Opinion: Ethiopia’s renewed efforts to influence Somalia’s presidential election

Ethiopia is desperately trying to get Hassan Sheikh Mohamud re-elected as a president of Somalia. The evidence of this effort was encapsulated in a recent report by a think-tank affiliated with Ethiopia’s Foreign Ministry and external intelligence. Ethiopia’s renewed agenda goes against the wishes of the overwhelming majority of Somalis and members of the Somali… Continue reading…

Death Foretold: The killing of my brother

TWO HOURS after midnight, on Oct. 29, my father Muhumed Omer Dubbad and my brother Faysal Muhumed Omer were picked up from my parents’ home in Degahbour, a small town in the eastern part of Ethiopia, by Special Police from the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. No one knew where they were taken to. By… Continue reading…

Brother of young man killed in Ethiopia’s Somali region accuses VOA Somali Service of censorship

For some time now there has been rumors that some influential journalists in VOA and BBC Somali services have been compromised by the president of the Somali Regional State of Ethiopia. A widely-held view among many people in the Somali Region is that these news services do not air any negative news against the regional… Continue reading…

Claims of Ethiopian-Somalis’ solidarity with TPLF spurious

Every revolution produces its own heroes, villains, highlights and pantomime moments that are etched in the collective memory of the affected nations long after the upheavals pass. Ethiopia, where the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is facing a crisis of political legitimacy, was never going to be an exception.

The recolonization of Somalia

Somalia has been under the occupation of extremist groups and under the tutelage of neighboring countries and the international community for close to three decades. These three forces – al-Shabaab, the neighboring countries, and the “international community” – differ in their nature and stated objectives but seem united in one thing: The perpetuation of the… Continue reading…

For Somali-Ethiopians, life under TPLF rule worse than DERG regime

The most damning aspect of our communal character as Somali-Ethiopians is our inability to engage in a dispassionate analysis of politics and power dynamics. Instead of trying to understand and predict the behaviors of our rulers through political economy analysis, we invent emotional stories and comparisons and seek an easy way out of our seemingly unending… Continue reading…

OpEd: Is AMISOM willing to unify and empower Somali National Army?

On July 1, Somalia celebrated 55 years of independence from colonial rule and formation of the Somali Republic. As we celebrate this important date on our calendar, I can’t stop thinking if we are still fully independent and what it is that we are missing.

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