No United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples?                                December 10, 2004 For twenty years, Indigenous Peoples and their support organisations have been pressuring the United Nations to adopt a declaration for the protection of the rights of the world’s Indigenous Peoples. It is feared that – due to blocking attempts most notably by the UK and the USA - the UN will now stop this process and leave Indigenous Peoples’ rights unrecognized.

Fourteen Characteristics of Fascism
Dr. Lawrence Britt, a political scientist, wrote an article about fascism which appeared in Free Inquiry magazine -- a journal of humanist thought. Dr. Britt studied the fascist regimes of Hitler (Germany), Mussolini (Italy), Franco (Spain), Suharto (Indonesia), and Pinochet (Chile). He found the regimes all had 14 things in common, and he calls these the identifying characteristics of fascism.

Mr. Yassin Hersi Jama - MADHIBAAN SUPREME COUNCIL                                                          ( October 10, 2004) Based on the demand of the Madhibaan People the IGAD facilitation committee of the Somali Peace Negotiations in Nairobi had to issue the status and pass (see below) to Mr. Yassin Hersi Jama in 2003.

African countries urged to say no to GMOs                                                                                 Kumasi (Ashanti Region – Gh) - 8 October 2004 - Participants at an international workshop on ecofarming have called on African countries to say no to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) that destroy livelihoods and biodiversity on the continent.

West must act over Africa - Geldof                                                                                              (Oct 7, 2004) The West cannot continue doing nothing about poverty in Africa, Bob Geldof said. The former pop star, a member of the African Commission of Ethiopia, said we need to analyse why Africa is the sole continent in economic decline. 

SOMALIA: Presidential candidates in final campaign push                                                        NAIROBI, 7 October (IRIN) - Somali presidential hopefuls campaigned among their fellow members of parliament on Thursday, the final opportunity for each of the candidates to drum up support in the assembly, which will vote to choose the president on Sunday.

Testify, Ouko probe team orders envoy                                                                                      (06.10.2004) DAILY NATION - Kenya's ambassador to the Somali peace talks has been ordered to appear before the parliamentary committee investigating Foreign minister Robert Ouko's death. Mr Bethwel Kiplagat, the team ruled yesterday, risked arrest if he failed to appear before it on Tuesday.

"Indigenous Peoples Among Earth`s Poorest"                                                                            (September 24, 2004) Respect for cultures needed in development, World Bank Head Says - WASHINGTON - "Indigenous people account for some of the poorest and most excluded populations on the planet," World Bank President James Wolfensohn says. Speaking September 23 at a World Bank forum on trends in development involving indigenous peoples, Wolfensohn said the bank recognizes that respect for different cultures is integral to development efforts.

Who needs government more? Men or Women?                                                                       (August 31, 2004) By Safi Abdi - Assalaamu alaikum!  Seeing how Somali women suffered following the destruction of their nation, I honestly believed, to function at all, a woman needed stability and governance more than her male counterpart. Fourteen years of instability have proved me wrong.

SOMALI HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS AND THE FORTHCOMING TRANSITION                            (14.08.2004) With the IGAD-led Somali Reconciliation Conference in the middle of the power-sharing phase, calls to prioritize human rights from the start of the five-year transitional period are growing among international and local human rights organizations. Somalia has a background of massive human rights abuses going back to the repressive military regime of Siyad Barre and the subsequent continuation of the violations during the period of the civil war following the collapse of the Somali State in 1991.

Weekly Sitrep. 74                                                                                                                        (Covering from 01^st August to 07^th August, 2004) The 9^th IGAD Ministerial Facilitation Committee meeting convened at Mbagathi, the venue of Somali Peace Talks on 4^th and 5^th August. The meeting was attended by Kenyan cabinet Minister and lead mediator Hon. Kalonzo Musyoka and his colleagues from Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea.

How the UN has failed in its mission                                                                                           (July 25, 2004) Here’s a quick pop quiz. What do right wing ideologues in the United States have in common with the filth in Nairobi’s garbage dumps? At first glance, there is nothing that obviously ties them together, but closer inspection turns up the one thing they share. They may both be harbingers of the death of the United Nations.

"Space for the embattled"                                                                                                          (July 12, 2004) Minority communities need a respite from attack to be able to challenge their own dupes and demagogues -- The American Directory of Certified Uncle Toms, published by the self-appointed Council on Black Internal Affairs after the Million Man March, describes itself as "a review of the history, antics and attitudes of handkerchief heads, Aunt Jemimas, head negroes in charge and house negroes against the freedom of the black race".

SOMALIA: Arbitration committee for proposed parliament formed                                             NAIROBI, 23 June (IRIN) - Twelve members of the Arbitration Committee that will resolve any disputes that might arise during the nomination of the 275 members of Somalia's proposed Transitional Federal Parliament were on Tuesday sworn into office in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi.

