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April 8, 2015  Garissa: Not Just Numbers
    "I want to go to a place. A piece of ground, also a place online, where we can find the names of all those who have died for Kenya since 1963. I want to know their names. I want to walk and walk, listen and witness, know the lives of those no longer visible to me, but whose blood mattered." - Binyavanga Wainaina

February 24, 2015  USA/Somalia: Rising Threat to Remittances
    When President Obama addressed the White House Conference on Countering Violent Extremism last week, the media buzz focused on his message that it was a counterproductive error to equate Islam and terrorism. Some critics also pointed out the contradictions in trying to win hearts and minds by parsing language while continuing to fuel terrorism with drone strikes and collaboration with repressive regimes. Virtually invisible, however, was the deep collateral damage from the "financial war on terror," which continues to impede remittances from Somali immigrants needed both for survival and economic development in their homeland.

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
Nov 15, 2012  USA/Africa: A Rare Policy Success
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

November 19, 2015  Africa: Boosting ICTs
November 11, 2015  Africa/Global: Follow the Money
October 20, 2015  Africa: Tax Tricks, Mobile Phones, and Beer
October 13, 2015  Africa/Global: Health Challenges & Threats
September 30, 2015  Africa/Global: Climate Action Beyond Paris
September 21, 2015  Africa: Internet Usage Rising Rapidly

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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) Nov 25, 2015
Al-Shabaab Threatens to Behead Islamic State Sympathisers
At Least 20 Al Shabaab Suspects Arrested in Bulo-Burde Security Operation
Former Galmudug State Leader Voices Concern Over Galkayo Fighting
'Somalinders in Mogadishu Have the Rights to Give Their Notions' Feysal Ali Warabe
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