Somalia: Political leaders, their entourage and the depletion of the country’s resources.

imageGlobal Policy Journal – Sunday October 25, 2015 – Shortly before taking office, former US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, received a letter from George Kennan, Dean of the diplomatic corps, advising him against following the tradition of his predecessors whom he claimed had “seriously misused and distorted” the office of Secretary of State through their travel. He argued that travelling should be done by “lower-level officials, especially ambassadors, while the Secretary remains in Washington”. Some of the foreign travels of Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and his predecessor, Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, have come under increased scrutiny as their frequent flying has come to been seen as costly tourism and, with the exception of a few trips, unnecessary.
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Ramadan may be a month of fasting and prayer.

imageRamadan may be a month of fasting and prayer, but it is also a month of terror and violence.

The article ‘was published on Diplomatic History Journal 

Global Policy Journal – Ramadan is the most important month in the Muslim calendar. The Qu’ran descended from the heavens on the night called Laylat-al-Qadr (Night of Destiny) towards the end of the month of Ramadan and according to the Qu’ran, that night is “better than a thousand months.” The entire month is intended to be a time for drawing closer to Allah, repenting from sin, and refraining from partaking in earthly pleasures such as eating, drinking and smoking.It is a time for acts of kindness, for helping the poor, visiting relatives and improving inter-personal relationships. Read the rest of this entry

Migranti, Profughi, Clandestini: il valore delle parole

imageJournalist’s Resource –Quello che colpisce immediatamente degli immigrati clandestini è la loro giovane età: sono tutti giovani, fra loro non ci sono anziani. Ne hanno intervistato uno al TG qualche giorno fa, sulla scogliera di Ventimiglia, un giovanotto colto e misurato che parlava un inglese fluente, armeggiava sapientemente con il portatile e che manifestava un manierato pessimismo per la propria condizione
(I am here for my tomorrow…) dovendo ammettere che la meta del suo viaggio, la Francia, e’ al momento impossibile. Manierato, quindi, il suo pessimismo.
Perchè?
Perchè a prescindere che la Francia fosse effettivamente il suo reale punto di approdo e non invece l’alibi per giustificare come temporanea e involontaria una presenza in Italia invece voluta e definitiva, il suo pessimismo è fuori luogo; raggiunta l’Italia, collocato in un centro di accoglienza, per lui il futuro è già cominciato in quanto il contesto politico giudiziario e sociale che lo amministra come profugo ha già approntato un sistema di ospitalità istituzionale, dovuta in quanto di fonte normativa legale.
Se quindi si cerca di trovare uno slogan, un concetto che in sè riepiloghi la ratio di questo devastante flusso migratorio clandestino, il concetto più pertinente è quello di “cuccagna”, vale a dire che arrivati qui, il problema è risolto perchè a risolverlo è chiamato de iure un apparato statale che il governo e la politica parlamentare del consenso e della retorica solidaristica ha voluto essere così.

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Misunderstanding Growth in Africa: how economists get it wrong

Global Policy Journal – For the past two decades, mainstream economists who study African economic growth have been trying to explain something that never happened. Economists have focused almost exclusively on one question: Why has economic growth failed in Africa?

This is not only an academic past time, the question has made its way into popular discourse too. Most famously, in 2000, the front page of The Economist depicted Africa as a hopeless continent that was unable to experience economic growth and development. In a special report on the continent, the magazine asked “Does Africa have some inherent character flaw that keeps it backward and incapable of development?”

Yet only ten years later, the same publication had a completely different front-page report about Africa as a hopeful continent that was on the rise. How could they have got it so wrong the first time?

In 2000, Johannesburg’s weekly business magazine Financial Mail pointed out that, in 1997, just three years earlier, The Economist had written that “sub-Saharan Africa is in better shape than it has been for a generation.” The Financial Mail asked: “Do the editors of The Economist have a character flaw that makes them incapable of consistent judgment?” Read the rest of this entry

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is addressing a joint meeting of Congress;

Moment Research & Consultancy “Il gladiatore va al Congresso”

