigation by The Associated Press found that CIA and FBI agents have been interrogating the detainees."

Female circumcision is widespread in many parts of Africa BBC/AP Photo

Isaias Afeworki's Tyrannical Regime Bans Female Circumcision But Continues to Cut Its Opponents Throats  (newsday.com -ap- 04/05/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- Eritrea's government said it has abolished the practice of female circumcision, describing it as a threat to the lives of women. 
Anyone who requests, incites, promotes or witnesses female circumcision is subject to a fine and imprisonment, Eritrea's information ministry saivd late Wednesday."

 

Ugandan Troops join Somali Refugee Relief Effort (uk.reuters.com, 04/05/07) "LAFOLE, Somalia, April 5 (Reuters) - Ugandan peacekeepers ventured out of Mogadishu for the first time on Thursday, delivering clean water to thousands of refugees displaced by fighting between Somali and Ethiopian forces and rebels. 
The Ugandan contingent of two armoured personnel carriers, a Humvee and two water trucks headed for Lafole, an impromptu refugee camp 20 km (12 miles) south of a city where a truce held for a fourth day after the bloodiest fighting in 15 years."

Oromo Rebels Kill 11 Meles Zenawi Soldiers in Northwest Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 04/05/07) "April 4, 2004 (ADDIS ABABA) —Oromo Liberation Army (OLA), armed wing of the Oromo Liberation Front, (OLF) killed over 11 soldiers and destroyed three vehicles, in northwest Ethiopia. On 29 March 2007, OLA fighters operating in northern Oromia carried out an attack at a place called Odolo in the district of Achane in the province of Horro Guduru, killing over three Ethiopian soldiers and wounding over eight others. Weapons and other material were captured and three trucks transporting government troops were destroyed in the fighting."

"A Somali man scurries away as bodies of two Ethiopian soldiers lay on a street of Mogadishu during heavy fighting, March 2007. Mogadishu clan elders on Wednesday joined medics collecting dead bodies left abandoned in streets and buildings after some of the heaviest fighting in the Somali capital for 15 years." (AFP/File/Mustafa Abdi)

Mogadishu Clan Elders Venture Out to Collect Bodies After Carnage (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/04/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Mogadishu clan elders on Wednesday joined medics collecting dead bodies left abandoned in streets and buildings after some of the heaviest fighting in the Somali capital for 15 years. Although the city remained tense, locals felt emboldened to venture back onto the streets by an extended lull in the violence that broke out last Thursday with an Ethiopian offensive on Islamist rebels backed by clan militia." RELATED STORY: Bodies Collected as Tenuous Mogadishu Truce Holds (uk.reuters.com, 04/04/07)

Ethiopian Patriotic Forces Attack Meles Zenawi's Mercenaries in Northern Ethiopia; Battles Intensify in Tigray (news24.com, 04/04/07) "Addis Ababa - Ethiopian soldiers have killed 23 Eritrean-backed rebels, captured 18, and received the surrender of 112 more, said the state news agency on Tuesday. "The 23 rebels engaged in proxy war co-ordinated by the Eritrean government were killed in gunfire with the army in Armacheo district of the northern Gondar region," Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) said, quoting a regional official."

Somalis Clear Bodies From Streets (chron.com -ap- 04/04/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia — Clan members and Ethiopian soldiers cleared bodies from the streets of Somalia's capital Wednesday during a lull in fighting that has killed hundreds of people and driven tens of thousands from the ruined city. An offensive launched by Somali troops and their Ethiopian backers against Islamic insurgents last week took its greatest toll on civilians. Bodies litter the tiny, dusty alleyways and back streets where much of the fighting took place."

Actions of Meles Zenawi and the TFG Warrant War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity (sylac.com, 04/03/07) "In late March we have witnessed an unprecedented loss of lives, destruction of properties and hundred of thousands of displaced people, the Mogadishu hospitals are full to their capacity and are not equipped to treat with some of the most critical injuries due to lack of medication. It is unfortunate that the international community has failed to react to this genocide in Mogadishu. This could not have happened without the blind support the Ethiopians got from the USA and the TFG."

Somali insurgents drag the body of Meles Zenawi's Aagazi troop (AFP/SHABELLE

Somalia's Descent to Hell: US Republican Government Sponsored State Terrorism in Ethiopia Runs Amok (guardian.co.uk, 04/04/07) "Predictions that the US-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia last Christmas would hasten rather than halt the country's political disintegration are proving grimly accurate. In the league of failed states, Somalia is runaway leader. With international attention focused on Zimbabwe and Darfur, it is the hidden shame of the world. More than 1,000 civilians have been killed or wounded in fighting in recent days in the capital, Mogadishu, and tens of thousands have fled their homes. The UN says wounded civilians are lying untended in the streets after heavy artillery and mortars pounded residential areas. Since February, 96,000 refugees have swelled the ranks of Somalia's 400,000 internally displaced persons. And despite a temporary truce yesterday, it seems worse is to come."

The CIA and FBI Running "Decentralized, Outsourced Guantanamo" in Ethiopia (newsday.com -ap- 04/03/07) " U.S. Agents Visit EEthiopian Secret Jails- NAIROBI, Kenya -- CIA and FBI agents hunting for al-Qaida militants in the Horn of Africa have been interrogating terrorism suspects from 19 countries held at secret prisons in Ethiopia, which is notorious for torture and abuse, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.
Human rights groups, lawyers and several Western diplomats assert hundreds of prisoners, who include women and children, have been transferred secretly and illegally in recent months from Kenya and Somalia to Ethiopia, where they are kept without charge or access to lawyers and families."

Somalia Diplomatic Players Look to Replace US Trained Aagazi Forces Serving Under the Command of Meles Zenawi (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/03/07) "CAIRO (AFP) - Diplomats from the United States, Europe and Africa meeting in Cairo on Tuesday urged an Ethiopian withdrawal from Somalia and called for inclusive dialogue in the war-torn Horn of Africa country. "We urge Ethiopian troops to withdraw from Somalia as soon as possible, without leaving a power vacuum," Norwegian State Secretary Raymond Johansen told reporters." RELATED STORIES: Fleeing Somali Refugees Stranded  (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/03/07)  Pirates Hijack Cargo Ship Off Somalia (newsday.com -ap- 04/03/07) Mogadishu Exodus Grows - Reuters Video (04/02/07)

A Call To Ethiopian Patriots to Defend Their Motherland 

Thousands Flee Somalia Mayhem (news.scotsman.com, 04/03/07) "TENS of thousands of people have fled Mogadishu amid the heaviest fighting seen in the Somali capital in 15 years of anarchy. Families used a brief lull in the violence yesterday to pack their bags or bury relatives killed in four days of fierce street battles. People used whatever transport they could find, travelling by donkey, car or cattle truck to escape the bloodshed, which human rights observers said had claimed the lives of 381 people with a further 565 wounded." RELATED STORY: Somalis Bury Dead During Lull in Battles (uk.reuters.com, 04/03/07)

Meles Zenawi's special  forces who are presumed to be (if you believe the words of a pathological lair) back in Mekele, Ethiopia and supposed to be replaced by "AU Peacekeepers" have come out of hiding, and are massacring unarmed Somali civilians. AFP Photo

 

US Trained and Armed Marxist Leninist League of Tigray Additional Troops Enter Somali Battle (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/02/07) "Hundreds of extra Ethiopian troops have arrived in the Somali capital Mogadishu to reinforce an offensive against Islamist insurgents and local militias. Scores of Somalis are feared to have died since the fighting flared on Thursday. Residents say they are being shelled indiscriminately." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: The Tigrian-Tigrign Stalinist tribalists, in the service of American Neo-cons, are on a march to destroy yet another venerable civilization. Having burned down and set the stage for a melt down of Iraqi's 5000-year civilization, the US racist extremists have also targeted Ethiopia's 3000-year glorious history for smear and destruction. Herman Cohen's brain-child - the MLLT/TPLF and EPLF- a gorilla army masqueraded as "Ethiopian troops" is burning down East Africa and committing indescribable atrocities against  unarmed civilians. The conspiracy is a vein divisive attempt  to impose the 1950s British/American plan to dismantle Ethiopia and set the stage for Tigray-Tigrign Minority Tribal Supremacy in East Africa - designed to inflame shallow animalistic instincts of other majority ethnic extremist groups. We urge Ethiopians not to swallow the poison pills. Resist, UNITE and save your nation! Just remember, the Tigrean people are your brothers and sisters!

"Smoke rises in the horizon above Mogadishu, March 31 2007. A fourth straight day of heavy fighting has left a trail of devastation in the Somali capital as Ugandan peacekeepers reported their first death and clan elders called for a ceasefire." (AFP/File/Mustafa Abdi)

"TOTAL CARNAGE" in Mogadishu

"An injured woman sits on the ground in Mogadishu, March 30, 2007. Mortar rounds crashed into central Mogadishu on Sunday in a fourth day of battles between Islamist insurgents and allied Ethiopian and Somali government troops that has killed scores of civilians." REUTERS/Shabelle Media

Fighting Rocks Somali Capital, Ugandan Peacekeeper Killed (news.yahoo.com -afp- 04/01/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - The fourth straight day of heavy fighting left a trail of devastation in the Somali capital on Sunday as Ugandan peacekeepers reported their first death and clan elders called for a ceasefire. Frightened residents fled their homes with anything they could carry while others were too terrified to move on the streets where Islamist rebels, clan gunmen and Ethiopian troops exchanged weapons fire." 

RELATED STORIES: Fighting Rages in Mogadishu (uk.reuters.com, 04/01/07)  Fighting Rages in Somali Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 04/01/07) Somalis Panic Amid Worst Shelling in Years (smh.com.au, 04/02/07) 

US Trained and Led Meles Zenawi Troops Shell Mogadishu Civilians (theaustralian.new.com.au, 04/02/07) Truce Fails to Stop Somali Fighting (news.yahoo.com -ap- 04/01/07)

"Somali women with luggage leave Mogadishu Somalia, Sunday, April, 1, 2007. The U.N. refugee agency says 58,000 people have fled violence in the Somali capital since the beginning of February. Dozens of people have been killed since Thursday and more than 220 wounded, most of them civilians with bullet, grenade and other war wounds, the International Committee of the Red Cross said. But the fighting is so severe and widespread that bodies were not being picked up or even tallied. Hospitals were overwhelmed, with patients sleeping on floors." AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor

 

Smoke rises from the vicinity of the International Airport of Mogadishu on 30 March 2007. Heavy artillery fire shook the Somali capital Saturday for the third straight day, barring residents inside their homes as Ethiopian troops fought pitched battles against Islamist insurgents. (AFP/File)

Deadly Fighting Paralyses Mogadishu (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/31/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Heavy artillery fire shook the Somali capital Saturday for the third straight day, barring residents inside their homes as Ethiopian troops fought pitched battles against Islamist insurgents. With casualties mounting from the worst fighting the city has seen in 15 years, hundreds of fresh Ethiopian soldiers were on their way to Mogadishu to reinforce their battle-strapped troops, witnesses said. RELATED STORIES: Somalis Cower as Fighting Rages (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/31/07) Bloody Battle Rages in Somali Capital (cnn.com, 03/31/07) Hospitals Struggle as Somali War Intensifies (news.scotsman.com, 03/31/07) Mogadishu Hospitals Overflowing With Wounded (uk.reuters.com, 03/31/07)

"Many of the people expelled from Kenya were later transferred from Somalia to Ethiopia, but their exact locations in Ethiopia are unknown,"

Human Rights Watch Slams Kenya, Ethiopia, U.S. for Detentions (presstv.ir, 03/31/07) "Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the governments of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and the United States of secretly detaining hundreds of people fleeing the deadly conflict in Somalia. "Each of these governments has played a shameful role in mistreating people fleeing a war zone," HRW's deputy Africa director Georgette Gagnon said on Saturday, according to AFP. "Kenya has secretly expelled people, the Ethiopians have caused dozens to disappear, and the U.S. security agents have routinely interrogated people held incommunicado," he added."

Mogadishu engulfed in Firearm Smoke AFP Getty Images 03/29/07

Dozens of people died in heavy fighting in Mogadishu on Thursday  AFP Photo

US Trained Meles Zenawi Aagazi Troops Suffer Heavy Causalities; "Anti-Terrorist Offensive" Spurs Deadly Violence in Somali Capital  (news.yahoo.com -afp, 03/30/07)  MOGADISHU (AFP) - Seven Ethiopian soldiers were killed on Thursday in Mogadishu, and two of their bodies dragged through the streets amid heavy fighting sparked by an Ethiopian offensive against insurgents. Dozens of men and women pulled the bodies of two soldiers though the street, shouting "We will kill the Ethiopian troops", while five other bodies in Ethiopian uniforms lay on the ground in the southern district of Shirkole." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Unlike the Ethiopia Mothers Who Were Slaughtered While Trying to Save Their Children, Somali Insurgents are Armed and Ready to Fight Meles Zenawi Mercenaries. "As the situation in Somalia unraveled differently than expected, we had to withdraw troops gradually in two rounds. Hence, two-thirds of our troops have been withdrawn so far," Meles said in a speech to his EPRDF parliament."  Obviously, the coward descendant of traitor Bandas thought he would be facing unarmed women and youth in Mogadishu as he did in Addis Abeba.  For him the worst is yet to come. Donald Yamamoto will not be able to save Zenawi! We had warned in an editorial in December 2006 that the current scenario will unravel in Somalia. Our warning was, as usual, brazenly ignored by the US Department of State. Refresh your memory Dr. Yamamoto: Meles Zenawi's Plot to Destabilize Ethiopia by Dragging Her Into Ethno-Religious Conflicts in East Africa (12/02/06)

 

"Ethiopian helicopters arrive at Mogadishu airport. Insurgents shot down an Ethiopian military helicopter Friday as unrest in the Somali capital which claimed dozens of lives in a few hours escalated. (AFP/Jose Cendon)"

Insurgents Shoot Down Ethiopian Helicopter in Mogadishu (news.yahoo.com, 03/30/07) " Insurgents shot down an Ethiopian military helicopter Friday as unrest in the Somali capital which claimed dozens of lives in a few hours escalated. Clashes between Somali government forces with their Ethiopian allies and Somali insurgents erupted across the city before the Mi-24 gunship was hit by a missile and came down in Mogadishu airport. "We could see a lot of black smoke coming from the helicopter, then a big explosion," said an AFP correspondent at the airport." RELATED STORIES: Helicopter Shot Down in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/30/07) Helicopter Downed in Worst Somali Fighting in Years (uk.reuters.com, 03/30/07) Fighting in Mogadishu Worst in 15 years; At Least 30 People, and Likely Many More, Have Been Killed Since Thursday. (news.yahoo.com -ap- 03/30/07) Mogadishu Rocked by Worst Violence for 15 Years (guardian.co.uk, 03/30/07)

Meles Zenawi Lost at Least 15 Aagazi Soldiers in Today’s Fighting in Mogadishu (shabelle.net, 03/29/07) "Mogadishu 29, March.07 ( Sh.M.Network) At least 15 Ethiopian soldiers have been killed and others were wounded in the latest fighting raged in the Somalia capital Mogadishu, witnesses told Shabelle radio on late Thursday. The casualty on the other side was unclear but sources close to the insurgents say there are fighters killed and wounded in the battle. Some reports say that the Ethiopian forces retreated after one of its trucks was burnt by the militia." EDITORIAL NOTE: Warning- Horrific GRAPHIC IMAGES 

Cousins Meles Zenawi and Isaias Afeworki Bickering Over "Commander of Mercenary Forces Medallion"; Ethiopian Patriots on the March to Victory. (mg.co.za, 03/29/07) "Ethiopia accused Eritrea on Thursday of arming anti-Ethiopian rebels and urged the United Nations to take action against its long-time Horn of Africa foe. Eritrean officials were not immediately available to comment, but always deny such allegations. 
Addis Ababa and Asmara have routinely fired harsh rhetoric at each other since a 1998 to 2000 border war killed 70 000 people. But tensions have climbed higher in recent months amid conflict in neighbouring Somalia and a kidnapping near their frontier."

Ethiopia Muslim Militants Kill Evangelist ; More Violence Feared (spcm.org, 03/29/07) "ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA (BosNewsLife)— An Ethiopian evangelist was beaten to death by militant Muslims as he and two young women were evangelizing in the Ethiopian city of of Jimma, and there were fears the incident could spark widespread violence against Christian believers, Christian rights investigators said Thursday, March 29. The influential US-based human rights group International Christian Concern (ICC) with website www.persecution.org, said the evangelist, identified as Tedase, was killed Monday, March 26 after being attacked by « extremists. » It said the troubles began when Tedase and two female coworkers « were conducting street evangelism on Merkato Street » near a ’Wahabbi’ Mosque in Jimma." RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Evangelist Beaten to Death by Militant Moslem (persecution.org, 03/29/07) 

"Foreskin cells are thought to be more vulnerable to HIV infection" - SPL/BBC Photo

World Health Organization (WHO) Agrees HIV Circumcision Plan Beneficial (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/28/07) "International experts have backed the use of male circumcision in the prevention of HIV. The World Health Organization and UNAIDS said circumcision should be added to current interventions to reduce the spread of HIV. Three African trials have shown that circumcision halved the rate of HIV infection in heterosexual men. The recommendations largely apply to countries where rates of heterosexual transmission is high." "....All three African trials were stopped early because the results were so dramatic - with reduced rates of new HIV infections of 48-60%."

Somali Islamists Allege Suicide Bomber Killed 72 Meles Zenawi Soldiers (sudantribune.com, 03/28/07) "March 28, 2007 (DOHA) — According to Al-Jazeera TV an Islamist Somali group alleged killing 72 Ethiopian soldiers by a Somali suicide bomber. The pan Arab chain said the videotape shows a suicide bomber reading his will, but didn’t confirmed the attack. The Pan-Arab Satellite TV, Al-Jazeera, reported on Tuesday March 27 it had obtained a videotape that was posted by a Somali group calling itself (Harakat Shabab al-Mujahidin) the Mujahidin Youth Movement. The group said the tape shows a person called Adam Sallad Adam carrying out a suicide operation, during which he detonates a booby-trapped car in a camp for the Ethiopian forces."

Eritrean Football Players Request Asylum in Angola (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/27/07) "Six Eritrean footballers have requested asylum in Angola after their 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier a United Nations official has said. "I can confirm there are these six football players and they requested asylum here. They are in the custody of the Angolan authorities," the official said, requesting anonymity. Neither the UN High Commissioner for Refugees nor the Angolan football federation were immediately available for comment."

After he killed hundreds of civilians in Addis Abeba in 2005, Meles Zenawi is is at  it again in Mogadishu. Many civilians had been killed,  injured and wounded since he invaded Somalia in December 2006 AFP Photo

Road to Somalia's Capital Closed (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/27/07) "The main road north from Somalia's capital, Mogadishu has been closed by troops after two bombs exploded, near an Ethiopian military base. A passing taxi-driver was killed after Ethiopian troops opened fire. [Meles Zenawi] has denied he reached a ceasefire agreement at talks with Hawiye clan elders.

"An Ethiopian child, whose roots are said to trace back to Judaism, is fed by her mother at a feeding centre in Gonder,  (Eliana-Aponte/Reuters Photo)"

Squalor And Shrinking Hope for Ethiopians Claimed to be Jewish (news.yahoo.com -reuters- 03/27/07) "GONDAR, Ethiopia (Reuters) - Thousands of Ethiopians who say their Jewish roots entitle them to live in Israel are stuck in a squalid camp in Ethiopia, their dream of a promised land fading as Israel scrutinizes their family ties. Known as "Falashas Mura," the descendants of Ethiopian Jews have reverted to Judaism since their late 18th and 19th century forbears converted to Christianity, sometimes under duress." EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi the God-less Stalinist has done everything in his power to divide Ethiopia's children  along tribal, religious, linguistic, economic class and geographic affiliation. We want to assure him and his handlers that their divisive strategies will not hold and Ethiopians will never be herded and auctioned into modern-day slavery!   Democracy shall prevail in Ethiopia!

Somali insurgents drag the body of Meles Zenawi's Aagazi troop (AFP/SHABELLE)

Somalia Rapidly Spiraling Out of Control, Says Analyst (voanews.com, 03/26/07) "There’s growing concern about whether security can be restored to the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Talks between the Ethiopian military and clan leaders broke down Sunday and sporadic attacks by insurgents continue. These include the apparent shooting down Friday of a plane chartered by the AU. Among those following developments in Somalia is Ken Menkhaus, associate professor of political science at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. He gave VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua an assessment."

