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Somalia Focus

By Noah Arre The other day, sitting at a cafeteria in Hargeisa for a cup of coffee, a friend of mine and I had just had a casual talk. He is one of the old folks who went to school in the British era and throughout the progressive days of Somalia when education was competitive and excellence was based solely on merit. Additionally, he has a post-graduate degree from Colombia...

by Recep Tayyip Erdogan @RT_Erdogan Recep Tayyip Erdogan is the President of Turkey. Over the next days, Turkey’s political and business leaders will embark on a historic visit to Uganda, Kenya and Somalia. We will seek to promote closer cooperation with our regional allies, develop solutions to shared challenges and explore mutually beneficial opportunities. Many...

By Abdisamad Abukar Waqtiga-Waxbarasho ee aan ku qaadanayo Turkiga waxyaabaha uu igu kordhiyay kororsiga aqoonta kasokow waxaan yeeshay asxaab deegaano iyo gobolo kala duwan ka soo jeeda sida Waqooyiga Soomaaliya ama Somaliland. Qaarkamid ah ardayda ka soo jeedda Somaliland ayaan nasiib u yeeshay in aan wada noolaanno, waxaana is dhexgal iyo wada sheekeysi kaddib ii muuqata...

RULE OF LAW OUT IN SOMALIA: A GRAND FINALE FOR A ROGUE SOMALI PRESIDENT ASSISTED BY ROGUE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY By Abdi Hosh Jibril During the last 4 years, there has been steady descent on the efficacy of “Rule of Law” in Somalia despite a general commitment made by the Somali people in August 2012 under a new Provisional Constitution anchored...

By Hawa Aden Mohamed, GECPD African leaders are discuss child marriage at a two-day African Girls’ Summit in the Zambian capital, Lusaka (Nov 26 and 27). Hawa Aden Mohamed is a campaigner for girls’ education and rights from Puntland, Somalia. She co-founded the Galkayo Education Centre for Peace and Development (GECPD) in northeast Somalia. At 15 I was just a young...

The other day I saw pictures from the port of Berbera . Somali women with children not allowed to get off the ship because they were Somalis from the South. I was outraged. How can this happen? Who is responsible for this crime? I am a Somali psychiatrist from Belet Weyne/Mogadishu/Moscow and Copenhagen. I left Somalia at the age of 14; I am 64 now and that means that...

Yesterday, the Second of May, 2015, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Puntland President Abdiwali Gaas signed a political agreement in Garowe, Puntland that severely tasks the mind  and whose consequences have far reaching political as well as constitutional ramifications. This is what you get when you have timid leaders with small souls, small hearts, small brains...

The United Nations Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, condemns the terrorist attack in Mogadishu city on 27 March that took the life of Ambassador Yusuf Mohamed Ismail ‘Bari Bari’, the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Somalia to the UN in Geneva, and resulted in the death and injury of many...

In most American minds, Somalia raises unsettling images of pirates and warlords, drought and famine, anarchy and downed U.S. helicopters. For those arguing politics, the East African nation is a powerful talisman: Its mere name is deployed to trump any libertarian argument for less—or God forbid no—government. Established in 1960 from former colonial territories of...

OPINION By Andrew J Franklinmarch Barrier planning along the entirety of Kenya’s border with Somalia is long overdue. The deteriorating situation in Yemen will soon give both Al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula and ISIS new opportunities to penetrate the Horn of Africa via Somalia and Northern Kenya. Announcements from the office of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph...