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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 >>

Sustainable Peace: Why Somaliland Matters

Monday, 18 June 2012, 3:47 pm | Abukar Arman

Like in wars between states and other organized groups, civil wars and other protracted domestic conflicts are seldom caused by a single factor. Over time, even those that prove to be the exception to the rule eventually evolve into a much more complex ... More >>

Marginalization of the Somali Intellectual Class

Thursday, 22 December 2011, 12:52 pm | Abukar Arman

In every society there is a small group of people who possess adequate authority to influence positive (or negative) change. This group—often referred to as The Elite—could come from any sector of a society from military, economic, political, ... More >>

Eleven Lessons Learned After 9/11

Monday, 12 September 2011, 4:57 pm | Abukar Arman

The atrocity of 9/11 and the bloody fury that it subsequently unleashed have profoundly dominated the political, social, economic, and religious debates of the 21st Century. These catastrophic events have—directly or indirectly—touched and impacted almost ... More >>

Somalia, Dark Clouds and Silver-lining

Friday, 12 August 2011, 5:43 pm | Abukar Arman

The painfully haunting pictures of severely malnourished children on the verge of death, transmitted through all forms of media tell a horrific tale of human misery. The scope and the level of urgency is abundantly clear to all those who have compassion ... More >>

Balkanization and Subjugation of Somalia

Thursday, 7 July 2011, 4:52 pm | Abukar Arman

Let me begin by saying that had it not been for Somalis transgressing against other Somalis, the state would neither have been in its current pitifully fragmented state, nor would it have become the poster child for the failed states. More >>

Time to Trade “International Community” for Bilaterals

Sunday, 27 March 2011, 3:49 pm | Abukar Arman

It goes without saying that the Somali political problem can only be solved if and when all those actors who are in contention are willing to engage in serious peace negotiation and reconciliation. More >>

Somalia, US, and the Dual-Track Letdown

Sunday, 14 November 2010, 10:06 am | Abukar Arman

Somalia in particular and Horn of Africa in general are at such a volatile stage that any misstep—domestic or foreign—could only further exacerbate that perilous condition. One such potential misstep gathering cloud is the recently proposed US ... More >>

Somalia, US, and the Dual-Track Letdown

Tuesday, 9 November 2010, 6:10 pm | Abukar Arman

Somalia in particular and Horn of Africa in general are at such a volatile stage that any misstep—domestic or foreign—could only further exacerbate that perilous condition. One such potential misstep gathering cloud is the recently proposed US ... More >>

Peace, Security, & Political Subjugation

Thursday, 8 July 2010, 7:14 pm | Abukar Arman

If I could think of any tactfully discreet and diplomatically clear way to describe the outcome of the 15th Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on Somalia without compromising the essence of my message, I would ... More >>

Abukar Arman: Muffled Screams of Gaza

Thursday, 14 January 2010, 3:38 pm | Abukar Arman

The recent Egyptian government’s decision to seal the few “tunnels of life” that allowed people of Gaza to bypass the on-going inhumane economic strangulation, its harassment and cruel treatment of the participants of Gaza Freedom March and ... More >>

A New Paradigm for Engaging Somalia

Tuesday, 29 December 2009, 9:51 am | Abukar Arman

The stakes are much higher than ever before. And, despite the negative reports that dominate the news and thus perpetuate the sense of hopelessness, voices of reason are becoming more audible against the current senseless violence, chaos and extremism. ... More >>

Abukar Arman: Shariah in Lawless Somalia

Wednesday, 14 October 2009, 10:55 am | Abukar Arman

Nowhere in the world is Shariah more contested ( yet seldom debated) than in war-weary Somalia where each of the entities competing for power claims to have embraced it while condemning its detractor, or rather, its enemy, as a dangerous imposter. More >>

Abukar Arman: Bridges of Rhetoric and Suspicion

Wednesday, 12 August 2009, 5:00 pm | Abukar Arman

In his attempt to improve relations with the Muslim world, President Obama has done what no other American president has ever done before. Starting with his inauguration speech in which he stressed on the importance of relaxing the defensive posture so ... More >>

Somalia, Outside the Violence Box

Monday, 6 July 2009, 10:30 am | Abukar Arman

Whether in Somalia or elsewhere, any attempt to tame religious extremism with violence leads to costly tragedies and disenchantments. And any one who doubts this ought to simply reevaluate the miserable results of GWT- global war on terrorism. More >>

The Neo-Islamists’ March of Ignorance

Monday, 25 May 2009, 11:44 am | Abukar Arman

In light of the rising violence in Mogadishu and how dramatically power seems to be slipping out of the hands of the unity government, the specter of what is commonly referred to as “the curse” is once again creeping back into the Somali collective ... More >>

Abukar Arman: Jihad Against the Abuse of Jihad

Friday, 27 March 2009, 3:26 pm | Abukar Arman

In light of the rampant extremism and militarism around the world, nothing proves more dangerous than the manipulation of truth for political ends. This tactic facilitates the demonization process that blurs ideologies and beliefs in both the West and the ... More >>

On the Menace of the Vanishing Somali Youth

Monday, 2 March 2009, 8:56 am | Abukar Arman

Somalia has a new government that many consider to possess what it takes to spearhead sustainable peace and bring the lawlessness of the past two decades to an end. However, this article is not about that, or about the so-called Somali piracy. More >>

Gaza: What “Moral Clarity”?

Friday, 9 January 2009, 10:37 am | Abukar Arman

Hillel the Elder is a prominent figure in Jewish history. He is perhaps one of the most quoted Rabbis. One day, a man approached him with a challenge. “Teach me all the Torah while I stand on one leg,” the man demanded. The Rabbi wisely responded ... More >>

Abukar Arman: The Belligerence of Oppression

Monday, 29 December 2008, 5:52 pm | Abukar Arman

By now, most of the world is aware of the horrific news of death and destruction that visited upon the people of Gaza . Millions have watched in utter shock the footage depicting Israel ’s indiscriminate and disproportionate bombing of Gaza . More >>