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AFRICOM Related News Clips October 20, 2010

AFRICOM Related News Clips October 20, 2010

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United States Africa CommandPublic Affairs Office20 October 2010
USAFRICOM - related news storiesTOP NEWS RELATED TO U.S. AFRICA COMMAND AND AFRICAU.S. trying new approach in Somalia to fight insurgency
(Stars and Stripes)(Somalia) In the coming months, the U.S. will begin direct engagement with leaders oftwo northern Somalia breakaway regions with the hope that those political ties can stemthe radical insurgency that threatens to spread beyond the lawless parts of southernSomalia, according to State Department officials.
Soldiers in seminar on IG
(The Swazi Observer)(Swaziland) The American Embassy in conjunction with AFRICOM is hosting a two-day Inspector General seminar for the Umbutfo Swaziland Defence Force (USDF).
U.S. Military Aid Far Outpaces Democracy Assistance
(IPS)(Pan Africa) The "oversized impact" of the Pentagon - as opposed to the StateDepartment - on U.S. foreign policy has become a major concern of human rights andother critics who claim that Washington's relations with much of the developing worldhave become increasingly "militarised" since the end of the Cold War.
US Activists Bring Attention to Congo's Plight 
(Voice of America)(Congo) Activists in the United States are organizing events this week to bringattention to the ongoing war in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The efforts are partof a wider movement to help victims and try to bring about change from a distance.
U.S.A to Train 1,500 Doctors 
(New Vision)(Uganda) Over 1,500 Ugandan doctors are to be trained in Uganda in the next fiveyears on a grant from the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
UN Dismisses Reports of Troop Buildup in Contested Region of Sudan
(Voice of
America)(Sudan) A representative from the U.N. Mission in Sudan has dismissed reports thatextra troops would be sent to the Abyei region in advance of the tense vote.
AU developing an Integrated Maritime Strategy for Africa
(DefenceWeb)(Pan Africa) The African Union (AU) is developing an integrated maritime strategy toserve as a long-term multi-layered common vision to addressing seaborne challengesand sustain more wealth creation from the oceans and seas.
Kenya to hand over 32 Somalis to UNHCR
(Xinhua)(Kenya/Somalia) The Kenyan government will hand over 32 illegal Somali immigrantswho were arrested in a forest in the coastal town of Mombasa to the UN HighCommissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) offices after three months.
Pre-Election Clashes in Guinea Kill One
(Associated Press)(Guinea) A political demonstrator was killed by police in Guinea's capital, a politicalparty official said Tuesday, in one of several violent street clashes ahead of a plannedpresidential poll.
Zambia accused of ignoring mine abuses
(Financial Times)(Zambia) A Zambian opposition leader has accused the government of ´colludingµwith Beijing in the abuse of the country·s workers after two Chinese mine managerswere arrested for allegedly shooting 11 of their employees.
'Hang them': Uganda paper publishes photos of gays
(Associated Press)(Uganda) The front-page newspaper story featured a list of Uganda's 100 "top"homosexuals, with a bright yellow banner across it that read: "Hang Them." Alongsidetheir photos were the men's names and addresses.
UN News Service Africa Briefs 
Full Articles on UN Website
Sudan: UN strengthens helicopter fleet for logistical work in referendum
te d·Ivoire: UN envoy reports peaceful start to election campaign
confirms war crimes case against former DR
ongo leader 
UN resumes repatriation of Mauritanian refugees from Senegal
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, October 27, 12:00 p.m.; Council on Foreign RelationsWHAT: A Conversation with Senator Richard G. LugarWHO: Senator Richard G. Lugar, Ranking Member, Committee on Foreign Relations,U.S. SenateInfo:http://www.cfr.org/ WHEN/WHERE: Friday, November 5, 9:30 a.m.; U.S. Institute of PeaceWHAT: Women in War Conference: The Trouble with the Congo
WHO: Severine Autesserre, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Barnard College,Columbia University; Raymond Gilpin, Associate Vice President, SustainableEconomies, Centers of Innovation, U.S. Institute of Peace; Christine Karumba, Womenfor Women International; Howard Wolpe, Woodrow Wilson International Center forScholars; Diane Orentlicher, Deputy Director, Office of War Crimes, U.S. Department ofStateInfo:http://www.usip.org/events/woman-and-war ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
FULL ARTICLE TEXTU.S. trying new approach in Somalia to fight insurgency
(Stars and Stripes)STUTTGART, Germany ³ In the coming months, the U.S. will begin direct engagementwith leaders of two northern Somalia breakaway regions with the hope that thosepolitical ties can stem the radical insurgency that threatens to spread beyond the lawlessparts of southern Somalia, according to State Department officials.The effort marks a significant policy change toward Somalia, which has become a safehaven for the Islamic insurgent group al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked faction that hasbeen battling the weak, U.S.-backed central government.In the last two years, the U.S. has spent more than $200 million trying to bolsterSomalia·s Transitional Federal Government. And while that support will continue, theU.S. also will engage with leaders in Somaliland and Puntland as it looks to build onthose regions· relative political and civil stability.The U.S. will provide assistance that strengthens the regions and prevents them frombeing ´pulled backwardµ by an al-Shabab incursion, Assistant Secretary of State forAfrican Affairs Johnnie Carson told Stars and Stripes during a visit to U.S. AfricaCommand headquarters in Stuttgart last week.´We want to encourage the TFG to be more than just a government in name only,µCarson said.Working with groups in Somaliland and Puntland will help achieve ´poles of stabilitythat will create the kind of environment that will bring about more progress in dealingwith radical extremism of Shabab,µ Carson said.Carson said the U.S. would not establish formal diplomatic relations with the twoentities nor recognize their independence, but would help their governments withagriculture, water, health and education projects. By doing so, the U.S. hopes to shieldthese regions from the influence of al-Shabab, which seeks to impose its own harsh formof Sharia law across Somalia.

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