Category Archives: Somaliland

A Somali On The Margins

As I have a reasonable sized group of friends and acquaintances who are affiliated with (the) Ohio State University, and as I have for some reason a particular interest in the problems and repercussions of the collapse of Somalia it … Continue reading

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On The Applicability Of Divorce Law To The Recognition Of New Sovereign States

On this fifty-fifth anniversary of the independence of Somaliland from the United Kingdom [1], it is worthwhile to discuss the applicability of divorce law to the recognition of new sovereign states by the international community in institutions like the United … Continue reading

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Unconscious Coupling

Recently, actress Gweneth Paltrow became the subject of some ridicule when she wrote about the “conscious uncoupling” that she and estranged husband Chris Martin (lead singer of Coldplay) had undergone. By that, she means that her breakup was not the … Continue reading

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A Modest Proposal For A Plebiscite To Resolve The Status Of The Republic Of Somaliland

Proposal: We hereby resolve to fix a date, as soon as possible, for an internationally supervised plebiscite throughout the territory of Somaliland to determine the will of its people to either remain as part of Somalia de jure or to … Continue reading

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Book Review: Somalia: The New Barbary?

Somalia: The New Barbary? Piracy And Islam In the Horn Of Africa, by Martin N. Murphy [Note: I received this book for free from Columbia University Press in exchange for an honest review. No corruption or bribery was necessary.] This … Continue reading

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Somaliland Update: Found In Translation

Recently I was able to read some very intriguing and quirky news about Somaliland, and as is my fashion, I thought it would be good to pass that news along to my readers. The first of the stories is a … Continue reading

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Somaliland Update: Free And Fair

For today’s Somaliland update, we bring you an account of the recent Somaliland local elections as well as a look at Somaliland’s praise of a spokesman for Somaliland recognition from the UK, showing how in stark contrast to the problems … Continue reading

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Non-Book Review: Pirate Alley

Pirate Alley: Commanding Task Force 151 Off Somalia, by Rear Admiral Terry McKnight US Navy (Retired) and Michael Hirsh This is the fourth book I have received from the Naval Historical Society to review, and I requested this book for … Continue reading

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Somalia’s Piracy Dilemma

Earlier this week I requested a book to review on Somali piracy as part of my naval history book review series, written by the former commander of the Task Force 151 who led a multinational fleet to combat piracy in … Continue reading

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Busloads Of Somalians

One of the funnier stories to me this year in a rather grim and nasty year for politics have been a lot of complaining about “busloads of Somalians” being loaded up to vote in Columbus, Ohio. Now, I have some … Continue reading

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