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May 19, 2014  Kenya: Refugee Crackdown "Counter-productive"
    "Harassment and forced repatriation [of Somali refugees in Kenya] is likely to incite acute hatred against Kenya and entice more youth to join the Al-Qaeda-linked extremist group. This strategy is counterproductive. The government's decision to take this route has provoked anger. Somalis, whether from Kenya or from Somalia, and the Muslim community have suffered brutal police actions. This suits Al-Shabaab propaganda and alienates a community that can help fight terrorism," Nuur Sheikh, expert on conflict in Horn of Africa, in interview with Inter Press Service.

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
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

July 14, 2014  Africa: Understanding Organized Crime
July 10, 2014  Africa: Rapid Growth in Mobile Money
July 7, 2014  Africa: Trade Union Perspectives
June 30, 2014  Africa: Clean Energy Most Cost-Effective
June 16, 2014  Africa: Investor Perspectives
May 26, 2014  Africa: Fraudulent Trade & Tax Evasion

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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) Jul 30, 2014
Mogadishu Mayor Survives Assassination Attempt
Amisom and Govt. Troops Recover Weapons From a Garage
Somali Migrants Die in Yemen
Amisom Captures Weapons From Al Shabaab
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