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The World Food Program commercial featuring Reggie Bush

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As Kenya Falls Apart, the Diaspora Responds

A conciliatory political leader in Kenya was shot to death in his driveway last night. The indispensable Jeffrey Gettleman reports from the scene

Mr. Were was an opposition politician who had resisted his party’s often belligerent talk. He had married a woman of another ethnic group, built bridges in the slums with his own money and sponsored teenage mothers to go to college. As Kenya slid into chaos this past month after a disputed election, he shuttled between leaders of different ethnic groups and was actually organizing a peace march the night before he died.

“Whoever did this,” said Elizabeth Mwangi, a friend, “has killed the dreams of many.”

As violence persists in Kenya, the diaspora here in the United States is taking action. Last week, we told you about Ushahidi, the interactive website that uses a google maps mash-up to let users report acts of violence in Kenya. Vuma Kenya, the group behind Ushahidi, is also raising money to help fill the $15 million gap faced by relief agencies such as the Kenya Red Cross Society as they respond to the emerging humanitarian crises.

You can help by donating to the Kenyan Red Cross Society. Readers in the Boston area should also head to The Roxy on Tremont Street, where Vuma Kenya is hosting a benefit concert.

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Tuesday Morning Coffee

President Bush delivered
his last State of the Union
last night, but most attention is
focused on today’s Republican primary in Florida.  A West
Virginia major  href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,326152,00.html">used
a magazine containing  his photo as an ID at airport
security, and a New Jersey cop  href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325987,00.html">left
his fellow officers a few going away presents.

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STORIES

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style="border: 2px solid rgb(200, 200, 200); padding: 3px; margin-top: 1px; margin-right: 5px; font-weight: 700; float: left;">>>

Public health workers in Europe  href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/4e661694-cdf9-11dc-9e4e-000077b07658.html">have
found significant resistance to Tamiflu, as the number of
bird flu deaths in Indonesia  href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7213561.stm">eclipses
100. Roche, the company that manufactures Tamiflu, has sold
220,000,000 treatments for stockpiles in 85 countries.

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Gorbachev has openly criticized
the state of the Russian electoral system, while Putin’s chosen
successor, Medvedev, has  href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/225135580/idUSL2913356920080129">ruled
out TV debates with his remaining opponents. The Kremlin also
warned the U.S. and EU that it  href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224676151/idUSL287999020080128">would
take unidentified measures if Kosovo declares independence.

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The worst snowstorm in a half century  href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3264827.ece">has
paralyzed large swaths of China as many are travelling for
the Lunar New Year celebration.  style="text-decoration: underline;"> href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/29/world/asia/29china.html?ex=1359262800&en=60f48f697bf1f658&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">Twenty
four have died, and as many of 600,000 train passengers are
stranded in Guangzhou. href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3264827.ece">
href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3267178.ece">

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An opposition MP, Melitus Were, href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/africa/7214558.stm">was
killed yesterday, sparking yet another wave of violence
through a Nairobi slum. Fighting continued in the Rift Valley.
 Reports suggest that href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224986304/idUSWAL22103220080129">helicopters
firing rubber bullets, made an attempt to curb attacking
Kikuyu in Naivasha.
href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/9be58058-cdcc-11dc-9e4e-000077b07658.html">

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Holocaust Remembrence Day at the UN

The UN marked Holocaust remembrance day yesterday. From the UN News Center

As the global community today marked the third International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the occasion should serve to honour the victims and educate future generations.

In a message on the Day, the Secretary-General said it is not enough to remember, honour and grieve for the dead. “As we do, we must also educate, nurture and care for the living.”

Then, in a not so subtle swipe at the leader of a member state, Ban added.

“To those who claim that the Holocaust never happened, or has been exaggerated, we respond by reiterating our determination to honour the memory of every innocent man, woman and child murdered at the hands of the Nazis and their accomplices.”

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Monday Morning Coffee

Obama won the S.C. democratic primary, and today he picks up a
key  href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/b2cd321e-cd2e-11dc-9b2b-000077b07658.html">endorsement.
President Bush href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325873,00.html">delivers
his final State of the Union tonight.
And Bono is engaging in  href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325883,00.html">iPod
diplomacy.

Top Stories
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>>Right-wing ally of ousted PM Thaksin
Shinawatra, Samak Sundaravej,  href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7212516.stm">was
elected Prime Minister of Thailand, returning the nation to
civilian rule. As
well as being a former governor, PM Sundaravej was once a popular TV
chef.  href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224394124/idUSBKK32055320080128">Some
suspect that his only goal as PM will be to rescind the
five-year political ban on Shinawatra, so that he can then return to
his former position. 

>>In what appears to be Kikuyu retribution for previous
violence undertaken by opposition leader Odinga’s Luo tribe, gangs
armed with rods and machetes  href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/kenya/story/0,,2248123,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12">rampaged
through Rift Valley towns over the weekend, leaving up to 70 dead.
 In Naivasha, the home of Kenya’s flower industry, eight were
burned alive locked inside a house.  In a continuing effort to
stem the violence, former Secretary General Kofi Annan  href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/africa/article3261430.ece">met
with opposition leader Odinga.

