Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?

Posted by on May 06, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Letters from Osama bin Laden`s last hideout show him worrying about mistakes made by his network`s affiliates, such as al-Shabaab, and the need to regain the trust of potential Muslim supporters. Bin Laden seemed uninterested in recognising Somali-based al-Shabaab when the group pledged loyalty to him because he thought its leaders were poor governors of the areas they controlled and were too strict with their administration... 

Zimbabwe, Somalia and Chad are Africa’s worst – MIF

Posted by on Oct 14, 2011 | Leave a Comment

Zimbabwe, Somalia and Chad are the worst governed countries in Africa, the latest governance index by a respected foundation has revealed. The Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance, released on Monday, ranks Zimbabwe 51 out of 53 African countries judged for their commitment to four pillars of governance — safety and rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development. Only... 

Somalia heads terrorism risk, South Sudan in top 5: survey

Posted by on Aug 04, 2011 | Leave a Comment

By William Maclean LONDON (Reuters) – Somalia is most at risk from terrorist attack, followed by Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan and the new nation of South Sudan, according to a ranking by global analysts Maplecroft. The consultancy’s latest Terrorism Risk Index also assesses threats to be rising in Yemen, Iran, Uganda, Libya, Egypt and Nigeria. A Maplecroft statement said increased dangers seen in... 

The UN tightens sanctions regime on Somalia & Eritrea

Posted by on Jul 31, 2011 | Leave a Comment

The Security Council today tightened its sanctions regime on Somalia and Eritrea to include individuals and entities identified as political or military leaders recruiting or using child soldiers in Somalia`s armed conflicts, and targeting civilians or committing attacks against schools and hospitals in the conflict-torn Horn of Africa country. Acting under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council ... 

Somali Investment in Kenya

Posted by on Mar 16, 2011 | Leave a Comment

In the course of the last 20 years, conflict in Somalia has  caused many Somalis to become refugees in Kenya. They have become established in various Kenyan towns and cities and are now engaged in a range of business activities. The success of Somali business in Kenya has also attracted new investment from Somalis in the Middle East and further afield who have joined in and set up businesses there.1 Read the whole report... 

The Sorry Record of Foreign Aid in Africa

Posted by on Apr 14, 2010 | Leave a Comment

By Jim Peron • Peron is the author of Exploding Population Myths (Heartland Institute). He is executive director of the Institute for Liberal Values in Johannesburg, South Africa, and can be reached at peron@gonet.co.za. For almost half a century the countries of Africa have been awash in aid. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been given to African governments. More billions were lent to these same governments.... 

Political Islam in Somalia.

Posted by on Jan 15, 2010 | Leave a Comment

In the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington DC, Islamic politics and movements around the world are coming under greater scrutiny than ever. The Horn of Africa is of particular importance on this score as a region where radical Islamist movements have been increasingly active over the past decade. While the endemic conflicts in the Horn are attributable to a wide range of causes,... 

The Somali Crisis: Time for an African Solution (English)

Posted by on Jun 03, 2009 | 3 Comments

The Somali Crisis: Time for an African Solution by  George B. N. Ayittey George B. N. Ayittey is an associate professor of economics at the American University and president of the Free Africa Foundation. His most recent book, Africa Betrayed (Cato and St. Martins, 1992), won the Mencken Award for best book of 1992. Executive Summary Somalia’s societal breakdown and the famine that accompanied it were results... 
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