18 Meles Zenawi Soldiers Captured by Insurgents Handed Over to Clan Elders in Mogadishu (english.people.com.cn, 03/27/07) "Clan elders handed over eighteen soldiers captured during recent fighting in the Somali capital Mogadishu between fighters from the Hawiye clan and Somali transitional government troops backed by Ethiopian soldiers to their sub-clans, said Abdullahi Sheikh Hassan, a spokesman for Hawiye clan, on Monday. "The Somali government says that no soldiers are missing from their rank. That is why we have handed them over to their respective clans," Hassan confirmed to Xinhua.," RELATED STORY: Somali Clan Frees Aagazi Prisoners of War (uk.reuters.com, 03/26/07)

Smugglers 'Drown' Scores of Ethiopians and Somalis in Yemen (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/26/07) "At least 29 migrants have died after smugglers forced them at knife-point to jump into the sea off the coast of Yemen, the UN refugee agency has said. The UNHCR said another 71 people - from Somalia and Ethiopia - were missing after Thursday's incident.. Some of the 293 survivors said the smugglers ordered some 450 migrants to jump when their boats hit rough seas near the coast town of Ras al-Kalb." RELATED STORY: Up to 100 Somalis, Ethiopians Feared Drowned-U.N (uk.reuters.com, 03/26/07) EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenawi will be held accountable for these acts of barbaric brutality.

Terror Database Has Quadrupled In Four Years: U.S. Watch Lists Are Drawn From Massive Clearinghouse (washingtonpost.com, 03/25/07) "Each day, thousands of pieces of intelligence information from around the world -- field reports, captured documents, news from foreign allies and sometimes idle gossip -- arrive in a computer-filled office in McLean, where analysts feed them into the nation's central list of terrorists and terrorism suspects." EDITORIAL NOTE: We urge Ethiopian refugees driven out of their homeland by Meles Zenawi's brutal neo-fascist regime; and seeking asylum and refuge in the the U.S.A. (not to be paranoid but) to seek legal advice through the 'Freedom of Information Act' and to be certain that Zenawi has not placed their names on his 'Terrorist List' and submitted to Secretary Condoleezza Rice. Zenawi, the pathological lair and "US partner in counter-terrorism" has already planted the seeds of terror by dragging the peoples of Ethiopia and U.S.A. into yet another quagmire in East Africa. Meles Zenawi and cohorts are the ONLY terrorist that exist in Ethiopia today! The struggle to peacefully establish democratic governance in Ethiopia will continue. We shall overcome tyrants!

It is Time to Judge Ethiopia’s Invasion of Somalia (saylac.com, 03/25/07) " At the end of last year, when the Ethiopian troops ousted the Islamic Courts fighters and entered Mogadishu without warfare, many politicians, analysts and reporters euphorically hailed the speedy success of the Ethiopian invading troops. Their exultant judgement was: Ethiopia has won the war; Islamic fighters have been defeated; no save heaven for terrorists; a legitimate government is now in charge. They have conveniently forgotten that Somalia’s affairs are infinitely complicated and ignored how Ethiopia’s invasion would aggravate the matter."

"Morocco's striker Bonhaid Lembalizi (R) goes for a goal as Zimbabwe's goalkeeper Tapiwa Kapini (L) closes in during a 2008 African Cup of Nations qualifier at Rufaro Stadium in Harare. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.(AFP/Desmond Kwande)"

Angola Goal Romp Destroys Eritrea (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/25/07) "CAIRO (AFP) - Angola took a giant step toward the 2008 African Nations Cup in Ghana by outclassing Eritrea 6-1 in a qualifier on Sunday Flavio Amado, who plays for five-time African Champions League title holders Al-Ahly of Egypt, led the rout with two goals at the decaying Citadela Stadium in Luanda. RELATED STORY: Many Fainted, Others Lost Memory as Heat Hit Runners at the Mombasa Golf Course (eastandard.net, 03/26/07) "Breathing with difficulties and sweating like a convict who’s just concluded hard labour, Veronicah Nyaruai heads to a drum of iced water outside the medical tent. She’s trying to say something, but ends up mumbling words whose meaning only God can decipher."

Mogadishu Clan Leaders Say Ceasefire in Place (uk.reuters.com, 03/25/07) "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Leaders of the dominant clan in Somalia's violence-torn capital said on Sunday a shaky, three-day-old ceasefire remained in place after talks with Ethiopian soldiers who back the interim government. Hawiye elders have been negotiating with the government and Ethiopian military since about 20 people died last week in the worst violence in Mogadishu since a war to oust militant Islamists began earlier this year. The upsurge in violence, which saw some dead soldiers dragged through the streets, came after the government launched a campaign to disarm parts of Mogadishu."

Slavery: "Pushed through the "door of no return", millions of Africans were shipped to a life of slavery elsewhere."

Reuters Special Report on Slavery (uk.reuters.com, 03/25/07) "Two hundred years after Britain abolished the slave trade, it is home to thousands of men, women and children who have been tricked, coerced or intimidated into prostitution or forced labour." 

Abolition of Slavery: A graphical overview of the slave trade and the battle to abolish it. (reuters)  View graphic 

Another Delay in Trial of Former NSU Professor Yacob Hailemariam in Ethiopia (content.hamtonroads.com, 03/23/07) "Yet another delay occurred today in the Ethiopian trial of Yacob Hailemariam, a former Norfolk State University business professor arrested after 2005 election protests in his home country. That means he and more than 70 co-defendants facing treason and genocide charges must wait to hear whether they'll be released or their trial will continue. They deny the charges, calling them politically motivated, and Amnesty International has labeled them "prisoners of conscience." If convicted, Hailemariam has said, he could be sentenced to death."

Eritrea Expels Head of UN Mission in Eritrea, Ethiopia (zeenews.com, 03/23/07) "Addis Ababa, March 23: Eritrea has expelled the head of the United Nations Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia (Unmee), mine action co-ordination centre (MACC), the public information office of Unmee said. The office said Unmee had received a communication from the Eritrean authorities informing the mission of the government's decision to request David Bax, programme manager of Unmee-Macc, to leave the country "for good" before March 20, 2007. It added that Unmee does not agree with this decision or the rationale given, but has complied with the expulsion order and the head has already left Eritrea."

Cargo Plane is Shot Down in Somalia (chron.com, 03/23/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia — A cargo plane that had delivered equipment for Ugandan peacekeepers in the Somali capital was shot down by a missile during takeoff Friday, the owner of the plane said. A witness said the aircraft crashed in flames after one of its wings fell into the Indian Ocean. The fate of the 11-member crew was unknown." RELATED STORIES Rocket Brings Down Cargo Plane Over Mogadishu (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/23/07) 'Truce' After Somali Gun Battle (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/23/07) Kenya Deported More Than 100 People to Somalia and Ethiopia (signonsandiego.com, 03/23/07) Plane Shot Down in Somalia; 11 Crew Members Die (news.yahoo.com, 03/24/07)

Plane Crashes in Somali Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/23/07) "A plane has crashed shortly after taking off from an airport in the Somali capital, Mogadishu. Local witnesses said they saw columns of smoke on the ground. The cause of the crash and the type of aircraft were not immediately known. One reporter said he saw a missile hit the plane but this is not confirmed." RELATED STORY: Plane Crashes on Third Day of Mogadishu Clashes (news.scotsman.com -reuters- 03/23/07)

Fresh Clashes in Mogadishu Shatter Short Truce (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/23/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Fighting erupted for a third straight dday in Mogadishu Friday, breaking a ceasefire agreement between Somalia's powerful Hawiye clan and the Ethiopian army made only hours earlier. At least 24 people have been killed and hundreds more wounded this week in the heaviest fighting since the government and its Ethiopian allies drove out rival Islamists from Mogadishu three months ago."

Anger at US 'Rendition' of Refugees Who Fled Somalia (news.independent.co.uk, 03/23/07) "At least 150 people arrested in Kenya after fleeing violence in Somalia have been secretly flown to Somalia and Ethiopia, where they are being held incommunicado in underground prisons, human rights groups say. It is alleged they were questioned by US and British officials. Flight manifests seen by The Independent show that three charter planes left Nairobi for Somalia's capital Mogadishu, and Baidoa, the seat of parliament, in January and February, carrying around 80 people suspected of links with al-Qa'ida. The flights left at night, and the manifests appear to have been filled in hastily with many of the details, including the plane's destination, left blank."

This Meles Zenawi soldier was captured by insurgents in the Shirkole neighbourhood, AFP news agency reports.

Heavy Fighting Spreads Through Somali Capital, Residents Flee (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/22/-7) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somali troops backed by Ethiopian tanks Thursday exchanged heavy mortar and machine-gun fire with insurgents for a second straight day in Mogadishu, leaving a trail of casualties and violence showing no sign of let-up. A day after at least 21 people were killed, according to a new toll, including soldiers who were dragged and burned in the streets, Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi ordered civilians to leave areas in southern Mogadishu "for security reasons"." RELATED STORIES: Mogadishu Anguish- Pictures of the unrest forcing residents to flee Somalia's capital (bbc.com, 03/22/07) Mogadishu Street Battles Rage for Second Day (guardian.co.uk, 03/22/07) Battles Resume in Somali Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/22/07)  Deadly Clashes in Somalia's Capital Mogadishu- BBC Video   Fighting Rages On in Mogadishu (uk, resters.com, 03/22/07) 15 Die When Somalis Try to Disarm Rebels (nytimes.com, 03/22/07)

"Onlookers surround the body of a Somali soldier who was killed during heavy fighting against Somali fighters in Mogadishu. Angry crowds burned the bodies of two dead soldiers in Mogadishu on Wednesday, where fighting claimed some 14 lives, while the Somali Islamist leader defended the capital's bloody insurgency." (AFP/SHABELLE)

Insurgents Drag Soldiers' Corpses Through Mogadishu (news.yahoo.com -reuters- 03/21/07) "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali insurgents dragged soldiers' bodies through the streets of Mogadishu before burning them on Wednesday in heavy fighting that killed at least 16 people and injured scores more, witnesses said. The corpses of five soldiers -- either from the Somali government army or their Ethiopian allies -- were desecrated during some of the worst clashes in the lawless capital since the interim government took over in December, witnesses said." RELATED STORIES: Rebels Drag Soldiers' Bodies Through Mogadishu Streets (guardian.co.uk, 03/21/07) Blood on the Mogadishu Streets (Reuters Video)  Islamist Leader Defends Mogadishu Insurgency as Troops Burned (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/21/07) Somalia's Complex Conflict (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/21/07)

Meles Zenawi: "I am not the quintessential terrorist. The real terrorists are all over Africa. Don't waste you time looking for them. Just ask me; and I will lead you to these 'anti-democracy' extremists. That is precisely why I put the CUDP 'Maoists revolutionaries' in my dungeons." Ethiopia is now safe for Bush and Cheney to dig for oil in Gambella and the Ogaden. Somalia, no problem; I will take care of it! But, as I said before, I need some more DOOOOO  though. Hakunnah Mattatta!"

 

Meles Zenawi- The Evil Merchant of Bogus Terror Threats (sudantribune.com. 03/21/07) "March 20, 2007 — As the Horn of Africa slips in to quagmire because of the work of a single individual (Meles), one wonders where is the rest of the world or at least Africa. The notoriety and viciousness of the Meles regime has gone beyond pale. The dictator has become a threat even to other African nation’s independence. What is being seen in East Africa is the capitulation of freedom to slavery which was attributed to colonial masters .The adept maneuvering of world political status quo by treacherous murderers is paying off enormously to their advantage. Repressive regimes do not have to go far if they want to hang on to power if they are successful in selling terror threat. It sells like hot cake. It has made individuals successful and rich as starkly observed in Ethiopia."

ARDUF rebels want a homeland for ethnic Afars -  AFP Photo

Ethiopia Hostages 'Safe And Well' Says ARDUF (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/20/07) "Eight Ethiopians kidnapped earlier this month in eastern Ethiopia are safe, the leader of a separatist group operating in the Afar region has said. The Ethiopians were seized with five Europeans who were freed last week. The head of the Afar Revolutionary Democratic Unity Front told AFP news agency they were being treated well. Musa Ibrahim Hamaddu said his group was reassessing how to release them after the Ethiopian government described his group as terrorists." RELATED STORY: Ethiopian Rebels Claim Kidnap of Europeans (uk.reuters.com, 03/20/07)

Somalia Tops List of Countries Where Minorities Most Under Threat: 2007 Report (minorityrights.org, 03/20/07) "Somalia is the world's most dangerous country for minority communities and has overtaken Iraq to top a global ranking of countries where minorities are most under threat, Minority Rights Group International (MRG) says in a new global survey. Fierce fighting and the threat of state repression have seen Somalia, Iraq and Sudan lead this year's ranking of 'Peoples under Threat', which is a major feature of MRG's annual 'State of the World's Minorities' report. Last year Iraq led the list and Somalia was in third place. 'A new government in Somalia has raised hopes for democracy, but it is also a uniquely dangerous time. There is the spectre of a return of large-scale clan violence - and groups that supported the old order are now under tremendous threat," Mark Lattimer, Director of MRG says."

AU Commander in Somalia Pleads for More Troops (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/20/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - The commander of African Union forces in Somalia pleaded on Tuesday for reinforcements as the AU's security chief paid a flying visit to volatile Mogadishu. Major General Levy Karuhanga called for more troops after meeting with AU security chief Said Djinnit, who was in the coastal capital for a one-day visit under high security." 

Heavy Mortar Fire Rocks Somali Port as AU Tanks Arrive (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/19/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Mortar shells crashed onto Mogadishu's port on Monday, triggering heavy fighting between insurgents and Somali troops, as military hardware arrived by sea for African peacekeepers. The artillery duel, which killed at least two people and wounded six others, came hours after Somali and African Union troops from Uganda had secured the port in southern Mogadishu ahead of the arrival of the military equipment."

Mortars Kill Two in Somalia Capital (alertnet.org -reuters- 03/19/07) "MOGADISHU, March 19 (Reuters) - A barrage of mortar bombs on the Somalii capital Mogadishu late on Monday killed at least two people and wounded several in what residents said was the heaviest bombardment for weeks. A mother and daughter died in one neighbourhood as more than 20 rounds crashed into areas including the Bakara Market, the police transport headquarters and streets around the seaport where Ugandan peacekeepers earlier set up defences. "Six mortars were fired at the seaport, but they missed," said resident Osman Ibrahim." RELATED STORY: Mortar Blasts Shake Somali Capital (cnn.com -ap- 03/18/07)

Human Rights Sentence in Djibouti (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/19/07) "A court in Djibouti has sentenced a human rights activist to serve six months in jail for defaming a presidential guard. Jean Paul Noel Abdi, who heads Djibouti League of Human Rights, was also fined $360 for accusing the soldier of rape."

Somali Insurgents Step Up Attacks in Mogadishu (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/18/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Gunmen stepped up attacks in Somalia's capital on Sunday, killing a civilian and wounding 11 others, hours after a police chief was shot dead in the southern port of Kismayo. In Mogadishu, a barrage of mortar shells crashed down into a civilian district after missing their target in the seaport, where an African Union-chartered freighter carrying military hardware is expected to dock." RELATED STORY: 2 Killed in Mortar Attack in Somalia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/18/07)

Somali Insurgents Mortar Seaport (washingtonpost.com -AP- 03/18/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Insurgents struck the Somali capital'ss seaport and former intelligence quarters with mortar and artillery fire, wounding at least six people who were caught in fighting that drew in Ethiopian and government troops, witnesses said Sunday. Mortar attacks were launched against four separate areas in the violent capital, where attacks against the transitional government are growing more sophisticated and deadly."

FBI Insisted on Using Questionable Methods for Getting Records: Washington Post Report (news.yahoo.com -afp 03/18/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - TThe US Federal Bureau of Investigation ignored warnings by lawyers and continued using questionable procedures to obtain the telephone records of thousands of Americans as part of its counterterrorism probes, The Washington Post reported Sunday." RELATED STORY: Plame Says Administration 'Recklessly' Revealed Her (washingtonpost.com, 03/17/07)

Meles Zenawi's Regime Working to Close Falashmura Emigration Camp in Gondar (haaretz.com, 03/17/07) "The Ethiopian government is working to close a camp in Gondar province used as a center for emigration to Israel. Last week, the governor of Gondar province issued a closure order on the camp, following complaints by Christian residents of the area against the camp's activities. The order's implementation was delayed by organizations working for the immigration of Falashmura Ethiopians to Israel."

Robert Mugabe a tyrant to the core. Getty Images

African Union Calls on Zimbabwe to Respect Human Rights (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/17/07) "AU commission chief Alpha Oumar Konare "recalls the need for the scrupulous respect for human rights and democratic principles in Zimbabwe," the pan-African body said in a statement. "He urges all concerned parties to commence a sincere and constructive dialogue in order to resolve the problems facing Zimbabwe." The statement said that Konare had followed recent developments in Zimbabwe with "great concern."" RELATED STORIES: AU Concern at Zimbabwe Violence (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/17/07) The Wasteland - Inside Mugabe's Crumbling State (guardian.co.uk, 03/17/07) Mugabe Says Critics Can 'Go Hang' (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/15/07) EDITORIAL NOTE: Duplicitous African bureaucrats engaging in empty rhetoric against Mugabe while turning a blind eye to Meles Zenawi's slaughter of hundreds of Ethiopians right under their noses, in Addis Abeba. Shame on Alpha Oumar Konare and collaborators!

 

"Anti-war demonstrators arrive at the Pentagon during a march in Arlington, Virginia, to protest the US presence in Iraq. Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Washington against the Iraq war Saturday, taking their message on placards, "US out of Iraq now," to the Pentagon's doorstep ahead of the fourth anniversary of the US invasion.(AFP/Nicholas Kamm)"

Tens of Thousands Denounce Iraq War at Washington Rally (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/17/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Washington against the Iraq war Saturday, taking their message on placards, "US out of Iraq now," to the Pentagon's doorstep ahead of the fourth anniversary of the US invasion. Demonstrators from across the United States gathered in a cold winter day to descend on the US Defense Department offices and decry the conflict that has killed more than 3,200 US soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians." RELATED STORY: Resist U.S. Forces, Iraqis Told (seattletimes.nwsource.com, 03/17/07)

Meles Zenawi Troops Reportedly to Remain in Somali Capital (sudantribune.com, 03/17/07) "March 16, 2007 (MOGADISHU) — A Mogadishu based electronic news journal said that Somali President discussed wit the visiting Ethiopian Foreign Minister ways to maintain Ethiopian troops in the Somali Capital within the framework of the African peacekeeping forces. Ethiopian foreign minister Seyoum Mesfin who was in a two-day visit to Mogadishu told the press before his departure that the remaining Ethiopian troops in Somalia will immediately withdraw from Somalia. Although the Somalitalk.com reported that they will remain and participate in peacekeeping operations of the country, especially in Mogadishu."

'Fascism is in Fashion' in Russia as is Neo-Fascism in Ethiopia (guardian.co.uk, 03/17/07) "Murdered journalist Anna Politkovskaya was fearless in her pursuit of truth. In this shocking extract from her final book, she chronicles the death of Russian democracy. The day of the elections to the Duma, the [same] day Putin began his campaign for re-election as president. In the morning he manifested himself at a polling station. He was cheerful, elated even, and a little nervous. This was unusual: as a rule he is sullen. With a broad smile, he informed those assembled that his beloved Labrador, Connie, had had puppies during the night."

Sadr Urges Followers to Resist U.S. Forces; Thousands Rally (washingtonpost.com, 03/17/07) "BAGHDAD, March 16 -- Firebrand Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr on Friday called upon followers inside his stronghold of Sadr City to resist U.S. forces who are trying to stabilize the capital. Officials in his organization said the cleric was advocating a peaceful uprising. "Raise your voices, all of you loving your brothers and united against your enemy saying as your leader taught you, 'No America, no Israel, no, no Satan,' by standing and demonstrating that way," Sadr said in a message distributed at the Kufa mosque in southern Iraq, according to a translation by the Washington-based SITE Institute, which tracks militant groups."

Nobel Winner Warns U.N. on Darfur (news.yahoo.com -ap- 03/16/07) "GENEVA - Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams warned the U.N. Human Rights Council on Friday that its credibility would suffer if it refuses to consider a report accusing Sudan of orchestrating atrocities in Darfur. Williams, who led the U.N. team that wrote the report, rejected criticism from Muslim and African nations on the council that the report lacked credibility because the investigators never visited Darfur. The document was drawn up outside the country after Sudan refused to grant the team visas."

American's Imprisonment in Ethiopia Raises New Questions on Handling of Suspected 'Terrorists' (kansas.com, 03/16/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya _ A U.S. citizen who was caught fleeing the recent fighting in Somalia was questioned about links to al Qaida by the FBI in Kenya, then secretly sent back to the war-ravaged country, where he was turned over to Ethiopian forces. Amir Mohamed Meshal, 24, is now imprisoned in Ethiopia, where the State Department's 2006 human rights report says "conditions in prisons and pre-trial detention centers remain very poor" and "there were numerous credible reports that security officials often beat or mistreated detainees.""

