Anybody familiar with Ladan Hussein’s debut as Cold Specks, 2014’s ‘Neuroplasticity’, might wonder whether this follow-up might come with its own political narrative and a little bit of a state-of-the-world address, not least because the press quickly characterised that first LP as ‘doom soul’ which, given the political turmoil that’s occurred in the intervening years, sounds as if it’d suit 2017 down the ground. In actual fact, ‘Fool’s Paradise’ is both a lighter listen than its predecessor and one that focuses its storytelling on a considerably more abstract concept, with the album inspired in part by the story of Araweelo, a Somali queen and mythical figure said to have castrated male enemies.

China pledges to support Somalia’s development

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire on Thursday on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, pledging China’s support for Somalia’s development.

China and Somalia enjoy a long history of friendship, Wang said, adding that China was one of the countries that first recognized Somalia’s independence and Somalia was the first country in East Africa to establish diplomatic relations with China.

Nimao Ali’s path from Somali refugee to advisor on Black Youth action plan

On the morning of July 24, 2016, a shaken Nimao Ali surprised herself by picking up her cellphone and shooting a video.

From the balcony of her Hilda Street apartment, Ali aimed her camera below at two Ottawa police officers crouched next to a handcuffed and bleeding Abdirahman Abdi. Only later did Ali notice her six-year-old son at her feet, watching the scene.

Russia plans to stamp out terrorism in Somalia

Russia plans to assist Somalia in its fight against terrorism, Somalia’s Garowe news site reported.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with Somalia’s Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire in a sideline meeting at the United Nations General Assembly yesterday.

Somalia rebukes its states for breaking with Qatar

MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Somalia’s government rebuked its three semi-autonomous regions on Thursday for cutting ties with Qatar, saying it was determined to stay neutral in the Gulf nation’s dispute with other Arab states.

The region of Galmudug issued a statement on Wednesday saying it stood with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in the regional row, followed similar declarations last month by the regions of Puntland and Hirshabelle. 

Somali supermodel Iman thanks Turkish first lady

By Canberk Yuksel


Somali supermodel and entrepreneur Iman has thanked Turkish First Lady Emine Erdogan for Ankara’s humanitarian aid efforts towards Somalia.

Erdogan attended the Fashion for Development (F4D) event as part of the launch of the annual UN General Assembly.

The Conflict in Eastern Ethiopia, Explained

Ethnic tensions between Ethiopia’s two regions, Oromia and Somali erupted into violent conflict that killed at least dozens of people and drove thousands of men, women and children from their homes during the second week of September 2017.

Hijab is now going mainstream in fashion, thanks to a 19-year-old

Somali-American teen who became first hijab-sporting contestant in history of USA pageant has propelled ethnic wear in world of fashion.

A brilliant start for Mogadishu FC, as General Daa’uud Cup kicks off in Somalia

It was a radiant experience for Mogadishu FC to beat a national league
side, Gaadiidka FC by 3-1 in the inaugural match of the 2017 edition of
General Daa’uud Cup on Friday.

US forces increase Somalia airstrikes amid uncertainty over future

An intensifying U.S. airstrike campaign against Somalia is unlikely by itself to defeat a resilient band of al-Qaida-aligned militants, a fact that could tempt the U.S. to wade deeper into a country faced with the departure of an African force that has offered protection for a decade.

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