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Issue 378 / 25th April - 1st May 2009

 

Suicide bombers strike in Somaliland

 

Africa's Best Kept Secret

Our Trip to Somaliland

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Front Page

News Headlines

Heads Of Somaliland’s Parties To Meet Today

Somali Man Charged With Terrorism In Britain.

Somaliland Forces Advance Towards Puntland

Thirty-Five Drown In Latest Smuggling Tragedy In The Gulf Of Aden

Desert locust swarms increase in Yemen and Somaliland

Somaliland: Pirates Arrested Near Berbera

Dubai denies laundering Somali pirates’ money

Local and Regional Affairs

Opposition Supporters Turn Out In Rallies Across Somaliland

Somaliland: Law Makers Enquire About Eastern Regions Fund

Six Points to Save Democracy and Stability in Somaliland

U.S. Embassy Hosts Eastleigh Soccer Tournament

Donors to tackle lawless Somali's woes

Somalia donors gather, but piracy overshadows aid talks

Somali Opposition Leader Wants AU Force To Leave

Somali President: Al Qaeda not Present in Somalia

Mother of Somali Pirate Appeals for Mercy for Her Son

Donors pledge 250 mln dlrs for Somalia- EU official

EU: Stable Somalia key to tackling piracy
Final Communique From The International Conference On Support To The Somali Security Institutions And The AMISOM
Somalia: Running From The Media

Editorial

The International Community’s Anti-Somali Agenda

Features & Commentary

How To Effectively Manage A Crisis But Still Miss The Point

'People over Piracy' Plea to Somalia Donors

Somalia: Aboard a Rudderless Ship

Middle East Talks On Thin Ice

The Islamic Center of Hate in the U.S.A.

Q&A: ‘It’s Better To Fight The Pirates’

A Quick Trip To Somalia

Somalia's Godfathers: Ransom-Rich Pirates

PIRACY: The Danger of Escalation

Black In The Age Of Obama

Somalia The Star-Crossed

Adapting Ancient Roman Lessons On Beating Pirates

Pondering Somali Piracy

International News

 

Female Suicide Attackers Kill 58 Near Baghdad Shrine

ANC Wins Absolute Majority In S. Africa Polls

Pentagon Plans Escalation In Horn Of Africa

Iran cleric tells Washington to stop the language of threats

Pentagon To Release Prisoner Abuse Probe Photos

Opinion

Pirates, Al-Qaeda And Arabs Lifting Arms Embargo: Road To Advance Terror In Somalia

What Went Wrong And Caused Bashir Goth To Leave Awdal News?

Struggle For Education & Development In Somaliland’s Periphery: Notes On A Trip To Burco And Las-Anod

Somaliland: Political Turbulence Due To A Constitutional Imperfection

Collateral Damage!!

LOCAL & REGIONAL AFFAIRS
Opposition Supporters Turn Out in Rallies Across Somaliland

Supporters of KULMIYE party turn out across the country (Photo: Ramaasnews.com)

Hargeysa, April 20, 2009 – Large crowds defying government ban on demonstrations showed up at rallies across the country to support the opposition KULMIYE party.
The Interior minister of Riyale administration, Mr. Cirro, has repeatedly threatened to use force to stop political rallies by the opposition parties.
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Somaliland: Law Makers Enquire About Eastern Regions Fund

Hargeysa, April 20, 2009 – Approximately about thirty plus members of of Somaliland’s house of parliament and Guurti whose roots are from the eastern regions of Somaliland, Sool, Sanaag and Buhodle, have held a press conference yesterday in Hargeysa. The members who were led by the deputy speaker of Somaliland Parliament Mr Bashe Farah requested that the government produce written records and verifiable accounts about its spending of the rebuilding projects in the easter regions.
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Six Points to Save Democracy and Stability in Somaliland

 

Hargeysa, April 19, 2009 - On April 16, 17 and 18, 2009 the two opposition political parties in Somaliland UCUD and KULMIYE met for intensive consultations. The meetings took place in a dangerous environment in which the Somaliland Government has embarked on the perilous path of Africa’s law of the jungle; of criminalizing political opposition and perpetuating its hold on power. The leaders of both opposition political parties have been physically and personally threatened with death, public demonstrations have been outlawed and the government have resorted to direct threats of action against the opposition if they fail to submit.

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U.S. Embassy Hosts Eastleigh Soccer Tournament

 U.S. Embassy, Nairobi, Kenya
Press Release
April 24, 2009
The U.S. embassy’s Somalia Unit hosted a soccer tournament for Somali youth in Nairobi’s Eastleigh neighborhood on April 18. The theme was “Youth United for Peace in Somalia.” Over 150 Somali youth spent the day playing soccer games, but also reflecting on the parallels between cooperation on the sports field and in the context of rebuilding Somalia.

