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The Rendille[edit]

The Rendille are related to Somalis. See this study:

The Rendille speak a Somaloid language, while the Gabra, Sakuye and Gareeh have abandoned their original “Somaloid” language for Borana [104, 105]. There is also an overlap of clan names, rituals and beliefs among these historically “Somaloid” populations and a third set of populations speaking various Somali dialects[104, 105]. The putative center of origin of the eastern Cushitic speakers (including the eastern highland Cushitic speakers that are mostly found in Ethiopia) is in southern Ethiopia [106].

Also, see their haplogroup frequencies.. They are similar to Somalis, mainly E1b1b and T1(K2). Wadaad (talk) 20:42, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Speaking a similar language does not mean both groups are necessarily genetic. Although both groups have similar levels of T (I am assuming that this group is using "K2" as its name) the same can't be said about E1b1b1 let alone their mtdna. This was previously discussed on your talk page as well which I am sure you are well aware of. AcidSnow (talk) 21:16, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
In order to be featured on the related tab, ethnic groups do not have to be exact copies of each other. They just have to show strong affinities (genetic or linguistic). The Rendille are both genetically as well as linguistically related to Somalis, even more so than the Amhara who are already listed. Lastly, I believe the reason why you are so aggressively against the listing of the Rendille on the Somali page is mainly because of their more 'African' culture. You clearly have a bias and need to just accept science and move on.Wadaad (talk) 21:55, 17 September 2014 (UTC)
How on earth did you come to such a personal attack? AcidSnow (talk) 21:56, 17 September 2014 (UTC)

Some support[edit]

Never Let No One Man Worry Your Mind-1919.jpg Some support
Keep calm and carry on. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 15:11, 27 March 2014 (UTC)


I've taken the liberty to create an archive for you, so you can send all this crap from your "friend" out of sight. See User talk:AcidSnow/Archive2014. Best regards, Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 15:14, 27 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you Joshua Jonathan, I plan to archive these soon. But, who is this "friend" you speak of? AcidSnow (talk) 17:30, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
All those "mediation" requests etc. Joshua Jonathan -Let's talk! 19:59, 29 March 2014 (UTC)
Oh ok, now I see what the crap was. AcidSnow (talk) 20:02, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

Request for mediation rejected[edit]

The request for formal mediation concerning Anti-Hinduism, to which you were listed as a party, has been declined. To read an explanation by the Mediation Committee for the rejection of this request, see the mediation request page, which will be deleted by an administrator after a reasonable time. Please direct questions relating to this request to the Chairman of the Committee, or to the mailing list. For more information on forms of dispute resolution, other than formal mediation, that are available, see Wikipedia:Dispute resolution.

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Which is it?[edit]

In this book it states that "Mogadishu was reorganized to house more than 50,000 newly arrived Italians" but than goes on to say that "Mogadishu had a population of about 30,000 Somalis and 20,000 Italians". I am not exactly sure which number is right. As of now, I believe that 50,000 Italians did arrive to Mogadishu, but only 20,000 stayed and the 30,000 went to other cites. Why do these number very so much? There's a lot of info on the Italians in Eritrea and constancy in the numbers of how many that lived there. But for Somalia, there prescence was documrented just no constancy in how many were there.

There are also 4,000 Italian immigrants according to Ethnologue currently living in Somalia,[1] but just before that it states that "all of the people from India and Italy have left".

Also, do you know where I can view this book (Tripodi, Paolo, "The Colonial Legacy in Somalia")? AcidSnow (talk) 19:46, 29 March 2014 (UTC)

The point of arrival is not necessarily the same as the place of settlement. The Villaggio Duca degli Abruzzi was another place that many of the Italian settlers later moved to, as was Genale. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:49, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
I did some more searching using specific terms and I have found some more numbers regarding these figure. Anyways, do you know how I can view the book? AcidSnow (talk) 16:20, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
I don't know where you can view the book. At any rate, Donati doesn't mention "meticci" nor do Poddar et al. discuss Mussolini's law vis-a-vis Italian Somaliland [2]. Italian also was not the main language used in higher education during the Somali Democratic Republic. In fact, to ensure and safeguard the primacy of the Somali language, the Supreme Revolutionary Council during its tenure officially prohibited the borrowing and usage of Italian and English terms. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:11, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Donati does mention how they were called "meticci" (see here) including how they were able to obtain Italian citizenship. As for "Poddar et al", who is that? If your referring to Michael B. Lentakis, he does mention it in that book because its the wrong link (my bad); his book on "Ethiopia: A View from Within" is the one I was referring to (see here). Other than how I gave you a wrong link I dont see why you removed the whole thing. AcidSnow (talk) 17:36, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
I did see Donati; it doesn't mention "meticci" nor does the closed link above. The other link also pointed to the wrong book. At any rate, the law that Lentakis alludes to pertains to Ethiopia, not Italian Somaliland or Eritrea. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:59, 30 March 2014 (UTC)
Sorry for the late replay, Middayexpress. I have been quiet busy lately. Anyways, what exactly do you see for the Donati link since I have highlighted part of the sentence? If your unable to view the link, then read this; "meticcis" are clearly defined as people of Italian and Somali decent. As for the law, its true that Lentakis does mention Ethiopia, but why would he start discussing how it would effect the Italians in Somalia and Eritrea if it would not? In Roy Patemans Eritrea: Even the Stones are Burning, he clearly states that it was also implemented in Somaliland and Eritrea. AcidSnow (talk) 21:27, 3 April 2014 (UTC)
No prob. "Meticci" refers to mixed individuals in general. Please see page 323 here for the official system used in Italian Somaliland. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 14:01, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
What exactly am I post to see? Most of the document discuss Somali Bantus and only mentions the Italians a few times. My bad on the "clearly defined", I meant that people of Somali and Italian decent were called "meticci". There's also a Somali word these which is "missoni" (or something like that), but I don't have the link at the moment to give. Anyways, you did not give a response to the other part of my previous reply. AcidSnow (talk) 19:28, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
I did reply to that as well. "Meticci" refers to mixed individuals in general, not just those of Somali and Italian ancestry. It is the Italian equivalent of the French "métis" (see métis). For the rest, please see the very bottom of the aforementioned page for the system used in Italian Somaliland. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:22, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
""Meticci" refers to...", yes I know now. I have already corrected myself. As for the page your previously mentioned, I repeat its all about Bantus. Is there something wrong with the sources I have provided? AcidSnow (talk) 21:58, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Yes, there is a problem. Since "meticci" refers to mixed individuals in general, there's no point in suggesting that it just referred to those of Somali and Italian ancestry. Also note that the bill Mussolini passed actually parallels the law that the Somali Republic's civilian government itself adopted upon independence ("any woman citizen who marries an alien loses her Somali citizenship if, by her marriage, she acquires her husband's citizenship"; see Paolo Contini (1969) [3]). As for the link, the page is not all about Bantus; see the footnote there on the official system in Italian Somaliland. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 14:40, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
And another thing, Rome is not Mogadishu's sister city (the link alludes to a novel/fiction). Almaty/Alma-Ata and Istanbul are its actual sister cities. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:13, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
There likewise doesn't appear to be any figure indicated for the number of Dervish troops [4]. Middayexpress (talk) 15:28, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── "just referred to ...", yes I believe we have already established that. I have provided you with other links that dont suggest it is an exclusive term. There's even "misioni" in Somali which exclusively refers to these types of people, though I dont remember were I found it. "the bill Mussolini passed....", so why can't it be included in the article? As for your page 323 in the link you gave me, it is all about Bantus. For the footnote, please see bellow:

"1 Rachel Swarns, "Africa's Lost Tribe Discovers American Way," New York Times (10 March 2003).

2 No reliable census figures exist on Somalia; population estimates by region and by clan and ethnic group are even more unreliable and subject to gross exaggeration for political purposes. The five percent figure suggested here is not derived from a census, but is only a "best guess" approximation based on the author's years of fieldwork in Somalia and the opinions of other long-time observers. If Somalia's total population is somewhere near seven million people - again a consensus figure accepted in most publications - then the 5% estimate offered here would amount to a total Bantu population of about 350,000. Given the concentrations of Bantu along the relatively densely populated Jubba and Shabelle river valleys, and the large Bantu populations which have arrived in Mogadishu and Kismayo as internally displaced persons, these figures seem reasonable, but should taken only for what they are - a best guess. Though demographics have obviously changed since the colonial era, a colonial census of Italian Somalia (which would obviously not have included the population of British Somaliland) in 1935 concluded that 6.2% of the population was "Negroid groups" a figure which is not far off the estimate given above. See Istitutocentrale di sta- tistica, VII censimento générale délia populazione V (Rome, 1935)"

I dont see any mention of a system. AcidSnow (talk) 17:06, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

"These types of people...". lol At any rate, there is no dedicated Somali word for "Somali-Italian" mixes. What I can tell you is that the Somali parent in such unions was very rarely from a noble clan because marriage is a very involved process among the upper caste groups wherein the entire extended family is involved. For the demographic system in use in Italian Somaliland, see the phrase above that begins "though demographics". Middayexpress (talk) 14:39, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

As for the Dervish Army, I have no Idea what happened to my link. I found it using my phone (forr some reason I am able to view more pages then one can using a computer), but when I linked it to my computer I became unable to view it. Here's a link for 15,000 in 1902 (page: 113) and 20,000 in 1903 (page: 127). As for the twin cities, my bad once again. AcidSnow (talk) 17:06, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

The first link says nothing about 15,000 troops in 1902 [5]. For its part, the second link says that "in 1903-04, one of the encounters against the Mullah was said to have consisted of 10,000 British troops accompanied by 15,000 allied Ethiopian troops, and that the Dervish force was 20,000 men, with 8,000 of them cavalry" [6]. That's 25,000 British/Ethiopian troops vs. 20,000 Dervish troops, quite different from what you wrote. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 14:39, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
"The first link says nothing about 15,000 troops in 1902", are you reading anything? The book clearly states, "By the time our second expedition was launched in June 1902 his following was estimated at 15,000"!
"quite different from what you wrote...", not at all since my refs do support what I have said.
This is about our other discussion which never ended: "the phrase above that begins "though demographics"", are you messing with me?!?!?! It clearly states "Negroid groups" which is a reference to Bantus -_-! As for the "dedicated Somali word", you better hope I dont find that link again because I would love to prove you wrong as of now. AcidSnow (talk) 18:13, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
Calm down. lol If only 6% of the population in Italian Somaliland consisted of "Negroid groups" according to the colonial authorities, it obviously follows that the remaining 94% consisted of "non-Negroid groups". That is the territorial system I was referring to. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:40, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Please see here. AcidSnow (talk) 16:04, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Ok, I see the 15,000 soldier figure for 1902, but the link was incorrect [7]. The passage in full reads: "By the time our second expedition was launched in June 1902, his following was estimated at 15,000, of whom 12,000 were said to be mounted and 1500 armed with rifles. Against this, our Expeditionary Force consisted of some 2000 rifles, partly King's African Rifles, but principally locally-enlisted and locally-trained Somalis." Again, quite a different context here as well since it's not so much alluding to the Dervishes vs. the British, but rather the Dervishes vs. Somali colonial troops. Middayexpress (talk) 16:31, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
What? All I said was how big his army was...... AcidSnow (talk) 21:01, 27 April 2014 (UTC)
Anyways, Middayexpress, what's wrong with adding the discriminatory laws that had no affect on the Italians and Somalis and the mixed Italian Somalis?
I have found many books that stated that there was no racism towards the Somalis from the Italians despite Mussolinis attempt. AcidSnow (talk) 19:34, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
It's rather complex. Mussolini actually didn't have a single vision; he was idealogically amorphous. For instance, he once bragged that he would unite the Somali territories, including the occupied areas. So he regarded himself as a savior of sorts. Middayexpress (talk) 14:40, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
I see. If we do add it then it well state, "despite the laws" instead of Mussolini. AcidSnow (talk) 14:45, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

Dervish State[edit]

Should there be a page about the Somali Resistance Movement or should all of this be included in the Somaliland Campaign? The page mostly discuses things that involved Britain and not Italy. AcidSnow (talk) 21:24, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi AcidSnow. The Somaliland Campaign is on the Dervish State's resistance movement in British Somaliland. There wasn't anything comparable to that two decade-long struggle in Italian Somaliland because the ruling Majeerteen Sultanate and Sultanate of Hobyo in the northeast were assured non-interference through treaties they had signed with Italy. Direct rule thus only occurred in central and southern Somalia, where there were no similar local polities in place. By consequence, the central/southern resistance struggle is largely covered on the Sheikh Hassan Barsane page. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:32, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
That's not necessarily true since Hassans forces routinely fought the Italians in Italian Somaliland and so had other Somali resistance groups; which included the Sultans when they were told to step down. As for the Sheikh Hassan Barsane page, its poorly sourced (one source) and badly laid out. I will quickly fix the lay out shortly.
EDIT: It does not appear to be a lot of info on this man (there's even less that I can access). AcidSnow (talk) 23:01, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Direct rule indeed only occurred in the south, where there were no comparable sultanates in place ("Italian rule was direct except in the northern protectorates of Italian Somaliland, where treaties had been signed with the sultans: in the southern part the clans were forcibly subdued and colonized" [8]). Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 14:40, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
That's right, these were not all under one movement, such as Dervish in the north, but they all had the same goal. Should we make a single article covering all of these and if there are major ones they will also obtain their own article? AcidSnow (talk) 18:27, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
The Majeerteen Sultanate's and Sultanate of Hobyo's colonial relations are already discussed on their respective pages. The southern struggle is covered on Sheikh Barsane's page. Middayexpress (talk) 15:40, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
  • sigh*, fine. I will wait to see if I can find enough info for each of them to connect them to one article. AcidSnow (talk) 15:59, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
No need. They are already covered, as I wrote. Middayexpress (talk) 16:20, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
They barley do Middayexpress, hence why I stated that I would expanded them. AcidSnow (talk) 20:59, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

Trust Territory, etc.[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. "Mongobay" is a personal website, not a reliable source. Both Somalis and Italians were also allowed to establish parties under the British military administration. The largest such party was obviously the SYL, not the HDM. The election database also doesn't claim that the HDM was the largest [9]; so insinuating that it was is undue and misleading. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 14:39, 14 April 2014 (UTC)

Hello Middayexpress. I never said that, throughout the paragraph I am talking about Italian supported parties not parties in general. You realize that I can read, right? As for "Mongobay", all the info they have is from the "Library of Congress", but I am unable to use them because they dont have permanent links. I will go and try to find a new link now. AcidSnow (talk) 15:30, 14 April 2014 (UTC)
SYL and HDM were actually both nationalist; especially the former. Middayexpress (talk) 15:40, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
The HDM was not originally nationalistic like the SYL was. They were originally Pro-Italian rule, but would later change that to another 30 years of Italian rule; which is completely different from the SYL that wanted 0 more years. AcidSnow (talk) 15:57, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
The HDM had a primarily Rahanweyn/Digil and Mirifle. It wasn't pro-Italian, though it did receive some Italian funding. The party actually in most points agreed with the SYL's platform, and became the opposition from the right [10]. Middayexpress (talk) 16:20, 15 April 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. The RfC finally expired, and an administrator erroneously closed it in favor of the page move when there was clearly no consensus for it (five votes for the proposal vs. five votes against it). Despite this, one of the accounts that supported the move has attempted to edit the list and here as well in that direction. I've left a detailed explanation of the situation here. Your input there would be appreciated. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:40, 15 April 2014 (UTC)

