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How do you spot a Somali MP?

By Jamal Hadji Nur Following a previous trending hash tag on Twitter “#OnlyinSomalia”,  yesterday’s trending hash tag “#YouKnowHeIsSomaliMP” started by Hamza Mohamed, an Aljazeera reporter, is akin to its “predecessor “#OnlyInSomalia  also started by Aljazeera reporter Abdurahman Warsame.   The amusing yet truth revealing tweets under the #OnlyinSomalia hash tag reflect the growing discontent, of a num ...

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Why does Prime Minister Shirdon have to resign?

By Harar24 Editorial Team   Recently there had been a lot of talk surrounding the Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon and his resignation. The Prime Minister had on previous occasions dismissed claims regarding his resignation and said that there would be a cabinet shuffle.   However several reports and sources inside the government have now confirmed that the Somali President Hasan Mahmud se ...

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Rendition, torture & secret prisons: Puntland the CIA’s latest Bagram?

By Harar24's Editorial In 2011 Djibouti entered Somalia to contribute to the AMISOM. But behind Djibouti’s glorious peacekeeping mission looms a darker side, one that many don’t know about or don’t want to hear about, one that speaks of secret prisons and torture in this tiny coastal state.   The case of Mahdi Hashi is a classic example. Mahdi, who was stripped of his British citizenship, was secretly ...

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33 years after the Garissa massacre & ongoing police brutality in NFD

By Omar Dahir (writer for Harar24) Incidents of police brutality and state terror are not uncommon in the Northern Frontier District (NFD) of Kenya. Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the Garissa massacre, as with most massacres if not all, the exact number of victims show a discrepancy, but the most common cited number is three thousand.   Not much is said about this massacre, as if it’s brushed asid ...

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Somalia, the next Waziristan?

By Jamal Hadji Nur (Editor at Harar24)   Drone strikes & bombardments aren’t a new addition to the Somali war, however since the Westgate attack the West has stepped up its aerial activities over Somalia.   Recently two Al-Shabaab fighters were killed by a drone attack near Jilib, which was claimed by America. And not too long after that, the Kenyan military claimed to have attacked a suspecte ...

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Are the KDF fit for peacekeeping in Somalia?

Harar24's Editorial Team Recently we saw the suspension of 24  Ugandan officers who were part of the AMISOM for selling items intended for troops on the “black market”. Last July, the Daily Monitor reported that corruption amongst Ugandan troops was so bad to the extent they were only served one meal a day, out of allegations that food and other items were being stolen and sold by commanders and officers. I ...

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Somalia’s telecommunications price war

By Harar24 Editorial's Team The average Somali usually carries more than one phone or a phone with dual SIM capability or maybe even Tri-SIM capability. If Hormuud has the better deal he’ll use Hormuud, when Nationlink offers discounts he’ll switch to it and when Telcom offers cheaper international calls he’ll switch to the latter. Even in the most remote areas, bedouins, shepherds and nomads will be seen u ...

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Al-Shabaab’s latest video, threat to Muslim figures?

By Harar24's Editorials team The video released by Al-Shabaab regarding the Woolwich attack has raised concern amongst the British public and in particular prominent figures and leaders.   The video released by Al-Kataib, Al-Shabaab’s media arm, praised the Woolwich and encouraged others to carry out similar attacks. The whole video seems to have been targeted at Britain, and in particular Britain’s Mu ...

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Al-Shabaab releases hour long video on Woolwich attack

By Harar24′s Editorials team Al-Shabaab’s media wing, Al-Kataib released a 58 minutes long video today. The title of the video “Woolwich attack: It’s an eye for an eye” appears to have been taken from the words of Michael Adebolajo, who after killing Lee Rigby at Woolwich said in front of a camera said: “An eye for an eye & tooth for a tooth”. The video was taken down several times and digitally corrupt ...

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Al-Shabaab’s embargo on Kismayo’s seaport

By Harar24's Editorial team. The once buzzing seaport of Kismayo is now almost abandoned. For more than two decades the seaport has been contested over by different warring factions from tribal warlord to Islamists due to the great revenue it brings in. But now that has all changed. Workers here seem frustrated and complain that they haven’t received any payments for two months.   Businessmen say they ...

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