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  • Talmud 7:16 as Quoted by Rishon Rishon in 2004
    Qohelet Raba, 7:16

    אכזרי סוף שנעשה אכזרי במקום רחמן

    Kol mi shena`asa rahaman bimqom akhzari Sof shena`asa akhzari bimqom rahaman

    All who are made to be compassionate in the place of the cruel In the end are made to be cruel in the place of the compassionate.

    More colloquially translated: "Those who are kind to the cruel, in the end will be cruel to the kind."

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« Meanwhile, Back in Somalia . . . . | Main | ad hoc »

September 28, 2007



The Crocodile Tears of Somalia’s Insurgency-owned FM Radios in Mogadishu...

Shabelle FM Radio staffers, who, by their choice, have decided to close it down, after their hidden agendas of being part and parcel of the current insurgency attacks in the capital Mogadishu had been exposed by the Somalia’ police force, still continue to shed crocodile tears to confuse the international community. They are publishing false new reports posing themselves as if they are victims of government anti-press freedom campaign. (

Both Radio Shabelle and Radio Horn Afrik, two FM Radios in Mogadishu are owned by Ayr sub-clan of Habargidir clan, not by those individuals claiming to be indeprendent jounalists. Ayr sub-clan, as publicly known, is the source of the isurgencies in Mogadishu. Not only that but they have always been the rejectionist clan to any efforts to restore law and order in Somalia. This clan has in the past appropiated both public and privately owned properties in Mogadishu, and they believes the only way they can keep them is to reject for Somalia to have a governmet of its own. Both these two radio stations were created by diaspora members of this clan with the intent of contributing to their clan’s all-agreed rejectionist principal.

Radio Shabelle has its offices in the middle of Bakaaraha, the largest open-air market in Somalia, which is an stronghold where both the Islamist and the clan loyalist insurgencies use as lauching base of their daily atacks on the innocent people in Mogaishu. It was not until recently that the govenrment came to know that radio Shabelle was another base of the insurgents. The hard facts, however, came to the light only recently when twice in four days bomb grenades were thrown at a police patrols passing near the Radio station. The police later confirmed that the bombs were thrown from inside Radio Shabelle offices.

The international community knows all about this. Leonard Vincent, head of the Africa desk with the group Reporters Without Borders, who recently spoke to VOA English to Africa Service reporter Joe De Capua about the incident, confirmed that closure of radio Shabelle had nothing to do with it’s broadcasts. “we believe that the story is more of a clan hostility story..” he said.

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