Kuwait Times reported on 19 February that the authorities plan to
reinstate the conscription law by the end of 2009, after an eight-year
hiatus. The draft law will be reviewed by a high-level committee first
,after which it will be submitted to the National Assembly. Officials
said that young recruits will receive a monthly allowance, in addition
to their salaries. Those who study abroad, single-child (male) families
and diplomats will be exempted from service, reported Al-Waset.
Four male teenagers were caught and killed by Eritrean soldiers
after their attempt to cross the border to Ethiopia illegally. This was
reported by the Eritrean People's Party (EPP) on 11 February 2009.
Inthenews.co.uk reported on 24
February that Zimbabwe has embarked on a mass recruitment exercise of
rural youths to be trained as soldiers against the backdrop of massive
desertions of exasperated junior and middle ranking officers over low
Soldiers in the country have been forced to turn to crime, looting
shops and supermarkets and confiscating money and food from civilians;
sparking fears of full-blown mutiny.
NATO will meet on 3 and 4 April 2009 for it's 60th anniversary
summit in Strasbourg, France, and Baden Baden, Germany. Groups from all
over Europe are preparing protest actions from 1-5 April 2009, which