An Interview with Ali Haji Warsame

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Qore; Ismail Warsame, Toronto, July 11, 2018

THE ALARMING EPIDEMIC OF NEW ADDICTS.

I have decided to take an hour and half of brisk walking today to a destination of a few kilometers from home. On my way, I saw a middle-aged black woman wearing red-colored kinky hair, standing up in the shadow of a big tree on the sidewalk to prevent herself from the burning heat of today’s Toronto weather. The lady didn’t notice me passing by as she was clued to her smartphone, browsing non-stop, unaware of the world around her. At first, I didn’t pay any attention as I thought she stopped there to respond to something urgent while walking to somewhere.

On my way back, the woman was still standing up in the shadow of another tree not far off from the previous one one hour later, obviously, stepping out from one tree to another while she was pretty affixed to her phone.

Welcome to the world of smartphone addicts and world population of mostly zombies because of the new exposure and experience.

Initially, I didn’t believe when a Somali writer, Mr. Faysal Roble, wrote an article in the WardheerNews.com on the issue while describing the problem with Puntland President, Dr Abdiweli Mohamed Ali (Gaas).

Now, a lot of people are at risk of losing their lives due to preventable accidents because of social media addiction on their smartphones. Many did hurt others as result of the epidemic, not to mention about how many perished already while inattentively staring at screens of their new entertainment media.

By Ismail Warsame

SOMALILAND’s PROVERBIAL OSTRICH APPROACH TO EXISTENTIAL PROBLEMS

An existential, unattended problem has finally come to haunt Somaliland. In the past, Somaliland have had multiple ocassions and opportunities irreversibly missed to address the Sool-Sanaag issues:

1. An internationally supervised referendum for the peoples of Sool and Sanaag to freely express their wishes.

2. An admission of legitimate representatives of the peoples of Sool and Sanaag to participate in Somalia-Somaliland talks.

3. Appropriate and rightful power-sharing of the peoples of Sool and Sanaag Regions within the political system and administration of Somaliland.

4. Confederate relationships with Puntland with a Rotating Presidency as proposed by Puntland Administration.

5. Former President of Somaliland, the Late Mohamed Ibrahim Egal, with the support of Puntland, to claim Somalia’s leadership as the last legitimate Prime Minister of Somalia after the collapse of the Central Somalia’s Government in 1991.

6. Hargeisa to host Somalia’s National Reconciliation Conferences, an opportunity that might have led to the city eventually becoming the future Capital City of Somalia.

These, among others, are missed political opportunists that now seem a dream.The fate of a nation depends on bold leadership that can evaluate hard choices and take fateful decisions. A proverbial ostrich approach to existential national issues is now catching up with President Muse Bihi Administration. His is an accumulation of political miscalculations and deferred solutions to pressing problems.