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Mumbai: Exporting Pakistan's Resources

I sure didn’t expect to be spending Thanksgiving morning sucking down instant coffee and flicking channels between CNN and the BBC. But the attacks in Mumbai are so big and, like they keep saying, “brazen,” that I stayed up late…

Posted on: November 27th, 2008 | Comments (139)

War Nerd Update: Mother Ship, Shrimp Boat, Either Way It’s Puree!

Cop groupies, naval warfare nerds and gas-starved SUV moms around the world all had the same hero last week: the Indian Navy. The Subcontinental squids announced that they had struck the first blow for law’n’order on the high seas by…

Posted on: November 26th, 2008 | Comments (11)

War Nerd Update: Yo Ho Ho and a Tanker of Crude

Yo ho ho ho time in Somalia! What’s the bestest present kids dream of in faraway Puntland, where piracy is more than a Disney marketing gimmick? A supertanker, that’s what. A Saudi supertanker is the ultimate in stuffed stockings: 100…

Posted on: November 18th, 2008 | Comments (44)

War Nerd Book Review: From Hyena's Belly to Canadian Bitch

Today I’ll finally keep my promise and tell you about my favorite book on the Horn of Africa. Remember a couple columns back, I promised to tell you about a great book on the Ethiopian/Somali wars? Of course I promised…

Posted on: November 17th, 2008 | Comments (15)

War Nerd: Bush Fought The Wars And The Wars Won

What George W. Bush loved best about his job was being a war president. Playing war, that is, as opposed to making war like a grown-up. Remember him strutting onto that carrier in his little flight jacket? You never saw…

Posted on: November 13th, 2008 | Comments (21)

War Nerd: Congo Warrior Nkunda Is Nkool

Laurent Nkunda: War Nerd Hero If you ever want to find a real hero, here’s one way to recognize him: the TV news will be making him into a monster 24/7. Today’s monster hero is the Tutsi general Laurent Nkunda,…

Posted on: November 11th, 2008 | Comments (33)

War Nerd Update: Jack al-Sparrow vs. the Do-gooders!

Can I time these articles or what? The day after I put up my article on Ethiopia’s troubles in Somalia, 5 car bombs go off in two Somali cities targeting the Ethiopian consulate in Hargeisa, the Presidential Palace (such as…

Posted on: October 29th, 2008 | Comments (1)