Top 5 blunders of Somali pirates | csmonitor.com

October 10, 2009

This is the third time this year that Somali pirates have attacked a Western military vessel by mistake, which brings us to our Top 5 list of Somali pirates blunders.5. Last night’s attack on the French Navy vessel.4. On May 4, the French Navy captured 11 pirates off the coast of Somalia as part of a European Union operation to protect shipping. The pirates reportedly mistook a French frigate for a commercial ship.3. On March 30, pirates apparently mistook a German NATO supply ship, the FGS Spessart, for a merchant ship when they targeted it in the Gulf of Aden, between Somalia and Yemen. “Poor judgment by the pirates turned out to be a real opportunity for seven nations representing three task forces to work together and strike a momentous blow for maritime safety and security,” said a NATO spokesman.2. On Sept. 26, 2008, pirates seized the Faina, a Ukrainian vessel loaded with $30 million worth of grenade launchers, piles of ammunition, and battle tanks.Jackpot! Well, sort of. After four months of negotiations, the owners paid $3.2 million in cash dropped by parachute.But this particular pirate operation also resulted in global attention and a concerted military response. It’s now much harder for the brigands to ply the region’s waters with impunity.“After the Faina was taken, two task forces — from Nato and the EU — have sailed for the Gulf of Aden along with an assortment of warships from other nations,” reports the London-based Times newspaper. “It was the thought of heavy weaponry falling into the hands of the country’s Islamists — some with links to Al Qaeda — at one of the country’s arms bazaars that provoked an international military response.”1. On April 8, pirates seized the US-flagged 17,000-ton Maersk Alabama, which was carrying food aid from USAID and other agencies to help malnourished people in Uganda and Somalia. The pirates didn’t last long. In a rescue worthy of a Hollywood script, US Navy SEAL snipers killed three pirates and freed the American sea captain who had offered himself as a hostage to save his crew.

Top 5 blunders of Somali pirates | csmonitor.com

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Nobel Spotlights Need for Obama to Act on Rights | Human Rights Watch

October 9, 2009

Human rightsAs a Nobel laureate, President Obama has a special responsibility to speak up for activists jailed and persecuted for promoting human rights. The president will honor his Nobel Prize when he puts a meaningful end to the debacle at Guantanamo, by trying or releasing all of the prisoners held there.

Nobel Spotlights Need for Obama to Act on Rights | Human Rights Watch

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Israel leaders hail Obama Nobel win, hope for ‘new era of peace’ – Haaretz – Israel News

October 9, 2009

Israel’s leaders congratulated U.S. President Barack Obama on Friday for winning the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressing the hope that his presidency would “usher in a new era of peace.””Congratulations on winning the Nobel Prize for Peace,” said Netanyahu in a message to Obama. “You have already inspired so many people around the world, and I know that this award also expresses the hope that your Presidency will usher in a new era of peace and reconciliation.”

Israel leaders hail Obama Nobel win, hope for ‘new era of peace’ – Haaretz – Israel News

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The international politics behind Obama’s Nobel Peace prize | csmonitor.com

October 9, 2009

Prime Minister Binyamin...STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN; and BOSTON — The surprise decision to award President Barack Obama the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize had much of the world scratching its head on Friday, even among the president’s most ardent fans. Less than a year into office, the young president has made lofty promises, committed his administration to diplomacy, and convinced the world that a less belligerent America is in the offing.

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How world views Obama Nobel Peace Prize | csmonitor.com

October 9, 2009

(Photograph)Berlin – Awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to US President Barack Obama only nine months into his term brought surprise and delight in many parts of the world – for those who see it as a broad marker of hope and future global harmony at a time when wars and rumors of wars are deeply troubling.But the Norwegian Nobel committee announcement Friday brought ample doses of befuddlement and skepticism among officials used to years of hard work to end conflict. Absent a significant peace deal, they worry, awarding the prize to a new president is premature, or could backfire by creating unreasonable expectations of the White House.The Nobel committee said the award was for Obama’s efforts to bring “a new climate in international politics,” for which the American leader is “the world’s leading spokesman.”

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An Open Letter to Sheikh Sharif

October 8, 2009

https://i2.wp.com/d.yimg.com/a/p/ap/20090925/capt.685c123260a741f489a14afc1c7007f0.un_general_assembly_nyrd121.jpgBefore I start my letter, I have a confession to make. I have never supported you before nor did I attend any of your speeches in America. In fact, I have been suspicious of the way you became president, or even the way you escaped from Somalia after the collapse of the Union of Islamic Courts. I do not subscribe to conspiracy theories, but let me just say that your meteoric rise to ‘power’ will be an intriguing subject matter for Students of Somali history and politics. In political parlance, I see you a politician who is two notches better than those who oppose your rule.

An Open Letter to Sheikh Sharif

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Abugida Ethiopian American Information Center » Thanks to Ethiopians Who Refuse to be Bystanders! Where in the World are the Rest of You Ethiopians? – SMNE

October 8, 2009

The last several months have been extraordinarily busy for those who have been involved with the March to Stop Genocide and Dictatorship in Ethiopia/Africa.

Abugida Ethiopian American Information Center » Thanks to Ethiopians Who Refuse to be Bystanders! Where in the World are the Rest of You Ethiopians? – SMNE

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Somali Defense Official Kidnapped in Uganda — News from Antiwar.com

October 7, 2009

Sheikh Yusuf Mohamed Siad, the Islamist warlord who is also the Minister of Defense for the US backed Somali Transitional Government and who generally goes by the nom de guerre “White Eyes” was kidnapped today during a visit to Uganda.Siad was captured in the Uganda capital of Kampala by unknown assailants who have not since issued any demands. The Ugandan Army said the reason for the minister’s visit was “unclear.”

Somali Defense Official Kidnapped in Uganda — News from Antiwar.com

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Abugida Ethiopian American Information Center » Re: Plea for release of Birtukan Mideksa and all political prisoners in Ethiopia by Robele Ababya

October 7, 2009

We Ethiopians have not been as fortunate in that Meles Zenawi missed this kind of noble opportunity of conceding defeat in the historic election of 15 May 2005 and thereby avoiding the prospect of being tried in the International Criminal Court for acts of genocide, war crime, and crimes against humanity. He continues making mockery of Western democracy while craving for their financial support.Therefore it would be morally inadmissible that mature and advanced democracies such as that of Germany not to openly condemn a dictator that terrorizes the cultured and freedom loving Ethiopian people – proud claimants to values bequeathed by the Queen of Sheba, Saint Yared, countless patriots and prolific writers in the spiritual domain and philosophy.

Abugida Ethiopian American Information Center » Re: Plea for release of Birtukan Mideksa and all political prisoners in Ethiopia by Robele Ababya

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06 October 2009

October 7, 2009

We Ethiopians have not been as fortunate in that Meles Zenawi missed this kind of noble opportunity of conceding defeat in the historic election of 15 May 2005 and thereby avoiding the prospect of being tried in the International Criminal Court for acts of genocide, war crime, and crimes against humanity. He continues making mockery of Western democracy while craving for their financial support.

06 October 2009

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