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The case for mercenaries in Somalia

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Listen By Jeff Jacoby IN 1969, as a member of the presidential commission appointed to consider replacing the draft with an all-volunteer military, the great economist Milton Friedman had a famous exchange with General William Westmoreland, the US commander in Vietnam. Westmoreland strongly supported the draft, and told the commission that he didn’t want to […]

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Mubarak names deputy as protest deaths top 100

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Listen Cairo (Alshahid)- Embattled Hosni Mubarak tapped Egypt’s military intelligence chief as his first-ever vice president and named a new premier, as the death toll in a mass revolt against his autocratic rule topped 100. Fresh riots Saturday, the fifth day of the revolt, left 22 people dead in the town of Beni Sueif, south […]

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AU to appoint panel on Ivory Coast crises

By   /  January 30, 2011  /  Africa, Featured, News  /  1 Comment

Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)- The African Union has decided to appoint a panel of leaders to join Kenyan PM, Raila Odinga in mediating in the Ivory Coast crisis. African Union Commission chairperson, Jean Ping told a news conference Friday night that the over six hours of deliberations by various African heads of state meeting in […]

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African Union Chief Backs Kenya’s Bid to defer ICC

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Listen Addis Ababa (Alshahid)- The African Union’s top official backed a push by Kenya to try six people suspected of masterminding post-election violence in a domestic court, saying the International Criminal Court’s pursuit of the case is undermining African support for the tribunal. Almost three years after a disputed presidential election triggered ethnic violence that […]

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Kenya PM rejects judicial nominees

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Listen Nairobi (Alshahid)- Prime Minister Raila Odinga has said he is shocked and dismayed after President Kibaki made nominations to the post of Chief Justice, Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions without due consultations as required. Prime Minister Odinga said he should have been consulted, in line with the constitution, and that Kibaki’s move […]

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Move to cut pirates down to size

By   /  January 30, 2011  /  Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen Johannesburg (Alshahid)- Maritime safety authorities have long recommended that ships sailing through the Indian Ocean danger zone wrap razor wire around their deck rails as a non-lethal deterrent. However, seamen hate to install it because it cuts their hands, and pirates swarming up the side of a ship can render it harmless by throwing […]

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Egyptian Government Resigns

By   /  January 29, 2011  /  Africa, East Africa, Featured, Horn of Africa, Latest, News, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

Listen Cairo (Alshahid)-The Government of Egypt has resigned after tension and long weeks of unrest by the civilian community seemingly defying the orders by the armed forces to stem the riots in the city. By yesterday the Besieged  government leader  promised to constitute  a new cabinet but come this morning in he was forced to […]

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Egyptian protests escalate Beyond Cairo

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Listen Egypt (Alshahid)-Anti-government protests are intensifying across Egypt, as police clash with demonstrators in several cities demanding the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. A protester in Suez was killed in clashes with police, witnesses said. In Cairo, police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowds, who responded by throwing stones. The government […]

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ICC trials: Why Mugabe is likely to side with Kenya

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Listen Zimbabwe (Alshahid)-Zimbabwe Government officials say there was no common position on the Kenyan lobby against the ICC because Cabinet had not met since December 18 after President Robert Mugabe went on leave. Cabinet will only resume sitting after the AU summit. But President Mugabe is inclined to support the Kenyan position despite likely opposition […]

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San in another landmark win against Botswana Government

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Listen Botswana (Alshahid)-The Basarwa (San) in Botswana scored another important victory against the government Thursday when the Court of Appeal ruled that the indigenous minority group has the right to water in their ancestral lands inside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR). A five-man Court of Appeal bench overturned the decision of Justice Lakhvinder Singh […]

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