The consequences of non-recognition

Somaliland declared itself a state 26 years ago and has been functioning relatively well since then. Unfortunately, no one has recognized it as a country and still pretends it is part of the state of Somalia, which in itself is also mostly a pretense. Despite not having international legitimacy, Somaliland has been trying to develop an economy and preserve security in its territory. With drought creating famine, however, the lack of recognition is now a serious problem as it inhibits aid from reaching those most in need.

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Smoking in a war zone

Fascinating interview about life under siege in Syria’s East Ghouta. As the subject notes, bombs are probably the most likely thing that will kill you, but if not that, then perhaps the homemade cigarettes that are rapidly developing as normal alternatives are simply no longer available.