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…

Somali woman to challenge George Galloway’s seat in parliament

Amina Ali will run against George Galloway as candidate for the Labour party in this year’s general election. [Photo via Twitter]

A Somali-British woman will challenge outspoken British politician George Galloway in U.K.’s general election in May.

Abdirizak Haji Hussein Was a Moral Compass for Somali Community in Minnesota

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Abdirizak Haji Hussein, a key member of the Somali Youth League — a political group that played a leading role in Somalia’s road to independence during the 1950s — who served as the country’s prime minister from 1964 to 1967 and its ambassador to the United Nations from 1974 and 1979, died on Jan. 31… Continue reading…

12 Years in Somali Prison: The Forgotten Senegalese Prisoner

Abdullahi Jama, 60, is a Somali professional who lives in the US city of Seattle. He is a man of medium height who has legal training. Jama speaks Italian, English, Russian, and, of course, Somali fluently. He is a walking encyclopedia having witnessed the historical events of Somalia. He was born in the 1950s in… Continue reading…

Nairobi Governor Slaps Woman, Twitter Reacts

Nairobi County Governor Evans Kidero denied slapping Rachel Shebesh, the county’s Women Representative, during a confrontation at his office on Friday. Shebesh was reportedly among council workers who stormed Kidero’s office Friday afternoon demonstrating over pay rise demands when the alleged slapping happened.

Somali-American Promotes Better Turkish-Somali Relations

Ahmedei Cheikgurei is both mad and ecstatic about recent events in Somalia. He is mad because of al-Shabaab’s suicide bombing on Turkish embassy in Mogadishu on June 27 in which one Turkish security officer was killed and half dozen others were wounded. Cheikgurei is ecstatic because, even after this heinous attack, the Turkish government has… Continue reading…

Kenyan Civil Society’s Sense of Betrayal During 2013 Elections

As President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto prepare to attend their trials at the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the coming weeks, Kenyan journalist Rasna Warah analyses the fault lines within civil society organisations that the two leaders used to their advantage during the 2013 elections. Read part 1 on the media’s… Continue reading…

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