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Instead of saving Zimbabwe, the Blood Diamonds only enriched its ruling class

Instead of saving Zimbabwe, the Blood Diamonds only enriched its ruling class

Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert Mugabe, has been revealed as one of the major beneficiaries of Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange diamonds. Reports have confirmed that she holds a major stake in Mbada Diamonds- one of the companies mining in Manicaland province. This revelation comes soon after the approval of the Kimberley Process Civic Society and subsequent commencement of diamond sales in Zimbabwe.
Before the violence and corruption many dared believed these diamonds would be a source of recovery for this downtrodden nation but, as I found in Zimbabwe’s eastern borderlands, the long suffering population are now despondent. The diamonds they hoped would save their country are destroying it.

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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 […]

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Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

Sounds of convening General Assembly: Bombast, peace talk, hammers

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Amid the arrival of presidents, prime ministers and kings, the UN General Assembly has opened in New York.   The 65th annual session of the UN’s main membership body will debate issues ranging from battling global poverty to promoting human rights and international security. Yet the setting will be […]

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Somalia to open 2nd front against Islamist insurgents

Somalia to open 2nd front against Islamist insurgents

MOGADISHU, Somalia – Several thousand Somali forces trained in neighboring Ethiopia and Kenya will open a second front against Islamist insurgents by year-end in Somalia’s south and central regions, the prime minister said Sunday. The forces will try to capture key towns including the port of Kismayo, which is believed to generate a substantial amount […]

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Algerian troops pose threat to Moroccan dates near Figig

Algerian troops pose threat to Moroccan dates near Figig

WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Security sources said Algerian forces have been crossing the border into Moroccan territory. They said Algerian units infiltrated the eastern border of Morocco several times over the last three months. The sources said Algerian troops were raiding Moroccan orchards and stealing dates and other fruit. They said the latest infiltration, which has […]

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U.S. Marines storm pirate-held ship off Somalia

U.S. Marines storm pirate-held ship off Somalia

Helicopters from the USS Dubuque provide aerial watch as U.S. Marines from the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force, embarked on Dubuque, center-right, boarded and seized control of the Antigua and Barbuda flagged and German-owned vessel Magellan Star, left, at sea off the coast of Somalia, Sept. 9 / AP /U.S. Navy, Cryptologic Technician […]

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AWOL on Sudan? War, is returning and the perception of U.S. indifference isn't helping

AWOL on Sudan? War, is returning and the perception of U.S. indifference isn't helping

John Prendergast / Wall Street Journal For a second-tier foreign policy issue, Sudan has seen its share of first-tier finger-pointing over the last decade. Congress has blamed the White House, administrations have blamed activists and Congress, and everyone has condemned the Chinese whose multibillion dollar oil investment underwrites the Khartoum regime’s war policies in Darfur […]

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UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

UN appoints veteran French Socialist to tackle Somali pirates

By John Metzler In the midst of the ongoing struggle against Somali piracy along the Horn of Africa,  UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has appointed a veteran French socialist politician to offer legal formulae to tackle the seaborne buccaneers. Jack Lang, longtime Socialist party political luminary,  has been given the title  Special Advisor on Legal […]

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Obama reverses Bush-backed Morocco plan in favor of Polisario state

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has backed a Polisario state, ending U.S. support for a Moroccan plan to establish autonomy for Western Sahara. Morocco has warned the West that such a state could become a haven for Al Qaida and other terror organizations. Diplomatic sources said the Obama administration has disassociated itself from a Moroccan […]

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Outlaw state Sudan wants own reactor by 2020

CAIRO — Sudan, deemed a terrorist sponsor, has announced a nuclear program. The Khartoum regime said it would acquire and install a nuclear reactor by 2020. Official said the reactor would be used for the generation of electricity. “The Electricity and Dams Ministry has already started preparing for the project to produce power from nuclear […]