The government of Somalia has started talking to the moderate wing of Al Shabaab even as it continues to battle the radical wing. Somalia ambassador to Kenya Ali Noor told The EastAfrican that his government has always been willing to talk to Al Shabaab as long as the militia renounces violence.
Ghana And Somalia Have Different Cultural And Political Standards
When Mr. Ginger-Man (that is not his real name, by the way) called to inform yours truly that he was spearheading a protest demonstration against Ghana's President John Dramani Mahama in Uncle Sam's sacred seat of governance, or the District of Columbia, and asked whether I would be interested in covering the same or at least compose a write-up of some sort, I involuntarily chuckled and then voluntarily snorted and made it pointedly clear to him that in my journalistic scheme of things, the bumbling Ghanaian leader did not rank much higher than a casual domestic news report, such as one about the anniversary celebration of a minor village chieftain. I also added that whatever clout and stature Mr. Mahama may be envisaged to posses mauger, as far as yours truly was concerned, the latter had much more to do with the long cumulative history of "Danquahland" than any remarkable individual achievements logged by the former Atta-Mills arch-lieutenant.
Ethiopia: Country Protected from Possible al-Shabab Attacks
Ethiopia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the country is protected at all times from attacks by the Somali militant group al-Shabab but is asking its citizens to be vigilant. The American Embassy in Addis Ababa issued a terror warning earlier this week.
Somalia: A New Booklet On Apostasy in Islam Has Rattled Extremist Somali Clerics
It's not often that we hear of a battle of ideas between reformist the Muslim scholars and fundamentalist clerics of Somalia, who are fighting tooth and nail to silence the voice of moderation and reformation.
Rep. Ellison Statement on Minneapolis-Bosaso Sister-City Partnership
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) released the following statement today after the Minneapolis City Council passed and Mayor Betsy Hodges signed a resolution to begin a sister-city partnership with Bosaso, Somalia’s third largest city.
We dissociate ourselves from those people who worship democracy,” says the speaker in the recently released video. “The only one we should worship and follow is Allah.” Switching between Danish and Arabic, the speaker is making a dark sales pitch for the extremist group Millatu Ibrahim, which was banned in Germany two years ago but has now established itself in Denmark.