Ok. AcidSnow (talk) 15:58, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
I've started a formal move review of the RfC. Your input there would be appreciated. Whatever the outcome, I'll start drafting a proposal for a long overdue, dedicated WP:RACES policy. The new policy will gather in one place all of the various existing policy clauses on "race", as well as several new clauses. I'll link you first to the draft sub-page so that you may edit it yourself as needed before I formally submit it for evaluation. Best, Middayexpress (talk) 15:31, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
Could you please have a look at the page itself [11]? There's an anonymous ip that's attempting to capitalize on the bad close, even now that the RfC is officially under review. Best, Middayexpress (talk) 16:01, 21 April 2014 (UTC)
Ok, it's up. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 15:19, 22 April 2014 (UTC)
Sorry man, I have been really busy theses past few days. As for the ip, it is possible its the same guy from before. For your policy, there is not much I can add since I don't much on policy making, but judging how the discussion has gone so far it looks like its going in the right direction. Finally, as for the discussion on the list I have supported an "overturn". If you need anything dont hesitate to ask. AcidSnow (talk) 23:28, 25 April 2014 (UTC)
No prob. The move review ended; the closing admin indicated that there was "no consensus", meaning that there is no consensus on the original discussion itself ("No consensus. Both sides have made valid points about both the closure and the arguments in the original discussion itself"). Per WP:MR, this verdict can mean either essentially the same thing as "endorse close" or instead "relist". In this case, it clearly means "relist" since the admin explicitly recommended that we start a centralised discussion covering all such articles in order to sensibly conclude this issue ("I would suggest a centralised discussion that covers all those articles would be the best route of coming to a sensible conclusion on this issue"). However, I believe adoption of the WP:RACE guideline should first be prioritized, as that will greatly facilitate that centralised discussion. Your input there would be appreciated. Best, Middayexpress (talk) 19:38, 12 May 2014 (UTC)
Also, the anonymous ip has again reverted on the page despite the no-consensus close. He has also in the process violated 3RR. Could you please have a look? Best, Middayexpress (talk) 19:38, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

List of cities in Somalia[edit]

Hi AcidSnow, I saw your remark "wtf, most of these are not cities" on the revision history page of that article. I agree! Many are villages or not even populated places at all. I started a cleanup, maybe you could help. In fact, a large number of Somalia geography stubs contain serious errors and should be revised. I try to do so from time to time, but it's an uphill battle. Cheers, Loranchet (talk) 20:03, 5 May 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. I would fix the map, but I unfortunately don't at the moment have the right graphics software. The "Berbers" therein are the non-Semitic speaking Afro-Asiatic groups inhabiting Northeast Africa. Some were thus also found in Egypt/Sudan i.e. the Beja. At any rate, File:Somalia map states regions districts.png also needs fixing after the recent military offensives. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:12, 26 May 2014 (UTC)

I have a couple of suggestions for fixing the map. One is to bring it into an AutoCad 360 desktop for collaboration. You can screen capture one or more Google Map images with the information from the Periplus such as place names, degrees, distances to the next place. To cover the Red Sea and Somalia you might end up sandboxing 30 places as 5 or 10 maps depending on how zoomed in you wanted to get. Then when you have them all clipped and cropped to suit you would import them into an Autocad drawing on an underlay layer or layers, probably one for each screen capture and draw over them. You have to do that because Wikipedia doesn't consider screen captures your work. Eventually you end up with an outline of the Red Sea and Gulf with the place names the degrees and distances captioned with the relevant lines from the Periplus. Then you can copy clip or crop from that whatever close ups you need and put them into a series of linked articles on each place using quotes from teh Periplus that locate it, put in various references to the place from other historic sources and invite whomever you want to collaboratively edit the map in the AutoCad 360 desktop. (talk) 00:07, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Deleting Christianity from Kenyan history[edit]

Hi, kenya wasn't called kenya in the 15th c. but the article mentions events there at this time. So why remove the history prior to the 15th c? There is obviously a lot of effort going into this whitewashing of Kenyan history. Sad but inevitable that Wikipedia is used in this way. (talk) 20:47, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

What does Abyssinia have to do with Kenya? AcidSnow (talk) 03:07, 1 June 2014 (UTC)

Talk:Periplus of the Erythraean Sea[edit]

See Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Rktect and Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Rktect/Archive. Dougweller (talk) 10:08, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Middayexpress has agreed to me rolling back his edits, but there is still a section where you were the last editor. How do you feel about me removing it? Thanks. Dougweller (talk) 17:45, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
Remove it I have no idea what he was talking about. It's best not to confuse others as well. Thanks! AcidSnow (talk) 19:22, 3 June 2014 (UTC)
Done and thanks. We also shouldn't be letting banned editors have a platform here. Dougweller (talk) 09:46, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Re:Macro-Somali languages[edit]

Why is Somali classified on Wikipedia as part of the Macro-Somali languages? Only one source that is listed says it is will other more will know sources put it in another branch from Rendille, Aweer, and Baiso. So why is it listed as that on the classification section. But the dialects of Somali go: Cushitic-> East-> Somali-> Dialect. Why? — Preceding unsigned comment added by AcidSnow (talkcontribs) 04:42, 28 July 2013 (UTC)

Hi AcidSnow. That's a good question. The parameters here seem to be between "Omo-Tana", and "Macro-Somali" as a subgrouping of that. In truth, "Omo-Tana" itself is likely not a valid linguistic grouping since it is tied to the southern-origin theory for Proto-Cushitic. This hypothesis was popularized by the anthropologist Herbert Lewis and historian E.R. Turton during the late 1960s i.e. by non-linguists. It stipulates that Proto-Cushitic differentiated in the vicinity of the Omo Valley and Lake Tana ("Omo-Tana"), prior to the entry of Bantu and Nilo-Saharan speakers into the region. The various major Cushitic proto-languages would then later have expanded from there, with the East, Central and North Cushitic languages moving northward into the Horn, and the South Cushitic languages moving further south into the Great Lakes. Since around the late 1990s, this southern-origin hypothesis has fallen into disfavour, as it contradicts and/or overlooks most other lines of evidence. Among the latter are the fact that most Cushitic sub-branches are today concentrated in the Horn (East, Central and North Cushitic), not south of it (only South Cushitic is); the Cushitic language that has retained the most archaic features is Beja/North Cushitic, which is spoken much farther north in the Sudan-Egypt border area; the earliest pastoral rock art in eastern Africa is not found in the southern Ethiopia/northern Kenya area, but instead in the northern Somalia/Djibouti/Eritrea area (e.g. at Laas Gaal and Dhambalin, which contain the earliest examples of domesticated sheep, camels and even horses; camels and horses are in fact still mainly restricted to the Horn and points further north); oral traditions on the oldest population movements of Cushitic speakers mainly assert northward-to-southward migrations; the Modern South Arabian languages have a Cushitic substratum, which suggests that Cushitic speakers once inhabited the area alongside Semitic speakers. The linguist Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi discusses some of the other reasons why the traditional northern point of origin of Cushitic is most probable (c.f. [12]). Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 13:29, 28 July 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the response! Would the classifactions on wiki be changed or left alone? Also would the dialects of Somali which are Jiido, Dabarre, Garre and Tunni be considered their own language? I hard that in some cases they are but other times not. If it is then would its speakers be in their own Ethnic group?
Along with Maay, those tongues are actually all separate Cushitic languages. They have a different sentence structure and phonology from Somali. They also present similarities with Oromo that are not found in mainstream Somali. Chief among these is their lack of pharyngeal sounds, features which by contrast typify Somali. Abdullahi touches on this. This is why those languages are noted as separate Afro-Asiatic languages on their respective pages. The original speakers of those languages have largely been assimilated into the Rahanweyn (Digil and Mirifle) clan confederation, which is why those tongues are often referred to as Digil and Mirifle languages. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 13:55, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
Please also note that Benadiris are partially descended from recent Yemeni/Omani migrants. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 13:55, 30 July 2013 (UTC)
But Garre, Jiddu, Maay, and Tunni are listed as languages/dialects under the category of "Somali". Are the speakers of these languages /dialects not ethnic Somalis? This kind of takes a big blow to how people say Somalis are untied linguistically etc. As god the Rendille people they are sometimes classifed as "Somaloid people" which makes no sense since their language is not closely related to Somali and are not even genticly related to Somalis. What do you make of this? Also what are the most related ethnic group to the Somalis, Midday? AcidSnow (talk) 19:31, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi touches on Maay and the other Rahanweyn/Digil and Mirifle varieties [13]. Middayexpress (talk) 14:40, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

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Template State[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Thanks for this. Per the agreement here, can you help me standardize this template for Somaliland, Jubaland, and Somalia's other constituent federal states as well? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:37, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

I will do them soon. I believe we should make a spefic page discussing this like the Template:Infobox German state. As for the ethnicity I belive we should include Somali as what is done with the States of India. AcidSnow (talk) 21:18, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
The infobox was patterned after those on the Indian federal states (e.g. Kerala), which use the generic Template:Infobox state. A dedicated template for the Somali federal states as on the German federal states could indeed also work, though. Best, Middayexpress (talk) 22:49, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
They look good so far; all that's left is Jubaland. This is somewhat offttopic but do you think federalism is working in Somalia? AcidSnow (talk) 22:53, 1 July 2014 (UTC)
Well, the federalism system is being finalized. Also, there's the Galmudug temp as well. Middayexpress (talk) 00:14, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
I would really like to hear your opinion on it though. If you don't want to I understand, but could you state that though? AcidSnow (talk) 00:59, 2 July 2014 (UTC)
I sorta just did, no? Anyway, it seems a user prefers the country template for Somaliland, though it of course is legally an autonomous region of Somalia. It would appear that he wasn't aware of the agreement to standardize the state template aross all of the constituent federal states, so I linked him to it. If he still objects, we'll have to re-standardize the country template for Puntland so that all of the federal states use the same template again. We'll then have to code a standalone federal state template as on the German federal state temp. Middayexpress (talk) 16:22, 2 July 2014 (UTC)


Do you understand what these charts are saying? I tried to interpret it one my own but I was unable to do to the many charts shown. Is in one chart it states that the Amhara, Tigray, and even the Oromo have far more Semitic admixture then the Somalis and that Somalis also have more Nilo admixture then the rest? In another it zstates that somalis still have more Nilo admixture despite living farther away from them then the rest. Then there's one I see as more realistic with all ethnic groups having closely the same amount of admixture; though it still has outrages amounts of Nilo in all groups. Also why does it have Ethiopian Somalis as a diffrent group and what on earth is Ethiopic?!?! AcidSnow (talk) 18:57, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Basically, the researchers identified a new non-African autosomal DNA component. This non-African component is most common today among Afroasiatic-speaking populations in the Horn, especially ethnic Somalis. It represents the majority of ancestry in both the region's main Cushitic and Semitic speaking groups (Somali, Amhara, Oromo, Tigray, etc.). There's also some moderate secondary Sub-Saharan admixture. See Table 2 [14]; also have a look at Afroasiatic Urheimat. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 19:21, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Is the new one the "Etho-Somali" or the "Ethiopic"? Which map is most actuate for genetic make up? Also forgive me for my grammar I was in a rush. AcidSnow (talk) 19:53, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
As the abstract indicates, the Ethio-Somali component is a non-African component. This is based on actual divergence analysis, which indicates that the component is most closely related/least divergent from the Maghrebi non-African component (Table 4 [15]). It is estimated to have diverged from all other non-African ancestries at least 23,000 years ago. On this basis, the researchers suggest that the original Ethio-Somali carrying population(s) probably arrived in the pre-agricultural period from the Near East, having crossed over into the Nile Valley via the Sinai peninsula. The population then likely split into two branches, with one group heading westward toward the Maghreb and the other moving south into the Horn, introducing the Afroasiatic languages to both areas. The Ethio-Somali population would thereafter have encountered a local population carrying the Ethiopic African component. This Ethiopic population is today best represented by the Ari ironworkers, as can be seen on Table 2. By contrast, ethnic Somalis have the highest frequencies of the Ethio-Somali non-African component. Amhara, Tigray and other Habesha groups have around the same overall makeup as Somalis; however, they differ by having a bit less of the Ethio-Somali non-African component and in its place more of the Arabian non-African component. The presence of a Nilo-Saharan secondary African admixture element in turn serves as further confirmation that the Ethio-Somali non-African population indeed likely migrated down from in or near the Sinai. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 20:53, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
It would appear that the Omotic are the Ethiopic since they have the highest percentage. This would also make since the Oromo had absorbed Omotic groups as well as other ethnic groups surrounding them which would explain their high percentage and why Somalis have the least. So map chart C-12 on page 4 is the most accurate representation of the region? If no, could you explain charts C-10-12? If yes, would this mean that Somalis are more Niloitic than Semitic? Thanks for clarifying so far.
Sorry, I just relooked at Table 2, does it not show Arabian and Eurasian admixture because its less than 5%? That's weird because other studies have stated that Somalis are 5% Arabian and 10% Eurasian. The percentage only add up to 86%, if we add the other study we get 101%. What do you think? AcidSnow (talk) 21:19, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
In a nutshell, what it suggests is that a) Somalis, Amhara, Oromo, Tigray, etc. are descended from an Afro-Asiatic-speaking population that carried the Ethio-Somali non-African component, b) ethnic Somalis have the highest frequencies today of that component (probably due to isolation and endogamy), while Habesha have a bit less of it and instead more of the Arabian non-African component due to later periods of contact with Sabaeans/Himyarites, c) the Ethiopic and Nilo-Saharan secondary African admixture elements are basically clues as to where the Ethio-Somali non-African population migrated from and toward. Evidently, that dispersal area was in or near the Sinai like Hodgson et al. suggest. This supports their assertion that the Ethio-Somali non-African component was introduced from the Near East specifically via the Sinai rather than via the Bab el Mandeb. This is also supported by the widespread presence of the E1b1b haplogroup's V32 sub-clade in the Horn, a lineage that is believed to have originated in the southern Egypt area or thereabouts. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:46, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Send a message to this organization so they can put your last message at the beginning of the pdf! That was much easier to understand then the pdf itself. What do you think of the other group I mentioned about how Somalis have 5% Arabian and 10%? Are they wrong according to this one? AcidSnow (talk) 21:59, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
That's not a bad idea, actually. lol But seriously, these are just estimates. Some Somalis probably have more Arabian admixture, others less. The main thing to take away from all this is that most of the non-African affinities in Somalis, Amhara, Oromo, Tigray, etc. do not come from recent admixture with Arabs, Persians, Italians or other West Asian or European groups that Horn populations have had contact with over the years. They instead mainly come from their own Afroasiatic-speaking ancestors i.e. the Ethio-Somali population. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 22:15, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Well obviously it would not since it took thousands of years for these ethnicity to form and we are discussing ancestry from thousands of years, but people on the internet are to stupid to realize it. AcidSnow (talk) 22:25, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Rer Bare[edit]

What is your take on the Rer Bare people? Do you think they are Bantu? I have never heard of such a thing until today. AcidSnow (talk) 06:23, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Hagmann appears to believe that the Rer Bare (not to be confused with Reer Bari) are Bantu because of Braukämper's assertion that they are "Adonē". However, this pejorative was also reserved for Ari-type or Nilotic populations. Based on the preponderance of the latter populations in southern and western Ethiopia and the traditional absence of Bantus outside of southern Somalia, Mcclure and Bender's assertions seem most likely. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:07, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

