Friday, September 23, 2016

Miyir Qabaw 1995, Qarqarsi 1983, Sooyaal 1983 - Tixdii Bashiir Sh. Cumar Good

Three poems talking about the corrosive effects of tribalism in Somali society:
Halkan waxa ku duuban saddex gabay oo kala ah:

Miyir Qabow ama Qoro inaan qabiil nacay 1995, Qarqarsi 1983 iyo Sooyaal 1983 oo siyaabo kala duwan uga hadlaya dhibta qabyaaladda, dhiilada dagaalka iyo jahliga iyo dhaqan gaddoonka iyo dhimir la'aanta haysta dadka Soomaaliyeed gaar ahaan, guud ahaana ummadda Afrikaanka.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Baabulow Libaax - Gabay Riwaayad ah - uu tiriyey Bashir Goth 1995 ( A Narrative Poem)

Waa gabay riwaayad ah oo u dhigan sidii sheekadii "Animal Farm" ama Beerta Xawaanka. Wuxu ka hadlaya tartankii ka dhacay doorashadii lagu qabtay Somaliland 1995 ee lagu doortay madaxweynaha, ku xigeenkiisa ee ragga badani u tartameen.

Baabulow Libaax

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Does Faisal Waraabe Call for reign of terror in Somaliland? by Bashir Goth

Although Somali people in general and Somalilanders in particular are used to Faisal Ali Waraabe’s outrageous statements, he recently went over the top when he called upon government to launch a “purging campaign just like Turkey is doing” against what he branded as “internal enemies”.

Talking at a ceremony held in Hargeisa to celebrate the signing of the DP World-Berbera agreement, Faisal, head of UCID Party, blasted the traditional elders of Awdal Region who recently called back their representatives in the two houses of Somaliland for consultation as being seditious, noting that that the elders’ action could lead to dismantle the statehood of Somaliland.

What Faisal forgot or rather ignored to admit is that the representatives are accountable to the people that elected them and every electorate has the right to call upon their MPs anytime for consultation, to present their grievances to them, or to question them about their record. Therefore, when the elders of Awdal called back their representatives for a meeting they were exercising their democratic rights in a civil and peaceful manner. This is indeed a legitimate action which also sets a commendable precedence for the relationship between the people and their elected representatives. 

You see, the elders didn’t include their appeal to the Awdal ministers in the cabinet because they know they didn’t elect them. The MPs , however, are elected by the people and they are answerable to their constituents. Every region in the country has the right to question and grill their MPs and ask them to address their concerns.

But Faisal saw this not only as a threat to the democracy and unity of Somaliland but as a subversive action that needs to be nipped in the bud. And his recommendation was to carry out a countrywide “purge” against what he called “inside enemies”. He actually used the word “purge” in English and cited the example of Turkey where President Erdogan’s government arrested more than 60,000 people in a missive witch hunt against real and alleged coup plotters at the outrage of human rights organizations and Turkey’s NATO allies.

I hope Faisal knows that the word “purge” is not a word to be used lightly. The word gained bad connotation in the 20th century and was associated with tyrants and dictators such as Stalin’s Russia, Communist China in its dark days, North Korea and many of the former Soviet satellite dictators. In Russia alone, history says that Stalin purged around 1.3 million people and most of them were executed. I hope Faisal is not calling Somaliland to usher in an era of fear where people are arbitrarily arrested, witch hunted, and purged for doing nothing wrong but exercising their constitutional rights.

Faisal Waraabe is a friend of mine and a man that I otherwise admire some of his bold positions on difficult situations but he is also a flamboyant and colorful politician who doesn’t shy away from uttering deplorable statements that can sometimes rise to hate speech just for the fun of it or to be in the lime light. I am sure Faisal could have been a remarkable statesman but I assume he found notoriety to be more gainful than being a decent politician. I am glad,  however, that the people of Somaliland have got used to Faisal’s outbursts and do not take him seriously or so I hope.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Hold your breath until US elects a president by Bashir Goth, Special to Gulf News

Given Trump’s fickleness, aggressive character and isolationist policy, it is obvious that Arabs who put their honour and dignity above all other considerations would rather live with an intelligent, polite and internationalist Hillary than a man who finds no qualms in being vindictive and insulting.

