Category Archives: Somalia

Stability, but at what cost?

Something resembling stability has returned to Somalia in the last several weeks as various Islamist militias have taken over most of the country. After nearly two decades of chaos, and no central government, this east African country may soon become a nation-state again. A failed state is bad, but is an Islamic state worse? Regardless, various militias plan to join forces as a single army, and we will soon learn which is more peaceful, chaos, or extremist calm.

Last Week in the Rest of the World

The better late than never edition….

Sunday

Sandinista Aims for Comeback in Nicaragua

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Sixteen years after voters swept Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega from Nicaragua’s presidency, the former Marxist icon appears to have his best chance yet for a comeback in elections scheduled for Nov. 5.

Monday

Kosovo bids for independence face-to-face with Serbs
VIENNA (Reuters) – Kosovo formally made its pitch for independence face-to-face with Serbia on Monday at their first top-level talks since NATO bombs drove Serb forces from the province in 1999.

Tuesday

Chavez-Belarus ‘pact against U.S.

MINSK, Belarus (Reuters) — Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday he had forged a strategic alliance to stand up to U.S. imperialism with fellow maverick Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

Wednesday

Venezuela’s Chavez to sign Russia arms deal

MOSCOW, Russian (AP) — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Wednesday that his oil-rich nation will sign major arms deals in Moscow to acquire Russian fighter jets and produce Kalashnikov assault rifles, as Russia shrugged off U.S. criticism of the weapons sales.

Thursday

As Rumors Swirl, Somalia Seems Set for Full-Scale War

BAIDOA, SOMALIA, July 27 — In the past few days, phantom troops have reportedly flooded across the border from Ethiopia. Mysterious planes have landed in Mogadishu. Young gunmen in a kaleidoscope of camouflage are cruising the streets all over this country, their true allegiance one big question mark.

Friday

Jubilation, violence mark days before Congo vote

INSHASA, Congo (AP) — About 3,000 people gathered Friday to hear President Joseph Kabila appeal for their vote as campaigning wound down ahead of war-battered Congo’s historic weekend vote.

Saturday

Spain approves reparations bill

MADRID, Spain (AP) — The Spanish government has approved a divisive bill allowing reparations for victims of the Spanish Civil War and the ensuing dictatorship of Gen. Francisco Franco, one of the darkest chapters of Spain’s modern history.

Last Week in the Rest of the World

Last weeks news that you may have missed…

Sunday

As Tensions Rise, U.S. and Moscow Falter on Trade

STRELNA, Russia, Sunday, July 16 — President Bush and President Vladimir V. Putin announced that they had failed to come to an agreement on Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization, and aides said the deal, which had been expected as early as this weekend, was not likely for months.

Monday

Indonesia quake toll passes 100
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A major earthquake off the coast of Java and a tsunami that followed has killed at least 155 people, according to Red Cross officials.

Tuesday

U.N.: Heavy fighting in Colombia forces thousands of civilians to flee

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Intense fighting between the army and leftist guerrillas in western Colombia has forced thousands of civilians from their homes and trapped several Indian communities who are unable to reach safety, the United Nations said Tuesday.

Wednesday

Europeans Agree on Plan to Send Money to Palestinians

GAZA, July 19 — The European Union foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, pledged Wednesday to start international donor funds flowing to cash-starved Palestinian hospitals as early as Aug. 1, part of a broader relief package that will provide the Palestinian Authority with about $130 million over three months.

Thursday

Ethiopian Troops Enter Somali Government Base

MOGADISHU, Somalia, July 20 (Reuters) — Ethiopian soldiers entered the Somali town of Baidoa on Thursday, witnesses said, a day after an Islamist militia advanced within 22 miles of the government’s temporary base there.

Friday

Charles Taylor appears in court

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor appeared in a Hague courtroom Friday for a hearing aimed at paving the way for his war crimes trial.

Saturday

Mexico’s Losing Leftist Defiantly Awaits Election Ruling

MEXICO CITY, July 22 — As he fights his loss in court, the leftist candidate in Mexico’s July 2 election says he has been the victim of a broad conspiracy among the incumbent, election officials, other party leaders and business tycoons to rob him of the presidency.

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