- Israel hits symbols of Hamas rule; scores killed
- Mississippi abortion law can’t be enforced
- Teacher who survived Sandy Hook has book deal
- Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in case vs. ‘American Sniper’ author Chris Kyle
- Government OKs Arab-owned company to operate U.S. cargo port
- Defense lawyer: McDonnell’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO
- Chinese hackers stole ‘huge quantities’ of sensitive data on Israel’s Iron Dome
- House unveils bill to speed deportations of illegal immigrant children
- Californians protest middle school for hiring white man to teach cultural studies
- Killer’s sentencing overturned because mother couldn’t find seat in courtroom
Sanctions on Somalia will stifle growth, affect stability
Question of the Day
In Hargeisa, I also met Moustapha Osman Guelleh, chief operating officer and co-owner of Somaliland Beverage Industries. Educated in Britain, Mr. Guelleh had just completed construction of a state-of-the-art Coca Cola bottling plant. In a nearby village, he built a two-classroom school.
I also met three entrepreneurs Abdi Nur, CEO of a construction company; Abdirahman Adam, senior marketing director of a privately held telecommunications company; and Omar Hayd, CEO of an import-export trading company. They all had lived in the United States and were enthusiastic about Somaliland’s future.
A trade embargo on any products will hurt already destitute Somalis, who live on less than $1 per day.
Somaliland has been stable, without insurgent activity, so the sanctions will be extended against this fledgling economic activity. Somalis fear the sanctions because they may scare off expatriates seeking to invest in Somaliland.
The U.S. sanctions, intended to curb radical Islamists’ activities, instead will stifle economic growth a requisite for stability.
• John Price is a former U.S. ambassador to Comoros, Mauritius and the Seychelles islands. He is currently a resident scholar at the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics. He is the author of “When the White House Calls” and writes commentaries on Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
© Copyright 2014 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.
TWT Video Picks
By Donald Lambro
Even retail giant Wal-Mart shows telltale signs of trouble
- Boehner rules out impeachment: 'Scam started by Democrats'
- Obama thanks Muslims for 'building the very fabric of our nation'
- Federal judge grants 90-day stay in D.C. gun case
- Obama: 'Not a new Cold War,' but new Russia sanctions announced
- Smugglers, rainstorm combine to poke holes in border fence
- Obama's brother wears Hamas scarf bearing anti-Israel slogans in photo
- PHILLIPS: Once-in-a-century stupidity
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- PRUDEN: When the hangman botches the job
- Kerry's credibility questioned as fighting in Gaza rages
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world