Self-Assembly on the Savanna: IKEA Shelters House Refugees

Self-Assembly on the Savanna: IKEA Shelters House Refugees

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

The Swedish furniture giant IKEA has sent self-assembly huts to the savanna of Ethiopia to house Somali refugees. If the test case proves successful, they soon could be used as alternatives to tents in other parts of the world. By Johannes Korge more... Comment ]

An Army for Somalia: Success Uncertain for European Training Effort

An Army for Somalia: Success Uncertain for European Training Effort

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2012

German soldiers are participating in a European Union mission in Uganda to train Somali soldiers to help bring peace to their wartorn nation. A visit to the camp shows just how difficult it is to turn raw recruits into loyal, effective fighters. Not even Brussels is convinced of the mission's usefulness. By Anne Backhaus and Johannes Korge more...

Verdict in Somali Hijacking Case: Court Rules in Germany's First Modern-Day Piracy Trial

Verdict in Somali Hijacking Case: Court Rules in Germany's First Modern-Day Piracy Trial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2012

A court in Hamburg has handed down prison sentences to 10 Somali pirates who hijacked the German freighter cargo ship MS Taipan in 2010. The trial lasted almost two years, making it one of the longest in postwar German history. It was hampered primarily by linguistic difficulties and problems establishing the age of the defendants. more...

An Expensive Farce: Germany's Somali Pirate Trial Is Pointless

An Expensive Farce: Germany's Somali Pirate Trial Is Pointless

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 12, 2012

When 10 Somali pirates were brought to trial earlier this year in Hamburg, many viewed it as promising a minor victory against lawlessness on the high seas. But the trial has turned into a pointless and expensive circus. The battle against piracy off the Horn of Africa won't be won in German courtrooms. A Commentary by Beate Lakotta more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'The Pirate Problem Cannot Be Solved Militarily'

The World from Berlin: 'The Pirate Problem Cannot Be Solved Militarily'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 19, 2012

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government approved an expansion of the EU's anti-pirate mission off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday to allow military strikes on land. German commentators share the opposition's skepticism and worries about risk. more...

Using Guards to Hunt Pirates: Germany May Loosen Shipping Laws

Using Guards to Hunt Pirates: Germany May Loosen Shipping Laws

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2012

Using private security firms to protect ships from Somali pirates has long been a legal gray area in Germany. Conceding that it doesn't have enough soldiers to do the job, the German government is considering a draft law allowing shipowners to deploy private armed guards. But there's one caveat: Security personnel would be limited to using semi-automatic firearms. By Simone Utler more...

Somalia Mission Expands: EU To Target Pirates Up to Two Kilometers Inland

Somalia Mission Expands: EU To Target Pirates Up to Two Kilometers Inland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 27, 2012

Last week, the European Union agreed to expand its anti-piracy mission to include land-based targets in Somalia. SPIEGEL ONLINE has learned that air attacks up to two kilometers inland will be allowed. But an expansion of the mandate could face obstacles in Berlin, where opposition politicians warn that EU forces could get dragged into fighting on the ground. By Matthias Gebauer more... Comment ]

Africa's Belt of Misery: Religion and Climate Change Fuel Chaos in Sahel

Africa's Belt of Misery: Religion and Climate Change Fuel Chaos in Sahel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2012

Bloody conflicts in a band of Africa stretching from Senegal to Somalia are hampering efforts to bring progress to the troubled region. Muslims are increasingly pitted against Christians, and nomads against sedentary farmers. Matters are made worse by climate change and a flood of weapons. By Horand Knaup more...

Suicide Attacks in Nigeria: Islamist Terror Network Gains Strength in Africa

Suicide Attacks in Nigeria: Islamist Terror Network Gains Strength in Africa

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2012

On Christmas Day, the extremist Muslim sect Boko Haram carried out a suicide attack on a church in Nigeria that killed dozens. By allying itself with groups such as al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb, it has been gaining in strength and is threatening to spark a religious war in Nigeria. By Horand Knaup more... Comment ]

On the Beaches: EU Seeks to Expand Anti-Piracy Mission in Somalia

On the Beaches: EU Seeks to Expand Anti-Piracy Mission in Somalia

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 30, 2011

Piracy off the Somali coast remains a huge problem, despite international efforts to combat the scourge. Now, the EU is considering expanding the scope of its operation to include attacks on onshore infrastructure such as weapons depots. German politicians are warning of the dangers of mission creep. more... Comment ]