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Monday, February 23, 2009

. Amnesty International urges freeze on arms sales to Israel
.11 dead in Mogadishu AU camp attack
.After Guantanamo, Charge Them or Release Them
.Nigerian Indicted For Stealing $27.2 Million From Ethiopia Acct
.They get khat, then caught
.Kulmiye Party's Political Strategy
.Ethiopian Rebels Clash With Government Forces; at Least 45 Dead
.U.S. Senator Urges Full-Spectrum Somalia Policy
.Somaliland opens first hydrocarbon bid round
.Concerns grow over global reach of Somali militants
.Top UN official in Somalia under fire for ontroversial statements
.Iran says it has built unmanned aircraft
.Cheney: Chief of Churls
.Somalia, a graveyard of American foreign-policy blunders
.Somaliland Vice-President Speech on Somali Unity: Misinterpreted One
.Revealed: British Muslim student killed 20 in suicide bomb attack in Somalia
.Conflict resolution in Somaliland : Peace Petition
.Peace in Somaliland: An Indigenous Approach to State-building documentary
.Somaliland: Code of conduct for the political parties voter registration process

Amnesty International urges freeze on arms sales to Israel

Medeshi Feb 23, 2009
Amnesty International urges freeze on arms sales to Israel
By Amira Hass
More than 20 countries sold Israel weapons and munitions whose use during Operation Cast Lead could constitute war crimes and might pose serious infractions of international law, according to a report to be released by Amnesty International on Monday.
The United States is at the top of the list of arms exporters to Israel, but France, Romania, Bosnia and Serbia are listed as well. Amnesty's report, entitled, "Fueling Conflict: Foreign Arms supplies to Israel/Gaza," details arms sales to Israel between 2004 and 2007, and publishes some of the organization's findings on the use of such weapons against civilians and civilian targets.
"Direct attacks on civilians and civilian objects, disproportionate attacks and indiscriminate attacks are war crimes," the report states, describing such attacks during the war in Gaza. The organization recommends that all arms sales to Israel be frozen until "there is no longer a substantial risk that such equipment will be used for serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights abuses."

The report further noted that Hamas and other Palestinian groups also used weapons indiscriminately against civilians. Although Amnesty cannot determine the direct supplier of non-homemade weapons (which are manufactured in Iran and Russia), it also calls for a moratorium on weapons sales and shipments to the Palestinians. The report also mentions that the types and quantity of weapons in Hamas' hands are much smaller than those in Israel's possession.
"Even before the three-week conflict, those who armed the two sides will have been aware of the pattern of repeated misuse of weapons by the parties. They must take some responsibility for the violations perpetrated with the weapons they have supplied and should immediately cease further transfers," the report states."
Since 2001, the Unites States has been Israel's main supplier of conventional weapons, the report states. The figures Amnesty obtained show that from 2004 to 2007, the total value of U.S.-supplied arms to Israel stood at some $8.3 billion.
The report also notes that since 2002, Israel has received military and security aid to the tune of $21 billion, of which $19 billion was direct military aid. "Put simply, Israel's military intervention in the Gaza Strip has been equipped to a large extent by U.S.-supplied weapons, munitions and military equipment paid for with U.S. taxpayers' money."
A 10-year agreement, in force until 2017, stipulates that the United States will supply Israel with military aid totaling $30 billion.
"The Obama administration should immediately suspend U.S. military aid to Israel," Malcolm Smart, Amnesty International's Middle East director, said ahead of the report's release.
Between 2004 to 2007, France exported military equipment to Israel to the tune of 59 million Euros. Romania exported equipment worth approximately 20 million Euros, while Britain provided the equivalent of some 10 million pounds sterling's worth. Serbia sold Israel approximately $15 million worth of weapons and munitions, whereas Germany provided some $1.5 million in military aid.
The report also mentions civilian targets, including The American School in Beit Lahia, Gaza, destroyed by F-16 aircraft. Amnesty's report further states that three ambulance crew-members and a boy who showed them the way to a group of injured were killed on January 4 by an Israeli guided missile that was manufactured jointly by Hellfire Systems and Lockheed Martin/Boeing as part of a U.S. military contract.
The Amnesty representative in the Gaza Strip also found extensive evidence of the use of U.S.-made phosphorus bombs against civilian targets and densely populated areas.
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· Amnesty International says U.S. response to Gaza 'lopsided'
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

11 dead in Mogadishu AU camp attack

Medeshi Feb 22, 2009
11 Deaths in Mogadishu AU camp attack
The al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for a suicide bomb attack on Mogadishu, the Somali capital, that left 11 Burundi peacekeepers dead and injured at least 15 other people.
Exclusive footage aired on Al Jazeera on Sunday showed the aftermath of the attack, which targeted the African Union (AU) soldiers.
The Burundi troops, part of the 3,400 strong AU force in Somalia, were unloading supplies when they were hit by the blast.
Nicolas Bwakira, the AU envoy to Somalia, said the incident was a "dispicable act".
Speaking from the AU headquarters in Ethiopia, El-Ghassim Wane, an AU spokesman, said that the attackers "have no care for Somalia and their sole aim is to destroy and bring about more violence to the country"
'Heavy losses'
Sheik Muktar Robow Mansoor, a spokesman for al-Shabab, said that a bomber wearing a jacket with explosives had detonated his charge near the compound and that another in a car had set off his device at the gate to the AU base.
"Our fighters have carried out two suicide attacks on the infidels in Mogadishu, inflicting heavy losses," Mansoor said.
The AU had initially reported the attack had been by mortar.
Colonel Adlophe Manirakiza, from the AU, confirmed that the blast was "a suicide attack" at the camp.
The AFP news agency reported Ali Mohamed, a witness, as saying he saw a car entering the Burundian camp, the site of the former Somalia National University.
"Minutes later, there was a huge explosion," he said.
'Cruel attack'
Omar Hashi Aden, Somalia's internal security minister, said the government would "respond very quickly to this cruel attack".
"We are ready to listen to suggestions, but we will not tolerate violence against these troops. We need them to assist us to train our security forces and rebuild the country," he said.
The attack comes as Somalia's new government takes over in the face of threats from opposition forces.
Mohammed Adow, Al Jazeera's correspondent in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, said: "Many people take this to be their [al-Shabab's] opposition to the government ... [which] is for keeping the peacekeepers in Somalia until things get better on the ground.
"But al-Shabab ... want legitimacy and many feel that by targeting the peacekeepers they are seeking legitimacy and a continued reason to fight," he said.
Adow said that al-Shabab would not accept a government that does not institute sharia law.
The 53-member AU maintains a 3,400 strong peacekeeping force in Somalia made up of Burundian and Ugandan troops, while it awaits contributions of about 4,600 troops from other nations.
Al jazeera