Barack Obama oo Danjiraha Soomaaliya ee Maraykanka ka gudoomay Waraaqaha Aqoonsiga

Madaxweynaha Mareykanka Barack Obama ayaa waraaqaha aqoonsiga Danjirinnimo ka guddoomay Danjiraha Soomaaliya ee Washington Axmed Ciise Cawad.
imageAxmed Ciise Cawad Safiirka cusub ee Soomaaliya uga wakiilka ah dalka Maraykanka ayaa madaxweyne Xasan Sheekh u magacaabay kadib markii uu safiirkii hore ee Maraykanka, Cumar Cabdirashiid Sharmaarke uu noqday Ra’iisul wasaaraha Soomaaliya bishii December ee sannadkii hore.
Safiirka cusub ee Soomaaliya iyo Madaxweyne Barack Obama oo wadahadal yeeshay ayaa waxay ka wadahadleen arrimaha Soomaaliya, isagoo sheegay danjiraha Soomaaliya in Madaxweyne Obama uu si weyn u daneynayo arrimaha Soomaaliya.
Danjiraha Soomaaliya ee Maraykanka ayaa sheegay in dhowaan la furi doono safaaradda cusub ee Soomaaliya ee magaalada Washington wareysi uu siiyay idaacada VOA laanteeda afka Soomaaliga.
Dhowaan ayay dowlada Maraykanka waxay sheegtay inay dib u soo celinayso xiriirkii diblumaasiyeed gaar ahaan howlihii shaqo ee safaarada Maraykanka ku lahayd dalka Soomaaliya.

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Mr. Obama, Build Nests for the Africa Chicks By Belayneh Abate

Mr. Obama, Build Nests for the Africa Chicks

Mr. Obama, Build Nests for the Africa Chicks

Dear Mr. Obama,
I have been thinking that you need ordinary persons as advisers since the democratically elected hurricane damaged your legacies. As you know, some advise for money, some advise for duty, and others advise for conscience. I belong to the later advisers group since I am not paid or assigned to the duty of adviser. Please do not undermine my advice about this complex world where lies rule the truth, and wrongs govern the rights.
I understand you have many advisers, but you need advisers that listen to the agony of destitute Africans, not advisers that kick of cheers and chants with the African human- eater chicks. I believe you need advisers willing to look into the hunger, the disease, the harassment, the imprisonment, the torture, and the massacre of Africans by these African Chicks. The African chicks are the forty something human-eater immature chickens you met at the china nest in Addis Ababa. (Addis Ababa- our New Flower was supposed to attract bees, not chicks). Continue reading

Obama meets with extended family on first night in Nairobi

imageBarack Obama sits alongside his step-grandmother, Mama Sarah and half-sister Auma Obama, during a gathering of family at his hotel in Nairobi.

NAIROBI — President Barack Obama sat down to dinner with a large group of family members on his first night visiting the capital of his father’s homeland of Kenya.

Shortly after arriving at his hotel on Friday, the president gathered in the hotel restaurant with about three dozen relatives. Obama sat in the middle of two long tables, with his step-grandmother, known as Mama Sarah, seated to his right and his half-sister, Auma Obama, a close confidante, seated to his left.
The two shared a warm embrace when Auma Obama met Air Force One at the airport here late Friday.

Obama is making his first official trip to Kenya as president, but security concerns prevent him from traveling to his father’s village to meet with family members. First lady Michelle Obama and the president’s daughters did not accompany him on the trip.

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President Obama’s Kenya Trip Highlights Roots and Africa Policy

imagePresident Obama’s Kenya Trip Highlights Roots and Africa Policy

When Barack Obama first set foot on Kenyan soil he was a young man in search of a connection to the homeland of a father he barely knew — a young man in search of himself.

Twenty-eight years later, he returns to Kenya as leader of one of the most powerful nations on earth.

“There’s no question, given the lack of a relationship with his father, it’s a homecoming. I imagine it must feel incredible,” said Mark Anthony Neal, an African American studies professor at Duke University and author of “New Black Man.”

“The trip to Kenya is an exclamation point in a high point of his presidency,” Neal said, adding that the trip to Kenya symbolizes a way of saying to an absent father “look at what I have become.”

Image: A photograph of Barack Obama Sr. ** FILE ** In this Feb. 5, 2008 file photo, a photograph of Barack Obama Sr., father of Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., hangs on the wall of his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama's house in the village of Kogelo, near the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya. Ben Curtis / AP file

Image: A photograph of Barack Obama Sr.
** FILE ** In this Feb. 5, 2008 file photo, a photograph of Barack Obama Sr., father of Democratic presidential hopeful, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., hangs on the wall of his grandmother Sarah Hussein Obama’s house in the village of Kogelo, near the shores of Lake Victoria, Kenya. Ben Curtis / AP file

And while Obama long ago addressed the coming-of-age questions of racial and cultural identity he wrote about in his memoir “Dreams From My Father,” black studies and foreign policy experts say questions remain on how his administration’s African policies fit in with his personal narrative and, ultimately, presidential legacy.
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Obama’s link to Kenya: A father he barely knew, whose influence still shapes presidency

imageObama’s link to Kenya: A father he barely knew, whose influence still shapes presidency (Photos)

By JULIE PACE, AP White House Correspondent
Friday, July 24, 2015

U.S. President Barack Obama waves after being greeted by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta on his arrival at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya Friday, July 24, 2015. Obama began his first visit to Kenya as U.S. president Friday. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Barack Obama’s link to Kenya, where he began his first visit as U.S. president Friday, is a father he barely knew but whose influence can nonetheless be seen in his son’s presidency.
Obama has spoken candidly about growing up without a father and feeling “the weight of that absence.” A White House initiative to support young men of color who face similar circumstances has become a project dear to Obama, one he plans to continue after leaving the White House.

