Fighting in Somalia over the past weeks between the transitional government and the Muslim insurgent group al-Shabaab has cost more than 350 civilian lives with at least 450 people wounded and 23,000 displaced.
On August 27, Kenyans witnessed their leaders swear to obey, preserve, protect, and defend the new constitution and all other laws of Kenya. Cheered on by hundreds of thousands of jubilant Kenyans waving national flags, it has become reality that Kenya has opened a new chapter in its political history by replacing the 50-year-old Lancaster constitution with a new and truly people-driven one. But internal displaced people are still waiting for justice to take place under the new constitution.
A judge’s decision in the South African country of Botswana should have Americans concerned over the influence of the United Nations and the potential violations of individual liberties that could result from including the United Nations. Four Seventh Day Adventist Church families in Botswana were judicially ordered to stop homeschooling their children and send them to public school instead.
Citing a statement from an aid worker in the Congo, an August 23 MSNBC report revealed that rebels in eastern Congo gang-raped nearly 200 women and some young boys during a four-day period between July 30 and August 3. The rapes took place only a few miles from a UN peacekeepers' base.
Terrorist attacks, suicide bombings, and ongoing violence are taking place in the Horn of Africa country of Somalia. What makes young Somalis engage in such cruelty, what drives them, and what principles do they stand for?
As the situation in war-torn Somalia worsens, some governments whose countries host Somali refugees announced their intention to deport Somalis to their homeland. The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, and many human right groups are opposed to deportation of these refugees, but they are largely being ignored.
The federal government of the United States, according to many critics in our country, has taken sides in a battle within Kenya to change its constitution and devolve power away from the presidency in that nation. There is near universal agreement that in the 47 years since Kenya gained independence, the nation has been plagued with corruption and election — like the 2007 election — have been marred with violence. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people were murdered in that election.