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Somalia

On the Margins Roundup (August)

[Image of the remnants of a home in a village in northern Somalia. Image by najeeb/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Mauritania اعتقال رئيس المبادرة الطلابية بمطار نواكشوط  A Mauritanian student is arrested at the airport, attempting to board a flight to a Palestine conference in Sudan. تراجع التبادل التجاري لموريتانيا ب7.4% في الثلث الأول من 2014 Mauritania’s terms of trade weakened in the first quarter of 2014. Two ...

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Protectors of the 'Failed State': 'Captain Phillips' and the Intrigue of Somali Pirates

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Captain Phillips. Directed by Paul Greenglass. USA, 2013. Appearing in US theaters in mid-October, Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks and directed by Paul Greenglass, has been a smash at box offices, grossing nearly one hundred million dollars in its first several weeks. Greengrass’ cinematic style is perhaps best known from his direction of The Bourne Trilogy, as well as United 93, a film depicting the airline that crashed in Stoneycreek Township, Pennsylvania on 9/11. Tackling the subject of Somali pirates, Captain Phillips is supremely ambitious in treading into the murky depths of the West’s long-strained relations with Somalia. It conjures a slew of images ...

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On the Margins Roundup (October)

[Image of tugboats in Somalia's Mogadishu harbor. Image from Expert Infantry/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Lumumba's Assassination Should Be a Lesson for All of Us "The winners happen to have won thanks to our losing. The history of Africa's underdevelopment is an integral part of the history of world capitalism's development." Fighting terrorists Mission failure In the first major response to the ...

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On the Margins Roundup (August)

[Screenshot of malivote.com, which tracks the results of the 2013 elections in Mali in realtime. Image from malivote.com]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Are the Islamists truly on the ropes? The author discusses how a new and much-lauded president is finding it hard to bury old divisions. The worst fate: Somalia’s ship wrecked hostages The author reports on fifty sailors being held in grim conditions, abandoned by their ship’s owner whose willingness ...

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On the Margins Roundup (May)

[Image of a Tuareg encampment in northern Mali. Image by Erik Cleves Kristensen/Flickr.]

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Is Somalia Ready For Aid? Jenny Lei Ravelo reports that some NGOs are concerned with Somalia’s fledgling government control over finances and the accountability mechanisms in place. Donors meeting in London pledge more than $300 million for Somalia to aid in security, justice The author reports that International ...

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Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Aid Cannot Be Co-Opted into Somalia Stabilization Program

[Young displaced Somali girl living in Halabokhad settlement in Galkayo. Image by UNHRC/ACNUR Americas via Flickr]

[The following statement was issued by Doctors Without Borders on 28 February 2013.] Efforts underway at the United Nations to integrate humanitarian assistance into the international military campaign against opponents of Somalia’s government will further threaten the safe delivery of independent and impartial aid to Somalis struggling to survive ongoing war, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) warned today. The United Nations Security Council is currently deliberating the future structure of the UN’s mission in Somalia. Under discussion is the possible inclusion of humanitarian assistance ...

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On the Margins Media Roundup (December)

[In this photo of Tuesday 30 October 2012, a Somali charcoal trader scales charcoal at his charcoal shop in Mogadishu, Somali. Thousands of sacks of dark charcoal sit atop one another in Somalia's southern port city of Kismayo, an industry once worth some twenty-five million dollars a year to the al-Qaida-linked insurgents who controlled the region. The loss of the charcoal trade

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands, and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.] Somalia Somalia: It mustn’t be business as usual The author argues the new Somali government must control the trade in the port city of Kismayo after AlShabab’s defeat. Somalia: UN Chief Welcomes Swearing-in of New Somali Cabinet Ministers The author suggests that United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon endorses the new Somali cabinet ...

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On the Margins Roundup (December)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Kenya airstrike "destroys al-Shabaab camp linked to Westgate" Kenya says it has devastated a rebel camp in Somalia used ...

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On the Margins Roundup (November)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Somalia’s Watergate Scandal President’s Chief of Staff outmaneuvered in his bid to steal over 100 million dollar. Al-Shabaab's ...

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On the Margins Roundup (September)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia The European Union announces more than €124 million to increase security in Somalia The EU announced an additional support of ...

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On the Margins Roundup (June)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]  Somalia Somali central bank chief has experience of troubled jurisdictions The new governor of the Central Bank of Somalia shares his vision to transform ...

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On the Margins Media Roundup (March)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.]   Somalia Somalia Donors Step Up To Help With Rebuilding Efforts Major Western donors announce aid for Somalia to promote stability and ...

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On the Margins Media Roundup (January)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Mali, South Sudan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Comoros Islands and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the On the Margins Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each month's roundup to info@jadaliyya.com.] Somalia Potential goldmine for fishermen as piracy declines IRIN’s report explains how the improvements in security permit the increase of fishing and seafood ...

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Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia's Displaced Population at Risk

[The following report was issued by Refugees International on 1 November 2012.]  Gatekeepers and Evictions: Somalia's Displaced Population at Risk  There are currently 1.36 million Somalis displaced within their own country. These internally displaced persons (IDPs) face major protection challenges, including abuse and aid diversion by camp gatekeepers, as well as the threat of forced evictions. These vulnerabilities are not new to Somalia’s displaced population, but the context is changing. ...

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