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Al-Shabaab is just a symptom

The causes of Somalia’s tragedy are still in place since the murder of President Abdirashid Sharmarke in in 1969 COMMENT | Abdi Ismail Samatar | For at least 14 years now, the militant group Al-Shabaab has terrorised the southern region of Somalia. Its ambition is to impose a tyrannical dictatorship over the …

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Somalia’s death knell of democracy

How a toxic political and security order backed by the AU is destroying the glorious past of Africa’s first democrats COMMENT | ABDI ISAMIL SAMATAR | By the mid-1990s, it was clear to the world that Somalia had become Africa’s first failed post-colonial state. But this vast country of just …

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