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Abukar Arman
Abukar Arman Somalia's Special Envoy to the United States

Entries by Abukar Arman

Somalia, Dark Clouds and Silver-lining

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2011 | 4:23 PM

The painfully haunting pictures of severely malnourished children on the verge of death, transmitted through all forms of media tell a horrific tale of human misery. The scope and the level of urgency is abundantly clear to all those who have compassion and heart.

However, with the darkest clouds...

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Somalia, US, and the Dual-Track Letdown

(13) Comments | Posted November 5, 2010 | 2:40 PM

Somalia in particular and Horn of Africa in general are at such a volatile stage that any misstep -- domestic or foreign -- could only further exacerbate that perilous condition. One such potential misstep gathering cloud is the recently proposed US foreign policy toward Somalia known as the Dual-Track approach....

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Peace, Security, and the Upshot of Political Subjugation

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 4:41 PM

If I could think of any tactfully discreet and diplomatically clear way to describe the outcome of the 15th Extraordinary Session of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government on Somalia without compromising the essence of my message, I would have simply chosen that approach. Therefore,...

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The Muffled Screams of Gaza

(83) Comments | Posted January 14, 2010 | 11:46 AM

The Egyptian government's recent decision to seal the few "tunnels of life" that allowed the people of Gaza to bypass the on-going inhumane economic strangulation, harassment and cruel treatment experienced by the participants of Gaza Freedom March and the Viva Palestina humanitarian convoy, earned the country a prominent position in...

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A New Paradigm for Engaging Somalia

(4) Comments | Posted December 29, 2009 | 4:30 PM

The stakes are much higher than ever before. And, despite the negative reports that dominate the news and thus perpetuate the sense of hopelessness, voices of reason are becoming more audible against the current senseless violence, chaos and extremism. More and more Somalis are coming to realize that the path...

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Shariah in Lawless Somalia

(2) Comments | Posted October 13, 2009 | 3:30 PM

Nowhere in the world is Shariah more contested (yet seldom debated) than in war-weary, Somalia where each of the entities competing for power claims to have embraced it while condemning its detractor, or rather, its enemy, as a dangerous imposter.

All the colorful politics motivating each contender...

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Institutional Islamophobia and the Politics of a Minor's Choice

(1) Comments | Posted September 10, 2009 | 4:00 PM

Not since France's banning of wearing the hijab or Islamic headwear in schools has institutional Islamophobia unveiled its ugly head under the spotlight of world attention. In Florida, political pressure has caused the scale of justice to tilt shamelessly.

The case of Rifqa Bary -- a 17 year old Muslim...

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Bridges of Rhetoric and Suspicion

(2) Comments | Posted August 11, 2009 | 1:24 PM

In his attempt to improve relations with the Muslim world, President Obama has done what no other American president has ever done before.

Starting with his inauguration speech in which he stressed on the importance of relaxing the defensive posture so that the demonization process could stop. Following with...

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Somalia, Outside the Violence Box

(0) Comments | Posted July 3, 2009 | 8:03 PM

Whether in Somalia or elsewhere, any attempt to tame religious extremism with violence leads to costly tragedies and disenchantments. And anyone who doubts this ought to simply reevaluate the miserable results of GWT -- the global war on terrorism.

So it goes without saying: a non-violent paradigm to solving...

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The Neo-Islamists' March of Ignorance

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 2:05 PM

In light of the rising violence in Mogadishu and how dramatically power seems to be slipping out of the hands of the unity government, the specter of what is commonly referred to as "the curse" is once again creeping back into the Somali collective psyche.

In the eighteen years...

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Piracy, Geopolitics, and Private Security

(2) Comments | Posted April 24, 2009 | 11:27 AM

Make no mistake: the proliferation of piracy in the Somali coast is a serious problem -- not only for the international community but for Somalia in general, and more specifically, for the current Islamist-led government of national unity. After all, Islamic law has zero tolerance for banditry, whether sea-based or...

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