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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
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
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
November 9, 2013 Africa: Monopolizing Maize
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2002-01-21 Somalia: Background Documents, Links
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1999-03-19 Somalia: Recent Documents