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Book Review

Picking up the Cold-War pieces (Book Review)

Eric Walberg

Ramadan 06, 14382017-06-01

Andrew Harding traces the life of Mohamud (Tarzan) Nur, son of a shepherd, who grew up in an orphanage to become the mayor of Mogadishu. He is aiming to become the country’s president.

Special Reports

Picking up the cold-war pieces

Eric Walberg

Sha'ban 04, 14382017-05-01

Whatever the West touches, it destroys. Somalia, Sudan and Ethiopia show the evidence of Western meddling and aggression.

Daily News Analysis

Famine in Africa- Cry the beloved Continent

Firoz Osman

Sha'ban 03, 14382017-04-30

The spectre of famine haunts parts of Africa again, with more than 20 million people facing starvation across Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan.

News & Analysis

Somali demonstrators demand release of Somali aid-workers held in US as terrorists

M.A. Shaikh

Ramadan 22, 14312010-09-01

Yet the document outlining specific charges against Amina insists that she transferred funds to “terrorist organisations” through various hawalas (business means used frequently in the Muslim world to send money).

Special Reports

Africa’s corruption to rise amid Western plunder

M.A. Shaikh

Jumada' al-Akhirah 18, 14312010-06-01

The report adds that countries in sub-Saharan Africa have weathered the global recession better than expected, and better than in previous, milder economic slowdowns.

News & Analysis

Is Somalia’s “president” a nationalist as he claims, or agent of Western interventionists?

M.A. Shaikh

Rabi' al-Thani 16, 14312010-04-01

The question, whether “Somalia’s ‘president’ is a nationalist or agent of Western interventionists” is not an idle one. Sheikh Sharif Ahmed was installed as head of Somalia’s powerless interim government (IG) last year, and has been maintained in his dubious position since then by Western countries, their allies, the African Union (AU) and the UN “to fight al-Qaeda in Africa”...

Reflections

Piracy in the real world

Zafar Bangash

Jumada' al-Ula' 06, 14302009-05-01

In the introduction to his 1985 book, Of Emperors and Pirates, the American professor, Noam Chomsky quotes St. Augustine narrating a dialogue between Alexander the Great and a pirate. “How dare you molest the seas?” demands Alexander. “How dare you molest the world?” replies the pirate. “Just because I do it with a little boat, I am called a pirate and you do it with a huge ship and you are called an emperor!”

Perspectives

Having defeated Ethiopians, Somalia’s Muslims face problems of peace

Iqbal Siddiqui

Rabi' al-Awwal 04, 14302009-03-01

Iraq and Afghanistan were far from the only victims of the neo-cons’ aggression under George W. Bush. Several other Muslim countries suffered grievously too, without receiving nearly as much attention in the world media, and, by extension, among Muslims. Somalia is perhaps the single greatest example. Crescent has covered developments there as best we can, largely thanks to M. A. Shaikh, who writes on the new government of Sherif Sheikh Ahmed in this issue, but elsewhere in the Muslim media Somalia has been largely ignored.

World

Somalia’s new, US-backed “moderate Islamist” government

M.A. Shaikh

Rabi' al-Awwal 04, 14302009-03-01

Somalia finally had a new government last month after Sheikh Sherif Shaikh Ahmed, former head of the Islamic Courts’ Union (ICU), was sworn in as president on January 31. The removal from power of the corrupt and docile transitional national government (TNG) and its president Abdillahi Yusuf (controlled by the US and Ethiopia) is undoubtedly a welcome development.

Special Reports

Comparison of resistance in Somalia and Ghazzah

Fahad Ansari

Safar 05, 14302009-02-01

On Friday 16 January, while Israel continued its brutal slaughter in Ghazzah, less than a thousand miles away, another foreign army was being forced to withdraw its troops from Muslim land it had also illegally occupied. On that day, to the joy of millions Somalia, Ethiopia was forced to pull its troops from Mogadishu, having invaded and occupied it just over two years earlier. Through a close examination of the conflict, one can draw valuable lessons for Hamas and the Muslim world.

World

Somalia, the “most ignored human tragedy”

M.A. Shaikh

Dhu al-Qa'dah 02, 14292008-11-01

Somalia is being recognised as the worst and most violent “failed state” in the world, and the tragedy of its people as the “most-ignored human tragedy”. Even the odd commentator in the international media is now calling on the ‘international community’ to help Somalia to restore peace by ignoring the corrupt and ineffective Interim Government (IG) and replacing it with “moderate” members of the Islamic Courts Union.

