Illyria

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  1. Actually, it never was, but then it might be a generational thing.
  2. I did not realise he is a known commodity for dipping into that odorous, if delirious well so conspicuously.
  3. 3eyb 3alayk ya miskin ma3ruf. ista7yi 3ala wayhak. My Somali might not be as good as yours, but "gobol kee ka timid?" does not mean "qolamaad tahay?". When I meet with Somalis in the diaspora, I always ask them, which region they come from, and I never mean "qabiilkooda" unless of course that is the current vernacular for the gen Z crowd, in which case, then "rabbanaa yahdiikum".
  4. Actually there were 11 of them who won in MN, OH, and ME. Here are some of them. Well done to them all. I would have more preferred had they been scientists and engineers, but that too will come in time Insha'Allah. And I might add, as Americans, we are very proud of them all.
  5. I am assuming there are the same people who have been arguing "If the Afrikans are removed from power in S. Africa, and ANC takes over the leadership, the county shall cease to exist". In other words, apartheid had to be maintained for the sake of S. Africa, as British politician and business leaders used to proclaim, and defend the apartheid government. Worse though Afrikans (indha adayg), Indians (subaacnimo koronkoro kor u dhaaftay), and even educated Africans (baffoonery) making those arguments in the late 90s at the African Centre at Covent Gardens, London. Surely, we know better than that.
  6. I do not understand the question "maxaad soo kordhisay"; could you elaborate?
  7. As a student of history, I must remind you, whilst conditions on the ground are truly bad in occupied Somali territories, things are better than they were 20 or even 10 years, and the weaker the Somali nation state, the worse their condition.
  8. O' yes, be ware of the "dilaaliin", for they will try to sell you the moon in a broad daylight.
  9. Truth be told, I hardly pay attention to politics, for it is a complete waste of time, esp. Somali politics, which is an insult to human intelligence. I could say Deni inherited those projects, and has done well in their implementation. He is a f*cking lunatic with tyrannical tendencies judging from the Bosaso incident alone. Out of pure stupidity, if memory serves me right, he is the only leader to have caused a bloody confrontation in that peaceful city.
  10. Gents, This is hardly surprising, if one has visited these parts in recent years. This is truly tragic. I did observe rather odd dealings at Jigjiga (Ethiopian federalis), Wajeer (Kenyan police), and even in Xamar (heavily armed African soldiers), and almost got into a war of words with those at Wajeer, and Xamar. a) On my first trip to Xamar for 40 years, at the airport, an African soldier slightly pushed a Somali elderly lady, speaking to her in English, mouthing off orders to move away; as I was standing in a queue, in disbelieve, seeing what was unfolding in front of my eyes, and with many Somalis around, I was hoping one of the many people in front of me, incl. airport staff, would say something, but no one batted an eye, or even thought of it as an issue. When I spoke with the soldier in the most stern, possibly way one could muster in that situation, with a 300lb inflated African soldier in combat gear with a riffle in half mast, other Somalis were literally telling me to stay out of it, and leave him alone. As one of us here said, the general attitude there too was: it is a "minor and isolated incident". I hate what has become of Xamar, as that once beautiful city is no longer a Somali city. b) At Wajeer, Africans are policing, and inspecting Somalis; when I enquired where the Somali were, they laughed, in that annoyingly naive African laugh, saying "it is OK sir. welcome to Kenya". To cut a long story short, I asked one of them to bring his superior, who invited me to a tea, where I told him, he had no business in searching me on Somali soil; in the end, and I will not recount our conversation, the situation was sorted with his letting people through, and one of the officers serving us all tea. Again, other Somali were telling me to mind my own business. Still enraged, from afar, I spotted a Somali lady cleaning, I called her, fuming at the sight, in my most angry Somali shout "Naa yaa hee kaalay, duf ku baxe" asking her why are they not manning the airport; she said for fear of Al Shabaab, Somali staff are no longer stationed at the airport with Kenyans policing instead. The humility and subservience is beyond belief. c) In Jigjiga, according to some sources, there is a two-tier system where Ethiopians civilians can come in, and go as they please into the airport whereas Somalis are not permitted. This was compounded by a breakdown of communication where the average Somali speaks Somali, and Ethiopia federalis speak Amhari. I will not bore you with details of what I have observed at Jigjiga university, which is wholly taken over by Amharas. Our people are under occupation, and are being treated as second class citizens on their own soil. This can not go on. This must not be seen as a minor incident. One is not free, if one is not in control of his affairs.
  11. Land / lot rate in Garacad: According to a local land broker, a 20 x 20 lot, in the old city, begins at 5,000 US dollars. Land by the beach is no longer for sale 'cos the local city council is busy with town planning, and for now lots has been placed on hold. In general though, lots by the beach is triple that of the town centre, unless of course one is local, or connected, in which case, it is negotiable. Be ware of the "dilaaliinta". Adjunct: What makes Garacd different from other port cities I have seen is that in a few miles, livestock is all around the city from "geel" to "adhi" of its different kinds. On the other direction, sea food is aplenty. Its weather is beautiful unlike Bosaso, Berbera, and Jabouti. Its biggest challenge is erosion, and sand dunes. I do hope the locals begin planting trees, and building levies against sand dunes. if not, and with climate change being what it is, city might be buried under sand in the near future.
  12. The Somali territories are prime to grow, and develop with the border between Somali peoples eventually becoming irrelevant, as seen in my recent trips from Xamar, Hargeysa, Bosaso, Kismayo to Jigjiga. Was disappointed at Wajeer. It is a long, arduous recovery trek, but Somalis finally seem to be turning a corner. Our future depends on it. As people, we are left behind. Time to catch up. Build together. A word of warning to the online warrior commentators in the West, go home, see the reality on the ground, help where you can, and be part of the development.
  13. I bought a small piece of land (100 x 150) from an old friend from the area in 2018, and paid a fraction of what I paid for 40 x 35 in outer skirts of Hargeisa in 2007, but I am sure a lot has changed since then; I shall ask a local land broker in Garacad as to the going rate per sq ft now, bearing in mind the locals go by per lot. I have no idea how the relationship dynamics of Deni vs Madoobe are.
  14. This reminds me of a repartee between B. Gates, and S. Jobs in the mid 2000s, where Jobs was talking up the smart device, and Gates opined: why on earth does any one want a boxy palm device when one could have a thin laptop - MSFT was secretly incubating the Surface tablet idea at the time; here, Gates could not envisage the paradigm shift on the horizon, albeit mostly financed novel, if critical Apple projects (the two being close friends). Now, S. Wozniak's take, the de facto Apple engineer, who built the first Mac, was of a different kind. Garacad port facts (metre): Depth: 10.25m - 15.5m (berths A - D) Width: 120m - 157m Freight tonnage: 10 - 30 thousand ton ships (berths A - D). Depth of other local ports (metre) *: Kismaayo: 11m serves** 511 thou Mogadishu: 10m serves 1.4 million Berbera: 10m serves 232 thou Bossaso: 8m, the smallest in the country, serves 1.2 million. * to be confirmed. ** Serves in terms of population. Distance to (km): Galkacyo 240, Tuur Dibi (Xadka DDS) 303, Boosaaso 920, Muqdisho 750, Berbera 1,400 Funds earmarked for the project were 305 million with less than a third of the funds being used, and even though unconfirmed, the first toll-based private road might be built to connect Garacad to Tuur Dibi. The Wadaagsan group are advised to consider funding the road project, since they have got the funds in hand, and fold it into the bigger port project. As costed, they could recoup the investment in less than 10 years. A worthy investment, methinks.