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Fighting al Shabaab’s terrorism cannot be an excuse for dictatorship

Al Shabaab’s terrorism and not Kenyan people is the enemy of Kenya today. Imposing dictatorship on Kenyan people to fight terrorism will make people, like al Shabaab, the enemy of Kenya. Yet this is absolutely unacceptable. When dictatorship comes knocking, many people don’t care until they become its victims. However, because some of us have […]

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Great expectations await Somalia’s new prime minister

December 19, 2014 Somali politicians and pundits have welcomed the appointment of Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as the nation’s next prime minister, calling him a leader with the temperament and experience to move the country forward. Somalia’s newly appointed Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke (right) listens as President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud announces his appointment […]

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Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke as his new prime minister

Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has named a new prime minister, amid international pressure to end chronic political infighting. The president appointed Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke to the post Wednesday in a ceremony at the presidential palace in Mogadishu. Sharmarke, who must be approved by the Somali parliament, would be Mohamud’s third prime minister in […]

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Finally free of al-Shabaab, daily life resumes in El Bur

Life is steadily improving in Galgadud region’s El Bur since Somali and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) troops removed al-Shabaab’s blockade of the town two months ago. A truck passes a roadblock set up by residents protesting al-Shabaab in Tobanka Buundo in Lower Shabelle on March 6, 2014. Allied forces removed al-Shabaab’s blockade of […]

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Syracuse Somali-Bantu community’s desire to be self-sufficient drives federal grant

Syracuse Somali-Bantu community’s desire to be self-sufficient drives federal grant Haji Adan, executive director of the Somali Bantu Community Association of Onondaga County Inc., speaks to the Syracuse Media Group editorial board Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. The association has recently received an up to $450,000 grant from the federal government to provide refugee services. (Marie […]

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Two Sydney women flee to Syria to become IS jihahi terror brides

A TEENAGER and her 20-year-old friend have become the first Australian women to “go it alone” to join terrorists in Syria and offer themselves as potential jihadi brides, intelligence agencies believe. The girls, Hodan, 18 and Hafsa, 20, who are believed to have links with the Somali community, flew out of Sydney in the past […]

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After Barren Years in Somalia, Signs of Growth by the Bunch By ISMA’IL KUSHKUSHDEC. 13, 2014

AFGOOYE, Somalia — Armed with machetes, the men push their way through the densely packed rows of trees, emerging every few minutes with large bundles of green bananas over their shoulders. A guard, his chest crossed with bullet belts, his hands cradling a Russian-made rifle, scans the tree line for intruders as the men throw […]

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Somalia sexual offences bill hailed as vital step towards lasting change

Legislation addressing rape and other sexual violence – often committed by armed forces – will be presented to cabinet by year end A trio of young Somali women at a camp for internally displaced people. Sexual and gender-based violence is rife in Somalia. Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP/Getty Images The first bill to define and address sexual […]

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Somalia: Security Council calls for unity amid political crisis

 The United Nations Security Council announced today that it has taken note of a recent parliamentary vote of “no confidence” resulting in the political ouster of Somalia’s Prime Minister amid a surge of political instability and extremist violence in the East African country. The Somali Parliament dismissed Prime Minister Abdiweli Sheikh Ahmed on 6 December […]

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