193 Meles Zenawi Troops Killed in Rebel Attack in the Tigray Region of Ethiopia - Statement (sudantribune.com, 03/16/07) "March 15, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — Two Ethiopian rebel groups have claimed jointly 193 government’s soldiers in an attack the governmental army in north-western Ethiopia last week. The Tigray People’s Democratic Movement and the Southern Ethiopian Peoples’ Front for Justice and Equality — both Ethiopian rebel groups — have said they killed nearly two hundred regular soldiers in a joint operation they carried out on 8 March."

House Blast Kills Somalia Family (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/16/07) "Seven people have died in Somalia in a suspected bombing attack on the outskirts of the capital, Mogadishu. A BBC correspondent says four children were killed in the blast in Afgoye town, where people were seeking safety after escaping the war-torn capital. Police suspect a bomb may have gone off but investigations are ongoing, said local police chief Aden Obile Ahmed. RELATED STORY: Somali President Prohibits Islamists From Attending the National Assembly (shabelle.net, 03/16/07) 

Meles Zeawi's Aagazi Occupation Forces Must Go Say Somalis (mg.co.za, 03/16/07) "Between June and December 2006, Mogadishu and most of south-central Somalia enjoyed relative peace after the notorious warlords who devastated the country were routed by the Islamic Courts. The courts swiftly stabilised the capital and won people’s hearts by providing much-needed security. Regrettably, the law and order restored by the courts was destroyed when Ethiopian forces invaded the country in December with the support of the United States." RELATED STORY: US Asks Somalia, 'Where Do You Think You're Going?' (vueweekly.com, 03/15/07)

IFJ Calls for Release of Journalists Imprisoned in Eritrea, Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 03/15/07) "March 15, 2007 — The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today renewed its call for the release of journalists in Eritrea and Ethiopia who have been held for years without trial in deplorable conditions and denied any contact with lawyers or their families. “Eritrea and Ethiopia are both creating a lasting legacy of human rights abuse and intolerance for free expression that is not just taking a toll on society but also on the health and well being of the journalists they have detained for an unconscionably long time,” said Gabriel Baglo, Director of the IFJ Africa Office."

Night Vigil for Ethiopia Hostages (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/15/07) "Ethiopia's British community is to hold a vigil on Thursday night for eight Ethiopians still being held captive after their kidnap in the Afar region. There has been concern over the safety of the Ethiopians who were taken hostage along with five British embassy workers earlier this month." RELATED STORY: Ethiopia Kidnap Group Back in UK (bbc.co.uk, 03/15/07)

World Must Act on Darfur to Prevent Spread of Extremism: Blair (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/15/07) "LONDON (AFP) - The international community should take a "far tougher line" against Sudan over atrocities in Darfur to prevent extremism spreading across Africa, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday. In an interview on Sky News television which focused mainly on Iraq, Blair offered a robust defence of his views on combating radicalism and said countries needed to act to prevent future security threats." EDITORIAL NOTE: We Urge Misters Tony Blair and George W. Bush to dethrone Meles Zenawi, the Eritrean Tribal supremacist they installed in Addis Abeba to prevent the exponential spreading of Ethiopian patriotic fervor before it is too late.  We surmise that they already have a taste of what is to come in Ethiopia and Somalia. Neo-colonialism will not hold! Democracy for the Ethiopian people NOW or else!

Propaganda War Over Zenawi-Afeworki Kidnap 'Victims' (news.independent.co.uk, 03/15/07) "Ethiopia has accused Eritrea of masterminding the kidnap of five Europeans and eight Ethiopians, less than 24 hours after the Westerners were released. The charge came as the Europeans, all linked to the British embassy in Addis Ababa, put out a statement saying they were treated well by their captors. Ethiopia rarely misses an opportunity to accuse its neighbour of terrorism. But while the three Britons, one Italian and one French woman were still missing, Meles Zenawi's government was careful not to point the finger. Britain asked Ethiopia to refrain from making any statements that might inflame the situation." RELATED STORY: ARDUF Dismisses Eritrea's
Accusation as Absurd
(ethiomedia.com 03/15/07)

Okolloh has forced Kenya's MPs to address the blogging community BBC Photo

The Web Watchdog Biting Kenya's MPs (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/14/07) "It all got too much for Ory Okolloh when Kenya's members of parliament voted to give themselves a sizable pay rise in 2003, soon after the last national elections. "They were getting all this money - but we had no idea what they were doing to earn that money," said the 30-year-old lawyer and member of Kenya's burgeoning blogging scene."

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Meles Zenawi and Isias Afeworki, Two Eritrean Terrorist Tyrants Accuse Each Other of Terrorism and Kidnappings to Distract International Attention From Their Autocratic Regimes' Brutality (cnn.com -ap- 03/14/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopiia (AP) -- Ethiopia accused neighboring Eritrea Wednesday of masterminding the kidnapping of five Europeans and eight Ethiopians, describing it as an act of terrorism and fueling tension between the bitter rivals. The accusation came 24 hours after the Europeans were released from their 13-day hostage ordeal and taken to the British Embassy in Asmara, the Eritrean capital. They said Wednesday they had been treated well by their captors, but the Ethiopians who were with them are still missing, with fears mounting over their safety." EDITORIAL NOTE: Just remember Meles Zenawi and Seyoum Mesfin told the world they knew from the get go where the 'kidnap victims' were being held. This incident was not about being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The two tyrants crafted this operation because they want the 'Ethio-Eritrea' boundary line physically demarcated ASAP.

Somalia Interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi - AFP Photo

Somali PM Urges Donors to Fund Reconciliation, Eight People Killed on Tuesday as Violence Escalates  (uk.reuters.com, 03/14/07) "MOGADISHU, March 14 (Reuters) - Somalia's prime minister appealed on Wednesday for $32.6 million to fund a national reconciliation meeting in Mogadishu and said the next two weeks would prove if it could secure the violent capital in time. Eight people died on Tuesday when a barrage of mortar bombs launched by suspected Islamic insurgents struck the city's presidential palace. Government forces and their Ethiopian allies then returned fire with artillery, hospital sources said." RELATED STORIES: Somali Woman Accuses Meles Zenawi's Occupation Soldiers of Rape and Torture (shabelle.net. 03/13/07) Three Shabelle Media Staff Beaten by Meles Zenaw's Soldiers Face Health Problems  (shabelle.net, 03/14/07) Some Residents in Mogadishu Flee as Cannon Attacks Kill 16 (shebelle.net, 03/14/07)

Morgan Tsvangirai brutalized by Marxist dictator Robert Mugabe. AFP Photo

Zimbabwe's Opposition Leader Taken to Hospital From Court (cnn.com, 03/13/07) "HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Police released dozens of bruised and bloodied opposition activists to the custody of their attorneys late Tuesday, while the country's main opposition leader was treated at a hospital for injuries his lawyer said were the result of savage police beatings. The activists were ordered to return to court Wednesday morning after police took them from a hospital to the magistrates court in the capital, Harare, on Tuesday night for an unscheduled appearance, said Beatrice Mtetwa, a lawyer for the group. She said no state prosecutor or magistrate was at the court." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Notice the similarities between what another feudo-socialist, Meles Zenawi did to the leaders of the peaceful opposition in Ethiopia in 2005 and the crime against humanity taking place in Zembabwe. Zenawi killed 193 demonstrators. And pay attention to the hypercritic statement issued  by Condoleezza Rice against Mugabe and her embrace of what Zenawi did and is still doing to the Ethiopian people. The US military trained the Aagazi commandos that slaughtered mothers and children in Addis Abeba. More than 100 opposition leaders are still incarcerated and being tried for treason and genocide against Zenawi's tribe - people who come from the Tigray region of Ethiopia. All these charges are concocted by a pathological lair.

The car of the deputy mayor of Mogadishu lies in the road after a roadside bomb struck his convoy on Tuesday. Photo by Mohamed Sheikh Nor, AP

Somali Transitional President's Home Attacked (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/13/07) "Insurgents have fired mortars at the Somali President Abdullahi Yusuf's residence in Mogadishu, a few hours after his arrival in the capital. President Yusuf is unharmed but a boy died when some of the mortars landed on a house nearby. A BBC correspondent says gun battles between Ethiopian troops and insurgents erupted soon after the attack." RELATED STORIES: Somalia's President Unhurt in Mortar Attack (usatoday.com, 03/13/07) Somali Government Moves to Mogadishu (voanews.com, 03/13/07) Somalia's Interim President Unhurt in Mortar Attack on Palace (cnn.com, 03/13/07)

Britons Seized in Ethiopia Freed in Eritrea (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/13/07) "A group of British embassy workers kidnapped in northern Ethiopia 12 days ago have been released, Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett has said. The workers - four Britons and one French citizen - had been released into the care of the authorities in Eritrea, she said. Mrs Beckett said they were safe and were "broadly all in good health"." RELATED STORY: Relief at Release of Hostages in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/13/07)

No Demands So Far for Ethiopia Captives (news.yahoo.com -ap- 03/12/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Ethiopia's prime minister said Monday that officials have a good idea of the whereabouts of five Europeans kidnapped in one of the country's most remote, inhospitable regions. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi added that he did not believe their captors, who had made no demands, had specifically targeted the five, all of whom worked for or were relatives of employees of the British Embassy in Ethiopia."

ZIMBABWE: More Arrests, Tension Rises (alertnet.org -reuters- 03/12/07) "HARARE, 12 March (IRIN) - Zimbabwean police arrested 240 more proo-democracy supporters on Monday as they protesed the killing of an opposition party member and the crackdown on civil rights groups and political parties. More than 140 opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters were arrested in the eastern city of Mutare, about 300km from the capital, Harare, on Monday as pressure mounted on government to create more democratic space and release those arrested." RELATED STORY: News Fights For a Voice in Zimbabwe (blogs.guardian.co.uk, 03/12/07)

Somali Government Hopes to Tame Mogadishu Quickly (alertnet.org -reuters- 03/12/07) "MOGADISHU, March 11 (Reuters) - The Somali government hopes to pacify Mogadishu within 30 days, a senior official said on Sunday, in a test for the interim administration which welcomed the vanguard of an African peacekeeping mission this week. Deputy Defence Minister Salad Ali Jele said an advance team of newly trained security forces had been deployed to the city where insurgents are attacking government forces and their Ethiopian allies on an almost daily basis. Several residents said up to three Ethiopian trucks were ambushed 60 km (37 miles) south of Mogadishu late on Saturday. There was no word on casualties." RELATED STORY: Vehicle of Kidnapped Embassy Staff Recovered (Guardian.co.uk, 03/12/07)

Ethiopia Hostages: No Rescue Plan (cnn.com, -reuters- 03/10/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) -- Britain and Ethiopia have, for now, ruled out a military operation to rescue a group of five Europeans and eight locals kidnapped in a remote Ethiopian region, their officials said on Saturday. The hostages were seized by gunmen nine days ago during a tour of the Afar region, one of the hottest and most hostile terrains on earth, inhabited mainly by nomadic herders. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said there had been indirect contact with the kidnappers, but a rescue mission was not being prepared."

"Police stand in front of the US Supreme Court in January. Members of the US Congress pondered a course of action Saturday after the FBI acknowledged breaching US privacy rules to access individuals' telephone, e-mail and financial records during terror investigations (AFP/File/Paul J.Richards)" RELATED STORY: Angry Crowds Hunt Bush as Protests Mark Start of Latin American Tour (guardian.co.uk, 03/10/07)

Lawmakers Ponder Action After FBI Admits Breaching Privacy Laws (news.yahoo.com, 03/10/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - Members of the US Congress pondered a course of action Saturday after the FBI acknowledged breaching US privacy rules to access individuals' telephone, e-mail and financial records during terror investigations. FBI director Robert Mueller endorsed an inspector general's report, which he said identified "serious deficiencies" in procedures used to supervise requests for sensitive private information." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Notice the similarities between the Police State established by Isisas Afeworki in Eritrea, Meles Zenawi in Ethiopia and advocated for by George W. Bush in USA. Those of us who have been striving peacefully for the establishment of democracy in Ethiopia have been targeted by Uncle Tom Alberto Gonzales in the USA, and Meles Zenawi is killing the apostles of democracy in Ethiopia. All is done in the name of the search for phantom terrorism. There were and are no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and no terrorists in Ethiopia or Somalia other than Meles Zenawi and cohorts. There are tones of oil and mineral deposits in these countries for Halliburton to exploit. Get rid of these merchants of death. Vote Democratic in 2008. Defend your freedom before it is too late!

Somali Insurgents Say Their Fighters Fired at Uganda Forces' Plane (new.yahho.com -afp- 03/09/07 "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Islamist militants said on Friday they had fired missiles at a plane carrying Ugandan peacekeepers which caught fire on landing at Mogadishu airport. "Today, March 9, 2007, we destroyed a military plane at Mogadishu airport," said the statement on the Qaadisiya.com website, linked to an Islamist movement. "The plane carrying the last invading troops was hit by two missiles at the centre of the aircraft," it added." RELATED STORY: AU Troops 'May Spark Somalia War' (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/09/07)

Missing Tourists Said Seen in Ethiopia (newsday.com -ap- 03/09/07) "MEKELE, Ethiopia -- Five European tourists who went missing last week in northeastern Ethiopia are being held by kidnappers in a remote tribal region, Ethiopia's foreign minister said Friday. Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said his information came from tribal elders who spotted the group in the Afar region, which straddles the disputed border between Ethiopia and Eritrea." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi Says Hostages 'Safe' With 'Rebels' (cnn.com, 03/09/07) EDITORIAL NOTE: We urge Becki, Condi and Jendi to come clean and tell the world why they instructed Abebe to kidnap and hold the British embassy actors. Let us know if they are going to stay on holiday until all 8,000 'AU" troops are fully deployed in Somalia? This drama will not save Meles. The neo-fascist dictator will be removed by the Ethiopian people!

"Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, left, Vice President Zeng Qinghong, center, and President Hu Jintao walk out at the end of the fourth day of the National People's Congress, China's parliament, in Beijing Thursday March 8, 2007. Chinese leaders introduced a proposed landmark law to protect private property, saying Thursday that personal wealth in an increasingly prosperous society requires legal protection. (AP Photo/Greg Baker) (Greg Baker - AP)"

 

China Legislature Introduces Property Law (washingtonpost.com, 03/08/07) "BEIJING, March 8 -- In preparation for likely approval, China's legislature on Thursday began examining a much-debated law that helps protect private property in an increasingly well-off society. Though the Communist Party still believes the state owns all land, the growing economy has meant that private property "has been increasing with each passing day" and the protection of it is the "urgent demand of the people," the draft legislation states." 

EDITORIAL NOTE: Alas; Exposure of the Hypocrisy of Socialist Revolutionaries - Meles Zenawi's Marxist mentors beating around the 'Bush' before they eventually admit their colossal mistakes when they fabricated corrupt feudo-socialist doctrine. The Chinese politburo members first shed their Maoist straight jackets and are now edging closer to giving land they stole from peasants back to the tillers. The Ethiopian people will prevail over tyrants and free their nation from mercenaries. 

Vehicle belonging to British embassy workers abducted in the Ethiopian desert was found destroyed on 03/01/07 AFP/File/Aaron Maasho Photo

 

Britain's Beckett Urges Safe Release of Embassy Staff in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/08/07) "LONDON (AFP) - Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett voiced hope Thursday that those holding five British embassy staff in Ethiopia would release them safely and rapidly. In a statement she said "I and my colleagues in government remain deeply concerned" about them as she noted that it was a week since they went missing in the African country's remote northern Afar region."

African Union troops have still not deployed onto the streets AFP Photo

African Force Ambushed in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/08/07) "At least nine Somalis have been killed in a restaurant in the capital, Mogadishu, in an attack aimed at newly arrived African Union troops. A BBC correspondent says insurgents fired a rocket-propelled grenade at an AU convoy but it missed the target." "....However a Mogadishu radio station broadcast a call by a UIC commander, Aden Hashi Ayro, for attacks on the peacekeepers. "It is time for the Somali youth to fight the occupation by Ethiopia and others," he said." RELATED STORY: Residents Say at Least 11 Killed in Mogadishu Attack (uk.reuters.com, 03/08/07)

Emperor Theodros of Ethiopia defied the British Monarch in 1886, and took his own life, rather than surrender to the British Napier's expedition force, to protect Ethiopia's glory. Meles Zenawi, the MLLT traitor is facilitating the incarceration of Ethiopian patriots.

Ethiopia's Hostages to History (isn.ethz.ch, 03/06/07) "The seizure of British diplomats near the unforgiving Ethiopia-Eritrea border has a bloody precedent, says Edward Denison. The kidnapping of British government officials in northern Ethiopia, incarcerated in a hostile environment and far from any obvious means of communication with the outside world, would inevitably cause a diplomatic disaster. Such an intractable problem would demand a cunning solution, but this appeared to elude the British government for some time."

Accident Kills Two US Soldiers Training Meles Zenawi's Agazi Marxist Troops in Ethiopia (somalinet.com, 03/07/07) "(SomaliNet)Two U.S. servicemen in Ethiopia were killed after the vehicle they were in plunged into a ravine in eastern Ethiopia, the Ethiopian and U.S. governments said on Tuesday. Another soldier and the Ethiopian driver of the vehicle were also injured in the crash on Monday, the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa said in a statement from its base in Djibouti. "The accident occurred when the vehicle in which the Americans were travelling fell into a deep ravine," Commander Demsash Hailu, spokesman for Ethiopia's Federal Police, told Reuters."

Former White House aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby Washington Post Photo

Corrupt Politicians in the White House in Washington DC Nurture Banakrupt Terrorists in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia (wasingtonpost.com, 03/07/07/0 "President Bush said yesterday that he is "pretty much going to stay out of" the case of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby until the legal process has run its course, deflecting pressure from supporters of the former White House aide to pardon him for perjury and obstruction of justice. Libby's allies said Bush should not wait for Libby to be sentenced, and should use his executive power to spare Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff the risk of prison for lying to a grand jury and FBI agents about his role in leaking the name of an undercover CIA officer. But the prospect of a pardon triggered condemnation from Democrats and caution from some Republicans wary of another furor."

Ethiopian Rebels Kill 19 Meles Zenawi's Agazi Soldiers Trained by the United States Army (sudantribune.com, 03/07/07) "March 6, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA) — An armed opposition group which mainly operates in northwestern Ethiopia killed 19 Ethiopian soldiers during February 2007, a press statement published by the military command of the group said today. The rebel Ethiopian People’s Patriotic Front (EPPF) in an attack it carried out in northern Ethiopia in the month of February alone killed 19 Ethiopian soldiers, wounded four others and burnt down one military vehicle."

Security Council Urges End to Violence Against Women in Armed Conflicts (yahoo.news.com -afp- 03/07/07) "UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday urged an end to impunity for all acts of violence against women and girls in armed conflicts, and prosecution of those responsible for such crimes. On the eve of International Women's Day, the 15-member council adopted a non-binding resolution slamming "the pervasiveness of all forms of violence against women and girls in armed conflict, including killing, maiming, grave sexual violence, abductions and trafficking in persons.""

African Force Ambushed in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/07/07) "Newly arrived African Union (AU) peacekeepers have come under attack in the Somali capital Mogadishu for the second day running. Around 400 Ugandans arrived on Tuesday, and the same again the next day. They have not yet gone on patrol but have come under fire at their airport base." RELATED STORIES: Insurgents Target AU Force in Mogadishu (alertnet.org -reuters- 03/07/07)  World Races Host Kenya Disputes Vicki Huddleston-Richard Bruce Cheney Phantom Terrorist Alert (cnn.com, 03/07/07)

Defense of Ethiopian Opposition Leader Rejects Translation of Accusation (sudantribune.com, 03/06/07) "March 5, 2007 (ADDIS ABABA)  The defence lawyers of the Ethiopian opposition leader rejected today a translated copy — made by the accusation — of a press statement given by Eng. Eng Hailu Shawl in English to the American press. The defence of the opposition Coalition for Unity and Democracy Party (CUDP) leader rejected, Monday March 5, a translation of a press statement made in English to the foreign press handed out by the prosecutor. The defence lawyer further argued that the document has borne sign of the translator as being Walta Information Centre (WIC) which is recognized as a media organization, but may be doubted as a licensed translator. The WIC is known as a pro-government media body."

