links for 2011-06-27

  • Prior to the events of July 2009 when the sect's notoriety waxed strong, its members had been involved in dastardly incidents in Yobe in 2003 and in Kano in 2004. In April 2007, 10 policemen and a divisional commander's wife were killed in an attack on the police headquarters in Kano.
    On November 13, 2008, Muhammed Yusuf was arrested following an attack on a police station in Maiduguri, in which, 17 of his followers were killed. On January 20, 2009, he was granted bail by a High Court judge in Abuja. This was to be an error.
    On October 7, 2010, the members stormed a federal prison in Bauchi and set free hundreds of their members as well as other inmates and threatened reprisals against those they accused of persecuting their members. Obviously, the military did not defeat Boko Haram last year when a five-day long clash ended with the alleged extrajudicial execution, in police custody, of Ustaz Yusuf.
  • The Mauritanian government, under President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, has recently announced measures to regulate the working conditions of domestic servants and workers within the country‘s borders. However, approximately 20 percent (well over half a million) of Mauritania‘s population remains enslaved particularly in the domestic and agricultural sectors. Mauritania has failed to fully abolish slavery within its borders, in spite of repeated passages of laws abolishing the slave trade in the years 1905, 1981 and 2007. The August 2007 law finally made owning slaves a criminal offense.
  • Cynthia McKinney's "Eye Witness" Reports from Libya [Video]
    (tags: Libya)
  • A legal settlement for Africans by Africans would recognise that most environmentally induced migration is likely to take place within the territorial borders of the African continent. Herein lies a key difference between political and environmental migration. A refugee fleeing persecution by definition finds herself outside the country of her nationality. Unable to avail herself of the protection of her home country, she can only fall back upon international law.
  • Severe drought continues to plague East Africa, with Ethiopia, Kenya, Somaliland and eastern Uganda being areas of particular concern. The drought has intensified fears over food security in the region, as rising global food prices increase pressure on the poor. Famine Early Warning Systems Network (Fewsnet), a US agency,  says the drought is “the most severe food security emergency in the world today”, with more than 7 million people in the region in need of humanitarian assistance