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Tuesday 25 June 2024

Politics

Politics
Eyes on “critical minerals” at the South Korea–Africa Summit

South Korea is seeking critical minerals directly from African countries to protect its supply chains, but what are African countries getting in return? South Korea’s strategy towards African countries focuses on securing critical mineral resources essential for maintaining its industry, which accounts for 3% of global manufacturing output, ranking 6th globally after India.

Politics
The plight of Sudanese refugees stranded in Ethiopia

Sudanese refugees stranded in Ethiopia’s Amhara region, face violence, intimidation and critical shortages of food and medicine.  The Sudanese refugees in the Amhara region of Ethiopia have entered their second month of being besieged inside the Olala Forest after fleeing from the Komer and Olala camps due to the threat of attacks from Ethiopian armed militias.

Politics
African leaders have grown more vocal in their criticisms of the west

African leaders have grown more vocal in their criticisms of the west, but will the verbal ripostes impact the orientation of their foreign policies? 

Politics
Kenya’s American affair

Ruto’s recent trip to the US sent a strong signal that it wants to more closely align its foreign policy with Washington’s but that won’t come cost-free

Politics
Behind Somalia’s faltering campaign against charcoal

Somalia’s failure to outlaw the charcoal trade and provide alternatives for citizens’ energy needs risks turning the country into a man-made desert 

Opinion

Nairobi protests and renewing Kenya’s geopolitical credentials 

The Kenyan government is throwing its chips in with the west, assuming that it will enable it to its economic woes but he’s repeating mistakes of old.  President William Ruto’s trip to Washington foreshadowed increasing political turmoil at home. A restive Generation Z has found renewed vigour by staging a series of protests across the country, including in Nairobi, triggered by a punitive Finance Bill heralding more austere and elevated taxes on the middle class.

Fadhi ku dirir: cultural symbol or a symptom of despair? 

For the last generation, fadhi ku dirir was a chance to get together, chat, reminisce and spend time with friends. For this generation it’s a coping strategy for despair. Late one night, I agreed to meet my friend Ahmed the following day at our favourite café in the heart of Hargeisa. Ahmed and I have been dear friends for many years, and these meetings are special because we don’t often get to see each other.

Memories of khalwa: traditional Quranic education in Eritrea

Mohamed Kheir Omer recalls his memories of khalwa, the setting of his traditional Quranic education, in EritreaLike most Eritreans born into Muslim families, my first steps into education began in a Quranic school, or khalwa, in the late 1950s. This was long before George Bush’s so-called War on Terror in the early 2000s, after which these spaces came to be thought of as terrorist training grounds. This was also before Saudi-inspired Muslim groups who call themselves salafi began to emerge. 

Parallels and puzzles – role of African and Arab regimes in Palestine and apartheid SA

A major factor that distinguishes the South African liberation Struggle from that of Palestine was the support the SA movement received from the larger Arab and African communities.As South Africa celebrated 30 years since the end of apartheid in April, the Israeli version of this cruel system is unrelenting in its drive to eliminate the Palestinian population.

Ayaan Hirsi Believes Because It’s Absurd

“There is no squabbling so violent as that between people who accepted an idea yesterday and those who will accept the same idea tomorrow.” — Christopher Morley

Culture

Culture
A Gut to Soothe a Gut: Tizita and the Anatomy of Longing

Ibrahim Osman reflects on the way Tizita, the Amharic music genre, deals with the themes of memory, longing and nostalgia.

Thoughts
Freire in Somali

“Word is not the privilege of some few persons but the right of everyone” — Paulo FreireTranslating Paulo Freire (1921-1997), who was the pedagogue of the oppressed, into the Somali language was a significant endeavor for me, that holds profound implications for education and empowerment within the Somali context, and there is a significant relevance to the Somali people and their unique socio-cultural and historical circumstances.

