Many voluntaryists have looked longingly toward Somalia for evidence of our ideas in practice. But it’s a little tough when that real-world example also happens to be the quintessential image of extreme poverty and feuding warlords for most people. Nonetheless, Somalia has improved by virtually every measure of standard of living without a state. Michael van Notten’s book "The Law of the Somalis" describes Somalia’s stateless legal tradition.Read more »
An encouraging story (by the BBC) about Somaliland - twenty years after declaring itself independant from Somalia. It has a "poor" government and the general population has a "pioneer" attitude very resistant to making their government bigger. This podcast describes several encouraging changes brought about largely through voluntary means, such as the building of a hospital using a retired businesswoman's donated funds and donated land (by government but it is implied that it was not actively being used) that was formerly used to imprison and execute.Read more »
"With the U.S. effectively arming both sides of the conflict, the Somalia fighting could go on … well, forever... the Pentagon is mulling an 'off-shore' strategy for future conflicts, where U.S.Read more »
"Xeer, is the polycentric legal system of Somalia. Under this system, elders serve as judges and help mediate cases using precedents. It is a good example of how customary law works within a stateless society and is a fair approximation of what is thought of as natural law. Several scholars have noted that even though Xeer may be centuries old, it has the potential to serve as the legal system of a modern, well-functioning economy."Read more »
Hundreds of Somali soldiers trained with US funding have deserted, with some crossing over to the al-Qaida-linked militants they are supposed to be fighting, it emerged today.
The troops, backed with millions of US dollars, are leaving the ranks because they are not receiving their $100 (£65) monthly wage. The desertions raise fears that an American-backed drive next month to strengthen Somalia's army may increase the ranks of the insurgency.Read more »
An amusing story about stupid pirates, with obvious spin at the end.
"Experts" say piracy will continue because Somalia doesn't have a functioning government. Somalia has "lawless" shores. Do laws stop piracy? Seems to me that vessels being allowed to protect themselves would stop piracy. Oh, and what is that Dutch ship doing on the African coast, taking guns away from people?
Pirates were stopped by private guards who fired off guns and a high-decibel noise device.
"Roger Middleton, a piracy expert at the London-based think tank Chatham House, said the international maritime community was still 'solidly against' armed guards aboard vessels at sea...[snip]...'there's the idea that it's the responsibility of states and navies to provide security. I would think it's a step backward if we start privatizing security of the shipping trade.'" What a dumbass!Read more »
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