Meles Zenawi Troops welcoming comrade brother Yoweri Museveni forces. Somali citizens responded with mortar fire at the Mogadishu airport. They say no to neo-colonial mercenaries. BBC Photo

African Force Attacked in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/06/07) "The airport in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, has been attacked as the first African Union (AU) peacekeepers arrived in the country. Mortars were fired at the airport as a ceremony to welcome the 400 Ugandan troops took place, correspondents say. One person was wounded in the attack and three other civilians have died in heavy clashes elsewhere in the city." RELATED STORIES: Heavy Gunfire Erupts in Mogadishu (reuters.com, 03/06/07) Heavy Fighting Erupts in Mogadishu (cnn.com, 03/06/07) Uganda Judges Go on Strike After Police Storm High Court (whdh.com, 03/05/07) EDITORIAL NOTE: Indeed Mrs. Vicki Huddleston; you have established democracy in East Africa with resounding successes in Ethiopia, Eritrea. Uganda, Rwanda, Djibouti and Kenya. Now you are on the verge of another stellar performance in Somalia. Keep up your smear campaign against pro-democracy nationalists by labeling them as 'extremists'.  Good luck to you and your colonial master George W. Bush! 

U.S. Envoy in Kenya Warns of Terror Threat (newday.com -ap- 03/06/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- The U.S. Embassy said Tuesday it has been alerted to a possible terrorist threat targeting this month's world cross-country championships in Kenya. The embassy released a statement saying the threat was coming from "alleged extremist elements." "...In recent weeks, Muslim leaders in Mombasa have threatened to disrupt the international race unless the government releases Kenyans held on suspicion of engaging in terrorism and those detained in Somalia and Ethiopia. The protests were led by Sheik Mohamed Dor, secretary-general of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya."

Ambassador Pleads For Help in Search For Kidnap Britons as Wrecked Vehicles Found (guardian.co.uk, 03/06/07) "Britain's ambassador to Ethiopia made an emotional appeal for information about the five Britons snatched from a remote border area last night as efforts to negotiate their safe release were stepped up. Foreign Office officials said that progress was being made in the search for two women and three men who were kidnapped at the end of a adventure tour on Thursday, with senior diplomats engaged in round the clock talks with the Ethiopian and Eritrean governments." RELATED STORIES: Kidnap In Ethiopia: Q&A (news.sky.com, 03/05/07) London Steps Up Efforts to Free Britons in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/05/07) Kidnapped Britons' Vehicles Found (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/05/07) British Officials Decline Comment on Eritrea Kidnappings (voanews.com, 03/05/07)

General Aronda of Uganda Flies to Ethiopia (newvision.co.ug, 03/05/07) "THE Chief of Defence Forces, Gen. Nyakairima Aronda, is in Ethiopia preparing for the arrival of the UPDF contingent to neighbouring Somalia this week. “Our troops are due in Somalia anytime, ” said the defence ministry spokesman, Maj. Felix Kulayigye, yesterday. Kenya’s media yesterday reported that Uganda’s military tanks and personnel carriers reached the sea port of Mombasa on Saturday on their way to Somalia for a peacekeeping mission. The tanks arrived by train at the Kenyan port, from where they were to be shipped to the war-ravaged horn of Africa state. “The troops will be flown to Somalia this week,” Kulayigye revealed." RELATED STORY: Uganda Denies Its Troops Are in Somalia (voanews.com, 03/05/07)

Unless Forced Out, the Ruling TPLF of Tigray is Here to Stay (sudantribune.com, 03/05/07) "March 3, 2007 — The last 15 years have fluctuated between hope and despair for some of us minority Ethiopians. At first, we thought that we had finally been rescued from grip of our oppressors. The so called rescuer said to us “you are now free and as a result you can now decide for yourselves”. In the light of this supposed new found freedom, we gratefully thanked and promised that we won’t disappoint our supposed rescuer. However, before long, our so called rescuer started to micro-manage our daily affairs. We voiced our concerns and we were given limited authority to run our daily affairs. Then again, our self appointed rescuer snatched our right to decide for ourselves and when we asked to have our right back, our supposed rescuer responded by killing us. In Gambella town alone, more than 420 Anyuak men were massacred in a broad day-light on December 13, 2003 in front of their wives and children."

"Afar Region in Ethiopia (AFP/Graphic)

Your Pictures: Afar Region (Submitted to BBC by web browsers

Britain Tries to Free Ethiopia Tourists (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/04/07) "While the Foreign Office did not spell out that the group had been abducted, Britain's Europe minister Geoff Hoon spoke of obtaining their release and securing their freedom. "Obviously, we are working as hard as we possibly can to identify their location and to secure their release," Hoon told ITV television. The Ethiopian state news agency reported that the group was kidnapped in the remote Afar desert region Thursday, some 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Eritrean border." RELATED STORIES: Hunt For Kidnap Victims Continues (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/04/07) Isaias Afeworki Denies Kidnapping Tourist Group (newsday.com -ap- 03/04/07)

"The Britons were seized by gunmen in the remote Afar region of Ethiopia" Getty/AFP Photo

Warning to Eritrea Over Seized Britons (telegraph.co.uk, 03/04/07) "Britain warned Eritrea last night that it expected the prompt release of a group of diplomat tourists after claims that Eritrean soldiers were behind a cross-border raid on a remote region of neighbouring Ethiopia. The Foreign Office was engaged in frantic negotiations to secure the release of the five Britons, all based at the British embassy in Addis Ababa, who were part of a sightseeing party seized by gunmen in the desolate Afar region of the country."

Meles Zenawi  Accuses His Cousin Isaias Afeworki of Kidnapping Missing Tourists: Here We Go Again; Another Border Incident in the Making - Two Tyrants Seeking Global Attention and More Bloodshed. (newsday.com -AP- 03/03/07) "MEKELE, Ethiopia -- Ethiopian officials on Saturday accused forces from archrival Eritrea of kidnapping five British citizens and 13 Ethiopians who were touring a remote region near the African countries' long-disputed border, then taking the group to a military camp in Eritrea. The claims could not be independently verified. The group went missing Thursday while traveling in Ethiopia's Afar region, a barren expanse of ancient salt mines and volcanoes some 500 miles northeast of the capital, Addis Ababa." RELATED STORIES: Meles Zenawi Accuses Eritrea Over Missing Tourists (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/03/07) Kidnapped Britons Spotted in [Ethiopia] (cnn.com, 03/03/07) Tourist Kidnap Blamed on Eritrea (theaustralian.news.com, 03/04/07)  Reuters Video Report (03/03/07)

Britons Feared Kidnapped in Ethiopia (today.reuters.co.uk, 03/03/07) "ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Two groups of tourists, including at least seven French nationals and five Britons, are believed to have been kidnapped in a remote and inhospitable area of Ethiopia where separatist rebels operate. "A kidnapping or kidnappings did take place," French Ambassador Stephane Gompertz told Reuters."

An Afar desert scene in Ethiopia  AFP Photo/BBC

Troops Scour Ethiopian Border After Holidaying British Diplomats Are Abducted at Gunpoint (politics.guardia,.co.uk, 03/03/07) "Ethiopian government troops were scouring a remote and lawless region of the country last night after five Britons with links to the Foreign Office were abducted by a gang of armed men. The two women and three men were kidnapped after the gang overpowered their guards, torched the guesthouse in which they were staying and set their cars alight. According to eyewitnesses, they were last seen being marched towards the border with Eritrea, 12 miles away." RELATED STORIES: Some Westerners Found Safe in Ethiopia, Others Still Missing (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/02/07)  Ethiopia Travel Warnings (travelbite.co.uk, 03/02/07) FCO Updates Ethiopia Travel Advice (hestelbookers.com, 03/02/07)

                             "Somali residents of Mogadishu pile their belongings onto a cargo truck as they attempt to flee the volatile capital on March 1, 2007."        AFP Photo

Mortar Attacks in Somalia Highlight Task Facing Peacekeepers (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/02/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Mortar attacks in the Somali capital injured seven people on Friday, part of an insurgent offensive underlining the daunting task ahead of African Union peacekeepers being deployed in Mogadishu. The injuries occurred when two separate houses were hit by shells in the Hamer Jajaab neighbourhood that has been shaken by similar attacks in recent weeks." RELATED STORY: Somali Capital Rocked by Blasts (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/02/07)

Gunmen Kidnap Five Europeans in Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 03/02/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Five Europeans and 13 Ethiopians have been kidnapped by an unidentified group in northeastern Ethiopia, police announced here Friday, after conflicting reports that up to 20 foreigners had been abducted. The abductions of the Europeans and their Ethiopian staff happened on Thursday night at a camp in the inhospitable Afar region, where separatist rebels are known to operate, the Ethiopia's state news agency ENA quoted the police as saying." RELATED STORIES: At Least 12 Europeans Seized in Ethiopia (newsday.com -ap- 03/02/07) Tourists Missing on Ethiopia Trip (news.bbc.co.uk, 03/02/07) 15 Europeans Missing in Ethiopia's 'Land of Death' (cnn.com -reuters- 03/02/07)

Ten French Tourists Reported Kidnapped in Ethiopia (cnn.com, 03/01/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) -- Ten French tourists were kidnapped in northern Ethiopia Thursday by unknown abductors, a businessman and a tour operator who work in the region said. The tourists were in a convoy of four vehicles in Dalol, 800 kilometers (500 miles) northeast of Addis Ababa, traveling to salt mines in the Afar region when they were kidnapped, said the businessman, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.""

AU Mission Will Not Impose Peace - Museveni (alertnet.org -reuters- 03/01/07) "JINJA, 1 March (IRIN) - The African Union (AU) peace mission due to be deployed in Somalia will not try to disarm armed groups in that country, but will instead train a Somali national army, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday. "We are not going to disarm the Somali militias because if we empower the Somali people, it will be up to them to decide whether it is necessary to disarm," said Museveni as he bid farewell to the Ugandan army contingent that will serve in the force. "We don't want you to interfere with the affairs of Somalia. Your work is to teach," he told the soldiers, who are due to arrive in Somalia next week." RELATED STORY: AU Peacekeepers Land in Somalia (uk.reuters.com, 03/01/07)

Ahmed Haroun was responsible for Darfur in 2003 and 2004 AP Photo

Darfur War Crimes Suspect Defiant (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/28/07) "Sudan's humanitarian affairs minister, accused of war crimes in Darfur by the International Criminal Court (ICC), has said the move against him is political. Ahmed Haroun said he "did not feel guilty", his conscience was clear and that he was ready to defend himself. The ICC accuses Mr Haroun and a Janjaweed militia leader, known as Ali Kushayb, of 51 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Some 200,000 people have died in the four-year conflict in Darfur."

"The Falash Mura's claims to Judaism have been     questioned both in Ethiopia and Israel."             Photo Jewish Agency for Israel

Waiting Falash Mura Languish in Squalor (irinnews.org, 02/28/07) "TEL AVIV, 27 February 2007 (IRIN) - Thousands of Ethiopian former Jews have been waiting more than 10 years in disease-ridden camps in Ethiopia for the Israeli government to take them to Israel, NGOs say. About 16,000 of the Falash Mura – Jews who converted to Christianity, and some who reverted back - live in squalid conditions in immigration compounds in the capital, Addis Ababa, the city of Gondar in north-western Ethiopia, and in villages. 
In these compounds, tuberculosis and hepatitis are rife and children routinely die of preventable diseases such as measles, according to Falash Mura who have made it to Israel and specialists who have visited them."

Pregnant Woman Gave Birth in Detention in Ethiopia (somalinet.com, 02/27/07) "Feb 27, 2007 Reports from the Ogaden Online reporter in the provincial city of Jig Jiga, Ogaden confirm that an illegally detained, pregnant woman, Samsam Farax Dawaare has given birth in the Jig Jiga prison. Samsam is reported to have been severely tortured in detention for the past six months. It is reported that the Ethiopian militia controlling the prison refused any medical care for the pregnant woman who has since given birth. Eyewitnesses and close relatives of Samsam confirm that she was detained on September 9th 2006."

"Ms Jackson set up a radio station in Harare in 2000 but it was immediately closed down by the police." BBC Photo

Texting to Beat Zimbabwe Censors (bbc.co.uk, 02/27/07) "A private radio station broadcasting to Zimbabwe from the UK says it using text messages to beat the country's censors. Broadcasts from SW Radio Africa, started by a Zimbabwean journalist in London to avoid the media crackdown, have been jammed for nearly two years. SW Radio Africa founder Gerry Jackson says the daily SMS headline service is proving popular with 100 requests a day from those wanting to join the service." VISIT SW RADIO AFRICA EDITORIAL NOTE: Robert Mugabe's younger Marxist comrade Meles Zenawi has also muzzled the free press in Ethiopia with the assistance of Chinese communists and American neo-cons. He blocked web sites, incarcerated more than 15 journalists and put them on trial for "treason and genocide"; and killed about a dozen. His victims included 4 Voice of America reporters. Condoleezza Rice denies it all! Vicki Huddleston claims that democracy is thriving in East Africa.

African Union Team in Somalia Ahead of Troop Deployment: Official (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/27/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - African Union representatives are in Mogadishu laying the groundwork for an anticipated peacekeeping mission of some 8,000 troops to war-torn Somalia, an AU official told AFP Tuesday. "A mission left Sunday for Mogadishu. It was due to meet Somali authorities and assess the situation," the official told AFP by telephone, requesting anonymity."

"A Sudanese rebel arrives at the abandoned village of Chero Kasi in Darfur less than an hour after Janjaweed militiamen set it ablaze." Photograph: Scott Nelson/Getty Images      RELATED STORY: Khmer Rouge Genocide Trial Close to Collapse Audio: Ian MacKinnon on the Khmer Rouge Trial (5.02) (guardian.co.uk, 02/27/07)

Court Names Darfur War Crimes Suspects (guardian.co.uk, 02/27/07) "The international criminal court in The Hague today named the first two suspects wanted for allegedly committing war crimes in Darfur. The men are a former Sudanese government minister and a militia commander. ICC prosecutors have accused Ahmed Muhammed Harun, the former Sudan junior interior minister with responsibility for Darfur, and Ali Mohammed Ali Abd-al-Rahman, a leader of one of the Janjaweed militias in the western Sudanese region, of 51 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity." RELATED STORY: In Uganda, 'Last King of Scotland' Generates Blend of Pride and Pain (washingtonpost.com, 02/27/07)

Blowing the Horn (foreignaffairs.org, 03/01/07- March/April 2007 Issue) "WASHINGTON'S FAILINGS IN AFRICA:The Greater Horn of Africa -- a region half the size of the United States that includes Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, and Uganda -- is the hottest conflict zone in the world. "....Recent U.S. policy has only made matters worse. The region, which has both suffered attacks by al Qaeda and hosted its agents (including Osama bin Laden himself), is a legitimate concern of U.S. officials. But stemming the spread of terrorism and extremist ideologies has become such an overwhelming strategic objective for Washington that it has overshadowed U.S. efforts to resolve conflicts and promote good governance; in everything but rhetoric, counterterrorism now consumes U.S. policy in the Greater Horn as totally as anticommunism did a generation ago. To support this critical but narrow aim, the Bush administration has too often nurtured relationships with autocratic leaders and favored covert and military action over diplomacy. Sometimes that has even included feting in Langley Sudanese officials suspected of having a hand in the massacres in Darfur or handing suitcases full of cash to warlords on the streets of Mogadishu."

EDITORIAL NOTE: Richard Bruce Cheney and Condoleezza Rice are so consumed by extremist ideology of "phantom terrorism" in East Africa that they are willing to endorse the massacre of Ethiopian citizens by Meles Zenawi's fascistic dictatorship. They have fabricated stories about terrorists in Ethiopia and Somalia and smeared the peaceful opposition in Ethiopia to camouflage their man's brutality. (fettan.com, 02/26/07) New York Times Photo

Smearing Like It's 2003 (washingtonpost.com, 02/26/07) "Even as jurors pondered whether Vice President Cheney's former chief of staff should be convicted for lying about what the Bush administration did to smear one of its critics, there was Cheney accusing another adversary of doing the work of the terrorists. The fabricate-and-smear cycle illustrated so dramatically during the case of I. Lewis "Scooter'' Libby explains why President Bush is failing to rally support for the latest iteration of his Iraq policy. The administration's willingness at the outset to say anything, no matter how questionable, to justify the war has destroyed its credibility." 

Somali Officials React Splittingly to an Ethiopian Flag Put Up in Mogadishu (shabelle.net, 02/26/07) "Mogadishu 26, Feb.07 ( Sh.M.Network) - Officials of the Somali transitional government have responded differently to the Ethiopian flag that was erected in neighborhoods closer to the Ethiopian military bases in Mogadishu. Inhabitants closer to Ethiopian military bases in the Somali capital Mogadishu have cut the Ethiopian flag to pieces on Monday morning. Many people were annoyed after they have seen Somali words written in the flag that said: “Somalia is the sixth region of Ethiopia.”" RELATED STORY: US Warship Tackles Somali Pirates (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/26/07)

Bosnian Muslim man Omerovic Saban,33, says his prayer near grave stones of his father Osman, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007. 

Photo/Amel Emric) (Amel Emric - AP)

Serbia Hails Srebrenica Acquittal (cnn.com, 02/26/07)

World Court to Deliver Genocide Ruling (washingtonpost.com, 02/25/07) "THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Can a state commit genocide? Should an entire nation _ not just its presidents, generals, and soldiers _ be held responsible for humanity's worst crime? In one of the most momentous cases in its 60 years, the U.N.'s highest court will deliver its judgment Monday on Bosnia's demand to make Serbia accountable for the slaughter, terrorizing, rape and displacement of Bosnian Muslims in the early 1990s."

EDITORIAL NOTE: The decision of the World Court has highly significant implications for the perpetrators of genocide that has been and is being committed in Ethiopia. When Meles Zenawi and his associates are taken to the World Court, who will be held primarily responsible for the crime against humanity? Will it be the leadership of the politburo of the Marxist Leninist League of Tigray, or the entire leadership of the Tigrean People's Liberation Front (TPLF/Woyane) or the Ethiopian Peoples' Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF)? RELATED STORY: Serbia Cleared in Genocide, to a Point (newsday.com -ap- 02/26/07) Yes! Melesovic and other cohorts committed genocide. Verdict Video by Reuters.com, 02/26/07

Pirates Hijack Food Aid Ship Off Somalia (newsday.com -ap- 02/25/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya -- Pirates hijacked a cargo ship delivering U.N. food aid to northeastern Somalia on Sunday -- at least the third time since 2005 that a vessel contracted to the United Nations has been hijacked off the country's dangerous coast. 
The ship, MV Rozen, had just dropped off more than 1,800 tons of food aid in the semiautonomous region of Puntland in northeastern Somalia when the pirates struck, said Stephanie Savariaud, a spokeswoman for the U.N.'s World Food Program." RELATED STORY: Pirates Hijack UN-Chartered Ship in Northeastern Somalia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/25/07)

Terrified Somalis Fleeing from Meles Zenawi-George Bush invading forces on foot.  AFP Photo

Exodus From Mogadishu After Deadly Attacks (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/24/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Thousands of terrified civilians poured out of the Somali capital on Saturday after heavy fighting between Ethiopian troops and gunmen overnight left at least 10 people dead. "I was very scared yesterday after I heard the heaviest explosion ever in the capital," Adan Dirir Bare, a resident of southern Mogadishu, told AFP. "I had insisted a lot on staying in Mogadishu but not now."" RELATED STORIES: Hundreds Hurt in Crossfire of Fierce Battles in Mogadishu (cnn.com, 02/24/07) 'Protect Somalis' Red Cross Urges (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/14/07)

Terrified Somalis Fleeing from Meles Zenawi-George Bush invading forces in mini-vans.  AFP Photo

U.S. Used Bases in Ethiopia to Hunt Al Qaeda (nytimes.com, 02/23/07) "WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 — The American military quietly waged a campaign from Ethiopia last month to capture or kill top leaders of Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa, including the use of an airstrip in eastern Ethiopia to mount airstrikes against Islamic militants in neighboring Somalia, according to American officials." "....Indeed, the Pentagon for several years has been training Ethiopian troops for counterterrorism operations in camps near the Somalia border, including Ethiopian special forces called the Agazi Commandos, which were part of the Ethiopian offensive in Somalia." RELATED STORIES: On a Dilemma in the Horn (economist.com, 02/22/07) Eritrea:Still in the Regional Game? (economist.com, 02/22/07)

Somali, Zenawi-Agazi Troops in Deadly Battle With Gunmen (cnn.com, 02/23/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuters) -- Somali government troops and their Ethiopian allies used tanks and heavy artillery to battle gunmen who struck a military base at the former defense ministry in Mogadishu on Friday. At least three civilians were killed by stray bullets and retaliatory fire as the violence spilled over into the nearby neighborhoods of Bar Ubah and Gupta. "The government soldiers and Ethiopians fired back using heavy artillery as well as tanks. The fighting continued for close to 20 minutes," said a resident who declined to give his name for fear of reprisal." RELATED STORY: Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in Mogadishu, 3 Dead (uk.reuters.com, 02/23/07)

The legacy of a brutal dictator haunts the son - Jaffar Idi Amin. Jaffar says it will be a difficult battle trying to [humanise] his father's blood stained soul.  BBC Photo

Jaffar Idi Amin  AP Photo

 

Son Breaks Vow of Silence to Defend Amin (guardian.co.uk, 02/22/07) "The son of Idi Amin has broken his family's two-decade vow of silence about the tyrant, hoping to put the record straight about the dictator following release of the Oscar-nominated The Last King of Scotland. Jaffar Amin has also called for a truth and reconciliation committee to investigate his father's reign of terror. "Dad is the only person that has ever been accused and sentenced, incarcerated by opinion, without it ever reaching any courthouse," said Jaffar, 40. Jaffar Amin does not deny the atrocities attributed to his father, and acknowledges it will be a difficult battle trying to humanise him. He says the film will compound many negative images."

