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And the Most Peaceful Country in the World Is…

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 18, 2012

According to the annual Institute for Economics & Peace releases its Global Peace Index, Somalia is not a top holiday destination.
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Iceland, land of the peaceful

Anyone seeking that elusive state of affairs known as ‘peace on Earth’ had better also have an appetite for volcanoes, glaciers and hot springs. Iceland, the little Nordic island with no standing army and the smallest population of any a NATO member state, is the most peaceful country in the world, according to  the annual Global Peace Index compiled by the Institute for Economics & Peace.

(MORE: Icelanders Avoid Inbreeding Through Online Database)

Iceland is one of the most progressive nations on the planet: its welfare system offers health care and higher education for every one of its 320,000 citizens; it is powered in large part by renewable geothermal energy (see volcanoes, above); and it was one of the first countries in the world to legalize gay marriage.

While the country has hit some thin ice recently — in 2008 it basically went bankrupt, prompting public riots, and in 2010 a unpronouncable Icelandic volcano wreaked travel chaos across the north Atlantic — it’s general reputation as a pleasant liberal paradise put it at number one on the group’s list.

Iceland is followed by Denmark and New Zealand, tied for second place. Read the rest of this entry »

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Education Without Borders

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 18, 2012

By Gordon Brown, former prime Minister of Britain

Every child has a right to an education. Yet millions of children are living in countries where that right is systematically violated as a result of armed conflict. It is time for the international community to stop this state of affairs by getting serious about its responsibility to protect education in all countries, irrespective of the barriers created by armed conflict.

Education seldom figures in media reporting from conflict zones. Yet the effects are devastating. In eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the education system has collapsed in the face of mass displacement and ongoing violence, over 1 million children are out of school. When the surge in refugees driven from Somalia by hunger and violence arrived in camps in northern Kenya last year there was no provision made for additional education. And the conflict in Yemen has pushed tens of thousands of children out of school. Read the rest of this entry »

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US Navy: Iran Fishing Boat Rescued From Suspected Pirates

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 7, 2012

WASHINGTON — The political tensions between the U.S. and Iran over transit in and around the Persian Gulf gave way Friday to photos of rescued Iranian fisherman happily wearing American Navy ball caps.

The fishermen were rescued by a U.S. Navy destroyer Thursday, more than 40 days after their boat was commandeered by suspected Somali pirates in the northern Arabian Sea. The rescue came just days after Tehran warned the U.S. to keep its warships out of the Persian Gulf – an irony not lost on U.S. officials who trumpeted the news on Friday.

“We think it’s very doubtful that the Iranians or the pirates were aware of recent events of the last couple days,” Rear Adm. Craig S. Faller, commander of the U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group involved in the rescue, told reporters by phone Friday. “Once we released them (the fishermen) today they went on their way very happily, I might add, waving to us wearing USS Kidd Navy ball caps.”

Faller, speaking from the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Arabian Sea, said the fishermen, who had been living off the fish they could catch, expressed their thanks and are believed to be headed back to their homeport in Iran.

The rescue was carried out by American forces flying off the guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd, after crew on the Iranian fishing vessel, the Al Molai, made it clear they were in trouble.

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GlobaAnalysis: Arab and Muslim aid and the West – “two china elephants”

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 19, 2011

Kuwait CITY/DUBAI, 19 October 2011 (IRIN) – Among the aid agencies that poured into Somalia after famine was declared in July were organizations such as the Arab Federation of Doctors, the Mohammed Bin Rashid Establishment of the United Arab Emirates, and the Deniz Feneri Association of Turkey.


They came with their own style.

The Saudi National Campaign for the Relief of the Somali People, a project of King Abdullah, sent planeloads of food, including jam and cheese. The International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) sent 600 tons of dates. Turkey’s IHH (Foundation for Human Rights, Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief) even ventured outside Mogadishu into territory considered a no-go zone for most international aid organizations because it is not under government control.

They also came with a lot of money.

In an emergency meeting in August, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), pledged US$350 million for Somalia – “numbers we dream of”, one UN aid worker in Mogadishu said – though it is still unclear how much of this is new funding.

Turkey says it has collected more than $280 million for the Somali effort,  while Saudi Arabia’s contribution to UN agencies alone was $60 million, and Kuwait, a country of 3.5 million, contributed $10 million. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Office for Coordination of Foreign Aid, too, received confirmation of $62 million in contributions to the Horn of Africa emergency. Read the rest of this entry »

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U.S. assembling secret drone bases in Africa, Arabian Peninsula, officials say

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 21, 2011

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The Obama administration is assembling a constellation of secret drone bases for counterterrorism operations in the Horn of Africa and the Arabian Peninsula as part of a newly aggressive campaign to attack al-Qaeda affiliates in Somalia and Yemen, U.S. officials said.

One of the installations is being established in Ethi­o­pia, a U.S. ally in the fight against al-Shabab, the Somali militant group that controls much of that country. Another base is in the Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, where a small fleet of “hunter-killer” drones resumed operations this month after an experimental mission demonstrated that the unmanned aircraft could effectively patrol Somalia from there.