Wait for consensus? I didn't see any opposition.[edit]

There is no edit war! I waited for anyone to show opposition, no one did! It's a fact that the Canaanites themselves aren't a distinct group, it's like saying Germanic peoples are a distinct group or that Slavic peoples are a distinct group, WRONG! They're a larger group made up of smaller groups who share a common ancestry. What do you mean wait for consensus? No one is showing opposition. I'll wait for 24 hours for anyone to show opposition, if no one will, will that count as a consensus? Guy355 (talk) 07:13, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, I was reading your discussion earlier with a another user and I saw him upject to it and revert you. I then saw how you changed it back so I stept in to slow things down so you guys could continue talking. If I am wrong you may go ahead and revert me. But seeing the disscusion again it seems that you still have not recived consensus from the other editors. AcidSnow (talk) 10:06, 7 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. As one of the main contributors to WikiProject Somalia, would you mind giving your input here on that project page? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:30, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Sure. AcidSnow (talk) 04:04, 8 July 2014 (UTC)


But what do you think if the Somali Sign Language? I am quiet shocked to belive that's its Kenyan. If anything I would have assumed it would have been independent, decedent from Italian (like all other African countries that have been colonized), or at least Arabic but Kenyan now that's shocking! AcidSnow (talk) 04:04, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

According to this its not at all but rather a isolate? AcidSnow (talk) 04:15, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
I have just viewed the talk page and a user has objected to this. AcidSnow (talk) 04:38, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, SSL isn't Italian or Kenyan. It was created by a deaf Somali gentleman, who grew up in Kenya and was educated in the Kenyan Sign Language. That's where the KSL influences come from. The system itself, however, is actually centered on Somali nationalism. Because SSL's creator shared the same language and culture with other deaf pupils in Somalia, the system is consequently also culturally appropriate. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:04, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
I have fixed it and [nominated the category for deletion]. AcidSnow (talk) 02:30, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Somali languages[edit]

These classifications are getting more outrageous every time I see them. Why on earth would someone classify Aweer as Somali if their using old source that have been disputed by current ones? There are many sources that state that it's far closer to Rendille then to Somali. These are also classified in a different sub group as well. Do you actually believe in this? AcidSnow (talk) 18:54, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

It's linguistically possible since the original Aweer speakers were related. However, the current speakers are not. They adopted the language from those original speakers; they likely spoke Khoisan languages prior to that. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:06, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
What? I think....what? Nevermind, I noticed that someone was changing all the classifications and I noticed that you might be supporting them so I wanted to see what you thought. AcidSnow (talk) 19:11, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
No, I just noticed it too. Aweer actually appears to be linguistically closest to Garre. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:20, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
It does not matter I this point, do the Garre view themselves as ethnic Somalis or a different group? AcidSnow (talk) 19:34, 10 July 2014 (UTC)
Garre isn't Somali, though it's related to the language. Depending on region, the Garre themselves speak Garre, Standard Somali and/or Oromo. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:30, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
No, I am talking about the clan. AcidSnow (talk) 22:35, 18 July 2014 (UTC)
Yeah I know. Middayexpress (talk) 16:42, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Really, I see. Do the "Garre" have a completely different ancestors and culture as well? Or is it just their ancestory? What about other Rahnweyns? Are they not "Somali", Middayexpress? Then what clans are ethnically Somali? What about those tiny clans such as the Yiber? I would really like it if you could answer all if these. AcidSnow (talk) 01:54, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Is it cool if I change the Rendille-Boni languages page to this:

The Rendille–Boni languages belonging to the Cushitic family. The languages are spoken in Kenya.[1] The sub-group, however, has been rejected by some in favor of grouping Aweer as a member of the Macro-Somali languages. It reported poses similarities to the Garre variation.[2]

As pointed out already the whole claim of similarities is dubious. Should I instead remove the whole claim? AcidSnow (talk) 18:36, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

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Somali colonial troops[edit]

I believe the gendarmerie were the Zaptié. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:42, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes, but that was just a sub group of the Italian Somalis. It was not the units that the British and French Somalis were organized in. AcidSnow (talk) 23:09, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
There was also the Somaliland Camel Corps in British Somaliland. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 14:11, 22 July 2014 (UTC)


Why did you get rid of the LGBT rights in Somaliland page? Somaliland is a whole different country, according to them and to one or two other countries that recognize it. Beside, they have a whole different set of rules. Somalia gives up to three years in prison, Somaliland they will KILL people who are gay. Please reopen that page so I can add that info. Thanks.

This is the same county, in fact no one recognizes it. So I am not sure what your talking about. AcidSnow (talk) 14:29, 23 July 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. Per the recommendation at DR, I have opened a new discussion here on the Hargeisa plane monument. Your input would be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 13:15, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Done and done. AcidSnow (talk) 13:18, 25 July 2014 (UTC)
Turns out that User:No More Mogadishu was none other than Alifazal. It seems that he was trying to abort the discussion. Best, Middayexpress (talk) 18:40, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
I see. It's odd that someone would stop that low. Anyways, what is the situation with the image as of now? AcidSnow (talk) 19:07, 8 August 2014 (UTC)
It's over. He tried to disrupt it underhandedly, which is against the rules. But yeah, low indeed. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 20:48, 8 August 2014 (UTC)


Should this be redirect, Tourism in Somaliland? It's pretty much all already explained on Tourism in Somalia. In fact, all the sources used here are blogs except for two of them. AcidSnow (talk) 21:40, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, makes sense. Middayexpress (talk) 14:59, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I have redirect it. AcidSnow (talk) 16:34, 28 July 2014 (UTC)


Why is it often reported that Mogadishu was founded in 900? That makes very little sense especially since some also say it was founded by Arabs. The city is much older than that. During the the Abbasid Capalhite, they did have nominal control such as tax/zakat, but in the years 804-805 Mogadishu and other cites stoped and revolted. So how could this city have been founded after 900 let alone by Arabs? Even Arab sources say that in 685 that an army was sent to Mogadishu. As we can see the city is much older than that. AcidSnow (talk) 04:50, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Scholars sometimes suggest this because they believe that the Mogadishu settlement was first established around the time of the founding of the Sultanate of Mogadishu by the Fakr ad-Din dynasty. These scholars are often not aware of the preceding, Periplus-era Sarapion city-state, over which the Sultanate of Mogadishu was later built. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 14:59, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
I see, well I will add all the info I can find on the Sultanate and the events recorded by the Arabs. AcidSnow (talk) 16:30, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
It would even appear that even before the Sultanate that the city was a clan federation (similar to that of Switzerland). AcidSnow (talk) 20:17, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
That belongs on the Sultanate's page. Also, Khaleeji geographers weren't the only ones who wrote about the area. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea, for one, precedes their writings, and it is a Greco-Roman travelogue. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:47, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I know. AcidSnow (talk) 02:31, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Central Region[edit]

What exactly is this central region? Are they combing the Galmudug region and the Himan and Heeb region to form one state? Could you also please explain Puntlands reason to oppose this? I have not looked up any news regarding Somalia these past few weeks do the increasing crisis. I just did and sadly they have reported that another lawmaker was killed. AcidSnow (talk) 18:18, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, good guess. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:28, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
WOW! Thanks for all the help! #Sarcasm AcidSnow (talk) 20:13, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
Sorry for the response. I just realized that Puntland administrates Mudug which would explain its discision. AcidSnow (talk) 13:43, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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AcidSnow, you deserve this barnstar for taking down Khabboos, another pusher of homeopathetic woo. Good work! We don't need such disruptive editors. Brangifer (talk) 04:24, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks! If you need anything just message me! AcidSnow (talk) 05:20, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Looking at your recent edit, you might be interested in[edit]

Talk:Germans - although I think the problem there is just one editor who probably doesn't belong here. Dougweller (talk) 14:12, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

The discussion has completely changed its course but I will see what I can do. AcidSnow (talk) 16:25, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Maay Language[edit]

Hello Middayexpress. Since your most likely going to move this discussion to my talk page I have decided to beat you to it by starting it here instead. Anyways, I would like to disscuse Maay and it's relationship with Standard Somali and Benadir. I know several individuals that can understand Maay very well. In fact, when I ask to rate their understanding it's usually ranges from 60~80% understanding. They state that they have difficultly with their pronunciation of words and sentence structure. As of now I would I consider it to be a dialect of Somali rather than a completely diffrent language. Several linguistics also agree with this and individuals as well. For example, this individual list Maay as a dialect of Somali but also as "Partially unintelligible" with Somali. At first it would make sense classifying it as such he gives Uzbek and Turkish as his examples when they full under two different branch of the Turkic language. What do you think he meant? Do you consider Maay a dialect? AcidSnow (talk) 22:10, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

I think, as the linguist Abdullahi suggests, it may be a separate but closely related Afro-Asiatic language to Standard Somali. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:42, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Tourism in Somaliland[edit]

since 99% of all tourists go to western parts of somaliland. somalia and somaliland tourism pages should not be mixed. somalia has no tourists to talk about. our somaliland government do not even allow tourists to go beyond berbera unless they hire SPU (special protection unit) soldier. Theyuusuf143 (talk) 13:05, 3 August 2014 (UTC)


はいさい, AcidSnow! I've noticed that you've contributed to the subject of Ryūkyū. I invite you to join WikiProject Ryūkyū, AKA the Ryukyu task force, a collaborative effort to expand and deepen coverage of subjects pertaining to Ryūkyūan geography, history, and culture. Here are a few links to pages to start you off:

I hope you'll take interest and decide to be a part of this project. めんそーれ! ミーラー強斗武 (StG88ぬ会話) 17:08, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Your talk page post[edit]

[16] Might want to reread that. --NeilN talk to me 15:31, 8 August 2014 (UTC)

Thank you for the heads up! AcidSnow (talk) 15:48, 8 August 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. Could you please have a look at the Rastafarianism issue here? There also appears to be some anonymous ip misuse. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 23:07, 9 August 2014 (UTC)

It was not misuse, I was logged out. You seem to be mainly an expert on Somalia, so why are you calling another expert on Somalia? This has to do with Rastafari (not -ism) community in Ethiopia, and Ethiopia's undisputed and well known significance to the Rastafari movement being mentionable. Nothing to do with Somalia. Binghi Dad (talk) 23:12, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
I see. Well as it so happens, I'm a WikiProject Ethiopia too. The page also falls under the broader WikiProject Africa. Middayexpress (talk) 23:36, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
I literally just made edits to the Ethiopian Empire and the Kingdom of Aksum less than an hour ago. AcidSnow (talk) 23:31, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
How about a neutral canvas at WikiProject Ethiopia then? Binghi Dad (talk) 23:42, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
The discussion is here. Middayexpress (talk) 23:54, 9 August 2014 (UTC)
I know but it is only the two of you enforcing your bias against mentioning Rastafari in a heavy-handed manner. A wider consensus about the significance of Rastafari should be sought at the relevant Wikiprojects, not "case closed" by only you two. Binghi Dad (talk) 00:01, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Maybe I would take your accusations against us seriously if you has provided a source.... AcidSnow (talk) 00:11, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
So you are saying no need for a wider consensus process, the two of you have just decided? Really? Saying you seriously can't find any source for Rastafari in Ethiopia and have to be spoonfed one is kind of dickish. Binghi Dad (talk) 00:26, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
You might want to read WP:Civility and drop the pointless accusations. AcidSnow (talk) 00:32, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
There is no more relevant and neutral page than the Ethiopia talk page itself. That said, your assertion that Rastafarians are a "significant" presence in Ethiopia is an WP:EXCEPTIONAL claim, and exceptional claims require exceptional sources. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 00:42, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
You mean you are opposed even to getting any consensus from there or letting them know, because you feel your opposition to including mention of Rastafari should settle the matter permanently? I'm not trying to accuse anyone, but that seems to be your stance, and you do seem vehemently opposed to the mention of Rastafari. Binghi Dad (talk) 00:54, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Actually thats not true at all. I recommend you reread the disscusion on the talk page. Mabye then you will understand. AcidSnow (talk) 00:58, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
I was referring to the lengths he went to ensuring these factual sentences were removed because he finds it unnotable, when all the wikipedias have included it as significant information - even the Amharic one. Binghi Dad (talk) 01:06, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
Nah, no lengths necessary. That Rastafarianism material was and is undue, original research, regardless of whether or not some user added that o/r to the Amharic wiki project (frequented, as it so happens, by the late User:Til Eulenspiegel). Now for the last time, I suggest you direct any further responses to the article's talk page; that's where the discussion began and can be seen by the general public. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 01:17, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

Stop Deleting Sources[edit]

Based on your apparent, and extreme, bias against religious dissenters in Africa and elsewhere, I suggest you avoid deleting informational sources to create biased edits. It is indisputably established that the execution of religious dissenters is an integral component of the definition of sharia law in many places that apply it and use the term as a euphemism in Africa, and any mention of sharia law in the context of a political government, therefore suggests a high probability of execution of apostates and religious dissenters. To exclude this from the article would be equivalent to excluding WWII from the articles concerning the Hiroshima bombings. This is not original research, but merely the establishment of expository facts. Restore my sources. Astrohoundy (talk) 18:47, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

I literally have no idea what your talking about since I have yet to do any of that. Anyways, your edits on Wikipedia regarding Islam are 100% original research which is not accepted here. Therefore, I strongly advise you to stop that or risk being topic banned. AcidSnow (talk) 19:07, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Stop manipulating information fool. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mahabdi (talkcontribs) 06:18, 16 August 2014 (UTC) He did this to me too. He's being unreasonable.

