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Most victims of Ogaden conflict are women & children

(Ogadentoday Press)- As is common in every conflict that ravages war zones around the world, most victims of the Ogaden conflict are women and children. Unfortunately Ogaden victims lack international NGO attention since the Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa barred NGO from operating freely  in major parts of the Ogaden region in Eastern Ethiopia. A study carried out by Ogadentoday press has shown that th ...

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AMISOM’s Five Challenges

(Csis.org)- In January 2007, the African Union launched its fourth peacekeeping operation, the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Now approximately two and a half years old, AMISOM’s short life has not been a happy one. It was deployed to Mogadishu essentially in support of the Ethiopian government’s preferred faction in Somalia’s ongoing civil war. Not surprisingly, and like the three UN-authorized peace oper ...

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Western armies know they are not answerable to any overseer – they do as they please

(Independent.co.uk)-So now we know that Marine A shouted at a wounded Afghan insurgent: “Shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt”, and then shot him in the chest. Poetry and savagery. Fellow soldiers B and C were co-conspirators. C offered to “shoot him in the head”. No, said A. “Too fucking obvious.” B recorded the murder with his head camera. The film was censored by the military court, but an audio record ...

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Hakimullah the Hospitable

(Newsweekpakistan.com)-He had the blood of hundreds if not thousands of Pakistanis on his hands. Yet, Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a U.S. drone on Nov. 1 in the North Waziristan tribal agency, wore his brutality lightly. Journalists who spent time with the deceased Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief say the 34-year-old certainly knew how to turn on the charm. Sailab Mehsud, who reports for U.S.-funded Radio M ...

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Ethiopia’s Liyu Police -The New Crisis of the Horn of Africa

By Ahmed Abdi (Ahmed Abdi is a writer for Ogadentoday Press) Ethiopian paramilitary forces or the Liyu Police who are better known as "Ethiopia's Janjaweed " are killing, raping, torturing and arresting unarmed civilians in the Ethiopian-Occupied Ogaden Region.   The Liyu Police’s human rights violations are well-documented by the human rights groups- such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International a ...

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What is wrong with this new media Bill

The Kenya Information & Communications (Amendment) Bill, 2013 was passed by the National Assembly on Thursday after some amendments from the floor and to which the public had not previously been made aware. Unless the President declines to assent to the Bill for the reasons permitted under the Constitution, it will become law shortly. There have been objections, mainly from media enterprises and practit ...

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Kimaiyo’s move against press a step in the wrong direction

“We must know all the facts and hear all the alternatives and listen to all the criticisms. Let us welcome controversial books and controversial authors. For the Bill of Rights is the guardian of our security as well as our liberty”. These words in celebration of free speech were uttered half-a-century ago by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the vivacious 35th President of the United States of America. They reflect ...

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Kenya’s shambolic response to Westgate siege

Footage seen a month after the deadly mall siege suggests al-Shabab achieved a lot more than what it had aimed for.   It is hard to imagine al-Shabab doing anything other than celebrating their attack on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall as an unqualified success.   Initially at least, the armed Somali group's publicly-stated aim was to punish Kenya for sending troops into Somalia two years ago. It ...

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Somalia’s Leader: Look Past the Hype

One can’t talk about recent news from Somalia — the deadly attack by Shabab militants on a U.N. compound in June, the decision in August by Doctors Without Borders to pull out of the country, the massacre last month at a shopping mall in Kenya, for which Al Shabab took responsibility — without in some way speaking about Somalia’s president, Hassan Sheik Mohamud.   Just a year into his presidency, Mr. M ...

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U.S. Gov’t Destabilizing Africa through AFRICOM

  (FinalCall.com) - Thanks to the U.S. and its proxy-led interventions, instability in North Africa and the Middle East has spread to the African continent.   Violence, including the longstanding conflict (you might remember “Black Hawk Down”) in Somalia has spread to include Ethiopia, Uganda and most recent victim Kenya.   While global concern focuses on poison gas attacks in Syria, Iran’s a ...

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