British Royal Marines and sailors from the Royal Navy Type 23 frigate HMS Montrose intercept a pirate gang in the Somali basin on Oct. 14, 2010. Cyber attacks, terrorism, inter-state conflict and natural hazards are the top threats to British security, officials said, a day before a major military review due to include deep spending cuts.
Oil industry veteran John Nelson talks to OilPrice.com about the developing interest in Tunisia's energy resources. New bid rounds and forced relinquishments have created an opportunity for new companies to take interest in Tunisia's oil resources.
Oil super majors' performance hasn't been very impressive of late, Alic writes. They might have to get smaller to get bigger if they wish to avoid being rendered irrelevant by the growing ranks of juniors, she adds.
Erik Prince, who made a fortune in Iraq thanks to his politically connected and controversial Blackwater military contractor, is leading a group of Chinese investors on a hunt for natural resources and investment opportunities in Africa.
Hawa Aden Mohamed, a former Somali refugee, returned from safety in Canada to her war-torn country to shelter and train Somalis who have fled war, famine, and violence.
This is the first time the European-led naval expedition, Operation Atalanta, has attacked a pirate base on Somali territory.
This week Britain led another international attempt to help Somalia, a dysfunctional state plagued by piracy and terrorism. Nations must learn from the past that trying to build up a central government in Somalia won't work. It's the regions and sub-clans that need bolstering.
Today, Belgium announced the formation of a coalition government after 541 days of stalemate.
US restrictions on aid for Somalia famine, although well-intentioned, are severely hindering relief efforts. International Crisis Groups says that lifting them would improve Somali opinions of the US.