Somaliland: The Strains of Success

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ICG – Nairobi/Brussels, Africa Briefing N°113: OVERVIEW Somaliland’s hybrid system of tri-party democracy and traditional clan-based governance has enabled the consolidation of state-like authority, social and economic recovery and, above all, relative peace and security but now needs reform. Success has brought greater resources, including a special funding status with donors – especially the UK, Denmark and the European Union ... Read More »

Airstrike Hits Doctors Without Borders Hospital in Afghanistan

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KABUL, Afghanistan — A crowded hospital in the embattled city of Kunduz that treats war wounded came under attack on Saturday and the American military acknowledged that it may have killed 19 patients, staff members and others at the facility while firing on insurgents nearby. The New York Times – By ALISSA J. RUBIN The attack, which the military said ... Read More »

Cameron refuses to rule out Brexit, says recasting EU ties hard work

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Prime Minister David Cameron said his renegotiation of Britain’s ties with the EUropean Union was “bloody hard work” and refused to rule out campaigning for a British exit in a referendum if other EU leaders failed to grant him the concessions he wants. Today’s Zaman – REUTERS / MANCHESTER As his ruling Conservative Party gathered for an annual meeting, Cameron ... Read More »

Ukraine rebels have powerful new Russian-made rockets – OSCE


International monitors say they have found a new type of Russian-made rocket system in rebel-held eastern Ukraine. BBC – The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) spotted the powerful TOS-1 Buratino multiple rocket launcher in Luhansk. Meanwhile, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France discussed peace efforts in Ukraine, with Paris saying the pullout of light weapons ... Read More »

Australia’s Role in the 1965-66 Communist Massacres in Indonesia

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Fifty years ago, on September 30, one of the worst atrocities of the 20th century took place on Australia’s doorstep. Following an AIIA and ANU conference on these events, a young Australian reflects on Australia’s complicity. Australian Institute of International Affairs – By Marlene Millott An estimated half a million people affiliated with the Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesian Communist Party or ... Read More »

Norway must boost defence to counter Russian build-up, military chief says

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Oslo: Norway needs to scale up and modernise its defence as Russia’s military build-up in the Arctic is creating a more uncertain security situation, its military chief said on Thursday. Henrik Stolen NATO member Norway shares a small border with Russia in the Arctic, where Oslo has noticed increased Russian military activity. Other nordic states have expressed concern over Russian ... Read More »

Putin Aims at Syria — and Strikes Europe

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Take note, Europe: By bombing Syria, Putin has finally put Russia back at the center of the world. FP - By Benjamin Haddad *, Hannah Thoburn * On Sept. 30, Russian jets began airstrikes on rebel-held territories in the Syrian cities of Hama, Homs, and Latakia. This should have come as no surprise. During his speech at the U.N. General Assembly on Monday, ... Read More »

Putin Calls Out Washington

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“We can no longer tolerate the state of affairs in the world.” President Vladimir Putin Paul Craig Roberts Last Wednesday (28 Sept 2015) the world saw the difference between Russia and Washington. Putin’s approach is truth-based; Obama’s is vain boasts and lies, and Obama is running out of lies. By telling the truth at a time of universal deceit, Putin ... Read More »

Afghan Forces on the Run

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One cannot help but feel horror and déjà vu as the battle over the northern Afghan city of Kunduz unfolds. On Monday, the Taliban seized the city, the first provincial capital to fall to the militants since they were routed by the United States in the war after September 2001. The New York Times – By THE EDITORIAL BOARD On ... Read More »

Challenged Ambitions: Turkey’s Africa Policy and the G20

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An economic slowdown and rocky politics might slow, but are unlikely to stop, Ankara’s ambition to broaden its profile in Africa. © Chatham House – Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme Turkey is continuing a long-term push to increase its profile in Africa. Today, before a G20 energy conference, Istanbul will play ... Read More »

Is Turkey Returning to Civil War?

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The cease-fire between the government and the Kurdish PKK has broken down, with increasing repression of the media and opposition political activists. The Nation – By Constanze Letsch On the evening of June 7, Ahmet Yildiz celebrated. The leftist, pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party (HDP), which he supported, had succeeded in breaching Turkey’s unusually high 10 percent election threshold—a remnant of the Constitution drawn ... Read More »

The Disastrous History of Henry Kissinger’s Policies in the Middle East

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Despite being revered in establishment circles, Kissinger’s policies have wreaked havoc in the region and produced blowback for the United States. In These Times – By Greg Grandin * This piece first appeared at The only person Henry Kissinger flattered more than President Richard Nixon was Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. In the early 1970s, the Shah, sitting atop ... Read More »