Opinion

Martin Luther King’s words as relevant 50 years on

Patrick Harvie AN enduring memory from my teenage years was hearing for the first time, in documentaries to mark the
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Bombs away! Just try not to harm Assad

april 15 2018, 12:01am, the sunday times Dominic Lawson As a few chemical plants smoulder, the Syrian leader calmly goes to
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What China's president Xi's extended tenure means for Africa

Cobus van Staden, South African Institute of International Affairs China’s decision to suspend presidential term limits is still reverberating around the world. The
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Winnie: Custodian of our heritage

Much has been written about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the selfless struggle icon who, during apartheid, remained resolute and steadfast in the
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Ron Paul: Bring troops home from Syria now

The following Op-Ed was published in USA Today…. By Ron Paul I was disappointed to hear President Trump so quickly reverse
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Djibouti the latest to fall victim to China’s ‘debt trap diplomacy’

The US has nothing to fear – that’s the message broadcast loud and clear by Djibouti’s government after its annexation
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McMaster goes: This national security adviser will be missed

President Donald Trump has fired H.R. McMaster, his national security adviser, and is replacing him with John Bolton, a former
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Senator Rand Paul: Why I’ll Fight Gina Haspel and Mike Pompeo Nominations

Since President Trump took office, our country finally seems to be heading in the right direction. In just the past
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Ethiopia needs US, international intervention

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is wrapping up a visit to Chad, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Nigeria to talk with
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As it picks Ethiopia's next leader, the ruling coalition can pave the way for genuine reform or instil more discontent.

  The last week has been a highly dramatic and unpredictable one for Ethiopia. On 14 February, hundreds of political prisoners,
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Sekunjalo, Ramaphosa! Now is the time

So now we know (as if we didn’t before): Jacob Zuma does not act in the best interest of this
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Saving Kenya from a civil war

Kenya, the most prosperous economy in East Africa, appears poised on the brink of a major political catastrophe after last
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Recall, impeachment, no-confidence motion or 'Mbeki solution': what is at stake?

With rumours swirling fast and loose regarding the president’s imminent departure from the office, it is important to note that
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Barbar song cheaters: Stealing from Somali creative artists

The hit “Barbar” song has amassed over two million views since hitting youtube in December, but the lyrics of the song were
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Zuma deserves humiliation

In his first major interview as leader of the ANC, Cyril Ramaphosa was at pains to emphasise that President Jacob
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Bring Kenyan troops home from Somalia

  On January 15, 2016, Kenyans reacted with anger and horror  at the news that  al-Shabaab militants  had attacked Kenyan
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Just Say It: Trump Is a Racist

When it comes to President Trump and race, there is a predictable cycle. He makes a remark that seems racist,
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Somaliland is a beacon of democracy in an unstable region

  LEWIS CENTER, Ohio — In November, the voters of the unrecognized Republic of Somaliland in the volatile Horn of Africa region went
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Ramaphosa revives optimism in SA, but for how long?

Cape Town – With the ANC under the control of newly elected party president Cyril Ramaphosa and the government under
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Under the Radar: An unrecognized democracy emerges in Somaliland

 On 13 November 2017, Somaliland, an unrecognized country, went to the polls to elect its fifth president since its founding
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Mogadishu mayor’s efforts in helping victims of violence against women show leadership

Lewis Center, Ohio–Last October, a member of the Puntland security forces shot Faiza Mohamed Abdi, 16, in the “pelvic area”
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Tatalo Alamu :The Blackman’s Burden Revisited

This past week has been quite remarkable in the life of the columnist and writer. Yours sincerely received a ticking
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Muse Bihi Abdi: President Elect Left the Nation on the tenterhooks

The people of Somaliland have in recent past elected Muse Bihi Abdi, who was Kulmiye party’s Presidential aspirant as President
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South Africa should prepare for the worst case scenario: seeking help from the IMF

Prudence teaches that societies experiencing difficult and uncertain times should hope for the best but prepare for the worst. South
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After Mugabe, all eyes are on Museveni: how long can he cling to power?

On 21 November, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe resigned as president under intense pressure from the military, his own party, and
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Somalia: Preaching Message of Peace, Brotherhood and Hopefulness.

