Chaos in Kenya intensifies

Edwards and Giuliani leave presidential race

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Kenya: In a meeting of the African Union, leaders voiced their concern over the downfall of a once peaceful Kenya.

UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon warned the violence was threatening to escalate to catastrophic levels. Apparently the deaths of 850 people and the evacuation of 250,000 residents is only a drop in the bucket.

Jendayi Frazer, assistant secretary of state for African affairs, labeled the situation ethnic cleansing, which refers to the violent removal of people from an area to separate them from another group.

Peace talks were further postponed after political leader David Too was shot and killed by a traffic policeman in the town of Eldoret. Police say it was a civil dispute, while the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) says he was assassinated.

Alpha Oumar Konare, the African Union’s top diplomat, admitted the leaders could not sit with their hands folded. He said, “If Kenya burns, there will be nothing for tomorrow.”

Diplomats emphasized the best way to achieve peace is to keep President Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga talking.

But in the end, the real question is: can the rival parties hold a gun and speak at the same time?

United States: The race to sit in the Oval Office has intensified with the recent withdrawal of Democrat candidate John Edwards and Republican candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Edwards’ withdrawal leaves only Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama as the remaining Democratic candidates. Political experts expect the two-horse race to be close, right up until the party’s August convention.

Unfortunately, without Edwards, the Dems have lost the opportunity at a President with perfectly coiffed hair.

In the Republican camp, the withdrawal of Giuliani, and his subsequent endorsement of Arizona senator John McCain, has turned the tides of the GOP race. McCain is now considered a frontrunner, whose only real challenge is former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney.

On the plus side, pundits have noted the mention of “9/11” has gone down nearly 400 per cent in campaign speeches after Giuliani’s departure.

Afghanistan: A top leader of al-Qaeda, Abu Laith al-Libi has been killed, according to Western counter-terrorism officials.

Despite the thousands of other terrorist leaders the US government has killed, experts seem certain this guy was the really, really bad one.

US intelligence agencies speculate Libi was killed by a missile strike in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan earlier this week.

Libi has appeared in several al-Qaeda videos. A BBC report described him as 6’4” with a solid build and dark hair. No word on his horoscope. He was last seen alongside second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahri in November.

As for al-Qaeda’s other “top man” " you know, Osama bin Laden " US intelligence stated it is engaged in an “ongoing investigation” and is hopeful the large bounty on bin Laden’s head will elicit better information.

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