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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
"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
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
February 18, 2015 Africa: Privatizing Land and Seeds
December 8, 2014 Africa: Reflections from an Elder Statesman
November 19, 2014 Africa: Past Time for Bandaids
October 7, 2014 Africa: Ebola Perspectives
September 22, 2014 Africa: Climate Action & Economic Growth
September 16, 2014 Africa: Tracing the Oil Money
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