Sometimes I wonder what causes so much pain in the hearts of a man. This I ponder sitting in my
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President-elect Bihi acknowledges challenges ahead

Last week, the Republic of Somaliland’s independent National Electoral Commission announced the result of our country’s presidential election, which took
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We must resolve our divisions for Kenya to have proper peace

Notwithstanding the decision of the Supreme Court this week, only a totally dishonest and/or die-hard partisan can believe that the
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Time for Irro to congratulate and reach out to President-elect Bihi

On Tuesday, after a long delay, the National Electoral Commission (NEC) announced that Muse Bihi won the 2017 Presidential election.
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Why Mnangagwa and the army may mean more bad news for Zimbabwe

The military has taken control of the national broadcaster, troops are in the streets and the president is being held
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Time for Irro to concede defeat and move on

Last week, the voters of the Republic of Somaliland went to the polls to elect a new President. A preliminary
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South African president’s last ditch effort to ram through a nuclear power deal

South African President Jacob Zuma’s term of office has been characterised by an absence of vision and associated initiatives. Zuma is
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Saudi Arabia Comes for Hezbollah

Lebanon was stunned on Nov. 4 when its prime minister, Saad Hariri, speaking from Saudi Arabia, delivered a halting resignation
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Saudi Arabia’s Special Power Over Donald Trump

Consider this foreign policy challenge: A Mideast leader undertakes a stunning power play to cement domestic control, carrying out mass
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US military expansion in Africa

‘Take up the white man’s burden’  Rudyard Kipling, poet laureate of British imperialism The British Empire, which at the end
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Muse Bihi is the right choice for President

Lewis Center, Ohio–Monday, November 13, the voters of Somaliland will go to the polls to elect new leader. It will be
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‘Bully’ character of western diplomats to Kenya not new

The visa card ban that US ambassador Robert Godec is waving in the face of Kenyan politicians, who advocate violence
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At 57, Nigeria is not near greatness

Last Sunday, October 1, Nigerians marked the 57th anniversary of the country’s independence from Great Britain. It was all pomp
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ANC, learn from the private sector

Within the past few days, former president Kgalema Motlanthe said it would be good if the ANC was voted out
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The ‘new’ Saudi Arabia is still a dungeon

ONCE AGAIN, news from Saudi Arabia points toward the old thinking and not the modern society promised by the new
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Nightmare in Burma

Few people have ever heard of Myanmar’s Rohingya people.  Not many more could find Myanmar on a map – particularly
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Can Kenya fix its broken politics?

The initial shock of the supreme court’s decision to annul last month’s presidential election has just about worn off. Now,
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Where in the world is Zuma’s conscience?

The apartheid system conceived by the National Party was an abomination, an anti-human rights and racist political system rightly described
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Canada must stand up for suffering Rohingya Muslims

The battle has been expected and feared for weeks. As former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan prepared last Thursday
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Lovers and haters of Nigeria

One character of the Nigerian political leadership that has become entrenched and which has not been in the overall interest
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South Africa : Now get tough on Zambia

In the aftermath of its third election in five years, things were tense in Lesotho. Although opposition leader Thomas Thabane
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Trump of Arabia

The Great White Father came to Saudi Arabia last week to harangue some 50 Arab and African despots on the
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Democracy is key to economic success

DEVELOPMENT The first reason for supporting democracy in Africa is that the continent’s democracies have typically posted economic growth rates
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How America and the West Got Wrong on Somalia

Nairobi — During my first trip to Mogadishu, Somalia, on my last night in town, as I was packing up
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China’s success in Africa depends on peace in South Sudan

In less than one week, Chinese president Xi Jinping will convene a summit of roughly 30 global leaders to discuss
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So, where to, freedom?

Various political theorists have noted that freedom comes in two forms. There is freedom from, and freedom to. Freedom from
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Break Away Nation: How Somaliland Is Putting The Horn of Africa On The Map

By Merlin Linehan Somaliland is a break away nation on the Horn of Africa, officially part of Somalia and never
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Stop South Sudan killings now

Reports of mass killings and horrific rampages by government forces in South Sudan are emerging from the troubled country with
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Only the ANC can fix this Zuma mess

It is not yet known what exactly President Jacob Zuma did to face down those in the ANC top six
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Why the Somali National Movement Fought Against the Somali dictator, Siad Barre

The formation of the Somali National Movement ( SNM ) was sparked by that general mass discontent with Siad Barre’s
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President Trump must rethink his decision to escalate U.S. military involvement in Somalia

