Jan 15th, 2013
By: Hassan M. Abukar “The measure of a man is what he does with power.” Plato. “Power was my weakness and my temptation.” J.K Rowlings, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. *** Two incidents intrigued me about Siad Barre, the man and the president. One related to him personally, and the other involv...
Nov 14th, 2012
Fate or flaw? Maybe Joseph de Maistre – that immoral advocate of social hierarchy and inequality – was talking about our own people when he claimed that a people will always get the government they deserve; and because we are all clannish, we deserve clannish leaders. Maybe that explains why we rank ...
Sep 14th, 2012
Somalia’s new president has been moved to a secure compound after surviving an assassination bid that dented hopes of change in the violence-scarred country and brought condemnation from the United States. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was the surprise winner of Monday’s election in the poverty-stricken Horn...
In East Africa
Mar 20th, 2012
For two nights in a row, al-Shabab militants have attacked Somalia’s presidential palace with mortars, killing five people and injuring many more. A senior al-Shabab commander says the group is trying to switch tactics. Attempt to spread fear The Somali government described the latest incidents...
Jan 2nd, 2011
At least 19 people were killed during heavy clashes on Saturday, with government forces staging a violent mutiny in a separate incident, Radio Garowe reports. The fighting sparked overnight Friday after Al Shabaab insurgents attacked bases of Somali government forces and their African Union (AMISOM) ...