>>In some of the worst violence in Beirut in two
decade,  href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224441088/idUSL2727791920080128">eight
were shot dead during protests  style="text-decoration: underline;"> href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/27/AR2008012701755.html?wpisrc=_rssworld">over
electricity rationing.  According to Lebanon’s
military, generally considered impartial,  href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/world/middleeast/28lebanon.html?ex=1359176400&en=ba3bf99d780c7ed5&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">it
is not yet clear who is responsible.  The dead have
been identified as Hezbollah members of the Amal opposition.
  

>>As Russia completed the  href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325906,00.html">last
of eight uranium shipments for Iran’s Bushehr nuclear
reactor, the Kremlin has  href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article3261234.ece">barred
Michael Kasyanov, the last liberal opponent of Dmitri Medvedev, from
the presidential election, claiming that a significant portion of the
signatures he needed to register his candidacy were faked. 

>>Former Indonesian dictator Suharto  href="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article3261536.ece">died
yesterday after a protracted illness that left the country split on
whether he was ‘father of the nation’ or a ‘criminal.’

>>Representatives from more than 100 nations  href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224394125/idUSJAK27398020080128">met style="text-decoration: underline;"> in
Bali at a UN anti-corruption conference to develop new ways to stem the
flow of billions of dollars taken by corrupt governments from their
people.

Quotes of the Day

“There will be no celebration. I will continue with my normal
life.”
-New Thai PM Samak
Sundaravej


“We have moved out to revenge the deaths of
our brothers and sisters who have been killed, and nothing will stop
us,”
-Anthony Mwangi, Kikuyu
involved in the bloodshed over the weekend


The Rest of the Story

  • href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/world/middleeast/28mideast.html?ex=1359176400&en=c1a85c8957ede18b&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">Israel
    Vows Not to Block Supplies to Gaza
    - by Steven
    Erlanger (NY Times)
  • href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/world/europe/28turkey.html?ex=1359176400&en=bce343a704e797c6&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">13
    Arrested in Push to Stifle Turkish Ultranationalists Suspected in
    Political Killings
    - by Sabrina Tavernise (NY Times)
  • href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/story/0,,2247865,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=12">Karzai
    blocks Ashdown role in Afghanistan
    - by Julian Borger (Guardian)
  • href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224304290/idUSL2711498820080128">Gazans
    head home as Egypt chokes off supplies
    - by Will
    Rasmussen
    (Reuters)
  • href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/americas/7212861.stm">Guyana
    deaths spark village anger
    - by the BBC
  • href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325928,00.html">Beijing
    Unveils ‘Watercube’ Swimming Venue for 2008 Olympics
    - by Fox News
  • href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/7212526.stm">‘Scores
    die’ in Sri Lanka clashes
    - by the BBC
  • href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/28/world/20080127QAEDA_index.html?ex=1359176400&en=f7428efe81f723a0&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">Yemen’s
    Counterterrorism Unit
    - by the NY Times (Multimedia)
  • href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224388220/idUSCOL9347520080128">Sri
    Lanka says weekend death toll hits 79, most rebels
    - by Reuters
  • href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/south_asia/7212486.stm">India
    bird flu disease ‘alarming’
    - by the BBC
  • href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/world/middleeast/28qaeda.html?ex=1359176400&en=d2245d30d6115e02&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">Yemen’s
    Deals With Jihadists Unsettle the U.S.
    - by Robert F. Worth (NY Times)
  • href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/world/europe/28lyon.html?ex=1359176400&en=10fb8596f8316f55&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">Lyon
    Journal: Smitten by Lyon, a Visitor Tries to Recreate the Magic
    - by Elaine Sciolino (NY Times)
  • href="http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/28/world/europe/28tuna.html?ex=1359176400&en=bf1e18904849a85f&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss">Tuna
    Sales Halt Urged
    - by Reuters
  • href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/rss/-/1/hi/world/europe/7212452.stm">Turkish
    court hears ‘insult’ case
    - by the BBC
  • href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325889,00.html">‘Tantric
    Master’ Sets Record for Being Engulfed in Ice
    - by Fox News
  • href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,325829,00.html">Dead
    Spy Satellite Could Hit Earth Within a Month
    - by Fox News
  • href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB120143915923520433.html?mod=fox_australian">Killer
    of Human Rights Activist Sentenced
    - by Tom Wright (WSJ)
  • href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224047336/idUSL2727108020080127">Mozambique
    to forcibly evacuate 10,000 from floods
    - by Charles Mangwiro
    (Reuters)
  • href="http://feeds.reuters.com/%7Er/reuters/worldNews/%7E3/224047335/idUSMCD64042520080127">Militia
    kill 21 in West Darfur-residents, rebels
    - by Opheera McDoom
    (Reuters)
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Gabbing on the Law of the Sea

On UN Plaza this week, Scott Paul of The Washington Note and Citizens for Global Solutions explains why the US Senate should ratify the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Click here to tell your senator to support ratification.

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