Somalia’s indivisibility, sovereignty and polity

March 5, 2012 by

The Communiqué coming out of the February 23 Conference on Somalia falls far short of all expectations. The promised new approach by the international community to tackle the root causes of insecurity and lack of a functional government responsible for Somalia’s inexorable decline over the past 20 years did not materialize.

Somalia: With the transition ending, the fight for political power is in progress

March 1, 2012 by

The new political dispensation beyond August 2012 points to a positive ending of the transition in Mogadishu. However, a political squabble between President Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali is likely, as both men will contend for the presidency once the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) term ends.

Somalia: The International Community can’t afford to get it wrong

February 28, 2012 by

In a February article published on International Policy Digest (IPD), Somalia’s Special Envoy to United States, Abukar Arman, wrote, “Since the collapse of the military government 21 years ago, Somalia went through various levels of problems perpetuated by clan militias, warlords, economic-lords, religious-lords, regional-lords, and a group that I would refer to as the Ghost-lords.”

The Enigma of the London Conference on Somalia

February 28, 2012 by

If there is any consensus on the nature and the outcome of the London Conference on Somalia - that brought together representatives of over 50 nations, including a number of Muslim nations, it must be the fact that it was a puzzling event that raised much speculation. Now that the fanfare has ended, it is time for an objective appraisal.

War of Words over the Falklands

February 19, 2012 by

Recently, Argentina and the United Kingdom found themselves in a diplomatic row over the Falkland Islands regarding their respective claims of sovereignty over this small piece of real estate. The diplomatic curfufle began last Tuesday when Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the president of Argentina, accused the U.K. of militarizing the Falklands with the planned deployment of the HMS Dauntless off its coast.

On Capitalism and Responsibility

January 29, 2012 by

A few days before the annual gathering of business and political elites at the World Economic Forum at Davos, British prime minister David Cameron set out his vision of capitalism that is popular and responsible. At a time of acute crisis, Cameron put up a staunch defense of capitalism. He asserted his belief that open markets and free enterprise were the best imaginable force for improving human wealth and happiness.

War against “Crony Capitalism” has Officially become the British Man’s Burden

January 25, 2012 by

Britain has spent billions of pounds of taxpayer money over the last ten years, waging a war against terror and non-existent weapons of mass destruction, freeing oppressed people from tyrannical leaders and protecting and securing British business interests. The Iraq war has cost the UK £9.24 bn, the war in Afghanistan £18 bn and now Britain’s benevolent intervention in Libya which was initially projected to cost £260m is estimated to cost an astounding £1.75 bn by defence experts.

Nukes, Drones and Iran

December 15, 2011 by

There has been some speculation over the possibility of a limited war with Iran over its refusal to return the downed Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, a stealth surveillance drone operated by the Central Intelligence Agency, and the continued insistence by Iran that it will not succumb to international pressure to halt its nuclear activities.

Why Cameron can’t afford to get fiscal with the EU

December 11, 2011 by

Last week’s EU Brussels summit produced a tentative fiscal compact, a mild boost of the European Financial Stability Facility’s (EFSF) reserves to €500 billion, and an acrimonious split between Britain and most of the other 26 EU member governments. The 26 members will meet again in March next year to finalise details of the fiscal compact, but British Prime Minister David Cameron is unlikely to attend. Meanwhile, markets were unimpressed by the prevarication in Brussels, with Moody’s cutting ratings on French banks, even before the summit concluded.

What Next for Libya?

October 24, 2011 by

Libyan Colonel Gaddafi’s 42 year brutal reign is over, but the future looks murky for a country primarily known for exporting oil and terrorism. One thing is for certain – international oil companies will be packing out flights to Tripoli to cut deals for a piece of the action. Libya remains the wild card, with only 25 percent of the country’s oil potential territory explored.

Assange and the Anti-War Mass Assembly in Trafalgar Square

October 17, 2011 by

October 8, 2011 marked the tenth anniversary of the founding of Stop the War Coalition in London, the most active group in Britain campaigning against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Amidst the bustle of Trafalgar Square, a site which has seen many political and anti-war rallies over the years, and which now prominently displays the official clock to count down London’s unprecedented third Olympic Games in 2012.

Is Merkel Right on Greece?

October 11, 2011 by

The doom mongers are out in force. The British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has dramatically stated that European authorities have “just a matter of weeks” to avert economic disaster. Likewise, the mouthpiece of conventional financial “wisdom”, the Financial Times, argues that 3 steps must be taken immediately to solve the euro crisis.

The EU’s adopting a financial transactions tax, so why don’t the rest of us?

September 29, 2011 by

Momentum is building behind the global campaign to impose a tax on transactions in financial markets, with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso announcing plans to introduce the measure as way of overcoming the Eurozone’s economic woes. In his annual “state of the union” address in Stasbourg on Wednesday, Barroso said the tax could raise up to 55 billion euros ($76.6 billion). “It is time for the financial sector to make a contribution back to society,” he said.

U.S. Consolidated Domination of Global Arms Market in 2010

September 27, 2011 by

The United States consolidated its domination of a shrinking global arms market in 2010, signing 21.3 billion dollars in new weapons orders with foreign countries, according to the latest edition of an annual report on conventional weapons transfers by the Congressional Research Service (CRS). Washington’s total actually marked a slight decline in orders from 2009. But, because total global arms sales last year fell sharply – nearly 40 percent – from their 2009 level of 65 billion dollars, the U.S. market share rose steeply, from 35 percent in 2009 to nearly 53 percent in 2010.

Libyan operation will continue for as long as necessary

September 18, 2011 by

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister David Cameron flew to Tripoli on Thursday, where they were greeted by cheering crowds as they agreed to carry on military operations for as long as is necessary to protect Libyans. This was a daring move on the part of the two leaders, not because they visited the Libyan capital amid security concerns, but because they announced their countries’ readiness to continue to shoulder the responsibility for developments in Libya.

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