OpEd: How constant violence shapes a nation

Al-Shabaab’s attack on Jazeera Palace Hotel in Mogadishu on Sunday killed at least 12 people, most of them pedestrians or motorists. It wounded many more. Before we rush to judge or ask why the Somali government is so ineffective, it’s imperative to understand the cultural psychology that shape people’s responses. When instability and conflict and… Continue reading…

Kenyans are furious at CNN for calling Kenya ‘terror hotbed’ ahead of Obama visit

On the eve of President Obama’s trip to Kenya on Thursday, CNN aired a report in which it called Kenya a “region that’s a hotbed of terror.”

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…

When will this stop: Terror in my country Kenya

My cry goes out to the victims of crime. I cry for all the victims that succumbed to the austerity of insecurity in my country since time immemorial.  Those swept by the strident blades of inhumane perpetrators. Perpetrators who freely torture and kill innocent lives of my Kenyan brothers and sisters. At times, I wonder… Continue reading…

What the Garissa attack means for locals

The worst attack on Kenyan soil, after the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, occurred on Thursday morning in Garissa in northeastern Kenya. Four al-Shabaab militants entered a university in Garissa and killed 147 people, according to Kenyan disaster agency.

While Mogadishu hotel was under siege by al-Shabaab, Somali gov’t released statement on Yemen crisis

 Friday was a bloody day in Mogadishu. Al-Shabaab’s siege of Maka al-Mukarama Hotel in Mogadishu was the longest siege in Somalia’s recent history.

The newspaper seller of Mogadishu

Editor’s Note: The author of this article, Abdishakur Mire, was a Somali journalist and writer. He died in the Feb. 20 suicide attacks on Central Hotel, Mogadishu. His last tweet, sent approximately eight hours before he met his death, prophetically painted an idyllic pastoral imagery of  “a migration to a place of greenery and the… Continue reading…

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