Somali Solutions for Somalia

August 6, 2012 by

I recently ran across a series of papers published by the National Civic Forum in 2011 titled Somalia: Exploring a Way Out. The European Union and Heinrich Boell Foundation funded the project. The authors include Osman Farah Abdulkadir, Abdurahaman Abdullahi (Baadiyow), Yusuf Nur, Abdurahman Wandati, H. A. Dirie, Ibrahim Sh. Ahmed Mohamed, Ibrahim Abikar Noor and Abdirizak Mahboub.

Medal Madness and Sporting Myopia: Australia’s Misery Continues

August 6, 2012 by

A certain disease has taken hold of the sporting consciousness in Australia. Some might argue that it was jaundiced to begin with, obsessive, narcissistic, and, in spates, self-loathing. But the recent ‘silver’ performance of the Australian athletes, most conspicuously in such sports as swimming and rowing, has triggered a sentiment that needs not only reining in, but culling.

Resource Nationalism: Old Threat, New Opportunities

August 6, 2012 by

Resource nationalism, like other components of economic protectionism, has receded since the institutionalization of the Washington consensus and the gradual - if unsteady - democratisation of the developing world. The days of aggressive expropriation, the seizing of private assets by governments, are empirically in decline. Governments, as The Economist point out, are increasingly open to foreign involvement in heavy extraction industries as they seek to exploit the technical, infrastructural, employment and foreign currency advantages of foreign ownership.

America’s Broken Political Process: Russian Bills Fail in Congress

August 6, 2012 by

In spite of the fact that the U.S. economy continues to suffer and Europe is imploding, the U.S. Congress has left Washington for its traditional five-week summer recess. Among the plethora of legislation that Congress failed to address prior to its departure were two bills concerning Russia — the establishment of permanent normal trade relations (PNTR) and the ‘Magnitsky Act.’