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Children in Conflicts: Big Challenges, Small Solutions

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Betwa Sharma

Out of the many insurgent outfits recruiting children, the U.N. has been able to reach out to only a handful. The scale of atrocities dwarfs the efforts made by humanitarian organizations to stop them.

Who Is Al-Shabaab's Next Target? (VIDEO)

Christof Putzel | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christof Putzel

A Somali militant group's claim that it carried out the devastating attack on a popular restaurant in Uganda during the World Cup final triggered wide...

Somalia: America Needs to Engage

Frankie Martin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Frankie Martin

Despite Somalia's problems, we should never despair or lose hope. The US needs to become much more involved at a local level and adopt a zero-tolerance approach to civilian causalities.

Kampala World Cup Massacre

Vicky Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Vicky Collins

I had hardly stopped fist pumping in the air over Spain's victory in the World Cup when I heard the news about the simultaneous bombings in Kampala, Uganda.

Will the U.S. Intervene in Somalia?

Alex Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Thurston

The U.S. is determined to avoid a visible American footprint in Somalia, but hasn't ruled out the use of a small number of U.S. commandos for specific operations.

Bring Back the Kitchen Mamas

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

If humanitarian organizations hope to deliver on their mission of providing relief to the people, and if the tide of extremism is to be stemmed in Somalia, then try bringing back the kitchen mamas.

Al-Shabab, Somali Islamist Group, Confirms It Has Joined With Al Qaeda

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Somali Islamist rebel group al-Shabab has confirmed for the first time that its fighters are aligned with al-Qaeda's global militant campaign....

Yemen, Somalia, and Al Qaeda

Alex Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Thurston

US military intervention in Yemen and Somalia may excite some Americans, but a multi-front war in Yemen and the Horn of Africa is unlikely to defeat Al Qaeda or provide a measurable return (in increased safety) on US investments of blood and treasure.

Shariah in Lawless Somalia

Abukar Arman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abukar Arman

Can lawless Somalia be governed by Shariah? It depends! The Somali people are desperate for a government and indeed a system of governance that they can invest their trust in.

A New Paradigm for Engaging Somalia

Abukar Arman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abukar Arman

Voices of reason are becoming more audible against the current chaos. More and more Somalis are coming to realize that the path ahead leads nowhere except the assured suicide of a nation.

Somalia: Al Shabab Threatens Uganda And Burundi

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Somalia's al-Shabab fighters have said they will attack the capitals of Burundi and Uganda in revenge for rocket attacks by peacekeepers from the two ...

A Domino Effect in the Horn of Africa?

Alex Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Thurston

Somalia's civil war constitutes a danger to the whole region, but it is not the only cause of instability. How far will chaos spread, and what is the appropriate US policy response?

Somali Militants Kill 6 Peacekeepers To Avenge U.S. Raid: "The Best Blessing"

Al Jazeera. | Al Jazeera | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

At least 11 people including six African Union (AU) peacekeepers have been killed after two large car bombs exploded in the AU's headquarters in Mogad...

Problems of Terminology: Fighters, Rebels, Islamists, Jihadists, Insurgents, Militants?

Alex Thurston | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alex Thurston

What kind of language should American bloggers use in writing on foreign affairs, particularly regarding combat zones like Afghanistan and Somalia?

Foreign Troops Attack Somali Militants

BBC NEWS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Foreign soldiers have staged an attack on militants in Somalia, killing at least two people in a helicopter raid. The troops, who according to some r...

Bridges of Rhetoric and Suspicion

Abukar Arman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Abukar Arman

We must build bona fide bridges of understanding to significantly reduce elements hindering the ability of the US and Muslim world to work together on critical issues of mutual importance.

Somalia, Al Qaeda Haven, To Be Obama's New Afghanistan: CSM

Christian Science Monitor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Horn of Africa is a hotbed of pirates, Islamic radicals, warlords, refugees, and, lately, foreign armies trying to influence this killing field. T...

Kenya-Somalia Border To Be Secured

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Kenya has promised to reinforce its border with Somalia after several abductions near the frontier....

Three Updates and an Addendum

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Reese Schonfeld

Every time Dan Rather was on camera, there was an elephant in the room --there is no question that it was Dan Rather who pushed Walter Cronkite out at least a year before he wanted to go.

Somalia, Outside the Violence Box

Abukar Arman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abukar Arman

Instead of sending more weapons to Somalia, as did the Obama administration recently, imagine a two-track benevolent campaign launched concurrently to positively impact hearts and minds.

Somali Refugees Number 100,000 In Past Month: UN

allAfrica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Since fighting broke out last month between Government forces and armed opposition groups, almost 100,000 people have been driven from their homes in ...

War in Somalia: Protecting Somaliland's Peace Should Be a Priority

Nicole Stremlau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicole Stremlau

Somalilanders rightly pride themselves on succeeding without international intervention and they do not take their accomplishment of peace lightly but they may yet face one of their greatest tests.

The Perils of Intervening in Somalia

Nicole Stremlau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicole Stremlau

International collaboration and mutual understanding are key, as Somalia's concerns are best addressed from a Somali perspective.

4 Somali Aid Workers Kidnapped

Daily Nation | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Four aid workers have been kidnapped in Somalia. The victims are a Somali local staff and three expatriates. The kidnap took place in Wajid district,...

Somalia's Online Identity Crisis

Nicole Stremlau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicole Stremlau

As the internationally recognized leader of Somalia, Sheikh Sharif has the major communications challenge of selling his government both internally and externally.