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Sep 20 09:30

Battles rock Mogadishu, Islamists show strength

Somalia's warring parties pounded each other with artillery in Mogadishu on Friday after an African Union military aircraft defied a rebel ban on planes using the capital's international airport.

The bombed-out city's airport had been abandoned since Tuesday after Islamist insurgents from the hardline al Shabaab group vowed to shoot down any aircraft trying to land there.

In another demonstration of their increasing strength, the Islamists also chased away pro-government militia manning roadblocks in the south of the lawless Horn of Africa nation.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Looks like Washington is losing yet another military misadventure over natural resources, this time in Africa.

And note how quickly local militants who want their country back, and out of the control of foreign nations, are simply lumped in with "Al Qaeda".

Sep 18 09:20

In Nigeria 'oil war,' militants step up attacks

A rare military raid on a militant camp in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta last week points to a new, tough approach by the Nigerian military that could force the region into a deeper state of anarchy.

Militants have responded to the pre-dawn raid with a series of deadly counter attacks on oil facilities and military positions. The delta's most prominent rebel group, the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) issued a statement Sunday via e-mail declaring an "oil war."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This could be the beginning of a civil war in Nigeria, and the Nigerian government's attacks appear to be unifying the militants in a way not really seen before.

Sep 14 17:30

Nigeria militants warn of oil war

Militants in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region say they have "declared war" on the government after battling security forces guarding facilities.

In an email released by Mend, the group said it had launched an "oil war" on the government in response to what it described as unprovoked aerial attacks on its bases in the Niger Delta.

"The operation will continue until the government of Nigeria appreciates that the solution to peace in the Niger Delta is justice, respect and dialogue," the group said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We may well be seeing the beginnings of a real civil war in Nigeria.

One has to wonder what foreign nation will "race to the rescue" (neutralizing the opponents) of the current government, given Nigeria's oil riches.

Sep 08 08:42

Threat of all-out war in Congo

Clashes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last week between government forces and a rebel militia threatened to plunge the region back into all-out war. The violence also threatened vulnerable wildlife including the rare mountain gorilla.

The attacks displaced more of the war-fatigued Congolese people, who have endured a decade of armed conflict. More than 100,000 have fled their homes already this year and are living in huts in squalid camps. At least 5.4 million people have died in the 10-year war making it the deadliest conflict since the Second World War.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This is about who will control the country's vast natural resources, and who will actually reap the reward from that control.

Sep 05 10:36

Work of Evil: Beyond the Worst-Case Scenario in Somalia

American forces have bombed fleeing refugees, slaughtered innocent herdsmen and destroyed villages in attempts to assassinate a handful of individual alleged, on shaky and specious evidence, to be "part of" or "associated with" or "linked to" al Qaeda. American agents have seized refugees from the Somali war, including U.S. citizens, and had them "renditioned" to the notorious prisons of the Ethiopian dictatorship. And as we have noted here many times, the Bush Administration has sent in death squads to "kill anyone left alive" after American strikes.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Your tax dollars at work, folks. Doesn't it make you feel proud to be an American?!?

Aug 24 10:47

Thousands flee as Islamists seize city

MOGADISHU: Islamic militants said they have seized control of Kismayo, Somalia's third largest city, after three days of fighting that left about 70 people dead and led thousands to flee.

Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia's shaky transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What the second paragraph should have stated, clearly:

"The US-backed Ethiopian troops have helped Somalia's shaky transitional government push the Islamists from power in Mogadishu and the south, but failed to establish security or improve living standards."

This proxy war has nothing to do with the welfare of the lives of the Somalian people, and everything to do with its vast resources, which the West is hoping to exploit by controlling its government.

Aug 19 09:38

Fire breaks out in Egypt's parliament

Fire has erupted in Egypt's parliament but there is no word on casualties or the cause.

Aug 06 09:13

Beijing sends Mugabe packing

ZIMBABWE'S President, Robert Mugabe, has been forced to return home following intense political pressure from the Chinese Communist Party not to attend Friday night's opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Jul 25 08:58

Playstation 2 component incites African war

At the center of the conflict is the unrefined metallic ore, coltan. After processing, coltan turns into a powder called tantalum, which is used extensively in a wealth of western electronic devices including cell phones, computers and, of course, game consoles.

Allegedly, the demand for coltan prompted Rwandan military groups and western mining companies to plunder hundreds of millions of dollars worth of the rare metal, often by forcing prisoners-of-war and even children to work in the country's coltan mines.

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