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People stand among damages at the scene of a blast after two car bombs exploded in Mogadishu on October 28, 2017.
A car packed with explosives blew up outside a hotel in Mogadishu on October 28 as a minibus also exploded at a nearby junction, with the emergency services reporting "many dead bodies". Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and said the entire area around the Nasa Hablod hotel was sealed off by security forces to keep people away. The blasts occurred just two weeks after a huge truck bombing in the Somali capital which killed at least 358 people, making it the deadliest attack in the country's history. 
 / AFP PHOTO / Mohamed ABDIWAHAB        (Photo credit should read MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB/AFP/Getty Images) Blog / Featured

On Oct. 14, I was participating in “Somali Studies in Canada: Resilience and Resistance,” a multidisciplinary colloquium held at Carleton University. It was the first of its kind in Canada, and more than 50 brilliant, bright and eager academics, artists, frontline workers, and grassroots activists from Ontario and Quebec gathered to discuss the Somali diaspora’s resilience and resistance over the past 30 years in Canada....

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A Conversation with Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif Blog / Featured

Muna Ahmed and Khadija Charif are two emerging Minnesota-based photographers. After attending their exhibits “Behind Both Fences” (Muna Ahmed) and “Jaded Youth” (Khadija Charif) on view at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis this past April, we spoke more about their work. Safia Aidid: In “Jaded Youth” and “Behind Both Fences,” you both mediate on the tensions and contradictions of the Somali American...

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What Happened When K’naan Came to Cedar? Blog / Featured

Photo: Cedar Riverside, credit Burhan Mohamud As many of you know, on sunny Saturday afternoon, the West Bank Community Coalition held their annual block party. This year, musician K’naan Warsame would be in attendance. The event was set to take place in Cedar, a notable Somali community. K’naan was even scheduled to give a live performance. His arrival in the Twin-Cities, which holds the largest...

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Hello from the Outside: Alien Citizen Liner Notes Blog / Featured

It’s September 2014 and I’m in an unlabeled room at O’Hare. I’m not allowed to use my cellphone, and have no signal anyway. My luggage is at my feet, my passport is in a terse custom agent’s hand. He unlocks and enters a white door, in a hallway of locked white doors. I promised my father I’d never lose sight of my passport. I’ll probably...

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Open for Submissions Blog / Featured

Maandeeq is always looking for original and innovative content. Our posts typically average 600-800 words. Take a look at the Maandeeq manifesto, blog posts and podcasts to get a sense of our style and audience: knowledgeable but accessible, informative, and critical. Our contributors identify as Somali, and write about a diverse array of topics relating to the Somali territories and diaspora. We encourage you to...

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A Response to Organizers of the Somali Studies International Association Congress, Helsinki Blog

To the organizers of the SSIA Helsinki congress: It is regrettable that the belated first statement issued by Helsinki organizers on #CadaanStudies over four months after events is one that only confirms the central issues and questions that prompted the initial intervention. Interrogating how systems of power and histories of racialization and whiteness – key terms of the conversation inexplicably absent and sanitized from this...

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PODCAST PHOTO Blog / Podcast

We are getting ready to record our second MAANDEEQ podcast and want to hear from you! You can tweet your questions or comments to us for our #AskMaandeeq segment, comment here or on Facebook, email or through AskFm. Don’t forget to keep sending us recent #CadaanStudies material – books, magazines, articles, lectures, television/film, art, advertisements – for our monthly #CadaanStudies roundup.


The Ties that Bind, Pt. I Blog

June 28th, 2015: After an exhausting day at work, I plopped myself onto the leather couch in my living room, flipping on CP24—a fast-paced Torontonian news station that has become the choice ‘background noise’ channel at my house. A news story broke about the killing of two men in a condominium somewhere in downtown Toronto. The headline darted across the screen in caps: MAN WANTED IN DOUBLE...

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WWR Summer 2015 Blog

Here’s what a few members of the Maandeeq Collective are reading this summer: Ayan Current book: Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin Genre: Fiction Why I’m reading it: I’ve never engaged with Baldwin’s work and decided to give his first major novel a shot. Thoughts so far: Baldwin’s deft writing skills are gripping; you will not feel time elapse as you whip...

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It Takes Two to Tango: The Security State and the Terrorist Blog / Dispatches

Dispatches #2 Nairobi For the relatively well to do and internationally mobile Somalis, a flight out of Mogadishu is a welcome reprieve looked forward to with much anticipation. I, being one of those, was eagerly looking forward to a week in Nairobi after a few months of holding my breath in Mogadishu. In a jovial mood, on the airplane I decided to enlighten myself. I...

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The Moral Economy of Remittances Blog

It goes without saying, although in times like these it ought to be said, that remittances to Somalia and the Somali territories are vital to individual and communal sustenance. Remittances foster easily discernible links between the diaspora and the motherland and are easily quantifiable – although cold calculations of remittance contributions to the GDP fail to capture the scope of their relevance on the ground....

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