Mali’s War: The Wages of Sin

Mali’s War: The Wages of Sin

The reports filtering out of Northern Mali are appalling: a young couple stoned to death, iconic ancient shrines dismantled, and some 365,000 refugees fleeing beatings and whippings for the slightest violations of Sharia law. But the bad dream unfolding in this West...
History Repeats Itself with Somalia Invasion

History Repeats Itself with Somalia Invasion

Kenya’s ill-advised incursion into Somalia on Oct. 16 after a rash of kidnappings in the tourist paradise of Lamu will most likely lead to a long and expensive quagmire. The escalation will further destabilize a region already reeling from war, piracy, famine,...

WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Twisted Ethiopia’s Arm to Invade Somalia

By mid 2007, the 50,000 Ethiopian troops that invaded Somalia in late 2006 found themselves increasingly bogged down, facing much fiercer resistance than they had bargained for as Somalis of all stripes temporarily put aside their differences to stand together against...
Protesters Speak Out Against U.S. Support for Ethiopian Government

Protesters Speak Out Against U.S. Support for Ethiopian Government

Nearly 200 protesters gathered in front of the White House on the afternoon of June 14 to denounce continued U.S. support for Ethiopia’s incumbent regime. Chanting in native Amharic and rallying around the Ethiopian flag, the crowd members were predominantly...

From the Frontlines: May 28th, 2010

People will be marching against hate in Arizona this weekend, joining the AFL-CIO, SEIU, PDA, and the National Day Laborers’ Union. Sudan inaugurated incumbent President Omar Al-Bashir with pomp and circumstance yesterday in Khartoum. While well attended by...
Book Event: Bereket Habte Selassie’s ‘The Crown and the Pen’

Book Event: Bereket Habte Selassie’s ‘The Crown and the Pen’

Join Bereket Habte Selassie for a discussion of his book, The Crown and the Pen: The Memoirs of a Lawyer Turned Rebel. Selassie is a professor of African Studies and a professor of Law at the University of North Carolina. He is a former Institute for Policy Studies...

Zimbabwe Elections, News from Somalia

Listen to the interview. FARAI CHIDEYA, host: We’ve got more on the Zimbabwean elections and news from Somalia with Emira Woods, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. Who’s really responsible for counting the votes?...

Memo to the Somali Government

Imagine a reconciliation process in Iraq that fails to include militias or Sunni and Shia hardliners? How about a reconciliation process in Afghanistan that sidelines violent Pashtos in the south? The chances of either process succeeding would be slim. In both cases,...

China in Africa: Its (Still) the Governance, Stupid

Deep inside the tropical forest of Gabon, 500 miles from the coast, China is going where no other investors dare. A Chinese consortium, led by the China National Machinery and Equipment Import and Export Corporation, has won the contract to develop Gabon’s...

Force Won’t Bring Peace to Somalia

The sudden defeat of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) by the Ethiopian army and their U.S. backers proved easier then expected. A reported 15,000 Ethiopian troops and U.S. aerial bombardment succeeded in installing the Transitional Federal Government, two years after...

The Future of Political Islam in Somalia

The United States, fearing a new Taliban had come to power in Somalia, recently did what many expected it would do: invade Somalia. Not directly though. In the final weeks of 2006, Ethiopian forces that were trained, financed, and outfitted by the United States...

The Making of Another Iraq

A new front in the “global war on terror” has emerged with its center in war-torn Somalia. The target of the new front, the Islamic Courts Union (ICU), both brought back normalcy to seemingly untamable southern Somalia and anxiously legislated morality to...

A New Frontier of Jihadi Islam?

Somalia today is very much like Afghanistan was in 1996. In the wake of years of civil war, chaotic rule by warlords, and the death and displacement of countless Muslims, a ragtag Islamic militia has moved in to take control of much of Somalia. After running off some...
The War Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

The War Between Ethiopia and Eritrea

Key Points During the 30-year war against the Ethiopian military dictatorship, the EPLF and TPLF guerrilla movements worked closely together and achieved victory in 1991 as the firmest of friends. Despite claims to the contrary, Ethiopia and Eritrea have been fighting...