Articls and opinion Page

 Please send your articles  for publication



The elite in Pyongyang have not the slightest inclination to sacrifice the programme, writes Lankov [Reuters]

North Korea's nuclear leverage

World powers can no longer ignore the acceleration of North Korea's nuclear programme.
 | War & ConflictPolitics,AsiaNorth KoreaKim Jong-un

Most Read Today



March 11, 2014
Somalia's President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron arrive for a Somalia Conference media briefing in London
March 11, 2014
By Mohamed Ahmed It is reported that Richard Burton once said Arabs called Somalia Bilad Wa issi, the land of…
March 9, 2014
By Abdiwahab M. Ali Reflecting on my old school days, I reminisce about my childhood and the sayings and…
March 6, 2014
By: Mohamed A. Hussein The recent attack on Villa Somalia by Al-Shabab was a surprise to most of the Somali…
March 6, 2014
By Mohamed F Yabarag Over the years, Amoud Foundation’s annual Achievement Award was presented to many, many…
March 2, 2014
By Bashir A. Gardaad A recent article entitled “Stubbing out Mao’s Smoking Legacy” WardheerNews February…
February 28, 2014
Editor’s Note: The following are excerpts from transcripts of a high-level Secret Meeting in East Berlin, on…
February 27, 2014
Reviewed by Ahmed Ismail Yusuf Last summer, boy that sounds like ages ago, I was alerted to “The Burgess…
February 26, 2014
By Abdul Ghelleh Mainstream Western media, specially the powerful commercial outlets, may be partly…
Abdulkarim_ Hussein
February 25, 2014
By Mohamed F Yabarag Last Friday’s Al Shabaab attack on Villa Somalia is the clearest indication that there…
February 24, 2014
By Mohamed Ahmed Three words comes to mind when I think of the current state of Somalia: clan politics,…


Follow us on Facebook

Political and economic stalemate

Unsettled political conditions and social unrest are stripping the economy of possible exits from its current doldrums, reportsSherine Abdel-Razek
Political  and economic stalemate


  •  The Russian veto: saying “no” is not a policy 
  • Why did they do it? This is the question that many in the Middle East are asking about Russia’s veto of a United Nations’ Security Council resolution on Syria.
    In itself, the veto is neither here nor there. The uprising in Syria is unlikely to end because of it. Even if President Bashar al-Assad manages to hang on a bit longer, his crippled regime would not be much good to Russia or anyone else.
    Nor is Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s hastily arranged visit to Damascus a sign that Moscow is able to save Assad’s doomed regime. In fact, Moscow has been briefing journalists with the claim that Lavrov went to Damascus to persuade Assad to step aside. If Assad goes because Russia asked him to do, Lavrov and his boss would not feel excluded as they did over other events in the “Arab Spring”.
    Thus, we should not interpret Russia’s move as a vote of confidence in Assad. The move may have other reasons  Continued
  • Clouds of War in Somalia’s Northern Region – “Somaliland

    By Faisal A. Roble
    Feb 05, 2012

For Some time now, “Somaliland” has been showered with praises both by the international community and Somalis alike.  Not because it had implemented grandiose ideals, but because it observed one dear illusive phenomenon in the Horn of Africa - peace and security in the region.  In the last twenty years, when Southern Somalia was mired in self-inflicted blaze, “Somaliland” clans enjoyed relative peace and a modicum of good governance.  Some called it “an Oasis of peace.”
Why peace survived so far in Somaliland?  The answer lies not in Hargaisa, but in the outlying regions of Sool, Sanag, Cayn (SCC) and Awdel. There has always been a détente between SSC and Awdel communities in the eastern and western edges of the regions, respectively. That is to say peace came from the peripheries down to the center in a collective effort to avert conflict in Somaliland, lest peace is more important to the peoples of the peripheries, who often happen to have less guns and more good will, than those who boast to hail from the center of the power.Continued

  • The Re-incarnation of SNM and Militia Mentality in Somaliland
    By Nur H. Bahal
    January 27, 2012

