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Money makes the (neo-imperial) world go round

  • August 21, 2012
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The ‘international community’ is making cautiously optimistic noises regarding the highly-selective attempts to conjure up a new government in Somalia.   The new parliamentary institutions are intended to replace the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) that Western governments and their African allies so disastrously supported both before and after the 2006 Ethiopian invasion.

Shadows continue to flit across the horizon however, partly because the extremist al-Shabaab movement is far from a spent force, partly because the obsession with a central government in Somalia fails to take into account the local and regional realities of a country...

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...

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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