Obang Metho issues an advice and warning to Meles Zenawi- the TPLF/EPRDF Fascist dictator (02/20/07)

U.S. Military Used Bases in Ethiopia to Train Meles Zenawi/s Agazi commandos who slaughtered mothers and children in Addis Abeba in 2005. (New York Times, 02/23/07)

Professor Makonnen Bishaw

 

Professor Makonnen Bishaw, Prominent Human Rights Advocate Passed Away (Ethiopian Review, 02/21/07) " Dr Makonnen Bishaw was a distinguished scholar and had served as secretary general of the Ethiopian Human Rights Council (EHRCO). He and Prof. Asrat Woldeyes, who represented Addis Ababa University at the 1991 Transitional Government Conference, were the only two individuals who rejected the Woyanne ethnic-apartheid charter. Both of them were later dismissed from Addis Ababa University by the Woyanne junta, along with 40 other scholars."

"Violence has again been spiraling out of control in Mogadishu."   AFP Photo

Two Killed in Mogadishu Shootings (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/22/07) "Two interim government administrators have become the latest victims of insurgent attacks in Somalia's capital. Unknown gunmen shot and killed the two men officials in Mogadishu in separate incidents on Wednesday. Police are investigating the killings. Dozens have been killed by insurgents since Ethiopia-backed government forces defeated the Islamists two months ago." RELATED STORIES: Somali Insurgents Threaten Suicide Attacks as Airport Attacked (iht.com, 02/22/07) New Somalia Media Restrictions Reflect Government Concerns About Tensions in Mogadishu (voanews.com, 02/21/07) Somalia Reconciliation Congress in Weeks-President (alertnet.org -reuters- 02/22/07)

Britain and Denmark to Start Iraq Withdrawal (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/21/07) "LONDON (AFP) - Key US ally Britain, along with Denmark, announced a major troop withdrawal from Iraq, even as the United States sends in thousands of extra soldiers to douse the raging insurgency. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the British force in southern Iraq would drop from 7,100 to 5,500 in coming months and could fall below 5,000 this year."

Analysis: U.N. Approves Somalia Mission (upi.com, 02/21/07) "UNITED NATIONS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- The U.N. Security Council has given its approval to the African Union to establish a peacekeeping mission in Somalia for six months while simultaneously asking for a report on the possibility of a U.N. peacekeeping mission in the country after deployment of AU forces. To that end the resolution passed unanimously Tuesday asked U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to send a technical assessment mission to the Horn of Africa."

One of Lalibela's monolithic churches BBC Photo

Fears for Ethiopia's Crumbling Churches (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/21/07) "As a boy, Mulugeta Melesse and his friends used to play around the ancient rock-hewn churches of Lalibela in the Ethiopian highlands. Now a man, he guides tourists around the churches that were carved out of living rock by order of King Lalibela at the end of the 11th Century and the beginning of the 12th. Ethiopians believe he was helped by angels." RELATED STORIES: Meles Zenawi Says Cholera Outbreak is Not Epidemic (guardian.co.uk, 02/21/07)  Aid Groups Say 680 Dead in Suspected Cholera Outbreak in Ethiopia (centredaily.com, 02/21/07) EDITORIAL NOTE: Meles Zenaw's legacy: Death, corruption, disease, destruction, deterioration and terror. The pathological lair claimed that there was NO HIV/AIDS a few years ago, and once gain says NO CHOLERA!

Kenyan Government Orders Ethiopian Asylum-Seekers to Leave (peacejournalism.com, 02/21/07) "ISIOLO, 21 February (IRIN) - Ethiopian asylum-seekers, who have been camped near the Kenyan border town of Moyale, have urged the government to rescind an order forcing them to return to Ethiopia, saying they feared for their safety.At least 1,000 people fled their homes along the Kenya-Ethiopia border and headed towards Moyale after a wave of violent conflict that left at least 11 people dead and scores injured on 9 February. Ever since they arrived, the 1,010 asylum-seekers have been camped in the open in Funyanyatta and Kinisa area, without assistance."

"The attacks have resulted in displacement of people in certain parts of the capital [EPA]"

Deadly Mortar Fire Hits Mogadishu (english.aljezeera.net, 02/21/07) "Mortar bombs have killed at least 12 people in one of the fiercest bombardments of Mogadishu since the Union of the Islamic Courts was forced from Somalia's capital last month. The hilltop presidential palace, Villa Somalia, and the coastal city's defence headquarters were among the targets of Tuesday's attacks. Hospital sources said dozens of people were wounded." RELATED STORY: Aid Groups Say Violence Prevents Them From Reaching Parts of Somalia (voanews.com, 02/21/07)

Civilians Killed as Fierce Fighting Returns to Mogadishu (guardian.co.uk, 02/21/07) "Hospitals in Mogadishu yesterday struggled to treat more than 40 wounded, including several children, as the death toll rose to 12 after the worst fighting since Ethiopian troops ousted the Islamists from the Somali capital in late December. Most of the victims were civilians caught in the crossfire as Ethiopian and pro-government forces exchanged mortar fire with unknown insurgents. Hundreds of people fled their homes during the fiercest fighting in the early hours of the morning." RELATED STORY: Shelling in Somali Capital Kills 15 (washingtonpost.com, 02/21/07)

UN Authorizes AU Deployment in Somalia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/21/07) "UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council has unanimouslyy approved the deployment of an African Union peacekeeping force to Somalia, which could be followed in six months by a UN force. The British-drafted resolution passed by the 15-member council authorizes the AU force to deploy for six months to help secure and stabilize the lawless east African nation wracked by civil war since 1991." RELATED STORIES: Somalia to Get 8,000 Peacekeepers (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/21/07) U.N. Approves Somalia Peacekeepers (uk.reutres.com, 02/21/07)

Trial of Opposition Activists Adjourned Once Again alertnet.org -reuters- 02/20/07) "ADDIS ABABA, 20 February (IRIN) - The Federal High Court in Ethiopia has once again adjourned the trial of 111 opposition activists and journalists, including more than 70 defendants who have been held in custody since November 2005 on charges of instigating unrest to overthrow the government. Federal High Court Judge Adil Ahmed on Monday adjourned the trial until 5 March, saying a speech allegedly made by one of the defendants - the leader of the country's main opposition party, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), Hailu Shawl - in the US Congress before his arrest needed to be translated from English into Amharic, Ethiopia's official language."

"A Somali boy shows a twisted fragment of an artillery shell that hit his family’s house during fighting in Mogadishu. Photograph: Shabelle Media/Reuters"

Somali Capital Clashes Kill 12 as Thousands Flee (news.yahoo.co -afp- 02/20/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Fierce artillery battles between security forces and suspected Islamists killed at least 12 people in Somalia's capital overnight and forced thousands to flee. The fighting was the heaviest in the coastal city since Ethiopian troops helped Somali government fighters ousted the powerful Islamist movement from Mogadishu late last year." RELATED STORIES: Heavy Shelling in Somali Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/10/07) 16 killed in Somalian Bombing (abc.net.au, 02/21/07) At Least 12 Killed as Fighting Returns to Mogadishu guardian.co.uk, 02/20/07) Mortar Blasts Kill 16 in Mogadishu (uk.reuters.com, 02/20/07) Shelling in Somalia Kills 12 (washingtonpost.com -ap- 02/20/07)

 

France Watches Africa Slip From its Grasp Reuters Photo

African Energy Sparks New Cold War: CNN VIDEO (cnn.com, 02/20/07) "China is aggressively seeking markets in Africa at an astonishing rate. CNN's Jeff Koinange reports." RELATED STORIES: African Nations Wary of China's Aid (belleville.com, 02/20/07) US Says China’s Africa Drive Okay (somalinet.com, 02/17/07) China and Global Oil Competition (zanesvilletimesrecorder.com, 02/20/07) China’s Moves in Africa are Driven by Self-interest (nationmedia.com, 02/19/07)

Yemen in Talks to Build Bridge to Africa (za.today.reuters.com, 02/20/07) "SANAA (Reuters) - Yemen is in talks with a Dubai-based company to build a 14-km (8.7 miles) bridge across the Red Sea to the Horn of Africa country of Djibouti, a Yemeni official said on Tuesday. A UAE newspaper said the project, estimated to cost $1 billion, could be launched within two months, though it was not immediately clear when it would be completed. "The company and the government are still in negotiations," a senior Yemeni government official told Reuters."

Professor Yacob Haile Mariam  an international know attorney and human rights activist jailed by Meles Zenawi on fabricated charges of treason and genocide. He and more than 100 others will be in Zenawi's kangaroo court today to face the sham charges.

Trial of Ex-NSU Professor in Ethiopia at Critical Juncture (content.hamtonroads.com, 02/17/07) "Monday looms as a judgment day for Yacob Hailemariam. The lawyer and former Norfolk State University professor has been imprisoned for more than a year in his home country, Ethiopia, after winning a parliament seat as a reformer. Judges are scheduled to rule on the prosecution's part of a trial on charges of treason and genocide against Hailemariam and more than 70 others, said Charles Schaefer, a country specialist for Amnesty International. The human rights organization objects to the Ethiopian government's actions, has declared Hailemariam and others "prisoners of conscience," and tracks the case through American diplomats there." RELATED STORIES: Former NSU Professor is Charged With Genocide (content.hamptonroads.com, 12/31.05) Dr. Yacob Haile-Mariam (hamptonroads.blog, 02/18/07) Free Yacob.com    Dr. Jacob's Letter to the Worldwide Community (Amharic pdf) English Version

Clan Violence Kills 43 in Southern Ethiopia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/19/07) "NAIROBI (AFP) - Fierce inter-clan fighting has killed at least 43 people in Ethiopia's southeastern Ogaden region, inhabited mainly by ethnic Somalis. The violence erupted after a land dispute between rival members of a clan turned awry on Sunday, when the foes clashed for the second time since the quarrel started last week."

      A man carries his wounded child to Madina Hospital after he was shot on the neck by a stray bullet in Mogadishu. AFP Photo

Somali Capital Violence Claim Seven (new.yahoo.com -afp- 02/19/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - A car explosion killed at least four people in the restive Somali capital as three others, including a policeman, were gunned down in violence which has surged since the toppling of an Islamist movement late last year. Police said the four traveling in the car were all killed when their vehicle exploded in Mogadishu's Tawfiiq neighbourhood." "...A car explosion killed at least four people in the restive Somali capital as three others, including a policeman, were gunned down in violence which has surged since the toppling of an Islamist movement late last year." RELATED STORIES: Anti-Terror Force' for Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/19/07) Somalian Anti-Terror Unit Goes to Work (cnn.com, 02/19/07) SOMALIA-YEMEN: Somali MiGrants’ Death Toll Rises (irinnews.org, 02/18/07) American Is Charged in U.S. for Activities in Somalia (washingtonpost.com, 02/14/07)

Vulture Fund Companies - Gold Finger and Paul Singer Bankrupting African Nations to Feed the Vultures (Listen to BBC Report -  Audio) (democracynow.org, 02/15/07) "Today we take a close look at companies known as ?vulture funds.? Vulture fund companies buy up the debt of poor countries at cheap prices, and then demand payments much higher than the original amount of the debt, often taking poor countries to court when they cannot afford to repay. For an in-depth look at this issue, we turn to a BBC Newsnight documentary by investigative reporter Greg Palast."

IRIN Photo  "The Islamic Courts gone, sales of narcotic khat are once again flourishing."  This narcotic is promoted and massively distributed among Ethiopian youth by companies tied to Meles Zenawi. His export business is booming once again. It is pay-off time.

SOMALIA: Mogadishu Residents Back to Living in Constant Danger (irinnews.org, 02/16/07) "MOGADISHU, 15 February 2007 (IRIN) - Maryan Aliyow Isse had hoped the security situation in Mogadishu would stabilise after the Ethiopian-backed transitional government took control of the Somali capital in December. She was wrong. "We are in constant danger," said Maryan, who lives with her four children among 945 displaced families in a compound that used to be the Taleh government school in the southern Hodan district. "Mortars explode near the camp every night."" RELATED STORY: In Gulf of Aden, More Than 107 Die En Route From Somalia to Yemen (voanews.com, 02/16/07)

Inter-clan Fighting Over Pasture Leaves 19 Dead People in Ethiopia (eitb24.com, 02/16/07) " Kenyan authorities said Ethiopian women and children were fleeing the fighting and crossing over into Kenya's northern Moyale District to stay with relatives. Clashes between two Ethiopian tribes over pasture and alleged cattle theft have killed 19 people and left 11 others wounded near the border with Kenya, an Ethiopian police spokesman said on Thursday." RELATED STORY: Opposition Radio Says 33 Killed in Southern Ethiopia Clashes (sudantribune.com, 02/16/07)

Insurgents Fire Mortars in Somalia (newsday.com -ap- 02/15/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Insurgents fired mortars at three areas where Ethiopian troops hold strategic positions in Somalia's capital on Thursday, leaving at least four civilians dead, witnesses said. One mortar fell near Mogadishu's Bakara market, killing three civilians and wounding five others, said Abdi Haji Nuur, who owns a spare-parts shop in the area. Nearby Ethiopian troops returned fire with artillery, witnesses said." RELATED STORY: Back-up Plan Lacking in Somalia, Says Analyst (voanews.com, 02/15/07)

Editorial Note: Isaias Afeworki, Bereket Simion and Meles Zenawi, three Eritrean gangsters, are allergic to persuasion not because they do not understand international law and juries prudence, but due to the fact that they were nurtured in a counter culture of jungle brutality - brinksmanship, cantankerous indignation, deception, distortion of reality, illusion of grandeur, paranoia, self-righteous arrogance, insatiable thirst for conflict and bloodshed. When these symptoms of dysfunctional personality are combined with the possession of powerful armaments, there is virtually no chance for a democratic and civil society to emerge through civilized discourse. Indeed, they are allergic to persuasion. They will not give up power through the ballot box or negotiate in good faith, and Meles Zenawi has made that abundantly clear in 1995, 2000 and 2005. Ethiopian patriots must be prepared to face the truth and seek various other options to remove these automatons. Watch the Video below to witness how low they will go to deceive international donors. (fettan.com, 02/14//07)

Meles Zenawi and Isaias Afeworki: Allergic to Persuasion (sudantribune.com, 02/14/07) "Six years since they signed a peace agreement in Algiers, Ethiopia and Eritrea continue their confrontation. Ethiopia won’t accept the ruling of the Boundary Commission. Eritrea won’t negotiate. Tensions rise in Somalia as Ethiopia and Eritrea back different sides. The United Nations peacekeeping mission to Ethiopia and Eritrea, UNMEE, struggles to maintain a presence in the border area, its activities restricted and its exit strategy blocked. Major UN and US initiatives fail. The Border Commission resorts to a virtual boundary demarcation." "....What began as a confrontation over the insignificant border village of Badme has left the ruling parties of both Ethiopia and Eritrea bitterly divided, drained the scarce resources of two of the world’s poorest states, spread conflict across the rest of the Horn and left a legacy of bitterness and distrust that will take years to abate."

Captain Girma, the President of the TPLF/EPRDF regime being fed crow by Kemal Bedri, Chief of Elections Commission EPPF Video

 

Meles Zenawi's Tragic-Comedy in the Chambers of the EPRDF/Woyane So Called "Parliament" (effp.info, 02/10/07 Click on the pictures to watch video) A drama produced by Zenawi at Dedebit and played by Seyoum Mesfin, Captain Girma, Kemal Bedri, Teshome Toga, Tarekegn Imagnu, Negasso Giddada and Marara Gudinna. A theater staged to smear Ethiopia's history and her people's struggle to establish democracy. A futile attempt by the US Department of State to legitimize Meles Zenawi authoritarian regime's 2005 corrupted parliamentary elections "victory" and the incarceration and fallacious charges of crime against Engineer Hailu Shawel et. al.  A must see video that exposes the hypocrisy of the George W. Bush presidency. Remember US Charge D'Affaire Vickie Huddleston concocted this broth of "parliamentarians" and threw the legitimate representatives who refused to participate in this charade into the dungeons. RELATED STORY: Who Do You Think Is the
World’s Worst Dictator?
(parade.com, 02/13/07)

Somalia's Warlords Re-Emerge As a Threat (newsday.com ap- 02/14/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Somalia's warlords are re-emerging and pose a threat to humanitarian aid deliveries to the needy, the United Nations warned Wednesday, as the government struggles to quell growing unrest. Rising violence and a power vacuum caused by the ousting of Islamic forces by the transitional government could lead to a return of the chaos that plagued Somalia for 16 years, the U.N. said in a monthly report." RELATED STORIES: Uganda Peacekeepers to be Sent to Pacify Somali Capital (alertnet.org -reuters- 02/14/07) Analyst says AU Peacekeepers Unlikely to Arrive Soon in Somalia (voanews.com, 02/14/07) Somalis Flee Mayhem of Mogadishu (uk.reuters.com, 02/14/07)

Somali child injured in Mogadishu blasts    AFP Photo

Residents Flee Mogadishu Blasts (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/13/07) "People are fleeing areas in the Somalia capital, Mogadishu, that came under attack overnight fearing more violence. A BBC correspondent says the port, presidential villa and a minister's house came under fire and two civilians were wounded in a gun battle. The government says it suspects the attacks were carried out by remnants of the defeated Islamist militia." RELATED STORIES: Somali PM Vows to Pursue Islamists (mg.co.za, 02/13/07) U.N. Agency: 30 Drowned Off Yemen Coast (newsday.com -ap- 02/13/07)

Sudan Denies a United Nations Human Rights Team Entry to the Country (voanews.com, 02/13/07) "The Sudanese government Monday said it would deny visas to a U.N. human rights mission due to arrive this week to investigate alleged abuses in Darfur. The team leader says it is in Sudan's interest to open up to the mission.  Meanwhile, the leader of the U.N.'s food program says there are plans to feed six million people in the Sudan -- if relief workers can reach those in need.  VOA's Jim Fry reports. The six-member U.N. human rights team was due to arrive this week in Sudan... but the Khartoum government announced it would deny the team visas unless it replaces one member."

Wave of Overnight Attacks Rocks Somalia's Capital (news.independent.co.uk, 02/13/07) "Gunfire, mortars and rockets slammed into Somalia's capital early yesterday in a series of attacks that killed a six-year-old boy and his father as they slept, and wounded at least seven people, witnesses said. The violence, which hit residential areas as well as the presidential palace, a radio station and a police station, was among the worst since Somalia's government moved into the capital late last year. Somali troops, with the help of soldiers from neighboring Ethiopia, drove out a radical Islamic militia known as the Council of Islamic Courts."  RELATED STORY:  Heavy Blasts Rock Somali Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/12/07) UN Council Considers Somalia Mission Resolution (alertnet.org -reuters- 02/12/07)

AP Photo: "A man on a stretcher is wheeled to the Medina hospital, Mogadishu, Somalia, by family..." Slideshow: Somalia Unrest

Somali Rally for Peace Ends in Violence (news.yahoo.com -ap- 02/11/07) "KISMAYO, Somalia - A march that drew thousands in support of peacekeepers ended in violence Sunday when an explosion went off as the army chief prepared to address the rally and government troops fired into the crowd in response. At least five people were killed. The army chief was among the wounded, said Gudud. Five other officials also were injured, including the commander of the Somali national army's 3rd Battalion and the police chief for southwestern Somalia." RELATED STORY: Blast Wounds Several at South Somalia Ceremony (reuters.co.uk, 02/11/07)

CNN VIDEO

Boost for Obama From Australia  (guardian.co.uk, 02/12/07) "Barack Obama, one of the leading Democratic candidates for next year's presidential race, received an early and unexpected boost yesterday when the Australian prime minister, John Howard, criticised his anti-war stance. The attack by the close ally of President George Bush and vocal supporter of the war in Iraq, came just hours after Mr Obama formally announced in Springfield, Illinois, that he would seek the Democratic nomination. Breaking the convention that foreign leaders do not interfere in domestic political campaigns, Mr Howard rounded on Mr Obama, who is strongly opposed to the war in Iraq, for demanding that all US troops leave Iraq by March 31 next year." RELATED STORY: Obama Enters the 2008 Presidential Race- Photos (washingtonpost.com, 02/11/07)

Somali Residential Area, Hotel Attacked (mercurynews.com, 02/10/07) "Mortar attacks in a residential area and on a hotel in the Somali capital killed five people and injured 10 on Saturday, witnesses said, a day after a previously unknown pro-Islamist group warned it would step up violence. Mogadishu has seen increasing violence over the past month, after government troops backed by Ethiopian forces ousted the Islamic movement that controlled Mogadishu and much of southern Somalia. The Islamic movement, which still has support in Mogadishu, promised an Iraq-style insurgency."

