Tag Archive | Somalia

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

Donald Trump’s hands-off approach gives US military free rein

President has delegated direction of overseas conflicts to his generals, raising fears of unchecked escalation.

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Somalia and Brunei ban Christmas celebrations

Somalia and Brunei ban Christmas celebrations

Somalia has issued a ban on Christmas celebrations in the Muslim-majority country after the Southeast Asian sultanate of Brunei announced a similar prohibition earlier this month with the threat of five years in jail. Sheikh Mohamed Khayrow, director general of Somalia’s religious affairs ministry, said on Tuesday that Christmas and New Year celebrations threatened the […]

Illegal fishing and the return of Somalia’s pirates

Illegal fishing and the return of Somalia’s pirates

A hundred years ago, it was a bustling port that served the vibrant fishing community living along Somalia’s coastline, the longest on mainland Africa. Now, Durduri is a sun-bleached, wind-swept, white-sand graveyard of stone structures. There is no harbour, no jetty. The drying and smoking house is just a tumble of bricks.  This is one of many […]

Dozens killed in ISIS attacks in four countries

Dozens killed in ISIS attacks in four countries

Islamic extremists left more than 80 people dead in four countries on Friday after attacks on targets including a French factory, a Tunisian beach and a mosque in Kuwait. Intelligence services are investigating whether there’s any link between the incidents, which follow calls by Islamic State for a wave of violence during the Muslim holy […]

Modinomics and the future of India

Modinomics and the future of India

The Indian rupee has be the best performing of the major emerging currencies this year, and there is little doubt Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election came with expectations he would deliver much needed economic reforms.  Modi has promised a lot. He promised 20 million homes by 2022 to replace India’s overcrowded slums, which would cost $2tn […]

Somali prime minister voted out of office

Somali prime minister voted out of office

Members of parliament voted Somalia’s prime minister out of office on Saturday for the second time in a year, a move Western donors had warned would threaten the war-torn nation’s fragile recovery. Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed had been embroiled in a row over a cabinet reshuffle with President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, who had overruled […]

The state of state-building in Somalia

The state of state-building in Somalia

A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence. The 14 October agreement between the Mogadishu-based Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the autonomous Puntland State […]