Tag Archives: Iraq

US Impunity Erodes World Justice

26 Oct

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Nicolas J S Davies*, October 25, 2016
Consortium News
 

The International Criminal Court charges only Africans with human rights crimes while granting impunity to U.S. officials and their allies, undermining what had been a noble idea of universal justice, writes Nicolas J S Davies.

In the past week, Burundi and South Africa have joined Namibia in declaring their intention to withdraw from the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC). They are likely to be followed by a parade of other African countries, jeopardizing the future of an international court that has prosecuted 39 officials from eight African countries but has failed to indict a single person who is not African.
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Vladimir Putin bids for major world role as his forces move into Syria

27 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Emma Graham-Harrison and Alec Luhn

    Last week satellite images revealed Russia’s military expansion in Syria, with deployments of troops, tanks and warplanes. Now western governments are scrambling to respond to the shift in power in the Middle East

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Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi ‘seriously wounded in air strike’

21 Apr

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

The leader of Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has been seriously wounded in an air strike in western Iraq, sources have told the Guardian.
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The Barbarians Within Our Gates, Hisham Melhem – A must read

25 Sep

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Hisham Melhem*, See Comments

    Arab civilization has collapsed. It won’t recover in my lifetime.

With his decision to use force against the violent extremists of the Islamic State, President Obama is doing more than to knowingly enter a quagmire. He is doing more than play with the fates of two half-broken countries—Iraq and Syria—whose societies were gutted long before the Americans appeared on the horizon. Obama is stepping once again—and with understandably great reluctance—into the chaos of an entire civilization that has broken down.
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The lesson of downing Malaysian air in Ukraine: Where the U.S. doesn’t fly

20 Jul

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Following the downing in eastern Ukraine of Malaysian passenger airlines, Flight 17, which was shot down on July 17 by separatist rebels, the US has issued flight advisories and prohibitions for 14 airspaces around the world, identifying countries by name. The concerned states are:
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Lessons must be learned from Iraq’s latest nightmare

16 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin – The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

Why does Iraq have to fall in this frightening situation? This question has been all over, but who is responsible. People are wondering why they should now witness Iraq’s descent into possible frightening future under the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isis) – when their fears all along have been for Syria’s future.
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Chinese Firm Linked to Fraud in Iraq’s Oilfields – Valuable lessons Ethiopia & Africa must derive

4 Jan

Editor’s Note:

    The story hereunder from Caixin Online reminded us of the fact that abuses by Chinese companies of all forms and shades are widespread in Ethiopia too, although Ethiopian reactions have been circumspect in most instances. Not to look to another possible reason, perhaps our officials choose to close their eyes, for the simple reason that China happens to be the nation’s major financier.
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The Ethiopian state, political exorcism, possessed population

2 Jun

By Abadir M. Ibrahim*

As a group, Ethiopian Muslims had been formally marginalized from the Ethiopian mainstream and discriminated against until the demise of the Imperial regime. Although Islam as a religion and Muslims as a group are still at the margins of the political and cultural mainstream, the contents of Ethiopia’s inter-Muslim politics have from time to time spilled into the political mainstream.
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