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THIS DAY IN THE YESTERYEAR: Indian Ocean Tsunami Strikes (2004)

Indian Ocean Tsunami Strikes (2004)

A tsunami is a series of massive waves generated when a body of water is rapidly displaced. The deadliest tsunami in recorded history, the Indian Ocean tsunami killed some 230,000 people in Indonesia, Thailand, India, Sri Lanka, and other countries as far away as Somalia on the Horn of Africa. It was triggered by an undersea earthquake near Sumatra with a magnitude of between 9.1 and 9.3 and inundated coastal communities with waves up to 100 ft (30 m) high. How far away were the effects felt? More… Discuss

EU court orders France to pay thousands to Somali pirates

EU court orders France to pay thousands to Somali pirates


this day in the yesteryear: Battle of Mogadishu Begins (1993)

Battle of Mogadishu Begins (1993)

In 1992, US armed forces, together with the United Nations, undertook a joint relief operation in Somalia, a country wracked by civil war and famine. Increasing violence in the area led to “Operation Gothic Serpent,” a US mission to capture Somali warlord Mohamed Farrah Aidid‘s top advisors, but two US helicopters were shot down, and an urban battle ensued. Eighteen US servicemen and thousands of Somalis died in the fighting. What went wrong even before the helicopters were shot down? More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Cable News Network (CNN) Begins Broadcasting (1980)

Cable News Network (CNN) Begins Broadcasting (1980)

CNN, a division of the Turner Broadcasting System owned by Time Warner, is widely credited with introducing the concept of 24-hour news coverage. Today, the network reaches more than 1 billion people in more than 200 countries. Its coverage of the Gulf War and other conflicts and crises of the early 1990s, including, perhaps most famously, the “Black Hawk Down” incident in Mogadishu, Somalia, led to the coining of the term “the CNN effect.” What phenomenon does the phrase describe? More… Discuss


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Piracy Pays Off for Criminal Underworld

A joint World BankUN Office on Drugs and CrimeInterpolstudy estimates that between 2005 and 2012 acts ofpiracy brought in $339 million to $413 million in ransompayouts. Most of this money goes not to the pirates themselves but to the financiers behind them. These kingpins then use their ill-gotten gains to fund both legitimate business activities as well as various criminal operations, including further piracy, human trafficking, and drug and arms dealingMore… Discuss



Kenyan Forces Gaining Ground in Nairobi Mall Attack

Kenyan authorities claim to have gained control of a mall that was the site of a days-long attack by (al-Shabaab) terrorists that killed at least 62 people and injured at least 170 more. The massacre in the upscale Nairobi shopping center began at about noon on Saturday and is believed to be in its final stages, with all of the hostages now thought to be out of harm’s way and Kenyan forces combing the building for remaining gunmen. The group behind the attack claims it was retaliation for Kenyan military operations in SomaliaMore… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: ELIZABETH KENNY (1880)

Elizabeth Kenny (1880)

After breaking her wrist as a young girl, Kenny developed an interest in medicine and eventually became a nurse. While treating polio victims in her native Australia, she devised a treatment using hot compresses and passive exercise that differed drastically from the usual approach of immobilization. Kenny later brought her controversial treatment to the US, where it was initially met with skepticism but was ultimately accepted. What actor attributes his recovery from polio to these treatments? More… Discuss


War: “What Is Good For”

U.S. General Wesley Clark (Ret.), explains that the Bush Administration planned to take out 7 countries in 5 years: Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan, Iran. While that plan was certainly delayed President Obama is carrying out the plan. Lybia was Obama’s war and next up on Obama’s list is Syria.

UN Declares Famine in Somalia

UN Declares Famine in Somalia

Survival Rations for Somalia

Survival Rations for Somalia

The UN has declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia and warns that the crisis could spread throughout the country over the next two months if international donors do not take immediate action. The area is suffering the worst drought in more than half a century, affecting an estimated 10 million people. Most major aid agencies employ the word famine only when at least 20 percent of the population has access to fewer than 2,100 kilocalories of food a day, more than 30 percent of children are suffering acute malnutrition, and two adults in 10,000 or four children in 10,000 are dying of hunger each day. More… Discuss