Mar 022012

Tripoli — At the battered terminal of Tripoli’s tiny Mitiga airport, over 150 young men and women jostle to be repatriated home to Nigeria on Libya’s Buraq airlines. This journey to Lagos is one of hundreds the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) has facilitated since the start of the uprising against Gaddafi’s regime over a year ago. Continue reading »

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Mar 022012

The current land grab in Ethiopia is not limited to “investors” from China, India, and Saudi Arabia. In fact, TPLF members are grabbing more fertile land in southern and western Ethiopia than China, India and Saudi combined, according to Ethiopian Review sources.

In investigating land grab by the TPLF members, Ethiopian Review Intelligence Unit has stumbled upon an evidence that shows how a person named Dr Te’ame Hadgu Embaye took over a land almost half the size of Washington DC for a monthly rent of about $8 per square kilometers, the first payment to be paid after 3 years of signing the contract. (Click here to read the agreement). Continue reading »

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Mar 022012

  “If we no longer treat the dead with dignity what hope is here for the living”

     Condolences to the family of Naizgi Kiflu that is to his wife, his childern and relatives.

 People say that you can measure how civilized a country is by the way it treats its dead. That is dignified burial. The world community is moving into the brave new world of designer babies, face transplant and cloning. These advances are held to be evidences of the superiority and prowess of our civilization. Yet the way we treat the dead is of the greatest possible significance, not just to the health services but to the society at large. If we do not show respect to the dead, we will not show it to the living. Continue reading »

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Mar 022012

US Condemns Bombing Oil Wells in South Sudan

Posted Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 3:15 pm

The United States has strongly condemned an air strike against South Sudan’s oil wells blamed on neighboring Sudan.

In a statement Thursday, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said such attacks on civilian targets are “deplorable.” She said the U.S. “demands” the Sudanese government end its aerial bombardments, which it says violate international law.

A spokesman for Sudan’s military, Sawarmi Khaled Saad, denied his country was behind the bombings.

South Sudan officials say Sudanese warplanes dropped bombs Wednesday in an area of Unity State, about 75 kilometers from the two countries’ contested border.

The officials say the bombardment destroyed two oil wells.

Marial said the attack violated a non-aggression pact Sudan and South Sudan signed in Ethiopia last month.

“…this is actually a violation of the non-aggression treaty that we signed two weeks ago and with the nature of Sudan’s government, they always don’t respect what they signed with anybody. We are not surprised.”

The south has repeatedly accused the north of violating its territory, and both sides have accused each other of supporting the other’s rebels.

Posted Thursday, March 1st, 2012 at 3:15 pm

The United States has strongly condemned an air strike against South Sudan’s oil wells blamed on neighboring Sudan.

In her statement Thursday, Nuland also stressed South Sudan must cease any military support for rebels active in the north. She said both countries are “inflaming conflict,” and “fuelling mistrust.” Continue reading »

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