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SECOND TAKE - The Guardian

ISSUE 241
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Index
Headlines

The JNA Exposed As A TFG Ploy

Nine Injured In Mogadishu Grenade Attack

Djibouti Defense Minister In Eritrea To Discuss Somalia

ANALYSIS-Shift On Somalia May Make Peace Harder

Somaliland Women Challenge Islamic Roles

The 2006 Washington DC Somaliland Convention

Somalia Govt Willing To Offer Islamic Rivals Cabinet Posts

I'm Prepared To Talk Peace, Says Leader Of Somalia's Sharia Courts

Regional Affairs

Somali Lawmakers Meet Rival Islamists

No Trade, Transport 'During Prayers'

Somalis Face Anti-Immigrant Attacks In S. Africa

World Donors Urge Power-Sharing Deal For Somalia

Rwandan President Paul Kagame To Visit Rusi In London To Deliver The First Annual Nelson Mandela Lecture On African Security And Development

Editorial
Special Report

International News

The Pentagon Plans For An African Command

Rival Regimes Cloud Somalia's Future

Arab Press Says Jews Perpetrated 9/11 Attacks

Air Power: An Enduring Illusion

Kennedy And Coleman Call For Action On Banking Regulations Effect On Somali Community

Proposal Of Somali Custom Keyboard

Postcard From Dubai

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

Editorial: Sleeping With A Devil In Islamic Clothing

SECOND TAKE - The Guardian

Postglobal: Somalia's Islamic Courts

Somalian Women's Courage Goes Unrewarded

New U.S. Lie: “Islamo-Fascism”

TRIPLE CROSS: Nat Geo Channel's Whitewash Of The Ali Mohamed Story

Food for thought

Opinions

Somalia's Collapse Into Jihadism

The Prevention Of Recap Genocide

What Is The Role Of The Somali Diaspora?

Open Letter to: Speaker of Somaliland House of Representatives

Somaliland: It Is Time For Action Before It Is Too Late

Deficiency In The Samatars’ Response To ICG Report


London, August 29, 2006 – ON FRIDAY Somalia’s major port — in the capital Mogadishu — saw an unusual scene: a cargo ship unloading there for the first time in more than a decade. The city’s international airport reopened last month. Yet so much bad news has emerged from Somalia since its collapse into anarchy in 1991 that few expect to hear anything positive. That may change. Events in Somalia could spark a war in the Horn of Africa, but there are signs of a better outcome as the country regains the trappings of a functioning society. How things go depends on how Somalia’s neighbors and the world react.

The worry is that the outsiders, through a mix of misunderstanding and malice, will block progress. The country is fractured, into near-independent Somaliland in the north and the chaotic south. But the three factions fighting for control in the south became two in June when an Islamic movement drove out the warlords who dominated Mogadishu. For all the talk of a Somalian Taliban, a loose alliance of Islamic courts has brought a sort of order to southern and central Somalia.

It faces the legitimate but impotent United Nations (UN)-backed government in Baidoa. Reconciliation between Islamists and the weakened government could give it a single source of authority and a prospect of development. The UN is calling for talks. But two dangers lie ahead. The first is the Islamists may fall further into the hands of extremists and fight on rather than talk. The second is the interim government could break apart into violence.

Somalia’ neighbors, Ethiopia and Eritrea, are stirring the pot. The danger of a conflagration in Somalia as a proxy for an Ethiopian-Eritrean war is acute.

Recent US backing for a Somalian defense force, as opposed to the divisive issue of foreign peacekeepers, suggests there may be a way forward. There is talk of an African peacekeeping force. But the answer to the country’s agonies must come from within.

Source: The Business Day

 


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