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Somalia's Al Shabab Launch Suicide Bomb Attack On Hotel

Reuters | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 06.25.2016 | World

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's al Shabaab Islamist group launched a suicide bomb attack on a hotel in the center of Mogadishu on Saturday before figh...

A lurking threat to Western classical music

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is Western classical music under threat? The genre known as classical, serious, or art music has certainly suffered from being labeled elitist and ina...

Al Shabaab Car Bomb Attack Kills At Least 9 In Somalia

Reuters | Alexandra Ma | Posted 02.26.2016 | World

MOGADISHU, Feb 26 (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed when fighters from Somali Islamist group al Shabaab set off a car bomb at the gate of a...

Somalia: Plane Blast Caused By Bomb Meant To Kill All On Board

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.06.2016 | World

MOGADISHU, Feb 6 (Reuters) - A blast that punched a hole in the fuselage of a plane this week was caused by a bomb meant to kill everyone on board, So...

Somalia's Way Of Seeking Justice For Rape Victims Is Working

Catherine Taibi | Posted 05.07.2015 | Media

As journalists, we dutifully report on what's going wrong, from scandals and corruption to natural disasters and social problems. But far too often th...

Al Shabab Bomb Hotel In Somali Capital Ahead Of Turkish President's Visit

Reuters | Posted 03.24.2015 | World

By Abdi Sheik and Feisal Omar MOGADISHU, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A suicide car bomb exploded at the gate of a Mogadishu hotel where Turkish delegates we...

Somalia: Conundrum of an Activist

Sadia Ali Aden | Posted 01.01.2015 | World
Sadia Ali Aden

In order to genuinely win the hearts and minds of the ordinary citizens, the Somali leadership must not hasten making decisions on their behalf or self-interest by signing any treaty at a disadvantaged position with countries that have more negative record than positive.

Somalia's Future Hinges On Its Youth

Crystal Wells | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Jamel Egal was born the year it all fell apart. 1991. Somali President Siad Barre was overthrown and anarchy overtook the east African nation of Somalia. Warlords filled the void of a central government as lawlessness reigned and war became the norm.

14 Killed In Clashes Near Mogadishu

Reuters | Posted 10.14.2014 | World

MOGADISHU, Aug 15 (Reuters) - At least 14 people were killed in heavy fighting when African Union peacekeepers entered a surburb of the Somali capit...

Conflict and Late Rains Drive Thousands from Their Homes in Somalia

Crystal Wells | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Shukri Sheikh Ali thought this year would be different. It was to be a time of rebuilding, of recovering, of returning home. Instead, she is starting over once again from scratch, her land thirsty for rain and her village emptied by conflict.

Tears of Defiance, Resilience and Courage: Through It All, Somalia Will Rise

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 06.17.2014 | Politics
Hibaaq Osman

Last week, I could only watch on television news as soldiers herded scores of my countrymen on to trucks like livestock, to be driven to detention centers. Women carrying babies struggled to climb onto the cumbersome vehicles, built not for carrying humans but cargo and commodities.

U.S. Soldiers in Somalia and the Pentagon's Unlearned Lessons

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 03.13.2014 | Politics
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

News that the Pentagon is sending its military back into Somalia, after 20 years, shows that America is still missing the point on the Horn of Africa when it comes to preventing violence. Has the Defense Department learned that little in its many misadventures on the African continent?

The Real Story of Black Hawk Down

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 11.11.2013 | Entertainment
Erin Bernhardt

In honor of the battle's 20th anniversary, Struecker returned to Mogadishu -- still one of the world's most dangerous cities. Why? To relive the battle, retrace their route and, hopefully, to inspire even more people.

Operation Hopeless

Lisa Spinelli | Posted 10.29.2013 | Books
Lisa Spinelli

An unease grew in John Spinelli, deputy chief of station for the CIA in Mogadishu. His stomach knotted itself into a giant wad of apprehension. Something didn't feel right, but there was no turning back now. He had to move on.

Britain's Commitment to Somalia's Future

Sir Peter Westmacott | Posted 07.07.2013 | World
Sir Peter Westmacott

When Foreign Secretary William Hague raised the Union Flag over the new offices on April 25, the UK became the first EU country to return to the Somali capital since the ruinous civil war that began in the early 1990s.

Somalia's Shocking Response to a Rape Report

Fartuun Abdisalaan Adan | Posted 04.24.2013 | World
Fartuun Abdisalaan Adan

A 27-year-old woman in Mogadishu who reported that government security forces raped her was convicted on criminal charges this month, along with a journalist who interviewed her. Her term will start when she finishes breastfeeding her baby.

Go After the Rapists in Somalia, Not Their Victims

Zainab Hawa Bangura | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Zainab Hawa Bangura

Today the eyes of the world are upon Somalia. The Government of Somalia has expressed its commitment to fighting sexual violence in all its forms; now is the time to turn these pledges into action.

Nursing Southern Somalia Through Civil War And Famine

Tommy Standun | Posted 04.30.2012 | Impact
Tommy Standun

Many organizations have been driven from the country by insecurity, and the provision of supplies is severely restricted as roads are often closed by various militia and military forces. But there is hope as Somali citizens provide assistance to their own.

Hopkins, MN: A Journey From Mogadishu

hopkins.patch.com | Posted 02.23.2012 | Business

"The hurdle was hard, but what made it easier was we did it together."...

Life in America: A 'WIN' for Women Guiding Women

Sabrina Hersi Issa | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Sabrina Hersi Issa

My family is from Somalia and came to the United States through political asylum. I'm a proud first-generation American woman, and I grew up constantly reminded of my fortune to be born in the United States -- and the unyielding opportunity to build your own destiny here.

The Somali Famine, Despair and Resilience

Sadia Ali Aden | Posted 02.12.2012 | World
Sadia Ali Aden

As the plane started to lose altitude and the images on the ground began to form into shape, I was stirred with nostalgic feeling triggered by the familiar soil and landscape.

Bwana Uncle Sam

Eric Margolis | Posted 12.31.2011 | World
Eric Margolis

Having finished off former ally Muammar Gaddafi, the Pentagon, its new Africa Command, and CIA are now focusing on East Africa. In fact, Africa is hot.

10 Fascinating Forbidding Places

Shermans Travel | Posted 11.29.2011 | Travel
Shermans Travel

The same impulse that drew 16th-century explorers into uncharted oceans may compel today's intrepid travelers to ignore State Department travel warnings.

Country: Know Thyself

Jake Townsend | Posted 10.16.2011 | World
Jake Townsend

National identity provides foundational strength for a country, for it defines that unique metaphoric construct for collective belief in the nation not only as a physical place, but as a collectively held idea.

Curtis M. Wong

Student Gives Somali Orphans A Home

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact

While most of her peers are enjoying their free weekend time, Alia Mohamed spends her Saturdays on Skype. She will listen dutifully at her computer as...