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Donors to tackle lawless Somali's woes

 

            Donors Tackle Lawless Somali Woes

Brussels, April 21 2009 - International donors gather in Brussels on Thursday to try to help bring stability to civil war-torn Somalia, but the conference risks being overshadowed by rampant piracy off its coast.
The United Nations, whose chief Ban Ki-moon will attend, hopes to collect €200-million to back the peacekeeping mission there and rebuild the Horn of Africa country's security forces, according to an EU official.

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Somalia Donors Gather, But piracy Overshadows Aid Talks

Pirates

BRUSSELS, April 23, 2009) - International donors gathered in Brussels Thursday to try to help bring stability to civil war-torn Somalia, with rampant piracy in a busy shipping zone off its coast likely to dominate the talks.
The one-day conference is meant to boost Somalia's security forces and provide support to an African peacekeeping mission, but concern was high that the piracy problem might divert resources in the lawless nation.
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Somali Opposition Leader Wants AU Force To Leave

Mogadishu, April 24, 2009 – A hardline opposition leader accused of al-Qaida links has ruled out peace talks with the government unless African Union peacekeepers leave Somalia.
Sheik Hassan Dahir Aweys returned to the Somali capital this week for the first time since 2006. He says the peacekeepers should leave Somalia or face attacks.
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Somali President: Al Qaeda not Present in Somalia

By Khaled Mahmoud
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Cairo, Asharq Al- Awsat- In an interview with Asharq Al-Awsat, President of Somalia Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed denied that Al Qaeda had any presence in his country saying "We know that the Al Qaeda organization is not present inside Somalia, but there may be those that sympathize with the words of Osama Bin Laden, or his way of thinking, or his actions. Osama Bin Laden, as a Muslim, should not incite a country that is recovering from problems, or its people, to fighting. He knows the position of Islamic Shariaa law on [doing] this."

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Mother of Somali Pirate Appeals for Mercy for Her Son

 

LAdar Abdirahman Hassan, mother of Somali piracy suspect Abdiwali Abdiqadir Muse

By Alisha Ryu
Nairobi, April 22, 2009
The mother of the Somali piracy suspect being held for trial in the United States is appealing for mercy for her son. She says he did not know what he was doing when he and three other men boarded a U.S.-flagged ship earlier this month and took the ship's captain hostage. But that opinion contrasts sharply with the description outlined by U.S. investigators and the now freed captain, who say the alleged pirate was the ringleader of the operation.

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Donors pledge 250 mln dlrs for Somalia- EU official

Thursday, April 23, 2009
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - International donors have pledged more than $250 million to help Somalia boost security and restore order, a senior European Union official said on the sidelines of a donors conference on Thursday.
"We are on target. We are even a little bit higher. The target was 250 million dollars. It seems we are above 250," Louis Michel, EU commissioner for development and humanitarian aid, told reporters.

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 EU: Stable Somalia key to tackling piracy

Thursday, April 23, 2009
International leaders gathered Thursday for a one-day meeting aimed at boosting security in Somalia to halt the growing piracy problem in the region.
The conference in Brussels, Belgium, is aimed at supporting Somalia's security and stability through more funding. Organized by the European Union, it also includes leaders of the United Nations and African Union.

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Final Communique From The International Conference On Support To The Somali Security Institutions And The AMISOM

The International Conference in support of the Somali Security Institutions and the African Union Mission in Somalia
22- 23 April, Brussels

COMMUNIQUE

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The International Conference in support of the Somali Security Institutions and the African Union Mission in Somalia was convened by the United Nations Secretary General following the request of the UN Security Council in its resolution 1863 of 16 January 2009 under the joint auspices of the African Union and United Nations and hosted by the European Commission and the European Union. The Conference, which took place in Brussels from 22 – 23 April, was co-chaired by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the African Union Chairman, Jean Ping.

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Somalia: Running From The Media

April 23, 2009: Lacking a legal system that can deal with pirates, or willingness to fight the brigands, Western nations are now demanding that shipping companies stop paying ransoms, and are considering bribing the warlords running the Transitional National Government (TNG, now run by more moderate Islamic radicals), Somaliland and Puntland (where most of the pirates are based) to go after the pirates. The problem is that there is no real government in Somalia, just attempts by various collections of warlords to work out power sharing deals.

