Thursday, October 30, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
US warns of possible al-Shabaab attack in Ethiopian capital - Sudan Tribune: Plural news and views on Sudan
The US embassy in Ethiopia on has warned of a possible terrorist attack by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab on the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
In a statement issued on its website Wednesday, the US State Department said the embassy has received reports of al-Shabaab’s intent to launch attacks in and around Addis Ababa’s Bole district, where the international airport is situated.
While to information was provided on the exact locations of possible targeted attacks, the embassy has urged foreign national to exercise caution.
It warned that restaurants, hotels, places of worship, supermarkets and shopping malls in the Bole area should be avoided until further notice due to “a potential imminent terrorist attack”.
The statement also advised US citizens to avoid going to locations frequented by westerners, warning that such places could be at a higher risk of attack.
Several international organisations are located in Bole, which is also home to many Ethiopian officials and international diplomats.
The al-Qaeda-linked militants have repeatedly warned that it plans to carry out attacks against Ethiopia in retaliation for the country’s military intervention in Somalia.
However, the East African nation, unlike Kenya, has managed to thwart several al-Shabaab attack attempts over the past few years.
In September last year al-Shabaab gunmen carried out a high profile attack on a mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, killing at least 67 people.
Ethiopia is one of several African countries that sent troops to neighbouring Somalia to fight an insurgency led by al-Shabaab Islamists against the government.
As well as Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Djibouti and Burundi also deployed forces as part of the part of the UN-mandated African Union mission to Somalia known as AMISOM.
Ethiopia has detained dozens of members of the group, including 25 suspects arrested by security forces in June.
In October last year, Shabaab’s two suicide bombers blew themselves up while preparing their explosive device targeting to kill soccer fans during Ethiopia’s World Cup qualifying match against Nigeria.
Ethiopia authorities continue to express confidence in the capability of its security forces and intelligence agency to defend the country against foreign threats.
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Khartoum (AFP) - Three Ethiopian peacekeepers were killed Thursday in an attack in Sudan's troubled Darfur region, the joint UN-African Union mission said, the latest deaths in increasingly dangerous peace operations in Africa.
- UN says one peacekeeper killed in C. Africa ambush AFP
- UN: 1st peacekeeper killed in C African Republic Associated Press
- Nine killed including UN peacekeeper in Central African Republic Reuters
- Six militiamen killed by peacekeepers in C. Africa: UN force AFP
- 9 UN Peacekeepers Killed In Attack On Convoy In Mali Huffington Post
They were guarding a well in Karma, North Darfur state, when they were attacked by gunmen, who fled afterwards, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur said.
Two of them were killed in the attack and the third, gravely wounded, died later.
UNAMID was deployed in late 2007 to help end bloodshed among militias, rebel forces and gangs in Darfur.
In New York, UN chief Ban Ki-moon said "this has been a bloody October for UN peacekeeping.
"In Darfur, Mali and the Central African Republic, we have lost 14 peacekeepers in hostile acts -- nearly one per day."
A wave of attacks in northern Mali has killed 31 peacekeepers since July 2013, while a Pakistani serving in the Central African Republic was killed in an ambush last week.
Ten UN peacekeepers have been injured in Bangui since Friday in attacks on their patrols.
"Blue helmets must be allowed to undertake their life-saving work without interference," Ban told reporters at UN headquarters in New York.
The UN's 130,000 troops, police and civilian staff serving in missions worldwide are being drawn into more complex conflicts while being tasked with enforcing fragile peace deals.
Sunday, October 5, 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
One hundred years ago, American teachers established the English-speaking public school system of the Philippines. Now, in a striking turnabout, American schools are recruiting Filipino teachers.
The Learning is the story of two Filipina women who reluctantly leave their families and schools to teach in Baltimore. With their increased salaries, they hope to transform their families' lives back in their impoverished country.
This absorbing, beautifully crafted film follows these teachers as they take their place on the frontline of the No Child Left Behind Act, telling a surprising tale of immigration, globalisation and America's shifting position in the 21st century.
Across the school year's changing seasons, the film chronicles the sacrifices the teachers make as they try to maintain a long-distance relationship with their children and families, and begin a new one with the mostly African-American students whose schooling is now entrusted to them.
Their story is intensely personal - as each woman deals with the implications of her decision to come to the US - and fundamentally public - as they become part of the machinery of American education reform policy.
By Ramona Diaz
In Imelda, I tried to understand how Imelda Marcos was able not to steal power from the Filipino people, but to use their fascination with myth and symbols, their pride, and their deep insecurities to coax power from them.
In Spirits Rising, I tried to understand how the grassroots People Power movement was able to catalyse and sustain an insurrection that ended the 20-year regime of Ferdinand Marcos and sent him into exile.
More than the simple retelling of events, I am drawn to explore the way power is harnessed, and how it may be seized by charismatic individuals in the name of the people, and reclaimed by the people when collectively are able to break the spell.
In The Learning, I want to look at power from another vantage. I conceived this film as a sort of 'reverse angle' response to both Imelda Marcos and to the female insurgents who took part in overthrowing the Marcos government.
Whereas Imelda was charming and ruthless in her pursuit of power, the teachers are women cornered by economic circumstance. Whereas the women of the People Power uprising empowered themselves within the context of a movement to secure the future of the Philippines, the teacher would be a study of disempowerment - a woman acting entirely alone to secure a future for her children.
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Prof Muse Tegegne
- Prof. Muse Tegegne has lectured sociology Change & Liberation in Europe, Africa and Americas. He has obtained Doctorat es Science from the University of Geneva. A PhD in Developmental Studies & ND in Natural Therapies. He wrote on the problematic of the Horn of Africa extensively. He Speaks Amharic, Tigergna, Hebrew, English, French. He has a good comprehension of Arabic, Spanish and Italian.