NomadNet went online in 1993, back when I wrote HTML code in MS word and uploaded it to the server. Its original purpose was to publish outtakes from articles I was writing for The Village Voice, The New Republic, and other magazines. These outtakes were the Somalia-specific information that was too esoteric for American audiences, but the kind of stuff that Somalis in the diaspora were hungry for; minute details about the clan politics behind the conflict in Mogadishu. It was an adventure, as whatever I wrote was guaranteed to piss off one clan, sub-clan or another. Articles were followed up with death threats and insults, and after a while I just figured that it wasn’t worth the bother. Eventually the site became redundant. I left it as a resource, but haven’t added any articles to it since the late 1990s. As time goes by I'll try to dig up some more of my articles and I'll add important pieces from other journalists.
Outmanned, Outgunned in Sierra Leone: Posted May 9, 2000
New York Times op-ed The drama in Sierra Leone, where… Read More
The Faces of Famine: Posted July 27, 1998
Over and over, the pornography of African suffering simply rewards… Read More
The Mysterious Death of Ilaria Alpi – part 1: Posted May 12, 1998
Some people say she had information about the Italian military… Read More
The Mysterious Death of Ilaria Alpi – part 2: Posted March 13, 1998
Dominico Vulpiani tears a sheet from his memo pad and… Read More
The Might Interview: Posted March 3, 1997
"A complete waste of money that succeeds primarily at keeping… Read More
Save the Children: A Different Kind of Child Abuse: Posted December 12, 1996
Save the Children's fund-raising strategy is at odds with its… Read More
WAR AS PEACE: How the Army and the Aid Agencies are Reinventing Militarism: Posted December 13, 1994
The Village Voice By Michael Maren Peacekeeping '94 is dedicated… Read More
Spoiled: Mogadishu Post Card: Posted December 12, 1994
The New Republic By Michael Maren Acetylene torches tint the… Read More
Leave Somalia Alone: Posted July 6, 1994
Copyright 1994 The New York Times Company   The New… Read More
A Journalist in Mogadishu: Posted December 12, 1993
©Copyright 1993 by Michael Maren. This is a loose compilation… Read More
Spinning Dunkirk: Mogadishu Post Card: Posted December 6, 1993
The Pentagon quits Somalia. The New Republic By Michael Maren… Read More
Good Will and Its Limits in Somalia: Posted August 27, 1993
New York Times op-ed Four hundred U.S. Army Rangers arrived… Read More
The Food-Aid Racket: Posted August 12, 1993
Harper's Magazine by Michael Maren From a speech delivered in… Read More
How the Culture of Aid Led to the Tragedy of Somalia: Posted January 19, 1993
From The Village Voice, January 19, 1993   by Michael… Read More
U.S. Callousness and Mozambique Massacres: Posted August 22, 1987
New York Times op-ed News of two massacres in Mozambique… Read More