New Products: Somalia in Crisis: Famine, Counterterrorism, and Humanitarian Aid

Written on:February 24, 2015
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imagesIn the fall of 2014, the Harvard Law School Program on International Law and Armed Conflict (PILAC) offered prototypes of two case studies under the thematic umbrella ofSomalia in Crisis: Famine, Counterterrorism, and Humanitarian Aid. The first case study focuses on an NGO General Counsel simulation, and the second centers on a National Security Council simulation. Both simulations entail a nuanced fact pattern based on the humanitarian crisis of the 2011 Somali famine, which presents a variety of complicated tensions and dilemmas. I took part in the prototypes of both case studies, which were facilitated by PILAC Director and HLS Lecturer on Law Naz Modirzadeh and Senior Researcher Dustin Lewis. Revised and published in February 2015, these case studies are now freely available for use in classroom study or professional instruction.

Loss of Abdifatah Khalif Badiye and Mohamed M. Duale to the Mayhem that is Mogadishu

Written on:February 20, 2015

Reports are slowly emerging that confirm the number of people who succumbed to the deadly blast that rocked Mogadishu’s Central Hotel to be more than 10 as Friday Prayers came to an end_ Quite a contrast to the principals claimed by their perpetrators. Among the dead today were two good friends of mine who left Toronto Canada to serve their native country Somalia. view full post »


Khatumo Community of Toronto Celebrate 3rd Anniversary of Khatumo Administration

Written on:February 12, 2015

Press Release: Second Anniversary of Khatumo State of Somalia. January 12, 2014 marks the third anniversary of the creation of Khatumo State of Somalia. Is Khatumo State’s three years of existence and the freedom of the SSC people truly a cause for celebration? This question shall be debated by the real sons and daughters of Khatumo State of Somalia and not the enemies and the traitors, as we reflect on the three…


Joint Press Release appealing for all armed forces to withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region

Written on:February 10, 2015
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U.S. Special Representative for Somalia, UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia, and EU Ambassador to Somalia Appeal for All Armed Forces to Withdraw from Saaxdheer, Sool Region 29 August 2014 – United States Representative for Somalia James P. McAnulty, UN Special Representative for Somalia Nicholas Kay and European Union Ambassador Michele Cervone d’Urso express profound concern about the deployment of armed forces and the resultant conflict within Saaxdheer,…


Despite concerns of Somalia’s decades-old arms embargo violations, Somaliland forces have unloaded a ship

Written on:February 3, 2015
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The mysterious ship’s arms including armored vehicles, mortars and battlewagons were offloaded following a decision by the Somaliland administration to take the load off the ship, brushing off calls from different administrations, including the neighboring Puntland region which accused Somaliland of arming militants fighting its troops. view full post »


Somalia: Limited Progress in Protecting Civilians

Written on:January 30, 2015
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(Nairobi, January 29, 2015) – The Somali government made limited progress in 2014 in protecting civilians from abusive armed forces in the country’s long conflict, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. Displaced populations were most vulnerable to sexual violence and forced evictions, while the armed Islamist group Al-Shabaab targeted civilians for attack. view full post »


BUHODLE : Crowning a Traditional leader or Political showdown between Antagonists?

Written on:January 17, 2015

Troy City, Ancient Greek– synonymous to Buhodle – Is a city well-known to both history and legend. It’s best known for being the setting of the Trojan War. It was the home of undefeated warriors. Buhodle is also well known to produce brave warriors who defended not only this city but fought on many other fronts against the Imperial British Colony and other state enemies in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Geographically…