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By Akbar Ahmed
April 8, 2013 (The Globalist) — It is difficult to read about contemporary instances of genocidal behavior, writes Akbar Ahmed, and not think that they belong to some distant, barbaric past instead of the world of today. But, if anything, these instances are occurring with greater frequency and intensity as far as tribal societies are concerned. And yet, much of the world seems indifferent to this suffering.
cts of genocide not only challenge their victims but all those who must contemplate the consequences of these actions. This was evident in the following letter, sent to me from an anonymous author after reading the op-eds in Al Jazeera written by my team and myself about the suffering of these beleaguered communities:
“I felt ashamed to not have known about their struggle for existence. I wonder how these people cannot become terrorists or rebels if faced with such inhumane conditions. The question is how would we react if faced with a situation they are in. I can only pray to Allah to protect all of us from this test. For sure, most of us would fail in this test.” Read more…
March 13, 2013 (New York Times – Bits) — Last May, two security researchers volunteered to look at a few suspicious e-mails sent to some Bahraini activists. Almost one year later, the two have uncovered evidence that some 25 governments, many with questionable records on human rights, may be using off-the-shelf surveillance software to spy on their own citizens.
Morgan Marquis-Boire, a security researcher at Citizen Lab, at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, and Bill Marczak, a computer science doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley, found that the e-mails contained surveillance software that could grab images off computer screens, record Skype chats, turn on cameras and microphones and log keystrokes. The word “FinSpy” appeared in the spyware code. FinSpy is spyware sold by the Gamma Group, a British company that says it sells monitoring software to governments solely for criminal investigations.
Now, one year later, Mr. Marquis-Boire and Mr. Marczak have found evidence that FinSpy is being run off servers in 25 countries, including Ethiopia and Serbia, without oversight. Read more…
March 5, 2013 (Aljazeera) — Venezuela leader Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule.
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending the socialist leader’s 14-year rule of the South American country, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised speech.
Maduro, surrounded by other government officials, announced the death in a national television broadcast on Tuesday. He said Chavez died at 4:25 p.m. local time.
Reaction from around the world to Chavez’s death was swift. Read more…
January 23, 2013 (Bloomberg) — Zeini Kadir escaped at dawn, when the gates of the house in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, were open for morning prayers.
Barefoot, she ended up at an agency catering to Ethiopian workers like her. After flying to Addis Ababa, she rode two buses and walked three hours to the mud-walled home where she grew up. She’d lasted just three months, cooking and cleaning seven days a week in the 18-room house where she said she was beaten with a stick. Still, she said she would have stayed in Saudi Arabia if she could have found another job.
“It’s different from house to house,” Zeini, 19, said, smiling. “Not all employers are bad.” Anyway, “what jobs are there here?” Read more…
January 12, 2013 (AFP) — Members of Falah Mura say they feel frozen in limbo, not quite at home in Ethiopia, eager to become Israeli, and suffering from long separation from family members who have already left
It was one of the most daring operations in Ethiopian history: Israel’s 1991 airlift of Ethiopian Jews, when nearly 15,000 people were crammed into a series of non-stop flights lasting 36 hours.
Clutching only a few belongings, in planes with seats removed to make more space, they left a nation their ancestors had called home for two millennia for a land they knew only from scripture. Read more…
December 27, 2012 | PBS NewsHour
Every four years, after the U.S. president is elected, the National Intelligence Council comes out with an outlook on the world’s changing dynamics — both good and bad — and how they might impact our lives. Read more…
The Oromo Community Organization of the Washington D.C Metro Area (OCO) warmly invites you and your family as well as your friends to the upcoming New Year’s celebration Party scheduled to take place on December 30, 2012 from 7 PM to 2:00 Am at Silver Spring Civic Building which is located at one veterans place, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (For GPS use: 8523 Fenton Street, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910). Read more…
December 13, 2012, WASHINGTON (WSJ)—President Barack Obama on Thursday said he accepted U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice‘s withdrawal from consideration as secretary of state, following heavy criticism from some Republicans.
While I deeply regret the unfair and misleading attacks on Susan Rice in recent weeks, her decision demonstrates the strength of her character, and an admirable commitment to rise above the politics of the moment to put our national interests first,” Mr. Obama said in a written statement released by the White House. Read more…
December 8, 2012 (Daily News and Analysis) — Researchers claim to have pinpointed genetic changes that allow some Ethiopians to live and work more than a mile and a half above sea level without getting altitude sickness.
According to the researchers, the specific genes differ from those reported previously for high-altitude Tibetans, even though both groups cope with low-oxygen in similar physiological ways
If confirmed, the results may help scientists understand why some people are more vulnerable to low blood oxygen levels caused by factors other than altitude — such as asthma, sleep apnea, heart problems or anemia — and point to new ways to treat them, the researchers say.
Lower air pressure at high altitude means fewer oxygen molecules for every breath. Read more…
December 5, 2012 (The Kathmandu Post) – The Republican dominated US House of Representatives voted on Friday to eliminate the annual diversity visa lottery programme and make green cards accessible instead to foreign students graduating with advanced science and math degrees from US universities.
The Republican-backed measure proposes reserving 55,000 permanent residence visas for foreign graduates of US universitieswith master’s and doctoral degrees in the “STEM” disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. Some Democrats argue the plan unfairly pits lower-skilled immigrants against those with more education in the battle for visas as the new law would eliminate an existing programme, called the green card lottery, that provides visas to 55,000 people from countries with lower rates of immigration.
November 29, 2012
The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Eritrea and strongly recommends U.S. citizens defer all travel to the country. This replaces the Travel Warning for Eritrea of April 18, 2012, to update information on security incidents, including attacks near the border with Ethiopia, and to remind U.S. citizens of ongoing security concerns in Eritrea.
The Eritrean government continues to restrict the travel of all foreign nationals. These restrictions require all visitors and residents, including U.S. diplomats, to apply 10 days in advance for permission to travel outside Asmara’s city limits. Permission is rarely granted. As a result, the U.S. Embassy is extremely limited in its ability to provide emergency consular assistance outside of Asmara. Read more…
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