World

Anger in Somalia at the UN’s flawed peace deal

M.A. Shaikh

Jumada' al-Akhirah 27, 14292008-07-01

That, in most cases, the UN merely goes through the motions of mediating an end to conflicts is widely known and generally resented. Consequently, the inevitable failure of most of its efforts comes as no surprise to most. Its mishandling of the conflict in Somalia – culminating in the bogus ‘peace-deal’ signed by the weak interim government and nominal insurgents on June 9 is typical.

World

Ethiopian attack on mosque marks intensification of war in Somalia

M.A. Shaikh

Rabi' al-Thani 25, 14292008-05-01

The US and Ethiopia, alarmed by the growing strength of the "insurgents" backing the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC), have stepped up their military operations in recent months to maintain the faltering interim government (IG) in office. Not only have they increased the number of indiscriminate air-raids and missiles, but they have also extended the targets to include crowded mosques.

World

US air and missile strikes target leaders of Somalia’s Islamic movement

M.A. Shaikh

Rabi' al-Awwal 24, 14292008-04-01

On March 3, there was further evidence of the US's involvement in Ethiopia's occupation of Somalia, when a Tomahawk missile fired from a US submarine hit the town of Dobley in southern Somalia, five miles from the border with Kenya, destroying at least one house and injuring six people.

World

Ethiopia steps up war to support new government in Somalia

M.A. Shaikh

Muharram 23, 14292008-02-01

The transitional federal government (TFG) of Somalia, which was put in power in December 2006 after the removal of the ruling Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) by the Ethiopian army – began to disintegrate last October, finally crumbling soon after its 72-year-old leader, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmad, fell ill in December and was taken to Britain for medical treatment. Now the new government, a remnant of the TFG, whose name it continues to use, is also backed by the US, Ethiopia and their allies, including those in the region such as Kenya.

World

Mogadishu on verge of falling to Islamic forces as transitional government faces disintegration

M.A. Shaikh

Dhu al-Hijjah 22, 14282008-01-01

A year ago (December 2006) the US government persuaded Ethiopia to invade Somalia, giving it military and financial backing to remove from power the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and replace it with the transitional federal government (TFG). Both Washington and Addis Ababa thought at the time that they had gained effective control of Somalia by replacing the UIC with an administration made up of warlords, military officers and secular officials. But now they have no doubt that whatever control they had has crumbled:

Special Reports

The Ogaden Muslims’ long history of resistance and suffering under Ethiopian rule

Fahad Ansari

Dhu al-Hijjah 22, 14282008-01-01

Ethiopia’s war in Muslim Somalia has been one of the major news stories of the last year. However, less well-known is the fact that Somali Muslims living under Ethiopian rule in the Ogaden have a 700-year history of resistance against Ethiopian rule. FAHAD ANSARI reports.

World

Ethiopia escalates operations in Somalia

M.A. Shaikh

Shawwal 20, 14282007-11-01

It was in December 2006 that the Ethiopian army – with the US’s military and financial support – invaded Somalia and paved the way for the expulsion of the Union of Islamic Courts (UIC) and its replacement by the clan-based interim government (IG). Now it is once again pouring its troops into Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, to prop up the IG (which has foundered as a result of a dispute between its president, Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, and prime minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi) and to prevent the UIC from seizing power.

World

Saudis host conference to support pro-US regime in Somalia, as opposition groups meet in Asmara

M.A. Shaikh

Ramadan 19, 14282007-10-01

The last thing a Muslim country like Somalia – which has been in the grip of turmoil and lawlessness for 16 years and is now under occupation by Ethiopian and US forces – needs is intervention in its turbulent affairs by Muslim governments, such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt, that are allies of the US and back its anti-Islamic programme in the Horn of Africa. Yet that is exactly what took place in mid-September, when three top leaders of the so-called Somali interim government (IG) and 300 clan heads (warlords, most of them) gathered in Jeddah and signed a “national reconciliation pact”, as the minority accord was presented.

World

As reconciliation efforts in Somalia fail, China reaches for its oil

M.A. Shaikh

Rajab 17, 14282007-08-01

It was widely expected that the reconciliation-congress chaired by the ineffectual transitional government, headed by the former warlord and nominal president Abdullahi Yusuf, would fail almost as soon as it began on July 15. What was not expected was China’s decision to secure a contract with the nominal head. Not only is there no chance to find and extract oil, because of the endemic unrest all over the country, but China’s expected involvement in the federal government’s schemes is bound to contribute to the violence.

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