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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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The Common struggle between Somalis and Eritreans

By   /  June 25, 2011  /  Columnists, Lectures, Opinion & Analysis  /  2 Comments

Listen This statement was given at the Mercorios Haile Memoriol conference, in honour of the late Eritrean national leader, held on 30-31-5-2011 at the centre of Initiative for Change. The theme discussed was “The Eritrean Political Parties and Civil Society Organisations”. First of all I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of the […]

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Kampala Accord infringes on Somalia’s sovereignty and healing prospect

By   /  June 22, 2011  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen The Kampala Accord (KA), drafted under the direction of President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Dr. Augustine Mahiga, the Special Representative of Secretary General (SRSG) resembles the colonial treaties signed by Somali Traditional Leaders for personal gains or rivalry.  President Sheikh Sharif and Speaker Sharif Hassan signed the KA on June 9, 2011 in […]

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At last, the transition government in Somalia seems to have woken up

By   /  June 14, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen While I am strongly opposed to murdering extremists that control much of the country and make no secret of their allegiance to the late Osama bin Laden’s Terror Inc., I never saw the feeble transitional government as a viable alternative. The members of the executive and the rump legislature operate only in a small […]

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Somalia’s PM may resign, but scars will not stop bleeding

By   /  June 11, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen By Faysal Mohamud* *Somalia’s prime minister, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed is expected to resign after Somalia’s feuding leaders, President, Sharif Sheikh Ahmed and Parliament Speaker, Sharif Hassan agreed to form a new government to end a political stalemate that saw an intervention from the United Nations and regional governments.* The political deadlock between the two […]

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Only a popular Accord can restore Somalia’s self-governance, dignity and prosperity

By   /  May 30, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen As a follow up to meeting on Somalia held in New York on May 11, members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) travelled to Nairobi, Kenya on May 24-25 for further consultation with leaders of Somalia, African Union (AU) and Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD). After listening  the pathetic speeches of top leaders […]

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