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IT IS TIME TO TALK TO AL-SHABAB

When President Farmajo was elected on Feb. 8th, 2017, the conditions were set for a talk but instead, he vowed to defeat al-Shabab within two years blowing the hope of ever achieving the peace that people had expected of him. Of course, the decision was prompted by security reasons but from a political point view, it was a colossal mistake to declare a war in the face of people's opposition and on an advers ...

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OROMO’S CURSE: BLIND MEN LEADING BLIND MEN

I always preferred to refrain from politics but after experiencing the legalized enslavement against my people, I was compelled to change that view. My passion with this subject has become a personal venture and during my incarceration, I have acquired the energy for change and the desire to fix the broken history of my people. I am constantly reminded by my peers about the 'heat' that is expected to emerge ...

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A Shock Therapy for Somalia

It has been 60 years since the Italian Somaliland and the British Somaliland became independent from their respective colonial powers to form a union that miserably failed 30 years later. After a long ever-morphing saga of blood, destruction, and loss of identity Soomaalinimo (Somaliness), these two political entities, legally known as Somalia, have just concluded yet another conference to negotiate a reuni ...

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ETHIOPIA’S ‘SOFT’ CRUSADE ON SOMALIA

In East Africa, the damage that ensued the titanic battles between Abyssinia, the Ethiopian Kingdom, and the Adal Sultanate in 1529-43 was not limited to the battlefields but it had damaged Ethiopia's intellectual thoughts towards Somalis, and after almost five centuries, the old sentiment has never subsided and the dictum that Somalia is a part of Ethiopia still reverberates. In grief, Haile Selassie refer ...

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HUGGING TREES WITH BLOOD STAINED HANDS The UN SEMG Somalia report of November 2018

I recently obtained a copy of the Somalia report by the Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea (SEMG) which reports to the United Nations Security Council.  I spent a good deal of time reading through the 156-page report with high hopes.  But as I turned the final page, I was hit by a strong dose of reality and I realized that I had been looking in the wrong direction.  I had hoped that this group of highl ...

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Occupiers, Bombs, and Recruitment

The military invasion of Somalia which commenced over 12 years ago has been marred by atrocities, abuse, and continuous disregard for humane rules of engagement.  The Americans have repeatedly bombed and raided villagers and Bedouins with apparent impunity.  This trend has increased dramatically since the American people decided to “Make America Great Again.”  The policy has actually been two-pronged; Let t ...

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Dead Somali = EKIA

America prides itself with its ideals and glorious declaration that all men are equal and deserve the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It has justified using its military might to deliver its ideology to millions around the world, all the while proclaiming a very high set of military ethics which focused on removing the ‘bad guys’ and delivering freedom and rights to the helpless innoce ...

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AL-SHABAB: THROUGH THE SMOKESCREEN

During war and conflict, there is always a distinct and striking difference between the propagated news and the reality on the ground.  In such environments, propaganda is an instrumental tool of deception in creating an image or a view that is intended to label the opponent in the eyes of public as a vicious predator whose obliteration is a legally binding matter. In Somalia, the misinformation in the elec ...

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All Eyes Are On Uganda’s Own ‘Kim Jong-Un’

On November21st,2017, Robert Mugabe resigned as a president due to pressure from the military, from the public, and from his own party, the ZANU-PF, a position he held since Zimbabwe's independence in 1987.  Mugabe has anadmirable history; As an African nationalist, he was imprisoned from1964 to 1974 for calling an independent black-led state,a nd he fought a guerilla war against the white minority rule in ...

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School shootings – Florida and beyond

On February 14, 2018, a lone deranged 19 year-old gunman entered Stoneman Douglas high school in Florida and started opening fire indiscriminately at anything that moved.  He was armed with a deadly assault rifle and he wreaked havoc at the school that morning,killing 17 and injuring many others.  It has come to light that armed security guards were at the scene but refused to enter the grounds which unequi ...

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