- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more...
- 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...
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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...
- 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. more...
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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. more...
- 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. more... [ Comment ]
- 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 ]