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Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - Basra tearing itself apart

Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - Basra tearing itself apart
At the center of Basra's meltdown lies the ongoing conflict between different Shi'ite factions, mainly vying for control over Basra's energy industry and oil smuggling. Domination over local governance through confrontation, and at times violence, has become the routine method of conducting politics in a city that appears to be breaking apart into territories governed by different militias. Such political conflict, however, also includes competing visions of post-Ba'athist Iraq, as each Shi'ite militia advocates a particular ideological agenda (regionalist, nationalist and sectarian), while seeking popular support from various segments of the Shi'ite community in Basra and other southern cities.

ONLF

ONLF: "The Ogaden People: Past and Present
by Abdurahman MAHDI
1. Background
The Ogaden Somali territory lies between Oromia to the west, Afar to the north-west, the Republic of Djibouti to the north, Kenya to the south and the Somali Republic to the east. Somali agro-pastoral people have a single language, culture, and socio-economic structure inhabiting the Ogaden territory."

News: Iraq, Iraq: Number of IDPs tops one million, says Iraqi Red Crescent

News: Iraq, Iraq: Number of IDPs tops one million, says Iraqi Red CrescentAccording to an Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) report, 142,260 families - about 1,037,615 individuals - have become internally displaced persons (IDPs) since 22 February 2006, when a revered Shia shrine in Samarra, 60 miles north of Baghdad, was bombed by what many believe was a Sunni extremist group. Sectarian violence has increased sharply since that time.

"“Freedom” Scholar Michael Ledeen’s African Friend" by Ken Silverstein (Harper's Magazine)

"“Freedom” Scholar Michael Ledeen’s African Friend" by Ken Silverstein (Harper's Magazine): "A majority of people in the Republic of Congo get by on less than $1 a day, but money is no object for Denis Christel Sassou-Nguesso, the 24-year-old son of the country’s long-time ruler. The London-based group Global Witness has recently posted credit card bills racked up by Sassou-Nguesso, the head of the state oil company’s marketing arm, that show he has racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in a global shopping spree. That includes stops in Paris (where he shopped at Louis Vuitton and stayed at the Bristol Hotel to Dubai (where he shopped at Rodeo Drive). "

Collin Powell dissociate himself from his former master.

The Australian: I tried to warn Bush against Iraq war: Powell [ 09jul07 ]: "FORMER US secretary of state Colin Powell has revealed that he spent 2 1/2 hours vainly trying to persuade President George W. Bush not to invade Iraq and believes today's conflict cannot be resolved by US forces.


'I tried to avoid this war,' Mr Powell said at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado. 'I took him through the consequences of going into an Arab country and becoming the occupiers.' "

Rapist Bush doesn’t want to defend rapist in deeds Meles.

Ethiopia: Ogaden Crackdown Carries High Human Cost - Ethiopian Review News: "WASHINGTON, Jul 5 (IPS) - An intensified counter-insurgency campaign against Somali rebels and their suspected civilian supporters in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region is drawing growing criticism by human rights groups and concern from the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, a staunch ally of Addis Ababa."

Woyanne and Somali puppet government troops loot Mogadishu's main market - Ethiopian Review News

Woyanne and Somali puppet government troops loot Mogadishu's main market - Ethiopian Review News: "MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Insurgents threw grenades at Somali government soldiers in Mogadishu’s Bakara market on Sunday, and the troops responded by firing their weapons indiscriminately, witnesses said.
It was the second straight day of attacks in Bakara, famed as the site of one of the world’s biggest open-air arms markets, which has thrived in the anarchy the Horn of Africa nation has suffered since 1991.
“Five grenade explosions have occurred in Bakara market. Some of them we directed at government forces but they injured no one. I don’t know if there are any civilian casualties,” senior police officer Ali Nur told Reuters."

Death Sentences Recommended in Ethiopia | DailyComet.com | Daily Comet | Thibodaux, LA

Death Sentences Recommended in Ethiopia | DailyComet.com | Daily Comet | Thibodaux, LAThe court is expected to issue a sentence on July 16. The accused, who have chosen not to defend themselves, did not speak during Monday's session but will have a chance to do so during next week's court session.

"They have not shown any sign of regret in the court, and they have not (accepted) the sovereignty of the court," prosecutor Abraham Tetemke said during Monday's court session. "Therefore we request that they should be punished with capital punishment."