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  1. Analysis: Is US action against use of child soldiers on the backburner?
  2. ETHIOPIA: Cooperatives championed amid NGO restrictions
  3. SOMALIA: A snapshot of humanitarian challenges
  4. In Brief: Thousands at risk of polio in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo


Analysis: Is US action against use of child soldiers on the backburner?
JOHANNESBURG، 5/11/2012 (IRIN) - The Child Soldier Prevention Act (CSPA) was a prime example of US bipartisan human rights legislation: sponsored by Democratic and Republican senators and signed into law in 2008 by Republican President George Bush, the law entered into force under the Democratic presidency of Barack Obama. But even armed with this political consensus, the US consistently shies away from using the full spectrum of the law, citing national security interests. full report
ETHIOPIA: Cooperatives championed amid NGO restrictions
ADDIS ABABA، 7/11/2012 (IRIN) - As Ethiopia imposes increasing restrictions on foreign-backed NGOs, cooperatives - which have boosted the country’s coffee industry - are being championed as a preferred model for economic development. full report
SOMALIA: A snapshot of humanitarian challenges
MOGADISHU، 7/11/2012 (IRIN) - After two decades of civil war, Somalia is finally seeing hope for lasting peace. After the August departure of Al-Shabab insurgents, thousands of people have returned to the capital, Mogadishu, looking to rebuild their lives, and in September, the election of a new president was widely viewed as the start of a new era for the country. full report
In Brief: Thousands at risk of polio in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo
KISMAYO، 9/11/2012 (IRIN) - An estimated 135,000 children are at risk of polio in Somalia’s port city of Kismayo, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report