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A Geopolitical Pawn Named ‘ISIS’

Monday, 29 September 2014, 4:31 pm | Abukar Arman

The mere mention of the name ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or Sham) frightens Muslims and no-Muslims senseless, and there are plenty of reasons for that. But, who are they, and where does their campaign of terror lead to? More >>

'Moral blackmail' still stifles debate on Israel

Thursday, 21 August 2014, 2:38 pm | Abukar Arman

Israel's latest attempt to subdue the Palestinian resistance by putting its systematic genocide on high gear has yielded in some unintended consequences: international media interest in Gaza; challenge to the blind toeing of the extreme right party ... More >>

American-Somali Relations: what is in the words?

Monday, 16 June 2014, 5:26 pm | Abukar Arman

As a former detractor who has not been a fan of the Obama administration’s foreign policy toward Somalia, it is an overstatement to say that I watched Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman’s speech on June 3rd with certain ... More >>

Somalia: ‘African Solution’ or Subjugation?

Wednesday, 14 May 2014, 3:48 pm | Abukar Arman

One of the most potent intoxicants in Africa today is the canned phrase “African solutions for African problems.” While ‘ASAP’ is an acronym that connotes a timely and efficient result, most if not all, operations that are veiled with the ... More >>

Reaffirmation of Islamic Philanthropy: a reflection

Saturday, 26 April 2014, 2:49 pm | Abukar Arman

“What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.” Albert Pike More >>

Somalia’s Sullied Security

Thursday, 27 February 2014, 4:09 pm | Abukar Arman

The recent al-Shabaab attack at the heart of the government’s compound, Villa Somalia, marks a turning point; both in terms of the audacity of the group’s militancy and the massive military campaign that the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and AMISOM ... More >>

Turkey's test of wills

Tuesday, 21 January 2014, 5:24 pm | Abukar Arman

In recent months, Turkey—more specifically, Prime Minister Recep Tayyib Erdogan and his Justice and Development party (AKP)—has been the center of controversy and the subject of passionate debates. The other side of this political controversy ... More >>

Where the “Ikhwan” (Mulsim Brotherhood) goes, so shall Egypt

Wednesday, 1 January 2014, 3:15 pm | Abukar Arman

There are many—both in the East and the West—who have been confidently betting on the overt plan to marginalize, and, in due course, eradicate the Muslim Brotherhood ( Ikhwan ) as a sociopolitical movement. In light of the on-going vicious IkhwanoPhobia ... More >>

The Corruption Tango

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 5:11 pm | Abukar Arman

Any unchecked authority or power—especially when involving monies—ultimately leads to corruption. That is why it is necessary to put in place mechanisms to monitor, audit, reward, and, when necessary, punish. All laws stemming from a moral or a legal ... More >>

Egypt’s Repressive Model and Muzzling Soltan

Tuesday, 8 October 2013, 3:01 pm | Abukar Arman

While the coup and the ensuing repressive bloody outcome was, by and large, propelled by indigenously Egyptian political dynamics, it is naïve to assume that there were no geopolitical dynamics at play. More >>

New Deal and the Curse of ‘Community Self-Governance’

Wednesday, 25 September 2013, 12:21 pm | Abukar Arman

On July 21, I tweeted the following reflection: “A society can govern itself with custom instead of modern law, tribal system instead of government; (however) it cannot ride both horses at the same time.” Reacting to that old tweet, a few days ago, ... More >>

The Wholesaling of Political Islam

Monday, 19 August 2013, 11:28 am | Abukar Arman

I don’t know who deserves the attribution as far as the coining is concerned, I only know—like the terms Islamism, sharia, and jihad— so-called political Islam is a loaded term that stirs storms of controversy. More >>

The General’s Pretext

Friday, 26 July 2013, 2:21 pm | Abukar Arman

Unless it is averted by transcendental intervention or by the collective effort of those who possess the political or economic capacity to influence the Egyptian Army, the stage in Egypt is set for bloody massacres, or worse, a civil war. The excerpts ... More >>

Reconciliation…One More Time!

Friday, 5 July 2013, 10:19 am | Abukar Arman

Ironic as it may seem, it is a statement of controversy to assert that a genuine national reconciliation is needed in Somalia. To some, that has already happened; to others, there is no need for it since the country has emerged out of the transitional ... More >>

Somalia and the Slippery Slope of ‘Jubbaland’

Monday, 20 May 2013, 10:02 am | Abukar Arman

If the latest development in Somalia gives you the feeling of being trapped in the Twilight Zone—somewhere between relative security and renewed bloodshed—you are not alone. Due to the array of competing internal and external interest groups and ... More >>

Connecting the Dots in the Triangle of Threat

Tuesday, 8 January 2013, 12:04 pm | Abukar Arman

Just as the temperature of ‘security threat’ slowly declines in Somalia, it rises in other parts of East Africa. Elements of mainly political, religious, and clan/ethnic nature continue to shift and create new volatile conditions. Though not entirely ... More >>

The Counterintuitive Jihad

Tuesday, 23 October 2012, 5:42 pm | Abukar Arman

Gone are the days when avoidance of religious and political discussions was essential to retaining friendships. Today, discussing these two topics in the public and private squares is essential to peace, coexistence, development and progress! More >>

Can Somalia’s Political Discontent Inspire Transformation?

Tuesday, 18 September 2012, 5:36 pm | Abukar Arman

Exhausted by prolonged anarchy, chronic dependency, cancerous corruption, and humiliating subjugation, the Somali people demanded change. Not just change of guards or principled actors, but a total overhaul of the political order of the day. More >>

Somalia's Constitution of Ambiguity and Deferment

Monday, 13 August 2012, 2:25 pm | Abukar Arman

If constitutions are supposed to make boundaries of the government’s legitimate authority over its citizens and state or regional administrations clear, Somalia’s new constitution oddly falls short. While there are some bright provisions in the ... More >>

UN Monitoring Group and Politics of "Good Governance"

Saturday, 28 July 2012, 1:25 pm | Abukar Arman

Since its inception, the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia (and Eritrea) has been rolling over controversies, mainly in its reporting, sourcing, and unsubstantiated claims. I just got through reading its latest report made of truths, half-truths, and a whole ... More >>

 

 

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