    Nabad iyo Caano – an SNM slogan during the campaign
    Since the inauguration of Kulmiye Party as the ruling party of Somaliland and Silanyo’s achievement of his long sought dream to manoeuvre himself into the Presidential Palace in Hargeisa, the reverberating undercurrents of rancour and grievances have progressively expanded to curb the peace and stability enjoyed by Somaliland. At the centre of the many premonitions about Kulmiye Party’s long dreaded policies is the reincarnation of unadulterated tribalism.
    The party’s slogan tries to capture the imagination of its perspective voters through three simple words: Unity, Justice and Development – Midnimo, Caddaalad, Horumar. These are beautiful words but can be applied differentially across the spectrum of people in Somaliland. The practical execution of that slogan came to mean that some are more equal, deserve more justice and development than others just like the SNM slogan of the time meant peace and prosperity for “us” only. Silanyo’s government is a prime example of the preferential equality among the Isaq rather the equality of all of Somaliland people’s. But then even when it comes to the Isaq, some are still more equal then others – a perfect embodiment of the true nature of tribalism.Continued

  • The road to blowing up the world
    The United States of America and Iran are currently involved in a high stakes game of chicken in the Strait of Hormuz. America maintains that the narrow waterway passage between Oman and Iran is critical to shipping of millions of barrels of crude oi... 

  • Israel, Iran and the US: Axis of instability Cairo, Egypt - In Iran, it doesn't take much to capture the interest of "terrorists". The pursuit of a career in material sciences, for instance, is enough to animate their small minds.

    Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan was a 32-year-old Iranian father and a nuclear scientist. Earlier this month, an assassin attached a magnetic explosive device to his car in Tehran. The bomb was detonated and both Ahmadi-Roshan and his driver were killed in the explosion.

    In the civilised world, the lives of scientists and other civilians are formally protected from directed inter-state violence. Numerous international norms and conventions are designed to isolate civilians from the most brutal consequences of armed conflicts. In war, the act of deliberately targeting civilians or their infrastructure is a criminal one. In the absence of war, however, the act of targeting civilians is terrorism. And assassinating civilians in order to affect political subterfuge is an especially ugly kind of terrorism.Continued
  • “SSC” is the Last Hope to Bridge Somalia Back Together

    By Sadia Ali Aden
    January 24, 2012
    Like many nations in Africa, Somalia has endured the legacy of the foreign expedition of greed throughout the continent. After the Berlin Conference 1884, Western European powers sought to divide Somaliland—one of the most homogeneous regions of Africa—into British Somaliland, French Somaliland, Italian Somaliland, Ethiopian Somaliland (the Ogaden), and the Northern Frontier District (NFD) of British Kenya. Thus, sowing the seed for the current ongoing inter and intra-regional unrest of Somalia.Continued

  • Federalism not a solution to Uganda’s problems
    Publish Date: Jan 23, 2012

    Federalism not a solution to Uganda’s problemsThere have been persistent and prolific publications and utterances on Federalism by some leaders of Uganda Federal Alliance that are quite misleading....

    By Dr.  Kiiza Besigye
    There have been persistent and prolific publications and utterances on Federalism by some leaders of Uganda Federal Alliance that are quite misleading. On the outset, I would like to state that I, personally, and the FDC that I lead,
    strongly support the adoption of a federal system for Uganda. This support is based on objective considerations. It is, among others, based on the following reasons:
    The history of state formation in Uganda; where many autonomously functioning political entities (generally ethnically based) of varying levels of sophistication were forcefully merged into one country by colonialism.Read More
  • Kamya’s federo analysis partly flawed – Besigye

    By Timothy Nsubuga
    23rd January 2012:
    Challenged: UFA Boss Kamya
    The opposition Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] Party President Dr Kizza Besigye has taken serious issue with the assertion by Uganda Federal Alliance [UFA] Party President Betty Olive Kamya which seems to suggest that a federal system of governance is the solution to all Uganda’s socio-economic and political problems.
    In an article sent to this newspaper in which he pointed out the ills of Uganda’s current unitary system, stated the benefits of federalism, and reaffirmed his party’s “strong” support for a federal system of governance, the FDC boss said, “…whereas it’s appropriate to have federalism in Uganda for reasons given earlier, it’s wrong to suggest that federalism is a panacea for poverty eradication or democratic and good governance.”
    Citing the examples of the federal systems of Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, The Comoros, and Somalia, Besigye said federalism is not, in and of itself, a solution to all political problems.  “…It may be recalled, indeed, that the Federal arrangement of 1962 was not able to immunize our country against the turmoil that engulfed us a few years after independence.” Besigye said.Read More

  •  The Massacre in Las Anod by
    Osman Hassan

    The massacre that Somaliland's occupation forces committed in Las Anod on Sunday 21 January 2012, in which a number of people were cold-bloodedly killed and many fatally wounded, may be the first of its kind. But it is only part of the wider crimes against humanity which the one-clan secessionist enclave calling itself "Somaliland" had adopted as their instruments of occupation and suppression since they occupied the capital city and other parts of the Khaatumo State of Somalia (formerly SSC) in October 2007.Continued

