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Al-Shabaab: training to be with God in paradise

By Jamal Osman ( Channel4 Reporter) They chant: "We are al-Shabaab! We are al-Qaeda! We are terrorists!" In a secret location, deep in the Somali bush, I met al-Shabaab, one of the most feared al-Qaeda-affiliated organisations in the world. Around 300 newly trained fighters, who have completed a six-month course, parade in the training camp. Al-Shabaab is the jihadist group behind the attack at the Westgate ...

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Ethiopia: The Statue of Sayid Mohamed in Jigjiga and the Silence Occupation

The Ethiopian ruling party,Tigrayan Peoples Liberation Front or TPLF favors the old-aged policy based on divide-and-rule that so often dominates not only the politics of Ethiopian highlanders but the Somalia politics as well. But Since Ethiopian dictator Ato Meles Zenawi passed away the TPLF found in itself an uncomfortable position when it comes to shifting a new direction to the regional politics -and mod ...

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Where is our sense of shame?

Following the recent tragic events at Westgate mall, many of us were momentarily relieved to see the Kenya Defence Forces, Kenya Police Service, General Service Unit and other security agents arrive at the scene. I say ‘momentarily’ because, while the show of might was reassuring, many people still had loved ones trapped in the building and, therefore, could not relax until the hostages were freed and safe. ...

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The Corruption Tango

Any unchecked authority or power—especially when involving monies—ultimately leads to corruption. That is why it is necessary to put in place mechanisms to monitor, audit, reward, and, when necessary, punish. All laws stemming from a moral or a legal code are based on a system of rewards and punishments. By corruption I mean: Abuse of authority or position of trust in order to benefit self, family, friends, ...

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Somalia’s Failure: A Broken System Or Lousy Leaders?

In most of the world’s parliamentary democracies, it’s rare to see presidents and prime ministers bickering, since their roles and responsibilities are more or less distinct and rarely overlap. However, in many African governments, power struggles between presidents and prime ministers are quite common, even when the offices have clearly defined constitutional roles. In Somalia, the president is the head of ...

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Training Cops to Fear Somalis and Muslims in Minnesota

(Star Tribune)-On Thursday, November 21, 2013, a law enforcement training on terrorism was offered in Minnesota. This training was organized by former Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher of the controversial new Center for Somali History Studies.  Yes, terrorism is a real threat to our nation and law enforcement needs to be educated about that threat. As an educator and a concerned citizen wishing for the sa ...

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Most victims of Ogaden conflict are women & children

(Ogadentoday Press)- As is common in every conflict that ravages war zones around the world, most victims of the Ogaden conflict are women and children. Unfortunately Ogaden victims lack international NGO attention since the Ethiopian government in Addis Ababa barred NGO from operating freely  in major parts of the Ogaden region in Eastern Ethiopia. A study carried out by Ogadentoday press has shown that th ...

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AMISOM’s Five Challenges

(Csis.org)- In January 2007, the African Union launched its fourth peacekeeping operation, the AU mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Now approximately two and a half years old, AMISOM’s short life has not been a happy one. It was deployed to Mogadishu essentially in support of the Ethiopian government’s preferred faction in Somalia’s ongoing civil war. Not surprisingly, and like the three UN-authorized peace oper ...

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Western armies know they are not answerable to any overseer – they do as they please

(Independent.co.uk)-So now we know that Marine A shouted at a wounded Afghan insurgent: “Shuffle off this mortal coil, you cunt”, and then shot him in the chest. Poetry and savagery. Fellow soldiers B and C were co-conspirators. C offered to “shoot him in the head”. No, said A. “Too fucking obvious.” B recorded the murder with his head camera. The film was censored by the military court, but an audio record ...

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Hakimullah the Hospitable

(Newsweekpakistan.com)-He had the blood of hundreds if not thousands of Pakistanis on his hands. Yet, Hakimullah Mehsud, killed by a U.S. drone on Nov. 1 in the North Waziristan tribal agency, wore his brutality lightly. Journalists who spent time with the deceased Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief say the 34-year-old certainly knew how to turn on the charm. Sailab Mehsud, who reports for U.S.-funded Radio M ...

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