‘War helaa-tala hela’

This month I had the privilege of adding an interesting book in Somali, written by a renowned Somali politician and author, to my reading list. To begin with, this book is different from the books I usually read in so many ways but one unique difference, other than the language it’s written in, is that the premise of the book is politics which I am not a big fan of. However, I learned from the…

The ‘Special’ Plane (Part 2)

The journey continues. Some passengers have buckled up and have high hopes that the captain will make it this time. They are desperate to get to the ‘beautiful’ place the captain sees from the cockpit. Others, not so much, and want to make their way to the cockpit. According to them, the current captain and crew are not fit for the job and they believe they are the only ones who can steer this plane…

The ‘Special’ Plane (Part 1)

Some where in this world today there is a captain with a special plane. One that got rehabilitated after being out of service for over two decades. It has been on the ground for many years and only God knows if all of its original components are in the right place. This plane, just like any other plane, is carrying passengers and crew members as it takes on the skies every day. The captain of…

Report on possible 2020 electoral model for Somalia

The Heritage Institute for Policy Studies has published today a report on possible 2020 electoral model for Somalia. First, after describing electoral systems in general, the report narrates the history of elections in Somalia going back to the era of trusteeship in 1950 – 1960. Secondly the report outlines four electoral options for 2020 – three of which are closed list and one first past the post system. 1. ‘The Baydhabo Proposal’ calls for closed…

Somalia – Admission to the UN (July 1960)

Having achieved it’s independence on 1st July, 1960, Somalia wasted no time in submitting it’s application for admission to the United Nations (UN) in accordance with Article 4 of the UN charter. In a cable signed by the Provisional President of the Republic of Somalia at that time – HE Aden Abdulla Osman – and submitted to the UN on 1st July 1960, Somalia declared that it accepted the obligations stipulated in the charter and…