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February 5, 2014  Somalia: Threat to Remittances Lifeline
    "Collateral damage" from the war on terror takes many forms. Civilian deaths from drone or missile strikes are the most dramatic when they come to light. Damage from the "financial war on terror" is less visible but also deadly. As illustrated in the case of Somalia, regulations intended to curb financing for terrorism end up threatening sources of income vital for survival, such as remittances and humanitarian aid. The effects, although indirect and rarely noted in the media, are systemic and large-scale.

Nov 15, 2012  USA/Africa: A Rare Policy Success
    "In 2011, the number of successful pirate attacks fell by half compared to 2010. This year, in 2012, the number of successful attacks off the Horn of Africa has continued to decline. To date, pirates have captured just ten vessels this year, compared to 34 in 2011 and 68 in 2010." - U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Andrew J. Shapiro

Sep 16, 2012  Somalia: New Start, Stubborn Realities
    The unexpected election of Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, an educator and civil society activist, as the new president of Somalia, has aroused hopes of a new start in that country. But the stubborn realities he and other Somalis face include not only the continuing threat from Al Shabaab, which launched a suicide assassination attack on the new president on September 12. Even more daunting is the challenge of embedded corruption in the government he will head, which has been fostered by a long history of external dependence.

Nov   3, 2011  Somalia: Economies of War
Aug   5, 2011  Somalia: Updates and Reflections
Jul 24, 2011  Somalia: Refugees and Camps
Jul 24, 2011  Somalia: Local Crisis, Global Crisis
Mar 30, 2010  Somalia: Situation Reports
Mar   30 2010  USA/Somalia: Engage or Disengage?
Mar   30 2010  Somalia: Somali-Led Peace Processes
Sep 15, 2009  USA/Somalia: Slippery Slope
Feb 16, 2009  Somalia: First Steps in a New Direction
Dec 14, 2008  USA/Somalia: Obama's First Africa Test
Nov 22, 2008  Somalia: Piracy and the Policy Vacuum
Apr   6, 2008  Somalia: "Most Neglected Crisis"
Nov 15, 2007  Somalia: Journalists and Civilians under Attack
Aug 22, 2007  Somalia: Shell-Shocked
Jun 24, 2007  Somalia: Blind Alley, Mounting Casualties
Apr   9, 2007  Somalia: Escalation and Human Rights Abuses
Jan 16, 2007  Somalia: Creating Another Iraq?
Nov 30, 2006  Somalia: Getting It Wrong, Again
Jun 19, 2006  Somalia: Renewing Diplomacy

Recent Bulletins on Continent-Wide Issues

March 31, 2014  Africa: Accountability for User Fee Damage?
February 26, 2014  Africa: Tracking Toxic Pollution
February 8, 2014  Africa: New Development Goals
January 27, 2014  Africa: Challenging Homophobia
November 18, 2013  Africa: Time to Pay for Climate "Loss and Damage"
November 12, 2013  Africa: Digital Divide to Power Divide

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2002-01-21 Somalia: Background Documents, Links
2001-11-13 Somalia: Remittances and US Action
1999-09-12 Somalia: Peace and Development
1999-03-19 Somalia: Recent Documents

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News (allafrica) Apr 18, 2014
Dozens Killed in Army-Police Clash
Good News for Somalis Sending Money Home
Somalia - Military in Deadly Battle With Police in Middle Shabelle
Somali Police Ban Cars With Tinted Windows
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  Internet guide (Stanford)
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