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Osama death should turn world attention to Somalia

By   /  May 23, 2011  /  Columnists, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

Listen To paraphrase a religious anecdote, has Osama died so that Somali can live? Or is his death the death of Somalia? While many celebrate the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan May 2011 by US Special Forces, Somalia and the entire Greater Horn of Africa gazed eye ball to eye […]

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International Community verdict to end the transition period will worsen Somali crisis

By   /  May 10, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen I find it much harder to assume that a reasonable person familiar with the situation of Somalia would entertain the view that by the end of the transitional period scheduled on August 20, 2011, a National Government which enjoys legitimacy and credibility of the Somali people as well as a formal recognition of the […]

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Parliamentary coup within TFIs of Somalia

By   /  May 6, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The parliamentary coup in progress in Mogadishu has eclipsed all other important topics in Somalia. The critical issues that deserve in depth examination include the relevance of Djibouti Peace Agreement (2008), the development and implementation of comprehensive strategy for peace and state-building, the foreign-driven constitution-making process and uncountable gatherings, the massive displacement of people […]

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Parliamentary coup within TFIs of Somalia

By   /  March 30, 2011  /  Columnists  /  2 Comments

Listen The parliamentary coup in progress in Mogadishu has eclipsed all other important topics in Somalia. The critical issues that deserve in depth examination include the relevance of Djibouti Peace Agreement (2008), the development and implementation of comprehensive strategy for peace and state-building, the foreign-driven constitution-making process and uncountable gatherings, the massive displacement of people […]

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I Weep Not For The Ocampo Six But The Spell Of Negative Ethnicity They Have Cast On The Nation

By   /  March 16, 2011  /  Columnists  /  4 Comments

Listen With Ocampo’s issuance of summons to The Hague Six, their followers are shocked and panic stricken. The bravado of Uhuru and Ruto has flopped and will not protect those who perpetrated crimes against humanity during the post election violence. In the eerie silence following the summons, the Ocampo Six seem deflated and off balance, […]

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Extension of TFP Term heralds catastrophe for Somalia

By   /  February 17, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen Two days after IGAD’s public declaration, the Parliament approved three year term extension easily with 97 % yes (435 present). It’s interesting to witness the intense vilification of the International Community (IC) by Ethiopia and Members of the Djibouti Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP-D) after the IC objected the three-year- extension of TFP-D’s tenure from […]

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Analysis: Key challenges for Southern Sudan after split

By   /  February 11, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen Juba (Alshahid) – The release of referendum results for Southern Sudan’s historic independence showing that 98.83 percent voted for secession means formal independence is scheduled for 9 July 2011, but key challenges still remain to be negotiated. These issues, observers say, must now be hammered out by the two ruling parties – the north’s […]

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Envisioning World Peace After a Bloody Decade

By   /  January 25, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The first decade of the 21st Century has been one that is riddled with callous injustice, malevolent hate, brutal violence, and perilous political volatility. Therefore, it is no surprise that the broad-based perception of the future is: if the first decade of this new century is a sign of what is yet to come, […]

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We have got it wrong on Abidjani

By   /  January 17, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The common phenomenon around Africa that leaders are clinging on to power might not be the ultimate case in Cote d`Ivoire. It’s a hyperbole. Why do I say that? First, the Ugandan case five years ago. The winning president Museveni against an opposition strong candidate Kissa Besigie was regarded as a mockery of democracy. […]

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Saracen scandal exposed TFG’s hypocrisy and incompetence

By   /  January 8, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen For good governance, politicians accused of forgery, lies, corruption and incompetence should resign or be forced to leave office or thrown in jail if they are caught red-handed. President Sheikh Sharif, Prime Minister (PM) Mohamed Abdullahi Formajo, Minister Abdulkareem Jama of Posts, Telecommunication and Information (PTI) of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) are accused […]

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