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A view of the skyline beyond the northern suburbs of Mogadishu is seen through a bullet hole in the window of a hotel in Yaaqshiid District, where Al Shabaab militants have been pushed beyond the city's northern fringes to the outskirts of the Somalia seaside. (Photo: Stuart Price / United Nations Photo)

On October 15, Kenya's top security chiefs declared war on Al Shabaab, the loose coalition of Islamist militias that controls southern Somalia. The next day, hundreds of Kenyan soldiers in armored trucks and tanks reportedly "stormed" across Kenya's northern border and into the region. The goal being to decimate Al Shabaab, which was originally catapulted to dominance in 2007 consequent to a US-backed Ethiopian intervention.

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On his 24th birthday, hundreds gathered at Fort Meade to support US Army Pvte. Bradley Manning, who is being accused of “aiding the enemy” and 21 additional offenses for allegedly leaking thousands of classified US government documents. These documents  include the infamous Iraq and Afghanistan war logs that were leaked to WikiLeaks in November 2009. Supporters of the Army intelligence specialist came from around the country to stand in solidarity with Manning, demanding his release, as prosecutors presented their case against him.  

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Yesterday, Friday, December 16th, at Fort Meade, twenty-three year old United States Army Private, Bradley E. Manning, stood for an Article 32 hearing. This hearing was the first legal proceeding Manning has faced in the eighteen months since his arrest, in May 2010. Manning is being accused of, “... aiding the enemy; wrongfully causing intelligence to be published on the internet knowing that it is accessible to the enemy; theft of public property or records; transmitting defense information; fraud and related activity in connection with computers; and for violating Army Regulations 25-2 “Information Assurance” and 380-5 “Department of the Army Information Security Program.” (The U.S. Army Military District of Washington, Media Advisory)

Egyptian activists Esraa Abdel Fettah (left), Bassem Fathy, and Ahmed >> Maher talk to October 2011 participants in Washington DC, October 23

"Its like a football game between Egypt and Tunisia, because when they started the revolution, the people in Egypt wanted to do the same," says Ahmed Maher. Maher is a civil engineer by trade, but became a prominent democracy activist in Egypt, helping found the April 6th Youth Movement, one of the groups credited with sparking the January 25 revolution there.

The president of the Baltimore AFL-CIO, Ernie Grecco, along with twleve other union leaders wrote a letter to Mayor Rawlings-Blake urging the city to allow for the Occupy Baltimore encampment to continue. This comes just one day after the city declared the encampment illegal, threatening to evict the near one month protest.






Several dozen people participated in an economic crisis teach-in at McKeldin Park, the site of Occupy Baltimore.

Activist and academic, Lester Spence, spoke on the relationship of neoliberalism and the black community, and Joel Andreas spoke on the economy, militarism and imperialism.

A Town Hall meeting was convened at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, in Baltimore, MD, on Monday evening, September 26, 2011. It featured various speakers, with Peace & Justice activist, Max Obuszewski serving as the moderator. To learn more about funding our communities and bringing the war dollars home, go to: http://ourfunds.org/.

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A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured the People's Lawyer, Ralph Nader. He brought up his concern about the "epidemic of self-censorship" in the country leading up the launching of the illegal and immoral Iraq War by the Bush-Cheney Gang. Mr.

A roundtable discussion was held on September 12, 2011, at Busboys & Poets in Washington, D.C. It featured Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, US Army (ret), an ex-Chief of Staff to Secretary of State, Colin Powell. Ralph Nader was on the panel and also served as the moderator for the event. It dealt generally with the "US government's reaction to 9/11." Col.

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