Obama to meet with African leaders on South Sudan


President Obama in Nairobi as he wrapped up a two-day visit to Kenya on Sunday. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images).

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — President Obama will convene a meeting Monday with the leaders of several African nations and the chairwoman of the African Union, senior administration officials said Sunday, to determine whether there is sufficient regional support for sanctions if the ongoing peace process in South Sudan breaks down.

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Response to Dancing with a Wolf: A Reflection on Gambella Politics

By Magn Nyang, Minnesota, USA – Recently, I read an article with the above title written by one named Chuol R. Kompuok. For those who don’t know who Chuol is, I would like to give you some info about him. In 1987, my classmates (whom I grew up with from early childhood) and I were in 7th grade in Gambella Middle High School. If not all of us, most of us were classmates from the 1st grade. Here we are in the 7th grade (our first years in the Middle High School), when two tall skinny and one short skinny boy walked into our class. We looked at each other in a way that said “Who the hell are these boys?” Continue reading

Malaysian plane reportedly shot down in Ukraine near Russian border


Emergencies Ministry members work at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash in Grabovo, Ukraine, in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014. Maxim Zmeyev / Reuters

A Malaysian passenger airliner with 295 people on board crashed in Ukraine near the Russian border, Interfax cited an aviation industry source as saying on Thursday.

Malaysia Airlines confirmed on its Twitter feed that it had lost contact with Flight MH17 that was traveling from Amsterdam, adding that “the last known position was over Ukrainian airspace.”

Malaysia Airlines also said in a statement that it received notification from Ukrainian air traffic control that it lost contact with the plane, a Boeing 777, about 31 miles from the Russia-Ukraine border. Continue reading