Villa Rose Hotel

Security Forces Struggle to End Villa Rose Hotel Siege

Another hotel in Mogadishu, another terrorist attack, another siege and yet again the same security gaps as the militant group Al-Shabab has intensified its attacks in recent months. The police spokesman said 6 assailants stormed the Villa Rose Guest House early evening yesterday. Government officials and ministers have used the hotel as their residence in […]

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Macawisley

Ma’awisley Vigilantes: The Surge to Oust Al-Shabab

It has already been three months since a motley array of Somali forces have been fighting the extremist group Al-Shabab on several fronts in the southern regions of Somalia. At the center of the surge, the ma’awisley, local self-defense groups, supplemented by the regular army and the police. However, mixed forces fighting on an equal […]

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Zoobe 2

Terror attacks on Zoobe: All you need to know

More details are emerging from yesterday’s terrorist attacks that rocked Mogadishu. The two explosions that took place outside the Department of Education at the busy Zoobe intersection were reportedly carried out by Al-Shabab suicide bombers who detonated their car bombs. The site of the twin blasts is near the Somali Ministry of Education, but the […]

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1969 Revolutionary Council

Why the 1969 Revolution is still relevant today

Today is the anniversary of the October 21, 1969 revolution that put the armed forces in control of Somalia. It all started with a bloodless coup after the assassination of the first democratically elected president, Abdirashi Ali Sharmarke, on October 15, 1969. President Sharmarke was elected in 1967 amid controversy over an election marred by […]

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The assassination of Farhan Qarole

Farhan Qarole: The Tragic Loss of a Hero

The Somali nation is reeling as General Farhan Mohamud Aden, popularly called Farhan “Qaroole”, was laid to rest in a Mogadishu cemetery yesterday. The emotion was very high as mourners recount his young age, his untainted professional records, and his gentle personality. General Farhan had been Banadir’s police chief since replacing his disgraced cousin and […]

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CVCP La nation

Victims Remember the Café de Paris Crackdown

One of Djibouti’s expatriate communities commemorated the 1990 Café de Paris terrorist attack last weekend, in Ottawa, Canada. There were also simultaneous rallies across Europe to remember and mourn the victims of the unwarranted brutal crackdown on the Gadabursi community following the terrorist attack. On September 27, 1990, 32 years to the day, Djibouti was […]

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Khadija and Umal

Will the Controversy over Minister Khadija’s Pants Spark a Wider Debate

Somalia’s chaotic political and security life has recently sparked new controversy. The attire of a female minister drew the ire of a religious scholar. Those who think it’s just plain wrong to criticize pants or trousers do not appreciate its potential fallout. Those who stick to the apparent dichotomy that emerges from the confrontation of […]

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NCC

Could Dispute between Federal and Regional Leaders Derail Debt Relief?

President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud’s first four months at the helm of Somalia have been marred by conflicts on his own making. The latest conflict with regional states had been simmering for some time and erupted late last month. A concerted message came on August 31 from regional state governments, particularly their finance ministries, stating that […]

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HSM and Deni

Somali President Entangled in his Secret Deals with Deni

Hassan Sheikh Mahamood has been in the Somali province of Puntland for the past three days where he has tried to settle a bitter dispute with the President of Puntland, Said Abdullahi Deni. Already, as soon as he arrived at the airport in Garowe, the capital of Puntland, Deni greeted him coldly and treated him […]

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HSM Hayat Hotel Speech

Public Reactions to President Mohamud Address

Three days after the tragedy of the Hayat hotel terror attack which killed more than 21 people and injured more than a hundred, President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud broke his silence. Earlier in the day, he had chaired a meeting of the Security Council which includes the heads of the security services as well as the […]

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