Thoughts
Remembering Said S. Samatar

Somali scholar Said Samatar not only wrote; he crafted stories through graceful words, painting our inner ugliness as well as our glory in history, writes Faisal Roble 

Art
Sado Ali Warsame: An Icon of Art and Politics

(I)Sado took the stage at the National Theater in Mogadishu on January 21, 1989, during a state event celebrating the media. She sang her famous song “Land Cruiser” in front of a large audience, including President Mohamed Siad Barre and his government officials. More than one hundred and fifty Land Cruisers were parked in the theater lot for Somali officials and dignitaries.

Cinema
Asghar Farhadi's film “A Hero” reexamines the concept of heroism

Farhadi’s film interrogates our personal and public need for the morally pure hero, revealing our more cynical motivations for idealising and propping these figures up

Cinema
The Mauritanian: a tale of a violated human

Scottish director Kevin Macdonald tells the story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian man who was held in Guantanamo Bay for fourteen years without charge 

Thoughts
Said in Somali

The translation of academic works into various languages is not a simple task; it is a crucial endeavor that pushes the boundaries of knowledge and ideas. 

Thoughts
"Serio-comic": That time when Somalia seized an American freighter

In June 1970, Somalia seized a US freighter Midnight Sun for violating its territorial waters, sparking a small but bizarre diplomatic crisis between Washington and Mogadishu  

Multimedia

Fanon in Somali

Why have I dedicated myself to this arduous task, you may wonder? Well, as Fanon himself eloquently stated in his treatise, “Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.”

🎬 How did the West get away with Lumumba’s assassination?

Stuart Reid’s new book, The Lumumba Plot, revisits Patrice Lumumba’s assassination, with strong insight into the role of the US in assassinating Lumumba and bringing down the government of one of Africa’s most iconic leaders. 

🎬 Who can live without a port?

Leaders across the Horn of Africa have touted the innumerable benefits of building ports for their people, putting them at the heart of their projects to develop their regions. 

🎬 What Palestine means for South Africa

South Africa’s decision to take Israel to the ICJ on charges of genocide could cost his country, says former South African ambassador and anti-apartheid activist Ebrahim Rasool, but is an act of “enormous integrity” 

🎬 Geeska - New Horizon

Geeska is a platform that contributes to shaping the image of cultural media in the Horn of Africa.

Interviews

Interviews
Helmi Ben Meriem: “To appreciate Nuruddin Farah read his fiction and non-fiction”

Helmi Ben Meriem speaks to Geeska about his research on Nuruddin Farah’s fiction and non-fiction writing, as well as broader currents in Somali literature todayHelmi Ben Meriem is a Somali studies scholar of Tunisian origin whose research focuses on Somali-Anglophone literature.

Interviews
Gulied Dafac: “Many children are rendered stateless by the law”

Dr. Guleid Jama “Dafac” engages in a conversation with Geeska regarding his research on rights of children living in unrecognized states, focusing on Somaliland, and discusses the path forward.Children face a myriad of unique challenges that significantly impact their well-being and development. Some of the specific issues they confront include:

Interviews
Abiy believes in the myth of his own indispensability, says Tom Gardner

Tom Gardner, the Economist’s Africa correspondent speaks to Geeska about Ethiopian politics and his new book on the “Abiy Project” 

Interviews
Searching for identity

I’ll tell you about the shifting desert around Djibouti–Abdourahman Waberi"Dad, why don’t you drive, cycle, skate or even ski?” Abdourahman Waberi’s daughter asked him one morning as they were on the way to her school in Paris’ 9th arrondissement. The reason was obvious as Waberi had a disability that discernibly impacted the way he walked, but she was laying the groundwork for a more prying question. “Kids are always curious and can be quite tough sometimes and that morning she bluntly asked me, ‘dad why do you dance when you walk?’”

Interviews
How We Walk…Politically

Matthew Beaumont, a scholar of English literature at UCL, engaged in a thought-provoking discussion with Geeska about his groundbreaking new book on Fanon, racism and why walking is political.