  • Faking documents: the new pastime of ‘Northern Somali for Peace and Unity’

    Abdirahman Mohamed Haji
    Hargeisa, Somaliland.
    Jan 18, 2012
    Recently, my attention was brought to a ‘legal memorial’ published by, which was purportedly written by unnamed ‘expert’ representing People’s Republic of China and submitted to the International Court of Justice(ICJ), requesting/ demanding from the Court to declare Somaliland as being an integral part of the Somali republic. However, a cursory look at the ‘memorial’ by a trained eye would reveal it as faked document by NSPU.


  • Hiil-Qaran: Indigenous Ideas,
    Organic Leaders

    By Muktar M. Omer
    January 20, 2012

    Although the two terms may sometimes coincide, ruling is fundamentally different from governing. Governors are gate-keepers and operators of prescribed structures/institutions of rule, whilst rulers conceive, proffer and shape the ideas, ideals and aspirations that govern societies. In the past two decades, Somalia has been governed (misgoverned) by Somalis, but was and continues to be ruled by foreign ideas. These foreign ideas have mutated into a conventional wisdom that codify the frames of discussions on politics and State reconstruction in Somalia. This is not to exculpate Somalis from culpability for their predicament, but to stress the ruinous role foreign ideas played in assisting Somalis in their self-immolation and nationalhara-kiri.


    Abu Jihaad
    (Sheeko Gaaban) 
    Wq. Ismaaciil Cabdiraxmaan Xasan

    December 21, 2011

    Waxa uu fadhiistay derbi. Inta uu kambadhuudhsaday oo haddana kadaloobsaday ayuu dhabanka gacanta saaray. Hortiisa dad badan ayaa isweydaaranaya, haddana waxa uu dareemayaa kelinimo iyo cidlo ciirsila'. Dadka ay dariiqa ku kulmaan haddii ay salaamaan ayaaba naf u ah. Kuwo badani jidka ayayba uga leexdaan marka ay arkaan isaga oo gidaarka fadhiya iyagoo weliba hoosta ka nacdalaya.
    Waxaa maskaxdiisa ku soo dhacaya waxyaabo badan oo inuu xasuusto aanu jeclayn. Mar walba wuxuu isku dayaa in uu is ilawsiiyo. Haseyeeshee, arrimahaasi waa kuwo aan maskaxdiisa sinnaba uga go’i karin. Haddii uu hurdo iyo haddii uu soo jeeddaba way hor imanayaan.
    Waxyaalo badan ayuu tijaabiyay bal si uu isku ilawsiiyo arrimahan. Qaadka iyo maandooriyayaal kale oo xashiishku ka mid yahay ayuu naruuro ka raadshay bal mar uun in uu ku nafiso si dhacdooyinkii hore maskaxdiisa uga maydhmaan. Maandooriyayaashaasi waxba umay tarin ee waabay uga sii dareen. Marka uu qaadka cuno ayayba ugu sii daran tahay. Mar allaale iyo marka uu sariirta tago ayaa lagu soo degayaa oo waxyaabihii uu is ilawsiinayay oo aad mooddo in ay maanta dhaceen la hor keenayaa!
    Werwerka haysta waxaa u dheer isagoo jidhkiisii uu sii gurmayo isla markaana maalinba maalinta ka dambaysa sii caatoobaya. Qofkii hore u yaqaannay ma garan karo illaa uu afka kala qaado. Dad badan oo xaafadda deggani waxay aaminsanyihiin in inkaari sidaa u dubatay. Oo inkaarta maxaa tolow kelidii ku koobay? Immisaa dhibaato geystay oo haddana maanta Jinni ka caafimaad badan! Waa yaab.
    Tolow muxuu sameeyaa dhakhtaradu arrintiisa wax ma ka qaban karaan mise culumada diinta ayaaba dhaanta? Hase yeeshee waxyaabahan uu hore ugu kacay wax dad waaweyn lagula hagaagi karo ma yihiin. Intii hore u ogayd waxa uu sameyn jiray way ogtahay.  Saw ma noqonayso uun kuwo kale oo aan la socon inuu ceebtiisa iyo xumaantiisa  ogeysiiyo. Taasi miyaanay ahayn is fadeexadayn? Inuu iska adkaysto ayaaba malaha u roon. Laakiin ma adkaysan karaa? Saw maradaadii oo kugu gubatay ma'aha?
    Ilaahay waa qafuuru raxiime dambiyada noocan oo kale ah tolow ma Raabi Cafiyaa? Mise kuwani waa kuwii la yidhi waa dunuubul kabaa’ir oo lama dhaafo iyaga. Yuu weydiiyaa sawtii Sheekhii mawlaca xaafadda markii uu is yiri arrinta u sheeg  isagoon jawaab siinin intuu ka cawda billaystay iskaga dhaqaaqay. Markaa ma dambiyada maqalkoodaba laga cararayo ayuu Ilaah dhaafi karaa.
    Dib buu haddana wax u gocday. Waxa uu is xusuusiyay kuwii ay hawsha wada fulin jireenba in ay maanta mujaahidiin yihiin. Waxa uu si weydiiyay waxa isaga ka reebay oo uu ugu biiri waayay. Saw kuwaa cumaamadda guduudan wada sita ee warwar la’aanta ku nool ma'aha, tolw mise isagu waa ka dambi badnaa? Malaha in uu iyagii ka daba tago wax u dhaammaa ma jirto.
    Waxani wax ka weyn e tolow ninku muxuu samayn jiray?

