Muslim Jihadists are now claiming responsibility for the wave of bombings which struck churches in Nigeria on Christmas Eve. Although some officials within the Nigerian government — including Azubuike Ihejirika, the head of the nation’s military — attempted initially to downplay the religious character of the Muslim assaults on Christians churches, the Boko Haram organization has now claimed responsibility for the attacks which killed approximately 40 people.
Back in 1991, as newspapers around the world heralded headlines that read “Communism Falls” and the “End of Communism,” Gus Hall, the then-head of the Communist Party USA, quoted Communist Manifesto co-author Friedrich Engels saying: “If current events are negative, focus on the long-range.” Hall passionately declared “Communism is not dead.”
Even as Christians in Iraq cancelled church services at Christmas for fear of further Islamic terrorism against their dwindling community, Muslims in Nigeria carried out a series of bombings targeting the Christians during this holy season.
Why has Africa, a continent rich in human and natural resources, remained mired in poverty while the rest of the world has generally become more prosperous? As a December 21 New York Times report indicates, one of the biggest reasons is the lack of property rights. Poor Africans who have worked tracts of land for generations “are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come,” according to the newspaper:
Kenya is forcing more than 8,000 Somali refugees found in no-man's land between Kenya and Somalia to go back to Somalia, while a second group of refugees has been moved toward the border with Ethiopia in violation of international law.
On Sunday, October 31, Somali lawmakers unanimously voted to endorse the country's new Premier after weeks of political confusion when 297 lawmakers — out of the total 391 that held session in Mogadishu — raised their hands and agreed to endorse Mohammed Abdullahi Mohammed as the new Prime Minister. Ninety-two rejected him, while two abstained.
Those full-body scanners the Transportation Security Administration has deployed in airports across the country have raised numerous privacy concerns. They can, after all, see right through clothing and provide a very detailed view of a person’s most intimate anatomical features — so detailed, in fact, that when a TSA screener’s genitalia were spotted by his coworkers during a training session and became an object of ridicule, the screener assaulted one of those making fun of his puny manhood.
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.