Monday, December 16, 2019

Somali Articles

Does Ethiopia’s Abiy Ahmed deserve the Nobel Prize for Peace?

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is due to receive this year's Nobel Prize for Peace at a ceremony in Norway's capital, Oslo. Upon announcing its decision in October, the Norwegian Nobel Committee...

Somalia’s Oil and Gas: A recipe for corruption that could trigger renewed conflict in Somalia

Since March this year, the Minister for Petroleum and Minerals of the federal government of Somalia has been shuttling from city to city in Europe and North America to convince potential oil exploration companies to invest in...

Could Somalia become the next Texas?

The story of Somalia is being rewritten, and Texas’s oil boom of the early 20th century is a good marker for the future of the African country. Texas oil drove the economy forward, bringing better education...

An Ethiopia-backed port is changing power dynamics in the Horn of Africa

When Eritrea gained its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, Ethiopia became landlocked and therefore dependent on its neighbours – especially Djibouti – for access to international markets. This dependency has hampered Ethiopia’s aspiration to emerge as the uncontested regional...

How Somalia’s charcoal trade is fuelling the Acacia’s demise

The Acacia bussei, a slow-growing hardwood, has long been the backbone of Somalia’s multimillion-dollar trade in charcoal. For decades, the country struggled to implement a 1969 ban on charcoal and firewood exports. The gradual erosion of state institutions, which resulted...

UAE is using local instability to sow discord in Somalia

Tensions between Somalia's Federal Government (FGS) and Somaliland's government have come to a head over a tripartite revenue-sharing agreement among the Republic of Somaliland, the Dubai-based company DP World, and the Ethiopian government, based on DP World's management of a port...

Civil strife in Ethiopia has the potential to destabilise the whole region

Ethiopia is experiencing ethnic and political tensions that could have far-reaching implications for its neighbors in the Horn of Africa, and beyond. The Horn of Africa is among the most congested, eventful, and most volatile geopolitical intersections on earth. It...

The UAE still supports al-Shabaab through Somalia’s illicit charcoal trade

Since the inauguration of the Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) in 2012, the United Arab Emirates has increasingly vied with other regional powers for influence in the country, investing in infrastructure, and bolstering the country's military capabilities. The UAE opened...

The Unrecognized Republic: Somaliland and the Gulf Security

The self-declared Republic of Somaliland is looking to the Gulf secure its borders within the horn of Africa due to the regional instability. The autonomous state is also looking to deepen its economic and security ties with Arabian Gulf countries,...

The New Way of Working is not exactly “new’ to Somalia

Efforts that focus on making people less vulnerable to shocks by building their resilience have long been viewed as a way to link emergency response and long-term development aid. These linkages which address the root causes of a crisis...
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The Desert Locust ravages the Horn of Africa

 – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) warns that unless early and sustained...
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Boris Johnson, Conservatives secure smashing win in British election

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party has won a resounding overall majority in the United Kingdom's general election and will return...

U.S. Bureaucratic Blunder Could Cost Somalia Desperately Needed Debt Relief

An international push to secure sorely needed debt relief for Somalia may be derailed because of a bureaucratic blunder in Washington,...

Somali security forces kill 5 Al-Shabab fighters to end Mogadishu Hotel siege

Somali security forces shot dead five Al Shabaab gunmen, who had killed three civilians and two soldiers during an attack on a...

Armed men attack Hotel Near presidential residence in Somalia’s capital

Al Shabaab gunmen attacked a hotel in Somalia’s capital near the president’s residence and fighting was still going on, police and the...