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Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals. Close.

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April 15, 2009 11:54 AM

America Balks On Cuba

Lifting the Cuban travel ban is a commendable step but as I 'advised' President Obama in an earlier post, it's not enough. As Fidel Castro said, Cuba needs more than charity. Lifting the travel ban will no doubt benefit Cuban exiles and their families back home but it would leave the rest of the Cuban people out in the cold.

One can only admire the positive steps that the Obama administration has taken thus far in improving America's image and restoring its status as a responsible global leader. But one wonders why, if Obama's administration can extend a hand in peace to countries that are far and distant, why can't it do a little more for its small neighbor?

Cuba has a highly educated workforce and could prosper with full bilateral ties to America. That's not much to ask from a neighbor that, despite the current economic crisis, often squanders its money on the world's most hopeless areas.

By lifting the travel ban on Cuba, the Obama administration has taken a step in the right direction. But why offer the cake half-baked when they can deliver it fully baked?

January 23, 2009 11:36 AM

Obama, Watch Your Words

The biggest foreign policy mistake that Barack Obama could make during his honeymoon will be to follow the same political discourse of the Bush administration. Bush was plagued with language disaster. One of his first slips of the tongue was describing the war on terror as a crusade. This was a loaded word that inadvertently endorsed Samuel Huntington's ill-conceived clash of civilizations and invoked a legacy of horrors in the Muslim world.

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December 15, 2008 3:04 PM

India's Rough Neighborhood

Some things are easier said than done, and to talk of India launching a pre-emptive strike against Pakistan is one such thing.

Anyone who knows the volatility of the region, the degree of hatred between the extremist opponents on both sides and the fact that both countries are nuclear powers would not wish a war between the two countries.

An India-Pakistan war would not only present the threat of a nuclear clash, but also give extremist forces in the region an opportunity to drag the entire world into a war with unimaginable repercussions.

Pakistan is a next door nuclear power, and a very volatile place where outlaw groups could take the act of revenge in their own hands regardless of how their government might choose to respond to India's "self-defense."

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November 6, 2008 12:46 PM

Obama Should Turn His Eyes Toward Cuba

With the election of Barack Obama, America has set the record straight. The American people have said it loud and clear that they want a change of direction. They believed and supported Obamaʼs message of change. The American people have delivered and it is now Obamaʼs turn to deliver. He has to show that he can walk the walk; that he is not only a man of words but a man of action as well.

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October 3, 2008 3:35 PM

Time to Share the Top Spot, America

The Current Discussion: Will the U.S. financial crisis lead to an erosion of U.S. influence comparable to the Iraq war?

There is no doubt that this financial meltdown marks a defining moment for America's global influence. My guess is that America will weather this crisis, partly due to the government rescue plan and partly due to the ingenuity of the American people. But it is also my guess that the rest of the world may not be ready to undergo the same fear again and may opt to build shock absorbers against any similar future eventualities.

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September 26, 2008 5:21 PM

Today's Capitalism Has Run Its Course

As the free market economy makes a free fall, all kinds of prescriptions will come to mind, including socialism. A Somali proverb says: "Nin buka boql u talisay" (a sick man gets 100 advisers). Socialist-minded gurus and those who feel left behind by capitalism's unprecedented generation of wealth may need to shout "gotcha," but one thing that could be unanimously agreed by at least uninitiated armchair observers like me is that capitalism in its current free reign and globalized fit for all structure has run its course. Just like we need and preach biodiversity in the field of ecology we need eco-diversity in the economic world.

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July 10, 2008 6:51 PM

Bush Could Score Points in Africa

The Current Discussion: The G-8 summit is Bush's last hurrah as a world leader. What's one thing he can do to strengthen his legacy?

If there is one thing that President Bush can achieve in the dying days of his presidency, it should involve Africa. Everything else seems to be complex and too messed up to even think of fixing in the time available. Regarding the Arab-Israeli issue, it is obvious that Bush cannot undo in six months a problem that is sixty years old. He must have encountered the insurmountable walls of the Middle East peace during his two-term presidency. His trusted State Secretary’s frequent visits and proverbial skills couldn’t put the Middle East’s Humpty Dumpty together again.

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June 30, 2008 12:29 PM

UN Condemnation Too Little, Too Late

Although one has to be delighted about this unprecedented unanimous condemnation of Robert Mugabe, one cannot also ignore that this has come too little too late. The world has been watching this African tyrant rob his people of their last dignity and turn a country that was once described as Africa’s bread basket into destitution. As I had stated in an earlier piece on Zimbabwe, the world knew that Zimbabwe was deteriorating into another African tragedy.

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June 12, 2008 3:51 PM

PostGlobal Takes the World's Pulse

The Current Discussion:PostGlobal celebrates its second birthday this week. Is there a growing global agenda -- that is, an agenda of issues being discussed that affects the world rather than individual countries? Or are local concerns still paramount?

PostGlobal has tackled local issues with global perspective. Realizing the need for a common understanding of world issues, this international debate forum has ushered in a new genre of innovative popular journalism. A kind of a unified voice in diversity, a media outlet where writers of different cultural backgrounds find a level playing field to express the anger, the frustration, the suffering, the development, the thinking, the cultural misconceptions and the stifled political views of their communities as well as shared human desires for justice, freedom and understanding.

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May 6, 2008 10:07 AM

The Affordable Chinese

China makes into way to the hearts and minds of developing countries by building roads, sports stadiums, national theatres and water wells. Chinese businessmen come to Africa, for example, with a spade, hammer and cash in one hand and their cheap merchandise and business deals in the other. Mention America, and people will immediately think of its firepower; mention China, and people will point at everything they use in their homes, offices and farms.

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