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Somaliand Rising From the Ruins of Somalia

Somaliand Rising From the Ruins of Somalia

As Somalia starts to emerge from its quagmire of instability and chaos, 20 years of relative peace and stability are starting to pay dividends for its close neighbour Somaliland, as this November it struck its first major oil deal since seceding from Somalia in 1991. Anglo-Turkish company Genel Energy received its licence from the Somaliland [...]

Government, media guilty of xenophobic attitude towards Somalis

Government, media guilty of xenophobic attitude towards Somalis

                          By Billow Kerow The UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reports that over 412 people have died, and nearly 112,000 displaced in inter-communal fighting in Kenya this year. Many more have died due to terror and other criminal attacks directed at [...]

How a goat and a handshake could save Somalia

To the outsider, haggling for sheep in the livestock market here might look like an elaborate secret handshake. Two men lay a piece of cloth over their grasped hands and begin negotiating the price in silence, their eyes fixed on one another. Sequences of squeezes, pinches and clasps of fingers, knuckles and hands — all [...]

Analysis: Understanding the piracy problem

By: Paul Ash The term Pirate is today often associated with the illegal use of another’s intellectual property. However, no such revision of the word need take place off the economically destitute coast of Somalia, where the marauding of shipping vessels continues unabated well into the 21st century; this, despite increasingly protective measures taken by [...]

Somalia: Organic peace is needed

Somalia: Organic peace is needed

By Ali Mohamed This month, the Somali clan elders are convening in Mogadishu for a United Nations-sponsored peace and reconciliation effort to craft a “road map.” Their daunting task: selecting delegates that will try to ratify a new constitution, elect parliament, and form a new government, at the end of the “transition” in mid-August. Although [...]

Somalia at crossroads, should not squander great opportunity

Somalia at crossroads, should not squander great opportunity

Somalia stands at a new crossroad. The term of the current Transitional Federal Institutions (TFIs) ends in less than two months. Everyone is wondering what will come next. Elections are not possible, so Somali politicians and their UN-led international backers have agreed that traditional tribal elders will lead the next phase. But questions remain over [...]

Negotiating an End to Somalia’s War with al Shabaab

In August 2011, after three years of fighting, forces backing the Somali Transitional Federal Government (TFG) took control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu. Although this was a welcome development, it was a short-term tactical gain. The strategy that the government and international community are now employing to stabilize Somalia neglects reconciliation with the rebels [...]

The Common struggle between Somalis and Eritreans

This statement was given at the Mercorios Haile Memoriol conference, in honour of the late Eritrean national leader, held on 30-31-5-2011 at the centre of Initiative for Change. The theme discussed was “The Eritrean Political Parties and Civil Society Organisations”. First of all I would like to congratulate you on the occasion of the twentieth [...]

Analysis: Somali power struggle could intensify as PM Farmaajo quits

Analysis: Somali power struggle could intensify as PM Farmaajo quits

Mogadishu (Alshahid) - The 19 June resignation of Somali Prime Minister Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed could prompt an intensified power struggle within the country’s transitional government and negatively affect the ongoing offensive against insurgents in the capital, Mogadishu, observers say. Mohamed, better known as `Farmaajo’, told the press in Mogadishu he was stepping down “in the [...]

Life in war-torn Mogadishu slowly gets better

Life in war-torn Mogadishu slowly gets better

Mogadishu (Alshahid) -The buzz is there, many planes fly in as others zoom out. It is one of the busiest airports in this part of the world. African Express fly in here many times a day from Nairobi, other planes fly in from the Middle East, but it’s only up to late afternoon. After that, [...]

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