The current Somali government, whose mandate ended, came to power with the expectations of massive reforms in institutional and development settings. President Farmajo completed his term in office without paving the way for consensus-based elections; instead, he messed up the growing Somali institutions and the trust-building processes.
It has been over 30 years since Somalia descended into a full civil war which turned the country into a failed state. Of 70% of people in Somalia are under 30 and have never witnessed a properly functioning government institution, that keeps law and order with good governance structures. Prior to the civil war the country had gone through 21 years of dictatorship.
Salma Abdikarim (Keydmedia) - Clan Identity is a brand name that does no harm to anybody. Confirming it in public or even expressing in writing is as inconsequential matter, just like relating your address; or saying: These fruits belong to mango tree.
By: Dr. Said Liban - Of the numerous international conferences organized to deal with Somalia’s seemingly endless conflict, London conference has attracted by far the highest expectations of Somali people, closely matching that of Djibouti in 2000. But unlike the latter, the former also provoked extraordinary apprehension as to what may transpire from such unexpected, sudden gathering.
Geneva (Keydmedia) - The Frambois detention centre, in Vernier, Switzerland, is a world away from the picture-postcard images normally associated with the country. Soaring Alpine peaks, shimmering lakes, and neat chalets with bright flowers adorning painted wooden window boxes – all have no place here.
Nairobi (Keydmedia) - The Ogaden Somali Community in South Africa has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court (ICC), urging an investigation into the actions of the Ethiopian government against the Ogaden people.
By Abdi Dirshe - The Somali state has become an object of charity after two decades of political crisis; multiple actors claim that Somalia needs international humanitarian assistance and military intervention due to terrorism, piracy and famine.
Mr. Mohamud M Uluso - For the first time in 22 years, the leader of western donor country, the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on November 14, 2011, the hosting of an International Conference on ‘Somalia’ not fiefdoms in London.
Mr. Mohamud M Uluso - Holding a Somali conference in Garowe, the capital of Puntland State was high praise for the local population and opportunity for all Somalis to engage a genuine national reconciliation. Puntland State duly represents the interests of one sub-clan of one of the 4.5 Somali clan families.
Abdirahman A. Ilmi (Keydmedia) - The TFG establishment is in dare crises and lacks the confidence and credibility of the people. One of the major setbacks that high jacks the good governance of a democratic parliamentary system is none other than the speaker of the house himself. It is unfortunate that the speaker does not know his place and functions in the parliament.
Mr. Mohamud M. Uluso - The secretly funded Azania State project concocted by few powerful leaders of the Kenyan Government in collusion with a shortsighted group of Somali-Kenyan politicians has crippled the political unity and the struggle of the Somali Kenyans for gaining their rights as Kenyan citizens after years of massacre as well as of oppressive and discriminatory treatment.
Ninety years ago, the Ottomans left our region, as a result of the political and military collapse of the Sultanate, and amid great joy by the Arab nationalists at the time, over their victory against “Turkification”.
Abdullahi O. Ahmed (Keydmedia) - Mogadishu is not anymore the city of white walled and rolling sand-dunes by the roadsides where time and tide had changed hands since the early years of eighteenth century. Physically, the city grew more than 50 times during the past 21 years of the military regime that took over the country in 1969.
Salma Abdikarim (Keydmedia) - On the 27 of October 2011, a short-listed 27 countries and interest groups had two days of meetings in Oslo, Norway. The theme of the meeting was based on dual tracks: Exploitation of Gas & Oil resources in East Africa and partitioning Somalia into proxy regional states. Needless to say the country in reference was Somalia.
A British gentleman who worked for the UNHCR’s office in Nairobi once told me that the Somalis living in the diaspora have an opportunity to rebuild their homeland. “There are only two kinds of people you will find almost everywhere you travel to in this world --a Jew and a Somali.