January 15, 2007 News

In Somalia, a Reckless U.S. Proxy War
Undeterred by the horrors and setbacks in Iraq, Afghanistan and Lebanon, the Bush administration has opened another battlefront in the Muslim world. With full U.S. backing and military training, at least 15,000 Ethiopian troops have entered Somalia in an illegal war of aggression against the Union of Islamic Courts, which controls almost the entire south of the country.

Somalia: Afghanistan remixed
The “war on terror” is back with a bang. First Afghanistan, then Iraq and now Somalia. And Iran could well be the next Islamic nation to be bombarded by the US – as President George W Bush telegraphed in his “surge” speech on Wednesday.

Mistakes Were Made, but There Is No Mistaker

War Costs are Hitting Historic Proportions
The price tag for the Iraq conflict and overall effort against terrorism is expected to surpass Vietnam’s next year.

Presidential Candidate Fears “Gulf Of Tonkin” To Provoke Iran War
Developments converge to signify inevitable conflict despite ongoing chaos in Iraq

Bush faces mutiny over extra troops for Iraq

African Union mulls deployment to Somalia
The United States and European Union have offered financial help for an African peacekeeping force intended to keep Somalia from sliding back into clan fighting and anarchy. So far, no African government has responded to the push to form an 8,000-man mission, although Uganda has indicated it is willing to send 1,500 soldiers as part of a wider mission.

Saddam’s top aides hanged
Former dicator’s half brother and former head of Iraq’s revolutionary court hanged before dawn, two weeks and two days after his own execution.

Hanging of Saddam’s aides filmed

Saddam aides hanged, anger at beheading “mishap”

Leftist Assumes Presidency of Ecuador

Welcome to Chávez-land,
the new Latin mecca for the sandalistas

Talk of Israeli Strike in Iran Shows Risks -Rice
U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Sunday that speculation about an Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities underscored the risk of failing to persuade Tehran to halt uranium enrichment.

America threatens to ‘deal with’ Iran over insurgents
The belief that George Bush’s troops “surge” policy in Iraq is also aimed at confronting Iran was strengthened yesterday when the White House declared that it was “going to deal” with the actions of the Tehran regime.
Discord continued between America and Iraq over the arrest by US forces of five Iranians in Arbil, the Kurdish capital. The US claims they are linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and have been funding Iraqi insurgents.
The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hoshiyar Zebari, called yesterday for the Iranians to be freed, stressing that they have been working with Iraqi government approval. Mr Zebari said: “We fully respect the views, policies and strategy of the United States, which is the strongest ally to Iraq, but the Iraqi government has national interests of its own. We can’t change the geographical reality that Iran is our neighbour. This is a delicate balance and we are treading a very thin line.”

Big Brother: What it means in Britain today
Moves to share people’s personal details across Whitehall have provoked accusations that the Government has taken another step towards “a Big Brother state”.

Blair & Bush: Battling On
WHEN GEORGE Bush meets with Republican Party leaders at Camp David today, their joint aim will be to devise a new battle strategy for the war ahead – not the war in Iraq, but the looming war and constitutional crisis that is shaping up between the White House and the new Democrat-controlled Congress over the president’s determination to send more troops into Iraq.

Gunning for Somalia
The bombing has raised many questions. Why did the US try to kill the alleged terrorists rather than capture them? Why did the US themselves carry out the attack when the past month’s military action in Somalia has been left to Ethiopian and Somali government forces? And, following credible reports that more than 70 nomads were killed in last week’s bombings, have the US air strikes backfired?
While this is the first time that the US had admitted to carrying out actions in Somalia since 18 Army rangers were killed during the 1993 Black Hawk Down mission, in truth the US has never really been away – certainly not since 9/11. From a base in neighbouring Djibouti (formerly French Somaliland), the US has run a 1500-strong task force for the Horn of Africa – a volatile region with countries that are suspected of sheltering terrorists.

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