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Somalia is still fragile, but fragile is progress

Al-Shabaab is still launching attacks, donor fatigue is rising, and countless other challenges remain. But there’s no doubt Somalia is moving in the right direction.

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New Documentaries To Look Out For at the Luxor African Film Festival

The third edition of the Egyptian Luxor African Film Festival again has a wide-ranging programme scheduled for next month. Selected films will be showing in different competitions: Long Narrative, Short Narratives, Short Documentaries and Long Documentary.

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Why are we in Somalia? When are we leaving?

Perhaps predictably, it has taken less than a week for the “We Are One” reaction to the attack on Westgate Mall to fall apart.

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Xenophobic violence against minorities in South Africa on the rise

About 100 people have been arrested in connection with xenophobic attacks on shops owned by foreign nationals during protests in the eastern coastal city of Port Elizabeth.  It is the second time this year that foreign shopkeepers have been subjected to looting, arson and evacuation in the area.

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Why Kenya is not making any strides in the war against Al Shabaab two months into incursion

The Kenyan Defence Forces in Somalia have not made any significant territorial progress over the past one month, but the military publicity department is not ready to reveal that they have stalled because of factors beyond their control — a situation that has left Nairobi rethinking its approach to the incursion against the Al Shabaab militia.

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On Kenya’s war against Al-Shabaab

Somalis in the Southern Somali region of Afmadow fled their homes after a surprise Kenyan military attack on Sunday 16 October 2011. Kenya launched its offense allegedly in response to recent kidnappings, aiming to push Islamist insurgent groups away from its border. Kidnapping in Kenya is rife; offenders include Kenya Police, military and nationals.

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