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London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony

August 12, 2012, LONDON — They were a captive audience at first


A wide view of the Closing Ceremony celebration.

No longer at play, the world’s athletes returned to Olympic Stadium, some gilded, others in desperate need of relief, and stood corralled in eight groupings as a parade of supermodels and Spice Girls seized the stage. Read more…

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Men’s Olympics Marathon Result

August 12, 2012

Rank Bib Country Athlete -
1 3113
Uganda UGA
2:08:01
2 2304
Kenya KEN
2:08:27(+0:26)
3 2302
Kenya KEN
2:09:37(+1:36)

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Farah Wins His Second Gold Medal For Britain, In The 5,000m

Aug 12, 2012

British runner Mo Farah has won the men’s 5,000 meters, sending Olympic Stadium into a frenzy. His time of 13:41.66 barely edged Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia.

Farah is now the sixth man in Olympic history to have won both the 5,000m and 10,000m events at the same Summer Games. He emerged at the front of the pack 700 meters from the finish, and held on to stay ahead of Gebremeskel.

Rk Bib Athlete Mark
1 1808 Great BritainFARAH Mohamed 13:41.66
FARAH Mohamed
2 1688 EthiopiaGEBREMESKEL Dejen 13:41.98
GEBREMESKEL Dejen
3 2310 KenyaLONGOSIWA Thomas Pkemei 13:42.36
LONGOSIWA Thomas Pkemei
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Hillary Clinton’s thin gloss on US aid in Africa

Clinton claims the US stands for democracy and human rights in Africa, unlike China. But America’s record does not bear scrutiny.

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton speaking in Senegal on her official tour of Africa. Photograph: KeystoneUSA-Zuma/Rex Features

By Chris McGreal

Aug 12, 2012 (The Guardian) – American aid to the country once called Zaire appeared to have an amazing effect.

The more the US gave its ruler, Mobutu Sese Seko, the shorter Zaire’s roads seemed to get. By the time Mobutu was overthrown in 1997, after two decades of American and other western largesse, his country had just about one tenth of the paved roads it had had at independence in the early Sixties. Once US aid shrank, the roads started getting longer again.

Hillary Clinton, the US secretary of state, began a tour of Africa this month with a thinly veiled warning that China is out to plunder the continent and its governments would do well to huddle under the protective wing of America’s commitment to freedom. Clinton told an audience in Senegal that, unlike other countries: Read more…

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The question of democracy in Ethiopia

Prime Minister of Ethiopia Meles Zenawi, seen here at a World Economic Forum (WEF) summit in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in May 2012. Zenawi has not been seen publicly since June, and his absence has set off a succession struggle in the strategically-placed East African nation. Photo: WEF

Aug 12, 2012 (FPA) – Ethiopia, the second-most populous country on the African continent (behind only Nigeria), is looked to as a relatively strong and stable presence in a volatile region. Its cooperation is vital to security concerns in the region, especially as a barrier to the spread of radical Islamism and terrorism from neighboring Somalia. The US has collaborated directly with Ethiopians on combat missions into Somalia.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been relied on as a regional power-broker and calming influence. The Financial Times labeled Zenawi “one of east Africa’s diplomatic and security linchpins,” and consider that his “vision and diplomacy” have kept the area from becoming completely unhinged.

Under Zenawi’s leadership Ethiopia has attracted significant foreign aid, receiving more than any other African country. In 2011 US AID provided an astounding $675 million in contributions; Tobias Hagmann of the University of California-Berkeley identified Ethiopia as “a darling of the donor community,” a view based on “the portrayal of Ethiopia as a strong and stable government in a region riddled with political upheaval.” Read more…

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Ethiopia: Kidnapping and Disappearances

Fear of Torture

HRLHA Appeal and Urgent Action

Public: August 11, 2012.

The Human Rights League of the Horn of Africa is highly concerned about the safety and whereabouts of two Oromo nationals who were kidnapped and taken away by government security agents.

According to reports obtained by the HRLHA through its local correspondents, Mr. Biranu Nagari Calchisa, a father of six, was kidnapped from his home in the Ayyana Town of Gidda Ayyana District in Eastern Wollega Province in the middle of the night on the 20th of July, 2012. Mr. Calchisa’s family and friends have never heard from him ever since he was taken away by armed security forces; and his whereabouts is not known. Sources added that this is the second time for Mr. Calschisa to be a victim of extrajudicial actions under the same TPLF/EPRDF Regime.

In 2000, he was arrested in his hometown and taken to the Capital Addis Ababa/Finfinne where he was detained at the Kalitti and Ma’ikelawi prisons. Read more…

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