The 5 Most Secretly Badass Countries
O Canada, you’re so adorable with your maple syrup and hockey and “Eh”s and moose. You’re like North America’s great big fuzzy John Candy-shaped teddy bear.
Canada’s special operations unit is like a bear alright — a stealthy grizzly bear that has mastered modern weapons and can silently kill you in the night (so we guess it’s more like a group of highly trained humans, which it is, so just ignore the whole bear thing). Not only does Canada have a military, which in itself is probably a surprise to some people, but their anti-terrorist unit is one of the best in the world … a world that never ever attacks Canada.
IMAN on Somali Crisis via Independent Newspaper UK:
Sunday, August 7th, 2011
Until last week, I had not let my 11-year-old daughter Alexandria see the pictures of the food crisis in my home country of Somalia.
I didn’t think she was ready. Finally, I showed them to her, and she cried. No wonder: thousands of children arrive at feeding centres having not eaten or drunk for days.
My daughter cries, but I am angry. We know how to save those children’s lives – and there’s a huge aid effort under way. Yet it is incomprehensible to me is that while children are dying, there is a huge shortfall in funding for the emergency response.
I was born poor in Mogadishu but I never knew poverty and never went to bed hungry. If there was no money, someone in the community would bring home food. But the Somalia I remember from growing up is no longer there
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Financing of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur
The UN Secretary-General has published is his report, A/66/596 on the budget performance of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) for the period from 1 July 2010 to 30 June 2011.
Photo: UN Photo Library, Photo # 424423
Al-Shabaab Don't Stand A Chance Against Burundi's Hardened AMISOM Troops
The future isn’t looking too good for Al-Shabaab now that the combat-hardened Amisom troops are in the game. It’s arguable that the only reason Al-Shabaab was able to survive all this time was because the African Union’s rules of engagement didn’t allow Amisom troops to launch strikes on their enemies—but since that isn’t an issue anymore, it’s safe to say that the militia group is in big trouble.
Unlike the US and Ethiopian troops that tried to take them out before, the Burundian and Ugandan Amisom forces, who’ve been hardened by a 13-year war back home, enjoy widespread support among the Somali people, and that’ll be a huge advantage since approval for Al-Shabaab is at an all-time low.
Just to make matters even worse, Al-Shabaab tried to scare off African Union troops by posting photos of dead soldiers online. Needless to say the attempt was a total flop, only pushing the AU to send even more troops into the country. Looks like it’s time for Al-Shabaab to drop the guns and start digging their own grave ‘cause that’s where they’re gonna be laying in a few months.