Your false accusations of socking and trying to win the conversation[edit]

I haven't been socking, you just have something out against me trying to bully me. That's why you reported me for making you feel like you "lost" which is your insecurity not mine. I'm doing nothing wrong, leave me alone. (talk) 15:35, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

Are you joking? You even admired to being him. I am not bullying nor is anyone else. "Insecurity", is this coming from the guy with the baseless acuuasations? As anyone can see you are simply being disruptive. AcidSnow (talk) 15:39, 17 August 2014 (UTC)


Come on, what was the point of mentioning his clan. It really serves no propose to him. He is even tying to distance himself from clanism. Your working against him at this point. AcidSnow (talk) 19:37, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

Well, that could also be said for Ms. Hirsi Magan. Yet you didn't do the same for her. Fix that, then I'll know you're sincere about this. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:51, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
LOL, dude I did not see that let alone do I know who that is. I was on Mr. Farahs page and noticed that his clan was not mentioned. But I know from his promince that someone was going to claim him. So I removed it. AcidSnow (talk) 19:58, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
Middayexpress, she was not on the page but there's a guy by that name. Neither is he mentioned. I went to his page and removed the unsourced clan. AcidSnow (talk) 20:03, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
I was referring to both her own page and the clan page. Look again in the latter under Ali. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:20, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
This lady Middayexpress, Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Her clan is not mentioned. Though, I doubt any clan would care for her. AcidSnow (talk) 23:49, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant[edit]

You warned editors on the ISIS Talk page that Krish8 was a sock puppet and thank you for that. I see today most of those articles he listed in "#Change of sentence" have been included in a new entry in the ISIS article by a "Krishna39", who apparently joined Wikipedia earlier this month (see his Talk page) and this is his first contribution to any Wikipedia article. Do you think this is just an innocent coincidence? I ask since you seem to know something about Krish8's past activities! --P123ct1 (talk) 16:05, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

I am sure it's him. His edits fit his ussual activities: Hindu history and Islamic related articles (specifically those regarding terrorism). He also uses the same edit summaries such as: "fix", "grammar correction", and "another ref". Anyways, if it isn't him we would have saw an unblock request on his account. But seeing how it is most likely is him I doubt we will. AcidSnow (talk) 16:12, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Just realized that your talking about another user. It is most likely Khabboos as well. Seeing how he appears again the day after his ban. It also fits his ussual edit summaries as well. P123ct1 do you mind reverting the edits of the sock since that's the usual procedure? I am unable to do it for some reason. AcidSnow (talk) 16:15, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
I have let the admin on the ISIS page, Dougweller, know about this, and won't revert if you don't mind, as I don't want to lose my 1RR allowance! (The ISIS page has a 1RR restriction at the moment). --P123ct1 (talk) 17:18, 20 August 2014 (UTC)
Ponyo's reverted the editor as a sock. Dougweller (talk) 17:27, 20 August 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. As one of the main WikiProject Africa contributors, your input here would be greatly appreciated. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:21, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

By the way, regarding the comment on your supposed "misconduct", I would reply to this but I am not really sure how this work. I would state that my past year here I yet to see any misconduct from you. However, there has been numerous for that other user. But my response would just end up being a summary of yours an 26oos anyways. All I can really do to support you is endorse your reply I think? AcidSnow (talk) 17:31, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. You'd post in the area under Dougweller, where the code instructs to endorse your own post (the top half is meant to remain unsigned). Note that the nature of the process is non-binding anyway; it's informal and cannot impose/enforce involuntary sanctions. It's meant to help reach voluntary agreements. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:37, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the help! I will assist you all I can. I am shocked seeing all that hate against you despite what you have done for this project. If you need anything just message me! AcidSnow (talk) 01:29, 3 September 2014 (UTC)


You asked me to keep an eye on possible new socks for Krish8. StanTheMan87 is a new name that has been appearing recently on the ISIS and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi pages, and although his account only started on 6 August this year, I see from his user contributions that he has been extremely active in both areas you mentioned, terrorism in the Middle East and India/Pakistan. I am sure I remember seeing StanTheMan being raised somewhere as a sock of an account-holder whose name I cannot now remember but it began with "P". All this only struck me now as I had to leave him a note on his TP about an edit he had made. Is this innocent? --P123ct1 (talk) 08:59, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

It does not appear to have his edit summaries. I will observe him though. AcidSnow (talk) 17:43, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
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My email, I would like to correspond with you in terms of the history of the Horn[edit]

Could please contact me via this email:

I've noticed that you know a good deal about the Horn's history and I'm starting to look into it all now and well... It would be nice to correspond with you and ask you for your sources and so on so I can learn more myself, I've learned a good deal already but I'd like to learn anything that you may know that I don't. Please do consider corresponding with me and just send me a simple email saying "Hi" or whatever. Thank you... Awale-Abdi (talk) 16:43, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Sure but how do I email you through here? AcidSnow (talk) 21:30, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Alright... What do you know about the ancient structures in Somalia? The ruins of the old cities. I've seen images of some pre-Islamic sites and I've done some reading on them but I remember seeing on wiki here that they used "dry stone" for their building materials and that the middle ages saw a change in that Somalis began using other building materials. Is this true? And aren't structures like Mohammed Abdullah Hassan's forts dry stone in nature? Also if the did use dry stone and if there was such a change could please share some sources with me. I'm not at all doubting what I read on here, I'm just sort of compiling a bit of the region's history and need some sources otherwise my work will not be credible. Awale-Abdi (talk) 22:36, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

I never made those articles but I will try to find sources for them. But u am sure that most things were made out of stone. AcidSnow (talk) 03:55, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks! AcidSnow (talk) 01:01, 3 September 2014 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Khabboos is opened again. Bladesmulti (talk) 16:06, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Reer Woqooyi[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Regarding this, you need to provide actual evidence such as difs. Also, it may actually be Theyuusuf143. You dealt with the accounts on the tourism page, so you're in a better position to determine if this is indeed the situation. Regards Middayexpress (talk) 19:28, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Ok. AcidSnow (talk) 19:28, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

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Foreign workers[edit]

I don't really see how heiring a Turkish group would help Somalis. Maybe they should make it so that 80% of the workers are Somalis? There should also be roles as to how long a Forgien worker can stay in Somalia. I don't think it's right for Kenyans to flood the capital and take away jobs from the Somalis. AcidSnow (talk) 16:04, 21 September 2014 (UTC)

This is outrages, only 55% of the income goes to the government while 45% goes to the Turkish. AcidSnow (talk) 16:10, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
The Kenyans are mainly manual labourers on short-term work permits (see here). At the recommendation of a liaison committee, the government is also presently renegotiating a number of its contracts to ensure more equitable terms, including with the Turkish Favori firm. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:32, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
I see but can't they just get a Somali instead? AcidSnow (talk) 16:57, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Looks like the Somali government has ask asked this as well, Miday. It seems that most of the forgein workers are leaving. AcidSnow (talk) 18:42, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
It makes sense since many nations have similar job protection quotas in place. The directive appears to apply to the Kenyan manual labourers, though. Al-Bayrak's contract is earmarked for around 20 years and it was just approved. Best, Middayexpress (talk) 18:55, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
I trust the Turkish people since they have contributed to Somali history for centuries. More importantly the vast majority of the income of the port will go to port as well. Which is completely diffrent from what was originally reported, which was that they "pocket" 45% of the income. It appears that they are only here to assist the Somalis. Though I can't say the same about the Kenyans. Their "presence" should be prevented so that they don't have any form of influence in Somalia, be it politically (annexation of Somali waters) or economically (like how the Chinese account for 20% of Malaysia but control 80% of the economy). The Somalis from Kenya and the other where they inhabited can freely work in Somalia. AcidSnow (talk) 19:23, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Those are just manual Kenyan labourers on short-term work permits, not entrepreneurs. lol But yeah, I understand your point. The Turks, on the other hand, are here for the long haul. Al-Bayrak is contracted to modernize the seaport, and it has already completed the first part of the two-phase renovation. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:59, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
We should take no chances lol. If a Somali can do than why use a foreigner o.0? Anyways, how long are these permits? AcidSnow (talk) 20:09, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
I believe the permits are for a few weeks/months; and yeah, it's unskilled labour for the most part. For their part, the Turkish firms are not only rehabilitating and constructing new infrastructure, they are also implementing train-the-trainer type programs for longterm development. That was why they built the cement yard in Mogadishu i.e. so that new buildings could be constructed more rapidly with materials made in the city itself. Best, Middayexpress (talk) 20:26, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Sounds good to me. I also read that they are also re doing historical buildings but I can't fine the article again. foreigner these. AcidSnow (talk) 13:49, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
Do you know how many Turkish people and Chinese people are in Somalia Midday? Hopefully they are more than the Kenyans. AcidSnow (talk) 15:44, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
No, I don't. Middayexpress (talk) 16:59, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
At least Puntland knows what's up.[17] AcidSnow (talk) 16:41, 16 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, I heard. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:59, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Your help is needed on this article[edit]

One of the editors made up this fake article about Bisexuality in the Middle East with no sources and without a neutral point of view. They have refused to add sources and will not delete it. In the first moderation of the conflict a bunch of others voted to keep it, despite that it's based on the one guy's opinion and that the ideas are overgeneralized. I put in a request to review it for deletion re-consideration. Please give assistance at [3] and [4]. Thanks. (talk) 07:01, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Reverted your edit on Persecution of traditional African religion, see [18] - Second paragraph confirms everything to be 100% correct. Bladesmulti (talk) 07:06, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Has nothing to do with persecution. plus violates Copyright of the book. --Inayity (talk) 09:12, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
In his whole book, he's talking about the political and religions persecution in Africa. Not a violation of copyright. Bladesmulti (talk) 09:51, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Bladesmulti, please don't make PERSONALATTACKS against me; especially on my own talk page. I have never attempted to "whitewash" that page let alone anything else on Wikipedia. More importantly, you previously misssourced the book by stating that it can be found on pages 31-32. However, they were not (page 67). The other paragraph was not even sourced to begin with. This is entirely on your part and your fault that it was removed since your the one required to provide a citation and not another user. You did not even bother to fix the page numbers but still had plenty of time to make false accusations against me. AcidSnow (talk) 14:15, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
I just jumped a bit because you had written "don't falsify source", but you are correct that it was my fault. I would thank you for pointing wrong page number. Yes you are a nice editor. Bladesmulti (talk) 14:52, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

Turkish people[edit]

Do you mind giving your two cents in this discussion? AcidSnow (talk) 17:53, 28 September 2014 (UTC)

No prob. Middayexpress (talk) 18:04, 28 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. I have created a RFC on the talkpage. It would be great if you could reply to it as you did earlier Midday. AcidSnow (talk) 19:32, 12 October 2014 (UTC)


"establishment of federal regional states in Somalia was a wrong decision that will create violence between the different clans, he added that federalism is meant for people with different races, ideologies and different interests"..... The Somalis, however, "“ Somalis people share religion, language and have one interest” [19]. Is it possible for it to be removed and returned to the pervious 18. Even better, why not he orginal 8 regions (few regions are domanited by one clan). Could this change if Abdikasim is reelected? AcidSnow (talk) 13:54, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Abandoning the federal system for the previous unitary system will require national level dialogue, as it is a constitutional matter. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:36, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
I see. Anyways, we should make an infobox for Somalu clans since they are not ethnic if groups. Instead it should state "clan affiliation" and related to other Somali people. AcidSnow (talk) 18:51, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
True. However, there's already the related infobox parameter which can perhaps be adjusted accordingly. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:30, 1 October 2014 (UTC)
It says "ethnic groups" and the only ethnic group all Somali clans fall under is Somali. It's not like the Dir or Rahanweyn are their own ethnic groups. AcidSnow (talk) 01:01, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

"Somali federalism process should not mirror tribalism", stated President Hassan. This sadly does not seem to be the case. My reaction to hearing about the division of the Mudug region of Somalia. Bring Puntland back into the picture is a step in the right direction though. What do you think? Should I message you on my talk page instead of here from now on? You seem to like to move this stuf to my page which I don't mind. AcidSnow (talk) 19:51, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Mudug was already partioned by agreement. The northern part was and is under Puntland's jurisdiction, while the south was and is under Galmudug's jurisdiction. All the Garowe bilateral agreement does is reaffirm this in light of the central state deal. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:02, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
But that violates the constitution.[20] AcidSnow (talk) 13:36, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
When you have the time, please comment here. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:07, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Well, the constitution stipulates that the Federal Parliament is tasked with selecting the ultimate number and boundaries of the autonomous regional states. The signatories were also some of the very people who wrote the constitution. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:07, 16 October 2014 (UTC)

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Macro-Somali languages[edit]

The Somali languages needs a clean up as it holds a "Macro-Somali veiw". It does not even mention how that's not the case. The Herbert Lewis/E.R. Turton "Omo-Tana" hypothesis is actually pretty dubious; it's contradicted by archaeology, genetics and historical tradition alike [21]. Mohamed Diriye Abdullahi discusses this in his work [22]. Though I don't agree with parts of his work, for example when it regards the diffrence bettween a language" and a "dialect". He oddly also considers Brawa, Merca, and even Mogadishu to be former "Swahili cities". He even believes that Mogadishu was a "tributary" of the Zanzibaris despite it never being so and under Geledi control. He also leaves out of they had to ask the Geledi when they wanted to visit the city. The most shocking is how he considers the Rahanweyn not to be Somali.[23] This is the first time I have ever heard of such a thing. AcidSnow (talk) 13:36, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Abdullahi's Macro-Somali analysis is not directly related to his assumptions as to who controlled Mogadishu at the time; he discusses the dubious Omo-Tana theory elsewhere in his book. That said, Abdullahi's assertions on Mogadishu and the south in general are based on his assumption that the Azanians, who are described as having inhabited the southern coast in the Periplus, were a non-Afro-Asiatic population, unlike the "Berbers" of the north. However, the description in the Periplus itself of the Azanians as well as skeletal remains believed to belong to them suggest that they indeed were early Afro-Asiatic arrivals. They were likely gradually absorbed by the area's aboriginal Khoisan-like people i.e. the ancestors of the Eyle, as at Buur Heybe (see here [24]). With regard to the Rahanweyn, Abdullahi thinks that they were originally non-Somali speakers. This is based on his linguistic analysis of Jiddo, Tunni, etc., which suggests that these varieties aren't Somali dialects but instead closely related yet separate Cushitic languages. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:16, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
I understand that it has nothing to do with Mogadiahu and other cities. Lol I was takin about other parts of his work. Though, as for the Azina, they are listed in Wiki has being from Kenya. In regards to the Rahanweyn, I read in one book that they were the first group of Somalis to have come down from the northern coast. This would explain why their variations of Somali is more distant from the rest of which migrated a bit after them. AcidSnow (talk) 19:33, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Understood. Regarding the Azanians, they inhabited a coastal stretch from southern Somalia down to ancient Rhapta. They were likely early Afro-Asiatic arrivals in the region (please see The Inhabitants of Azania here). Best, Middayexpress (talk) 19:42, 3 October 2014 (UTC)
Hahaha someone added an Afrocentric view to the Azania article. 19:47, 3 October 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. Would you mind sharing your insight here on the Queen of Sheba? Could you also confirm there whether or not this link appears as malware on your computer? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:03, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

No Malware detected Midday. What do you think of my edit in the Arab people article? I changed since more than 45% of Somalia is Somali. AcidSnow (talk) 19:38, 6 October 2014 (UTC)
That's what I figured about the malware. The 85% is ok I guess since the table is basically Arab League states. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:12, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

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Dada Masiti[edit]

The book, Invention of Somalia, which is used on Dada Masiti has numerous problems. Its not surprising that it indicates something different from the Oxfortd book. I have taken the time to remove it and have replaced it with a much better source. AcidSnow (talk) 01:52, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Not sure what the Hunwick link there asserts, as I can't access it. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:12, 7 October 2014 (UTC)


Do you mind taking a look at this? It would be very helpful since I have never been here before. I am quite busy; which can be seen in my get few edits these past days, but I will try to be on tomorrow. Thanks. AcidSnow (talk) 04:16, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Left a reply on the article's talk page. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:12, 7 October 2014 (UTC)
I have returned. Anyways, there's no reason to have even brought the discussion there to begin with since it could have been easily resolved at the talk page. This is the same thing the admin stated. I don't see any point to responding to his personal attack and nonsense either since the real dispute has been solved. What do you think Middayexpress? Other than that thanks for the help! AcidSnow (talk) 18:51, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
It's over, AcidSnow. See the talk page. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:08, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

Sultanate of Mogadishu[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Do you know what the Sultanate of Mogadishu's rulership succession was? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:08, 10 October 2014 (UTC)

