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  1. At the end of the day, people think about what's best for them and their families. Under Kenya there is security, healthcare, education, and development and economic prospects (no matter how limited). That sure as hell beats the conditions prevailing in Southern Somalia. We've tried the independence war thing and it didn't work out. As the Somalis say "Cadowgaada ama waa la iska sugaa, ama waa la iska sasabaa". Sasabid baanu ku jirnaa ee ha nagu mashquulin.
  2. This is a really good project. The poor people of the region need development and livelihoods. Well done to all involved and let's hope it's finished to a good standard.
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    Where's reer NFD's dhaxalkooda?

    I believe Faarax Macalin spoke for the Somalis of NFD when he defended Somalia's position in this topic.
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    Isqor bilaa liis

    Meehannaw iga dheh!
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    Of Mice and Men

    Tolow ma lagu soo tarxiilay?
  6. Alla yaa isfaanshay oon Somalilanders ahayn. Okibar! [I didn't originally write 'Somalilanders' but SOL seems to have a mind of its own] In other news, Oodweyne suugaan-dhaadi baan kuu haaystayee, hadmaad u soo fadhiisatay heesahan casriga oo iska maalaayacniga eh?
  7. There are many Somali traditions and customs. As a Muslim people, a lot of them have an Islamic basis, but there are many unique to Somalis. For example, ninka waa in uu talada tolkiis u hogaansamaa, i.e. you must defer to the will of your clan. If you want to do something but your clan tells you not to do it, it is ceeb (shameful) for a grown man to go against the will of his clan. Also, when we eat, the oldest person puts their hand into the food first and then the rest begin. There are many customs that you will notice if you look closely.
  8. The "feudalism" I suggest is the most practical and workable solution we have today. And the formation of S/Land and P/Land was a success story for the Geed system. The problem is that after the initial success, they abandoned it for hazy notions of 'democracy' and party politics which are doomed to fail in the Somali context. We basically have a pseudo-clan system with 4.5 currently. Might as well abolish all pretences and just put everything out in the open. How will it work in practise? The first step is to bring all clan elders together and iron out differences from the civil war. Without doing this, everything else is an exercise in futility. Then we can decide on how we will share the government and under what terms. We need an organic xero-u-dhalad solution to our problems, not faulty imports. PS: the "feudal" system is the most egalitarian of them all from the perspective of the common man. Any man who is unsatisfied with his suldaan/ugaas/wabar/etc can call a shir and ask for the wider tribe to rectify the situation. Clan elders can also be removed should the clan agree to do so. Anyone who knows Somali culture knows these mechanisms well. Think democracy with Somali characteristics (to borrow a leaf from the Chinese communist party).
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    Random Somali Images Thread

    The new Solar plant in Garissa
  10. Yaa ducaysanoo eraygan ii fasira?
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    Ethiopia:Sidama To Become Regional State

    Can someone tell me what that undercover Oromo boy Ahmed Shide is doing? i hear he is the real power in the region and Abiy's bootlicker.
  12. Till when will we keep going in circles looking for solutions elsewhere before we realise it was with us all along? The Somalis have an ancient system of governance called Gende which is ruled by the Xeer Eji (or Aji). Contrary to popular belief this xeer wasn't unique to just the Dir but a Somaliweyn thing. This is a system whereby the clan elders rule by consensus amongst themselves and amongst their kinsmen. It was by use of this system and the Xeer Eji that the Somalis were able to conquer Jubbaland and NFD from the Oromo. The creation of Somaliland and Puntland is also reminiscent of this old system whereby the clans come together to solve their differences internally and create their own form of governance. A successful system that fits the Somali psyche. No need for democracy or any other foreign system that is doomed to fail.
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    It is no joke! Burco has a new fish market.

    Cimrigaaga oo raaga, hal dhalina wuu ku tusaa
  14. Then who do you have a beef with? It's this kind of mentality that results in our perennial weakness.
  15. This says everything about where you stand in the debate. The Kenyans will go and the natives of the land will remain, kuwii Dhadhaab ku maqnaana way soo noqonayaan and you will have to live with the facts on the ground.