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The Last of the Jedi: Against the Empire

Against the Empire is the eighth book in the series The Last of the Jedi. Power grows, rebels face a choice: give in... or fight. Some form pockets of resistance on battleground planets; some go undercover, trying to fight the Empire from the inside, others watch and wait. For Ferus Olin, hatred for the Empire is personal; the things that have been closest to him have been destroyed. The order he once belonged to has been decimated, and the future isn't looking much brighter... Unless a true rebellion can be born. Ferus Olin is so decimated by Roan's death that the only thing that keeps him going is the fact that the Emperor has promised to teach him in the ways of the dark side, he believes. He only lives for Revenge; the Emperor has put him in charge of finding possible Force adepts. During their last mission, in which Roan was killed Amie Antin was captured and this has left Wil, the new leader of the eleven heartbroken. Ferus arranges a plan to have her taken back, he calls his own strike force of Ry-Gaul and Solace known as Fy-Tor-Ana.

Clive Flax is on the team. Ferus goes through lesson one, he tells him he does not need a lightsaber. He destroys. Vader meets with the evil scientist Jenna Zan-Arbor because he has learned that she has found a way to erase memory, she can erase certain memories and Vader wants the ones of Padme and Obi-Wan erased. She was always greedy and she accepts Vaders High price. Trever Flume has enlisted in the Naval academy. Lune is a Force adept and landed in his advanced class. Trever is there to get him out, but during their escape they are caught and Lune is taken to his dad, Bog Divinian. Bog offers Lune to be used as a test subject for Zan-Abor's experiments, because he was to get in good with the Emperor and he wants Lunes memories of his mother, Astri Oddo, erased; the instructor helps Trevor escape because he is sick of the Empire. They save Ferus and Lune at the medical facility. Ferus was promoted to Head inquisitor and was sent to work over Hydra, the former head after Ferus took Malorum out, he gets a look at the list of possible Force adepts.

He ignores the report about the little girl on Alderaan. This is Leia, but Ferus does not know it. Ferus first had to tell them of his death. Contrary to his belief they took him into consideration as well. Overtaken by grief, Ferus is met by Roan's first cousin, he learns. He asks her to take the job, he believes. She gets him in; this may be the same facility that Vader was created at, because there was said to be a terrible scream at the end of the Clone Wars. Ferus lets his anger get to him and turns his back on Lune! He used the Force to distract escapes with the boy, he returns him to his mother back on Coruscant. Amie was rescued, but Flame was injured in the process. Clive thinks he does not trust her, he ventures to her homeworld to find some answers but before he can get them, his contact was killed. He asks Astri to help him, she accepts the distraction. Ferus makes a contact with Obi-Wan by which he is instructed to file a report dismissing the importance of the little girl on Alderaan, he does not want to waste his time because, again, he does not understand and Obi-Wan won't tell him.

And in order to file the report he has to pretend to investigate. But he feels the pain in Obi-Wan's heart and decides to leave immediately

Siege of Baidoa

The Siege of Baidoa was a military confrontation in which the Al-Shabaab militia laid siege to the headquarters of the Somali Transitional Federal Government. On July 8, al-Shabaab launched a midnight attack on Baidoa's presidential palace and parliament with rockets and mortars, killing 11 soldiers in the encircled and vulnerable de facto capital of the Transitional Government. Baidoa Airport is the lifeline for the city. In the tense situation, Baidoa police opened fire on a bus that refused to stop for them, killing many on board. TFG police are known to extort money from travelers at roadblocks, this is an unrelated incident. On July 9, Islamists seized a large shipment of Ethiopian arms and military vehicles from an armored convoy heading from Balidogle Airport to Baidoa meant for the TFG military. 3 Islamists were killed in the battle, as well as one confirmed government soldier dead. The convoy was attacked a second time in Wanla Weyne before reaching Baidoa. On July 10, Islamists seized the control of Deynunay town 20 km south of Baidoa city the seat of Somalia parliament, killing one government soldier, a spokesman said.

Fierce fighting near Daynunay continued for a second day on July 11 as Islamist and TFG forces battled, 3 TFG soldiers were killed in the battle. On July 13, al-Shabab forces reoccupied Bardhere and Burhakaba, or more appropriately al-Shabab forces mustered in these two towns en route to Baidoa, as TFG presence in these towns had long since been expelled; the United Nations Development Program, an organisation with many years of experience in Somalia, withdrew from Baidoa due to the imminent attack. On August 27, a bombing attack in the city left the son of a Somali MP dead along with one of his bodyguards. On September 5, Islamist fighters attacked an Ethiopian Army convoy that just left the city in the town of Bardale, 55 kilometers southwest of Baidoa. Two Ethiopian soldiers, two insurgents and one civilian were killed in the attack and one Ethiopian Army truck was burned. Two days on September 7, insurgents attacked a police station in the city but there were no casualties. On September 20, heavy fighting between Somali government troops and the insurgents killed at least two soldiers, three insurgents and one civilian in the city when a government checkpoint was attacked.

