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  1. All hearsay, we have nothing to attest that. But it would seem very unlikely that a newly elected President would start signing oil contracts without his cabinet or even having technical people in place to review any kind of agreement. Furthermore, Parliament and future governments could declare those agreements null and void.
  2. Xaaji, have you even listened to the video. Had nothing to do with politics, ciyaalka bashaal ayaa loo xidhay. Cadoowga dalka maha.
  3. Tiktokers, facebookers, YouTubers, kuli wa target. Laakin waxa ka baad baaday Snapchatters, sawirka ayee masaxaan
  4. Laga yaaba iney kheyr keento for Somalia and both domineering clans, hadii la keeno dad ka dhex dhexaad ah duopolyga jira
  5. Wee biloobmatay miyaa. hada ninku wali shaqadii muu biloowin oo cabinet musoo magacaabin. Wakhti siiya, perhaps he might surprise us.
  6. They do exist, I have met many southerners who have nostalgia for the Italians and feel Somalia has a special bond with that Italians or with other countries(e.g.Turkey). In Italy you have even Somali-Italian associations coming together to commemorate that special bond, history and sing italian-Somali songs. But perhaps the difference is that Southern would never blast it shamelessly out in the open, as some of our ‘British’ oriented Somali’s tend to do.
  7. It’s not only with the British, also with Djibouti and Ethiopia one can see the same one sided favourable and unreciprocated admiration, without getting much back for it. And perhaps this has more to do with SL having little to no experience in foreign affairs and developing relations based on national interest rather then sentimental attachment.
  8. Is this perhaps what a possible regional O political agenda could look like? -Ethiopia and Kenya: Champion free movement of people and goods, and cross border road and transport linkages. -Jubbaland: Ambition for this region to become the model region for Somalia through seeking dialogue, re-approachment and inclusive regional government with other communities. Set target for an all inclusive Jubbaland regional government to be elected in a competitive elections, if necessary sacrifice Ahmed Madoobe. Liberate with those communities as many localities as possible, to expand outreach of regional authority. -Puntland: Prevent regional from drifting away from federal government or to extreme poles in opposition. Visit region as much as possible, strengthen linkages with different actors in Bosasso, Garowe and Galkacyo, enforce role of Boqor Burhan as the King of the clan umbrella. -South-West: Seek stronger political alliance with community in federal system, address local grievances, showcase inclusion of community in Jubbaland. -Galmudug/Hirshabbele; Mediate in local disputes, empower marginalised lineages (continuing legacy of Farmaajo), prioritise inclusive regional government, and common agenda of fighting against extremist. -Banadir Region; Accommodate population to have a greater say in local governance while aligning with federal government mandates, organise there the first local elections, showcase and promote diversity of the City. -Somaliland; Open back channel dialogue via Jig Jiga, use poetry in conveying messages if necessary, with Jig Jiga becoming a mediator(Ergo) in the talks with Somalia. In meantime seek greater collaboration and consolidation between Jigjiga, Jabuuti and Somaliland, utilise people’s diplomacy through, knowledge exchanges, sports, culture, literature, etc. -Somali region of Ethiopia; Provide full support to Mustafe’s agenda in curtailing extremist and reactionary O politics, form alliances with other non-O clans to solidify regional government, promote region is open for business and investment in the region and among diaspora. -Northeastern: Main communities political accord to focus on common economic and external development agenda of the region, under a Northern 2040 Economic Agenda. Seek dialogue with cross border brethren communities and address grievances to stop extremist attacks. Promote regions linkages with Somalia through trade, mobility and investment. Promote and Encourage among Somalis from Eastleigh and elsewhere, and Kenyans to invest in the region. Prevent local politicians from mingling in Kenyan and choosing sides between different groups, stay neutral on Kenyan internal politics and become an acceptable partner and improve image of Somalis in Kenya and wider region.
  9. I assume the 30% trade flow through Berbera is an intention but not guaranteed in a agreement, the license for operating the dry port is a good move, but keep in mind that SL owns a minority share in that company, so UAE will largely be benefiting from this as well. Hope SL can use that again to its advantage in negotiations towards the UAE! But all in all it’s better then nothing and previously was the case, SL is learning. Next should be Djibouti, and developing rational relationships and trade deals that also benefit SL.
  10. What did SL get back for its hundred million worth of imports/flow of dollars to Ethiopia in this trade agreement?
  11. Bio-engineering is most effective against sand dunes and other forms of soil and coastal erosion. Unfortunately many coastal cities have been lost partly due to sand dunes such as Bulahaar.
  12. I think you have misread one or two things, I am not from Puntland, neither am I advocating for the current status quo to remain on the contrary I applaud the rising influence of the O community in the region.
  13. The O community has indeed become a major political player in the region, for a long time they were politically on the fringes determined by their position on the peripheries of the Somali territory. But as the region is becoming more interconnected and integrated it is an advantage and opportunity for those on the outer edges. However, as one still needs to leave a political stamp on the region, I am wondering if their politics will be characterised by building bridges between peoples or one of trampling people under their 🦶.
  14. Territorial collaboration and integration is not only a matter of communal affinity (clan relations), but economy, geography and mobility plays an important role as well. There are no road connections between Sanaag and Sool, and hardly any economic linkages between the two. Sool is more connected to Toghdheer and Nugaal(Garowe) economically, whereas Eastern Sanaag is connected to western-Sanaag(Erigavo) and Bari(Bosasso). This also goes for movement of people.
  15. Excellent proposition, now we are talking. One ‘ ‘Somali’ regional internal trade market, and for such an internal market to be viable you would need to have a common trade policy and negotiate external trade agreements under the same tariff regimes. Let’s talk further on this, perhaps in a separate topic.