Post Tagged with: "somalia"

How U.S. War Funds Get Wasted … And How to Stop It

How U.S. War Funds Get Wasted … And How to Stop It

July 1, 2013 at 3:54 pm

US NEWS & WORLD REPORT 07/01/13 By Michael Shank The scandal at the Internal Revenue Service illustrates well the critical importance of an inspector general in keeping an administration accountable, regardless of which party holds the presidency. Had it not been for the Office of the Inspector General within the […]

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Barack Obama’s Africa Trip Misses Military Mission Creep on Continent

Barack Obama’s Africa Trip Misses Military Mission Creep on Continent

June 23, 2013 at 11:34 am

HUFFINGTON POST 06/22/13 By Michael Shank and Cassidy Regan This week, as President Barack Obama travels to Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, he will miss much of America’s mission creep into the African continent. Not merely in the more obvious military interventions into Libya, Mali or Somalia, or military bases […]

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Authorization for Use of Military Force: A Blank Check for War Without End

Authorization for Use of Military Force: A Blank Check for War Without End

May 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm

THE GUARDIAN 05/05/13 By Michael Shank and Matt Southworth A handful of Democratic and Republican senators are considering a rewrite of 60 of the most consequential words to ever pass through Congress. The Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), passed after the attacks of 11 September 2001, and provides […]

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Eight Ingredients for a Peaceful Society

Eight Ingredients for a Peaceful Society

December 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR 12/19/11 By Michael Shank What makes for a peaceful society? Hot spots from Congo to the Middle East would benefit from such knowledge. But so would the United States, which, at home, isn’t always so harmonious and abroad, is still at war in Afghanistan. The Institute for […]

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The Costly Errors of America’s Wars

The Costly Errors of America’s Wars

July 25, 2011 at 11:03 pm

THE GUARDIAN 07/25/11 By Michael Shank After ten years, $4tn and thousands of lives, the US needs an exit from the depressing impasse of its militarised foreign policy This month, as the Pentagon and the CIA countenance a changing of the guard – welcoming Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and CIA […]

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Poverty, Political Instability and Somali Piracy

Poverty, Political Instability and Somali Piracy

November 14, 2008 at 9:19 pm

FINANCIAL TIMES 11/14/08 By Michael Shank Sir, To assume that the pervasive and persistent Somali piracy off the Horn of Africa is sound and fury signifying nothing of political substance, and that the solution to the madness is simply a summoning and tightening of security, is to completely misread the […]

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Understanding Political Islam in Somalia

Understanding Political Islam in Somalia

March 5, 2007 at 10:41 pm

CONTEMPORARY ISLAM No. 11562, March 07 By Michael Shank Preface By the time this article is published, much will have transpired in recent months within Somalia. Between December 2006 and January 2007, the Ethiopian and United States governments invaded Somalia by land and air, respectively, ousting the ruling Union of […]

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