Uncovering Somali’s Forgotten Music Of The 1970s

A trove of recordings that survived ‘Africa’s Dresden’ is a window into how music once flourished under a dictatorship. Continue reading “Uncovering Somali’s Forgotten Music Of The 1970s”

Mohamed Farah Bids To Give British Fans Memorable Farewell

The 34-year-old, Mohamed Farah, who will compete in the 3,000 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, produced a courageous performance just falling short of overhauling Ethiopian Muktar Edris. Continue reading “Mohamed Farah Bids To Give British Fans Memorable Farewell”

J. Peter Pham: President Trump’s Perfect Pick For Top Africa Post?

If Pham becomes Assistant Secretary of State for Africa, it would likely mark a shift in the tone and priorities of US-Africa relations. 

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“Neutral” Somalia Finds Itself Engulfed In Saudi Arabia-Qatar Dispute

President Farmaajo withstood significant pressure in staying out of Saudi Arabia’s feud with Qatar. But it may pay a cost for its neutrality.

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Saudi King Orders Reopening Of Qatar Border To Pilgrims

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered the reopening of the border with Qatar to facilitate the annual hajj pilgrimage, state media said Thursday, in the first signs of a thaw after the region’s worst diplomatic crisis in years. Continue reading “Saudi King Orders Reopening Of Qatar Border To Pilgrims”

Finding Somaliland’s Ancient Cave Art Is Hard. Protecting It Could Be Harder

Five-thousand-year-old rock art is tucked into an outcropping 40 miles northeast of Hargeisa, the capital of the republic of Somaliland. But its ambiguous political status has made protecting the site especially challenging. Continue reading “Finding Somaliland’s Ancient Cave Art Is Hard. Protecting It Could Be Harder”

Meet The Muslim Miss Universe Star Who Wore A Kaftan Instead Of A Bikini

London: Somaliland-British Muslim Muna Jama has made headlines around the world in recent days for winning the right to wear a kaftan, rather than a bikini, in the swimwear section of the Miss Universe Great Britain beauty pageant. Continue reading “Meet The Muslim Miss Universe Star Who Wore A Kaftan Instead Of A Bikini”

Mohamed Farah Tells Media: ‘If You Say I’ve Done Something Wrong, Prove It’

Farah second after painful end to 5,000m at World Championships and he accuses press of trying to ‘destroy’ his legacy in athletics Continue reading “Mohamed Farah Tells Media: ‘If You Say I’ve Done Something Wrong, Prove It’”

Independent Kurdistan Won’t Be Against Interest Of Its Neighbors

By Manish Rai

Iraqi Kurdistan is standing on the verge of historic proposed referendum for its independence. In an exclusive interview with Manish Rai, editor Viewsaround. Kurdistan Foreign Minister Mr. Falah Mustafa said that independent Kurdistan will not be against the interest of its neighbors. Mr. Mustafa added Kurdistan will pursue the good neighborly relations based on mutual respect, understanding, and benefit. Following is the detailed interview of Kurdish Foreign Minister; Continue reading “Independent Kurdistan Won’t Be Against Interest Of Its Neighbors”

How The Media Covered Kenya’s General Election

image-20161207-18067-1gmvezyGeorge W. Gathigi

Lecturer, University of Nairobi

The media has been a critical part of the Kenyan election process. But did they do a good job? Continue reading “How The Media Covered Kenya’s General Election”

How Does A Country Become A Country? An Expert Explains

image-20160809-11006-1wg45ksBy Rebecca Richards

Lecturer in International Relations, Keele University

Within the space of a week this autumn, the people of Catalonia and Kurdistan will be asked if they want to live in an independent country. If these two referendums result in declarations of independence, what happens next? Continue reading “How Does A Country Become A Country? An Expert Explains”

Mohamed Farah Remains On Track For World Double In London

The 10-time global champion will go for 5000m gold, while Isaac Makwala, Wayde van Niekerk and Britain’s Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake make 200m final Continue reading “Mohamed Farah Remains On Track For World Double In London”

Qatar Ends Visa Requirements For 80 Nations, Calling Itself ‘Most Open’ In Region

“Qatar is now visa-free for over 80 countries around the world,” says Group Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker of state-owned Qatar Airways, as the small nation announced that it will issue waivers rather than visas — and won’t be charging for the service. Continue reading “Qatar Ends Visa Requirements For 80 Nations, Calling Itself ‘Most Open’ In Region”

Somaliland’s Cholera Outbreak Threatens To Kill Thousands

Mohammed Abdi is four years old – but he looks less than half that.

Children like him are already weakened by hunger and illness but are now facing the threat of contracting cholera. Continue reading “Somaliland’s Cholera Outbreak Threatens To Kill Thousands”

Somaliland: A Profile Of The Region Not Recognized By The Rest Of The World

Somaliland is a self-declared state located in the Horn of Africa. Continue reading “Somaliland: A Profile Of The Region Not Recognized By The Rest Of The World”

The West Should Stop Its Tomfoolery On Somaliland Recognition

With words like democracy, religious freedom and human rights, Mikael Torstensson and Magnus Oscarsson are trying to convince the world that Somaliland should be recognized as an independent state. Continue reading “The West Should Stop Its Tomfoolery On Somaliland Recognition”

A Young Somali American, Is The New UNA-USA and U.S. Department of State UN Youth Observer

Washington, DC – The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, announced Today (July 25, 2017) Ms. Munira Khalif as the sixth annual U.S. Youth Observer to the UN. Continue reading “A Young Somali American, Is The New UNA-USA and U.S. Department of State UN Youth Observer”

In Somaliland, Amid Persistent Drought, A Nation Of Herders Plots A New Course

In Somaliland, part of famine prevention means keeping people at home, rather than wandering for help. It also means laying the ground for a major shift to lessen dependence on livestock, the backbone of Somalis’ survival for centuries. Part 4 of our series on famine resilience. Continue reading “In Somaliland, Amid Persistent Drought, A Nation Of Herders Plots A New Course”

German Plane Hijacked To Somalia In 1977 Being Brought Home

BERLIN (AP) — A Lufthansa Boeing 737 hijacked to Somalia 40 years ago at the height of the leftist Red Army Faction’s campaign against West German authorities is coming home to a German museum. Continue reading “German Plane Hijacked To Somalia In 1977 Being Brought Home”

Press Release: British Ambassador Visits Hargeisa International Book Fair

Hargeisa, Somaliland, July 22, 2017 (Saxafi) – British Ambassador David Concar this afternoon addressed the renowned Hargeisa International Book Fair, a celebration of Somali culture, heritage and ideas. Continue reading “Press Release: British Ambassador Visits Hargeisa International Book Fair”