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Stateless in Djibouti

Stateless in Djibouti

  • February 07, 2014
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It takes a lot to shock the Daily Mail, as far as the treatment of Muslim terrorists by Her Majesty’s Government is concerned.     In October 2012, however,   the Mail   published the story of Mahdi Hashi, a 23-year-old former care worker from Camden, who has apparently been held since the summer at the...

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...

Trapping Somalis at the gates of Europe

  • February 03, 2012
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The intrepid William Hague  has been visiting Mogadishu  in preparation for the international conference on Somalia to be held in London later this month.  In the same week in which our helmeted foreign secretary ventured into what he called the world’s ‘most failed state’,  Amnesty International reported that riot police entered the Migrant...

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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