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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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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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