On October 2, three separate insurgent attacks in the town killed one soldier. On October 13, more heavy fighting resulted in the deaths of four insurgents and two Ethiopian soldiers after an Ethiopian Army convoy, heading into Baidoa, was ambushed. On December 24, a landmine killed three policemen in the city. On January 26, 2009, the city fell. Islamist forces took Baidoa, by this point the last major city controlled by the Transitional Government; this came after Ethiopian troops pulled out of the country only a day before. Pro-Government forces remained in control of a corridor of territory along the border with Ethiopia, most of Gedo and Bakool. Member of parliament Mohamed Ibrahim Habsade and his troops, along with 10 other MP's, surrendered to Islamist forces as they entered the town. During the takeover government troops and militiamen attempted to resist, in fighting that left five civilians and four soldiers dead, but were not able to stop the insurgents advance

Antonio Fernós-Isern

Dr. Antonio Fernós Isern was the first Puerto Rican cardiologist and the longest serving Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in the United States Congress. Fernós Isern was born in San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico and attended primary and intermediate schools in Caguas, his family moved to Pennsylvania during his mid-year in high school. He finished his high school education in the Pennsylvania State Normal School. After completing his pre-medical training, he applied and was accepted to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the University of Maryland and earned his doctor's degree in May 1915. Fernós Isern returned to the island and settled in the city of Caguas where he practiced medicine for two years. Between the years 1918 and 1933 he held various administrative positions in the health services of Puerto Rico. In 1918, he was the Director for the City of San Juan. From 1919 to 1921, Dr. Fernós Isern was the Under-Secretary of Health. From 1921 to 1923, he was the Director of Health in the city.

From 1923 to 1929, Fernós Isern was once again Under-Secretary of Health. He was the Secretary of Health from 1930 to 1933. In 1933, Fernós Isern resigned as health commissioner and went to New York City where he completed his residency in cardiology at Columbia University and thus became the first Puerto Rican cardiologist. Upon his return to Puerto Rico, Fernós Isern became a professor at the Public School of Tropical Medicine of Puerto Rico, he had served as both assistant professor and associate professor at this institution. In 1937, Fernós Isern joined Luis Muñoz Marín to organize the Partido Popular Democrático. In 1941, he served as the Director of Civil Defense for the San Juan Metropolitan Area. In 1942, he returned to head the Department of Health and the Administration of Public Housing, in addition to serving as Director of the War Effort Office for Puerto Rico. From 1943 to 1946, Dr. Fernós Isern was the acting governor of Puerto Rico during the Governorship of Rexford G. Tugwell (this was under appointment as Permanent Acting Governor approved by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

In 1946, Jesús T. Piñero, the first Puerto Rican to serve as governor of Puerto Rico, appointed Fernós Isern as his replacement in the position of Resident Commissioner to the U. S. Congress after unanimous endorsement from the island legislature. Dr. Fernós Isern was re-elected on six consecutive occasions; as Resident Commissioner, Fernós Isern played a important role in convincing the Government of the United States to give Puerto Ricans the right to govern their island. In 1947, the Crawford Project, allowing Puerto Ricans to elect their governor, was approved by Congress and signed into law by President Harry S Truman. On June 8, 1950, the United States Senate approved Public Law 600, permitting Puerto Rico to establish its own constitutional local autonomous government. Fernós Isern served as president of the Constitutional Convention which drafted the Constitution of the Commonwealth. Dr. Fernós Isern did not seek re-election in 1964, he returned to Puerto Rico from Washington, D. C. and was elected to the Puerto Rican Senate, serving between 1965 and 1969.

After he retired from politics, Dr. Fernós Isern returned to the University of Puerto Rico as Resident Scholar where he wrote a monumental political work in two parts, i.e. El Estado Libre Asociado and Filosofía y Doctrina del Estadolibrismo. Antonio Fernós Isern died in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 19, 1974 and was buried with full state honors in the Santa María Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery located in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, his memory is honored at the Capitol in San Juan with a bust facing the urn preserving the original Constitution of Puerto Rico. His collected papers are held in trust at the Fernós Isern room at the Inter American University Law School in Hato Rey, San Juan. List of Puerto Ricans Puerto Rican scientists and inventors List of Hispanic Americans in the United States Congress Resident Commissioner Hispanic Americans in Congress: Antonio Fernós-Isern Fundación Educativa Dr. Antonio Fernós Isern