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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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Al Shabab Leadership crises and the prospect for peace in Somalia

By   /  January 7, 2011  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The peaceful amalgamation of the two Islamist factions Al Shabab and Hisbul Islam (HZ) is seen by some as a commendable act that will have significant postive ramification in the political landscape of Somalia.  Others see it as the nightmare that they always dreaded to face; but at least over one million internally displaced […]

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Death of gravely ill Somalia

By   /  December 20, 2010  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen The inevitable outcome of the contradictory and illusory actions of the Transitional Federal Government of Somalia (TFG), of the armed Islamists, of the clan-based Regional Entities, of the neighboring and occupying countries of Somalia, of the International Community (IC), and of the “Transnational Somali Diaspora” is the quick death of gravely ill Somalia. TFG […]

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Realistic Plan to Save Somalia

By   /  December 11, 2010  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen By Abdulrahman Idow: Congratulations on the recent approval of your new cabinet by the parliament. I am sure that with your impeccable credentials you and your cabinet team stand in a good position to lead the country on the road towards Somali to come back as nation. We Somali diaspora are proud of you. […]

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Wrangles that never cease in the Somali government

By   /  November 25, 2010  /  Columnists  /  1 Comment

Listen The scramble and political quagmire within the circus of the Transitional Federal government seems unending at every appointment of cabinet. Of the three Somalia governments from 2000 to date, none was able to ameliorate the abhorring situation in Somalia. It was in 2000 when Abdikasim Salat Hassan and his premier Ali khalif Galeyr could […]

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Disappointed and starved of justice, Kenyans eagerly await judicial reforms

By   /  November 19, 2010  /  Columnists  /  No Comments

Listen When we struggled against one-party dictatorship, we suffered more disappointments from the Judiciary than from any other arm of government. The Judiciary disappointed so greatly because, unlike Parliament and the Executive, it was expected to be the final refuge for the persecuted. But it was in the court-rooms that the hopes of those who […]

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The President Must Lead The War Against Corruption Or It Will Never Be Won.

By   /  November 9, 2010  /  Columnists  /  2 Comments

Listen Corruption simply means theft. Though government audits conceal theft in unclear words like “misappropriation”, these words like corruption and graft simply mean theft and corrupt people are simply thieves. In case you don’t know, it is because corrupt people steal from us that we are poor, live in slums, our industries are dead, our […]

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