Archive for January 6, 2010

After reading Peter Eichstaedt: Another year for Kony and the LRA. its just confirmed what i thought to be true about Kony and the Khartoum (possibly) helping him. I said to a few people that if Kony made it to Darfur and was able to regroup the atrocities committed would be explosive.

In recent days reports have been coming through of captures and killings of LRA Rebel forces, but yet Kony still remains at large.  This one man seems to be capable of eluding forces time and time again.

The re-grouping of child soldiers is a violent act and against all human rights. these children are blackmailed, brainwashed and forced to commit atrocities. We need to do more to raise awareness for the plight of all child soldiers.

Through Invisible children over 200 US Congress have co-sponsored the LRA Disarmament and Northern Ugandan Recovery Act 2009, this is campaigning its way to the white house as we speak and they require the help of all the push this bill through. Visit Invisible childrenand check out how you can help end the longest running war in africa.

With the vast improvements in technology these days it is our duty to help those who are less fortunate. Current numbers say only around 5% of northern Uganda has electricity. To live in this century and not have access to electricity, fresh water, medical health and most of all food is atrocious. While westerners throw out tonnes of food each year to waste, over 1 billion* people are going hungry (*via WFP).

I find it hard these days to waste and i refuse to live as though we “have it all” when others have nothing. Poverty is so severe in some places lika Africa, Indonesia, Cambodia and many more, and when i see the amount of waste in my country (australia) it really hits home just how “self centred” our lives have become.

This year i am dedicating some more of my time to be more actively involved in my local community for those less fortunate as well as those abroad in other countries such as Uganda, Congo, Sudan and the like.

People ask me why i centre on Africa and its quite simply because i feel we need to take responsibility for colonilisation of africa. Alot of the issues going on there, all stem back to this time when white man entered and “took over” their countries, pitted northerner’s against southerner’s etc and thus come civil wars and rebel groups, corruption and more. Also, so much goes on in africa it gets very time consuming to spread the area to a vast local (not enough reading time with 3 young children).  A good clip to watch on the colonolisation of Africa is HERE

Each day i read reports of news from all over the world and im determined to make 2010 a year of change for myself, my family, local community and global community, i hope that others can do the same, only with all of us doing this together can we acheive the change we need for the world to survive.

*FreeUganda – Rebecca Fowler

The stealth boat belonging to anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd, Ady Gil, has reportedly been cut in half by a Japanese security vessel in the Antarctic.

Captain Watson told The Age online the $1.5 milliion high tech vessel’s remains were sinking. It’s six man crew had been rescued and was uninjured.

He said the Ady Gil was idling in waters near Commonwealth Bay when it was suddenly approached and rammed by the Japanese ship Shonan Maru, which has been detailed to provide security to the fleet.

Earlier today the fleet was contacted for the first time by the Ady Gil, and Sea Shepherd’s surprise third vessel, the Bob Barker.

Captain Watson, aboard the Steve Irwin, said he was still 500 miles from the scene.

“This seriously escalates the whole situation,” Captain Watson said of the collision.

“According to the Institute of Cetacean Research, the Ady Gil’s crew were launching projectiles at the Nisshin Maru, and attempted to entangle its propellors with rope.”

The biodiesel-powered trimaran Ady Gil had arrived at the Southern Ocean stand-off between Japanese whalers and activists yesterday, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

It was reported this morning to be about 50 nautical miles away from the whaling fleet.

Japan’s Fisheries Minister Hirotaka Akamatsu had earlier warned two security ships would be used to protect the whaling fleet, intervening when Sea Shepherd tried to block the transfer of harpooned whales to the factory ship Nisshin Maru.

Captain Watson this morning announced the existence of a secret third ship in the Sea Shepherd flotilla.

He said he was confident that with three ships, Sea Shepherd would be able to cause maximum disruption to the whaling, which has been underway for around a month.

The Rudd Government has repeatedly called for caution by both sides in the wilds of the Antarctic.

“We have reminded the masters of protest vessels of their obligations under international law to take all steps to ensure safety of life at sea, particularly in the inhospitable conditions of the Southern Ocean,” Environment Minister Peter Garrett told the SMH recently.

“We are also passing the same message to the government of Japan.”

via Anti-whaling ship ‘cut in half’ – Story – National – 3 News.

As reported on IRIN News: NAIROBI, 4 January 2010 (IRIN) – Thousands of families have fled Somalia’s central town of Dusamareb, the regional capital of Galgadud, after a weekend of fighting between Islamist groups killed dozens and left many others injured, locals told IRIN.

On 2 January, Al-Shabab attacked Dusamareb, 500km north of the capital Mogadishu, and captured it from Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a – a traditional Sufi group – for a short while before being forced out again.

“Our estimate is that between 6,000 and 7,000 families [32,000 to 42,000 people] have fled and are now displaced,” Sheikh Abdirahman Gedoqorow, a religious leader, told IRIN on 4 January.

Most of the displaced are scattered across rural villages and towns in the region, he said.

Gedoqorow said those displaced were facing difficult conditions due to insufficient assistance in the areas to which they had fled. “There is no one out there helping them and the area has been ravaged by drought.”

He said the displaced “desperately” needed shelter material, food and water, the most urgent requirement.

Rising death toll

A local leader estimated that 50 people had so far died in the fighting and at least 80 had been injured. However, a journalist, who requested anonymity, said the death toll was likely to be higher.

“The majority of those who died were from the invading [Al-Shabab] group,” the journalist said.

The two groups have been battling for control of the country’s central regions since Ahlu Sunna Waljama’a routed Al-Shabab from the area in December 2008.

The journalist added that Al-Shabab had since been reported to have left the area. “They are nowhere near Dusamareb. They took a beating on Saturday [2 January].”

Dusamareb, a town of about 40,000, has in the past three years hosted thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu. “Whether residents or IDPs, almost 80 percent are now displaced,” the journalist added.

Read the full report via IRIN Africa | SOMALIA: Thousands displaced by clashes in Galgadud | Horn of Africa | Somalia | Conflict Refugees/IDPs | News Item.

A New Zealand public relations guru is said to have paid for Japanese spy planes which have been keeping an eye on anti-whaling protesters in the Southern Ocean.

Reports say Glenn Inwood’s Omeka Public Relations company, which works for Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research, chartered planes in Hobart and Albany to track the Sea Shepherd’s ship, the Steve Irwin, in December.

Sea Shepherd founder and Steve Irwin captain Paul Watson claims Mr Inwood put the “spy flights” on his credit card.

“The Japanese are spending an incredible amount of money this year. They’ve dedicated two vessels just to tail us and the latest flights out of Melbourne and Hobart cost them about $20,000,” he told the ABC.

“These surveillance flights are aiding an illegal operation and they should be stopped,” Mr Watson said.

“Japanese whaling is illegal – it’s a poaching operation.

“The Australian Government recognises it as illegal. They are taking whales in the Australian-Antarctic territory and they are in contempt of an Australian Federal Court order.”

The ABC attempted to contact Mr Inwood without success.

Read the full report here via PR guru ‘paid for whalers’ spy flights’ – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).