“The situation in Jowhar is now calm, but people have been frightened by yesterdays fighting and are staying indoors,” recounts HornAfrik journalist Mohamed Ibrahim Mualimu from Jowhar. After the fall of Mogadishu last week the Union of Islamic Courts advanced rapidly and furiously and now Jowhar is also in their hands. Jowhar is a strategically vital place, located 90 kilometres north of the Somali capital, apart from this it’s also where many warlords have sought refuge having fled from Mogadishu. The Islamic militia, loyal to the Union of Islamic Courts ferociously attacked the city on two fronts entering it from the north and south
SCO (the NATO of the East) holds summit in Shanghai. Tehran wants in. The choice of Shanghai, where the SCO Secretariat is located, also marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Shanghai Five, the organization from which SCO was formed when Uzbekistan joined in 2001 and the group changed its name. And now, much to Washington's dismay, it may be Iran's turn.
While no systematic, clear law protecting the rights of homosexuals exists in any European country, the Brazilian government has begun the process of approving a bill that protects the movement and defines homophobia as an offence on the same par as racial discrimination. It' an important step, designed to give a strong signal against the numerous acts of aggression carried out in recent years.
Statesmen, politicians, and opinion makers have searched for years to promote a positive image of war, or at least a neutral and ascetic one, to the end of making public opinion “digest” it.
The United Nations Security Council has extended for six more months the UN peacekeeping mission in the Golan Heights, an area claimed by both Israel and Syria. UN peacekeepers currently number a thousand; they have been stationed there since 1974
During the “European Day” celebrations Greek Cypriots presented Baklava, a sweet made with nuts or pistachios and drenched in syrup as the Greek national dessert, causing an uproar in Turkey