In January, the New York Times reported that the Trump transition team sent a four page series of questions to the State
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Xenophobic attacks in South Africa: Time for action

In what is becoming a horrible regular ritual, xenophobic attack by hoodlums in South Africa, specially targeting Nigerians has flared
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The link between public violence and xenophobia in South Africa

South African media last year published an unsettling interview with Mandla Matikinya, a branch leader of the African National Congress
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Independence day in Africa is meaningless

Every year on July 4, Rwanda marks Liberation Day. No, not the day the country gained its independence from colonialism.
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South Africa's borehole crisis

Sinking a borehole and striking water requires a combination of luck and feel. Under the ground, water flows along faultlines
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South Africa in a political drought

South Africa’s drought has not only overwhelmed the country but also the country’s capacity to convey exactly how immense its
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UAE military base is a good deal for Somaliland, if done in a transparent manner

Last week, the Somaliland Parliament approved a plan for the United Arab Emirates to establish a military base in Berbera
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Why Trump should make Africa a foreign policy priority

Now that the most rancorous election campaign in living memory is over, if Americans are to “bind the wounds of
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Working people win if cartels are cracked

Somewhere between the bluster and the bust-up last week, Julius Malema reminded members of the National Assembly of their role
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Horn of Africa drought requires action, including in Somaliland: Ali Mohamed (Opinion)

The Horn of Africa region has been hit by one of its worst droughts in decades, affecting 20 million people. According
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Mobile money transfer transactions must be based on Somaliland shilling

Last week, the Silanyo administration issued a decree banning the use of Mobile money transfer services for less than $100
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Chinese development will benefit world

By LIU XIANFA At the beginning of this year, specifically on January 17, Chinese President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote
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U.S. policy on Somalia ignores facts on the ground: Ali Mohamed

The Obama administration recently announced that the United States will appoint an ambassador to Somalia for the first time in two decades.
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Kenya: We can lessen consequences of drought

By ANDREW TUIMUR Drought is a cyclic weather phenomenon that cannot be wished away. It is here with us currently
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EDITORIAL: Kenya is going down a slippery slope again

Kenyans have witnessed yet another dramatic week, with Parliament turned into a battlefield as the Jubilee administration and opposition Cord
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Delaying Somaliland’s Elections could undermine Country’s Fragile Democracy

There is a serious concern among many Somalilanders about the upcoming election that is scheduled on March 27, 2017, because
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Why Speaker Erro Should Not Be President of Somaliland

The Somaliland voters will go to the polls to elect a new leader in March 2017. That leader must have
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China’s unfair Trade with Africa Undermines Governance

China is Africa’s leading business partner, with $220 billion trade, and the largest source of direct investment. While the trade
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Human Rights Abuses in Ethiopia Require Congressional Action

Last week, Secretary John Kerry met with the foreign ministers of East African nations in Kenya to discuss the fighting
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Somaliland: An Oasis of Stability in a Volatile Region

This May, as many Americans commemorate the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom; the citizens of Somaliland,
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Water Cartel is Bad for Somaliland

Water is an essential element for human life. Without it, human life as we know would cease to exist. In
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Why Colonel Bihi Should be Somaliland’s Next President

Next week, the ruling Kulmiye party will convene its national convention to choose the party’s 2017 presidential nominee. More than
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The Syrian refugees deserve compassion and humanity

The worst refugee crisis since World War II is looming in Europe. The majority of these refugees are from conflict
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Cut U.S. aid to Ethiopia's despotic government: Ali Mohamed (Opinion)

President Barack Obama’s trip to Africa this month includes a stop in Ethiopia, the first time a sitting U.S. president has
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Flag of slavery has no place in society

On June 17,  Dylann Roof, 21 years old, white supremacist, killed nine African American men and women, in a bible
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Fight against Ebola requires compassion

The outbreak of Ebola has been devastating communities in West Africa since March. According to the World Health Organization figures,
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United Nations Meddling Threatens Somaliland Sovereignty

By Ali Mohamed Lewis Center, Ohio—This week, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Somalia, Ambassador Nicolas Kay, will
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Somaliland: Dahabshil Group vs. Sahel Communities

Last week, a group of elders representing the Sahel Communities ( Dan iyo Duco) raised objection the permit for Dahabshil
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