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Dishonest Broker – Why Turkey Will Not Run Somaliland – Somalia Talks

On December 28, 2018, Turkey named its former Ambassador to Somalia Dr. Olgan Bekar as a Special Envoy for Somalia and Somaliland Talks. Thought the former Ambassador to Somalia has had limited contact with the Government of Somaliland especially President Bihi's current administration, he known to be very comfortable in navigating the political scene in...

“Neuroprosthesis” Restores Words to Man with Paralysis

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Technology Could Lead to More Natural Communication for People Who Have Suffered Speech LossBy Robin Marks Researchers at UC San Francisco have successfully developed a “speech neuroprosthesis” that has enabled a man with severe paralysis to communicate in sentences, translating signals from his brain to the vocal tract directly into words that...

Minister of Water Resources Development Suspends The Director General For Corruption

In a letter circulated on social media, the Minister of Water Resources Development Hon. Mohamed Muse Diriye Wacays has suspended the Director-General Mr. Mohamed Hassan Dirrir alleged infractions that include corruption and dereliction of duties. The Minister's suspension letter accuses the Director-General that work has ground to a halt...

Breaking – Major Cabinet Reshuffle Imminent

According to sources, the President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi has completed a major reshuffle of his government. Sources add the changes will be announced after the ongoing contest for the Speaker of the Parliament between Kulmiye and Opposition parties is settled. Although President...

Djibouti needs a Plan B for the post-Guelleh era

After Ethiopia and Eritrea fell out in 1998, Djibouti’s ports became landlocked Ethiopia's only outlet and a critical lifeline for exports and imports to meet its energy and food security needs, turning the tiny country into the Horn of Africa’s (HoA) dominant transshipment hub. In the early 2000s, Djibouti turned its geostrategic location at the entrance...

July 2021 Employee of the Month: Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed inherited a state. He sacrificed it to the dream of an empire. On his current trajectory, Abiy’s political obituary will be that he left Ethiopians with neither state nor empire. Many autocrats kill people. It takes a particular kind of leader to kill a country. This is what...

Who’s running Haiti after president’s assassination? 5 questions answered

Patrick D Bellegarde-Smith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Two men are vying to control Haiti after President Jovenel Moïse’s July 7 assassination, creating more turmoil for a nation in crisis. Here, scholar Patrick Bellegarde-Smith, a Haitian studies scholar and author of “Haiti: The Breached Citadel,” explains the unusual situation that gave rise to this power...

Why is Delta such a worry? It’s more infectious, probably causes more severe disease, and challenges our vaccines

Michael Toole, Burnet Institute While Australians may be focused on the havoc the Delta variant is wreaking on our shores, Delta is in fact driving waves of COVID infections all around the world. With the World Health Organization (WHO) warning Delta will rapidly become the dominant strain, let’s take a look...

Minister of Trade Revokes the Operating License of A Company Representing Ethiopia’s Largest Shipping Company

According to a directive from the Ministry of Trade, Industries and Tourism and signed by Minister Mohamoud Hassan Saad (Saajin), the Somaliland government has revoked the operating license of Integrated Shipping Services, a subsidiary of Laas Group. Somaliland’s largest bottling plant that produces Coca-Cola and other beverages is also a subsidiary of Laas Group.

Police Officers Turn down Large Sum of Cash and Vehicle as Bribe from Alcohol Smugglers

According to a statement by Somaliland Police, a shipment of alcohol disguised as khat was confiscated, and officers who seized the illegal shipment of alcohol have turned down a large sum of cash as a bribe. Somaliland law strictly bans the import, sale, and consumption of alcohol and carries stiff penalties that include a minimum mandatory...

President Bihi Calls on The United States for a Direct Engagement With Somaliland

In an opinion piece published on News Week, the President of the Republic of Somaliland HE Muse Bihi Abdi called on the United States of America to engage directly with Somaliland on security, trade, and cooperation. Highlighting Somaliland’s democratic values and strategic location and its 850-kilometer coastline in the Red Sea, President Bihi articulated why it is...

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