I have found some sources that state that the city was "aligned" with the Caliphates. But in 805, Mogadishu and other Somalis stoped doing so and decalred a republic.[25] Shortly after a clan federation was formed in the city. It eventually lead to one clan being elected and this forming the Dynasty.[26] So basically, Sacropion -> Caliphate -Republic -> and then Sultanate. Though Sadly I can't find much the detaily explains this. What do you think about this Middayexpress? AcidSnow (talk) 19:17, 10 October 2014 (UTC)
It also appears that during the year 694,[27] Islam had reached Mogadishu where the city was sending money to the Caliphates.[28] I am not sure if they intended to solely asked for tribute because the city had then became Muslim or if they intended to occupy the whole area. Anyways, after doing a bit more research, I have managed to found many more sources. However, many of these incorrectly state that Somalia is part of Zanji or that it is another Swahili city. It's also seems like Mogadishu's rebellion and the arrival of the Abbasid army in 805 (the begging of 9th century) explains the claim has to how Mogadishu was "founded" by non-Somali Arabs in the 9th century Middayexpress. AcidSnow (talk) 22:43, 12 October 2014 (UTC)
As I believe I already explained elsewhere, the Azanians alongside some Khoisan hunter-gatherers (the Eyle forebears) were the inhabitants of the southern coast during that period. The former were early Afro-Asiatic arrivals to the region, while the latter were the aboriginal peoples of the area [here]. On the other hand, Swahili culture is at its origin a Bantu culture, with some secondary Yemeni/Omani and Persian influences. So you are correct when you note that it definitely wasn't a Swahili area. The Swahili association only began in earnest later, during the early modern period via the Omani Sultanate of Zanzibar, and it was largely nominal even then. That said, the link is quite interesting. It indicates that the first Kharijite followers arrived in Mogadishu in 694, but doesn't appear to suggest that they were proselytizers. The Periplus of the Erythraean Sea (which dates from the start of the Common Era i.e. before the birth of Islam) indicates that there were already relations between the Horn and Near East/Gulf region, so this isn't a given. Additionally, Ibn Batutta indicated that the Sultan of Mogadishu at the time of his arrival in the 1300s was originally from the northern Barbara region. This in turn is consistent with I.M. Lewis' assertion, based on Al-Maqrizi, that the first Muslim polities in Benadir were established by rulers from the north. There's also architectural evidence supporting this (e.g. the buildings in Goan Bogame, which are identical in design to the later ones in Mogadishu's old districts). Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:58, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Lol dude I am not talking about the Azania, the Swahili, and let alone the Khoisans. Anyways, is this "bad" information or "useful" information that can be added to the article? Sometimes I can never understand what mean. Us that the same for me? If Sultanate was established by Somalis then who are these "Emozeidi Arabs" Middayexpress? AcidSnow (talk) 19:15, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Well, you did mention the Swahili. Anyway, the Emozeidi Arabs are presumably the Fakr ad-Din dynasty. Even their lineage, however, is uncertain. For instance, the Sultan of Mogadishu in the 1300s had a Mahdali lineage, yet Batutta indicated that he was originally from the northern Barbara region and spoke both the local Somali dialect and Arabic fluently. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:51, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
So they were just Somalis. I think it should be made clear on the article. Can i add the info I found to the article or no? AcidSnow (talk) 17:52, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Hey Midday, after further analyzing this piece it appears that maybe the Umayyads "did" capture Mogadishu or that the Syrians were runing away. As I pointed out earlier what Marwan might have done. AcidSnow (talk) 20:28, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
The Kharijites were voyaging in their capacity as clerics. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:43, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
I thought you said they didn't come as proselytizers? Anyways, regardless of what the objective was, 'the real question is did Syrians come to Mogaidiahu in 694 or some time around? If yes, we can see "the earliest known mention of Muslim in Mogaidishu is", then build off of that to lead to the sultanate. If not, then we can throw this link out. AcidSnow (talk) 20:52, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

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Well seeing how you moved my latest question here I have gone a asked my question here instead lol. Anyways, I thought Matt Bryden was removed as member of UN’s Somalia Eritrea Monitoring Group (SEMG) but he leaked some documents in July of 2014. Could you explain this to me Midday? AcidSnow (talk) 02:23, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

That link appears to be about one Dinesh Mahtani, attempted regime change, and this video. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:34, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. AcidSnow (talk) 17:52, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Sultanate of Mogadishu[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Could you explain please how the Kharijites are related to the Sultanate's Fakr ad-Din dynasty? The latter ruling house was established in the 1200s, while the Kharijite date is ca. the late 600s. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:34, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

The article states that they did no support the Caliphate but they did. AcidSnow (talk) 17:50, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Ok. Middayexpress (talk) 17:59, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
I would like to clarify how I have no idea what were talking about. AcidSnow (talk) 18:53, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
I presume the "they" above is the Kharijites. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:07, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
I still don't you what you mean. Are you talking about how Mogadishu was Muslim in the 600's? Anyways, I plan to make changes to Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi, such as updating his Rise to power and possibly a separate article discussing the Civil War/Criss in Adal. What do you think? AcidSnow (talk) 15:23, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
The latter is already touched on the Futuh al-Habash page. Regarding the Kharijites and 694 date, they are in your link. The Kharijites don't seem to have been proselytizers, though; they were also apparently few in number. I'm a bit uncertain as to what exactly is the claimed connection if any with the Sultanate of Mogadishu since the Fakr ad-Din dynasty established the kingdom much later, circa the late 1200s. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:38, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
Lol my bad, my links do mention them (never saw because of my phone). But yes, now seeing it on my Desktop it does say that they were not here to convert but rather trade. They did in the end bring Islam to the city. As you can see, they don't appear to have any connection with the first dynasty. Though, they did cause the Somalis to align with the Caliphate. Does this answer your question? AcidSnow (talk) 20:51, 19 October 2014 (UTC)
What are we talking about since I am still confused Midday? If they weren't here to convert maybe zakat? AcidSnow (talk) 20:25, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Saiman Miah[edit]

Hi, I noticed you commented on the talk page here, the article has since been nominated for deletion so you may be interested in commenting here also, take care. Tanbircdq (talk) 20:04, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Thank you. AcidSnow (talk) 20:34, 20 October 2014 (UTC)

Vector graphics[edit]


Can I know, how programme do you use to create vector graphics? For example -

Best regards, Omega933 (talk) 20:38, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

lol I used Microsoft paint. If you need help editing something spefic I am willing to help. AcidSnow (talk) 20:44, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Well, I need any program, which I can draw detailed maps about ongoing conflict. Except paint :) Omega933 (talk) 14:32, 23 October 2014 (UTC)

Map, graphics[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. The government just published a new control map; it's dated October 14. The militants only control eight major towns now (two other minor ones have since been liberated), and the remaining areas are about to fall [29]. Could you please adjust our political wikimap accordingly? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:06, 28 October 2014 (UTC)

I will do this shorty Midday. AcidSnow (talk) 16:27, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, that would be great. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:42, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
It's done but you do realize that I am using Paint right? AcidSnow (talk) 17:58, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
It looks good, thanks. Could you also perhaps adjust the legend boxes on the map so that they simply read "Federal Government of Somalia", "Al-Shabaab", "Somaliland", "Somali majority territories [in small letters]", and "Other countries"? The "Unaligned or Neutral" box is fine [30]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:46, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Ok, but according to the map, it states that Somalis live just outside of the Somali Region and the Northeast Province, is this true? Also can you update the Members of Parliament using this? AcidSnow (talk) 17:53, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
It appears to be wrong. The traditional Somali area of inhabitation to the west and south of Somalia proper is the Somali Region and Northern Eastern Province. Please fix that as well, if possible. Thanks for the parliament link; I'll adjust the federal legislators shortly. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:15, 16 November 2014 (UTC)
Its done,. I was not sure as what to do with Dire Dawa since its 42% according to Wikipedia. As such, I left it out of the map.
That's okay I guess; thanks again. I've fixed the federal parliament thing, btw. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:01, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
An additional new area in Hiran, the Yooman locality, was just captured [31]. Other local areas are expected to be liberated as well, so the map will probably soon have to be adjusted accordingly. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:02, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Could you please also adjust the legend boxes on the map as specified above? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:31, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
Could you please adjust the other areas on the map that have since been seized? They include Kudha Island, which IJA forces just captured [32]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:54, 23 March 2015 (UTC)
Where is that Midday? AcidSnow (talk) 17:01, 3 April 2015 (UTC)
Hello.....? AcidSnow (talk) 00:27, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
I believe it's in the far south, near the Bajuni area. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:28, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Edit summaries[edit]

I don't have a horse in the race, but I also don't care much for being called a sock, especially when my only involvement in the issue was to revert and block two actual sockpuppets. Please do be more careful about how you level accusations. Parsecboy (talk) 12:13, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

I was not referring to you Parsecboy , but someone else. You had restored the work of a sock (theirs). You were also not involved in their block. AcidSnow (talk) 13:14, 30 October 2014 (UTC)
Your edit summary made it appear so (since you reverted my edit). The socks I blocked were these two, whose work you restored (and actually, if you look a bit deeper, Veritnight was simply reverting those socks, whose edits were originally inserted here, albeit in different form). Parsecboy (talk) 13:55, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Ahmad Ibn Ibrahim[edit]

Sounds interesting. I thought you had graphics software, though? If so, try the tracing feature on it. By the way, I think you may be right about the Sultanate of Mogadishu being perhaps older than we realize. There are apparently old Himyarite inscriptions in Xamar; the toponym may actually derive from that [33]. The Periplus also notes a loose suzerainty there under the Himyarite and Sabaean King Charibael. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:12, 3 November 2014 (UTC)

"graphics software", LOL I have been using Microsoft Paint this whole time! I will go see if I can find anything that can copy stuff. AcidSnow (talk) 17:20, 3 November 2014 (UTC)


Why is Somalia in a development group (the IGAD) with Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan? Many of these types of international organizations are usually with countries that are culturally, ethnic, linguistic, or geographic related. However, Somalia posses none of those with Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan? Due to this group there has been a massive error for the definition of the "Horn of Africa"; which even the African Union has made by including those random countries in it. If there's going to a change, then I would propose a much more political and economic group like an "Horn of Africa Union" or something similar. Sudan May join if it desires to due to its relations with the Horn of Africa. AcidSnow (talk) 14:34, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

IGAD is basically a trading bloc focused on development. As such, it is similar to the larger COMESA (which by the way Somalia isn't a member of). The body was at its foundation known as the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD), so its mandate was clear. For administrative purposes, the organization's service area is sometimes described as being coextensive with the Horn. This is mainly due to the fact that IGAD is headquartered in Djibouti city, its current leader is Somali, and its overall policies closely follow those of the Ethiopian government. Horn populations also maintain a number of businesses abroad in the African Great Lakes region, and one way of ensuring that these commercial interests are protected is through development organizations like this one. Regarding a confederation of the actual Horn of Africa nations (Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia), one has already been proposed and the US State Department is behind it [34] [35]. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:28, 5 November 2014 (UTC)
True. What do you think of the recent events in Somali politics, Midday? Honestly, I can't find anything wrong that the Prine did, however, I can't say the same for the President. Oddly enough, the term "no confidence" which is what they are calling the motion seems to suggest that there is clear corruption, seeing how the term means "not fully believing that anything went wrong" in this case. AcidSnow (talk) 20:12, 6 November 2014 (UTC)
It's over the cabinet reshuffle. Basically, the Prime Minister demoted some of the President's associates in the PDP party to less prominent ministerial positions. This was the same thing that the rift with the previous Premier was over, only he tried to sack the officials rather than reassign them to less important offices. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:34, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
Interesting, even then he still has the power to do so as this is his cabinet and not the Preseidents. I have read many Somalia based articles that support the Prime Minister of which I to agree with. How about you or do not like talking about this stuff? Anyways, I have been working on Al-Ghazi these past few days and my own personal matters which is why I have done little. Do you mind giving me sources that disscuse his childhood? I have found a little but the are stil very interesting stuff. AcidSnow (talk) 21:43, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
I believe Al-Ghazi first became leader of the Sultanate of Adal at around age 20 or 21. He was just a kid. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 17:54, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Italian language[edit]

Has the Italian language lost it's use in Somalia? Many Somali leaders have historically spoke Italian as one of their languages, such as the majority of Somali President, Prime Ministers, and Parliment Members. However, seeing how Hassan Sheikh Mohamud does speak Italian, let alone Arabic, it seems that English has become the preferred 3rd language amongst Somalis. There does not even seem to be Italian-based schools in major cities such as Bosaso, only "English, Arabic, and the Somali local language". There does seem to be, however, an attempt to revive the language in Somalia, such as the reoping of Italian only schools and most notably, the reintroduceing it in the Somali National University (though, it quite shocking how the school does not even have any of its course in Somali but only English). It is also used by the Somalis training in Italy as well. It also seems that the United Nations would prefer to hire someone that spoke Italian rather than English. What do you think of the role the Italian language plays in Somalia? Personally I think it should be required with Arabic in a fashion like this, Arabic: Elementary -> Middle Schhol and Italian: Highschool -> University. But the Somali language is used throught the education system. English can be asked later on if someone desires it. That being said, is school compulsory in Somalia? If not, a law should be approved asap regarding this! AcidSnow (talk) 03:48, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Italian is mainly spoken today by older professionals, particularly those educated in the south. Those who matriculated in the north or abroad are less likely to speak it. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:01, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
So I take it that it's done? AcidSnow (talk) 20:15, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
If it's not part of the curriculum like the official languages, its usage is likely to continue decreasing. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:31, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
Does the same go for English? AcidSnow (talk) 20:45, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
No, as it is a working language. Italian is still a working language to some extent, but obviously not on the same level as before. Perhaps it will be again someday, who knows? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:56, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
Hopefully its use does increase. That being said, it seem to be regarded as a working language even by the CIA. This would explain why they list it as so in their Factbook even though they know it's not an official language and have recently updated the list of Cabneit Members. AcidSnow (talk) 21:16, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, but that's apparently per the older Transitional Federal Charter [36]. I'm not sure what the Provisional Constitution indicates in this respect. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:25, 11 November 2014 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. A user tried to add the Faytinga file, although I explained to him that as a Nilotic Kunama individual, she is not representative of Eritrea's Afro-Asiatic majority. I also linked him to where this was explained to Vetrisimino0 [37]. I also suggested the Tigrinya singer Helen Meles as a more appropriate alternative. Can you please keep an eye on this? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:02, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Ok. Even if he does not recognize the pervious consensus, then he should at least recognize the current one. Since Vetrisimino0 is a confirmed sock his opinion means nothing now. So it's currently 2:1 at the moment. AcidSnow (talk) 17:06, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, I just noticed that he was blocked. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:10, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
Shall I fix his edits on Eritrea and other articles or do you plan to do it? He made many unsourced claims in many articles. AcidSnow (talk) 17:13, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes, please do. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:00, 12 November 2014 (UTC)
You have no been accused of being a racist. I understand not informing someone that they are edit waring since you can't disputed that they haven't, especially if they have, but not informing you about this is just plain shocking. How does one go from "one individual is unrepresentative of the country" to "I don't like her because I am a racist"?!? It seems very odd if you ask me. They also appears to accuse you of violating NPOV because they think your Tigrinya or any other "allied" group. Ironically, this completely contradicts you refusal to even mention the slightest thing regarding your ethnicity/race and how you have requested that I do the same. They also appear to plan to take it a notice board. AcidSnow (talk) 02:57, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
Interesting, but not really all that surprising. If you look at the page, the user is similarly aggressive throughout. I think there may also be a bit of a knowledge gap. The user appears to take umbrage at my assertion that Kunama traditions aren't representative of the nation's Afro-Asiatic majority. However, this is a given, since the Nilotic Kunama are not an Afro-Asiatic population to begin with; they are instead a Nilo-Saharan population. Ironically, one of the links just produced also indicates pretty much everything I did. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:52, 14 November 2014 (UTC)
Lol he is still at with his accusations Middayexpress. AcidSnow (talk) 03:03, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Also just noticed this other little absurdity [38]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:02, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
*sigh*, he has reverted once again[39] even though Hue clearly stated "So if you think Meles is more representative of Eritrean music, I wouldn't object to using her image". Thus I have added Helen instead as it is now 3:1 for Helen. I am worried about her picture though. Do you think it good? It has a frame so I am not sure. AcidSnow (talk) 02:26, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
The user tried to re-add the Faytinga file atop that of Meles despite a) the consensus for only one file and of Helen Meles at that, b) MOS' clause against file clutter, c) his own claim that he was indifferent to which of the two artists was on the page, and d) Huon's indication that ethnicity did not matter in the section but rather only representation of what's typical Eritrean music (he wrote that he was adding a "Kunama" individual, not Faytinga). Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:28, 2 December 2014 (UTC)