Diplomats Push for Somali Conflict Resolution (middle-east-online.com, 02/10/07) "Somali gunmen fire rockets into Mogadishu hotel, hundreds rally in anti-Ethiopian, troop deployment in Somalia.  DAR ES SALAAM - A US-backed international panel for Somalia on Friday pushed here for a quick resolution of the conflict in the country, where guerrilla-style attacks have escalated in recent weeks." RELATED STORIES: Somalia Violence Kills Children Video Thumbnail (today.reuters.co.uk, 02/10/07) African Peacekeeping Force Seen as Inadequate (washtimes.com, 02/10/07) At least Three Dead in Somalia Attacks (voanews.com, 02/10/07)

Indeed Jendayi Frazer is focused like a laser on....... Reuters Photo     Editorial Note: The US Government's policy is a misguided double-thronged assault on African democratic movements! It stifles democracy and nurtures brutal dictatorships as is evidenced in Ethiopia today.

Somalis Oppose Peacekeepers, Rocket Hits Hotel (today.reuters.co.uk, 02/09/07) "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters in Mogadishu threatened to attack African peacekeepers and burnt flags of nations supporting the idea on Friday even as international diplomats urged speedy deployment of such a force. Underscoring the volatility in the Horn of Africa nation, a rocket slammed into a Mogadishu hotel after dark, shattering the reception area and terrifying occupants including top officials." "...We need to, like a laser, focus on supporting the sovereign transitional federal government and the Somali people," U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer said at the meeting's start in Dar es Salaam." RELATED STORIES: US Moves In On Africa (guardian.co.ok, 02/09/07) Putin Hits Out at US Global Dominance (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/10/07)  

Student Wubishet Solomon was shot while demonstrating in October 2005. Jendayi Frazer sees, hears or speaks no evil.  AP Photo

 

Meles Zenawi is Accused of 'Torturing and Illegally Jailing Opponents of EPRDF Regime' (news.independent.co.uk, 02/09/07) "Ethiopia is conducting a systematic campaign of intimidation, detention and torture against political opponents of its increasingly autocratic government, human rights groups have alleged. Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, a celebrated ally of the US administration in its "war on terror" and previously invited to sit on Tony Blair's Africa Commission, has become increasingly blatant in his suppression of opposition. At least 40 opposition supporters in the country have been held in prison since December where torture has become commonplace, according to evidence from Amnesty International."

Peacekeeping Protests in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/09/07) "Hundreds of protesters have burned flags and threatened to attack African troops set to be deployed to Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. The 800 demonstrators, in the north of Mogadishu, a stronghold of the ousted Islamists, set fire to Ethiopian, Ugandan and US flags. Meanwhile, diplomats from Europe, Africa and the US have called for the peacekeepers to be deployed urgently."

Mengistu Haile Mariam killed thousands of Ethiopians during 17 years of Marxist junta rule. BBC Photo

Appeal for Mengistu Death Penalty (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/08/07) "Ethiopia is lodging an appeal to demand the death sentence for the country's former ruler Mengistu Haile Mariam and his closest aides. Mengistu and his associates were found guilty of killing thousands of people by the country's high court during the regime's 17-year rule. State prosecutor Yosef Kiros said he wants the life sentence handed out last month to be overturned." EDITORIAL: The Ethiopian People Shall Not be Distracted by This Sham Trial

8 Injured in Mortar Attack in Mogadishu (news.yahoo.com -ap- 02/08/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia - Unknown assailants fired a mortar on a square in Somalia's capital Thursday, wounding eight civilians and prompting Ethiopian troops to shoot into the air to deter further attacks. It was the latest attack in a city beset by spiraling violence since the Ethiopia-backed December ouster of the Islamic movement that had controlled Mogadishu and much of southern Somalia. The Islamic movement, which residents say still has strong support in the capital, has vowed to wage an Iraq-style insurgency."

Waves of Explosions Kill Civilians in Mogadishu (somalinet.com, 02/07/07) "(SomaliNet) At least three people have been killed and ten others were wounded in separate explosions that rocked the Somalia capital on Wednesday night – as there has been wide spread of insecurity in Mogadishu with killings and kidnapping seem rising. Several series of explosions could be heard in parts of Mogadishu carried out by unknown militiamen. Two civilians have been killed and three others were injured in Al-Baraka village of Hodan neighborhood in southwest Mogadishu after a mortar round has slammed in their house. All the victims are in one family." RELATED STORY: Mogadishu Residents Say Mortar Attacks Kill Two (voanews.com, 02/07/07)

UN Says 50,000 Somalis Have Crossed to Ethiopia (alertnet.org -reuters- 02/07/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Around 50,000 Somalis have crossed into neighbouring Ethiopia in the past six months of instability in their homeland, and most are living without humanitarian aid, the United Nations said on Wednesday. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said a majority of the would-be refugees were women and children fleeing fighting in Somalia where an Islamist movement took control of most of the south in June but fell over the New Year. "Most of these people are being taken care of by family and clan members in Ethiopia, with no assistance from humanitarian agencies thus far," the UNHCR statement said." RELATED STORY: ETHIOPIA-SOMALIA: Asylum-Seekers Living Rough (irinnes.org, 02/08/07)

Somali Transitional Government Sends Captured Foreign Fighters, Islamists to Ethiopia (garoweonline.com, 02/07/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia Feb 7 (Garowe Online) - Somalia’s interim government officially handed over custody of 39 prisoners caught during recent battles near the Somali-Kenya border, according to government sources. The 39 prisoners, which included 11 women and 11 children, were reportedly airlifted from the Mogadishu airport to Addis Ababa aboard an Ethiopian military plane on Tuesday. An airport official confirmed to local press that the prisoners were held at an undisclosed location in the outskirts of Mogadishu in recent days, and that they were formally handed over to Ethiopian officials for further interrogation."

Somalia's PM Demotes His Deputy (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/07/07) "Somalia's deputy PM and ex-warlord, Hussein Aideed, has been demoted from internal affairs to the housing ministry in a cabinet reshuffle. A BBC correspondent says it is part of the prime minister's efforts to exert his authority since the government routed the Islamists from Mogadishu. Five people have been killed in the capital by gunmen in the past 24 hours."

Bush Approves Plan To Pressure Sudan (washingtonpost.com, 02/07/07) "President Bush has approved a plan for the Treasury Department to aggressively block U.S. commercial bank transactions connected to the government of Sudan, including those involving oil revenues, if Khartoum continues to balk at efforts to bring peace to Sudan's troubled Darfur region, government officials said yesterday. The Treasury plan is part of a secret three-tiered package of coercive steps -- labeled "Plan B" -- that the administration has repeatedly threatened to unleash if Sudan continues to sponsor a campaign of terror that has left as many as 450,000 dead and 2.5 million homeless." RELATED STORY: US Approves Treasury Plan to Press Sudan Over Darfur: Report (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/07/07)

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, seen here on 2 February 2007. (AFP/File/Mannie Garcia)

US to Create Africa Military Command (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/06/07) "WASHINGTON (AFP) - The Pentagon will create a new regional command for Africa to oversee US military activities on the continent, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said. Gates, who made the announcement Tuesday in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, said President George W. Bush had decided to stand up the new command, creating a fifth regional command led by a four star officer." "....Gates has said that he Pentagon will create a new regional command for Africa to oversee US military activities on the continent." RELATED STORIES: US to Get Africa Command Centre (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/06/07) With Eye on Al-Qaeda, US Creates Africa Military Command (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/06/07) No More US Combat Troops to Be Based in Africa (voanews.com, 02/07/07)  African, US Military Chiefs Meeting to Counter Terrorism (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/07/07)

A Sharp Eye On Ethiopia (washingtonpost.com, 02/06/07) "After three decades as a prominent reporter in Ethiopia, the arrests and jailings -- punishment for articles deemed critical of the government -- became too much for Mulugeta Lule. He fled his country and now works for a District parking company. Tamagne Beyene was a famed entertainer who toured Ethiopia's stages and arenas. But he gave up that life for refuge in Alexandria after his public jokes about the government led to jail time and police beatings."

ME! A Lair? Oh NO! The al-Qaeda terrorists just disappeared into thin air. That can't be blamed on me! Ask Jendi or Condi! I was just taking orders.

Woyane PM Doesn't Confirm al Qaeda Killings in Somalia (eitb24.com, 02/05/07) ""We do not have definite information on a number of the key al Qaeda targets. There are reports that one or two of them might have died but we have no confirmation," he told the FT. There has been no confirmation so far of any targeted al Qaeda suspects being killed in Somalia, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi told the Financial Times in an interview published on Monday. Ethiopia is working closely with the United States to identify Islamist fighters killed in neighbouring Somalia in recent clashes, including U.S. air strikes, Meles said. "We do not have definite information on a number of the key al Qaeda targets. There are reports that one or two of them might have died but we have no confirmation," he told the FT." EDITORIAL NOTE: We told the world in an editorial posted in December 2006 that there was not a trace of al-Qaeda in Somalia and the Jihadists do not pose any threats to Ethiopia. We also states at the time that Meles Zenawi is a pathological lair and his current statements confirm what a low class blood thirsty tyrant he is. Ethiopians will never be distracted by the Abebe-Condi theatrical summersaults! Meles will be removed by the will and determination of the Ethiopian people. Democracy will prevail in East Africa!

Attacks Overshadow Somali Reconciliation Meeting (today.reuters.co.yk, 02/05/07) "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Gedi opened a reconciliation workshop in Mogadishu on Monday designed to foster peace amid an escalating spate of guerrilla-style attacks in the volatile Horn of Africa nation. In the latest assault, unknown assailants fired four rockets at Mogadishu port hours before Gedi began the week-long meeting of some 200 traditional leaders, plus peace and women's rights activists. The pre-dawn rocket attack, which came from a residential area of the coastal city, was the latest in a series of almost daily strikes targeting Somali government installations and the administration's Ethiopian allies."

AU Team Visits Mogadishu Ahead of Troop Deployment (today.reuters.co.uk, 02/04/07) "MOGADISHU, Feb 4 (Reuters) - An African Union delegation assessed security in Mogadishu and met with officials of the interim Somali government ahead of a proposed deployment of a peacekeeping force, officials said on Sunday. African leaders meeting in Addis Ababa last week scrambled to find thousands more African Union troops for a peacekeeping force in Somalia fearing failure to deploy in time could plunge the Horn of Africa country back into anarchy. With only 4,000 troops pledged out of the required 8,000, leaders urged more countries to raise more troops."

Ethiopia's Defar Breaks World Indoor Record in Women's 3000 Metres (940news.com, 02/03/07) "Ethiopia's Defar breaks world indoor record in women's 3,000 metres at 14:34 on February 3, 2007, EST. STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Meseret Defar set a women's world record in the indoor 3,000 metres Saturday in a race in which the top two runners broke the old mark by more than four seconds. The Ethiopian's time of eight minutes 23.72 seconds beat the old mark of 8:27.86 set by Lilia Schobukara of Russia on Feb. 17, 2006, in Moscow."

Top Islamic Leader Says Peacekeepers Will Fuel Unrest in Somalia (canadaeast.com, 02/03/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) - Thousands of Ethiopian and Eritrean troops are in Somalia, backing opposing sides in the struggle for control of the strategic country, according to confidential UN briefing paper. The involvement of the two Horn of Africa rivals could set the stage for a regional war. The confidential report, dated Oct. 26 and obtained by The Associated Press, cites diplomatic sources as estimating that "between 6,000-8,000 Ethiopians and 2,000 fully equipped Eritrean troops are now inside Somalia."" RELATED STORY: Islamic School for Girls Hit in Worsening Somali Violence (cnn.com -ap- 02/02/07)

Meles Zenawi's Council General in Pakistan Commits Suicide (dailytimes.com.pk, 02/03/07) "KARACHI: Fifty-six-year-old Jawed Arshad, the honorary consul-general of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Pakistan since 2001, committed suicide according to his family at his residence in KDA Scheme No. 1 Friday. The honorary consulate general’s office was located at his residence."

UN Stresses Urgency for AU Mission to Somalia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 02/02/07) "UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council said it was urgent for the African Union to deploy its peacekeeping mission to Somalia in order to speed up the evacuation of all other foreign forces from the violence-torn region. After consultations on Somalia, the Slovak ambassador Peter Burian, council president for February, told reporters the panel "welcomed the African Union's intention to establish such a mission in Somalia," as expressed at the AU summit this week in Addis Ababa." RELATED STORY: U.N. Pushes Africans to Send Peacekeepers to Somalia (news.yahoo.com -reuters- 02/02/07)

Isaias Afeworki Rejects Accusations of Plot Labeled by Meles Zenawi  (news24.com, 02/02/07) "Addis Ababa - Eritrea rejected on Friday accusations by bitter rival Ethiopia that it had plotted to bomb an African leaders summit. "This is not the first time the Ethiopians have fabricated stories to try and discredit the Eritrean government," said Eritrean presidential spokesperson Yemani Gebremeskel. "This is an outrageous claim. We have not planted bombs in Addis Ababa, or anywhere in Ethiopia," he said."

Meles Zenawi Says All His Soldiers Will Have Left Somalia by Mid February (somalinet.com, 02/03/07) "by mid February, the Ethiopian government has said urging all African nations who pledged forces for Somalia peacekeeping mission do so before Ethiopia completes its troop withdrawal form Somalia. Ethiopian foreign minister, Seum Mesfin said he was convinced that the African peacekeeping mission would arrive in Somalia in two weeks when Ethiopian troops protecting the flimsy Somali government would completely leave the horn of African nation." RELATED STORIES: Mortar Attacks in Somali Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/02/07) Somali Mortar Attacks Claim 7 (news24.com, 02/02/07) Somalia's Election of Speaker Raises Islamists' Suspicions (voanews.com, 02/02/07)

      AP Photo Somalis Protest Foreign Peacekeepers Feb. 1, 2007

Hundreds Protest in Somali Capital (newsday.com -ap- 02/01/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Hundreds of Somalis demonstrated Thursday against a plan that would place foreign peacekeepers in the country. The protesters chanted anti-government slogans and burned tires, a day after the African Union said three battalions of peacekeepers from Uganda and Nigeria were ready to be deployed in Somalia and will be airlifted in as soon as possible. "We will not tolerate foreign troops coming to our country," demonstrator Saida Hussien said. "We will show the world that we are against the foreign troops." RELATED STORIES: New Doubts on Somalia Peace Force (news.bbc.co.uk, 02/01/07) Somalia Begins Enforcing Martial Law (cnn.com, 01/31/07)

Troop Cuts Raise New Questions About Ethiopia-Eritrea Border Dispute (voanews.com, 02/01/07) Listen to Ambassador David Shinn - mp3 audio clip  "High operating costs and frustration over two Horn of Africa nations’ inability to settle their eight-year border dispute have led the UN Security Council to cut back the size of its UNMEE peacekeeping force by six hundred.  Former US Ambassador to Ethiopia David Shinn says that Ethiopia’s rejection of an international commission’s border solution and Eritrea’s restrictions on the UN mission’s ability to carry out its mandate are troublesome. But he says both sides remain at a standoff under the continuing international presence, which is stationed for the most part on the Eritrean side of the border."

Powerful Yet Weak - A US Dilemma (guardian.co.uk, 02/01/07) "The United States is still powerful enough to shape an agenda for international activity but too weak to implement it globally as it faces uncertain prospects in Iraq, an escalating confrontation over Iran's nuclear ambitions and a robust challenge to its military hegemony from an increasingly assertive China, argues a new report by a leading UK thinktank." "....Conflict persisted in Darfur, with much talk about peacekeeping. But the African novelty of the year was the opening up of a possible third front for international jihadists in Somalia (after Afghanistan and Iraq), with al-Qaida urging the "lions of Islam" to resist the UN-backed transitional government in Mogadishu. The IISS sees the danger of a new Islamist insurgency fuelled by US attacks on suspected terrorist targets." RELATED STORIES: Senators Unite On Challenge to Bush's Troop Plan (washingtonpost.com, 02/01/07) U.S.-Iran Tensions Could Trigger War (usatoday.com,

 

Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed - Sudantribune.com Photo

Somali Islamists Demand Withdrawal of Zenawi's Troops Prior to Peace Talks (sudantribune.com, 01/31/07) "Jan 30, 2007 (MOGADISHU) – The Union of the Islamic Courts reject to hold talks with Ethiopia as long as its troops remain in Somalia. They further said that one of their leader went Nairobi at the request of the US Ambassador in the neighboring country. Mustafa Ahmed, adviser to Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, a leader of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), has told the Spanish daily La Razon that his organization will not negotiate with Ethiopia as long as its troops remain in Somalia. Ahmed called on the USA to stop bombarding the country and denied the UIC had any links to Al-Qaeda."

ETHIOPIA-YEMEN: 122 Ethiopians Deported After a Month’s Detention (irinnews,org, 01/31/07) "SANAA, 31 Jan 2007 (IRIN) - Yemeni authorities deported 122 illegal migrants from Ethiopia along with 129 Somalis on 30 December, an official at the Immigration Authority said on condition of anonymity. This news ended a month’s speculation over the whereabouts and condition of these asylum seekers."

Ex-Warlord Voted Somali Speaker (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/31/07) "Somalia's parliament has elected ex-warlord Sheikh Adan Mohamed Nur as its new speaker - one of the three top positions in the interim government. Mr Nur, a close ally of President Abdullahi Yusuf, replaces Sharif Hassan Sheikh Adan - sacked two weeks ago. He was removed for having unauthorised talks with the Islamists, who ruled much of Somalia until last month." RELATED STORIES: Somalia Begins Enforcing Martial Law (cnn.com -ap- 01/31/07) More Peacekeepers Heading to Somalia (news.yahoo.com -ap- 01/31/07)

Somali Leader Agrees to Reconciliation Conference (usatoday.com -ap- 01/30/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Somalia's president has agreed to a national reconciliation conference in a bid to end 16 years of anarchy in the war-ravaged country, paving the way for the deployment of African peacekeepers. After intense pressure from the U.S., EU and U.N. for all-inclusive political talks, President Abdullahi Yusuf said Tuesday his government was willing to negotiate despite stiff opposition from within his own administration. The conference would include former political, religious and clan leaders, Yusuf said." RELATED STORY: African Summit Ends Still Short on Somalia Force (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/30/07)

Security Council Extends Ethiopia and Eritrea Mission Until 31 July 2007, Unanimously Adopting Resolution 1741 (2007) (relifweb.int, 01/30/07) "Demands: Ethiopia Accept Boundary Decision; Eritrea Withdraw Troops From Temporary Security Zone, Lift Restrictions on United Nations Movement. The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) for six months, until 31 July 2007. It took that action by its unanimous adoption of resolution 1741 (2007), by which it also approved the reconfiguration of UNMEE's military component, from the current 2,300 to 1,700 military personnel, including 230 military observers. The Council decided also to maintain the Mission's current mandate and maximum authorized force levels and stressed the need to preserve sufficient military capacity for UNMEE to implement its mandate."

Somalia Far From Stable as Ethiopian Troops Return Home (voanews.com, 01/30/07) "Former diplomats and Horn of Africa experts are warning that U.S.-led efforts to stabilize Somalia through the deployment of an African peacekeeping force are likely to backfire, unless the country's weak and fractured interim government can first be transformed into a credible representative government of national unity. VOA Correspondent Alisha Ryu has the story from our East Africa Bureau in Nairobi." "....Meanwhile, there are reports that the Ethiopian army in Somalia is being debilitated by malaria and losing its ability to maintain its supply lines into the country."

African Leaders Mull Somali Force (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/30/07) "African Union leaders are discussing sending a peacekeeping force to Somalia to prevent renewed conflict, on the final day of a summit in Ethiopia. The AU wants to send an 8,000-strong force to replace departing Ethiopian troops, whose intervention swept Islamists from power last month. But so far only three nations have come up with concrete offers of troops." RELATED STORIES: Somali Leader Makes Reconciliation Bid for Peacekeepers (cnn.com -ap- 01/30/07) African Leaders Rush to Find Somalia Peacekeepers (news.yahoo.com, 01/30//07)

SOMALIA: Families Flee as Police Targeted in Worsening Violence (irinnews.org, 01/29/07) "NAIROBI, 29 Jan 2007 (IRIN) - The Somali capital of Mogadishu was quiet on Monday, a day after government forces engaged heavily armed gunmen in the north of the city, as worsening violence forced families to flee the area, local sources told IRIN. According to an update issued on Friday by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), "an estimated 1,000 people left Mogadishu in January 2007 due to fear of conflict and instability"." RELATED STORY: Somali Islamists Threaten AU Peacekeepers (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/30/06)

 In Pictures: Celebrating the Festival of Timkat (news,bbc,co,uk, 01/13/07) "Every year thousands of Ethiopian Orthodox Christians gather at the sunken rock churches of Lalibella for the Festival of Timkat (Epiphany)." Watch amazing pictures of this celebration in Lalibella, Ethiopia.  BBC Photo by Karoki Lewis

Police Attacked in Somali Battle (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/29/07) "At least two people have been killed, including a Somali police officer, during an hour-long gunbattle in the capital, Mogadishu. The clash began when a group of gunmen threw a grenade at the police, witnesses say. This is the latest in a series of violent attacks in the city, since Islamist forces were driven out of the city last month."