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Headlines

Heads Of Somaliland’s Parties To Meet Today

                             Kulmiye Party Ahmed Silanyo
Hargeysa, Somaliland, April 25, 2009 (SL Times) – An election mediation committee has issued a press release in which it said that it will bring together the heads of Somaliland’s three political parties (President Dahir Riyale Kahin, Mr Ahmad Sillanyo and Faysal Ali Warabe) in a face-to-face meeting today. The purpose of the meeting is to find a solution for the political disputes between the government and the opposition. The committee said it took the initiative to mediate between the opposing parties in order to help Somaliland navigate through the political problems on the way to a peaceful and fair election.

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Somali Man Charged With Terrorism In Britain.

London, UK, April 25, 2009 (SL Times) – A Somali man by the name of Yaasin Ali who holds a Swedish nationality was charged with terrorism in Britain.
Court proceedings for Yaasin Ali started this week in London (Kingston Crown Court). Yaasin Ali was accused of contributing financially to al-Shabab, an al-Qaida linked Somali organization.

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Somaliland Forces Advance Towards Puntland

Somaliland Forces

Las-Anod, Somaliland, April 25, 2009 (SL Times) – Reports from Las-Anod, capital of Sool region say that the Somaliland military advanced to towards Tukaraq village after they clashed with Militia loyal to Puntland in Adada and Higlada towns in the area.
The Somaliland forces who captured Lasanod, the capital city of Sool region have been stationed in the area for the last two years.

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Thirty-Five Drown In Latest Smuggling Tragedy In The Gulf Of Aden

ADEN, Yemen Apr 23, 2009 – Thirty-five people drowned after one of two smugglers' boats carrying more than 220 passengers across the Gulf of Aden from Somalia capsized Wednesday off the coast of Yemen's Abyan region, some 250 km east of Aden.

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Desert locust swarms increase in Yemen and Somaliland

Desert Locus

Hargeysa, 22 April 2009 – During the past week, more swarms have been reported in southern Yemen and, to a lesser extent, in Somaliland.
In southern Yemen, there were a dozen reports of small immature swarms that migrated into the interior of Shabwah (Ataq, Nisab, Bayhan) during the second week of April, reaching Marib and Al Abr.

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Somaliland: Pirates Arrested Near Berbera

Hargeysa, April 22, 2009 – At least 9 pirates were arrested along with their weapons and a small boat in a place about 75kms from Berbera. The Police said the operation was successful and the security forces have been following the group since they arrived the area.
The police operation which took place last night did not result any human casualties from both sides as the pirates surrounded to the Somaliland security forces when they realized they are rounded up.
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Dubai denies laundering Somali pirates’ money

DUBAI, April 22, 2009 – The deputy commander in chief of Dubai police has denied allegations published in a UK-based newspaper that the emirate has been laundering money belonging to Somali pirates. The Independent ran a story on Tuesday claiming that huge amounts of money taken in ransom from vessels hijacked off the Horn of Africa were being laundered in Dubai and other Gulf countries.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Female Suicide Attackers Kill 58 Near Baghdad Shrine

An injured women is treated at a hospital after a double suicide bombing in in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, April 25, 2009 — Two female suicide bombers struck a major Shiite shrine in Baghdad, killing at least 58 people amid a brutal spike of attacks nine weeks before US troops are to withdraw from Iraqi cities.

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ANC Wins Absolute Majority In S. Africa Polls

South Africa's ruling party leader Jacob Zuma

PRETORIA, April 25, 2009 — More than half of South Africa's registered voters cast ballots for the ruling ANC, according to the election commission's count, clearing the way for party leader Jacob Zuma to become president.

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Pentagon Plans Escalation In Horn Of Africa

                

                                             Somalia

Washington, April 24, 2009 – In the aftermath of the April 12 sniper killings of three Somali teenagers by the U.S. Navy, several U.S. agencies met on April 17 to conduct a review of military and foreign policy toward this Horn of Africa nation. The State Department, Pentagon and Justice Department have outlined a series of options to ostensibly fight “piracy” in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean.

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Iran cleric tells Washington to stop the language of threats

Fri Apr 24, 2009 9:03am EDT
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An influential Iranian cleric urged the United States Friday to stop threatening Iran with more sanctions if it wanted to hold talks with the Islamic state over its disputed nuclear work.
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Pentagon To Release Prisoner Abuse Probe Photos

   

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is seen shortly after his March 2003 arrest in the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi.

