Stories about War & Conflict from April, 2007
Niger: Teacher Strike, Violent Student Protests
In Niger, violent protests by students (Fr) continued at the University of Niamey. The students are demanding (En) striking primary and secondary school teachers return to work. Nigerien civil society has meanwhile announced its support for the students‘ “fight for the improvement of their living and working conditions” (Fr)
Iraq: More on Hamas Iraq
Abu Aardvark, aka Marc Lynch, links to an article by “Mohamed Abu Roman, one of the smartest Jordanian writers on Islamist issues, (who) turns his attention today to Hamas Iraq. Like me, Abu Roman places the appearance of Hamas Iraq directly within the context of the growing intellectual and political...
Iraq: New Security Plan
Iraqi blogger Khaled Jarrar launches a new real security plan for Iraq.
Arabeyes: Palestinian Jordanian Anyone?
Jordanian blogger Hareega is furious that people avoid discussing racism in his society. He is particularly angry about the discrimination Jordanians of Palestinian origin go through in a country he claims they have helped build and project to the level it is today. يبدو أن الناس بشكل عام تتفادى الخوض...
Georgia: The Abkhaz Foreign Ministry
Josh Kucera visits the foreign ministry of Abkhazia, and he finds that is not terribly big or busy — no surprise considering that Abkhazia's sovereignty is not recognized by any other state.
Afghanistan: Pre-Taliban Anarchy?
Afghanistanica argues that the idea that anarchy prevailed in pre-Taliban Afgahnistan is a myth.
Nepal: Law and Order
Blogdai spells out Nepal's last option – establishing law and order. “We have NO effective form of government. We have murderous Maoists on the verge of ascending to the highest seats of power; we have big brother India sitting back and supporting it all with their deliberate inaction; and we...
Israel: Keeping Faith
Jerusalem-based blogger Desert Peace spent Israel's National Day in an Arab village in Northern Israel where he met a man who has still not lost his faith in God. “I sat on the veranda just observing the goings on. It was not just any day, it was Israel's Independence Day…...
Israel: The Vatican and Terrorism
Israel-based blogger Aussie Dave discusses what he sees as The Vatican's double standards when it comes to terrorism.
Iraq: The Wall Issue
Iraqi blogger Omar tells us why the Adhamiya and other walls being erected in Iraq are becoming an issue and why they shouldn't be ignored. “First and foremost, I don’t know why “The Wall” is becoming such an issue now. Work to construct similar walls started weeks ago in the...
Egypt: Fight in Parliament
A fight erupted in Egypt's Parliament about the issue of PoWs, writes Zeinobia.
Poland: A View on VT Tragedy
A Polish view on the Virginia Tech tragedy – at Warsaw Station: “Minutes after the tragedy on Monday, Polish news programs were running headlines like: “W Ameryce można kupić broń w supermarkecie” Translation: “In America one can buy a gun in a supermarket” Everyone else sees it. Why don't we?”
Arabeyes: What Makes a Good Blog and a Good Doctor?
From discussing what makes a good blog and who is a good doctor, we move to see the reaction of a father whose son is used as a human shield and why a blogger refuses to reply to comments on his blog while he is on holiday as we skim blogs from Tunisia to Kuwait this week.
Iraq: Adhamiya Wall to Go Ahead
Iraqi blogger Lady Bird says the building of the Adhamiya Wall, which circles a sunni enclave in Iraq, will go ahead. “Maliki’s chief of Baghdad security “Al-Assadi” said that the work on the wall will continues. CNN reported that all Iraqis Sunnis and Shiites expressed their anger about the occupiers...
Iraq: Oil Law Threats
Iraq's new oil law threatens to tear apart the war-torn country even further, writes Raed Jarrar. “The law threatens Iraq unity through decentralizing the major authorities related to petroleum operations. Many Iraqis view the law as an “Iraq separation fund”. Many observers this that a number of Iraqi separatist leaders,...
Afghanistan: Taliban Electioneering in France
Safrang reports on the Taliban's efforts to influence the outcome of France's presidential election.
D.R. of Congo: post by park ranger blogger picked up by Voice of America
A blog post by a Congolese ranger about a fellow park ranger who escaped from a rebel group is picked up by Voice of America: “From the post on Tuesday about Jean Marie’s escape from the rebel leader 106, Samantha Newport from the WildlifeDirect team saw the story and wrote...
Iraq: End the War
Iraqi blogger Mohammed asks: What did the last wave of terror attacks and the many crimes committed against our people all this time reveal? As for the media, he writes: “When shall they realize, if ever, that we are dealing with brutal crimes against humanity, a genocide against the people...
Bahrain: On the Great Wall of Adhamiya
Bahraini blogger emoodz wonders whether the US got the inspiration for erecting the Great Wall of Adhamiya in Iraq from the movie 300. “So much for the democracy practiced in Iraq, a wall that is being built along sectarian lines against the will of the Iraqi people in hope of...
Somalia: Somalis in the US pledge funds to oppose occupation
Banaadir blogs about Somalis in Minnesota pledging support and funds to liberate Somalia from foreign occupation: “Somali Minnesotans raised funds, signed petitions, sang patriotic songs, cried and felt for the rape victims, wounded, massacred, displaced, refugees, and the suffering masses in Mogadishu. They listened lectures from prominent speakers such Ex-Prime...
Iran:War for oil
ZaneIrani talks about Collin Kelley‘s poem,”war for oil” where we read No liberation force is coming, no toppling of statues or searches,for weapons of mass destruction.Here is famine, genocide,dark skin pouring black oil that holds no currency.