Sudan Humiliated as Ghana Takes African Union Helm (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/29/07) "ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Sudan suffered a double humiliation after the African Union summit opened when it was snubbed in favour of Ghana for the AU presidency and lectured by UN chief Ban Ki-Moon over the conflict in Darfur. The summit, held amid massive security in the Ethiopian capital, was also focusing on efforts to put together a peacekeeping force for lawless Somalia as well as issues such as global warming and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa." RELATED STORY: African Union: Sudan’s Chairmanship Would Discredit AU (hrw.org, 01/18/07)

Starbucks Stirred by Fair Trade Film (business.guardian.co.uk, 01/29/07) "A campaign by Ethiopia to get a fair price for its coffee - some of the world's finest - kicks off in London today as a spokesman for the east African country's impoverished coffee growers meets Tony Blair. The meeting will be accompanied by a screening of the film Black Gold - an expose of the global coffee industry - to MPs at Westminster, who will also bee addressed by the Ethiopian ambassador to Britain."

Tirunesh Dibaba Sets New Record Photo by Getty Images

Ethiopia Runner Sets New World Indoor Record radionz.co.nz, 01/28/07 "The Ethiopian runner Tirunesh Dibaba has set a new world indoor record for the women's 5,000 metres, clocking 14 minutes, 27.42 seconds at the Boston Indoor Games today. Dibaba started the race cagily by hanging back in third position through the first few laps, but she then began to assert her domination and lapped several other runners before powering to the finish."

Somalia in Danger of Reverting to Chaos, U.S. Military Says (iht.com, 01/28/07) "DOHA, Qatar: U.S. military officials here said Somalia could return to chaos in four months if international peacekeepers don't quickly replace departing Ethiopian troops now propping up the country's weak government. A Somali government spokesman echoed the warning on Sunday, saying Islamic fighters were regrouping and the U.S.-backed transitional government lacked troops, training and weapons to deal with them." RELATED STORIES: Mogadishu Police Hit in Latest Somalia Violence (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/28/06) Somali Gunmen Attack Police Stations, 7 Wounded (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/18/07)

Meles Zenawi Quits Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/27/07) "Ethiopia is cutting its troop numbers in Somalia by about a third, Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has said. He told Reuters news agency they would leave in the next 24 hours, but gave no precise details or numbers. Thousands of Ethiopian soldiers were sent to help the weak Somali interim government oust Islamist forces."

Gunmen Attack Ethiopian Soldiers Stationed in Somalia (canada.com, 01/26/07) "KISMAYO, Somalia (AP) -- Gunmen attacked Ethiopian soldiers stationed in southern Somalia yesterday killing one and wounding another with a gunshot to the chest, a witnesses said. The violence, an apparent indication of rising tensions between Ethiopia's military forces and Somali civilians, broke out in a currency exchange market in Kismayo, said Abdullahi Hassan, a money changer. "The gunmen used pistols ... They have taken the Ethiopian soldiers' AK-47s," Hassan said."

U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship  AP Photo

U.S. Stages 2nd Airstrike in Somalia; Ethiopians Leaving Capital (washingtonpost.com, 01/24/07) "A U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship staged an airstrike against suspected al-Qaeda operatives in southern Somalia on Monday, the second such attack this month, U.S. officials said Tuesday. There was no immediate information on specific targets or the strike's results. The United States has said that at least three senior al-Qaeda operatives were being sheltered by the Islamic Courts movement that was ousted from power in the Somali capital, Mogadishu, by the Ethiopian military last month." "....If Mogadishu descends into another period of clan warfare, some regional analysts say, that is precisely what Prime Minister Zenawi Meles wanted all along. As evidence, they point to an Ethiopian government foreign policy report submitted to that country's Parliament two years ago. According to an English translation, Ethiopian security officials wrote that Somalia was so divided that it "no longer posed a threat" to Ethiopia."

"Veiled women walk past a mosque under construction in the district of "Little Mogadishu" Reuters Photo

Reuters Photos: Somali Refugees in Addis Abeba (alertnet.org -reuters, 01/24/07) "Veiled women walk past a mosque under construction in the district of "Little Mogadishu", home to many Somali refugees in Addis Ababa in this January 12, 2007 file photo. Reliable estimates of the total number of refugees coming over the border are hard to come by. The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has sent a high-level mission down to Ethiopia's remote and porous border with Somalia to gauge their number. "There are thousands of people who have come here and other major towns for safety. They are stuck here and they cannot go back to the south," said Issa."

US to Talk to Top Somali Islamist (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/24/07) "The United States is keen to talk with Somali Islamist leader Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, says its Kenyan envoy. Michael Ranneberger told the BBC he wanted to meet the Union of Islamic Courts chairman this week, but did not disclose further details. Mr Ahmed surrendered to Kenyan officials near the Somali border at the weekend."

Meles Zenawi Starts Somalia Pull-Out (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/23/07) "Some 200 Ethiopian troops have been seen leaving the Somali capital, four weeks after they crossed the border to help the government defeat Islamists. "Starting today we will withdraw our forces from Mogadishu," Ethiopia General Suem Hagoss said at a ceremony where warlords surrendered their arms." RELATED STORIES: Meles Zenawi's Troops Begin Withdrawing From Somalia (cnn.com, 01/23/07) Zenawi's Army Starts Pullout Despite Attacks in Mogadishu (guardian.co.uk, 01/24/07)

AFP/File Photo: Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, head of the executive arm of the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia

Top Somali Islamist Surrenders in Kenya (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/22/07) "NAIROBI (AFP) - A top leader in Somalia's now-vanquished Islamist movement was in the hands of authorities in neighbouring Kenya as more deadly clashes erupted on the streets of Mogadishu. Diplomatic sources said Monday that Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, head of the executive arm of the Supreme Islamic Council of Somalia, was in custody under the protection of Kenyan security forces at an upscale hotel in Nairobi." RELATED STORIES: Somali Islamist Surrenders at Border (guardian.co.uk, 01/23/07) Key Somali Islamist surrenders in Kenya (cnn.com -ap- 01/22/07) Key Top Somali Islamist surrenders in Kenya (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/22/07)

Protesters Denounce Illegal Occupation of Somalia (dominionpaper.ca, 01/21/07) "On January 20, several hundred people protested in front of the US consulate in Toronto to demand the immediate withdrawal of Ethiopian troops from Somalia. “Somalia should not be a theatre of proxy wars and the hidden agenda of Ethiopia and its American allies”, stated Shukria Dini, an organizer with the Coalition of Concerned Somali Canadians (CCSC), the group that organized the demonstration. The CCSC emphasizes the illegality of the occupation, which violates the principle of state sovereignty enshrined in the UN Charter, as well as UN Resolution 1725, which forbids neighbouring states from deploying troops to Somalia."

Kenya Sends 34 Militiamen to Somalia (washingtonpost.com, 01/21/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Kenya handed over 34 Islamic militiamen to Somalia's transitional government, the Somali government spokesman said Sunday, adding that some of them may be senior leaders of the country's Islamic movement. Kenya flew the militiamen to Somalia under armed guard on Saturday, the same day Somalia's fledgeling government received a boost when the last major warlord turned over his weapons and militia." RELATED STORIES: Kenya Sends Islamist Suspects to Somalia (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/21/07) Kenya Sends Troops to Border With Somalia in Bid to Keep Islamic Militants Out (conflict-religion.boker.tv, 01/04/07)

Dozens Die in Rebel Attack in Ethiopia’s Ogaden Region (garoreonline.com, 01/20/07) "JIGJIGA, Ethiopia Jan 20 (Garowe Online) - Dozens of people were reported killed after Ethiopian rebels raided government positions in Gunagado, a district in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali-inhabited Zone 5 region, according to witnesses. The fighting erupted Friday between rebels loyal to the Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) and local government troops, killing a total of 25 people, including some district officials. Reliable sources have confirmed to Garowe Online that at least 4 officials were killed in the rebel attack, including distict security commissioner Sa’di AwSiad, security commander Hashi Qadadi and local legislative chief Sayid Wafer." RELATED STORY: Meles Zenawi Committing Genocide Against Oromo in Somalia - OLF (saylac.com, 01/20/07)

Somalia Rejects Mediation With Islamic Courts (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/20/07) "KHARTOUM (AFP) - Somali Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Gedi has rejected out of hand any mediation between his government and the deposed Islamic Courts Union on his arrival in Sudan for three days of talks. "There will not be any mediation by any party between the transitional government and the Islamic Courts," he told reporters Saturday."

Somali Gunmen Ambush Meles Zenawi's Convoy in Mogadishu (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/20/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - An Ethiopian military convoy was ambushed in a new round of deadly violence in the Somali capital Mogadishu, hours after the African Union agreed to send peacekeepers to the war-torn country. At least one person was killed in the ambush Saturday, which triggered a major gunbattle in the volatile south of Mogadishu." RELATED STORIES: Somalis Urged to Meet Islamists  (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/20/07) Somali Gunman Attacks Ethiopians, 4 Die (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/20/07) Continuing Violence in Mogadishu (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/20/07) Attack on Zenawi Forces in Somali Capital Turns Deadly

Mortars Hit Somali Presidential Palace (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/19/07) "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Five mortars slammed into Somalia's presidential palace on Friday night and gunfire rattled across Mogadishu in the latest outbreak of violence in chaotic Somalia, witnesses and officials said. "Eight mortar shells were fired at Villa Somalia, but only five hit. The other three went into nearby houses," a senior government source told Reuters, confirming that President Abdullahi Yusuf was inside at the time of the guerrilla-style attack." RELATED STORIES: Presidential Palace in Mogadishu Attacked (cnn.com -reuters- 01/19/07) Gunfire Rings Out From Presidential Compound in Somali Capital (usatoday.com -ap- 01/19/07)

"More than 60 "battle wagons" have been handed to the army" AP Photo
African Union Experts to Discuss Somalia (newsday.com -ap- 01/19/07) "ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- An African Union team on Friday recommended sending about 8,000 African peacekeepers to Somalia for a six-month mission that would eventually be taken over by the United Nations. The AU Peace and Security Council was expected to adopt all the recommendations by the assessment team, which visited Somalia last week, AU officials said. The officials asked not to be named because the council had not yet officially agreed. But Said Djinnit, chairman of the African Union Peace and Security Council, said there was not yet a commitment for troops." RELATED STORIES: Meles Zenawi 'Set For Somali Pullout' (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/19/07) Warlords Hand in Heavy Weapons as AU Mulls Somali Mission (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/19/07) 

Somalia and Ethiopia: a New Front In The 'Long War' (africaspeaks.com, 01/17/07) "To understand the current crisis in the Horn of Africa you have to look at the role of the US and its "war on terror" - or the "long war" as US rulers are coming to call it. This war is no more about terrorism than previous "humanitarian" interventions were about helping local populations. There are three important things about Africa for the US. Firstly there are natural resources, notably oil. Secondly there are wider strategic interests and thirdly the global development of an imperial strategy."

Expelling the Infidel: Historical Look at Somali Resistance to Ethiopia (jamestown.org, 01/18/07) "The U.S.-supported Ethiopian invasion of Somalia has an unsettling resemblance to the British-supported Ethiopian incursions in the early years of the 20th century. In both cases, the Western powers became involved because of perceived strategic considerations, while their proxy, Ethiopia, went to war as a result of Somali resistance to Ethiopian domination of the ethnic-Somali Ogaden region. Last December's invasion succeeded in bringing the Ethiopia-friendly Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad to power in Mogadishu. Although the Islamists have been dispersed for the moment, there are signs that a guerrilla campaign is in the making."

Best Chance' For Somalia Peace (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/18/07) "The UN envoy to Somalia has urged the country not to waste "the best opportunity for peace for 16 years" after visiting the president. Francois Fall urged President Abdullahi Yusuf to set up an inclusive government following the ousting of an Islamist group from the capital, Mogadishu. Meanwhile, the sacked speaker of parliament has said he fears Mr Yusuf could become a dictator." RELATED STORIES: SOMALIA: UN Calls For Immediate Re-engagement (irinnews.org, 01/18/07) Somalis Must Reach Out for Unity, U.S. Official Says (washingtonpost.com, 01/18/07) Isaias Afeworki: AU Mission in Somalia Doomed to Failure (voanews.com, 01/18/07)

"Nouri al-Maliki and George Bush at a press conference last year".  Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA
EDITORIAL NOTE: There is no power on this earth that could turn tyrants like Meles Zenawi, Nour al Maliki or Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed into a democrat who will govern by the will of the people. The Blair/Bush deception of the public must end now! Condi ought to learn that imposition of dictators on citizens by force of arms is futile. The Ethiopian people will be "free at last" despite Frazer's preposterous campaigns to save an authoritarian ruler by providing false testimony! 

Maliki Takes on Bush and Condi (time.com, 01/18/07) "Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has been caricatured by his critics as either incompetent or a frontman for more powerful and more dangerous Shi'ite leaders — in either case increasingly irrelevant. But if Maliki is going down, he seems prepared to go down swinging. On Wednesday he said Iraq needed more weapons, not more advice, from the Bush Administration. "I can strongly say that we could have been in a better situation right now regarding the equipment we have and the weapons we have," RELATED STORY: Maliki Hits Out at Lack of US Backing

Meles Zenawi and Tony Blair    AP Photo  Remember this image from last year. Blair dresses down Meles Zenawi, suspends aid and disbands Commission for Africa. Meles retaliates by courting China.

 

Christian Aid Tells of Alleged Atrocities in Ethiopia-Somalia Conflict (christianpost.com, 01/17/07) "Christian Aid has received unconfirmed reports of shocking atrocities being committed by Ethiopian soldiers occupying Somalia this week. Northern Aid, a Christian Aid partner organization based in Nairobi, has been monitoring the Kenya-Somalia border area, and Ethiopian soldiers have been accused of raping Somali women. Northern Aid’s director, Abdulahi Abdi, said, “We talked to people across the border last night. We heard from Dobley (18km inside Somalia) that girls are being raped by invading forces, the Ethiopians. The traditional hatred between these communities is not hidden.”" RELATED STORY: Ethiopia Christian Killed, Houses Burned, Investigators Say (bosnewslife.com, 01/18/07)

 

Meles Zenawi Begins Somalia Troop Withdrawal (upi.com, 01/17/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Ethiopian troops have begun to withdraw from some areas in southern Somalia according to a published report in a Somaliland newspaper. Haatuf, a Somali-language daily based in Hargeysa, the capital of the self-declared Republic of Somaliland, said in its Jan. 17 edition that Ethiopian troops are pulling out of the Jubba regions and some districts in southwestern Somalia, the BBC reports." RELATED STORY: Islamists Held Trying to Flee From Somalia Into Kenya (nytimes.com, 01/17/07)

 

WE CONDEMN THE TPLF OCCUPATION OF SOMALIA IN COLLABORATION WITH AMERICAN IMPERIALISM: ETHIOPIA ITSELF IS A U.S PROXY OCCUPIED STATE SINCE 1991      By  Aleme Eshete   January 15, 2007

Somali parliament speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden (L) swears in president Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed during a 2004 ceremony in Nairobi. AFP/File/Simon Maina

Somali MPs Sack Influential Speaker (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/17/07) "BAIDOA, Somalia (AFP) - Somalia lawmakers have sacked the influential speaker of parliament in a move that highlighted the deep divisions within the country's fragile interim administration. A total of 183 MPs gathered at the government's temporary base of Baidoa voted to dismiss Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, who is currently out of the country, while only nine voted against." RELATED STORIES: Parliament Sacks Somali Speaker (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/17/07) Somali Speaker Tied to Islamists Ousted (news.yahoo.com -ap- 01/17/07)

Meles Zenawi's soldiers patrol the Mogadishu headquarters of warlord Mohamed Qanyare Afrah.  AFP Photo

South Africa Says African Force for Somalia Could Take Time (news.yahoo.com- afp- 01/17/07) "PRETORIA (AFP) - South Africa has cast doubts on whether the African Union could quickly muster a force to be deployed in Somalia after the withdrawal of Ethiopian soldiers from the lawless Horn of Africa nation. "Our commitment will be determined by how far South Africa is stretched in its other commitments and it will be announced in due course," Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad told reporters. President Thabo Mbeki had already stated that South Africa's resources were stretched with peacekeepers deployed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Sudan and the Comores, Pahad said Wednesday.

US Planes Bombing Somalia, ABC News, 01/10/07

 

Somalia Nomads Report Airstrike Deaths (newsday.com -ap- 01/16/07) "WARSOW, Somalia -- For years, this stretch of sand and brush has been little more than pasture for nomads' cattle and sheep. It is now a battleground, as Somali troops backed by Ethiopian forces flush out Islamic militants, and the U.S. hunts for al-Qaida. Nomads say herdsmen have been caught in the crossfire. Eight dead men were still unburied Tuesday after an airstrike on Jan. 8. All were Muslim and normally would be buried immediately after their deaths, but the nomads in this remote southern Somali region say they are afraid to even approach the bodies." RELATED STORY: Infants Among 6 Killed in Sudan-Kenya Border Raid (cnn.com -reuters, 01/16/07)

Troops 'Offered' For Somali Force Says PM (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/16/07) "Several unnamed African countries have offered to contribute troops to a Somali peacekeeping force, the leaders of Ethiopia and Kenya have said. In Somalia, Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi named five countries as agreeing to send troops and said he expected them to be in place this month. Only Uganda has publicly offered to contribute to the proposed 8,000-strong peacekeeping force." RELATED STORY: Somali Gov't Sees African Peacekeepers in Weeks (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/16/07)

Obang O. Metho Speech at Martin Luther King , Jr. 4th Annual Human Rights Symposium  January 11, 2007 "As the moderator Mr. Guled Kassim, who introduced me said, my name is Obang Metho and I represent a small organization called the Anuak Justice Council. The Anuak, the ethnic group I came from, are a tiny minority group found in Ethiopia and Sudan. They are ignored by the country in which they live. Most have not had the opportunity to get an education and have been neglected in most every other area as well. With that, I would like to say that even though governments or systems deny people access to opportunities, God has room for everybody, from the minority to the majority. It is because of God’s power, that even though I have been denied many opportunities, yet it is He that has made it possible for me to here."

Kenya Peace Bid in Somalia ‘Doomed’ (businessday.co.za, 01/16/06) "NAIROBI — Kenya’s effort to secure African peacekeepers to aid the transitional government in Somalia looked doomed yesterday as clashes intensified. At least five people were killed as gunmen battled government and Ethiopian troops in the heaviest fighting in the capital, Mogadishu, since the ousting of Union of Islamic Courts militia in a lightning offensive last month." RELATED STORY: KENYA-SOMALIA: Border Closure Keeps Children Out of School (irinnews.org, 01/15/07)

America's Role in Somalia (csmonitor.com, 01/16/07) "Recent reports that terrorists and hard-line members of the Islamic Courts in Somalia are on the run are capturing headlines. But that is only a small part of Somalia's story, and it shouldn't take our focus off the bigger challenge: Unless the United States helps create stability in Somalia, that country will remain what it has been since the early 1990s – a haven for terrorists and warlords, and a source of instability in a critical region." RELATED STORY: Somalia Raids Were Long in the Making NPR - Wed Jan 10, 10:25 AM ET  U.S. military forces have long planned the operation under way in Somalia, training Ethiopian troops and gathering intelligence on the ground. They have awaited an opportunity to attack Islamist extremists there."

Meles Zenawi Rides The Tiger (middle-east-online.com, 01/15/07) "The recent history of the Horn of Africa suggests that Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi - a questionable ruler in his own right - is bringing chaos to the Horn under the auspices of the United States and its 'war on terror,' says Immanuel Wallerstein.  
The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Meles Zenawi, must have been studying the magnificent successes of the U.S. preemptive invasion of Iraq and Israel's recent foray into Lebanon. He has clearly decided to emulate them. His argument is exactly that which was given by George W. Bush and Ehud Olmert. We must attack our neighbor because we have to keep Islamic terrorists from pursuing their jihad and attacking us."

