Regions / Somalia
Though still deadly, Somali pirates have become business-like.
The government in Somalia has reportedly not been accountable with the foreign aid it has received, with much money arriving in powerful individuals' pockets and not the general population.
Tom Engelhardt reports on the institutionalization of targeting suspected "terrorists" through drone warfare and how this act has evolved under Obama's presidency.
Civilians killed in drone attacks are sometimes classified as militants.
Vivid memories of "Black Hawk Down" mean attacks will be confined to air strikes.
If Somalia is to become a politically stable, economically viable, and peaceful nation that can compete with other African countries, clan-dominated federal states must be made a thing of the past.
The international community should accept that a centralized state structure cannot be reconstituted within the borders of what used to be Somalia.
As Somalia's roadmap for stability encounters internal political hurdles, the upcoming British conference on Somalia might be the most realistic chance to eradicate extremism and keep the nation together.
The international community, particularly the United States, is pursuing a dual-track policy that encourages the very warlordism that is pulling Somalia apart at the seams.
Somalia is now suffering from a drought on top of its civil war. Including women in decision-making roles is part of solving both crises.