By Bashir Goth | Special to Gulf News
17:00 September 6, 2016

A well known adage says: “When the US sneezes, the world catches a cold,” but we may also add “When America holds elections, the world holds its breath.”

United States presidential elections keep the world spellbound and more so this year due to the stark contrast between the two candidates, the unconventional and colourful business tycoon Donald Trump and the astute and ingenious veteran politician Hillary Clinton.

While for Americans “All politics is local”, the rest of the world watches it with great zest, analysing the election rhetoric for clues on tangible foreign policy agenda no matter how bizarre and absurd the narrative may sometimes look, particularly on the side of Donald Trump.

Read more on GULF NEWS

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

South Sudan: Another African resource curse spectacle By Bashir Goth | Special to Gulf News

It is up to South Sudanese leaders to make their country ‘an island of stability’ in Africa or risk following the example of several other nations on the continent endowed with fantastic riches yet bogged down by gut-wrenching poverty

By Bashir Goth | Special to Gulf News
Published: 13:54 August 23, 2016

As the world’s youngest nation and Africa’s 54th state born on July 9, 2011, South Sudan emerged from five decades of war, destruction and untold human suffering where roughly 2.5 million people mostly civilians were killed and more than 5 million others forced to live in squalid refugee camps in subhuman conditions. This was a sacrifice to be remembered.

And remembered it was at the day of Independence when thousands of people poured on to the streets of capital city, Juba, in celebration and the country’s leaders rubbed shoulders with their African counterparts who came to share South Sudan’s moment of glory.

The future looked rosy for the oil-rich country despite the enormous amount of work needed to build a nation from scratch and to heal the wounds caused by the long years of struggle. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

وحي الأبنوس - بشير الشيخ عمر غوث

هذه قصيدة مهداة إلى إفريقيا كتبتها بتاريخ 24 يونيو 1996 وتم نشرها لأول مرة في مجلة أنفاس نت بتاريخ 15 أغسطس 2016.

وحي الأبنوس

لماذا أدعو شهرزاد بحروف من نور
إلى نوم أبدي في أهداب الحبور
إلى قراءة أوراد السرور
وتهددني بأصحاب القبور
بحساب البعث والنشور
الآ يرضيها أنني رميت عرض الحائط
كل الأعباء الموروثة وكل الأمجاد
وهدمت القلاع المحصنة بقيود الأجداد
لكي أسكر بشذى جذور الأبنوس
وأتغنى تحت ظلال أوراق الأبنوس
وأصلي فرضاً أوجبه عليّ حب النسيم
القادم من أمنيات شجرة الأبنوس
يا شجرة الأبنوس لا تغتر
بمن يسقيك من ينبوع التنزيل
ولا من يغويك بآيات الإنجيل
فالأرض تحتي تنت عشباً أعرفه
ولا تعرفه رسالات التنزيل
لست من الشرق
حتى أهتز لغناء الترتيل
فصوت الطبل يناديني من وراء الأدغال
أعرف الطبل وشلالات الأنهار
وزئير الأسود حينما تغزو في ظلمة الليل العتيد
ما أجمل الأدغال
حينما تعانق في عنان السماء الأزهار
وتجري المياه تحت ظلالها ويهدأ روع الغزال
في ظلمة الليل العتيد

أراك تجري وراء الأدعياء
وتتحاشى معانقة الأنبياء
وهل قداسة الحب تأتي
إلاّ من خلال الأتقياء
لا، لن أرضى بالبكاء
ولن أدير ظهري للغناء
فهل يا ترى من دواء
لمن تجرّع سمّ العطاء

قلتِ إنكِ قد رهنتِ اللسان
وما أروعه من رهان
فقد لملمتُ جروح الطعان
وأيقنتُ أنني لستُ المهان
فقد وصلني رسول الحب
من خلال الرهان
وفي المنام رأيت مكاني
في سويداء المكان
وعلمت أن من وراء الرهان رهان
وان اللسان لم يفوه إلاّ بما أوحاه الأقحوان.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The African Union leads Africa’s age of boom, by Bashir Goth, Special to Gulf News

The organisation symbolises the dream of the African people for freedom, integration and a sense of belonging

European colonialists claimed that they came to Africa to civilise the savages, to rescue the people from their dark dungeons of ignorance and disease and bring them into the light of civilisation. But their real motive was not lost on African wise men