Churchill aveva molto sense of humour. Bibi Netanyahu, come ci ha raccontato Giulio Meotti, ne è totalmente sprovvisto. Ma ha il dono della parola chirurgica, e con il discorso di ieri al Congresso degli Stati Uniti (il terzo in ordine di tempo, privilegio condiviso con il solo Churchill) ha fatto sanguinare i sognatori e i politicanti, che spesso sono la stessa persona, intenti a legittimare la via al nucleare degli ayatollah iraniani per un risultato da vendere come la famosa “peace in our time” promessa dopo la conferenza di Monaco da Chamberlain. Sono grato a Obama e al Congresso, a tutto il popolo americano e alle sue istituzioni, per quanto hanno fatto e fanno per sostenere Israele e con Israele un assetto del mondo sottratto ai lupi rapaci del radicalismo islamico, ha esordito il primo ministro. Read the rest of this entry

Africa tops the best food in the world league

Africa tops the best food in the world league

Africa tops the best food in the world league

Global Policy Journal – If you said the words “Africa” and “food” and asked most people in the western world what the connection was, I would bet my Sunday lunch that many people would say: “None. They don’t have any. They’re all starving.”

So the news in The Lancet this week that Africans have the best diets in the world is wonderful and spectacularly ironic. According to the researchers, out of the top ten best national diets in the world only one is not African, Israel. And not a single African country is in the bottom ten. However, there are four European countries at the bottom of the table. Is there any other development in the world where Africans sweep the board? A few years ago Africans were reported to be the most contented and optimistic people in the world. I hope that is still true. Read the rest of this entry

The stratified diasporas of Somalians

imageThe stratified diasporas of Somalians

Migrants face uncertainty and, to survive, they forge identities through business and religion.

Mogadishu Digital Journal | SomaliaObservatory | February 14, 2015 – Somali migrants constitute a diaspora whose members have, through transnational mobility, created a Somali diasporic space on different continents. This mobility is not new, especially for sailors employed in sea ports of the British Empire. Small Somali communities can be found in port cities as far apart as Perth and New York.

By the end of the 19th century, the biggest Somali presence outside Africa was in Britain, along the Welsh Coast — these were seamen of the British Merchant Navy. During the 1930s, Somali leaders in Britain served as political intermediaries for Kenyan Somalis trying to uplift their racial status in colonial Kenya. Read the rest of this entry

Ambassador Nicholas Kay Digresses from the pivotal reality in Somali

imageUN Special Representative to Somalia Ambassador Nicholas kay

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 – Global Policy Journal – Whether they are labeled pessimists or realists/nationalists, many Somali intellectuals and politicians of different extractions are expressing profound doubts about the meaning and future of Somali unity and territorial integrity due to the relentless foreign driven fragmentation of Somalia along clan enclaves and improperly organized talks between Somaliland and Somalia. The exclusion of Somaliland from the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) signals division. The consensus is that the current political trend constitutes serious obstacle to the realization of internal political cohesion, reliable peace and security rooted in a culture of rule of law, and national free and fair political election in 2016 in Somalia. Read the rest of this entry

Open letter to the Prime Minster of Somalia

imageOpen letter to the Prime Minster of Somalia

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Mr. Prime Minister,

My personal greetings to you. May ALLAH, grant you wisdom as you function in your new position as Prime Minister and at a personal level.
(A) In your role as Prime Minister, there are normally two perspectivesthat are likely to confront you. The first perspective is from the inside looking outward, the other is from the outside looking inward. Wisdom requires that you evaluate both perspectives.

Fate has cast you in the role of Prime Minister and it is expected that by now, you would have developed an internal perspective. This perspective requires that you balance your personal views and values with the political obstacles and possibilities facing a Prime Minister. In forging this balance, you need to realize that if one side outweighs the other, then balance is not achieved. Somalia cannot afford the dubious luxury of having a Prime Minister who cannot achieve the desired balance required to achieve political respect and credibility particularly at this delicate period of Somalia’s history. Your nomination and subsequent approval as Prime Minister signaled the need forge compromise in the interest of national unity. It also signals the need for a Prime Minister with the capacity and courage to defend his right to choose his Cabinet after adhering to proper consultative protocols. If this position is untenable and uncomfortable for you, it is my personal view that you owe the President and Parliament your resignation. Read the rest of this entry

Democratic Elections in Somalia Can Wait, Cohesive Politics Can’t

imageGlobal Policy Journal – At his swearing-in speech in December 2014, Somalia’s new prime minister, Omar Sharmarke, promised to speed up progress towards the country’s ‘Vision2016’ goals. This essentially means holding a national democratic election – a novel one-person one-vote exercise – towards the end of 2016, when the current government’s mandate comes to an end. The prime minister acknowledged that there are significant shortfalls towards achieving Vision2016, yet he didn’t spell out how he intends to effectively remedy these. Read the rest of this entry