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Monday, February 7, 2011

Our friend, Somalia


As of January 6th, Georgia has established diplomatic ties to:

A country mired in a civil war for over 20 years;
number one failed state in the world;
no central government control over most of the country's territory;
the world's most famous piracy hot spot;
life expectancy - 50 years (men), 53 years (women);
1.1 million displaced people (IDPs) since 1988;
no permanent national government;
no national legal system;
no political parties;

A humanitarian crisis exists across the country, but hey, at least it's a member of the United Nations. My piece for the Moscow Times is HERE


To read more about Somalia check out this press release from HRW.