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New UN head calls for ‘decisive action’ as expanding famine stalks millions in Yemen, Africa

New UN head calls for ‘decisive action’ as expanding famine stalks millions in Yemen, Africa

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “More than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are going hungry, and facing devastating levels of food insecurity,” warned UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres. In a stunning and passionate plea for famine relief in the drought and conflict ridden regions, Guterres stressed, “We’re […]

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Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

Speakers list at UN for a world in tumult: Obama, Hollande, Ahmadinijad, Chavez, Mugabe

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The UN General Assembly has opened amid global storm clouds and economic gloom. Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Potentates gather in New York for the 67th annual session to the backdrop of  spreading violence in the Middle East, a looming nuclear weapons program in Iran, a humanitarian crisis […]

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How to solve the piracy scourge? Lethal force seems to work best

How to solve the piracy scourge? Lethal force seems to work best

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — There’s been a significant drop in ship seizures and hijackings by Somali pirates in the troubled waters off East Africa. Despite last year’s spike in piracy with 28 vessels captured in the first half of 2011, there were only three ships seized in the second half of the […]

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Al Qaida affiliate in Africa using Twitter to attract potential recruits

Al Qaida affiliate in Africa using Twitter to attract potential recruits

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com The Somalian-based Al Qaida affiliate Al Shabaab is recruiting followers through its Twitter page, U.S. sources said. Those who follow the terrorist group’s Twitter account, @HSMPress, are located in Africa, mainly nearby Kenya, followed by South Africa, Somalia and Uganda. Others are from Europe and North America. The feed has […]

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Four horsemen of the apocalypse in Somalia: Drought, famine, militias and global indifference

Four horsemen of the apocalypse in Somalia: Drought, famine, militias and global indifference

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—The four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are stalking Somalia and riding further a field into the impoverished Horn of Africa.  Drought, famine, militias and global indifference plague this parched region at the mercy of weather, failed states, and donor fatigue. Today, over thirteen million people face a deteriorating food and […]

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U.S. scrambling to find thousands of missing surface-to-air missiles

U.S. scrambling to find thousands of missing surface-to-air missiles

Compiled by Bill Gertz, Geostrategy-Direct.com U.S. officials are stepping up efforts in North Africa and the Middle East to account for thousands of shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles that have been dispersed around the region as the result of the Libyan civil war. The officials said the missiles are beginning to show up on the black market, […]

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UN Assembly opens amid 'shifting sands' in an uneasy world

UN Assembly opens amid 'shifting sands' in an uneasy world

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the 66th annual session of the UN General Assembly debate will open in New York, Sept. 21. But the session hardly starts in a celebratory mood as much as a reflection and reappraisal of a series of serious geopolitical, […]

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5 Somali pirates go on trial in S. Korean court

5 Somali pirates go on trial in S. Korean court

SEOUL, South Korea – A South Korean court has begun a trial for five Somali pirates captured during a raid on a hijacked ship in the Arabian Sea. The five were arrested in January after a team of South Korean commandos raided the seized South Korean-operated cargo ship and killed eight other pirates. The commandos […]

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Somali pirates are winning in 'race' with international community

Somali pirates are winning in 'race' with international community

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Armed attacks on merchant vessels and piracy off the Somali coast increased by ten percent last year with some 445 attacks and 49 ship hijackings. And despite international defensive efforts taken by a score of navies off East Africa, “piracy is gradually becoming a organized industry,” costing shippers […]

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What to do with captured pirates? Hang them or let them hang out with Sean Penn?

What to do with captured pirates? Hang them or let them hang out with Sean Penn?

By Ed Koch “From the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli” …. There aren’t many Americans who have never heard those words, which come from the United States Marine Corps Hymn. The words refer to the heroic role of the Marines in putting an end to pillaging and piracy by the Barbary pirates […]