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Will the London conference change Somalia’s future?

By   /  February 8, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

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 […]

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Why the International Community Has to Come Together to Help Somalia

By   /  February 5, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  1 Comment

Listen In September 1992 Foreign Secretary Douglas Hurd visited Mogadishu. He could not have known that it would be 20 years before any of his successors set foot in the country again. Shortly after his visit Britain’s Embassy was shut and Somalia plunged deeper into the vortex of suffering and violence that has consumed it […]

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London Conference: Somalia’s expectation for self governance disregarded

By   /  February 3, 2012  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen So far, the consultations for the preparation of the London Conference on Somalia have been described as mere presentations of seven pre-determined themes while the views and suggestions of the Somali participants have been characterized as ambitious, opposing, and non-operational. Sure, the Somali views are diverse, not filtered and opposing but they share the […]

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Only Turkey is showing solidarity with Somalia’s people

By   /  January 27, 2012  /  Columnists, Featured, News, Somalia  /  No Comments

Listen The British government is holding a conference on the future of Somalia next month. In the last 20 years the east African country has suffered enormously – in the collapse of law and order, natural and human-made calamities, the displacements of its citizens, the rise of piracy and the spread of insurgent movements and […]

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London Conference: Somalia needs sovereign and effective Governance

By   /  January 23, 2012  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen For the first time in 22 years, the leader of western donor country, the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on November 14, 2011, the hosting of an International Conference on ‘Somalia’ not fiefdoms in London. In his speech entitled Foreign Policy in the National Interest, the PM described Somalia as ‘a failed State […]

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Venal TFIs leaders shouldn’t be allowed to privatize Somalia’s sovereignty

By   /  January 14, 2012  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen After seven years, the Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) that formed the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG) have irreversibly morphed into the property of three venal leaders used by foreign powers, particularly Ethiopia. Today, TFI leaders speak and act only for compliance with foreign power dictates and for their personal political interests. In Q […]

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The Azania State project made the Somali Kenyans villains

By   /  December 17, 2011  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen The secretly funded Azania State project concocted by few powerful leaders of the Kenyan Government in collusion with a shortsighted group of Somali-Kenyan politicians has crippled the political unity and the struggle of the Somali Kenyans for gaining their rights as Kenyan citizens after years of massacre as well as of oppressive and discriminatory […]

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Why the Somalis are grateful to Turkey?

By   /  December 17, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen Somalia in the last twenty years has suffered enormously, in terms of collapse of law and order, natural and human-made calamities, displacements of its citizens, the rise of piracy and the spread of insurgence movements and seditious militias, that wreaked havoc not only to the survival of the nation, but also dampened the morale […]

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Maryan (Aryette) Omar Ali: A life dedicated to Somali popular song

By   /  December 11, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen On December 7, 2011, Maryan Omar Ali, also known to people as Aryette, passed away in the McCall Medical Center in Etobicoke, Canada. She had struggled with breast cancer for many years. Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Born in Djibouti before its independence in 1977, Maryan and her mother, Sahra Omer Goud, moved […]

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Another Phase of the War in Somalia: Targeting TFG, Turkey?

By   /  November 29, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen For years the Somalis have been experiencing surprising political programs that are usually prepared in one of the East African capitals. Although these programs are initially described as the interest of Somalia, at the end, they produce no better changes on the ground. Why, then, can these programs not be turned out to be […]

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