Deadly Clashes in Mogadishu, Government Silences Broadcasters (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/15/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somali gunmen battled government and Ethiopian troops in Mogadishu's heaviest fighting since the ouster of hardline Islamists last month as the fledgling adminstration silenced four broadcasters for allegedly fomenting unrest. At least two people died Monday in a gunbattle between forces and rebels in southern Mogadishu, the Islamists' traditional stronghold, while a policeman was gunned down when a gang raided a cache of weapons he was guarding." RELATED STORIES: Somalia Shuts Down Broadcasters (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/15/07) Somali, Meles Zenawi Troops Seek Attackers (chron.com, 01/15/07) Somalis Worry About Stability After Islamists Forced Out (voanews.com, 01/15/07)

African Union Team Arrives In Mogadishu (washingtonpost.com -ap- 01/15/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia, Jan. 14 -- An African Union delegation has arrived in Somalia's capital to discuss the deployment of international peacekeepers, and government troops expanded a house-to-house search for weapons in one of the world's most heavily armed cities, officials said Sunday. Mohamed Foum, the AU's special representative for Somalia, said nine delegates arrived in Mogadishu on Saturday for meetings with leaders of the U.N.-supported transitional government in this chaotic Horn of Africa nation."

Old Front Against Terrorism (signonsandiago.com, 01/14/07) "It would be premature to portray Ethiopia's swift defeat of the Islamist forces in Somalia as a victory in the global war on terror. The December invasion blunted the immediate threat of Somalia's takeover by Islamist hard-liners. Al-Qaeda fugitives who found sanctuary in Somalia are again on the run. The internationally recognized but thus far ineffectual transitional federal government has been restored. There is now an opportunity to begin rebuilding Somalia from the ground up."

Askale Magarsa, 23, says she wants to run a sub-2:20 marathon after competing in Beijing in 2008.(IAAF)

Askale Magarsa Sets Event Record in Dubai (wcsn.com, 01/12/07) "DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Askale Magarsa of Ethiopia shattered the event record in the Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon on Friday morning, running away to victory in a personal best time of 2:27:19. Kenyan William Rotich won a highly competitive men's section, whittling the field down from 20 at halfway until he finally got away alone in the last three kilometers, to win in 2:09:53."

 

"Former police officers loyal to Somalia's transitional government patrol a street of Mogadishu, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2007." (AP Photo/Mohamed Sheikh Nor)

Troops Search For Weapons in Somalia (ctv.ca -ap- 01/14/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Somali troops and allied Ethiopian soldiers expanded their house-to-house search for weapons Sunday as this country's fledgling government struggles to assert authority over a nation that has known little but clan warfare and chaos for 15 years.  Government spokesman Abdirahman Dinari said the search was taking place in several neighborhoods but he refused to comment on the number of weapons seized, saying it was a military secret. On Saturday, troops were searching homes near Mogadishu's main airport." RELATED STORIES: Official: Somalia's Warlords Agree to Give Up Guns (cnn.com, 01/12/07) Troops Seize Weapons in Raids on Somali Rebel Hideouts (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/14/07)

Somalia and Ethiopia to Be Unified? : The Militarization of the Horn of Africa (globalrearch.ca, 01/13/07) "Ignored by the majority of media sources is the coordinated and synchronized involvement and intervention of both Ethiopian and American military forces and intelligence operations in the Horn of Africa. The timing of the intervention of Ethiopian troops, supported by the Anglo-American alliance, into Somalia was also originally denied by the Ethiopian government who seemingly lied to African and Arab journalists and mainstream media when asked if Ethiopian troops were operating inside Somali." RELATED STORIES: A New War in Africa (brroksbulletin.com, 01/13/0&) Continental View – Conflict in Somalia (inthenews.co.uk, 01/13/07) Meles Zenawi Destroyed Somalia Peace Talks: Speaker (garoweonline.com, 01/13/07) Somali Islamists Say Ready For War Against Ethiopia (sudantribune.com, 01/11/07) Djibouti Condemns US Somali Raids (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/12/07) Press Anger at US Strikes in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/11/07) Fears Stalk Somalia's Capital Once Again (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/11/07)

New Gunbattles Erupt in Mogadishu (voanews.com, 01/10/07) "Somali government officials are reporting four new U.S. airstrikes in southern Somalia, in areas where Islamist fighters are believed to be hiding. The officials say the attacks took place Wednesday around Ras Kamboni, a rugged area on the Somali coast near the border with Kenya. There has been no U.S. confirmation of the attacks." RELATED STORIES: Al-Qaida Chief in Somalia May be Dead (news.yahoo.com, 01/10/07) Somalis: U.S. Strike Kills Suspect in '98 Embassy Bombings (cnn.com, 01/10/07) U.S. Is Not Saying Who, or What, Was Hit in Somalia Raid (washingtonpost.com, 01/10/07)

               

U.S. Forces Target Al Qaeda in Somalia: U.S. and Ethiopian forces target terrorists in a series of strikes in Africa.

Residents Report New US Raid in South Somalia, Government Denies (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/10/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Residents have reported a new US air strike on suspected Al-Qaeda targets in southern Somalia, but government officials denied the accounts and the Pentagon said it had no information. Elders in the area where the United States has confirmed hitting an alleged extremist position north of the port of Kismayo said the new attack was launched near the towns of Badade and Afmadow." RELATED STORIES: New attacks in Southern Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/10/07) US Bombs Somalia For Third Day (guardian.co.uk, 01/10/07) New U.S. Strikes Reported in Somalia (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/10/07) 

 

AFP/US Navy-HO/File Photo: US Navy file photo shows the aircaft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.

U.S. Moves Carrier Off Coast of Somalia (estripes.com, 01/10/07) "CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti — American military commanders acknowledged deepening U.S. involvement in conflict-torn Somalia on Tuesday, confirming that a Navy aircraft carrier has taken up position off the coast and begun surveillance missions over the Horn of Africa nation. The disclosure follows reports a day earlier that an American AC-130 gunship launched a deadly attack against suspected al-Qaida positions in southern Somalia — an area to where Muslim fighters had fled after being routed by Ethiopia’s military late last month." RELATED STORIES: US Air Strikes in Somalia Have Political Ramifications (voanews.com, 01/09/07) Helicopters Strafe al-Qaida in Somalia (news.yahoo.com -ap- 01/09/07)

Is Ethiopia Becoming Washington’s New Puppet in Africa? (aljazeera.com, 01/09/07) "Why has the Ethiopian Prime Minister, Meles Zenawi, decided to send his troops to Somalia to fight the Union of Islamic Courts’ army? Has Ethiopia become an accomplice in America’s so-called international campaign to root out terrorism? Reports have emerged that the U.S. army launched a series of air strikes against southern Somalia in an operation said to be aimed at capturing Al Qaeda suspects, including three people who allegedly had a role in the attacks on U.S. embassies in Africa that took place more than eight years ago." RELATED STORIES: Ethiopia’s Bloody Allies (socialistworker.co.uk, 01/13/07) Ethiopia-Eritrea Clash Averted Amid Tensions  (thepeninsulaqatar.com, 01/10/07)

Meles Zenawi's troops stand guard as Somalis listen to the Transitional Federal Government Prime Minister, Ali Mohamed Gedi in Mogadishu, on Jan 5. World Tribune Photo

U.S. Intelligence Quietly Backed Meles Zenawi in War Against Somalia (worldtribune.com, 01/08/07) "The Bush administration balked at deploying U.S. forces to Somalia where Al Qaida-aligned forces were gaining the upper hand last year. But the administration found a willing subcontractor: Ethiopia. Western diplomatic sources said the U.S. intelligence community has been working with Ethiopia in its drive against the Council of Islamic Courts militia which effectively took control of Somalia in late 2006. The United States has promised to replenish equipment, munitions and other supplies for the current offensive against Somalia." RELATED STORIES: Meles Zenawi's Invasion of Somalia Has U.S. Fingerprints (fortwayne.com, 01/08/07) US 'Targets al-Qaeda' in Somalia (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/09/07) Somali Official: U.S. Attacks al Qaeda Terrorists (cnn.com -ap- 01/09/07) US Launches New Somalia Raids (guardian.co.uk, 01/09/07) "Many Dead" in U.S. Strike at al Qaeda in Somalia (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/09/07)

Hunreds Somalis Protest Against Ethiopia TroopsWATCH VIDEO (cctv.com, 01/08/07) "In Somalia, where clan elders have met to discuss rioting in the capital of Mogadishu. On Saturday, hundreds of people protested violently against the presence of Ethiopian troops. The protests came a week after Ethiopia overthrew the Islamic Courts Union that had virtually unified the country for the first time in years."

Interim Leader Rejects U.S. Approach in Somalia (realcities.com, 01/08/07) "NAIROBI, Kenya - In a rebuff to the United States, Somalia's interim president, Abdullahi Yusuf, on Monday rejected U.S. requests to bring moderate Islamists into his weak transitional government. Negotiations with Islamists "will not happen," he told Al Jazeera television before flying to Mogadishu, Somalia's lawless seaside capital. "We will crack down on the terrorists in any place around the nation." Yusuf had indicated the opposite position in meetings in the Kenyan capital over the weekend with assistant U.S. Secretary of State Jendayi Frazer, U.S. officials said."

CBS: U.S. Strikes Al Qaeda In Somalia (cbsnews.com, 01/08/07) "(CBS/AP) A U.S. Air Force gunship has conducted a strike against suspected members of al Qaeda in Somalia, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports exclusively. The targets included the senior al Qaeda leader in East Africa and an al Qaeda operative wanted for his involvement in the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, Martin reports. Those terror attacks killed more than 200 people. The AC-130 gunship is capable of firing thousands of rounds per second, and sources say a lot of bodies were seen on the ground after the strike, but there is as yet, no confirmation of the identities." RELATED STORIES US Air Strike Against Suspected Al-Qaeda Members in Somalia: US Media (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/08/07) Somali Leader Arrives in Capital (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/08/07) Somali President Arrives in Mogadishu (washingtonpost.com, 01/08/07)  EU's Solana Suggests UN Peacekeepers for Somalia (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/09/07)

The Ethiopian National United Front (ENUF), family, and friends of Scientist Engineer Dr. Kitaw Ejigu invite all Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia to participate in the First Annual Commemoration in celebration of his life-time achievements and his visionary leadership. January 12, 2007 in Los Angeles.  Click on link for details. 

US Sees Somalia As Key Front in War on Terror (thenews.com, 01/08/07) "WASHINGTON: The rapid deployment of US military forces to track down Islamists fleeing Somalia has highlighted Washington’s conviction that the unstable Horn of Africa region is a key front in its war on terrorism. US warships deployed off the coasts of Somalia and neighbouring Kenya at midweek to prevent the escape of Islamic militants still being routed from their last Somali strongholds by Ethiopian-backed government forces. The United States has also been feeding intelligence gleaned from spy satellites to Ethiopian units hunting for Islamist leaders along the Somalia-Kenya border, Kenyan officials said." RELATED STORY: Why Did Ethiopia Invade Somalia?: The U.S. Proxy War in Africa (zmag.org, 01/07/07) Islamists Out, Somalia Tries to Rise From Chaos (nytimes.com, 01/08/07) Tensions Remain High in Somalia Listen to this story...

                              Refugees crowd at a processing centre in Liboi before they were transported back to Somalia. Picture by Boniface Mwangi/EAS

Misery of Refugees Stranded at Liboi (eastandard.net, 01/08/07) "The over 7,000 refugees barred from entering Kenya on the Somali side of the border near Liboi are a perfect picture of a humanitarian disaster in the making. The Standard and KTN team at Liboi traced groups of deported refugees who have been holding out at the shared border stretch commonly known as no-man’s land, hoping that they would be taken in."

AFP Photo: Somali protestors throw stones at a bus travelling through Mogadishu's Tribuunka Square

 

Somali Troops Patrol Mogadishu After Protests (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/07/07) "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Hundreds of Somali government soldiers, some in pick-up trucks outfitted with heavy weapons, deployed in Mogadishu on Sunday to prevent further unrest after anti-Ethiopian protests rocked the capital, residents said. In scenes reminiscent of the chaos associated with Mogadishu, which largely stopped during six months of strict Islamist rule, crowds hurled stones and burnt tyres on Saturday to demonstrate against the forces that ousted the Islamists." RELATED STORIES:  Protests Hit Somali Border Town (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/07/07) Teenager Killed in Somalia at Anti-Ethiopian Protest (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/06/07) Meles Zenawi: Betting on a Losing Horse (sudantribune.com, 01/06/07) Anti-Ethiopia protests rock Mogadishu (news.com.au, 01/07/07) Somali Leader Asks Ethiopia to Train Armed Forces -TV (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/07/07)

BBC Photo - Many Somalis want Meles Zenawi's Mercenary force to go

 

Somalis Protest Over Meles Zenawi's Invasion Force (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/06/07) "Hundreds of people have taken to the streets of the Somali capital Mogadishu in protest at the presence of Ethiopian forces backing the interim government. Witnesses said security forces fired in the air to disperse crowds, as youths burnt tyres and threw stones. At least one civilian was killed and several others injured by gunfire, but it was not clear who was responsible." RELATED STORIES: Somali Fighters: We'll Heed al Qaeda's Call (cnn.com -ap- 010/06/07) SOMALIA: EU Calls for Reconciliation to Achieve Peace (irinnews,org, 01/04/07) Somalis Stage Anti-Ethiopian Protest in Mogadishu (voanews.com, 01/06/07) Somali Islamist Team in Yemen as US Envoy Visits (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/06/07)

Islamist Fighters Dig in on the Border as Meles Zenawi Plans 'Final Assault' (guardian.co.uk, 01/06/07) "The last remnants of Islamist fighters on the run from Ethiopian and pro-government troops have dug themselves into trenches around the fishing village of Ras Kamboni on Somalia's southernmost tip and are facing a final assault, the Somali defence minister, Colonel Barre "Hirale" Aden Shire, said yesterday. They were left with two options, he said: "To drown in the sea or to fight and die."" RELATED STORIES: Peace Force Proposed for Somalia (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/06/06) The Update: Islamists Keep Fighting (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/06/06)

Somali, Zenawi Troops Prepare Assault (news.yahoo.com -ap- 01/05/07) "MOGADISHU, Somalia - Somali troops backed by Ethiopians preppared to launch a major assault Friday on the last stronghold of Islamic movement militiamen. U.S. Navy warships were patrolling off the Somali coast to prevent the militiamen from escaping by sea. The Somali and Ethiopian force captured a southern town near the Kenyan border Thursday evening. Col. Barre "Hirale" Aden Shire, the Somali defense minister, said Islamic militiamen were dug in with their backs to the sea at Ras Kamboni at the southernmost tip of Somalia."

"Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed (L) and Assistant Secretary for African Affairs Jendayi Frazer attend a meeting in Nairobi. Yusuf has called for the immediate deployment of peacekeepers, at an international meeting on efforts to restore order to the conflict-stricken African nation.(AFP/Simon Maina)"

Somalia President Calls for Immediate Peace Force Deployment (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/05/07) "NAIROBI (AFP) - Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed has called for the immediate deployment of peacekeepers, at an international meeting on efforts to restore order to the conflict-stricken African nation. Friday's meeting in Nairobi of the United Nations, European Union, African Union, Arab League, United States and East African states came as the Somali government and their Ethiopian allies hunted Islamist leaders that were forced out of Mogadishu." RELATED STORIES: Somalia 'Needs AU Force Quickly (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/05/07) Al Qaeda Tape Backs Somali Militia (cnn.com -ap- 01/05/07) Excerpts: al-Qaeda Call to Somalis (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/05/07)

 

Meles Zenawi's damaged lorry carrying sand lies on the road on outskirts of Mogadishu, Somalia, disabled by an RPG fired by Freelance Militia.  (AP)

 

US Joins Hunt for Islamists as Kenya Closes Border With Somalia (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/03/07) "NAIROBI (AFP) - US naval forces have joined the hunt for Islamist militants with suspected Al-Qaeda ties trying to flee Somalia after being defeated by Ethiopian-backed government troops, a top US official said, as Kenya closed its border with its lawless neighbour."  RELATED STORY: US Navy Helps Trap Fleeing Islamist Fighters in Somalia (guardian.co.uk, 01/05/07) U.S. Ships Hunt for al Qaeda Off Somalia (washtimes.com, 01/05/07)

Rep. Nancy Pelosi First Woman Speaker of the US House of Representatives - First Day Of The 110th Congress  Featured here is a selection of images of the new U.S. congress convening under Democratic control. More Photos...by Guardian.com
Democrats Take Control on Hill (washingtonpost.com, 01/05/06) "Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was elected America's first female speaker of the House yesterday in a raucous, bipartisan celebration of a historic breakthrough, and hours later she presided over passage of the broadest ethics and lobbying revision since the Watergate era. Democrats took control of the House and Senate after 12 years of nearly unbroken Republican rule, with resolute calls for bipartisan comity and a pledge to move quickly on an agenda of health-care, homeland security, education and energy proposals. Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), the soft-spoken son of a hard-rock miner, took the helm of the Senate, after a closed-door session in the Capitol's stately Old Senate Chamber. But with the eyes of history riveted on her, it was Pelosi's day."

War and Reaction in Ethiopia (zmag.org, 01/03/07) "Awasa, Ethiopia -- "The United States is Ethiopia's best friend in the world," more than one Ethiopian has told me in recent days. On this point, there seems to be much agreement. However, conversations this week from Moyale, on the Southern border with Kenya, to the capital city of Addis Ababa, have revealed mixed reactions to Ethiopia's recent invasion of neighboring Somalia. In the first days of the invasion, many expressed hesitancy, especially in the south of the country, where many people know or are related to Somalis. "My wife is Somali," one merchant in Moyale told me. "Of course I don't think we should be fighting them.""

AFP Photo Somali_TFG Troop in Mogadishu

Somali Government Says It Has Retaken Islamists' Territory (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/02/07) "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somalia's government claimed to have full control of territory wrested from Islamists with Ethiopia's military help, as two Ethiopian soldiers were killed in an ambush in the country's southern region. In Kenya, President Mwai Kibaki urged his Somali counterpart Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed to resume peace talks with the Islamists, who still pose a security threat despite defeat, in order to achieve stability." RELATED STORY: On-The-Spot: Security Fears Return to Mogadishu (timesonline.co.uk, 01/02/07)

Watch BBC Video: Meles Zenawi's forces are to remain in Somalia to ensure stability after the defeat of Islamist militias, the interim government has said.

Somalia's New Conflict, Rooted In Old Ties by H.D.S. Greenway (boston.com, 01/02/07) "THE OLD YEAR closed with the murderous musketry of a new war. Ethiopia holds to the legend that it was founded by King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba's first son, Menelik, 3,000 years ago. Christianity came in the fourth century with Ethiopia's first bishop, Frumentius of Tyre. Seventeen centuries later, Ethiopia spent Christmas bombing the airfields of Mogadishu in neighboring Somalia."

Reuters Photo - Somalia's President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed waves on arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta airport in Kenya's capital Nairobi January 2, 2007

ANALYSIS-Somali Islamists Fought Wrong Kind of War (alertnet.org -reuters- 01/02/07) "MOGADISHU, Jan 2 (Reuters) - Somalia's Islamists suffered rapid defeat against Ethiopian troops and their Somali government allies because they fought the wrong kind of war -- a conventional one, experts said on Tuesday. But the slaughter of their forces on Somalia's low bushlands and arid wastes, followed by a hasty retreat from the capital Mogadishu and later the key southern port of Kismayu, may portend the start of a campaign of bombings and assassinations." RELATED STORIES: Net Tightens on Somali Islamists (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/02/07) Somalia's Islamist Fighters Flee Last Urban Base as Pro-government Alliance Closes In (guardian.co.uk, 01/02/07) Meles Zenawi's Forces Settle In (CHANNEL4.COM, 01/02/07) Somali Islamists Vow to "Rise From the Ashes" (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/02/07)

 

 

AFP Photo: Somalia's Prime Minsiter Ali Mohamed Gedi gives a press conference in Mogadishu.

Somali Islamists Flee Last Stronghold But Vow to Fight On (news.yahoo.com -afp- 01/01/07 "MOGADISHU (AFP) - Somalia's vanquished Islamists have fled their last stronghold south of the capital as Ethiopian troops and government forces arrived, in what appeared to be the end of nearly two weeks of active fighting. The Islamists conceded defeat, but vowed to carry on a guerrilla campaign against the Somali government, backed by Ethiopian troops, which immediately announced measures to pacify the lawless nation." RELATED STORIES: Somalis Appeal For Foreign Peacekeepers (newsday.com -ap- 01/01/07) Somalia Targets Islamists' Escape (news.bbc.co.uk, 01/01/07) Militants Flee Gov't Forces in Somalia (chron.com, 01/01/07) Somali Islamists Flee Towards Kenya and to the Hills (today.reuters.co.uk, 01/01/07)

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