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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The (Im)possibility of the Ethiopian Somali Blog

My dissertation research focuses on Somali nationalism as a spatial imagination – the ways in which Somalis imagined new geographies for the Horn of Africa, and for a time sought to reorganize political space into a Somali state without colonial boundaries: a Greater Somalia. To speak of the geography of the Somali people is to describe a cultural, ethnic and linguistic landscape which can be...

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Maandeeq Podcast, Episode 1 Podcast

In our first monthly podcast, we discuss the concept of Maandeeq and what we mean by the “Somalidemic”; the latest in #CadaanStudies; who hurt Nuruddin Farah; election related drama in Somalia and Somaliland; Somali independence 55 years on, and much more.  


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About Maandeeq

Maandeeq (she who “satisfies the mind”) is the name of the female camel that symbolically represented the Somali nation in poetry. It was she who was looted under colonialism, retrieved by her rightful owners at independence in 1960, and mistreated by dictatorship, corruption and war.

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