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Equatorial Guinea Briefly Disappears Dissident

(First posted at Focal Points)

Write to Khartoum on behalf of Rudwan Dawod

Please join me in participating in this Amnesty International Urgent Action by writing to the authorities in Khartoum to urge the release of Rudwan Dawod. He has been disappeared and may well be suffering torture at this moment. To take action and for further information, click here.

-smf

Herero Skulls Back in Namibia From Germany

Last week, Germany returned some of the skulls in its posession for over 100 years from its genocide of the Herero people to what is now Namibia. Some 65,000 (to follow the UN; estimates vary wildly) were killed, 85 percent of the population in three years. The German government continues to reject the idea of reparations.

--smf

Two Inspiring Stories of Africa-Gaza Solidarity

The South African Relief Agency (SARA)'s 'South Africa to Gaza' land convoy is, at last word, nearing Rafah. It aims to: "Break the illegal and immoral siege on Gaza" and "Embody the support and solidarity of the African people with the people of Palestine."

The convoy has made its way from South Africa to Egypt by way of "Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia & Sudan."

Divvying up South Sudan

A community in South Sudan has just emerged victorious in a land-grab battle with a U.S. based firm. My entry at Focal Points today:

Decapitation Threats? Ehud Barak, Meet Omar Bashir

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, lately under criticism for being too dovish (for having the temerity to suggest - on tactical grounds, mind you - that Turkey should receive an apology for the extrajudicial massacre of Turkish civilians last year on the Gaza Freedom Flotilla), sounded rather like Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir last Sunday.

Africom Watch: South Sudan

The U.S. Africa military command, Africom, has waisted no time in cementing relations with the new country of South Sudan. In a story datelined August 24th, Sudan Tribune reports:

“The Commander of the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM), General Carter F. Ham arrived in South Sudan capital of Juba for talks on the government’s strategy to boost internal security in the newly established state. …. [President] Kiir called for Washington’s help in building the military capacity of South Sudan.

Humor: Gadhafi’s Crush on Condoleeza

Gadhafi’s compound has been discovered to contain “a photo album filled with page after page of pictures of Condoleezza Rice.”

As the MSNBC piece notes, Gadhafi said of Rice in 2007, "I support my darling black African woman. …. I admire and am very proud of the way she leans back and gives orders to the Arab leaders ... Leezza, Leezza, Leezza. ... I love her very much.”

Humor: Chomsky falls afoul of Mugabe

The Herald (Zimbabwe) is upset with Chomsky.

"DR NOAM CHOMSKY, professor of linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who is often hailed, by many, as the moral conscience of America on many global issues such as Palestine/Israel, inexplicably lost his moral compass when asked to comment on Zimbabwe during a recent interview with globalbreakingnews.com. .... "Mugabe is a monster who has caused irreparable harm," Chomsky ranted, referring to Zimbabwe's President."

Africom Watch: Nigeria

The Nigerian press reports that "The United States military led by the Commander of its Africa Command, General Carter Ham, is presently in the country to explore areas of cooperation with their Nigerian counterparts." The visit apparently includes development of army, navy, and air force collaboration between the two countries. Stengthening Nigeria's capacities (like a C-130 for troop tranportation) as a continent-wide peacekeeping/proxy force (take your pick) seems to be one aim.

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