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WATCH: How To Boat To Somalia Without Getting Killed By Pirates

Adam Valen Levinson | Posted 08.26.2012 | Travel
Adam Valen Levinson

Attacks are unlikely on Somali ships and for a fee tourists can hitch a ride from Yemen with some cargo. In my case, there were a lot of cookies involved.

Somalia: Time for a Shift in Focus

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

A new approach to Somalia is urgently needed. Somali women and men are asking for a greater say in efforts to bring about peace and security in their country.

A Diamond in the Rough? Africa's Newest Central Bank Opens in an Unexpected Location

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

This post was co-authored by Ross Thuotte. Last week, lawmakers in Somaliland (Somalia's northern, semi-autonomous region) reportedly established Som...

"SSC" Is the Last Hope to Bridge Somalia Back Together

Sadia Ali Aden | Posted 03.25.2012 | World
Sadia Ali Aden

Neither Somaliland nor Puntland has indicated any interest in mediating between their warring brethren in the South.

How Africa's Drug Trade Made 'Queen Of Khat' So Rich

Die Welt/Worldcrunch | Philipp Hedemann | Posted 10.31.2011 | World

For many Africans khat is a stimulant drug that also stills hunger pangs. But the world's biggest seller of khat doesn't fit the typical profile of a ...

Somalia Is Not a State

T.A. Ridout | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
T.A. Ridout

Instead of embracing and learning from indigenous Somali successes in the north, the international community undermines them by supporting the Transitional Federal Government.

German Man Gets 4 Years For Making Porn In Somaliland

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia — A court official says a Somali judge sentenced a 72-year-old German man to four years in jail for making pornographic films...

Photophobia in Africa (or I am a Camera) -- From Menacingly Scowling, Weapons-Wielding Troops to Screaming, Fist-Shaking Scrums of Your Average Citizens

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mike Arkus

Now I'm not saying Africans don't like being photographed. Lots of them do and are anyway very gracious when they don't. But here are a few experiences on a recent trans-continental trip.

Somalia, US, and the Dual-Track Letdown

Abukar Arman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Abukar Arman

The new Dual-Track approach is based on engaging diplomatically and economically any and all Somali political actors -- armed or unarmed -- as long as those entities are not supporting the extremist group al-Shabaab.

Off the Beaten Track: A Few Pointers for Navigating Somaliland (PHOTOS)

Mike Arkus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Mike Arkus

The northern section of Somalia is free of the mindless violence tearing the rest of the country apart and offers rewarding sites from age-old rock paintings to spectacular escarpments to blinding white beaches.

From the Horn of Africa, a Ray of Hope

Chris Albin-Lackey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Chris Albin-Lackey

Ask people what they know about Somalia and most will probably start talking about pirates, terrorists, and Black Hawk Down. Not many would think to mention democracy or free elections as well, but they should.

Is Somaliland One of Africa's Most Vibrant Democracies?

Nicole Stremlau | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicole Stremlau

This week Somalia marked its 50th anniversary of independence from colonial rule. It could not have been celebrated more differently in the north and...

The Stories of the Two Somalis Freed From Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

The release of two more men yet again demonstrates how hysterical and unsubstantiated are Republican claims that Guantánamo is full of hardcore terrorists.

Somali Pirates' Condition Put Into Perspective: Interview

Global Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

By Tristan McConnell | GlobalPost BERBERA, Somaliland -- The slight figure of Farah Ismail Eid is a far cry from the swashbuckling, murderous imag...

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.

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.