The Somalia-Somaliland Talks. A Crossroads or a Dead End?

Somaliland’s Government perceives it as an opportunity to gain recognition; Somalia’s Federal Government, on the other hand, envisages recognition as a process of tearing the ‘Somali Republic’ apart. Whatever the myths surrounding any rational decision, the world is watching to see whether Somalis mend or break the fence that has divided them for decades. Continue reading “The Somalia-Somaliland Talks. A Crossroads or a Dead End?”

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Itoobiya: Halkee Ayey U Soctaa?

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Cabdiqaadir Dayib Askar

Wadankii ugu dhaqaale korniinka badnaa dunidu wuu bukoonaya. Waxa halis ku jira jiritaankiisii, duniduna farta ayey wadnaha ku haysaa. Afartii sanno ee la soo dhaafay, Itoobiya waxa lugaha ugu duubmay maro-boob siyaasadeed iyo mid amni-darro. Sumcaddii diblumaasiyadeed ee ay dunida iyo Afrikaba ku lahayd baa dhaawac la gaadhsiiyey. Dhaqaalahoodii culays weyn baa soo foodsaaray, waxaan hoos u sii dhacaya dhaqdhaqaaqyadii ganacsi iyo maalgeshigii shisheeyaha, taas oo keentay in heerka shaqo la’aantu si xawli ah sarre ugu kaco. Continue reading “Itoobiya: Halkee Ayey U Soctaa?”

Are state institutions relevant to the politics of the poor?

In the developing world, more than a third of their urban populations live in areas where the social amenities such as water, healthcare, housing and education are desperately needed. Therefore, the state institutions and their policies– whether or not supported by aid agencies and development banks – need to work harder in addressing these problems. But for many scholars, the attention does not only focus on the role of state institutions or international NGOs but the part of the poor groups themselves. This is because the traditional state-managed approaches to poverty alleviation have not fully met the demands of a vast majority of the urban population. Continue reading “Are state institutions relevant to the politics of the poor?”

‘Everyday resistance’: Poor People’s Politics

‘Poor people’, though contribute to the vast majority of the developing world, their role in shaping the political dramas [within state] is always over-looked.  They hardly get noticed in the political spectrum. Not because they do not participate in the political exercises but their representation as ‘poor people’ is significantly underestimated in many parts of the Global South. With this in mind, James Scott introduced a theoretical concept ‘everyday resistance’ in 1985, to study how people act in their everyday lives in ways that might undermine power which is typically hidden, individual and not politically articulated. Continue reading “‘Everyday resistance’: Poor People’s Politics”

Gelbiskii Geerida- Q11aad

Dhawr dharaarood oo danbe ayuu Abshir ka sii fakarayey weedhihii waannada lahaa iyo hadalladii xamaasadaysnaa ee Sheekh Yuusuf Cadaad. Abshir wuxu yaqiinsaday in Sheekhu waayo-arag u yahay nolosha qurbaha tiil iyo ta dalka gudihiisaba. In uu sii joogteeyo xidhiidhkiisa, Abshir xiiso weyn buu u qabay.

Aabo Shirre inta badan isma ay arki jirin wiilkiisa Abshir. Waxa ku badnaa safarada ganacsi ee uu ku tagi jiray deegaanadda kale duwan ee Gobolada Sanaag, Beri iyo Nugaal. Ganacsigiisa Kalluunku wuxu ahaa mid aad u suuq badan, shirkaddiisuna waxa ay u kobcaysay si xawli sare leh. Aabo Shirre wuxu filanayey in wiilashiisa, gaar ahaan Cumar-yare iyo Abshir, ay la maamuli doonaan ganacsiga bal se waxa ay ahaayeen niman aan u heelanayn amuuraha ganacsi ee aabahood waday. Continue reading “Gelbiskii Geerida- Q11aad”

Gelbiskii Geerida- Q 10aad

Abshir waxa xarun u noqday Masaajidka Al-Hidaaya oo uu u ahaa goob uu ku cibaadaysto, si taxane ahna ugu xidhnaa duruusta diiniga ah ee lagu dhigo waqtiyada salaadaha Casar iyo Maqrib u dhaxayeeya. Masaajidku wuxu u ahaa goob uu kaga kaaftoomay fadhiisigii maqaaxiyaha iyo la sheekaysigii suuq-joogtada ay Boosaaso ku caanka ahayd.

Si tartiib-tartiib ah ayuu la macaamilkiisii dadku u kobcay. Abshir waxa caado u ahayd in uu xidhiidh la sameeyo sheekh kasta oo muxaadiro u jeediya si uu weydiimo hor leh ugu sii qod-qodo duruustooda. Taas oo nafsi ahaan kobcisay, kunna abbuurtay firfircooni maskaxadeed oo cusub. Continue reading “Gelbiskii Geerida- Q 10aad”

Heart of Darfur- Book Review

book reviewEver since my birth, the sufferings of my fellow Africans have dominated the international media and are sometimes overrated. Whenever I switch on a TV screen, all that catches my eyes are the terrible headlines of Africa’s stories. True it is that wars, poverty and dictatorship have at least shaped the attitude of an ordinary man about the Black Continent. And yet it is no wonder that every child born and raised in Africa have has either been a victim or victimiser on different scales. Continue reading “Heart of Darfur- Book Review”