  • Ethiopia-ONLF: The 2012 expected
    peace negotiations
    By Abdikarim H. Abdi Buh
    Jan 01 , 2012

    Anyone can give up; it’s the easiest thing in the world to do. But to hold it together
    when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength
    By anonymous sage.
    The students of Ethiopian politics perceive the forth coming peace talks between the ONLF (Ogaden National Liberation Front) and the Ethiopian Government as one of the toughest talks ever entertained by any Ethiopian government. Even though the peace talks weren’t officially proclaimed by the concerned parties, yet there is reliable information to that effect from trustworthy sources that the Ethiopian government informed formally the Kenyan government that it wants to talk to the ONLF in the presence of a third party. The ONLF all the way through its history was maintaining that they are willing to talk to the Ethiopian government, in a neutral country, provided Ethiopia accepts the presence of a third party to witness the progress of the talks. Kenyan government received the acceptance of the ONLF without a delay since it was the government of Ethiopia not the ONLF that was dragging its feet for so long from taking the offer of peace talks in the hope that it will wipe out the ONLF through brute military force. The Somali Region’s (Ogaden region) resistance to occupation stretches over a century and the region was and is a battle field between successive Ethiopian governments and national liberation forces. The region has been treated by the Ethiopian governments over the years as a buffer zone and its citizens as strangers that have no right in Ethiopia.

    Ethiopia through its choice tool, military option, to address the genuine occupation question of the Somali region (Ogaden Region) made the region the least developed region in Ethiopia. Substantial number of its citizens grew up in refugee camps or in neighbouring countries for the third generation and whatever left behind either move from one IDP camp to the next at best or loiters in concentration camps called military prisons that are spread throughout the region at worst.

    Map of EthiopiaHuman rights organisation’s yearly and daily reports consistently highlight the atrocities and human rights abuses meted against the region by the security forces of Ethiopia. The region is categorized and recognised as famine prone by the international development agencies and yet in pursuit of its military option the Ethiopian government sealed the boarders Ethiopia's starvation strategy of the region from all sides and pronounced it  as no go area for international aid agencies, independent reporters  and the likes. The Gaza- like status, open prison, is effective to this day and among the latest casualties of the notorious anti terrorist bill are the two Swedish journalists who ventured into the region on a fact finding mission -   Ethiopia Jails Swedish Journalists

    The people of the region have never been allowed to elect their representatives even at village level let alone at regional level. Since the region is garrison town under perpetual emergency rule, the army hand picks their young informers and crowns them to high offices. The educated and the elite of the region, who grow up in exile through fault of not theirs, were barred from running for public office and thus under - thirty year olds with no experience but loyalty to their appointed Tigrean masters are at the helm of the region.

    Meles ZenawiThe reigning Ethiopian government, under premier Zenawi, which the ONLF has to negotiate with, is an authoritarian state that has no tolerance for pluralistic views in any shape or form. The politics, military and the economy of Ethiopia is dominated by his TPLF/EPRDF party which claimed that it won 99.6% of the latest staged election when it is common knowledge that the reality is on the contrary - Total Domination of Ethiopia by Ethnic Tigrean  . The most draconian anti – terrorist laws ever was introduced by his party to criminalise any form of decent, repressive press laws that saw the closure of all the independent media outlets is in place and rubber stamp judiciary that are tasked to dish out lengthy prison sentences that underwrites opposition party officials, journalists, human rights activists and the likes are kept behind bars; works round the clock.

