Tuesday, November 25, 2003
Happy Thanksgiving, ya'll! I'm out of here, 'til next week.

Obasanjo flinches:
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe will not attend the upcoming Commonwealth summit in Nigeria next month, ending weeks of speculation that the government's last-minute attempts might secure him an invitation.

"We will not have an invitation [for Zimbabwe]. If there is no invitation they will not come," Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo reportedly told journalists in the southwestern Nigerian town of Otta on Tuesday.

Now if only Obasanjo and Mbeki would end their failed policy of "quiet diplomacy" and instead support a free Zimbabwe.

Progress in the war on terrorists from the Horn of Africa:
U.S. forces have disrupted several planned terrorist attacks against Western and other targets in the Horn of Africa and local authorities have killed or captured more than two dozen militants, the U.S. general in command of an anti-terrorism task force told The Associated Press.

Of the hundreds of foreign fighters detained by U.S. troops in Iraq, approximately 25 percent come from the seven countries that fall under the purview of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, Marine Brig. Gen. Mastin Robeson told AP in his first in-depth interview since taking command in May 2003.

Via Instapundit.

First Nigeria, now Uganda:
30 Uganda Anglican bishops agreed at a meeting Thursday to sever ties with the entire U.S. Episcopal Church because "any same sex relationship is a disorder of God's creation," said Jackson Turyagyenda, a spokesman for the church in East Africa.

The decision will result in a loss of scholarships and financial aid from the Episcopal Church, the U.S. branch of Anglicanism, although exact figure were not available.

This is still a step short of a full schism in the Anglican church, but this crisis is far from over. It's clear that this is becoming a battle over who will lead the Anglican church in the 21st century--a group of postmodern, increasingly liberal Western clergy or the conservative evangelicals of the African church. One thing to keep in mind--Christianity is growing in Africa faster than any place in the world and the African leaders have become the de facto spokesmen for this young, vibrant and growing group of Christians. In contrast, the American and British churches have been on the decline for quite a while, and there's no reason to believe that that trend will change.

Sunday, November 23, 2003
Mugabe favors gun control as one more means to repress his own people. Dave Kopel comments:
Mugabe is unquestionably a tyrant. Every theory of government which permits forcible resistance to tyranny would identify overthrowing Mugabe as plainly just. Every theory of just war which recognizes the suffering of people in a foreign country would authorize the use of force by any nation to remove Mugabe. For same reasons that the world should have acted in Germany in the 1930s and in Rwanda in the early 1990s, every nation has a moral obligation to do what it can to liberate Zimbabwe. Because diplomatic efforts to remove Mugabe have failed, the United States ought to begin supplying weapons and other aid to the people of Zimbabwe, so that they can save themselves from genocide, and so that they can install a government chosen by themselves. The failure of the United Nations to act is one more instance of the UN's pathetic favoritism of tyrants, and one more reason why all freedom-loving people should resist the UN's gun prohibition programs.

Yes, but are free nations up to the challenge? Sadly, I'm afraid we're not. One of these days, when Mugabe is gone and a new government rules Zimbabwe, we'll be ashamed at our unwillingness to help the Zimbabwean people and our inaction when faced with a tyrant.

Ugandan MP's are protesting against the government's inability to end the bloodshed in the northern part of the country by decisively defeating the LRA rebels:
Ms. Ateng says she, her colleagues, clan leaders and local people have met many times with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni to discuss their concerns about the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group, which has been killing, kidnapping and looting in the north for at least 16 years.

"But, to our surprise, no changes have come, changes meaning that there's not been a stop to LRA incursions," she said. "Instead, it has worsened. We've seen that, whatever we've been mentioning, whatever we've been stating to be done, whatever advice we've given for things to improve has not been taken up."

Seems like a surprising degree of public dissent in a country that's essentially a one-party state. Museveni's reported response to the protest was positive, but there's no telling if that will translate into a successful military strategy.

Here's slightly more information about the fighting in Western Sudan that I mentioned last week:
The government said it knew nothing of the attacks in the arid Darfur area, where the rebels of the Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SLM/A) emerged as a fighting force in February, saying Khartoum had marginalized the impoverished region.

"It's been very bad. Attacks by government militias and the air raid have killed 30 people and lots of livestock," SLM/A Secretary-General Minni Arcua Minnawi told Reuters by phone from western Sudan.

Still more questions than answers, though.

Will the threat of farm invasions in Namibia lead to Zimbabwe-style chaos. Jonathan Edelstein says no -- not yet, at least. Keep scrolling down for interesting comments.

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