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Ethiopia: Why do Somali People of Ogaden State Demand for Independence from Ethiopia?

“Injustice in the end produces independence.” whoever coined this phrase is right. As Ogaden state is bleeding because of demanding Independence from Ethiopian occupation.   Ethiopia does not provide a quality education, proper health care for all, and Ethiopia does not respect for human rights and the rule of law in the Ogaden state.Moreover, Somali people in Ogaden state are second-citizens in their ...

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Is Djibouti al-Qaeda’s new front?

The attack is the first of its kind. No one has claimed responsibility yet, but it appears to be the beginning of a campaign by al-Qaeda-linked groups to open a new front in the continent.   With a population of less than a million, mainly ethnic Somalis and Afar, the Red Sea country is the smallest in the horn of Africa, but it's strategically important. It is home to the largest and the "only" US mil ...

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Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities. Soldiers "helped" some of the women along, grabbing their behinds and pushing them upward, stripping them of their last shreds ...

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Whose bidding is the KDF doing in Somalia now?

On Wednesday the US announced it was sending about 80 troops to Chad to help in the hunt for about 300 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. This adds to the surveillance assistance the Nigerian government has been getting from the US government. The US involvement, right on the heels of the Paris conference on Boko Haram last week, is yet another reminder of the international dimension of the security threats to ...

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Somalia: African solutions for African problems?

One of the most potent intoxicants in Africa today is the canned phrase "African solutions for African problems". While "ASAP" is an acronym that connotes a timely and efficient result, most if not all, operations that are veiled with the romantic motto, have proven that they are not indigenously conceived, funded or driven. Since this phrase entered the African lexicon in 2007, it has proved to be of no su ...

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Dadaab: The world’s biggest refugee camp

By Hamza Mohamed  Sunday, May 4, 2014 Dadaab, Kenya - A young, panic-stricken woman sits under a tree, telling anyone who will listen about her plight. "They forced me to leave my children behind," said Ifrah Hassan, a 29-year-old mother of three. A crowd of dozens, mostly men, has gathered around her to listen. This is Dadaab, the world's largest refugee camp, located in an arid portion of eastern Kenya ne ...

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ETHIOPIA: HOLDING THE ENTIRE OGADEN COLLECTIVELY GUILTY

 By  Ismail Mohamed Ismai'l  I Introduction The illegal occupation of the Ogaden by Ethiopia is now in its most critical phase. The occupation has been marred by a litany of human rights violations and in recent times – war crimes. While these infractions are well-known to Somalis, a complete media blockade on all foreign and independent media outlets has concealed their plight from international observers. ...

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FROM BANDITS TO “TERRORISTS”, THE FATE OF KENYAN-SOMALIS

After a spate of grenade attacks in Nairobi, the coastal region and the Somali-inhabited North Eastern province, the Kenyan government has launched a massive crackdown on ethnic Somalis. More than 4,000 people, mostly Somali refugees, have been arrested since Kenya launched Operation Usalama Watch on April 2, ostensibly in response to the deteriorating domestic security situation. The security sweep in Nair ...

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Losing Hearts and Minds in Kenya

The round-up and mass detention of Somalis in Nairobi, which began in earnest on 31 March, deliberately conflated immigration issues with counter-terrorism and has widened dangerous communal divides. Al-Shabaab and its extremist allies in Kenya will be very satisfied. What the attack on Nairobi’s Westgate mall last September failed to do – sow division among Kenyans – might well be achieved by these detenti ...

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Kenyan Somalis are Guilty Until Proven Innoncent

Hundreds of ethnic Somalis living in Nairobi's Eastliegh neighborhood have been arrested following Monday attacks that killed six people in the Somali populated neighborhood. The explosion targeted a food kiosk and a bus stop during rush hour as people made their way home in the evening. In response to the bombings, Kenya security forces launched a robust crack down knocking through the doors of the residen ...

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