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Meles Zenawi’s legacy for the Horn of Africa

Meles Zenawi’s legacy for the Horn of Africa

Listen By Prof. Abdi Ismail Samatar Any recent visitor to Ethiopia would be struck by the ubiquitous billboards commemorating the late Prime Minister’s life, two months after his demise. Meles Zenawi’s photo form the backdrop to the TV screens and adorns the streets of all the major towns and villages. These sights were supplemented by […]

Somalia’s fleeting opportunity for hopeful change?

Somalia’s fleeting opportunity for hopeful change?

Listen By Abdi Isamil Samatar Celebratory gunfire filled Mogadishu on a cool evening, on September 10, 2012, as citizens cheered the defeat of the corrupt leaderships of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the election of a new leader for the country. The objective of this essay is to assess whether this change of leadership […]

An odious affair: The UN in Somalia

Listen The Somali people have suffered a great deal and are heading towards oblivion unless dramatic action is urgently taken. Somalia’s condition is the product of internal and external actors’ attempt to realise their respective political agendas. The cumulative effects of the military dictatorship, cold/terror warriors, faction leaders, warlords, client Somali regimes, Ethiopian and Kenyan […]

Will the London conference change Somalia’s future?

Will the London conference change Somalia’s future?

Listen The upcoming London Conference on Somalia is, potentially, a promising occasion to finally put the country on the road to peace, stability and democracy. Whether this opportunity is realised will be largely contingent upon the willingness and ability of the participants to chart a new course that takes full stock of the genuine and […]