Monday, June 18, 2007

Out of Africa

Somalia in the eye of the storm. It's the Beeb so the US is to blame of course. The money quote:

"Washington's approach to Islamism seems to involve containing, or attempting to contain, Islamist organisations while targeting individual terrorist suspects."

Meanwhile, the janjaweed continue to spread their unique brand of terror into Chad. But no one wants to admit it just yet. From Chad: Protection is the issue but from whom?

It was typical of countless acts of violence that have taken place in eastern Chad over the last three years. Armed men on horseback rode through Goz Amir refugee camp last December, hacking and shooting at least 15 men and women to death. And like many of the attacks, it was not immediately clear who the attackers were and what had motivated them to kill.

Yesterday, we had Russ Feingold. Today Bill Nelson weighs in: Swath of Africa could become terrorist haven.

A prime minister's office scarred by a recent al-Qaeda bomb attack. Families separated while fleeing from genocidal murderers in their hometowns. And employees of an international company kidnapped from a heavily guarded oil-rich area. No, this isn't Iraq or the Middle East -- it's an impoverished region of Africa where chaos is breeding a new brand of Islamic terrorism allied with Osama bin Laden.

British charity OxFam pulls out of Darfur region. It's the largest camp in Darfur and get this - "this report does not reflect the view of the United Nations." Sweet Jesus! These people wouldn't say shit if they had a mouthful!

Oxfam has decided to permanently close down its humanitarian operation in the town of Gereida in Sudan's western region of Darfur, citing reluctance by authorities there to improve security and stop attacks on aid workers.