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Why Western Aid Won’t Save Somalia

By   /  August 10, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Sarah Kenyon Lischer If only we could blame drought and poverty for the famine in the Horn of Africa that would be so simple. Wealthy donor states could quickly send food, medicine, and tents to the starving, diseased, and displaced. Millions of people would be saved. Altruism would triumph. Instead, ruthless leaders engage […]

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Should Somalia be allowed to join East African Community? Most decidedly

By   /  August 9, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By WILLIAM OCHIENG In a paper which I read at a recent conference at Maseno University, I argued that as we prepare to admit the new independent state of South Sudan into the East African Community, we should not forget Somalia. I argued that geographically shielded from the African continent by Kenya and Ethiopia, […]

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The unholy alliance in Somalia: Media, donors and aid agencies

By   /  August 8, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  2 Comments

Listen By Rasna Warah The season of giving has started — and it not even Christmas yet. Leading international aid agencies, including the United Nations, Oxfam, Save the Children and Islamic Relief UK, have launched massive campaigns to save the thousands of Somalis who are facing hunger in their own country and in refugee camps […]

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With famine in Somalia, a case of leadership (not compassion) fatigue

By   /  August 4, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen There’s a narrative that goes something like this: Emotive media images and tired tales of famine-causing drought in Somalia have created “compassion fatigue,” a type of onlooker’s paralysis that dulls the fury and utter indignation that would otherwise motivate action. That’s an insult, particularly with reference to the American public. Think such images don’t […]

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Eritrea: Africa’s North Korea, complete with unhinged president

By   /  August 1, 2011  /  Columnists, East Africa, Featured, News  /  No Comments

Listen By SIMON ALLISON It’s not every day that a UN report accuses a country of terrorism. UN reports tend to be dry and flavourless, filled with prevarications and hedging of bets. This latest, from the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, is different. Alongside a number of interesting observations in its 415 pages […]

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Genocidal politics and the Somali famine

By   /  July 31, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Abdi Ismail Samatar Droughts are common in the Somali peninsula, but only an exceptional one produces famine. For instance, the Horn of Africa drought of 1984 did not produce famine in Somalia, while the Ethiopian population was devastated. The latter country suffered famine because the military government of the time was engaged in […]

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In Somalia, a new famine, born of old failures

By   /  July 30, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen By Nuruddin Farah If the past is anything to go by, TVs the world over will show heart-wrenching pictures of malnourished Somali babies with distended kwashiorkor bellies; of flies feeding on their eyes; of mouths sucking at milkless breasts. Environmental experts will pontificate on the recurrent droughts in Somalia. Aid organizations will canvass the […]

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U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon’s plea: We can’t allow Somalia to starve

By   /  July 22, 2011  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen By Ban Ki-moon Across the Horn of Africa, people are starving. A catastrophic combination of conflict, high food prices and drought has left more than 11 million people in desperate need. The United Nations has been sounding the alert for months. We have resisted using the “F-word” — famine — but on Wednesday, we […]

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The CIA’s Secret Sites in Somalia

By   /  July 13, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen Jeremy Scahill Nestled in a back corner of Mogadishu’s Aden Adde International Airport is a sprawling walled compound run by the Central Intelligence Agency. Set on the coast of the Indian Ocean, the facility looks like a small gated community, with more than a dozen buildings behind large protective walls and secured by guard […]

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If you’re Somali, don’t bother to look for a job

By   /  June 30, 2011  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen Somalis consistently rank as the least employed of any race in Victoria, with statistics placing between 32 per cent and 47 per cent out of work. Abdulkadir Shire and Ali-nur Duale are masters of disguise. The two Somali men, now in their 50s, have spent more than 30 years between them applying for jobs […]

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