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Circling The Square In Somalia

Circling The Square In Somalia

Somalia is headed in the right direction. But “right direction” doesn’t mean a path free of pitfalls and clear of landmines.

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The Global Order in a Post-United Nations Era

The Global Order in a Post-United Nations Era

In its current form and function, the United Nations is on course to become irrelevant. Times are rapidly changing and while its model has been static, at best.

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Smearing Lenses and Distorting Islam

Smearing Lenses and Distorting Islam

Against a backdrop of growing islamophobia, we are compelled to ask an urgent question: are Islamic values compatible with Western values?

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‘Reality Presidency’ and New Diplomacy

‘Reality Presidency’ and New Diplomacy

The recent public execution of political correctness in the U.S. and elsewhere in the West had an unintended consequence: removing the curtain of hypocrisy.

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Sunni-Shia, or Saudi-Iran Discord?

Sunni-Shia, or Saudi-Iran Discord?

Toxic polemics disseminated mainly by those loyal to Saudi Arabia and Iran made a full-blown Sunni-Shia civil war across the Muslim world a matter of time.

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Chasing Mirages Across Somalia

Chasing Mirages Across Somalia

With Somalia’s election around the corner, what criteria should be used to evaluate each candidate? Hint: not name recognition nor clan affiliation.

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Islamophobia and Radicalized Perceptions

Islamophobia and Radicalized Perceptions

The current American presidential election has placed Islam and Muslims on the center stage of a nasty campaign politics.

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Paradoxical Legacy of a ‘Human Rights Icon’

Paradoxical Legacy of a ‘Human Rights Icon’

“It would be my greatest sadness to see Zionists do to Palestinian Arabs much of what Nazis did to Jews.” -Albert Einstein

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Universal Value of Ramadan Ethics

Universal Value of Ramadan Ethics

Contrary to what ISIS, al-Shabaab, Boko Haram might preach, the core values of Islam enhanced in Ramadan are meant to be universal.

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8 Simple Steps to Bury Your Own Country

8 Simple Steps to Bury Your Own Country

Between now and August, when a new Somali president is supposed to be elected, a variety of political noises are expected to get amplified only to lead to the all too familiar outcome—a wonderful presidential parade to inaugurate the next charlatan, a new or a recycled one.

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Can Turkey Steer Away From Catastrophe?

Can Turkey Steer Away From Catastrophe?

In dealing with this immediate threat, it behooves the Turkish government to put politicking on the back-burner, separate the non-violent opposition from the violent, and mend fences with the former. Swallowing that bitter pill is necessary for terrorism to be brought “to its knees.”

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America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Abukar Arman

America’s Diplomats: Film Review by Abukar Arman

Ever since 9/11, counterterrorism has permeated U.S. foreign policy. Throughout the world, American embassies have turned into fortresses, though diplomacy does not function in seclusion.

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Somalia: Change Coming?

Somalia: Change Coming?

Since Somalia’s independence in 1960, its relationship with the U.S. has been on a roller coaster that travels up and down dangerous steeps and performs sudden inversions that turn everything upside down.

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Byproducts of Militarism and Terrorism

Byproducts of Militarism and Terrorism

Militarism and terrorism are on dangerously accelerated course. Both are driven by men with myopic vision who galvanize the uninformed masses with half-truths and propaganda that are seldom exposed.

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Palestine: Hope Amidst Repression

Palestine: Hope Amidst Repression

The growing insecurity in Jerusalem and other parts of Israel proper and the occupied territories are simply the symptoms of a more complex political issue that has been neglected and exploited.

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About the Author

Abukar Arman
Abukar Arman

Abukar Arman is a former diplomat (Somalia's Special Envoy to the US). He is a widely published analyst. Focus on foreign policy/Islam/Horn of Africa /extremism. Twitter: @abukar_arman or reach him via e-mail: [email protected]

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