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Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

Unthinkable horror: The targeting of children in 21st century warfare

By John J. Metzler  UNITED NATIONS — Some of the saddest collateral damage resulting from a score of civil conflicts worldwide remains the tragedy that children are caught in the crossfire or even worse, are specifically targeted by the combatants.  Ongoing armed conflict in places ranging from Afghanistan to Libya, and Pakistan to the Philippines […]

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Sudan rejects UN call for Abyei pullout

Sudan rejects UN call for Abyei pullout

KHARTOUM – Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ali Ahmad Karti has rejected a request by the UN Security Council to withdraw its troops from Abyei, the first response to those demands by a senior government official. “Sudan does not need to be asked to pull its army out of Abyei because this is a Sudanese territory,” Karti […]

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Sudan withdraws from Darfur peace talks in move called 'declaration of war'

Sudan withdraws from Darfur peace talks in move called 'declaration of war'

DOHA, Qatar – A Sudanese official says his government has withdrawn from peace talks with Darfur rebel groups, but it is still committed to making peace. Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir threatened to call off the talks in Qatar and return negotiations to Sudan if agreement was not reached by Thursday, and he carried out his […]

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A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

A glimpse into the geopolitical crystal ball for 2011

By John J. Metzler  It’s once again that time of year to consult the crystal ball and to try to peer into the future. In this case I’m peering into a cloudy snow globe which stresses meteorology over geopolitics, but here goes with some predictions to inform, advise, and muse over the international situation. War […]

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UN confirms Sudan strikes against South in advance of referendum

By WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The United Nations said the regime of Sudanese President Omar Bashir was attacking the semi-autonomous south. The UN asserted that Khartoum’s military was conducting air and artillery strikes on southern Sudan. The attacks were said to have taken place in November and December, ahead of key referendums in January 2011. “After […]

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Rebel chief in Darfur ready to battle Sudan

Rebel chief in Darfur ready to battle Sudan

Rebels of the Sudan Liberation Army, loyal to leader Minni Minawi, are seen in El-Fasher, the administrative capital of north Darfur, in 2008. / AFP/Ashraf Shazly JUBA, Sudan (AFP) – Minni Minnawi, the only Darfur rebel leader to have signed a peace accord with Khartoum, has accused the government of failing to implement the 2006 […]

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Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

Peace Prize roll of dishonor: Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tunisia, Egypt, Morocco, Sudan, Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela, Vietnam and the Philippines

By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com [From the upcoming edition of East-Asia-Intel.com]   As Chairman Mao Zedong’s faithful follower, President Hu Jintao evidently understands well this popular adage of the Great Helmsman’s: “Turn a bad thing into a good thing.”   This perhaps explains the extraordinary lengths to which the Hu Jintao leadership has gone in venting the […]

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Sudan torpedos one referendum, prepares for war

WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Sudan has been accelerating military preparations amid the collapse of a referendum for the semi-autonomous south. Western diplomats said the regime of President Omar Bashir has ordered military strikes on southern Sudan in an effort to block independence. They said the military operations, including ground assaults and artillery shelling, have torpedoed the […]

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U.S. offer to remove Sudan from terror list hinges on referendum

U.S. offer to remove Sudan from terror list hinges on referendum

WASHINGTON – The United States has offered to remove Sudan from its list of state sponsors of terrorism early to keep a January referendum that may partition the country on track, officials said Sunday. President Barack Obama’s offer, which would not affect US sanctions against Khartoum related to the war-torn western region of Darfur, was […]

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Sudan closes Darfur radio and rights group offices

Sudan closes Darfur radio and rights group offices

KHARTOUM  – Sudan shut the Khartoum office of Radio Dabanga, whose reports on Darfur have angered it, and arrested 13 staff from the radio station and a rights group that shares its offices, the group’s chairman said Tuesday. Abdelmageed Salih, head of Human Rights and Advocacy Network for Democracy (HAND), told Reuters nine journalists and […]