Thank you very much ...i really appreciate itSaadkhan12345 (talk) 11:08, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Anytime! AcidSnow (talk) 17:07, 12 November 2014 (UTC)

Arab or Islamic Conquest[edit]

Hi, on this article Arab slave trade I am having a problem with an ip editor. It is small but you know how these things go, when someone starts calling you names you bunker down and start shelling. The issue is Arab, or Muslim conquest, which is better. Your feedback would be appreciated. both positions can be argued for an the term is used interchangeable. I do however feed the ip is not actually worried about that and is inserting Islam for Islamophobic reasons not scholarship reasons. --Inayity (talk) 08:50, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

It obviously be "Arab slave trade" since both Arab Christian and Arab Jews were involved in this and not just the Muslims, Inayity. Even then this "Islamic conquest" wasn't entirely Muslim. This can be seen from how Spanish Jews allied themselves with the Muslims. AcidSnow (talk) 16:24, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
If you come across any ref that show the role of non-Muslims in the Arab conquest let me know. I tried looking but in my short search could not find anything. I know Jews were in the society in Spain, but ref to actual side-by-side in the Arab conquest.--Inayity (talk) 18:58, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

Article on Bayla[edit]

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Article on Murcanyo[edit]

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It is inappropriate to bait blocked editors, as you did out here. I understand this might be an extremely isolated incident, that's why I'm not posting this comment on the edit warring noticeboard. I am sure you'll take this suggestion in good form. Thanks. Wifione Message 04:28, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

I understand your concern but it means "thank you my love" in Italian. I choose to respond softly instead of giving an angry response in an attempt to reason with him. Since he states that I lack education I choose to respond in Italian. Was it still wrong? Thank you in advance. AcidSnow (talk) 04:35, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes, it was inappropriate and sounded sarcastic. I understand you did not mean it to be sarcastic, but that's how it sounds. So do take care. Thanks. Wifione Message 05:16, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
I had no intention of baiting him or for it to be inappropriate. I do see, however, how it can be taken as being sarcastic; which once again was not my goal. Realizing this I can see how it can come as being inappropriate. I apologize for this Wifione. AcidSnow (talk) 19:20, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

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Hi Midday! I know it's been a while so how are you? Anyways, do you mind lookimg over this? It's a bit old since I just got back. Thanks you! AcidSnow (talk) 13:50, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Hey there, AcidSnow! A long time indeed. I'm not sure what that Sabra discussion is about; it's hard to follow. Can you please briefly summarize it here? From the looks of it, it appears to have been already resolved. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 17:24, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Not necessarily Midday. The discussion has now become about his decision to make insults and other baseless accusations against me simply because he is showing me "how Wikipedia works". AcidSnow (talk) 20:17, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
I see; I was just going by the timestamps. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:47, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Do you mind giving your two cents then? AcidSnow (talk) 22:42, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure what it's about; that's why I asked you to summarize it. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:54, 29 January 2015 (UTC)


What do you think of Zanzibars claim to Somalia? I have found some new info on their claim that I think you would be interested in hearing. But I will show you after so I don't confuse you. If not, then showing you now is fine. AcidSnow (talk) 20:29, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Well, the Omani Sultanate of Zanzibar's claim to certain southern areas in Somalia during the 19th century was largely nominal. The Benadir region in the late 1800s, just prior to the establishment of Italian Somaliland, was ostensibly under the joint control of the Geledi Sultanate and the Zanzibar Sultan. However, on the ground, it was actually primarily controlled by the Geledi Sultans. The Omani Sultan thus first had to obtain permission from the Geledis before building the Fort of Garesa. The Sultanate of Hobyo and Majeerteen Sultanate controlled the areas to the northeast of that, and the Warsangali Sultanate controlled the areas to the northwest. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:47, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
That's what I believe other than that the only "influence" Zanzibar had was a seaside house and nothing more
However, after doing some digging I found some interesting stuff. It's hard for me to begin with this so I will list events that supposedly happened that lead up to this supposed "attack" on Mogadishu that I recently heard about:
  • In 1804: Somalis near Kismayo capture two British sailors and planned to enslave them. However, they are used as ransom and later released.[40] A group of shipwrecked Arabs are also sold I to slavery. They are released later on.
  • In 1823: In retaliation, Arabs supposedly kidnapped two Somali leaders from Mogadishu and hold them for ransom. Through British pressure they were released.[41]
  • In 1828: Zanzibar/Oman supposedly attacks Mogadishu. After this the event get ridiculous! Most of the books I found only mention Mogadishu being "attacked" and Somalis still refusing to listen. Said Samatar states otherwise and claims that "The city was bombarded into submission, a few heads of its ruling families were executed, and a few more were exiled to Zanzibar".
Sir Reginald Coupland goes on to claim that "The town had been bombarded, and, on its evacuation by its inhabitants, occupied and sacked by a landing-party. On the departure of the fleet, a letter of apology and submission had been sent to Muscat".[42]
  • The claim of the letter is contradicted by the events after:
  • In 1840: Zanizabar supposedly sends a "governor" to Mogadishu and other cities in southern Somalia.
  • In 1841: This "governor" is massacred along with other Zanzabairs by Somalis and the money is taken.[43]
  • In 1842: The ruling Imam died and the Geledi sent a 8,000 man army to stop the dispute.[44]
  • In 1843: The Zanzibaris send in another "governor", this time a Somali. However, he abandoned his post.
So I am not sure as to what happened at all during this period of history Midday.
I did, however, find one boom that claims that Mogadishu and other cities payed taxs: "In the 1860s, the situation was little changed. Brava supplied the Sultan with only 200 thalers annually, Mogadishu with 500-2,000 depending on the trade. Merca, on the other hand, reportedly yielded 3-5,000 thalers yearly to Majid's customs collector".[45] This is claimed by Lee V. Cassanelli. AcidSnow (talk) 22:26, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't think Samatar and Copeland are entirely mistaken here. It appears that both the Geledis and the Omani Zanzibaris ostensibly held sway over the local Mogadishu administration. Cassanelli's description of the exacted tribute thus seems accurate. However, the difference was that the Geledis' hegemony was more than nominal. Besides Benadir, they also controlled the entire riverine region, where their headquarters was located. The Zanzibaris' power was limited to sending envoys to collect tribute, though they had no significant presence on the ground. However, as you point out, even the demanded tribute was often ignored, culminating in the massacre of that one governor and his men. By the late 1860s, when Imam Azzan bin Qais of Oman sought to build the Fort of Garessa in the city, he was thus obligated to first ask permission from Sultan Ahmed Yusuf of Geledi. [46]. It is thus clear which of the two sultanates held the real power prior to the establishment of Italian Somaliland [47]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:46, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't think having a representative and calling them called a "governor" while getting killed means anything. In fact, when the Sultan asked to make a fort in 1876 they killed another representing LOL.[48] It also turns out that the Sultan never leased Mogadishu but rather his fort to Italy.[49] Anyways, What groups exactly formed the army of the Sultan of Zanzibar? It seems to be all Arab. Do you also know if the Sultans were Arabs or Swahilis? AcidSnow (talk) 19:27, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
Quite interesting stuff there. With regard to the Sultans, they were originally Omani. As they intermarried over the years with local Bantu women on the Swahili Coast, a new, amalgamated Chotara identity emerged. However, as their culture was and is traditionally patrilineal, they were for all intents and purposes Omani. I'm not sure, but perhaps their forces were similarly composed. The various Zanzibari Sultans can be found on Sultans of Zanzibar. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:54, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Sultans of Sultanate of Mogadishu[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Could you please enumerate the Sultans of the Sultanate of Mogadishu that you know of? The first dynasty was that of Fakr ad-Din, but it gets muddled in later reigns. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:47, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Well to understand the later we need to understand the before. Such s how Mogadishu was possibly allied with the Caliphate in the 800's. This will help use understand how a Somali became Sultan of Maldives. AcidSnow (talk) 20:58, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
True. Many of the Sultans' names are also apparently minted on the Sultanate's own currency. Some of the mints have apparently been found as far as Australia. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:26, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Hey Midday, before we do anything can we deal with the 800's first? If not, then well never understand how the Sultanate formed. AcidSnow (talk) 23:18, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
That can work. Were the 800s when the Kharijite proselytizers arrived? Another thing is that the urban area was built over the ancient Sarapion city-state; so that's perhaps the best place to start. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 23:24, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
Ok. It's going to be hard to find things that clearly discussing the 000's let alone the time after up until the 600's. I will see what I can dig up. If you already know anything, then feel free to drop it down. Anywise, why are people taking stuff from Wikipedia? Honestly, if I knew people would start taking stuff and publishing them I would have shown up in 2001 lol. AcidSnow (talk) 23:33, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
This book has the Sultans Midday. However, it doesn't organize them and list them alphabetically with all the other Sultans of the world. AcidSnow (talk) 19:06, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
It seems to have been drawn from the Mogadishu currency since the Sultans' names are minted on various such coins. I'm not sure if the minting began with Fakr ad-Din, though. He established the Sultanate of Mogadishu's founding dynasty, but possibly wasn't the first to mint the coins. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:26, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
His full name appears to be Abu Bakr ibn Fakhr ad Din. AcidSnow (talk) 04:20, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
The Sultanate apparently minted its first coins in the early 14th century, with the last mints issued in the late 17th century. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:45, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
I see, but how exactly do I look for this stuff? Most books regarding only give out partial areas to read or none at all. Anyways, should the map for Somaliland be changed? It treats it as a different country. I think it should say "Somaliland within Somalia" similar to that in Piedmont in Italy. The same should be done with Puntland as well. Also, if you know about any maps on Wikiiedpia that show Somaliland as separate from Somalia, then leave them here so I can fix the error. AcidSnow (talk) 18:43, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Ok, so I was wondering why some people think that Mogadishu and other cities were supposedly founded by Persians and Arabs. Then it hit me, shouldn't all of Somalia or at least Mogadishu be Shia? None of Somalia is Shia. But Just to make sure I did a bit of research and found this: "Mogadishu and Barawa Because they were allegedly held by Muslims of a diffrent sect". Not only does that mean Mogadishu and the rest were not Shia, in fact the cities were already established! But the more I dig into this subject, the more elaborate this "Shirazi migration" becomes. Though, it losses all creditably since this book claims that they originated in Somalia lol. The same can be said about the Shungaway which even Wikipedia believes is real. AcidSnow (talk) 01:05, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
*Face palms*. Midday you know that museum that's mentioned in the book from earlier? It has it's own official website. It even has a section of the coins from Mogadishu -_-. Though it doesn't matter at this point. AcidSnow (talk) 01:41, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Shungwaya was possibly in the Port Dunford (Bur Gao) area. However, archaeological excavations there suggest that Port Dunford was actually a majority Cushitic settlement (likely Azanian), though there may have been some ancestral Bajuni residents present as well. The artefacts and structures found in Port Dunford as well as its location correspond with the ancient emporium of Nikon, which is described in the 1st century CE Periplus as an Azanian commercial port. There was an early Persian influence in Benadir (placename, architecture, a few engravings), but not much really beyond that. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:53, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
I see, but Shungwaya has nothing to do with the Bajuni since they don't claim that. It's actually a Bantu "myth". Port Dunford as well had no Bantu since the Greeks stated that the eastern coast was "Aziana". AcidSnow (talk) 19:05, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
"Shungwaya" is a modern Bantu term for presumably Port Dunford. Assuming it was even the same area, Port Dunford/Bur Gao had a different, Afro-Asiatic name at the time, as it was likely the Periplus' Azanian emporium of Nikon. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:11, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
So I just found 6 more possible Sultans Middayexpress, see here; [50]. They ruled before and after Sultans that were already mentioned. I am going to find more sources on this since its odd that the museum doesn't have these six and why it doesn't list the first Abu Bakr, see bellow:
# Sultan Reign Notes Source
1 Abu Bakr ibn Fakhr ad Din 1250 Founder of the Mogadishu Sultanate's first ruling house, the Fakr ad-Din dynasty. Museum
2 Abu Bakr ibn Muhammad 1322-1323 Museum/Seaby
3 al-Taufiq ibn Sa'ad 14th century Seaby
4 al-Rahman ibn al-Musa'id 14th century Museum/Seaby
5 Yusuf ibn Sa'id 14th century Museum/Seaby
6 al-Malik Faq post 1388 Seaby
7 Sultan Muhammad post 1388 Museum/Seaby
8 Sultan Ahmad ibn Ali post 1388 Seaby
9 Sultan Sulaiman post 1388 Seaby
10 Sultan Rasul ibn 'Ali 15th/16th century Museum/Seaby
11 Sultan Yusuf ibn Abi Bakr 15th/16th century Museum/Seaby
12 Sultan Malik ibn Sa'id unknown dates, style of 8th/14th century Museum/Seaby
12 Sultan 'Umar 15th/16th century Museum/Seaby
13 Sultan Zubayr ibn 'Umar 15th/16th century Museum/Seaby
14 Sultan al-Sultania al Mujahidia unknown dates Seaby
17 Sultan 'Umar unknown dates Seaby
As you may have noticed, I have updated the list to include all the Sultans. I have also made another section on the list informing you which Sultan is mentioned where. As I is stated earlier, 7 individuals aren't mentioned (6 in the Museum and one in Seaby) but two stand out the most to me. That is Sultan Umar and Abu Bakr ibn Fakhr ad Din. Sultan Umar is listed in the Museum as ruling before Sultan Zubayr but after Sultan Malik. However, Seaby list Sultan Umar three successions later on after Sultan al-Sultania al Mujahidia. Seaby doesn't even list Abu Bakr ibn Fakhr ad Din at all. Though, ad Din could just be an accident but I am not sure on Sultan Umar. Seaby also states that all these listed ruled before 1547. AcidSnow (talk) 01:01, 19 April 2015


Do you mind doing a clean up in the Hamitic page? AcidSnow (talk) 21:08, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

