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Cameron’s awfully big Somali adventure

  • February 24, 2012
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Yesterday’s International Conference on Somalia was billed by the UK government as a turning point in the history of one of the most impoverished and war-torn nations on earth.   In his opening address to the conference David Cameron explained the purpose of the conference in the following terms:

‘In a country where there is no hope, chaos, violence and terrorism thrive. Pirates are disrupting vital trade routes and kidnapping tourists. Young minds are being poisoned by radicalism, breeding terrorism that is threatening the security of the whole world. If the rest of us...

And Now For Our Next Act: Somalia

And Now For Our Next Act: Somalia

  • December 23, 2011
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Within days of the US withdrawal, Iraq is already slipping back towards the sectarian violence that was triggered in the first place by the 2003 Anglo/British ‘intervention’.   After ten years in Afghanistan, British troops are supporting the corrupt Karzai government and its warlord administration whose single growth industry is the heroin trade.   After...

Somalia – the secret war

  • July 13, 2011
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Superb article by the magnificent Jeremy Scahill on the CIA’s intensifying campaign against the al-Shabaab militia in Somalia.   It’s deja vu all over again – more petrol poured on the flames in the form of drone killings, kidnappings, interrogations, secret prisons, and piles of money thrown at dubious warlord ‘allies’ looking to profit...

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