Elections in Somalia Hit Another Roadblock

Pavan Kulkarni Photo credit: Flickr/Ilyas Ahmed, UN The opposition presidential candidates have rejected the new framework weakening the authority of clans and empowering the heads of state governments to determine candidates who will elect MPs to the lower house The months-long process of Somali elections — which began after much delay, bloodshed, and a betrayal…

Somalia: From the Cold War to the War on Terror

Ann Garrison Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, aka Farmaajo, Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki, and Ethiopian President Abiy Ahmed Cold War and War on Terror destabilize Somalia and cause great suffering for its people. Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, aka Farmaajo, is currently the Interim President of Somalia, pending parliamentary elections that have been repeatedly postponed since February….

In Somalia, the US is Bombing the Very ‘Terrorists’ it Created

TJ Coles US and British meddling transformed Somalia’s al-Shabaab into an extremist group, inflaming the humanitarian crisis that persists throughout the country. This July, the Biden administration picked up where Trump left off and began bombing Somalia, a country with a gross domestic product of less than $6 billion and a poverty rate of 70 percent. But why? The official reason provided by the…

Somalia: Turkey’s Other War

Rick Rozoff Turkey opened Camp TURKSOM, military base and academy, in Mogadishu, Somalia in 2017 with the Chief of the Turkish General Staff, General Hulusi Akar, present. It can accommodate 200 Turkish military personnel and is slated to graduate over 10,000 Somali soldiers. Lying as it does immediately across the Gulf of Aden from Yemen,…

Prelude to War? US/NATO, Egypt, and Ethiopian Sovereignty

Ann Garrison Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Ethiopian American activist and community organizer Benyam Kitaw tells Ann Garrison that US hostility toward Ethiopia could lead to further sanctions, economic pressure, and perhaps even war. “The primary issue is Ethiopian sovereignty vs. US/NATO military hegemony.” Ethiopia is a nation of more than 112 million people, the second…

The Historical Roots of the Somali Election Crisis

Geylame Afrikaad In early February 2021, the term of President Farmaajo came to an end. However, elections in the Somali capital of Muqdisho have been delayed due to disagreements between the President and the opposition – a coalition of regional governors and prominent national politicians, including the recently removed premier and two former presidents (1)….

U.S. Government Turns Somalia Into Failed State to Steal Its Oil for Shell and Exxon-Mobil

Nick Alexandrov U.S. Special Forces soldier trains Somali operative. [Source: geeskaafrika.com] United States foreign policy in Somalia has always sided with the wrong side.” That’s how Mohamed Haji Ingiriis, a young Somali historian studying for his doctorate at Oxford, summarized Washington’s legacy there in an interview with CovertAction Magazine. Instead of promoting what it claims…

America’s Half a Century of War in Somalia Comes to an End?

Raul Diego Despite Trump’s decision to remove troops from Somalia, ramped-up airstrikes and record death tolls prove that America’s bloody legacy in the region is not over. Like so many of the conflicts around the world today, the ongoing war in Somalia dates back to the proxy wars between the U.S. and the Soviet Union….

The Ever War on Terror: What on Earth is the U.S. Doing Bombing Somalia?

Danny Sjursen In a move that will surely worsen Somalia’s slow-boiling coronavirus crisis, the Trump Administration has quietly ramped up a bombing and covert raiding campaign, a major escalation of a war Congress hasn’t declared and the media rarely reports. The Trump administration has quietly ramped up a vicious bombing—and covert raiding—campaign in Somalia amid…

Somali War: A Continuing Result of United States Foreign Policy

Abayomi Azikiwe Pentagon bombing operations against the Horn of Africa state of Somalia have killed numerous people over the last several weeks under the guise of the United States “war on terrorism.” On 30 November 2018 the United States Africa Command (AFRICOM) reported that airstrikes were launched on al-Shabaab positions in Lebede killing nine people. (Reuters,…

Niger and Somalia Expose U.S. War Against Africa

Luwezi Kinshasa Muslim insurgents killed four and wounded two U.S. soldiers on October 4, 2017 around the town of Tongo Tongo, 200 km from Niamey,  the capital of Niger. The Sahel G5 region. This area is no stranger to these types of attacks: insurgents killed 15 Nigerians on February 15th. The U.S. soldiers died taking…