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There is a talk about the whereabouts of Moqtada al-Sadir. Abutamam has a belief based on a documentation which claims to be from the Iraqi government advising Moqtada among others to flee for Iran. On the other hand Juan Cole believes Moqtada is unlikely to leave Iraq for Iran based on the historical and rhetorical arguments.
I am still confused the importance they put on this guy. The last time Moqtada resisted the occupation was 2004! He is important for Americans for one important reason, that is, he is a lightning rod for anti Sunni militia bent in killing and torturing the resistance forces and their family. He is a pretender and Iraqi nationalist only in sermons him and his lucky Iraqi Shiite cleric gives every Friday from the pulpits. He could have stand firm for Iraq unity by refusing disarm and affirm the right to resist the occupation by all means necessary. Parties that are allied to him working for and with the occupation in important ministries milking a little money Ira…

Bush's Somalia Strategy Enables an Ethiopian Despot
Paul Wachter

It may be too early to tell what, if anything, has been accomplished by the recent US-backed Ethiopian invasion of Somalia, but at least on the streets of Addis Ababa one thing has become clear. Here in the Horn of Africa, as elsewhere, Washington is all too happy to overlook the undemocratic excesses of a dictator who will do its bidding in the "war on terror."

Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has ruled Ethiopia since 1991, when his minority ethnic guerrilla group, the Tigray People's Liberation Front, overthrew the country's postimperial Communist regime, the Dergue, which had murdered, tortured and imprisoned tens of thousands during its brutal seventeen years in power. Like most contemporary resistance groups in Ethiopia, the TPLF began as a Marxist-Leninist party. But by the time its fighters marched into Addis Ababa, Meles had realized the global political winds had changed and that he would be better off with…