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.

Somalia’s passport is more powerful than those of Ethiopia, Djibouti

Somalia – a country that is slowly recovering from more than two decades of civil war – surprisingly has a better passport than some of its neighbors in the Horn of Africa.

9 Books About East and Horn of Africa You Need to Read Before End of 2013

Writer and poet Taban Lo Liyong, a well known literary figure in the region, described East Africa as “a literary desert.” He made these remarks in 1969, his view being that the region didn’t produce distinguished writers, or if it did, there was no body of work worthy of artistic merit. More than 40 years… Continue reading…

Can Women Train Their Husbands and Get Men to Do What They Want?

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy There is a nagging question that some women often ask themselves. How do they train their husbands? In a world where the rate of divorce is equal to the rate of marriage, any fresh ideas or techniques that can salvage marriages becomes enticing…. Continue reading…

9 Stunning Photos From The Hajj [+ VIDEO]

More than one million Muslims from around the world are in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, to perform the annual Hajj pilgrimage, one of the five pillars of Islam. The pilgrimage is the largest annual gathering in the world. During the course of the Hajj, pilgrims make a lot supplications, prayers and ask Allah for forgiveness. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford… Continue reading…

Jeffrey Gettleman and Western Media’s Narrow View of Africa

Many foreign writers on Africa are guilty of two extremes – condescension and too much praise, with the former being more dominant. It is easy to see why it is so much simpler to be disdainful. Arrogance does not require mental application. In fact, it shows a certain degree of laziness. All one has to… Continue reading…

Somali Journalist in Exile: Journalism is My Profession and Fighting for Humanity is My Passion

The laptop screen became my window into his soul. Even before he said anything, I witnessed his lack of vigor, a certain lassitude. It brought to mind the words of Suketu Metha, “I am an adulterous resident: when I am in one city, I am dreaming of the other. I am an exile; citizen of… Continue reading…

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