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Friday, November 27, 2009

Former British Envoy: US, UK Desperately Wanted 'Smoking Gun' in Iraq


Christopher Meyers says the two governments were looking for justification for their 2003 invasion
The former British ambassador to the United States claims that the Bush administration was looking for a link between the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, and Saddam Hussein hours after the attacks took place. He spoke at a public inquiry into Britain's role in the Iraqi War.
( Anti-war protesters from the 'Stop the War' group, hold fake US dollar bills covered in fake blood outside the conference center where the Iraq war inquiry is taking place, in central London, 24 Nov 2009. In the most sweeping inquiry by any nation involved in the Iraq war, a panel investigating Britain's role in the conflict begins questioning witnesses Tuesday in hearings that critics hope will expose alleged deception in the buildup to conflict )

Muslim Pilgrims Hold Ritual Stoning of Satan Amid Tight Security


Hundreds of thousands of Muslim pilgrims performed the ritual "stoning of the devil" at Muzdalifa, outside the Saudi holy city of Mecca, Friday, in one of the high points of the annual Hajj.
Edward Yeranian
Cairo 27 November 2009
Tens of thousands of Muslim pilgrims are performing the ritual "stoning of the devil," Friday, outside of Mecca, in Saudi Arabia, in one of the high points of the annual Hajj. Security has been tight and both King Abdallah and other leaders have emphasized the need to protect the kingdom against "infiltrators" from Yemen.

Ethiopia being 'used like an empty womb'

There is alarm over the growth of land leasing in the country, writes Stephanie McCrummen.
BAKO, ETHIOPIA: In recent months, the Ethiopian Government began marketing abroad one of the hottest commodities in an increasingly crowded and hungry world: farmland.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Saudi floods kill 77 while Muslims perform hajj

(Medeshi) By HADEEL AL-SHALCHI, Associated Press Writer
MOUNT ARAFAT, Saudi Arabia – Muslim pilgrims holding white umbrellas against the blazing sun clambered up a rocky desert hill for prayers Thursday during the annual hajj, a day after torrential rains that killed at least 77 people.
Flooding from the unusually heavy downpours hit hardest in the Red Sea coastal city of Jiddah, about 40 miles (60 kilometers) away from the holy city of Mecca and its surrounding sacred sites where the 3 million Muslims from around the world were performing the rites of the pilgrimage.
Most of the deaths occurred in the shantytowns around Jiddah and along the main highway to Mecca, populated by poorer, foreign immigrants who work in the city as drivers, construction workers and domestic help. Streets were swamped with water, some houses collapsed and mudslides took place, Civil Defense officials said.
It did not immediately appear that any pilgrims were among the dead. Jiddah's civil defense chief Capt. Abdullah al-Amri said 21 of the victims were identified as Saudis and the rest were believed to be residents of Saudi Arabia.

Canadians warned to stay out of Somalia as Lindhout freed...

(Medeshi) Jorge Barrera, Canwest News Service
Canadian journalist Amanda Lindhout is said to be receiving medical attention for the trauma she endured during 15 months in captivity in Somalia, a country she finally left Thursday morning.
After meeting with the prime minister of Somalia's transitional federal government, who offered an official apology, Lindhout and Australian photographer Nigel Brennan -- who was kidnapped with her -- left Mogadishu and flew to freedom in Nairobi in neighbouring Kenya, where they were taken to a hotel by Canadian and Australian officials and reportedly were met by Ms. Lindhout's mother.

Occupied Somalia : Buried by Brutality

Silent Cry
Contact: Richard Horsefield
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
A desiccated, little-known region in south-eastern Ethiopia: this is Ogaden. Bordering on Somalia, it is populated mainly by Somali nomads. It’s very sad that for the rest of the world it’s nothing but a dark speck on the map. Nobody hears about Ogaden. People are simply killed, robbed, mistreated and nobody hears anything about it. The lack of reporting tells the Ogadenis that they’re of less value because nobody cares what happens to them. And the feeling overcomes them that they don’t belong among citizens of the world. When 500 Ogadenis are murdered, there’s complete silence. The world community is wholly ignorant of events in the region.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Amanda Lindhout, photographer, freed in Somalia

Canadian freelance journalist Amanda Lindhout and her Australian photographer, Neil Brennan, have been freed in Somalia.
Lindhout and Brennan were abducted on August 28, 2008, at gunpoint in Mogadishu, the Somalian capital.
Both had been reporting on refugees who had escaped factional fighting when they were kidnapped.
Agence France-Presse, citing unnamed kidnappers, said Lindhout’s family paid $1 million dollars of ransom to secure the pairs release.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

New details emerge in Somali terror probe


MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota man hosted a gathering for several young Somalis days before they left Minneapolis to fight with a terrorist group in their war-torn homeland, according to court documents unsealed Tuesday in a sweeping federal investigation.
(This undated family photo made available by his family in Minneapolis shows Mohamud Said Omar. In custody in the Netherlands at the request of U.S. authorities, officials say Omar is being held in connection with the FBI's investigation into the disappearance of up to 20 young Somali men who left the Minneapolis area over the last two years for Somalia. Documents unsealed Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2009 allege he was involved with many of the young men who left Minneapolis in waves - from December 2007 through November 2008. (AP Photo/Family of Mohamud Said Omar)

Somalia: Amnesty International Public Statement

24 November 2009
AI Index: AFR 52/009/2009
Unlawful killings and torture demonstrate Al Shabaab's contempt for the lives of civilians

Essay: Somalia's al-Shabaab

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Life Behind Enemy Lines—in Somalia

Michael Isikoff (Newsweek)
As Declassified noted last weekend, a recent FBI affidavit in a big Chicago terror case offered an unusually revealing glimpse of life behind “enemy lines” in Waziristan in northwest Pakistan.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Will Ugandan President visit Mogadishu in war-torn Somalia?

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, is set to visit the Somalia capital Mogadishu, where thousands of Ugandan troops are stationed as a part of the African Union contingent in Somalia, yet unconfirmed reports said on Sunday.

Saudi soldiers kill seven Somali immigrants and bust boats

Seven Somali immigrants have been killed in Saudi Arabia ,Yemen border by Saudi soldiers, witnesses said on Saturday.

Saudi forces 'fighting in Yemen'

Saudi Arabia launched attacks on Houthis after they crossed its border and seized a small area [AFP]

Saudi Arabian forces have carried out an incursion into Yemeni territory using tanks, artillery and aircraft, the Houthi rebel group has said.