  •   French Daily Urges China To `Take Sides` in Iranian Nuclear Crisis
    Thursday, January 19, 2012

     In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, Saudi crown prince Nayef bin Abdel-Aziz, right, shacks hands with Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao prior their meeting in RiyadhSaudi Arabia, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012. China`s premier visits Saudi Arabia as part of six-day Mideast trip that also takes him to the United Arab Emirates and qatar. The visit to the region runs from Jan. 14-19. Wen Jiabao is slated to discuss the Arab Spring uprising and talks are likely to also focus on the latest U.S. sanctions on Iran, a major oil exporter toChina. AP PHOTO

    Editorial: “Future of Persian Gulf in China`s Hands”

    One country holds one of the keys to the Iranian nuclear crisis: China. If it were to use it, in the right direction, it would win its place as a major responsible power within the community of nations; it would demonstrate that it takes the struggle against nuclear proliferation seriously.

    Unfortunately, there is no certainty that China is resolved to abandon the selfish wait-and-see attitude that it has displayed hitherto. Completing a six-day visit to the Arab countries of the Gulf on Thursday 19 January, Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, publicly at least, defended Beijing`s traditional line: no interference in Iran`s affairs.

    Paradoxically, China`s leaders, who loudly and proudly proclaim their country`s economic success, don`t like taking risks in the management of international crises. This is understandable when it comes to the Near East, since the region looks like more of a minefield than ever.

    But to evade the problems will resolve nothing: Tehran`s quest for nuclear weapons continues. It entails a potential major destabilization of the region.

    However, if there is one power that can bring crucial pressure to bear on the Islamic Republic of Iran, it is indeed China. The United States and the EU are seeking its support, as US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in Beijingat the beginning of the month.

    The United States and Europe are worried. The latest International Atomic Energy Agency report is unambiguous: Iran`s program, whatever Tehran may say, does indeed have military goals. And Washington and the EU are resolved to implement an unprecedented provision against Iran -- an oil embargo.Continued
SHidaalka Puntland & Caqabadaha ka hor Imaan Kara
Ahmed Mire
Jan 19 2012
Alah ayey mahad oo dhami u sugnaatay. Sida aynu wada ogsoonahay waxaa maalinimadii isniinta ee aytaariikhdu ahayd 16/01/2012,  ka bilawday deegaanada Puntland ee Soomaaliya gaar ahaan Gobolka Bari xaflad xariga looga jarayey ceel shidaal oo markii ugu horaysey laga hirgelinayo dalka Soomaaliya.
Ceelka shidaalka oo laga qoday dooxada Dharoor, gaar ahaan Meesha loo yaqaan Labarugoodle oo ka tirsan Degmada Ufayn, ceelkaas oo loogu wanqalay ama loogu magacdarayShabeel 1, sidoo kale waxaa lagu rajaweynyahay in ay ku xigidoonaan ceelal kale oo iyaguna isla aagaas horay looga sahmiyey.
Hadaba su’aalaha in badan oo ka mid ah shacabweynaha soomaliya  ka dhexguuxaya gaar ahaan shacabka puntlad ayaa ah:
1.    Ma tahay xili ku haboon manta in shidaal dalka lagasoo saaro iyadoo laga wada dheregsanyahay duruufaha iyo arimaha qalafsan ee uu dalku marayo?
2.    Shidaal qodistan maanta laga hirgeliyey deeganada puntland ma noqon kartaa mid dalka soomaaliya oo dhan u horseeda barwaaqo iyo xasilooni, mise weyba uga sii dari oo qaab dagaaleed iyo qulqulatooyin horleh ayey dalka u horseedi?
3.    Dawlada puntland ee la ildaran amni xumida iyo musuqmaasuqa baahsan ee ragaadsadey ma awoodeysaa sugida amniga ceelashan shidaal ee ay usacabo tumatay?
4.    Shacabweynaha puntland ma yahay shacab u bisil hanashada hawshaas miisaankaweyn leh?
5.    Maku qanacsanyahay shacabka puntland, si cadaaaladi ku jirtose maloo maareeyey hawshaas muga weyn ee  laga hirgeliyey deegaamada puntland? Sii Akhri

Coronavirus Is Battering Africa’s Growing Middle Class

From Kenya to Nigeria, South Africa to Rwanda, the pandemic is decimating the livelihoods of the once-stable workers who were helping ...