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PRESIDENT FARMAJO’S DIFFICULT ROAD AHEAD

By Abdinasir M. Hashi On Feb. 8th, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed also known as "Farmajo", shown on above, won Somalia's 2017 presidential election defeating the former president Hassan Mohamoud along with other candidates.  His victory was hailed with cheers and jubilation, erupting celebrations inside and outside the country as the man who will resurrect Somalia from the utter misery to its heydays. The new pr ...

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Somali Militant Group Al-Shabab’s Staying Power

The period from 2013 until the present day can be considered the second insurgency phase in Al-Shabab’s history. It does in many ways resemble the period from 2007–2008, when Al-Shabab were too weak to hold territories, and were in a race with the Ethiopians and the Western-backed government to make the Ethiopians leave before centralized Somali structures were in place. This similarity should not be forgot ...

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Rape is viewed as the Right Method of War by Liyu Police in Ogaden

The deterioration of the conditions of human life in Occupied Ogaden has a lot to do with the multifaceted activities of oppression that are regularly perpetrated by the Liyu policemen and officers. In an earlier publication, we gave a diagram of their structure and operations; in the present article, we will focus on some of their customary practices. Rape viewed as the Right Method of War To describe the ...

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Al-Shabab offers Somalis security, stability in exchange for Shariah law

BARAWE, Somalia — In this coastal city on the Horn of Africa, about 130 miles south of the capital of Mogadishu, the al-Shabab terrorist organization holds sway. But unlike other parts of war-torn Somalia, peace reigns here, albeit precariously, under the al Qaeda-allied militants’ fundamentalist interpretation — and enforcement — of Islamic law. Armed rebels in camouflage patrol and deliver sermons on thor ...

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Let Somalia go: The U.S. should end an unsuccessful effort

The United States carried out an aircraft and drone attack at Raso, Somalia, Saturday that killed a claimed 150 members of the militia group al-Shabab. Administration officials said the strike was conducted in anticipation of an al-Shabab assault on American interests or the African Union peacekeeping force in Somalia, which the United States finances and advises. Americans should be troubled by the deadly ...

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US policies do more harm than good in Somalia

To stabilise Somalia, donors and friends must calibrate their policies. Chief among them is the United States. The US is no longer on the fence regarding Somalia. On May 5, 2015, Secretary of the State John Kerry visited Mogadishu. The Obama administration also announced that US boots were on the ground and that the president had appointed a new ambassador, Stephen Michael Schwartz, to Somalia. Moreover, Wa ...

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KDF should leave Somalia as soon as possible

Here is a growth statistic for you. In 2012, it was 51; in 2013 it was 88; and in 2014 it was 173 according to the Kenya Police. Last year’s numbers aren’t in yet, but they will certainly surpass the previous year’s. Last year was the worst in memory. In 2014, terrorists needed 47 attacks to kill 173 Kenyans, in 2015, they needed just one attack, Garissa University, to kill 147. Are we safer since we entere ...

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Kenyan Hegemony: Ambitions without Borders

With already a long list of gross violations against the Somali people, it seems that the Kenyan Government has yet to deviate from its path of oppression as it persists in its ambitious endeavour to erect a wall near the disputed Kenyan Somali border. Under the guise of the never ending pretext of combating terrorism, Kenya has once again recklessly disregarded the sovereignty of its ill fated neighbour as ...

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The Ethiopian Regime Is Destabilizing the Horn of Africa Region

The Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn claims Al-Shabab is diminishing with Ethiopian support to the Somali government. He also told BBC Africa editor, Mary Harper, that "Ethiopians are satisfied with the system of government in the country." During the interview, PM Desalegn painted a very rosy picture of the situation in Ethiopia and its dealings with the region. The regime seems to be on a cha ...

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Hotel Sahafi attack: Al-Shabaab Books In, Again

Luxury furniture, indoor swimming pools and all you can eat buffets are some of the common descriptions of hotels around the world.  It’s a place of comfort, leisure and best of all, room service.  In Somalia however, there is another very unique feature not found even in the Hilton, Sheraton or the classiest of hotels; that is car bombs and protracted gun battles, and unfortunately Hotel Sahafi has become ...

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