Fri Apr 24, 2009 2:53pm EDT
By Andrew Gray
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Friday it would release hundreds of photographs from investigations into prisoner abuse but insisted they did not reveal a policy of mistreatment.
The Obama administration's commitment to release the pictures by May 28 could fan the flames of a political firestorm over the treatment of terrorism suspects and other detainees during George W. Bush's presidency.
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FEATURES AND COMMENTERY
How To Effectively Manage A Crisis But Still Miss The Point

By Nicole Stremlau

Co-authored with Iginio Gagliardone
April 13, 2009
Even for George Bush's careless reaction to Hurricane Katrina, it would have been hard to imagine him telling the thousands of victims made homeless "it's like a weekend of camping." But that was what Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi said on the German television, NTV, about the more than 30,000 people whose homes were destroyed by the earthquake that struck the center of the country.
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'People over Piracy' Plea to Somalia Donors

             

                                             Somali Pirates
April 23, 2009
WASHINGTON, Apr 23 (OneWorld.net) - The issue of piracy should not take precedence over humanitarian concerns in Somalia, where nearly 80 percent more people are in need of emergency relief since last year, said an international anti-poverty group as donors to the country meet today.
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Somalia: Aboard a Rudderless Ship

Sokari Ekine
23 April 2009
column
What happens when a state (Somalia) becomes a rudderless ship? This week's roundup of blogs by Sokari Ekine suggests that it is not just Somalia that is without direction. Abductions in Zimbabwe, the outing of gays and lesbians in Uganda and the election of Jacob Zuma as president of South Africa all call into question the direction of the leadership and status of human rights across the continent says Ekine.
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Middle East Talks On Thin Ice

Dr:Terry Lacey

Dr. Terry Lacey
Development Economist
Recently in Jakarta we were treated to a wonderful fantasy world on ice which whirled into action when global US live entertainment mega impresario Feld Entertainment, defying the global downturn, put on Disney on Ice presents a Princess of Wishes on a specially built ice rink, complete with Aladdin, magic lamp and genie.
When the US puts on a show, it knows how to do it. A brilliant professional job with all the props and preparations.

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The Islamic Center of Hate in the U.S.A.

By Jamie Glazov

FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, April 24, 2009

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Gaubatz, the first U.S. civilian (1811) Federal Agent deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is the owner of DG Counter-terrorism Publishing. He is currently conducting a 50 State Counter-terrorism Research Tour (CTRT). He can be contacted at .

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Q&A: ‘It’s Better To Fight The Pirates’

   

From Somalia, to the Caribbean to ancient Phoenicia, a look at high crimes on the high seas

By Steve Bloomfield | Newsweek Web Exclusive

Nairobi, Apr 23, 2009 – Abdirahman Mohamed Farole insists he doesn't want to be the president of the home of modern piracy. But the recently elected leader of Somalia's semiautonomous region of Puntland says his breakaway government needs support—and about $20 million—to combat the scourge.

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Our Trip to Somaliland

Africa's Best Kept Secret
The New Somaliland Press & Publications Bill 2007

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Somaliland Electoral Laws Handbook
By Ibrahim Hashi Jama

EDITORIAL

The International Community’s Anti-Somali Agenda

The increase in Somali piracy has sparked a flood of news items and commentaries on this issue. But to those who are familiar with the Somali situation and are honest about it, much of these news articles and commentaries are dishonest and misleading, particularly when it comes to how to solve this problem.
To illustrate what we mean, let us look at a typical statement that is often repeated by foreign governments and media:

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OPINION

Pirates, Al-Qaeda And Arabs Lifting Arms Embargo: Road To Advance Terror In Somalia

By Abdulaziz Al-Mutairi
Somalia was without effective central government for more than two decades, which changed the demography of the country, destroying infrastructure and immigrating the brain of the country to outside. The country felt apart without quick signs of recovery. .
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What Went Wrong And Caused Bashir Goth To Leave Awdal News?

By Ibrahim Adam Ghalib
One early morning I went to the sitting room to take my coffee. While I was sitting I thought to open the internet to see the websites. I first opened Awdalnews if there is any exciting news. Sadly I saw a letter written by Bashir Goth leaving Awdalnews. He explained to all the audience the reason he is abandoning the site.

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Struggle For Education & Development In Somaliland’s Periphery: Notes On A Trip To Burco And Las-Anod

By Markus Virgil Hoehne
Introduction

Visiting Somaliland once in a while shows the enormous progress made in the country, largely through people’s private investments and some help from the international community. New shops, restaurants and even industrial plants open every year, schools and universities mushroom. NGOs and UN organizations carry out programs from water and sanitation to health care, support of local municipalities and training for judges and lawyers. Closer observation shows, however, that most of these developments and programs are centered in the capital city of Hargeysa, in western Somaliland.

