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…

On Relationships: Getting Along with In-Laws.

The scene is a café where two men are chatting. One of them gloats and says, “My mother-in-law is an angel.” The other sighs and says, “You are lucky—mine is alive.” In another case, a man laments: “My mother-in-law and I were happy for 20 years. Then, I met her.”

Facebook and Relationships: Blessing or Curse?

Within recent memory, my then wife got mad at me for something I said. What was I thinking? In truth, I wasn’t thinking. However, what was an infraction in my eyes was a felony in hers. I talked to her, clarified my intention, and apologized profusely. I was still in the doghouse, but slowly I… Continue reading…

Somalia: #GenerationHope

It is not the dynamism of creative business class bringing new ideas and innovations. It is not even the political male elites scrambling for power, as we get closer to elections.

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…

Fursad Fund and the revival of Somali sufficiency

Since fleeing the civil war in Somalia as a child in the early 1990s, I have lived most of my life in Europe. I heard about Somalia only through the prism of western media, which portrayed the country in a very negative light. The media primarily focused on piracy operations in Puntland, the terrorism activities… Continue reading…

What Ramadan campaign Walaal Afuri teaches us about unity

Mogadishu residents buy goods in the market ahead of the holy month of Ramadan on May 31, 2016. [AMISOM Photo]

When you hear Somalia, what comes to your mind? Blue sky, Indian Ocean, ancient land? Let me tell you more than that. Let me tell you a story. It’s a story of dedication and absolute trust. It’s a story of many, of volunteers, of team work but most of all it’s the story of Omar… Continue reading…

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