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As uncertainty reigns

The nature of the human condition is such that progress and setbacks are all part of everyday existence. The Somali peoples having become use to the vicissitudes of life invariably remain sanguine and this is what ensures that they are such good [Continue Reading...]

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Somalia: Puntland Prepares to Soar [Op-Ed]

Connectivity has become something of a buzz word in Puntland State, Somalia. For a strategically located region the importance of improving infrastructure along with land, sea and air corridors has become a national priority. Puntland's President [Continue Reading...]

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The Transformative Power of Water

Water is so utterly fundamental to life that its availability or not has been the cause of the rise and fall of civilizations down the ages. When we really think about it our relationship with this precious commodity could easily generate no end of [Continue Reading...]

Why am I disappointed?”: A Sad Tale to tell

“The first step in liquidating a people is to erase its memory. Destroy its books, its culture, its history, Then have somebody write new books, manufacture a new culture, invent a new history. Before long the nation will begin to forget what it is [Continue Reading...]

Is Djibouti al-Qaeda’s new front?

On Saturday, suspected suicide bombers struck a restaurant popular with westerners in Djibouti. Three people died and more than a dozen were injured, including European nationals. The attack is the first of its kind. No one has claimed [Continue Reading...]

Culturally correct insanity

I - Preliminary diagnosis Keywords The Patient Somalia Spiritits chronic clannish mentality The Spiritonauts:  sufferers of Spiritits (Somali men) The Spirits Ultra-ancestral emissions that are visible only to the eyes of the [Continue Reading...]

Al-Shabaab’s New Face in Kenya?

With the notable exception of Westgate, terrorism incidents in Kenya have largely consisted of lobbed grenades and makeshift IEDs. The perpetrators have tended to be sympathetic to al-Shabaab's ideology but unlikely to have direct ties to the [Continue Reading...]