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Global Inequality: Why it Matters

Despite improvements in rates of inequality, almost half of the world’s wealth is still owned by 1% of the population. Since 1990, global poverty has halved, going down from 43% of the world population subsisting on less than $1 a day to 21% in...

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Al-Shabab: A Revenue Rebirth?

Al-Shabab’s economic strategy is dipping into new wealth, making the group ever more dangerous. By late 2008, it was estimated that al-Shabab controlled most of south-central Somalia. Although it took years of putting forces together and placing...

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Somalia’s War: The Al-Shabab Threat

Al-Shabab is no longer dominated by young nationalists, and its objectives have become blurred. Background Al-Shabab, a Somali militia, originated as a radical Islamist movement seeking to create a “Greater Somalia.” In 2006, it became a...

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