Monday, April 23, 2018
Wardheer News

Helmi Ben Meriem: A Tunisian Scholar of Somali Studies

By Hassan M. Abukar As a child growing up in Tunisia, Helmi Ben Meriem heard nothing but negative things about Somalia. It was a country reduced to cultural stereotypes and ravaged by war, famine, and endless squabbling among its political … Continued

Jeffrey Gettleman’s tired tome

By Keren Weitzberg Africa has often served as a laboratory of self-discovery for privileged outsiders. Since the era of colonial adventurers, as Nadifa Mohamed notes, the continent has been a site “for dreams and nightmares,” a foil and mirror for many a Western traveler. This is the tradition/trap into which Jeffrey Gettleman falls. Gettleman, a Pulitzer-prize-winning journalist known for his lurid coverage of war, was until recently … Continued

An interview with Ali M. Ahad

Editor’s note: Ali Mumin Ahad is a Somali scholar with multifaceted interests and a personal life story that brought him from Somalia to Italy, and now to Australia. Ali obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics at the Somali National University, … Continued

A Challenging Transition in Somalia: A Book Review

Reviewed by Hassan M. Abukar Book: A Challenging Transition in Somalia Author: Abdiweli Mohamed Ali Length: 180 pages Publisher: The Red Sea Press, Inc. (February 20, 2017) Abdiweli Mohamed Ali “Gaas” was Somalia’s prime minister for 14 months, from June … Continued