• My Take on the Westgate Attack

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    To anyone who has been following the al-Shaabab-Kenya axis, it was almost a foregone conclusion that such an attack would sooner or later hit some targets in the country. Most of the Islamist funding for al-Shaabab over the last couple of years could be traced to the Somali business community in Kenya. Moreover, there is an extremist branch attached to al-Shabaab in Kenya. In such a precondition one rarely goes wrong in expecting the worst. 

    Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 20:39
  • Saudi Arabia: A Devil’s Chaplain in the Syrian War.

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    While the world talks about a negotiated settlement, the Saudis increase military support and drum up regime change. This is to say the least a devastating blow to all Syrians and the future of the country. A negotiated peace may well be the best way to avoid a complete collapse of the Syrian state. Mindful of the disastrous precedent of Iraq, even many die-hard Assad opponents hope the basic structure of the state will remain intact, though without Assad and his senior lieutenants. A negotiated peace would also provide a chance of ensuring the security of all Syrians, without regard to the sectarian animosities now dividing the country. The Saudis wouldn’t care. As always their dogged insistence on violence and regime change is jeopardizing regional peace and stability.

    Well,I couldn't agree more. Who did say Saudi Arabia is the most irresponsible country,with the most irresponsible foreign policy and the most irresponsible leadership around? To read the full text go to the blog http://www.currentanalyst.com/blog/?p=124

    Last Updated on Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:10
  • Contemplating Africa’s Position on Syria

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    Charless Obiang

    What has been sorely lacking so far is the African Union’s/AUs/ will to take up a clear position. It might seem a hard choice, but the AU can’t stay silent on an issue crucially important to international law and security. Given the specific context, anything that encourages military action should have been taken for reasons largely divorced from the interests of the Syrian people. The only thing that makes no sense, unfortunately, is the attempt to resolve the crisis through more bloodshed and violence.

    Last Updated on Friday, 20 September 2013 17:55
  • Damul Jadiid: The Much Ignored Culprit in the Somali Crisis.

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    Looking back at the last one year and few months, what’s striking is how wrong all observers were about future political developments in Somalia. The current Somali government has failed politically and it is a self-inflicted crisis. This might not be revelatory rather a reinforcing assertion. The tragedy is though the most organised forces in today’s Somalia are both covert sects and secret cliques than openly structured political groups with transparent political agendas. It is not encouraging at all to learn that Damul Jadiid in Mogadishu and Amniyat within Al-Shabaab have preponderant positions at both ends.

    Last Updated on Thursday, 14 November 2013 17:45
  • What about Chinese Policy?

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    Africa now plays the same role for China, as North American colonies did for Great Britain in the 17th to the 19th centuries. Military developments since 2008 demonstrate China’s growing willingness to secure its economic interests in Africa.  I remember reading in this site that Africa is critical to the graduation of the PRC into a global power.  I can’t state it any better except to be more blunt. China’s development assistance observes the same principles it did in the 1960s, but the tactics have broadened. One wonders if China’s current forays into Africa aren’t similarly narcissistic. For full text go the blog http://www.currentanalyst.com/blog/?p=117



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