It looks fairly satisfactory, imho. To round it out, it should probably note the archaeological and osteological finds pertaining to the makers of the Savanna Pastoral Neolithic culture and their apparent descendants, the ancient Azanians. Daniel Stiles, who helped establish the Department of Archaeology at the University of Nairobi, excavated the associated burials. He indicates: "although the terminology and some details have changed, Seligman, Huntingford and Murdock each held the kernel of truth in their theories[...] the Azanians of the 1st to 4th century A.D. were no doubt Cushitic speakers, and their descendants and related immigrants from the north brought with them their traditions and funerary customs, some of which were passed on to the peoples living in Kenya at the time[...] and they were abnormally tall!" [51][52]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:53, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
Ok, I pasted some material from Savanna Pastoral Neolithic. Please have a look. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 23:24, 29 January 2015 (UTC)


I have requested a mediator to resolve our disagreement on "SSC Clans". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:16, 30 January 2015 (UTC)


Should there be a template for Somali clans? The current templete lists them as ethnicities and that they are ethnically different from one another. AcidSnow (talk) 04:29, 30 January 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure what you mean there. You ask whether there should be a template, yet refer to a template. Do you perhaps mean the infobox? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:07, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
Yes I was referring to the current infobox which list them as ethnic groups despite them all being ethnic Somalis. AcidSnow (talk) 23:42, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, good point there. I'm not sure, though, if there's a satisfactory alternative. Are there any other similar infoboxes? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:34, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I doubt it Middayexpress. Anyways, how is the Gulf of Aden doing? Has the shiping and what I think is more interesting, cruse ships gone up from the pre-piracy era? AcidSnow (talk) 17:58, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
Not sure. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:02, 31 January 2015 (UTC)


Hey, I have found some maps on Wikipedia that state that Somaliland is oddly not part of Somalia. I have made attempts to fix them but I am unable to do so due to .SVG type of the images or something like that. AcidSnow (talk) 20:14, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure, but wasn't that political map svg as well? If so, then your Paint program is probably adequate for this. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:22, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I don't think so. I can edit the images but cant upload it. 20:25, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
I've found some software that can handle svgs. Can you please enumerate all of the maps you're alluding to? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:39, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes but what is it? AcidSnow (talk) 16:39, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
It's some freeware I downloaded. Can you please enumerate all of the maps? Best regards Middayexpress (talk) 17:10, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
I have found several maps so far Midday including: Turkey's map, Saudi Arabia's map, Zambia's map, Iran's map, Iraq's map, Mongolia's map, Afghanistan's map, Kazakhstan's map, Kyrgyzstan's map, Tajikistan's map, Cape Verde's map, Burkina Faso's map, Senegal's map, Nigeria's map, Lesotho's map, Gambia's map, Benin's map, India's map, Arab Maghreb Union's map, Blank map of Asia, Blank map of the north pole, Middle East Map, Map of the Arctic Ocean, Central Asia's map, Crimea's map, Giraffe habitat map, and Mauritius' map
This map has nothing to do with separatism but just the Swahili language. Please remove Swahili in both Somalia and Greater Somalia from this map. AcidSnow (talk) 18:13, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
Alright, thanks. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:19, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
Here are some more: Armenia's map, Nagorno-Karabakh's map, and map. AcidSnow (talk) 19:21, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi AcidSnow. So I managed to fix a couple of the maps. However, several of them appear to have some sort of Shapefiles(?) coding lock, and these maps all use the same template. No worries, though; I think this may be fixable as well. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:46, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi, I'm currently uploading modified versions of my maps. I removed Somaliland and Kosovo, and detached Western Sahara from Morroco. I'll treat the second later on, this week. --Flappiefh (talk) 23:56, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

DR/N request Khatumo State#SSC clans[edit]


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Why on earth do people foolishly claim that Mogadishu, Hamar, and Shingani are Swahili or Bantu words? Even the Cambridge believes this, see here. That makes zero sense when the Bantu never lived in the Horn of Africa until the 1800's! Mogadishu, Brava, Kismayo and the rest have always been Somali and never in the hands of the Bantu or Swahili. More importantly, Hamar, from what remember is the Somali word for some plant that with the letter "T". I will inform you when I find the book or another one again. AcidSnow (talk) 02:54, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

"Shangani" is actually of Persian (Farsi) origin; it is derived from one of the quarters of the town of Nishapur in Persia [53]. The reason why these and some other toponyms have meanings in Swahili is probably because Swahili has many Farsi, Cushitic and Arabic loanwords. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:51, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Though I am curious as to why it's named as such. Anyways, his back at the Khatumo page. AcidSnow (talk) 18:56, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
No prob. Mogadishu is similarly derived from maq'ad shah, or "seat of the shah" [54]. The Persian presence there is ancient. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:40, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Interesting. AcidSnow (talk) 20:11, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
The older place name "Hamar" is in turn thought to be of Somali origin. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:29, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! AcidSnow (talk) 15:40, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Somalis in the UK[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Would you weighing in here? You're familiar with the matter, so your insight would be appreciated. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 22:33, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Yep, that would be appreciated by me too! Cordless Larry (talk) 22:37, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
I saw it earlier but I am not sure as to what to make of it. As of now I think it should certainly be mentioned that the only problem Somalis have in the UK education system is that they don't come from an English nation and not use to its structure. Pakistanis, Indians, Nigerians and the rest of them already know English when they arrive. On the other hand, Somalis speak Arabic. However, anything from the early 2000's should not be mentioned as it's highly miss leading since Somalis had only recently arrived. AcidSnow (talk) 22:58, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure why we can't mention data from the early 2000s, if it's noted how and why things might have changed since then? As far as I'm aware, the article doesn't have to just be a snapshot of the current situation of Somalis in the UK, but can also include historical material. Cordless Larry (talk) 23:20, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
It was phrased in the present tense and presented a misleading encapsulation of the current scholastic situation. How some pupils may or may not have performed a decade ago has no bearing on and should not be used against those of today, who are necessarily not the same students. Middayexpress (talk) 00:45, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
The material I added from the early 2000s was as follows: "Some sources also find levels of completed education within the Somali community to be low. For instance, the Institute for Public Policy Research has published analysis of Labour Force Survey data for the period 2000-04, and found that, of Somali-born immigrants who had arrived since 1990 (who made up 761 of 812 Somali-born people in the sample), 50.1 per cent had no qualification and 2.8 per cent had higher qualifications". That's not in the present tense (apart from the first sentence, which I agree could be better worded). Cordless Larry (talk) 01:00, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
The opening sentence, which the rest of the paragraph is intended to buttress, is in the present tense. Hence, it is misleading, as it actually pertains to the purported situation over a decade ago. Please leave a response if any on the page. Regards, Middayexpress (talk) 02:47, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
AcidSnow, please comment here. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:15, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
Do you mind explaining your side? The discussion seems to have shifted from "Why some Somalis face problems" to "what is the better source" or something. If you statements are as true as all your other ones I will most certainly support you. It seems that you object to interpretation of sources, which many of the ones that have been provided are. The Economist article is most certainly one. You instead seem to prefer official ones. Is this it? AcidSnow (talk) 20:14, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
There are a couple of issues. First, certain sources, in use or proposed, are indeed problematic. These include that Economist piece, which doesn't explain from which government body it obtained its unusually low nationwide GCSE figure for Somali students from. Judging by the number itself, it was probably taken from a non-governmental 2013 paper by the IPPR. However, that 2013 IPPR paper doesn't claim that Somali students had the lowest educational attainment like that Economist editorial does. The two lowest attaining student populations' GCSE scores in the IPPR paper are, in fact, over 20 percentage points lower than that of the Somali pupils. Similarly, the 2013 IPPR's unofficial GCSE figure for Somali students is itself around 14 percentage points lower than the official nationwide GCSE for Somali pupils for the same period per the Lambeth local authority (!). Second, there appears to be an attempt today on the talk page to classify Somali students as "Black African" pupils based on that same Lambeth local authority paper. However, the Lambeth paper does not use a racial scheme, but rather a linguistic one [55]. The Lambeth local authority actually published a 2008 paper exclusively on Somali student attainment, where it differentiates its Somali students from its "Black African" pupils [56]. Many other local authorities do the same (e.g. Camden Education Commission [57]), while others use something called extended ethnicity codes. A third problem is the insistence on using outdated data. For example, it's actually asserted in the wikitext based on the 2001 census that only around ~89% of Somalis in the UK are Muslim. Salaam indicates that this was because Somalis were at the time undercounted in various local authorities, but that this underestimate was later fixed for the 2011 census [58]. At any rate, please weigh in on the article's talk page. The page could certainly use some actual Somali input, so I'll see to that shortly. I'll also later on today write to Feyisa Demie, who is probably the authority on Somali student attainment in the UK, and link him to the page. He wrote both Lambeth government papers, so his insight is invaluable. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:10, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, the 2001 census probably did undercount Somalis, but that's not the same thing as saying that it got the proportion of Somalis who stated they were Muslims wrong. This has all been explained by several editors on the article talk page. Cordless Larry (talk) 21:29, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
This all quite interesting Midday. Feel free to copy and past my reply wherever it's need.
You're right, there are many problems with the current page and possible future edits that will create even more issue then solve. First off all, Somalis are not classified as "Black Africans". Few Somalis would even classify themselves as such. Last time I checked Somalis are regarded as "British Arabs" instead of the former. Not only is this legally viewed as such it's also how the majority identifies themselves as. But this all besides the point as the document does not even class Somalis as such and list them as an entirety different group: "Main Ethnic Groups: White British, Chinese, Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean, Black African, Somali......". As you already stated in the discussion, IPPR's paper is also highly problematic. It does not simply underscore Somalis by a point or two but rather a whopping 14%! Nor is it even an official document anyways. The official GCSE should most certainly be used instead as it's not only an official document but gives a far more accurate result. More importantly, how is the Economist even a possible "useful" sources when it has received immense amount of criticism? It's doesn't even identify it's own source, but as you stated now it's possibly the IPPR which itself is already problematic. Anyways, the 89.3% of Somalis in the UK being Muslim is quite low. As it's well know that "with few exceptions, Somalis are Muslims of the Sunni tradition". But as Salaam pointed out, there was undercounting amongst the Somalis. Not only did undercounting happen but this occurred over 14 years ago! A Census done now would most certainly have a different figure for the Somalis. So simply having the 2001 Census is highly misleading in all aspects ways.
And yes, please do inform Mr. Demie about this discussion as his input his highly valued. Anyways, if you believe I have missed anything that's please do inform me. AcidSnow (talk) 22:10, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Just a few points. The article doesn't say that the 2001 census figures are still valid. It's just saying that was the situation in 2001. As for Somalis not being classified as Black Africans, that's exactly how a couple of thousand Somali pupils are classified in the National Pupil Database, as analysed by Demie. I'm sure he can explain that if you're going to contact him. See also here. In fact, when completing a form such as the census, you can tick any ethnicity box you like. A Somali could tick the White British box if they wanted. According to this local government source, "it is likely that most Somali residents ticked either the Black African box or the Black Other box". As for the Economist source, I don't think anyone is suggesting we use that for GSCE results any more. The Demie source appears a much better one, and that's what I'm advocating using. Cordless Larry (talk) 22:26, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Local authorities actually analyse populations in various ways; there's no single classification that applies to all of them. Those extended ethnicity codes are in fact used by a minority of them. It has likewise already been established that Demie distinguishes his Somali students from his "Black African" pupils in his actual papers on the Somali student population [59]. Somalis could indeed tick any census box they want, including Arab [60] ("although there are census categories for people identifying themselves as 'Bangladeshi' and 'Pakistani', there is no separate category of 'Somali'[...] people identifying themselves as Somali would therefore be included in other census categories such as 'Arab' or 'African'" [61]). Hence, no point in trying to racially classify them here on Wikipedia, which in any event WP:CATEGRS discourages ("ethnic groups are commonly used when categorizing people; however, race is not"). It's also contrary to how Somalis as a population have traditionally regarded themselves; indeed, there are specific traditional terms for Black Africans in contradistinction to ethnic Somalis in the Hamito-Semitic Somali language [62]. More importantly, it is contrary to their very genetic ancestry [63]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 23:24, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Well, it doesn't really matter if we think Somalis are Black Africans or not, because Demie has provided us with data on Somali-speaking pupils, which we can use in the article. Cordless Larry (talk) 23:37, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, seems fairly accurate AcidSnow. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 23:24, 6 February 2015 (UTC)
Midday pretty much summed up my response Larry. Especially in regards to Mr. Demie. To go along with what he said about being in Africa but still Arab, under the Somali Constitution the Nation is both "a member of the African and Arab Nations". This as well pretty much sums up the historical stance of Somalis: "In their own minds, Somalis were always aristocrats among savages: Arabs in a continent of inferior Blacks". More importantly, as Midday pointed out we can't do such classification per WP:CATEGRS. AcidSnow (talk) 00:20, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I think this is some sort of parallel universe! I'm not trying to categorise the article under some sort of Black African category, so I don't know what WP:CATEGRS has to do with it. All I'm try to do is get the Somali pupils' GSCE result statistics from the Demie source added to the article! Cordless Larry (talk) 00:24, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I see. I am just trying to clear things up for you as to what the majority of Somalis identify as. Anyways, this is were it all originated from:
"Right, I said I'd come up with some suggested text for the article based on the new source that I found.......Amongst the 2,748 pupils categorised as Black African whose home language was recorded as Somali, 47 per cent achieved five or more GCSEs including in maths and English at grades A* to C. This compares to 58 per cent of all Black African pupils and an overall average for pupils in England of 59 per cent".
Anyways, Midday has already explained the relevance of WP:CATEGRS, "ethnic groups are commonly used when categorizing people; however, race is not". AcidSnow (talk) 00:36, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
That policy you're quoting is about use of Wikipedia's category system. I'm not suggesting putting the article in a category. The word "categorised" as I used it was referring to where the Somali pupils are listed in the National Pupil Database, as reported by Demie. I can't do much about that - it's up to whoever put the Somali speakers in that category when the National Pupil Database was constructed. Cordless Larry (talk) 00:48, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
That said, if it helps I could remove the bit about "This compares to 58 per cent of all Black African pupils" from my suggested addition to the article? Cordless Larry (talk) 00:53, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Those are just the etended ethnicity codes, which a minority of local authorities use. Many others classify there Somali students differently (e.g. Camden Education Commission [64]). At any rate, WP:CATEGRS is a general editing guideline. There's also the related Wikipedia:Naming conventions (ethnicities and tribes) and its self-identification clause for an ethnic group ("How the group self-identifies should be considered. If their autonym is commonly used in English, it would be the best article title. Any terms regarded as derogatory by members of the ethnic group in question should be avoided."). Glad to hear, though, that you're not trying to forcibly categorize this population. There are other problems with that paragraph, but this is a start. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 01:13, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
"Black African" is non-extended, whereas the extended ones include a Somali ethnicity category. Language is different though. That's recorded everywhere. It will be interesting to see what proportion of Somalis decided to tick the new "Arab" ethnicity box in the 2011 census, but I haven't seen that data published yet. Cordless Larry (talk) 01:29, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, "Black African" is non-extended, and many local authorities classify there Somali students differently. Middayexpress (talk) 16:57, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Glad to hear as well. Anyways, will the data even be published? It's been almost four years. AcidSnow (talk) 01:39, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps not as a matter of course, but at some point a researcher might request the data. I think that was the case for the proportion of Somali-born population recorded as Muslim in 2001 - I can't find that data published on the ONS website, but it's in a research report so the authors must have put in a custom request. Cordless Larry (talk) 08:27, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
The National Association of British Arabs indicates that it is uncertain how many of the individual identities responded in the general Arab box, but provides a breakdown of the Arab groups taken from the ethnic write-in responses [65]. Middayexpress (talk) 16:57, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I found that after my last post. It's their choice to classify Somalis as an "Arab category" in that table though. On the census form, respondents could write in "Somali" under any of the categories and the 45,475 figure is the number of people who wrote in "Somali" under all of them combined. In fact, the "Arab" tick box is a sub-category of the "Other" group, so no one could actually write Somali in under that (though I presume that if they wrote in "Somali" under "Other" rather than "Black", the intention was probably to signal that they considered themselves Arab). The data source is here, if it is of any use for articles. Cordless Larry (talk) 17:52, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
This is also an interesting discussion: "Looking at the Census data it seems that our [Bristol's] Somali population is included in both the Black African category and the Black Other category" and "We know that the majority of people from Somalia (and elsewhere in Africa) will have ticked the Black African box, rather than provide a text response". I'm not sure why it's not the case that more Somalis didn't categorise themselves as Arab in the census, given what you say above. Cordless Larry (talk) 18:13, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Similarly, "in the absence of Somali category, one would assume that most Somalis would tick the nearest category which they think they fit, which is Black/African". That source offers some possible reasons why Somalis are ticking that box. Cordless Larry (talk) 18:23, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I could've sworn you claimed above that you weren't interested in trying to racially classify this population. At any rate, speculations aside, here is how most Somalis actually responded: "Of the most frequent descriptions, ‘Somalian’ was the top, followed by ‘South African’[...] Few people chose to write-in ‘Black’[...] Of the most frequent descriptions [under ‘Other ethnic group: Other’ written responses], ‘Somalian’ was top, followed by ‘Kurdish’ ‘Australian’ and equally tied ‘North American’ and ‘South American’" [66]. And why the Arab entry was later in part established to begin with: "Somalis[...] may not consider themselves to be Black African[...] in order to identify Arab-African groups, such as those from Somalia, it will be necessary to revise the 2001 census ethnicity question that was used in HSE 1999 as this does not identify people who consider themselves to be Arab ethnicity" [67]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 22:06, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I'm not interested in doing so. I was just interested to learn about how Somalis tend to categorise themselves, given the choice, in light of yours and AcidSnow's comments above. Cordless Larry (talk) 22:13, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
He did Midday. Larry even offered to remove it: "That said, if it helps I could remove the bit about "This compares to 58 per cent of all Black African pupils" from my suggested addition to the article?". AcidSnow (talk) 22:15, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
That wasn't my classification - it is the group Somali speakers are classified under in the Demie article. Like I said about, I can't change how they are categorized in sources. Cordless Larry (talk) 22:21, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I am well aware Larry. Mr. Demie does, however, make the distinction between the two groups clear later on. Nonetheless, I mentioned this for Midday and not you. You had already offered to drop even mentioning it. I had assumed this was clear. AcidSnow (talk) 22:31, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Ah, sorry - I got confused. So are you happy to support the addition of the percentage of Somali speakers gaining five or more good GCSEs to the article if I drop the bit about Black Africans? Cordless Larry (talk) 22:35, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
That's a start, but it's not enough. The other bit by Rutter on the ethnicity codes is also unnecessary, as these are used by a minority of schools. Many others classify there Somali students differently (e.g. Camden Education Commission [68]). Additionally, the Lambeth Research and Statistics Unit gives a completely different official explanation for why there's a dearth of nationwide stats on the Somali student population's attainment and size. The official Lambeth explanation should therefore instead by indicated. Middayexpress (talk) 23:07, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
My point with the ethnicity codes is precisely that they're only used by a minority of schools, which is one reason there isn't nationwide data. Do you want to suggest some text based on the Lambeth source to use instead? Cordless Larry (talk) 23:11, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Yes, I recommend the following text based on the Lambeth Research and Statistics Unit's official explanation: "According to the Lambeth Research and Statistics Unit, no reliable nationwide statistics are available on the size and educational attainment of Somali pupils in the United Kingdom. Data on the students has often been aggregated under a broad continental 'African' variable, which obscures the students' unique charateristics and requirements. This in turn inhibits targeted policy making and practice developments at the national and local level. To redress this, various London Local Authorities, where most Somali pupils matriculate, have started gathering and monitoring data on the Somali student community" [69]. Middayexpress (talk) 23:44, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

