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Refugees left to rot in Calais

11 December 2007
Rejected by Britain, abandoned by France and adrift inside fortress Europe. The countries they fled from reads like a list of the battlegrounds in the "war of terror" – Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Iraq, Kurdistan, Palestine, Somalia, Iran, Eritrea.

Somalia: resistance grows to US-backed occupation

20 November 2007
‘The US claims that Somalia is the "third front" in the "war on terror". It supported the Ethiopian invasion in December 2006, saying that it was saving ordinary people from a form of "Taliban rule" by the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), which had transformed the country into a "haven for Al Qaida".

Somalia demo: ‘We want our country back’

13 November 2007
Over 500 people joined an angry demonstration in London against foreign intervention in Somalia on Saturday of last week.

Bush and Sharon are the world's biggest terrorists

16 July 2007
Who will the Bush gang bomb next? Tony Blair and his government have backed US president George Bush's war in Afghanistan to the hilt. But even some sections of New Labour are worried about his plans to spread his war to Iraq, Somalia or any other country the US decides is a "rogue state".

US warship fires on Somali village

05 June 2007
A US warship fired missiles on a village in north east Somalia on Friday of last week – a bombardment that was almost completely ignored by the British media.

Situation in Somalia worse than Darfur says UN official

15 May 2007
The crisis faced by up to 400,000 people fleeing attacks launched by US-backed Ethiopian and Somali government forces in Mogadishu, Somalia is "worse than Darfur", the United Nations’ humanitarian chief said this week. "In terms of the numbers of people displaced, and our access to them, Somalia is a worse crisis than Darfur or Chad or anywhere else this year," said John Holmes, a former British diplomat and now the UN’s emergency humanitarian coordinator.

Iraq oil strike postponed

14 May 2007
The Iraqi Federation of Oil Unions (IFOU) has postponed its planned strike on Monday over the handing over of Iraq’s oil to multinationals. It postponed the action after it won negotiations with prime minister Nouri al Maliki in Baghdad set for Tuesday.

Mortgaging Iraq’s oil

08 May 2007
Iraqi Prime minister Nouri al-Maliki has called it "a gift to all the Iraqi people". But it is profit-hungry oil multinationals who will be the real winners from the new oil law being debated by the Iraqi parliament.

Ethiopian army kills thousands in Somalia

01 May 2007
A savage bombardment of the Somali capital Mogadishu by occupying Ethiopian forces has left thousands dead and driven over 350,000 people from their homes.

Demonstrating for Esol: out to stop language cuts

01 May 2007
"This is not just about language. We will lose everything if these cuts go ahead," said Somali refugee Ibrahim Abdullahi as he joined a lively protest on Saturday against proposed cuts to the provision of English for speakers of other languages (Esol).

Outrage after Mogadishu carnage by Ethiopian forces

17 April 2007
Over 1,000 people are reported killed during the recent assault on the Somali capital Mogadishu, by US-backed Ethiopian forces.

Lies to help prepare for war

08 April 2007
The US defence department announced last week that a satellite positioning device had been found in an Afghan cave. They said the equipment was lost in Somalia in 1993. The discovery, they proclaimed, was concrete evidence at last that Bin Laden's Al Qaida network was behind the deaths of 18 US soldiers in the disastrous raid on Mogadishu.

Family email reveals the new terror in Somalia

07 April 2007
Ayan, a Somali living in London received the following email from her mother last weekend.

Invasion did not bring peace to Somalia

31 March 2007
Fierce fighting has resumed in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, giving the lie to claims that the US-backed Ethiopian invasion would bring an era of peace.

Bamako | Black-List

17 February 2007
Bamakofilm directed by Abderrahmane Sissakoreleased 23 February This award winning film set in contemporary Mali goes on general release on Friday 23 February.

Somalia and Ethiopia: a new front in the ‘long war’

20 January 2007
Last week’s US attack on Somalia is the latest stage of imperialist intervention in the Horn of Africa, write Ken Olende and Charlie Kimber

Somali activist: ‘The US is imposing a dictatorship upon us’

20 January 2007
In Somalia US warplanes and Ethiopian attack helicopters have killed up to 70 nomadic tribesmen, while the pro-US militia is spreading terror among ordinary people. So says Dahabo Isse of the Somali Civil Liberties and Human Rights Organisation.


13 January 2007

US aerial assault on Somalia

13 January 2007
US aircraft rained death on Somalia, east Africa, this week, in a further horrific escalation of the "war on terror".

Ethiopia joins Bush’s imperialist crusade

06 January 2007
The recent Ethiopian invasion of Somalia is a direct product of the US-British "war on terror". It threatens to further destabilise a region which has repeatedly been torn apart by war and famine.

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