In Africa, Obama has used his late Kenyan-born father’s struggle to overcome government corruption as a way to push leaders to strengthen democracies. He’s expected to make good governance and democracy-building a centerpiece of his two days of meetings and speeches in Nairobi, as well as a stop next week in Ethiopia. Continue reading

Obama’s Top Initiative to Aid Africa Is Now in Jeopardy

imageObama’s Top Initiative to Aid Africa Is Now in Jeopardy

By Josh Lederman, Associated Press
Thursday, July 23, 2015

As President Barack Obama returns to Africa this week, his major initiative to help the continent double access to electricity is in jeopardy, undermined by Congress.
Of the $7 billion that Obama set aside for Power Africa, $5 billion fell under the auspices of the now-defunct Export-Import Bank, which guarantees loans to foreign companies buying U.S.-made products. Just $132 million in transactions had been approved before the bank’s charter expired last month, and now it cannot approve new ones.

The bank, denounced by conservative critics as corporate welfare, said it had several billion dollars of Power Africa projects in the pipeline. But none can move ahead unless lawmakers reauthorize the bank.

For American companies, that could mean losing out to competitors such as China. Beijing is investing heavily in Africa and would be happy to see Chinese companies get the contracts to build and equip power plants in Africa. Continue reading

AN SOMALI AMERICAN GAZETTE OF THE GREATER WASHINGTON D.C. AREA

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AN SOMALI AMERICAN GAZETTE OF THE. GREATER WASHINGTON D.C. AREA

When our values are threatened, we come together as one nation. When three young Muslim Americans were brutally murdered in Chapel Hill earlier this year, Americans of all faiths rallied around that community. And obviously, tonight, our prayers remain with Charleston and Mother Emanuel church. As Americans, we insist that nobody should be targeted because of who they are, or what they look like, who they love, how they worship. We stand united against these hateful acts.” —President Obama hosting an Iftar dinner to celebrate Ramadan at the White House

A DISHEVELED SHARMARKE COMES TO THE BELTWAY

Journalism & Researcher – Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke, a man known to Somalis by his moniker CCC ( Cumar Cabdirashid Cali), is currently on an uneventful visit to the Beltway. With almost an empty calendar, he briefly scored a non-consequential visit that involved a brief photo session with a number of Minnesotan lawmakers who are too eager to reach their Somali American base in their respective districts.

Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke

Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke

The PM also briefly met with some of Pentagon’s top echelon, mainly for debriefing on Alshabab and the status of AMISON soldiers in his country. Given the inconsequential meetings he had so far, the large entourage travelling with him is costly and unnecessary.

In this editorial piece, Journalist’s Resource looks at the PM’s recent diplomatic fiasco in Washington, which we believe has bruised the dignity of his office, caused a cold reception by the Somali American Community, and brought a lingering past and present baggage. We believe the combined effect of all these have taken a deep bite into the relevance of the PM and therefore warrants our attention. Continue reading

US congressman battles to keep Somali remittances open

US congressman battles to keep Somali remittances open

US congressman battles to keep Somali remittances open

Moment Research & Consultancy – Thursday, June 11, 2015

WASHINGTON (MRC) —-The US congressman Keith Ellison known for his advocacy for Somalia’s troubled remittances service vowed he would continue his efforts to help the horn of Africa nation to take up its vital lifeline service after US banks discontinued handling money for Somali Hawala companies.
Mr. Ellison, the Minn. Democrat who was with visiting Somali delegates led by prime minister Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke assured them that he’d spare no effort to keep Somalia’s lifeline open. Continue reading

US Deputy Defense Secretary Hosts Somali Leaders at Pentagon

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

imageDeputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left center, meets with Somali Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, right center, and Somali Defense Minister Gen. Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Dini at the Pentagon, June 9, 2015. The leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen


WASHINGTON – Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work yesterday hosted the Somali prime minister and defense minister in their first meeting at the Pentagon.
In a statement summarizing the meeting, Defense Department officials said Prime Minister Omar Ali Sharmarke and Defense Minister Gen. Abdulkadir Sheikh Ali Dini met with Work to discuss the importance of U.S.-Somali security assistance and counterterrorism operations.

Work praised the success of Somali forces in degrading the al-Shabab militant group in the past two years, officials said.

Taking the Fight to al-Shabab

The leaders discussed how taking the fight to al-Shabab requires integrating regional militia forces into the Somali National Army deliberately, but without delay, officials said. The leaders also discussed successes of the Danab companies, which could serve as a good model for the rest of the Somali army, they added.

Work underscored the Defense Department’s strong commitment to supporting both the African Union Mission in Somalia and the development of Somali security forces, the statement said.

“The deputy secretary noted it is imperative that Somalia completes the state formation process in advance of holding elections next year, in line with the agreed timeline,” the statement said. “Progress on the political front is a necessary foundation for the development of Somali security forces.”

The leaders said they look forward to working together well into the future, the statement said.