Somalia is a country and not a video game

All wars by their nature are ragged, and sadly seasoned watchers of the Horn of Africa have had ample proof of this down the years.  What often starts off with reasonably clear objectives ends up being nebulous and opaque. The Greek dramatist Aeschylus (525 – 456 BC) was spot on when he wrote; “In war, truth is the first casualty…”. More...

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By MGoth On Saturday, August 19th, 2017
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Uncovering Somalia’s forgotten music of the 1970s

  A trove of recordings that survived ‘Africa’s Dresden’ is a window into how music once flourished under a dictatorship.   Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Mahmud Abdalla More...

By MGoth On Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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A computer scientist who founded Somalilands’s first incubator and startup accelerator.

Abdigani Diriye, 33 Innovate Ventures, IBM Research Africa A computer scientist who founded Somalia’s first incubator and startup accelerator. “Like many Somalis, I ended up fleeing my homeland because More...

By MGoth On Thursday, August 17th, 2017
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Somalilander Argues The BBC World Service Got It Wrong

The BBC World Service programme, The Inquiry, has recently “delved into” the intricate issue of “self-determination versus territorial integrity” www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p059s1ks: Who Gets to Have Their More...

By MGoth On Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
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Somalia:Journalist detained without charge in Puntland

Nairobi, August 9, 2017–Authorities in Puntland should unconditionally and immediately release journalist Omar Saeed Mohammed, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police arrested Omar, who works More...

By MGoth On Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017
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Somaliland:Discover the album rescuing lost sounds from the golden age of Somali music

From Mogadishu’s vibrant scene in the ’70s and ’80s. A new compilation, Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes From The Horn Of Africa, released by Ostinato Records is shining a light on little-known More...

By MGoth On Sunday, July 30th, 2017
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Somalia:Car bomb explodes near police station in Mogadishu

At least six people reportedly killed in blast near police station next to busy market in Waberi district. A car burns in the Somali capital after exploding in the city centre [Abdirisak Mohamud Tuuryare/Al Jazeera] A More...

By MGoth On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Somaliland Ministry of Aviation Bested by Its Somalia Counterpart on Airspace Control

         Mohamed Abdullahi Salat, Minister of Somalia’s Aviation, following up on diligent communications his predecessors – Qorshell and Jengeli – started with ICAO More...

By MGoth On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017
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Somalia government denies claims made by in the Indian Ocean newletter, Upholds Dahabshiil Intergrity

  Somalia Government denies claims made in the Indian Ocean Newsletter, upholds Dahabshiil integrity – Press Release The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) denies claims made in the Indian Ocean Newsletter More...

Somali soldiers at the scene of a suicide car-bomb attack on a police station in Mogadishu last month. The explosion killed five people and wounded 10. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images)
By MGoth On Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
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Somaliland:As the U.S. gets more involved in Somalia, beware these three fallacies

Somali soldiers at the scene of a suicide car-bomb attack on a police station in Mogadishu last month. The explosion killed five people and wounded 10. (Mohamed Abdiwahab/Agence France-Presse via Getty Images) The More...