Forming Somalia: The Somali Youth League

15th of May, 1943 was a warm spring afternoon in the middle of Mogadishu. Thirteen young enthusiastic Somali men came together with one vision: the independence and unification of all five occupied Somali territories under a white star emerged in an ocean blue depicting the long Somali coast- the longest coast in Africa. This would... Continue Reading →

Somalia revives relations with Kenya: What has changed?

Relations between Kenya and Somalia have remained frosty in recent years, hitting an all time low in December 2020 when the Mogadishu administration accused Kenya of meddling in its internal affairs. As a result, it withdrew its diplomats from Kenya and gave Kenyan diplomats seven days to leave Mogadishu. It has been six months since... Continue Reading →

PM Rooble calls FMS leaders to Mogadishu

The address by the President earlier this week at the Lower House of Parliament has touched many Somalis. President Farmaajo spoke about the recent political stalemate and violence, condemning opposition leaders orchestrating and fuelling the clashes witnessed in recent weeks. However, we also saw the emotional side of Farmaajo, in which he spoke about his... Continue Reading →

Orchestrating a Civil War: a Series of Events

The past week has seen turmoil in Mogadishu. We've seen fighting in areas of the capital between militia groups and the security forces of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) which has cost lives and damaged public property. We have seen main roads blockaded with makeshift piles of sand and debris. Images and videos of... Continue Reading →

UN Security Council Statement on Somalia and what it means

SUMMARY Following the controversial communique released by the African Union's Peace and Security Council (AUPSC), the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) released a statement on the Somali election deadlock. The UNSC emphasised that the on-going "disagreement" over the electoral model is "not only undoing" the hard-earned progress made in Somalia but also diverting attention from... Continue Reading →

FGS releases URGENT statement regarding AU meeting

The all important African Union Peace and Security Council (AUPSC) meeting has commenced today to discuss how the African Union (AU) can best support the implementation of an election in Somalia through facilitating dialogue between stakeholders in the upcoming elections. This comes after President Farmaajo's surprise visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo earlier this... Continue Reading →

Over 10 Militants Killed in Lower Shabelle

At least 10 al-Shabab militants were killed by Ugandan soldiers with African Union mission this afternoon. The troops using helicopter gunships also destroyed an Al-Shabaab technical vehicle in Lower Shabelle region, according governor Abdulkadir M. Nur Siidi. AMISOM under the Ministry of Defence It was earlier this week that AMISOM transferred the responsibility of security... Continue Reading →

IGAD Releases Statement on Somalia

IGAD has officially released a statement today on recent political events in Somalia. This comes on the backdrop of President Farmaajo's surprise visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo just two days ago. In a tweet on his Twitter page, President Farmaajo outlined that he "welcomes the AU to take a leading role in facilitating... Continue Reading →

Espionage, Fake News and Unrest in Muqdisho

Last week has shed light on the shady underbelly of Somali politics which has loomed in the background for decades in Muqdisho. The dark forces which refuse to remove their grip of Somalia and attempt maintain shackles around her ankles have been dragged out into the spotlight. From the Banaadir Regional Court's list of six... Continue Reading →

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