The U.S. military also has flown drones over Somalia and Yemen from bases in Djibouti, a tiny African nation at the junction of the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden. In addition, the CIA is building a secret airstrip in the Arabian Peninsula so it can deploy armed drones over Yemen.

The rapid expansion of the undeclared drone wars is a reflection of the growing alarm with which U.S. officials view the activities of al-Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia, even as al-Qaeda’s core leadership in Pakistan has been weakened by U.S. counterterrorism operations.

The U.S. government is known to have used drones to carry out lethal attacks in at least six countries: Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. The negotiations that preceded the establishment of the base in the Republic of Seychelles illustrate the efforts the United States is making to broaden the range of its drone weapons.

The island nation of 85,000 people has hosted a small fleet of MQ-9 Reaper drones operated by the U.S. Navy and Air Force since September 2009. U.S. and Seychellois officials have previously acknowledged the drones’ presence but have said that their primary mission was to track pirates in regional waters. But classified U.S. diplomatic cables show that the unmanned aircraft have also conducted counterterrorism missions over Somalia, about 800 miles to the northwest. Read the rest of this entry »

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Terrorism Risk Index 2011: Somalia Tops Global Ranking By Maplecroft (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 4, 2011

  
No idea what is the base of this ranking.
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U.S. Expands Its Drone War Into Somalia

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 2, 2011

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WASHINGTON — The clandestine American military campaign to combat Al Qaeda’s franchise in Yemen is expanding to fight the Islamist militancy in Somalia, as new evidence indicates that insurgents in the two countries are forging closer ties and possibly plotting attacks against the United States, American officials say.

An American military drone aircraftattacked several Somalis in the militant group the Shabab late last month, the officials said, killing at least one of its midlevel operatives and wounding others.

The strike was carried out by the same Special Operations Command unit now battling militants in Yemen, and it represented an intensification of an American military campaign in a mostly lawless region where weak governments have allowed groups with links to Al Qaeda to flourish.

The Obama administration’s increased focus on Somalia comes as the White House has unveiled a new strategy to battle Al Qaeda in the post-Osama bin Laden era, and as some American military and intelligence officials view Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Somalia as a greater threat to the United States than the group of operatives in Pakistan who have been barraged with hundreds of drone strikes directed by the Central Intelligence Agency in recent years.

The military drone strike in Somalia last month was the first American attack there since 2009, when helicopter-borne commandos killed Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, a senior leader of the group that carried out the 1998 attacks on the American Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. Although it appears that no senior Somali militants were killed in last month’s drone strike, a Pentagon official said Friday that one of the militants who was wounded had been in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical cleric now hiding in Yemen. The news that the strike was carried out by an American drone was first reported in The Washington Post this week.

American military officials said there was new intelligence that militants in Yemen and Somalia were communicating more frequently about operations, training and tactics, but the Pentagon is wading into the chaos in Somalia with some trepidation. Many are still haunted by the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” debacle, in which 18 elite American troops were killed in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, battling fighters aligned with warlords. Senior officials have repeatedly said in private in the past year that the administration does not intend to send American troops to Somalia beyond quick raids.

For several years, the United States has largely been relying on proxy forces in Somalia, including African Union peacekeepers from Uganda and Burundi, to support Somalia’s fragile government. The Pentagon is sending nearly $45 million in military supplies, including night-vision equipment and four small unarmed drones, to Uganda and Burundi to help combat the rising terror threat in Somalia. During the Ethiopian invasion of Somalia in 2007, clandestine operatives from the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command initiated missions into Somalia from an airstrip in Ethiopia. Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Most Dangerous Countries For Women: Thomson Reuters Foundation Survey

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 17, 2011


I heard lots of cases in India but not in other countries. Due to dowry system every year hundreds of women are being killed there.
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World’s Most Peaceful Countries: 2011 Global Peace Index (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 27, 2011


Any problem to include other countries?
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Osama bin Laden appoints new commander to spearhead war on West

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 11, 2010

Telegraph

Osama bin Laden has appointed a new commander to spearhead al-Qaeda’s offensive of operations against the West.

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By Praveen Swami, Diplomatic Editor 10:00PM GMT 10 Nov 2010

Known to western intelligence services by the alias Saif al-Adel, or “Sword of the Just”, al-Qaeda’s new chief of international operations is believed to have conceived of the wave of strikes that set off terror alerts across Europe recently, as well as last week’s mid-air parcel-bomb plot.

US and Pakistani sources have told The Daily Telegraph that al-Adel is running several similar operations as part of a war of attrition intended to persuade Western public opinion that the war against terror is unwinnable. This would clear the road for al-Qaeda to capture power in fragile states such as Somalia and Yemen.

“His strategy”, said Syed Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani expert on al-Qaeda, “is to stage multiple small terror operations, using the resources of affiliates and allies wherever possible.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Corrupt Nation Rankings Released

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 26, 2010


Really?
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9/11/10 — Unfinished Business Take #9

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 13, 2010

To make this kind of business never ending or ending game – that’s up to us. If we start to know ourselves and love and unite each other, it would be ended soon, if not it would be never ending.
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