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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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The rise of proxy leaders in Somalia

As Somalia’s balkanization – masquerading as federalism— intensifies, neighboring states have embarked on a mission to get a share of the country and instill a proxy leader to represent their interests. Every former warlord and aspiring politician is indefatigably working round the clock to create a fiefdom and declare de facto autonomy from the central government. The Interim Jubbaland Administration (IJA) ...

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Mr. Obama’s visit to Ethiopia sends the wrong message on democracy

“AFRICA DOESN’T need strongmen, it needs strong institutions.” Those were President Obama’s words when he addressed Ghana’s parliament in July 2009, during his first trip to sub-Saharan Africa as president. The historic speech, watched around the globe, was an optimistic clarion call to the leaders on the continent from the son of a Kenyan. “First, we must support strong and sustainable democratic governmen ...

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Amisom handed Al-Shabaab a lemon, they made grapefruit juice

Perhaps we misunderstand and underrate Al Shabaab. Before the scale of the massacre at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya where masked militants staged a dawn raid on Thursday emerged, many analysts had been saying the Shabaab was on the ropes or on the run. This, they said, was because it had been beaten out of its strongholds in Somalia by African Union peacekeeping forces over the past thre ...

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Race Against Time: Ethiopia’s domination of Somalia

Despite the roller coaster of political and security-related drama that dominated the headlines in this past year, I still remain optimistic about Somalia’s future — cautiously of course.   For Somalia, a New Year’s resolution is an existential affair of “change now or cease to exist.” That said, change requires certain level of self-awareness through which intention is cultivated. It also requires str ...

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Police abuse running rampant in Dadaab camp

Dadaab, Kenya - Twenty-eight-year-old Shukri Abdirashid Hussein remembers vividly the events of November 30.   Half asleep in his mud house in Dadaab's Dagahley refugee camp near Kenya's Somali border, Hussein awoke to commotion outside his door.   "I was awakened by the cries of neighbours, and before I knew what was going on, my door had been ripped open and three officers entered my house." ...

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Somalia strategy has failed to assure Kenya security, so it’s time to rethink it

President Kenyatta has a crisis on his hands, one which he has inflicted on himself through his poor handling of the country’s security and which could lead to his fall if he does not get smart, rather than angry. There are two ways of looking at the security failures around the attack by Al-Shabaab last week in which 28 people, mainly teachers, were executed. The first one is the accountability view, where ...

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