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The Horn of Africa’s Qat-22

How the Stimulant Both Drains and Drives the Economy by James Jeffery In the Horn of Africa, qat, a leafy …

Erdoğan’s Deep Pockets

Last week, Turkey announced its first contact with pygmies in a headline carried by the semi-official Anatolia News Agency. Some …

A Handshake to Kill

America has a problem. This problem has manifested itself in the recent merger of Al-Qaeda, America’s number one enemy, with …

Sea Predators

For the Somalis, piracy is a necessity of last resort, with occasionally a very profitable outcome. Yet the fishermen turned pirates are not the only ones who can make good sums out of this activity and the vacuum of responsible power in Somalia’s territorial waters. From insurance companies and private security firms, to predatory fishing enterprises and foreign businesses looking for cheaper ways of waste disposal, a whole economy—most of it parallel—has formed in Somalia’s seas as a result of the constant instability inland.