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The African Elephant's 'Last Days'

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Joe Peyronnin

The African elephant population has decreased by more than 60 percent over the past decade. Just in the past three years, ivory-seeking poachers have killed more than 100,000 elephants.

Kenya: Africa's Hottest Emerging Oil Exporter

James Stafford | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
James Stafford

Not even the specter of a spillover of Islamic extremism from Somalia can dampen the atmosphere in Kenya, where commercial oil production is expected to begin in 2016 and discovery after discovery has made this the hottest and fastest-paced hydrocarbon scene on the continent.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.24.2014 | World
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exacerbated by the limited international response.

One Year After Al-Shabaab's Westgate Attack in Kenya

Charlotte Florance | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Charlotte Florance

Al-Shabaab remains a real and credible threat and should be addressed as one. The likelihood of another spectacular commercial shopping center attack in the region remains as real today as it did a year ago.

Famine Alert: Immediate Response Is Needed to Combat Somalia's Growing Humanitarian Crisis

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Famine is at Somalia's door once again. In May, U.N. officials alerted the international community that up to 200,000 children under the age of five could die from severe malnutrition by the end of the year. The situation is exasperated by the limited international response.

Uganda Arrests 19 Suspects Tied To Plotting An 'Imminent' Terror Attack

Reuters | Posted 09.14.2014 | World

By Elias Biryabarema KAMPALA, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Ugandan police have arrested 19 people in connection with a foiled attack in central...

Somalia's Al Shabab Names New Leader After U.S. Airstrike

AP | Posted 09.06.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, named a new leader Saturday after confirming the killing of their previous ...

Pentagon: Al Shabab Leader Killed In U.S. Strike

AP | ROBERT BURNS and LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 09.05.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. airstrikes earlier this week killed the leader of the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia, the Pentagon said Friday. Preside...

Al Qaeda's Move in India Presages More Elsewhere

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.04.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Al Qaeda's (AQ's) declaration that it is starting a franchise in South Asia is no surprise at all, given the sheer number of Muslims in the region, and that it is being eclipsed by the Islamic State (IS) in the headlines.

ISIS and the G-41 World

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.15.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Isolationist America's foreign policy and standing in the world has been further emasculated in the process. Conservative political pundits in the U.S. criticize President Obama for failing to act in a more decisive manner to stem the tide. They remain delusional in their belief that anything the U.S. can do will make a difference.

Somalia's Presidential Palace Attacked By Islamist Militants

AP | ABDI GULED | Posted 09.07.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Somali troops retook the presidential palace in the capital of Mogadishu after militants forced their way in and exchanged...

Islamic Extremism in Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of all the resources devoted to fighting Somalia-based Al Shabaab in recent years, the group has grown stronger, and continues to cross the region's borders with impunity. The same is true with Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Kenya, Corruption, and Terrorism

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Kenya is too important to fail. The government knows it, and so donor governments. So its dependence on foreign aid will also continue. Let us hope that Kenya does not become part of the African Confederation of Failed States.

Bus Bombings In Kenyan Capital Kill At Least 2

AP | By TOM ODULA | Posted 07.04.2014 | World

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Three people were killed and at least 60 wounded when two homemade bombs exploded on buses along one of the busiest highways i...

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Hibaaq Osman

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

Al Shabab Bans Internet In Somalia

Reuters | Posted 03.11.2014 | World

MOGADISHU (Reuters)- Somali rebel group al Shabaab has banned the use of the Internet in the Horn of Africa country, giving telecom operators 15 days ...

Dadaab: The Clock is Ticking

Thymaya Payne | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Thymaya Payne

If Dadaab were actually counted as a city, it would be Kenya's third or fourth most populous. Yet it's not counted; it doesn't exist. It's a liminal space, neither here nor there, and its inhabitants exist between worlds interminably.

4 Charged With Aiding Kenya Mall Attackers

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

(Adds background) By Humphrey Malalo NAIROBI, Nov 4 (Reuters) - A Kenyan court charged four Somali men on Monday with t...

Prince William, Poaching and Al-Shabaab

Sally Beck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Sally Beck

At the offices of the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Northern Kenya, a terrible hush descends when news filters through that poachers have slaughtered yet another rhino.

The True Meaning of United Nations

ZP Heller | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
ZP Heller

On UN Day, the international community looks inward, celebrating the anniversary of when the United Nations Charter first took effect in 1945. Yet more and more, the UN appears to be focusing outward as it tackles the world's most pressing development issues.

Even al Qaeda Operatives Deserve Their Day in Court -- and Justice

Aki Peritz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Aki Peritz

Intelligence gathering is certainly one important aspect of the counterterrorism business, but ultimately the U.S. needs to prosecute and incarcerate these individuals -- and our federal court system remains the most effective way to bring terrorists to justice.

A Taste of Terror: Kenya's Westgate Attack

Kiva Zip | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kiva Zip

Pictured: Man performing Muslim prayers while waiting for the terrorist siege to end The media hype may be winding down but many of us here in Kenya...

Ah, About Those Special Ops Raids ...

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
William Bradley

Last weekend, in the midst of all the tumult over the debacle that is the federal government shutdown, came word of these two dramatic US special operations forces raids against jihadist leaders in Libya and Somalia.

The Kenya Attack by al-Shabaab: Lesson Learned and Lessons Still to Be Learned

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

Don't sum up extremism to just poverty, lack of education or unemployment: Certainly these are drivers toward extremism, but in my view, not the entire picture. Terrorism is more complex than this.