On the first Thursday in December a young Danish-Somali man in women’s clothes blew himself up in a suicide attack in Mogadishu. Four days earlier, Somali pirates had hijacked a 300,000-tonne supertanker 800 miles out to sea. Somalia’s abject failure does not end at its own borders: the chaos is spreading far across its frontiers and beyond its coastline.

On the first Thursday in December a young Danish-Somali man in women’s clothes blew himself up in a suicide attack in Mogadishu. Four days earlier, Somali pirates had hijacked a 300,000-tonne supertanker 800 miles out to sea. Somalia’s abject failure does not end at its own borders: the chaos is spreading far across its frontiers and beyond its coastline.

The Eritrean national team which has been taking part in the recent regional tournament for East and Central Africa, Cecafa, simply melted away in Nairobi, in its entirety, including its reserves, with the intention to seek asylum, according to sources from the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi.

The Eritrean national team which has been taking part in the recent regional tournament for East and Central Africa, Cecafa, simply melted away in Nairobi, in its entirety, including its reserves, with the intention to seek asylum, according to sources from the Kenyan Capital, Nairobi.

Reuters and AlertNet (Jerusalem) – Israel’s High Court should order an end to the government’s policy of forcibly returning to Egypt migrants who enter Israel at the Sinai border without giving them an opportunity to claim asylum, Human Rights Watch said today. Egypt has forcibly returned hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers to countries where they face torture and ill-treatment.

Reuters and AlertNet (Jerusalem) – Israel’s High Court should order an end to the government’s policy of forcibly returning to Egypt migrants who enter Israel at the Sinai border without giving them an opportunity to claim asylum, Human Rights Watch said today. Egypt has forcibly returned hundreds of migrants and asylum seekers to countries where they face torture and ill-treatment.

Pakistan has accused five young US citizens of travelling to the country to pursue jihad in a case that has also intensified US fears about home-grown terror. The five students, who had previously been reported missing from Virginia, travelled to Pakistan on US passports. Pakistani government officials say their families originally came from Egypt, Eritrea, Yemen and Pakistan.

Pakistan has accused five young US citizens of travelling to the country to pursue jihad in a case that has also intensified US fears about home-grown terror. The five students, who had previously been reported missing from Virginia, travelled to Pakistan on US passports. Pakistani government officials say their families originally came from Egypt, Eritrea, Yemen and Pakistan.

By Steve Paterno

December 8, 2009 — It is said that dictatorship employs peculiar techniques to maintain grip on power, and chief among those techniques is the use of fear; and once the people stop fearing the dictator, the entire system crumbles. The dictatorship of the National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum, led by President Omar al-Bashir, is currently on test whether the people still fear the system.

By Steve Paterno

December 8, 2009 — It is said that dictatorship employs peculiar techniques to maintain grip on power, and chief among those techniques is the use of fear; and once the people stop fearing the dictator, the entire system crumbles. The dictatorship of the National Congress Party (NCP) in Khartoum, led by President Omar al-Bashir, is currently on test whether the people still fear the system.

New York, December 8, 2009On December 1, a total of 25 journalists were imprisoned in Sub-Saharan Africa in retaliation for their journalism, and nearly 90 percent of these journalists were detained without charges in secret detention facilities, according to an annual census of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Countries as wide ranging as Eritrea, Iran, and the United States were on the list of nations who had imprisoned journalists without charge.

New York, December 8, 2009On December 1, a total of 25 journalists were imprisoned in Sub-Saharan Africa in retaliation for their journalism, and nearly 90 percent of these journalists were detained without charges in secret detention facilities, according to an annual census of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Countries as wide ranging as Eritrea, Iran, and the United States were on the list of nations who had imprisoned journalists without charge.

Atlanta, Georgia (NIM) December 5, 2009 –  Reliable sources in Eritrea have recently apprised Nehemiah International Ministry (NIM), that thirty women from Faith Mission have been jailed while they were conducting worship service in arcane on December 5, 2009 at about 4PM local time. Faith Mission is one of the banned churches in Eritrea, and it has been in inexistence since 1950. Members of NIM are deeply disturbed by the news coming from Eritrea.

Atlanta, Georgia (NIM) December 5, 2009 –  Reliable sources in Eritrea have recently apprised Nehemiah International Ministry (NIM), that thirty women from Faith Mission have been jailed while they were conducting worship service in arcane on December 5, 2009 at about 4PM local time. Faith Mission is one of the banned churches in Eritrea, and it has been in inexistence since 1950. Members of NIM are deeply disturbed by the news coming from Eritrea.

Reporters Without Borders- Press release
4 December 2009
ETHIOPIA – Weekly forced to stop publishing, its journalists flee abroad
Reporters Without Borders condemns the climate of fear to which Ethiopia’s independent media are currently exposed. The Addis Ababa-based weekly Addis Neger suspended publication today after several of its editors fled the country in the past few days because they were afraid they would be arrested.

Reporters Without Borders- Press release
4 December 2009
ETHIOPIA – Weekly forced to stop publishing, its journalists flee abroad
Reporters Without Borders condemns the climate of fear to which Ethiopia’s independent media are currently exposed. The Addis Ababa-based weekly Addis Neger suspended publication today after several of its editors fled the country in the past few days because they were afraid they would be arrested.

Date: 01 Dec 2009
On the morning of 30 November 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the situation of human rights in Eritrea. Eritrea was represented by the Economic Advisor for the Ministry of National Development, Mr Girmai Abraham. The majority of African States participating in the discussion took the opportunity to praise Eritrea for its commitment to human rights and their achievements within their current reality. However, a number of other States expressed concern about the following issues:

Date: 01 Dec 2009
On the morning of 30 November 2009, the Working Group on the UPR examined the situation of human rights in Eritrea. Eritrea was represented by the Economic Advisor for the Ministry of National Development, Mr Girmai Abraham. The majority of African States participating in the discussion took the opportunity to praise Eritrea for its commitment to human rights and their achievements within their current reality. However, a number of other States expressed concern about the following issues: