Inside Syria

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Fighting on the ground in Syria is as fierce as ever . It has been messy from the start , but now the battle is further complicated in the
face of an often vicious propaganda war between the government and the rebels.
The conflict has been unfolding for more than two years now , and much of the focus has been on what the Syrian government , its army ,
and its supporters are doing to their own people.
Most recently , pro – government militias were accused of killing as many as 200 people in the town of Baniyas.
Our position in this case is very clear , we will name the crime as a crime and we will not give any cover to anyone who commits them .
Especially the crimes that violates the very principles of humanity and of our revolution .
Louay al -Mokdad , political and media coordinator for FSA
It is one of several such accusations, but the al -Assad government has never acknowledged any of them . They say all operations target
what they call ” terrorists ” .
But this is a war , and war has two sides . Therefore, the opposition rebels can be just as guilty of atrocities.
In Syria in April , the head of one opposition group , al -Nusra Front , formally pledged allegiance to the al – Qaeda leader Ayman al –
Zawahiri .
Now there are reports that a large numbers of fighters from the opposition Free Syria Army (FSA ) – even entire units in some cases –
are defecting to al – Nusra .
Al – Nusra was established in January 2012 and since then has used car bombs and suicide attacks in its efforts to bring down the al –
Assad government . In December, the US state department put the group on its list of terrorist organisations.
And this week , the FSA faced criticism after a video was released that apparently shows a rebel commander cannibalising the body of a
government soldier .
When the video became public , the opposition Syrian National Council ( SNC) released a statement, saying : ” The Free Syrian Army is a
national army above all … formed to defend civilians and deliver the Syrian people from the mentality of revenge and crime .”
The SNC said it ” completely rejects the ill- treatment of the wounded and the disfigurement of the dead ” . It also promised that if the
video is confirmed to be genuine, the perpetrator will face justice.
Most serious analysts recognise that this is not in fact an indigenous movement who are protesting the Assad government but an attempt
[ by] the western powers to dismantle Syria in accordance with a plan designed by the Israelis .
James Fetzer , professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota
But the FSA has made similar promises before , following reports of summary executions of al – Assad supporters .
Rights groups like Human Rights Watch ( HRW) remain unconvinced.
” It is not enough for Syria ’s opposition to condemn such behaviour or blame it on violence by the government . The opposition forces need
to act firmly to stop such abuses ,” said Nadim Houry , HRW ‘ s Middle East deputy director.
” One important way to stop Syria ’s daily horrors , from beheadings to mutilations to executions, is to strip all sides from their sense of
impunity .
The United Nations is now calling for a full investigation into reports of atrocities on both sides.
So , is this week ‘ s report of abuse merely an isolated incident, or has the opposition committed more such atrocities? And despite its
shocking nature , is it any worse than what the government has been doing?

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Nigeria, rich country poor country

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Many a millionaire in the world today have made their money through the proceeds and lucrative nature of oil marketing, many cities around the world have been built with the proceeds of oil marketing, many countries have forged alliances, built healthy relationships and stabilized their countries through the proceeds of oil marketing. One then without any stretch of their imagination would expect Nigeria, one of the leading countries in the international trading and marketing of oil to boast of most of the so called “oil barons” or oil millionaires as citizens, one should without any stretch of their imaginations look at the figures that go in and out of the oil market daily and expect Nigeria to be as beautiful as the combination of the cities of New York and Paris.
But why then is this our beloved country, blessed with so many riches through the proceeds of oil and other natural resources so poor, so poor in the sense that more than 70percent of the population live under a dollar a day, why then are our infrastructure worse than what American infrastructure was in 18th century, why then do people go to bed hungry, youths are idle, mothers are weary and fathers weep for the thought of their children going through what they have been through for the past decade or 2.
Is there hope for a nation plunged deep into corruption that one has to be scared of being honest. We can fight all kinds of wars and uprisings against the government but in truth the real enemy is corruption, why have people become so greedy that they don’t only steal money to cater for themselves and their family , they steal for their unborn children 20 generations to come.
Nigerians should rise up, take up their weapons of education and information of the masses and fight corruption.

State of emergency in nothern Nigeria

It is clear that president Goodluck Jonathan left no stone unturned to establish dialogue with the dreaded boko haram sect, and make sure all their grieviances are addressed in a diplomatic manner, the federal government even went ahead to offer amnesty to the dreaded sect in other to replicate the success of the amnesty given to militants from the southern part of nigeria, but the dreaded sect from the north also left no stone unturned in frustrating the diplomatic efforts of the Nigerian government, while still perpetrating mayhem in most part of nothern part of Nigeria.
When the President GEJ found out that the dreaded sect have even gone ahead to attempt to establish an independent Islamic state in the country practicing sharia law, the federal government felt enough is enough, time to crush these militants with our military power. This measure taken by the government seemed inevitable considering the manner to which boko haram sect have gone about their dastardly acts.
But one has to argue, how effective will this military measure be? can the military conduct themselves so as to obey the rules of engagement? What of the lasting effect on the country and the scars such heavy military measures will leave?
In the effort of boko haram to establish an Islamist state and the effort of the Nigerian president to maintain law an order, Nigeria has been plunged into another war in the African region, adding to fighting in various African countries e.g. Libya, Mali, Somalia, Egypt, Syria. One has to wonder will it ever end.