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…

OpEd: Hate speech in Somali media perpetuates inter-clan conflict

The Somali media has been growing steadily over the past couple of years from radio stations, newspapers, and websites to satellite televisions that are competing mainly for a local and, recently, a diaspora audience. Unfortunately some of these platforms have negatively impacted the peace building and reconciliation process by releasing material that can be classified… Continue reading…

In ‘Draconian’ Bill, a Room to Improve Kenyan Media

On Thursday evening, 28 lawmakers at Kenya’s parliament sat at the chambers of the National Assembly to vote for a bill that would change how journalism is practiced in the country. But those 28 lawmakers needed the votes of at least 22 of their colleagues to pass amendments to the Kenya Information and Communications Bill…. Continue reading…

Kenya Must Engage With Mombasa Republican Council, Not Demonise It

Longstanding, unresolved issues will present significant challenges in Kenya following this year’s elections.  The grievances of the coastal people, primarily represented by the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC) which is seeking to secede from Kenya, is one such issue.  The MRC argues Pwani si Kenya – the coast is not part of Kenya. According to the… Continue reading…

7 Takeaways From Kenyatta’s Inauguration Speech

Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in as Kenya’s fourth head of state on Tuesday, 10 days after Kenya’s Supreme Count upheld his election victory, dismissing allegations that the elections was marred with fraud and irregularities. In his 3,000-plus word inaugural speech at the Moi International Sports Centre in Kasarani, Kenyatta laid out his government’s policies. Here are seven takeaways… Continue reading…

Oromo Activists Launch New Political Party

After an intense week of discussions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the activist group Oromo Dialogue Forum on Thursday announced the formation of a new political party, the Oromo Democratic Front. This came after a year long deliberations on the direction of the Oromo people’s struggle in Ethiopia, a series of media interviews, and meetings across continents…. Continue reading…

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