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Al Jazeera English - Africa - Somalia fighters 'making comeback'

Al Jazeera English - Africa - Somalia fighters 'making comeback': "Opposition fighters in Somalia appear to have made a major comeback after being ousted by Somali government troops backed up by Ethiopian forces last year.

The fighters and remnants of the Islamic Courts Union first took the key port city of Kismayo and now they say they are making headway across southern Somalia, slowly wresting back from the government control of towns such as Dhoble, near the Kenyan border.

But a Somali government adviser says the opposition is exaggerating the extent of its alleged comeback.

'I think they are less powerful than they were before. But of course they always re-group in areas that are very simple for them to take over,' Yusuf Al Azhari told Al Jazeera.

Some Kismayo residents say they are optimistic the lawlessness there will end, just a week after opposition fighters seized the area from clan militias, but others are wary."

     Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama     : Information Clearing House - ICH

     Curb Your Enthusiasm for Obama     : Information Clearing House - ICH
Barack Obama's health care plan coddles the corporations that profit from the misery and illnesses of tens of millions of Americans. The plan is naive, at best, and probably disingenuous when it insists that we can coax these corporations, which are listed on the stock exchange and exist to maximize profit, to transform themselves into social service agencies that will provide adequate health care for all Americans. I wish we lived in such a rosy world. I know, and I suspect Obama knows, that we do not.

"Obama offers a false hope," said Dr. John Geyman, the former chair of family medicine at the University of Washington and author of "Do Not Resuscitate: Why the Health Insurance Industry Is Dying, and How We Must Replace It." "We cannot build on or tweak the present system. Different states have tried this. The problem is the private insurance industry itself. It is not as efficient …