Video| One more reason Why Farmaajo is Just Another Puppet President. Watch Amanda Sperber, a freelance journalist who reports from Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia.  Democracy Now

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Video| One more reason Why Farmaajo is Just Another Puppet President. Watch Amanda Sperber, a freelance journalist who reports from Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia. By Democracy Now

March 5, 2019| Arlaadi Online

The Trump administration is rapidly escalating a secretive air war in Somalia. According to the think tank New America, at least 252 people have been killed in around two dozen U.S. airstrikes in Somalia so far this year. The U.S. has already carried out more strikes in Somalia in 2019 than in any single year under President Obama. In addition to the air war, the Pentagon reportedly has about 500 U.S. troops on the ground in Somalia, including many special operations forces. For years, the U.S. has attempted to aid the Somali government by targeting members of al-Shabab, but the effort has increased dramatically under Trump, and it has come with little congressional oversight or media attention. We speak with Amanda Sperber, a freelance journalist who reports from Nairobi, Kenya, and Mogadishu, Somalia. Her new article for The Nation is titled “Inside the Secretive US Air Campaign in Somalia.”

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Could you talk about the internal dynamics there, in terms of how these—the impact these strikes are having, in general, in the country?

AMANDA SPERBER: Sure. So, the Somali president, the current president of Somalia, who took office one month after Trump took office, in February 2017, is also Somali-American. I believe he worked for the U.S. government in Albany or Buffalo, upstate New York, before coming back to Somalia. And he spent decades in America. This is something that, I think, concerns a lot of Somalis, including, indeed, his former close advisers, that he sort of is especially willing to basically cede ground to the Americans—i.e. if they’re in a meeting and the military or the CIA says, “We want to do this,” he is very likely to just sort of say, “OK, yeah, if that’s what you want.” I mean, on top of that, the Somali government is still quite fragile. And, you know, it’s just lacking, unfortunately, kind of necessarily—the Ministry of Defense and stuff—the same kind of expertise that the U.S. might be coming in with, such that, in meetings, the dynamic is going to necessarily kind of be uncomfortably skewed so that people on the Somali side are more likely to just say, “OK, if that works for you, and you say you can get al-Shabab, sure. Thank you.”

Source: Democracy Now

Read also: FARMAAJO- SOMA OIL PUPPET?? SIR-RIGHTEOUS, Mar 2, 2017

Like everyone else I thought the appointment of Farmaajo was a victory for the Somali people and a middle finger to Gabre and Damul Jadiid.

But then he appointed a Soma Oil & Gas investor as PM. A company whose executive board is “allegedly” filled with right wing dubious characters and has already been investigated by the UN for corrupt activity.

Nothing changes in Somalia. Farmaajo, like every other politician in Somalia, is controlled by foreign interests.

I wonder how his fanboys will spin this epic fail. He had a golden opportunity to present fresh faces and then he pulls out a PM from the same pit we’re trying to escape from. At worst, he is a Soma Oil puppet, at best, he appointed the PM as part of in-law nepotism. Either way, Farmaajo is already flopping. SIR-RIGHTEOUS, Mar 2, 2017

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