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To Save Somalia as a Nation, Ethiopia’s Role Within AMISOM Must be Resisted

Somalia's new race against time by Abukar Arman is a concise article that accurately describe the current Ethio-Somali relations and AMISOM militarism
INJERA DIPLOMACY? Somalia’s new race against time by Abukar Arman is a concise article that accurately describe the current Ethio-Somali relations and AMISOM’s militarism

By Abukar Arman,

DESPITE the roller coaster of political and security-related drama that dominated the headlines in this past year, I still remain optimistic about Somalia’s future — cautiously of course.

For Somalia, a New Year’s resolution is an existential affair of “change now or cease to exist.” That said, change requires certain level of self-awareness through which intention is cultivated. It also requires strategy and the will power to implement. Continue reading To Save Somalia as a Nation, Ethiopia’s Role Within AMISOM Must be Resisted

Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

“Jihadawi Harekat” is a smear campaign designed to vilify, malign, demean and marginalize Ethiopian Muslims

Century-old peaceful co-existence between Christians and Muslims in Ethiopia is now under threat from the country’s minority rulers 

By Prof. Alemayehu G. Mariam,

In December 2011, I wrote a commentary entitled, “Ethiopia: Land of Blood or Land of Corruption?” contrasting two portraits of Ethiopia. At the time, the portrait painted by Transparency International (TI) (Corruption Index) and Global Financial Integrity  (GFI) showed Ethiopia as a land blighted by  systemic corruption.

GFI reported that “Ethiopia, which has a per-capita GDP of just US$365, lost US$11.7 billion to illicit financial outflows between 2000 and 2009. In 2009, illicit money leaving the economy totaled US$3.26 billion, which is double the amount in each of the two previous years.” TI gave Ethiopia a score of  2.7 on the Corruption Index (on a scale of 0 – 10, where 0 means “highly corrupt” and 10 means “very clean”).  Continue reading Ethiopia: The Politics of Fear and Smear

Al-Shabab Rebels Withdraw from Mogadishu

Al-Shabab appears to be weakened by AMISOM offensive combined by famine, migration and luck of support

Aljazeera,

Abdirahman Omar Osman, a government spokesman, said on Saturday that al-Shabab was retreating from the city, calling it a “golden victory for the Somali people“.

He said government forces have begun deploying cautiously in the pockets of the city previously under al-Shabab control. The government is urging city residents who fled their homes to return, promising the military will spare no effort in securing their areas.

Ali Mohamed Rage, an al-Shabab spokesperson, told a local radio station that the withdrawal was aimed to enable a counter-attack, saying there would be no pull out from other regions of southern Somalia. Continue reading Al-Shabab Rebels Withdraw from Mogadishu

All-out war Looming between Somaliland and Puntland

Somalia: Peace when and how?

Garoweonline.com

Fears of all-out war in erstwhile peaceful northern Somalia grew dramatically Sunday after Puntland President Abdirahman Mohamed Farole warned Somaliland to “stop the massacre of civilians,” Radio Garowe reports.
During a Sunday interview, President Farole told the BBC Somali Service that Puntland’s government “will not remain on the sidelines” if Somaliland continues the violence.    Continue reading All-out war Looming between Somaliland and Puntland