14 Jul

Events of Interest and Analyses, A Foreign Perspective

Gaza aid ship ‘diverted to Egypt’

Israeli warships tailing Libyan-chartered Amalthea, “forcing” it towards El Arish.
Gaza aid ship in Israeli stand-off
Israeli report dismissed
Israel: ‘Live fire justified’
Tony Blair discusses ‘blacklist’
Egypt’s Gaza crisis
How to kill an economy



Violence flares in Northern Ireland


Somalia: A time for caution

 By Afyare Abdi Elmi  
Sending additional forces from neighbouring countries into Somalia will only exacerbate the conditions that empowered al-Shabab in the first place [AFP] 

The Somali al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for two explosions that rocked the Ugandan capital Kampala, targeting innocent people watching the World Cup final.

The attacks, which left at least 74 people dead, were the first by al-Shabab outside of Somalia.

Uganda and Burundi have, in the past, dismissed threats by the group, which vowed to avenge what it called “massacres” committed by Ugandan and Burundian troops as part of the 6,000-strong African Union force propping up the weak Somali government.


Why the tribe who invented lacrosse can’t play it here

A transatlantic visa row means this week’s world championships in the UK may not feature one of the favourites.

By Jerome Taylor ,Wednesday, 14 July 2010 

Brett Bucktooth, of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse team waits for his visa in New York

When young warriors of the Native American Iroquois tribe gathered for lacrosse games hundreds of years ago, they faced a truly Herculean test of stamina. Long before it became an hour-long game for 20 players, lacrosse was a mammoth team sport with hundreds of participants battling it out on a pitch that could be anything up to a mile long, sometimes for three days straight. As a result the Iroquois, who along with the Huron helped invent lacrosse, know a thing or two about playing the long game.Despite their reputation for astonishing endurance, the tribe’s current crop of lacrosse players appear to have come up against two immovable objects: the bureaucratic might of the Home Office and the US State Department…………………

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