updated 7:33 AM MST, Nov 17, 2017


Trump Isn’t Fighting Human Trafficking, He’s Facilitating It

By Jay Shooster
In an interview with Bloomberg on Monday, President Donald Trump argued that we need his border wall to fight human trafficking,  which he described as “probably worse than it ever was in history, if you think about it.” He added it’s “a problem that you should write something about at some point.”

Trump’s reading of history disregards the transatlantic slave trade, but,  I agree with him on this last point: More attention can always be brought to the problem, and I applaud any president for raising awareness about it. However, Trump’s focus on it belies the fact that his policies are only exacerbating the situation.. Although his executive order on human trafficking, which he signed in February, might suggest that he’s  serious about the issue, Trump should be aware that his “America First” agenda–including aggressive immigration enforcement, the refugee ban, and disengagement from international institutions–has the effect of facilitating the enslavement of vulnerable people, in the U.S. and around the world.

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Opinion

The “good pirates” of Somalia

 My father's hometown of Eyl, Somalia, was once a pirate's haven. I sat down with an ex-pirate to learn why

Boyah J. Farah 

 One morning in Eyl, Somalia, Osman, a married fisherman in his thirties, woke up with the rising of the sun. His wife and eight children, all under 14 years old, were still sleeping in the hut beneath the edge of the mountain. The ocean breathed cold. Osman had a small boat with a tiny engine. Taking a drag of his cigarette, he prepared his fishnet, got on his boat, turned the engine, and waved goodbye as his wife, pregnant with their ninth child and woken by his commotion, poked her head out of the hut. Osman took off.

Three years later when I met Fawzia, Osman’s wife, she told me how she could not forget the memory of her husband’s one hand holding the engine handle and his other hand waving to her as the image of him on the boat grew smaller and smaller and then disappeared into the blue Indian ocean. He never made it back to his family. Four days later, the ocean spat out his decomposed body. His mouth was duct-taped shut, his hands were tied together with a gray zip tie behind his back, and bullet holes littered his chest.
  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Opinion

Saving the Lives of Maritime Passageways: The Coast Guard and Maritime Chokepoints


By Victoria Castleberry

The need for security of international maritime trade has never been greater as over 90 percent of internationally traded goods are transported via maritime shipping and 70 percent of maritime shipped goods are containerized cargo.1 Most trade vessels are funneled through one or more of six strategic chokepoints around the world: the Suez and Panama Canals, Strait of Malacca, Strait of Bab el-Mandeb, Strait of Gibraltar, and the Strait of Hormuz.2 Perhaps the most unique of these chokepoints is the Strait of Hormuz, and the presence of six 110’ Coast Guard Cutters in its vicinity. Coast Guard presence provides what no other U.S. asset can to this hostile region: provide security without an escalation of arms and the facilitation of transnational cooperation through various interagency programs. Expanding this model of strategic deterrence by increasing the U.S. Coast Guard’s presence internationally, the United States will be capable of protecting our most precious passages, promote international cooperation, and give the U.S. an advantage in determining how the international maritime waterways are governed.

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Opinion

Somalia’s situation eerily mirrors that of SA

By Kgomoeswana.
Somalia is proving a scary example of how no economy can grow and become sustainable to the exclusion of locals, writes Victor Kgomoeswana.

I found the resurgence of piracy ominously coincidental, considering the hype surrounding radical economic transformation in South Africa. My frustration with the quality of debate in our country is that playing the man is a much more appealing sport than playing the ball; but back to that later.

Ishan Tharoor, writing for Time, aptly described Somali pirates as “not desperate bandits, experts say, rather savvy opportunists in the most lawless corner of the planet”.
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Why would fishermen turn to pirates and carry out the most daring attacks, claiming close to $200 million in ransom?

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Opinion

Trump Invades Somalia

By Stephen Lendman

Bookmakers must be wondering how many wars he’ll wage during his tenure.

He continues Bush/Cheney/Obama wars, escalated them in Syria, Iraq and Yemen, likely intends more combat troops for Afghanistan, threatens nuclear war on the Korean peninsula, and targets Somalia for the first time since US forces were withdrawn in 1994.

Sending dozens, perhaps scores, even hundreds of US combat troops isn’t exactly an invasion. Besides, US special forces operated there at times for years – illegally on the territory of another country.

Big things usually start small. US forces in Somalia may signal many more to come. Obama waged a covert drone war on the strategically important Horn of Africa.

It’s near the Bab el-Mandeb strait chokepoint separating Yemen from Eritrea. Millions of barrels of oil flow through it to the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.

  • Written by Abdullahi
  • Category: Opinion