OPINION

Is Somalia gradually inching towards debt cancellation?

Saturday, 19th of October 2019, seems to have been a glorious day for Somalia’s efforts to gain debt relief. In a visit to the United States of America, a high powered Somali delegation led by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, including Finance Minister Abdirahman Duale Beileh, met with donors and the bosses of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund ...

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Growing frustration with Somalia’s unchecked Government

The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) got off to a promising start with the election of President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmaajo on February 8, 2017, sounding the right messages in addressing corruption and promising to reform political, security and economic challenges of the nation. Early on, President Farmaajo undertook bold initiatives to reestablish relations with countries in the region and the ...

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Enough is enough with Puntland

The people of Maakhir (Warsangeli) and those of Darwiishland (Dhulbahante), both hailing from Somalia’s Sool, Sanaag and Cayn (SSC) regions, were co-founders of Puntland in 1998 together with their sister clans to the east, with Garowe chosen as its capital. From the SSC perspective, fear of invasion from, and occupation by, the well-armed secessionist enclave calling itself Somaliland was the ...

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President Farmaajo at the international conference on population and development

It is a great honour and privilege to be addressing you on this important occasion of the 25th anniversary of the International Conference on Population and Development here in Nairobi. Thank you H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta for the warm reception and hospitality accorded to me and my delegation. I recognise and thank all the organisers for their considerable effort and ...

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What do Kashmir and Hong Kong have in common? The British Empire

The reverberations of the British Empire cannot be ignored as the two territories remain caught between the iron fists of New Delhi and Beijing. In an era of ascendant authoritarian populism where minorities have become prime targets for disgruntled and whipped up majorities to project collective insecurities and sadisms onto, centralising states are increasingly consolidating power. Two long-running conflicts that ...

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SOMALIA’S UNITED FRONT IN MIDST OF NATURAL DISASTERS: HIRSHABELE FLOODS

As many of you have noticed floods and outbreak of emergencies have engulfed in the Somali regional state of Hirshabele, particularly Baladweyn causing untold damages and countless loss of lives. This is an on-going disaster that has devastated small businesses, homes, livelihoods and what is left of infrastructure in the region. Beledweyn, Hiiraan region The task ahead must now be ...

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Is Somalia gradually inching towards debt cancellation?

aturday, 19th of October 2019, seems to have been a glorious day for Somalia’s efforts to gain debt relief. In a visit to the United States of America, a high powered Somali delegation led by Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, including Finance Minister Abdirahman Duale Beileh, met with donors and the bosses of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund ...

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Why are Israel and Iran interested in the Iraqi and Lebanese uprisings?

It is not only Iran that is paying close attention to the uprisings of the Iraqi and Lebanese people; Israel is also monitoring the situation closely, especially in Lebanon. It has also been involved in the Iraqi crisis recently and dealing direct blows to the Popular Mobilisation Forces and the Revolutionary Guard units, or so it claims. The two uprisings ...

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HAMED JAMA HUSSEIN: REMEMBERING A BRAVE AND AN HONEST JOURNALIST

During the last week of July 2019 the City of Aden lost one of her unsung heroes: Hamed Jama  Hussein,  known to many Somalis as Xaamud Jaamac Xuseen. Judging by the tributes paid by such influential people as the President of Yemen Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi, Ali Nasir Muhammad, the former President of what was People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen, and other journalists and writers, it ...

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Reviving The Afghan Peace Process

Afrasiab Khattak writes that Afghanistan can only achieve lasting peace if the international community helps Afghans preserve achievements made since 2001. A new diplomatic push by the United States, China, Russia and Pakistan is apparently aimed at reviving a process leading to a negotiated solution to the four-decade-old war in Afghanistan. The planned meeting between the Taliban and a delegation ...

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