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Ugly Clan Federalism Sparks Fresh Turmoil

By   /  August 9, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

Listen The formation of federal Member States (FMS) without legal and political consensus sparks fresh political and social turmoil in all regions of Somalia. It is unequivocally clear that the federal system based on clan ownership of territory has become major obstacle to national reconciliation, peacebuilding, and statebuilding in Somalia. It polluted the notion of […]

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Is Kenya Government failing its Somali People?

By   /  May 13, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured, Opinion & Analysis  /  1 Comment

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The recently televised history about barring Somali individuals from boarding public transport to Nairobi Town by the public, growing negative public perception that Kenyan Somalis or entire Somalis are terrorists or aliens to Kenya and ongoing hate speeches in the social media begs question on whether jubilee government has failed its own Somali people.

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The real enemy roams free as we hunt Shabaab

By   /  May 12, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

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There is more to the current “security operation” than meets the eye. Granted, Kenya is clearly suffering heinous terror attacks.

They must be stopped, and soon. And they better be stopped using the law, rather than outside of it, or we will be all the worse for it.

All the attacks have been swiftly attributed by the police — that inefficient, corrupt and unreliable force — to Al-Shabaab. And many of us have swallowed the police line, even though we consistently rate the police as the most untrusted and corrupt institution in Kenya.

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African solutions for African problems?

By   /  May 11, 2014  /  Columnists, News, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

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One of the most potent intoxicants in Africa today is the canned phrase “African solutions for African problems”.

While “ASAP” is an acronym that connotes a timely and efficient result, most if not all, operations that are veiled with the romantic motto, have proven that they are not indigenously conceived, funded or driven.

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Security loopholes at the house of the people

By   /  May 10, 2014  /  Columnists, Featured, Opinion & Analysis, Security, Somalia  /  No Comments

It is early Monday morning and I am standing on the western gate of the dilapidated peoples’ house which still serves as a headquarters for Somalia’s raucous parliament and as usual in this time of the year the sun is beating down.

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What would make someone want to return to Somalia?

By   /  May 8, 2014  /  Africa, Featured, IDPs, News, Opinion & Analysis, Refugees, Security, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

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Listen After eight years living in Kenya, Ifrah Osman decided to go home to Somalia, the country she fled in 2006 as the long-running war worsened. In the last few years security has improved in Mogadishu, and some have found hope and opportunity here — but that’s not why Osman went home. She left Kenya […]

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Cracking down on Nairobi’s Somalis

By   /  April 29, 2014  /  Africa, Featured, News, Opinion & Analysis, Papers, Reports, Resaerch, Security, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

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Listen In Eastleigh, a mostly Somali area of Nairobi, residents say they constantly look over their shoulders when entering grocery stores, to make sure no security agents are following them. Some families have locked themselves up in their homes, and children rush to alert their parents whenever they see a policeman passing by. Some say […]

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From Libya to Lampedusa: Life in Italy for Somali Refugees

By   /  April 28, 2014  /  Africa, Arab World, East Africa, Featured, Opinion & Analysis, Refugees, Security, Somalia, World News  /  No Comments

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Listen They call them Ciyaalka Badda or children from the sea. This phrase is used when referring to the young Somali refugees who come by boat from North Africa. The expressions of the eight young Somali men leaning against the wall outside Termini station tell a complex story. They are caught in the midst of […]

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Time for the STATE to appear after AMISOM military successes

By   /  April 22, 2014  /  Columnists, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

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A few weeks ago as the AMISOM troops announced to the world that they had recaptured many former AlShabaab controlled cities and regions in Somalia such as Bulo Bude and Qoryooley their mood was evidently self-congratulatory. Somali Ministers heaped praise on them and triumphant and moving images of AMISOM patrols in these newly recaptured areas were projected to the world. The Somali people, while quietly relieved, were more sceptical and could only manage a nervous smile at best.

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From bandits to ‘terrorists,’ the fate of Kenyan-Somalis

By   /  April 19, 2014  /  Columnists, Opinion & Analysis  /  No Comments

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After a spate of grenade attacks in Nairobi, the coastal region and the Somali-inhabited North Eastern province, the Kenyan government has launched a massive crackdown on ethnic Somalis. More than 4,000 people, mostly Somali refugees, have been arrested since Kenya launched Operation Usalama Watch on April 2, ostensibly in response to the deteriorating domestic security situation.

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