Being arrested was quite a surprise. On the day they found the body, they brought me in to the police station and questioned me for three hours. I told them everything I knew and thought that would be the end of it.
Los observadores se despliegan cerca de Osetia y Abjazia. Los observadores de la Unión Europea han sustituido a los soldados rusos alrededor de Osetia del Sur. Ya no hay carros blindados ni puestos de control con la bandera tricolor de la Federación Rusa en las carreteras semidesiertas sobre las que parecen desplomarse los árboles sobrecargados de fruta olvidada. Por ellas circulan ahora las camionetas acorazadas con la matrícula EUMM (European Union Monitoring Mission) en las que patrullan policías, gendarmes y guardias de diversos países que se comunican entre ellos en inglés y van sin armas para cumplir la misión estrictamente civil de mirar e informar si se verifican las condiciones del acuerdo que a principios de septiembre orquestara el presidente francés Nicolas Sarkozy.
El objetivo del líder de turno de la UE era dar una salida al conflicto que el presidente georgiano, Mijaíl Saakashvili provocó en la noche del siete al ocho agosto al lanzar una ofensiva armada sobre Tsjinvali, la capital de Osetia del Sur, con el objetivo de conquistar por las armas aquella región independentista.
The U.S. government has met its target of admitting 12,000 Iraqi refugees for the 2008 fiscal year, which ended on Sep. 30, and promises to admit more than 17,000 for the next year, in addition to 5,000 under a special visa programme.
Sami al-Haj walks with pain on his steel crutch; almost six years in the nightmare of Guantanamo have taken their toll on the Al Jazeera journalist and, now in the safety of a hotel in the small Norwegian town of Lillehammer, he is a figure of both dignity and shame. The mericans told him they were sorry when they eventually freed him this year after the beatings he says he suffered, and the force-feeding, the humiliations and interrogations by British, American and Canadian intelligence officers and now he hopes one day he'll be able to walk without his stick.
ISAF, which now has 47,600 personnel on the ground, was established after United States-led forces ousted the Taliban regime in late 2001 to help the then-interim authorities maintain security across the impoverished nation.
In today’s resolution the 15-member body recognized “the need to further strengthen ISAF to meet all its operational requirements, and in this regard calls upon Member States to contribute personnel, equipment and other resources.”
World leaders meeting at the United Nations today have underscored the urgency of finding solutions to the major challenges facing Africa, and have recommitted themselves to a global partnership to help the continent halve poverty, illiteracy and other socio-economic ills by 2015.
Member States participating in the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on Africa’s development needs also stressed that poverty eradication, particularly in Africa, is the “greatest global challenge facing the world today,” according to a political declaration adopted at the end of the day-long event.
They noted that, despite recent considerable improvements, the full and timely achievement of the global anti-poverty targets that make up the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) “remains elusive.”
While welcoming the commitments made by Africa and its partners so far, participants recommitted themselves to “reinvigorate and strengthen a global partnership of equals… with the explicit objective of turning existing commitments into concrete actions.”
In doing so, they committed to strengthen support for the implementation of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) – the continent’s overarching framework for socio-economic sustainable development.
Human Rights Defence (HRD) and Filip Spagnoli announced today that they have entered into a broad collaboration agreement in an attempt to further increase publicity and raise further awareness to political and human rights issues worldwide.
HRD was established in 2005 and went online February 2008; since February the site has received over 7,000 visits and we hope Mr. Spagnolis presence will assist in highlighting human rights issues. Mr. Spagnoli, author of three books, numerous OpEd articles in leading Belgian newspapers and is running both http://www.spagnoli.be/ and P.A.P. blog.