Monday, March 25, 2019

Should We Be Paying Attention to Somalia at This Time?

If you care about Somalia, this isn’t a good time. The local al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabab, remains active and effective, despite or perhaps because of a dramatic...

Somaliland Pushes for Stronger Ties with Regional Actors

Somaliland courtship of its regional neighbours continued as fresh push for Kenya to enter into stronger ties continues. Eritrea became the latest country in the...

Somaliland Foreign Minister Calls Africa to Protect Its Seas From Predatory Fishing Fleets

China is certainly not the only country with predatory fishing fleets, but its boats are the ones that have been invited into our territorial...

Somalia: Al Shabaab Mounts a Day Attack on Ministry, Kills VM/MP

The Islamist, Al Qaida-affiliated Al Shabaab militants mounted a daylight attack, at around mid-noon, on a Somalia Federal Ministry killing that ministry's Vice Minister...

Somalia: Farmajo has Little to show for 2 Years as President

"Government has effectively used traditional and social media to portray a rosy picture of its work, but by our assessment, it has barely met...

Somaliland: Foreign Powers’ Double-edged Interest in Horn of Benefit to Whom?

And..For Somaliland and Djibouti, Will New Friends Bring Benefits? BERBERA, Somalia—On any given day in Berbera, the deep-water port on Somaliland’s Red Sea coast, ramshackle...

Khat-Munching: A Connecting Factor in East Africa

East Africa is markedly different now from ten years ago if we look at how widespread “grass-munching”  has become. “Grass-munching” refers to the consumption of khat or Catha...
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Somalia: Thousands of Soldiers Abandon Key Positions for Lack of Pay

Tens of thousands of soldiers stationed at critical posts to keep the Al Qaida-linked Al Shabaab fighters at bay have abandoned their positions to march...

Bridging the Gap in the Nile Waters Dispute

Ethiopia is building a mighty dam on the Blue Nile, promising economic benefits for both itself and Sudan. But Egypt fears for its freshwater...

Somalia: KDF Pulls Out of Second Gedo Base Making Leaders More Jittery

Leaders in Somalia are questioning the recent abandonment of a military base in the country by Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers, saying the move...

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Eritrea, Ethiopia to revamp Roads Connecting Them

Ethiopia and Eritrea will sign an agreement to rebuild the road infrastructure connecting the two countries as part of an EU-funded project in a...

Somaliland, UN Exploring Equitable Special Aid Arrangement

Modeled after the successful 'special aid arrangement' on which international organizations deal with Somaliland to ensure that aid flow directly reaches Somaliland without falling...

Somaliland Ready to Take Its Rightful Place Alongside Sovereign Nations

The president of the Republic of Somaliland, His Excellency Musa Bihi Abdi, Sunday, addressed a joint session of the country's bi-cameral House. He delivered his...