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The Somali love of ‘rude’ nicknames

By Justin Marozzi In the West, people tend not to call their friends and colleagues nicknames that pick on negative physical traits. But in Somalia, people have a love of such nicknames. When I got my ID badge for the president's office in [Continue Reading...]

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Somalis need moral courage

By Liban Ahmad The coup d’état that brought Siyad Barre into power in 1969 is called ‘ a bloodless revolution’. But his ouster was a bloodbath as a result of the violent war waged by armed opposition groups and the indiscriminate killings of [Continue Reading...]

Somalia’s Sullied Security

By: Abukar Arman “We cannot have our right hand tied in our back and be asked to defend ourselves with our crippled left hand.” – Abdirahman Sheikh Issa The recent al-Shabaab attack at the heart of the government’s compound, Villa Somalia, marks a [Continue Reading...]

Somalia’s Sullied Security

Somalia’s Sullied Security

By: Abukar Arman “We cannot have our right hand tied in our back and be asked to defend ourselves with our crippled left hand.” – Abdirahman Sheikh Issa The recent al-Shabaab attack at the heart of the government’s compound, Villa Somalia, [Continue Reading...]

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Turkey’s test of wills

In recent months Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Justice and Development Party (AKP) have been at the center of controversy and the subject of passionate debate. Also involved is the spiritual leader of the Hizmet, or Gulen, [Continue Reading...]

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Can Somalia pick up the pieces?[OP-ED]

By: Mohamed Africa political analyst and former diplomat. Somalia’s Federal Parliament approved overwhelmingly the new Prime Minister on Saturday, marking the beginning of the latest attempt to pick up the pieces. Somalia has come a long [Continue Reading...]

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Somalia: Solutions at the End of the Tunnel

By: Ahmed Said (Abwaan kuluc) is a Somali American writer based in St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States. He can be reached abdinassirsomalia@gmail.com Somalia has fallen into a hole of uncertainty after the collapse of the military government in [Continue Reading...]