Search Results for "Somalia " : 16

by / on May 12, 2010 at 11:27 pm / in Africa, Cover Story, Issue, World

Hope for Somalia Insha’allah

…and inhuman belligerence and disorder of the nation compelled the U.S. and all other foreign forces to withdraw. Somalia did not fit with the spirit of the times, the notions of how intervention and aid was to be conducted. After 1993, Somalia dropped off the map of U.S. foreign policy, relegated to a distasteful and repressed memory, and no one has been able to make a great case for a return. HAUNTING MEMORIES OF A DEVIL’S DANCE Over the past s…

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by / on December 9, 2010 at 3:43 am / in Interview, Issue

Mending the Horn

by Abukar Arman is the special envoy to the United States from the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia. In 1991, the ruling regime in Somalia was overthrown by a number of competing clans and political factions, and since then the country has been torn apart by violent civil war and political instability. In 2004, the TFG was established in an effort to restore peace in Somalia and lay the foundation for national unity. Despite…

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by / on February 13, 2014 at 10:56 am / in Africa, Greg Graff, Web Columnists, World

An Optimistic Examination of East African Terrorism

…e CIA to fight the ICU. However, by June 2006, the ICU had routed the warlords and secured near-total control of Somalia’s capital city, Mogadishu, largely due to the increased influence of Al-Shabaab within the organization. In a radical change of fate for the courts, the Ethiopian military invaded Somalia in December 2006, scattering most of the ICU forces within the first week of fighting. Al-Shabaab in particular suffered heavy losses….

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by / on December 16, 2015 at 1:51 pm / in Africa, Current Issue, Issue, World

UNderserved Refugees: Systemic Failures of the UNHCR in Kenya

by In some respects, the current Somali refugee crisis began when the sitting president and despot, Siad Barre, was toppled from power by a combined force of opposition rebel groups in 1991. Different factions of al-Shabaab militant groups started fighting each other for power, and the antagonism between Islamists of al-Shabaab and Somalia’s transitional government, backed by African Union peacekeepers, exacerbated the conflict. The fi…

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by / on May 18, 2010 at 5:07 am / in Editor's Note, Issue

Editor’s Note

…and rightly so. In our cover story (p. 6), Mark Hay brings to our attention the politico-religious situation in Somalia so that we might not relegate it to hopeless abandonment in our minds. He asks us to bring Somalia back onto our moral radars—not simply through images of Josh Hartnett in Black Hawk Down, but through a more nuanced understanding of its recent past. He urges the Obama administration not to engage Islam in Somalia as if it were…

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by / on April 2, 2008 at 4:29 am / in Africa, Issue, Main Menu, World

How We Don’t Look at Kenya

by Western media coverage of the conflict in Kenya has been enormous, especially for a story coming out of Africa. The reportage has been a staple of the Economist and the New York Times since the beginning of the year, and even the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has run the AP’s dispatches from Nairobi. Yet for all its breadth, the coverage has been dangerously lacking in depth. The media’s principal crime has been to recycle plot lines fr…

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by / on October 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm / in Middle East, Web Columnists, World

ISIS and Islamophobia

…oing to create more chaos, anger, and resentment at the American forces, much like drone strikes do in Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen and Syria. Providing weapons to rebel groups or insurgencies against governments that the U.S. doesn’t like will not help either, whether it’s anti-al-Shabaab groups in Somalia, the Free Syrian Army against Assad (a group that is now widely associated with Khorasan, al-Nusra and other al-Qaeda affiliates) or the Mu…

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by / on October 21, 2011 at 2:15 pm / in Opinion, Uncategorized, World

“Below the Battle”

by Last week, the Kenyan government officially declared an “offensive military agenda,” an action that many are calling Kenya’s first war. Interestingly, this war is not with another nation, but with Al-Shabaab – an extremist militia splinter group of Al-Qaeda that has controlled large parts of Somalia for years. Accompanying this novelty of war was a familiar national holiday: Mashujaa Day. Every October 20, Mashujaa Day, or Her…

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by / on November 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm / in Uncategorized

Obama and the Middle East: Round Two

by From Wikimedia Commons Reworking the Strategy towards Iran. Netanyahu is becoming infamously impatient, and the reactors keep spinning (despite false claims to the contrary last week; I doubt we’ll ever really know what is actually going on in those nuclear plants).  The current strategy cannot continue. The sanctions have become so harsh that Iranian patients no longer have access to Western medicine; it was reported in the last f…

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by / on February 3, 2013 at 7:13 pm / in Opinion, World

Lessons From Mali

by The international community has warmly welcomed the French intervention in Mali, of which the stated goal is to save the country from collapse. There has been a lot of talk and questions about whether France has found its Afghanistan, and certain commentators have started to dub northern Mali the new “Afrighanistan.” Though the war is for now strictly a French matter, the absence of a concrete EU policy on the question offers three…

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