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Ugly Clan Federalism Sparks Fresh Turmoil

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Listen The formation of federal Member States (FMS) without legal and political consensus sparks fresh political and social turmoil in all regions of Somalia. It is unequivocally clear that the federal system based on clan ownership of territory has become major obstacle to national reconciliation, peacebuilding, and statebuilding in Somalia. It polluted the notion of […]

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Somali Shebab say 18 dead in attack on government troops

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Listen Somalia’s hardline Islamists reported heavy fighting Saturday in battles against government and African Union troops in the central Hiran region. Shebab spokesman Abdulaziz Abu Musab told AFP at least 18 were killed and several others wounded after the group’s fighters attacked a base of the AU force in Buloburde town, some 200 kilometres (125 […]

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Can sports radio help unify war-torn Somalia?

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Listen Like other terrorist organizations, Al-Shabaab does not appreciate the unifying powers of sport. The militant jihadist group banned soccer while occupying Mogadishu, where it spent years fighting government forces. Shortly after its expulsion from the city in the summer of 2011, Gool FM was spawned—giving Somalia its first and only sports radio station. Before […]

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Somalis find new option on airwaves: sports radio

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Listen For decades Somalia’s airwaves have been filled by radio stations broadcasting news of the country’s long-running violence or troubled clan politics. But now Somalis can listen to a dedicated sports radio station. Gool FM airs sports only, no politics. The station’s managers believe an increase in sports coverage can promote peace and boost economic […]

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Somali Shebab journalist ‘killer’ arrested, govt says

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Listen A Somali journalist accused of killing colleagues and working for the Al-Qaeda linked Shebab has been arrested in Kenya and will be extradited to Mogadishu, Somalia’s information minister said on Saturday. A series of journalists have been killed in recent years in Somalia, one of the most dangerous countries in the world to work […]

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