We Say: No to APEC                                                                                                                   In Opposition to Free Market Globalization and Neo Colonialism (Mapuche Nation for the Self Determination of Indigenous Peoples and Nations) Mapuche Organizations and Regional Entities reject APEC summit in their ancestral territory - Contrary to the claims made by governments, businesses and transnational corporations about economic globalization, we do NOT understand globalization as a world of opportunity.

"Long live the heroes who threw the US out"                                                              (May 5, 2004) By Hamza Hendawi - Fallujah, Iraq - The olive-green uniform of Saddam Hussein's army is making a comeback in this turbulent city, where soldiers of the former regime are taking over security from United States Marines.

In Solidarity with the Akha                                                                                                          Matthew McDaniel, AKHA CRUSADER detained illegally by Terror-Squad of the Government of Thailand! - A few days ago, the director of the Akha Heritage Foundation, Matthew McDaniel, was arrested in Mae Sai and is likely to be deported from Thailand. Matthew has been living in Northern Thailand for many years and is an internationally known activist for the rights of Indigenous Peoples - and the Akha in particular. He has also repeatedly spoken out against the devastating social and cultural impacts of tourism on the hill peoples in this region.

Response to Rantisi assassination                                                                                               19.04.2003 - Please klick the following link to receive the massive response to the assassination of the Hamas leader Rantisi

Djibouti - Floods                                                                                                                          (16 April 2004) OCHA Situation Report - This report summarises preliminary information received from the UN Resident Coordinator's office in Djibouti.

'Bin Laden tape'                                                                                                                          BBC ( April 15, 2004) An audiotape purported to be from Osama Bin Laden has been broadcast by the pan-Arab al-Arabiya and al-Jazeera satellite channels. In the tape the voice offers conditional reconciliation with Europe. The following is the text of the tape as broadcast by al-Arabiya: Praise be to Almighty God; Peace and prayers be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and companions.

SOMALIA FLOOD ADVISORY                                                                                                       Issued: 14 April 2004 - Gu rains onset results in rising river levels. Above normal rainfall over the Ethiopian highlands in the past 7 days indicates flood risk over the Shabelle river basin in Somalia. Some flooding in the upper Juba predicted.

Kill imam at your peril, Shiites warn US                                                                                     By Paul McGeough (April 14, 2004) As more foreigners become pawns in the hostage crisis, Iraq's tribal and religious leaders and the US are trying to defuse the next imminent threat: a backlash should the Americans press ahead with plans to "capture or kill" the radical Shiite imam Moqtada al-Sadr.

GLOBAL JIHAD                                                                                                                            Al-Qaida calls for more mutilations Communique encourages attacks like those in Fallujah, Mogadishu - Posted: April 9, 2004 - 1:00 a.m. Eastern - © 2004 - WASHINGTON – The latest communique from al-Qaida calls for assassinations of world leaders, kidnappings and mutilation attacks like those carried out in Fallujah and Mogadishu, according to a translation and analysis by the Northeast Intelligence Network.

Madhiban Refugees in ERITREA: Eking out a living in Emkulu                                                   MASSAWA, 17 Mar 2004 (IRIN) As the blazing sun mercilessly beats down on her, Halima Abdi Adam squints and tries to find some shade under a shrivelled tree. She is one of over 3,200 Somali refugees who have ended up in the Emkulu refugee camp on the outskirts of the Eritrean port city of Massawa. She has just been taking part in festivities to mark the 8 March International Women’s Day – a welcome diversion from the tedium of daily life as a refugee.

British foreign aid is now targeted at countries willing to sell off their assets to big business    George Monbiot , Tuesday January 6, 2004 - The Guardian - Spare a thought this bleak new year for all those who rely on charity. Open your hearts, for example, to a group of people who, though they live in London, are in such desperate need of handouts that last year they received £7.6m in foreign aid. The Adam Smith Institute, the ultra-rightwing lobby group, now receives more money from Britain's Department for International Development (DfID) than Liberia or Somalia, two of the most desperate nations on Earth.

Undeclared war of discrimination against Somali Minority Groups:                                           This topic looks at some aspects of the Somali minority groups in general and the so-called Boon- Midgan/Tumaal in particular. I would not be telling you anything new about the problems faced by those brothers and sisters whom we call minority, when it comes to social status, that is to say their position in Somali society, which puts them in a place of a second class citizen, because of inadequate access to equality, rights, power, and freedom of speech etc.

SUPERIORITY (Gob) AND INFERIORITY (Gun) IN TRIBALISM                                                       (January 18, 2004) Ali-Azhar, BA. - One of my friends told me that I am wrong to talk about ‘Midgan problems in Somalia” He said, “You can not eradicate the idea of superiority (Gob) and inferiority (Gun) in Somalia, So you have to come to realize that it is part of the Somali reality. If the role was reversed, the Midgans would do to Ajji, what Ajji are doing now to Midgans. So if you raise Midgans at top then there must be other tribes who will fill the bottom” I said, “ My friend, it is logical but can we have equality without superiority and inferiority, without oppressing other tribes?”


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