Iraqi Sunnis Have a New Enemy: Al Qaeda
Following ongoing violence against civilians, Sunni tribes in the Anbar province of Iraq are joining forces to combat al Qaeda militants, re-open local courts and boost political participation. This includes forming a new political party, called Iraq Awakening, which has its first convention this month.
The Sunni alliance, which includes former insurgents, also formed the Salvation Council, which uses U.S. funds to train soldiers and rebuild medical centers and schools. But resentment over U.S. forces presence in Iraq may undermine the alliance long-term.
Sharia Law Imposed on Nigeria School Dress Code
All 2,000 private schools in the Nigerian state of Kano must now enforce a strict Islamic uniform whether students are Muslim or Christian, according to authorities tasked with imposing Sharia law. All state schools in Nigeria already use the Islamic dress code.
India a Target For Japan’s Toxic Trash
India has illegally imported thousands of tons of hazardous chemicals from Japan, including DDT and PCBs, for “recycling,” the Indo-Asian News Service reports. Now activists say a new trade pact, negotiated in secret, will bring even more Japanese waste and medical refuse into India’s shipyards, despite laws prohibiting such imports.
“Sunni join forces against Al-Qaeda”
Institute for War & Peace Reporting, May 4, 2007
“Nigerian province extends Islamic dress code to all schools”
Agence France-Presse, May 5, 2007
“Treaty with Japan may legalize dumping toxic waste in India”
Indo-Asian News Service, May 8, 2007