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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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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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