Journalism at a Crossroads: Highlights from the 2015 World Press Freedom Day celebrations

On May 3 and 4, I attended the World Press Freedom Day celebrations in Riga, Latvia. Co-hosted by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Latvia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the theme of this year’s event was “Let Journalism Thrive! Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality & Media Safety in the Digital Age.”

Have you hugged your ‘ayeeyo’ lately?

Amina Mohamed is 77, the mother of seven, the “ayeeyo” (grandmother) of 42, and the great grandmother of seven.

OpEd: The root causes of terrorism and solutions

Terrorism is using violence against civilians to achieve social, religious or political gains. It can also be termed as violence against legitimate authority, on the basis that such violence undermines the social contract built on the existing democratic system of governance, as in Egypt, after the coup against legitimately elected president by the army who… Continue reading…

South Africa, don’t let ubuntu die

“United for Bafana.” These were the words on a Mozambican national’s armbands, who was stabbed several times and killed as he pleaded for mercy from his attackers. In the eyes of his ruthless killers, he had ceased to be a fellow human being but rather a wild animal, an enemy to be slaughtered without much… Continue reading…

East African powers do not want a powerful government in Mogadishu

In the early morning of April 2, militants from the al-Shabaab terror group stormed Garissa University College in Kenya and killed at least 147 students. The second worst terror attack in Kenya’s history lasted 13 hours and was made excruciatingly horrific by the fact that many of the victims remained in communication with their loved ones until the… Continue reading…

Somalia’s passport is more powerful than those of Ethiopia, Djibouti

Somalia – a country that is slowly recovering from more than two decades of civil war – surprisingly has a better passport than some of its neighbors in the Horn of Africa.

EU’s new approach to curb migration from Horn of Africa is worrying

The humanitarian crisis in the Mediterranean, in which thousands of migrants have drowned attempting to cross into Europe, highlights the urgency there is to find a solution to tackling certain forms of migration from North Africa and the Middle East.

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