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Is Amisom Providing Solution To Problems Facing Somalia?

By   /  June 2, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured  /  No Comments

Listen One of the most potent intoxicants in Africa today is the canned phrase “African solutions for African problems”. While “ASAP” is an acronym that connotes a timely and efficient result, most if not all, operations that are veiled with the romantic motto, have proven that they are not indigenously conceived, funded or driven. Since […]

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African solutions for African problems?

By   /  May 11, 2014  /  Columnists, News, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

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One of the most potent intoxicants in Africa today is the canned phrase “African solutions for African problems”.

While “ASAP” is an acronym that connotes a timely and efficient result, most if not all, operations that are veiled with the romantic motto, have proven that they are not indigenously conceived, funded or driven.

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Al-Shabaab’s Bloody Attack in Mogadishu

By   /  June 25, 2013  /  Columnists  /  Comments Off

Listen The gruesome attack on the U.N. compound in Mogadishu that killed 18 people has shocked the world. Once the “Breaking News” hit the social media, condemnations, condolences, and blame started pouring. This latest bloody attack couldn’t come at a worst time — when security in Mogadishu was rapidly improving, when the country (especially Mogadishu) […]

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Somalia And The Slippery Slope Of ‘Jubbaland’

By   /  May 20, 2013  /  Columnists  /  Comments Off

Listen If the latest development in Somalia gives you the feeling of being trapped in the Twilight Zone—somewhere between relative security and renewed bloodshed—you are not alone. Due to the array of competing internal and external interest groups and the federal government’s lack of clear grand strategy or capacity to assert its authority, the formation […]

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Mogadishu, Boston and the ‘Pavlovian Response’

By   /  May 3, 2013  /  Columnists  /  Comments Off

Listen The recent terrorist attacks that took place in Mogadishu and Boston were not just intended to kill and mutilate many civilians, but to create widespread terror, disarray, and insecurity that would last far beyond the initial shock of these bloody events. It goes without saying — anyone who takes part of such acts of […]

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Somalia, Side-effect of an Overpriced ‘Panacea’

By   /  April 5, 2013  /  Columnists  /  Comments Off

Listen With its meager financial and human resources, the Federal Republic of Somalia (FRS) has been doing better than a satisfactory job. However, in recent months, it has been profoundly frustrated by various challenges. Chief among them is what I would refer to as the first side-effect of a $60 million “panacea” known as the […]

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Ending “Doormat Politics” In Somalia

By   /  February 1, 2013  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen “More than ever, foreign policy is economic policy. The world is competing for resources and global markets.”   John Kerry Considering the positive trend of the past eighteen months, Somalia is en route to recovery, and, in due course, to re-engineer a better state from the ground up. The caveat being: in the long term, […]

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Connecting Dots in the Triangle of Threat

By   /  January 8, 2013  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen By Abukar Arman Just as the temperature of the ‘security threat’ slowly declines in Somalia, it rises in other parts of East Africa. Elements of mainly political, religious, and clan/ethnic nature continue to shift and create new volatile conditions. Though not entirely interdependent these conditions could create a ripple effect across different borders. Depending […]

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Somalia: Breaking Away From Intellectuals’ Legacy of Corruption, Clan and Kleptocracy

By   /  December 12, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen Analysis by Abukar Arman Can a new generation of Somali intellectuals fix the mistakes of its predecessors and offer a brighter future for Somalia? ‘Where the lead camel goes, so shall others’. So goes the Somali proverb, describing the tendency of humans to unquestioningly follow those in authority even if such individuals are leading […]

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The Corroding ‘Lead Camel’ Effect

By   /  December 8, 2012  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen As in old caravans ‘Where the lead camel goes, so shall others’. Such goes the Somali proverb, notwithstanding its regional variations and dialectical flavors. The Lead Camel Effect (LCE) describes a syndrome or a common human tendency to blindly follow leaders, role-models, and all those whom authority is attributed to even if such individuals […]

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