News and Analysis: ethiopia
The last Ethiopian troops in Somalia left Jan. 15, ending a two-year occupation. The hatred of the occupation was on full display when the pullout began just two days earlier, as hundreds of Somalis lined the route of the retreating military forces and cheered their departure.
Zimbabwe has been neck-deep in a political and economic crisis following in the wake of a Sept. 15 power-sharing agreement between the major political parties. The ruling ZANU-PF and the Western-backed opposition Movement for Democratic Change have been deadlocked over how ministries in a new national unity government would be allocated between the parties, with the highly coveted security ministries at the center of the dispute.
As the global food crisis continues to spread, sectors of the population in Ethiopia are being devastated by starvation and malnutrition. Four aid groups working in Ethiopia have noted a drastic increase in malnutrition among adults and older children.
Thousands of Somalis took to the streets on May 4 in angry protest following a U.S. aerial bombing attack on May 1 that killed 12 people. The Pentagon said the target was a Somali political leader who they say is tied to Al-Queda.
Democrat and Republican politicians continue to claim that there is “genocide” in the Darfur region of Sudan. They claim that U.S. military intervention in Sudan is a “humanitarian” necessity, not part of an imperialist agenda to secure access to raw materials and markets in the oil-rich region.
On March 21, hundreds of Somalis dragged the bodies of Transitional Federal Government and Ethiopian occupation soldiers through the streets of Mogadishu, the country’s capital. They shouted, "You and Ethiopians will die," and, "Down, down with Somali troops!" The soldiers were killed by anti-occupation fighters.
The following article appeared Jan. 5 on pslweb.org. A U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion of neighboring Somalia has occupied the capital, Mogadishu, and other major cities in Southern Somalia. An Ethiopian force of 15,000 troops, tanks and warplanes attacked the fighters of the Union of Islamic Courts at Baidao.
A U.S.-backed Ethiopian invasion of neighboring Somalia has occupied the capital, Mogadishu, and other major cities in Southern Somalia. An Ethiopian force of 15,000 troops, tanks and war planes attacked the fighters of the Union of Islamic Courts at Baidao.