The Transformative Power of Water

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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 academic papers. Although water is so fundamental to life it still […]

Why Somalia needs genuine federalization,genuine army [Op-Ed]

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Duriring last year’s cyclone that hit Somalia’s Puntland coastal areas, I noticed a map showing Puntland consisting of just two regions ( Bari and Nugal) the map was used by Al jazeera english which was covering the cyclone at the time. I tried to find out how Al jazeera english came to the conclusion that […]

Is “Indian Ocean” operation a waste of Time?

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International and regional political analysts believe the current Somali government’s fate depends how it tackles the ongoing combat against Al-shabab insurgents, which they assume as the only epidemic problem remaining in the country following decades of lawlessness and civil war amid grinding poverty have long made Somalia a target for extremist groups. Somali government forces […]

Tax Payment and new administration of Puntland

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It was January 8 2014, when Mr. Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Gaas has come into the office as fifth Puntland President. From that period of time Puntland President was taking about the issue of TAXATION for every single speech he presents anywhere, a good example of this is in his speech in 1st august 2014 he […]

Somalia: Is Puntland ready for self reliance?

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Puntland, a federal state and leading pioneer in northern Somalia has been land of peace since 1998 when traditional leaders, veteran politicians and academia sat for a community-wide consultation. So far we to some extent have come of age, nevertheless the road ahead is still long. I prefer to remain silent on harrowing facts but […]

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 and what it was. The world around it will forget even […]

Who should govern Somalia: Somalis or the UN? [Op-Ed]

Last week the UN Special Representative for Somalia, Nicholas Kay spoke at Chatham House. The talk was about the country’s successes and the difficulties it faces: the role of the UN mission in Somalia (Unsom) and the “political in-fighting within the government”. But there’s in-fighting elsewhere that he would have been unlikely to mention: the […]

Leadership on Health in the Horn of Africa is essential

The issue of health and well-being sadly comes along way down the list of priorities for governments and people in the Horn of Africa.  For many people merely surviving from day to day is the top priority and this means endeavouring to find the bare essentials of life, namely food, shelter, fuel and the means […]

American-Somali relations: What’s in the words?

As a former detractor who has not been a fan of the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward Somalia, it is an overstatement to say that I watched Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman’s speech on June 3 with certain level of skepticism. Of course, nothing more than that healthy dose necessary in politics […]

SOMALIA: Culturally correct insanity III (Shock therapy)

Keywords The Patient: Somalia The Body: Somali people The Spirits:  Ultra ancestral emissions, which are visible only to the Spiritonauts. AIDS2:  Acquired identity disappearance syndrome The Spiritonauts: sufferers of Spiritits (Somali men). The Organs: Clans, Sub clans, etc. The Face: Mogadishu The Cells:  Members of a clan, sub clan etc Culturally correct insanity (Part I) […]