Review Rejoinder: A Response to Kapteijns’ Revenge on The Suicidal State in Somalia

IMG_7498Review Rejoinder: A Response to Kapteijns’ Revenge on The Suicidal State in Somalia
Literature and Culture Studies – Monday, April 17, 2017

It is my belief that readers of Lidwien Kapteijns’ review of my book, The Suicidal State in Somalia: The Rise and Fall of the Siad Barre Regime, 1969-1991 (2016), posted on Wardheernews website, deserve some factual corrections and explanations for proper contextualisation and comprehension. I welcome that Kapteijns decided to read and write a review of my book, but I would not let go unanswered inaccurate interpretations, false assertions, and insinuations that mar her reading of – and revenge on – my book. I pass up her snide remarks about my age, Somali origin and my proficiency of the English language, which she apparently felt pain to grasp. Ad hominem attacks do not, by nature, interest me. Continue reading



April 3, 2017
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Book: The Suicidal State in Somalia: The Rise and Fall of the Siad Barre Regime, 1969–1991
Author: Mohamed Haji Ingiriis.
Pp: 363 pages
Publisher: Lanham, Md.: University Press of America (April 1, 2016)

One does not commonly begin a review with commenting on its substandard formal characteristics; even less so, when an author is a graduate student who lived in Mogadishu, Somalia, until October

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The case of Somali language

imageThe case of Somali language

April 1, 2017
By Professor Abdalla Omar Mansur

When the Somali language was transcribed and became the national language in 1972, it was used extensively as the medium of instruction and administration. The way in which all this was realized became a model for imitation and emulation by other countries of the African continent. But after the collapse of the Somali state, this language that had gained such an important role for Somalis lost most of its prestige. Continue reading

Book Review: Africa’s First Democrats

img_0677Book Review: Africa’s First Democrats

Africa’s First Democrats: Somalia’s Aden A. Osman and Abdirazak H. Hussen
by Abdi Ismail Samatar, 308 PP. Indiana University Press, 2016

“To hold a pen is to be at war.” — Voltaire

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Why I review this book
As a firm believer in democratic principles and an adamant observer of African development, I read this book with great anticipation after attending it’s launch by the author in Washington D.C. in early December 2016. I read it diligently and carefully including the 39-pages of notes at the end of the book which add deep insight into some of the issues not developed by the author in the body of the book. I found the book captivating on three fronts.

First, its a fresh departure from the existing literature about Somalia that dwells on segmenting the Somalis on tribal lineage systems, hence characterizing Somali people as individualistic and almost anarchic. This is a euphemistic way of saying that Somalis are primitive people that lack the capacity for state building. Continue reading

World Arabic Language Day 2016

World Arabic Language Day 2016

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img_0423Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World Arabic Language Day, 18 December 2016

World Arabic Language Day is a call to promote the cultural and linguistic diversity of the world as a crucial element in the cultural wealth of humanity. The Arabic language, in its classical form and its many dialects, is a global language in which the identities, beliefs and aspiration of peoples across the five continents are expressed. It is a bridge between cultures and a practical way of adding to knowledge, perceptions and mutual understanding for peace.

When we celebrate the Arabic language every year on 18 December, we also acknowledge its immense contribution to science and universal culture, including philosophy and the arts. Each year, the UNESCO-Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture pays tribute to individuals, groups or institutions for their dedicated work and outstanding achievements in the diffusion of broad knowledge of Arab art and culture.

This year, World Arabic Language Day is an opportunity to convey a strong message in favour of the dissemination of the Arabic language online, in particular in the fields of higher education and scientific research. UNESCO wishes to recall the importance of multilingualism and knowledge of languages in an increasingly globalized world; greater efforts must be made in schools and universities to diffuse the Arabic language and consolidate its learning with a view to the development of research, scientific innovation and creativity. The dissemination of the Arabic language throughout the world is a source of tremendous energy for cooperation and peace: let us join forces to release its full potential.

BREAKING POINT IN SOMALIA: How state failure was financed and by whom

imageBREAKING POINT IN SOMALIA: How state failure was financed and by whom

October 29, 2016 –  Research & Consulting

Government Support to Local Non-State-Actors

Research & Consulting – Today, the diversion of domestic revenue and the mismanagement of donor funding in Somalia have created two parallel governments in the country. The federal government created an alternative government through non-state-actors (NSAs) funding. Instead of developing functioning government structures, especially government institutions, the federal government authorities preferred investing both donor and domestic funding into non-state actors, in which they have personal vested interests. It is worth mentioning that the majority of the government funded non-state-actors are of Islamist nature (see table 23, 24, 25, 30, and 31).

Government authorities were often affiliated to support of these groups making their relationship unethical and questionable to begin with. This is proven by the itemization of recurrent expenditures where majority of the budget is used for funding Islamic Charitable Organizations, Universities and Insurgencies as shown in table 1. This is despite the creation of Somali Financial Management Information System (SFMIS), which is supposed to track the itemization of expenditures.

For instance, in 2015 alone, USD 22,091,672 was allocated to SIMAD University, whose co-founder and honorary member happens to be President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

This method of diverting funds is not only intended to help Somali Islamists leaders capitalize in their vested interests, but it is also a means of maintaining the status quo. In other words, this is a means of avoiding accountability, which is a natural result of having fully-fledged, functioning government institutions.

Read more: BREAKING POINT IN SOMALIA: How state failure was financed and by whom

Somali Week Festival 2016

Tonight we are launching Prof Cabdalla Cumar Mansuur book on the History of Somali Language & People’s.

img_5998Caawa iyo bandhiga buuggii Cabdalla Cumar Mansuur.

Somali Week Festival 2016: Last night – writers, and books day – such a great night! THANK YOU!