Ahmed M.I. Egal

Somaliland Sun

It has always been a source of pride that one of the principal factors underlying Somaliland’s success in achieving reconciliation, peace and the establishment of an indigenous democracy was the integrity, basic honesty and national commitment of its leaders. But during the last seven years, this record of largely clean and open governance has surrendered to a culture of greed, nepotism and rampant corruption.


Despite widespread vociferous opposition by citizens, the government of Somaliland has granted a military base to Abu Dhabi. There is no credible justification for this decision in terms of Somaliland’s national security or economic needs. The decision is one more example of the culture of impunity, entitlement and mendacity of the Kulmiye government.


With all due respect to Professor Woodward, one must conclude that he contributes little to a learned examination of the “secessions” of Eritrea and South Sudan, while his admonitions for caution on Somaliland’s quest for international recognition of its sovereignty are based upon little or no knowledge of the country’s history, the merits of its case or its achievements during the last quarter century. 


To much of the outside world, the self-declared republic of Somaliland is a success story that, although lacking international recognition, contrasts sharply with the collapsed nation of Somalia. Not so. In the past five years, the government of President Ahmed Mohamoud Silanyo has been engaged in a sustained campaign of self-enrichment and aggrandizement as it suppressed dissent and debased political debate through the overt promotion of tribal politics. The people must now mobilise to resto...read more


As the world celebrates Mandela, the quintessential public servant who chose the path of principle and integrity over expedience and personal aggrandisement, it must not be forgotten that Africa still crawls with assorted charlatans and tribal plutocrats who should be resisted


The British-led process to replace the current illegitimate and intrinsically unrepresentative structure in Somalia with another equally illegitimate one is an affront to the best interests and rights of the Somali people.


Listening to Somaliland – and deploying some of its methods in achieving stability – is crucial to addressing the crisis in Somalia.

With the success of George W. Bush in securing a second term by a clear majority, it is perhaps an opportune moment to reflect upon the impact of his administration upon US foreign policy from a specifically South-centric perspective focused upon the Third World i.e. Asia, Africa, the Pacific and Latin & South America. Such a review of US foreign policy will highlight the huge chasm that exists between American perceptions of its moral leadership of the world and the contrary view of th...read more