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Somaliland: Political Turbulence Due To A Constitutional Imperfection

Written by Sharmarke Ali, USA
Deep down I believe that Somaliland will come to a sense to defy once again the cynics and deter the vultures awaiting its demise to emerge out of this political deadlock strong and resilient as ever. Bitter rivalry between political parties spurred to create an unbrotherly and unfriendly atmosphere in dealing with current issue.

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Collateral Damage!!

By Ibrahim Rashid Mohamed

I believe Allah Subhanahu Wa Tala is the creator of everything including the free will given to human beings. He is the giver and taker of lives. At the same time the greatest sin is the killing innocent people. Indeed, saving people's lives is one of the foremost goals in Islam and will be rewarded in hereafter.  

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FEATURES AND COMMENTERY

A Quick Trip To Somalia

“Before traveling to Mogadishu, it’s a good idea to call the various rebel groups if it’s OK to come.”

Pekka Haavisto

By Pekka Haavisto
Helsinki, April 21, 2009 – “Are you sure you’re on the right plane?” asks a flight attendant of African Express Airways, as I sit in my seat. I nod and he looks at me incredulously. I notice that I am the only white person on board.
I am on flight XU521 en route from Nairobi to Mogadishu. In the classification for safety by the UN, Mogadishu ranks in category five. According to the rules, workers must be evacuated immediately, and the countries should not be visited except in cases of urgent need.

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Somalia's Godfathers: Ransom-Rich Pirates

Ilka Ase Mohamed says he lost the tall, bright-eyed love of his life to a Somali pirate who paid a $50,000 cash dowry to her mother. (Miguel Juarez - For The Washington Post)

By Stephanie McCrummen

NAIROBI, April 20, 2009   -- The young Somali couple had plans. Ilka Ase Mohamed and the love of his life, tall, bright-eyed Fatima Mukhtar, were going to leave their little fishing town of Harardhere, attend university and, when Mohamed had enough cows for a dowry, get married.

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PIRACY: The Danger of Escalation

A document from a hijacked ship contained a 'list of written rules' of pirate conduct.

By Mark Hosenball | NEWSWEEK

Apr 27, 2009

It was a hit with the U.S. public, but president Obama's decision to authorize the Pentagon to kill three Somali pirates who took an American sea captain hostage sent shudders through the world's shipping and insurance industries. Because the pirates are motivated chiefly by money, maritime experts say, they have—at least until now—taken good care of the crews they hold captive.

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Black In The Age Of Obama

Life at Princeton may be more complex now than it was in Michelle's day.

Michelle Obama, USA's First Lady

By Andrew Romano and Aku Ammah-Tagoe

Washington, April 27, 2009 – Alexandra Kennedy was on the inside looking out. For much of the evening, streams of Polo-clad students had sped east across the Princeton campus, flooding Prospect Avenue and breaking in waves against the row of imposing mansions, called eating clubs, where most upperclassmen "take their meals"—and where nearly all undergrads go for their regular dose of dancing, drinking and hooking up. Now hundreds filled Ivy, the oldest of the clubs.

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Somalia The Star-Crossed

A slain U.S. soldier’s body is dragged through Mogadishu in October 1993.

Brett Popplewell

Somalia, noun: the embodiment of a failed state.

Apr 18, 2009 – It is a modern-day pirate kingdom known for banditry, shootouts and kidnappings.

For the past 18 years, Somalis have had a closer relationship with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse than they have with the notion of good government. Pestilence, famine, war and death are a part of everyday life, while the current president barely controls more than a few city blocks of Mogadishu and has little ability to govern 9 million Somalis.

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Adapting Ancient Roman Lessons On Beating Pirates

By Roger Middleton
Published: April 21 2009
Piracy is a crime as ancient as maritime trade, flourishing in areas where authorities are too weak to counter criminals. Somalia is a perfect pirate environment, lawless and next to busy shipping lanes. Yet history shows that piracy can be stopped, whether in the unruly seventeenth century Caribbean, the ancient Mediterranean or, more recently, in south-east Asia where attacks are being curbed. But can lessons from the rest of the world be applied to Somalia?
The answer is: only if adapted for the Somali context.

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Pondering Somali Piracy

J.Peter Pham, PhD

April 23, 2009

When I wrote in this column three weeks ago that “the Somali pirates have hardly been cowed by the international naval presence” in the Gulf of Aden and “have simply shifted their operations to areas which they know are not being patrolled, with strikes increasing taking place on the high seas,” little did I know how quickly events would confirm my analysis. On April 8th, four pirates hijacked the Norfolk, Virginia-based MV Maersk Alabama, while the boat was some 240 nautical miles of the Somali coast en route to Mombasa, Kenya, with humanitarian supplies for Kenya, Somalia, and Uganda.

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