Claims of Ethiopian-Somalis’ solidarity with TPLF spurious

Every revolution produces its own heroes, villains, highlights and pantomime moments that are etched in the collective memory of the affected nations long after the upheavals pass. Ethiopia, where the ruling Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) is facing a crisis of political legitimacy, was never going to be an exception. Continue Reading…

Facebook and Relationships: Blessing or Curse?

Within recent memory, my then wife got mad at me for something I said. What was I thinking? In truth, I wasn’t thinking. However, what was an infraction in my eyes was a felony in hers. I talked to her, clarified my intention, and apologized profusely. I was still in the doghouse, but slowly I felt I was being forgiven. After a while, I thought the incident was behind us, but that was a premature assessment. In fact, it was wishful thinking. Continue Reading…

Somalia: #GenerationHope

Two bank employees speak to a pair of potential customers at International Bank of Somalia's office in Mogadishu. [AMISOM Photo]

Two bank employees speak to a pair of potential customers at International Bank of Somalia’s office in Mogadishu. [AMISOM Photo]

It is not the dynamism of creative business class bringing new ideas and innovations. It is not even the political male elites scrambling for power, as we get closer to elections. Continue Reading…

The recolonization of Somalia

Somalia has been under the occupation of extremist groups and under the tutelage of neighboring countries and the international community for close to three decades. These three forces – al-Shabaab, the neighboring countries, and the “international community” – differ in their nature and stated objectives but seem united in one thing: The perpetuation of the status quo of anarchy and lawlessness in Somalia. Continue Reading…

Fursad Fund and the revival of Somali sufficiency

Screengrab from Fursad Fund page.

Screengrab from Fursad Fund page.

Since fleeing the civil war in Somalia as a child in the early 1990s, I have lived most of my life in Europe. I heard about Somalia only through the prism of western media, which portrayed the country in a very negative light. The media primarily focused on piracy operations in Puntland, the terrorism activities in south central Somalia, and insinuated that the country was economically stagnant save for the remittance sent by the Somali diaspora. Continue Reading…

For Somali-Ethiopians, life under TPLF rule worse than DERG regime


The most damning aspect of our communal character as Somali-Ethiopians is our inability to engage in a dispassionate analysis of politics and power dynamics. Instead of trying to understand and predict the behaviors of our rulers through political economy analysis, we invent emotional stories and comparisons and seek an easy way out of our seemingly unending misery. We see everything through identity politics and build herd psychosis where rational conduct and behavior gives way to mass euphoria and hysteria. This is the bane of our politics and invariably puts us in a position of comparative disadvantage. Continue Reading…

What Ramadan campaign Walaal Afuri teaches us about unity

Mogadishu residents buy goods in the market ahead of the holy month of Ramadan on May 31, 2016. [AMISOM Photo]

Mogadishu residents buy goods in the market ahead of the holy month of Ramadan on May 31, 2016. [AMISOM Photo]

When you hear Somalia, what comes to your mind?

Blue sky, Indian Ocean, ancient land?

Let me tell you more than that. Let me tell you a story.

It’s a story of dedication and absolute trust. It’s a story of many, of volunteers, of team work but most of all it’s the story of Omar Muhdin Moalin and Bashir Mursal Issa Botan. Continue Reading…

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