Obasanjo is back?
President Goodluck Jonathan has again hit back at former President Olusegun Obasanjo, saying he and his like do not own Nigeria, reiterating that Nigeria does not belong to any politician or group of politicians.
In his remarks at Christmas Day service held at the Cathedral Church of the Advent, Life Camp, Abuja, the president, who was obviously unhappy over Obasanjo’s 18-page letter accusing his administration of corruption, promoting ethnicity and engaging in anti-party activity among others, said those beating the drums of war should take a look at crisis bedeviling countries like Syria, Egypt, South Sudan, DR Congo, Pakistan and the like and see the effect of war and terrorism.
While thanking the clergy men for their constant prayers, which, he said, has so far helped to save Nigeria from plunging into war, urged them not to relent. He stated that despite the numerous challenges…
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Israelis practice segregation
Saturday night was something no one in Israel had ever seen before. It was supposed to be a small demonstration – a quiet march of several hundred Israeli activists and African asylum seekers, coming on the heels of two Marches for Freedom earlier in the week, to protest a new amendment to Israel’s Anti-Infiltration Act. Legislated after the High Court scrapped an earlier amendment, the new version authorizes the automatic detention of asylum seekers for up to one year in an ostensibly “open” detention facility, including asylum seekers already living freely in the country. Since the earlier marches were intercepted and suppressed by immigration authorities, initially it didn’t seem that Saturday’s march would get much (if any) media attention. But from the second it began, it was clear to all present that this time was different.
More than 2,000 asylum seekers, all in danger of immediate and…
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Neighbours threaten to take action if no cease fire is agreed
East African leaders on Friday gave South Sudan’s warring factions four days to lay down their arms after nearly two weeks of widening violence.
If they don’t, the leaders of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development warned they’ll “take action” to stop the conflict that the United Nations says has killed more than 1,000 and forced some 121,000 from their homes.
Max Foster speaks to former South Sudanese VP Riek Machar about the violence currently taking place in the young country.
Stop the murder
May 27, 2003: An Iraqi child jumps over Shi’ite remains discovered in a mass grave south of Baghdad and brought to a school for identification. Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images
2014 was the call from the president to disengage from Afghanistan, we shall see if this becomes reality. Other parts of the world are burning as well though. South Sudan, the Congo, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Palestine/Israel; not to mention tremendous problems here at home and in Asia. Can we bring people together?
The recent slaughter of Christians in Iran is an atrocity, what will, or can the world do to stand down from all of these, and other horrors that inflicted upon innocent people? Insane “leaders” are demanding blood for some supposed travesty thrust upon them by others, which in some cases this is true, after all the Iraq/Afghanistan wars begun by bush and his idiocracy is a primer…
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Peace possible in South Sudan
In July 2011, U.S. President Barack Obama welcomed the birth of South Sudan, a nation that emerged free of its northern neighbor after decades of war and millions of lives lost and ruined. “This historic achievement is a tribute, above all, to the generations of southern Sudanese who struggled for this day,” said Obama in a statement then. The bitterness still felt by many in the new South Sudan toward the Sudanese leadership in Khartoum smoldered. After a swearing-in ceremony in Juba, the fledgling state’s capital, freshly-appointed South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declared: “We have been bombed, maimed, enslaved, and treated worse than a refugee in our own country. We have to forgive, although we will not forget.”
But two years on, there’s a lot more forgiving for South Sudanese to do—and this time the north is not to blame. The past two weeks have seen a shocking…
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Obama indicates that USA will not accept military coup in Sudan
US President Barack Obama warned the leaders of South Sudan against a military coup Saturday after four US servicemen were wounded in an attack on their aircraft in the increasingly unstable country.
“Any effort to seize power through the use of military force will result in the end of longstanding support from the United States and the international community,” the White House said in a statement.
Obama stressed that the South Sudanese leaders “have a responsibility to support our efforts to secure American personnel and citizens in Juba and Bor,” the capital and a rebel-held flashpoint town in the African nation.
The president’s comments came after three CV-22 Osprey aircraft came under fire in South Sudan as they headed to Bor to help with efforts to evacuate Americans from the country teetering on the brink of a return to civil war.
The attack damaged the tiltrotor aircraft, forcing them to…
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