That looks good. My only concern is that it's a bit long (some editors were saying my suggested text had too much explanation of data collection before it got to the statistics, and yours has about the same). One way to shorten it a little would be to delete "According to the Lambeth Research and Statistics Unit". It's a basic fact, so we don't need to mention the source by name in the text (although we would of course still cite the Lambeth Research and Statistics Unit source with a reference. Cordless Larry (talk) 23:54, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
Also, a very minor point, but "matriculate" isn't a word that has wide usage in the UK education system. Could we replace it with an alternative? Cordless Larry (talk) 23:56, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
"According to the Lambeth Research and Statistics Unit" is necessary so that it's understood that this is per the government. "Matriculate" can be switched with "attend schools". Middayexpress (talk) 01:34, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
OK. I'll post this on the article talk page just to see if anyone else has comments on it. Cordless Larry (talk) 07:10, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Right. Middayexpress (talk) 15:29, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Hi, AcidSnow. You posted a link to the article talk page, but it doesn't seem to be working. Could there be a typo in the address? Cordless Larry (talk) 20:03, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

I posted the wrong link. I fixed it though on the talk page. AcidSnow (talk) 20:13, 7 March 2015 (UTC)


Someone is removing sourced content on Anti-balaka. Is there anything you can do to stop this? AcidSnow (talk) 21:00, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Can you brief me on the thing? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 22:29, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Even though this group is a Chrstian terrosit group it has many animist amongst its ranks. However, a single purpose account has been constantly removing the word "Christains" from the article. I would revert him but I have already made three in the past 27 hours and don't want to get accused of gnawing the system. AcidSnow (talk) 22:34, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Ok, I see. Middayexpress (talk) 00:47, 2 February 2015 (UTC)


Hello! I have been trying to figure out how many Bantus that live in Dadaab and other refuge camps in the Somali region of Kenya. For starters, it seems like that they took 10,000s or Bantus yo Kakuma in northwest Kenya. This seems to have been to protect them from discrimination as we as violence in Dabaab. However, according to one UNHRC article Dadaab is 6% Bantu?[70] In fact, it also stated that Kakuma is not only 20% Bantu but is also has 20% of its population also coming from the Hawiye clan and less than a quater Darood?[71] How is this going to protect them? It seems highly counterproductive. Or do they want the Bantus and Nilotic to have greater numbers for a changes? They have also foolishly sent the Benadiri, Bajuni, Barawanis, and Ashraaf clans there as well.[72] Though some groups like the Bajuni have returned to Kismayo and other areas. Do you know if the Bantus plan to ever return to Somalia? AcidSnow (talk) 04:26, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Dadaab is in the NFD; it is a town with a UNHCR center within it. The area was traditionally mainly inhabited by Ogaden, with some Hawiye subclans [73]. This is what is meant. It is conflating the traditional residents with displaced persons from the south, who are largely Rahanweyn and Bantu per HRW [74]. There's a somewhat similar situation in Kakuma; however, the people there are predominantly from South Sudan [75]. In Kismayo, the IDPs are almost all Bantu [76]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:57, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Um Ok. It's odd that Kismayo's IDPs are Bantu let lone 20% of the city. Somalis also account for 1/7 in Aden in Yemen. As for the city, it seems quite different. It appears that during the 1800's Aden already had a significant Somali population.[77] AcidSnow (talk) 19:33, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Interestingly, some Bantu elders claim that they are the majority in most provinces in the south, and that they were the original inhabitants there as well as in the entire Great Lakes region. This is of course an exaggeration; the Eyle and other related hunter-gatherer populations were the actual autochthones. However, Bantus do certainly have a large presence there now, and in neighbouring territories too. At the turn of the 20th century, the migrants in Aden were primarily ethnic Somalis; Harti, Isaaq and Dir merchants, teachers, sailors and clerics from the north. Men like Faisal Hawar and Ismail Ali Ismail are descended from such adventurers. Ethnic Somalis in general would also regularly make the Hajj pilgrimage. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:11, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
This is quite Interesting Midday! That's quite a foolish claim to begin with. I even read one book that states that the Bantu had some kind of kingdom in the valleys. Do the Bantu plan to return to Somalia? What about those that never left? Shall they return to Tanzania, Mozambique, etc? AcidSnow (talk) 15:37, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Old Mogadishu[edit]

Anyways, do you of any development maps of Mogadishu? Like what they plan to build in the city. I found one Bosasso. I would prefer that they stop doing anything in Old Mogadishu. From what I have seen in Google Maps they have constructed a road that goes around Old Mogadishu. Hopefully they stop that and restore the broken areas. It would also be good of they constructed similar buildings around Old Mogadishu instead of apartments and high rise buildings. They can do that stuff stuff far from Old Mogadishu. Have Somalis ever heard of city planning? On Google Maps you can see well developed grid of houses but if you go two feet there are like 7 freaking houses on top of each other lol!
Finally, do you know how big Old Mogadshu is and what parts make the oldest of it? AcidSnow (talk) 20:29, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Well, genetics has pretty much dispelled the notion of an ancient aboriginal Bantu population north of the Great Lakes. It has, however, confirmed the antiquity and distinctness of the Omotic groups in the Horn. At any rate, it would indeed be best if the remaining ancient structures in Old Mogadishu were take care of. The Italians razed parts of Hamar Jajab when they were building the airport there, and they weren't the first. That's actually how it got its name ("Smashed Up Hamar"). A good part of the old city is also buried under sands dunes, like in Essina. Perhaps this is an archaeological blessing, as in Egypt and Sudan. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:00, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Agreed! Are you sure you mean the airport? Hamar Jajab is not near the airport. Even then couldn't they have built around it? Why is the Old Poert soooo small. It looks like chicken legs compared to thd New Port lol. Anyways, old Mogadishu does not even touch sand other than Lido so what so you mean? AcidSnow (talk) 21:15, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Also is Jabab part of old Mogadishu? AcidSnow (talk) 21:27, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Hamar was much larger in size when Ibn Batutta visited it in the 14th century; the older part of the city was still at the time intact. There's now an eponymous district named after that old area. See Jama for more on the ancient, buried Hamar Jajab [78]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:15, 5 February 2015 (UTC)
So Old Mogadishu (the area) was much bigger when Ibn Batutta came? What cause if to get smaller? Was Hamar Jabab part of Old Mogadishu? Thanks for the link! I hope they eventually uncover what under the sand. AcidSnow (talk) 15:35, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, it was part of the old city. The practice of building over older edifices (like with the airport), as well as various skirmishes there over the centuries in part leveled its infrastructure. Advancing sand dunes, though, buried most of Hamar Jajab. This is perhaps a good thing; this way, like the pyramids in Egypt and Nubia, the structures aren't subject to the ravages of time. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:35, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Bari sultanate[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. There was apparently a sultanate in Bari around the time that the Warsangali Sultanate was established. Would you happen to know the names of its various Sultans? Also, what were their aristocratic and court titles? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:57, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

I don't know the names nor did I knew that it even existed. I will go search for some I do though in a bit. AcidSnow (talk) 15:38, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
What period was this? Bari might have just been the Majeerteen. They active from the 1700's to 1900's. AcidSnow (talk) 15:50, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
One of the works on Somali aristocratic and court titles mentioned that the Majeerteen sultanate originated in the 1300s. I think it was actually a different kingdom, which I've dubbed here the Bari sultanate. There are various structures there dating from the period, which indeed suggest that there was some sort of other kingdom in Bari between the Berber and Majeerteen Sultanate epochs. I don't think that polity was Majeerteen per se since the later Futuh al-Habash describes the Harti as still being a single clan and positions them to the west of Bari, in the vicinity of Maydh. The Hawiye had by that time already migrated southward since Al-Idrisi wrote in the 11th century that they occuppied the Hafun peninsula, while Yaqut places them in the Merca area by the 13th century. The Bari kingdom may thus perhaps have been one of the last remaining, general Somali Berber city-states. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:14, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Arameans in Israel[edit]

You wrote: "This has already been explained" Where was that explained? On the article talk page it has only "discussion" with people with the idea to make all Christians in the region only Assyrians (or at least to make Assyrian a pan-ethnicity) and people who see no problem to have that specific article Arameans in Israel. (I and most of the Maronites that I know accept the reality that we Maronites have primarily Phoenician descent mixed with Aramean and Ghassanid Arab blood lineage.) Thanks in advance. MaronitePride (talk) 04:24, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

You don't seem to understand at all. Try reading all the statements made there again. While you're at it stop accusing me of vandalism and POV editing. It's simply annoying and insulting. Anyways, there is no major genetic difference between Christian and Muslim Lebanese people. No group is more "Phoenician" than another. AcidSnow (talk) 12:01, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
"You don't seem to understand at all. Try reading all the statements made there again." I've read it before and a second time as you suggested but the issues seems to be still too far from "explained" and no consensus at all. (one point supports Assyrian pan-ethnicity for all Christian in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, etc. and unilaterally suggesting disamb., the other suggests to wait for 1 year to restate the content).
"Anyways, there is no major genetic difference between Christian and Muslim Lebanese people. No group is more "Phoenician" than another." Exactly! That's what I am thinking. (we Maronites have primarily Phoenician descent, as most of the Lebanese people, mixed with Aramean and Ghassanid Arab blood lineage and No Assyrian blood, even though Assyrianists never stop this propaganda.)
Just read this generic evidence that No group is more "Phoenician" than another: In a 2013 interview the lead investigator, Pierre Zalloua, pointed out that genetic variation preceded religious variation and divisions:"Lebanon already had well-differentiated communities with their own genetic peculiarities, but not significant differences, and religions came as layers of paint on top. There is no distinct pattern that shows that one community carries significantly more Phoenician than another."[5]
Au revoir. MaronitePride (talk) 21:19, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
Far more than one person has supported the change to a disambiguation page. To claim otherwise is preposterous. As for not doing so, only one user agrees other than you. The other users vote is worthless since their just another sock of a banned user. AcidSnow (talk) 21:29, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
"Far more than one person has supported the change to a disambiguation page. To claim otherwise is preposterous." OK, let's count the people in the talk page ;)
1. Shmayo (supports disamb.) 2. GreyShark (oppose and wants to wait) 3. Ashurbanippal (user banned) 4. TmG12 (sock puppet of Ashurbanippal)
"Far more than one person has supported the change" Do we have to count user Shmayo (supports disamb.) twice ? It seems your claim is preposterous. Please explain where did you see Far more than one person has supported the change. I see the result of 1:1 (Shmayo : GreyShark)
Au revoir. MaronitePride (talk) 21:51, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
There most certainly are:
Yes: Shmayo, RolandR, and AcidSnow (me)
No: GreyShark09 and MaronitePride (you). AcidSnow (talk) 22:14, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

MaronitePride, I don't understand why you and GreyShark09 keep reverting without discussion. I still can't see why the article should be on English Wikipedia. And i did not understand your edit comment "Let's keep Arameans in Israel here. Only for now is disambig. soon will be return to normal article.". AcidSnow, can this be brought up on ANI? Shmayo (talk) 07:18, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Sorry for the later reply, I didn't notice that you replyed. Anyways, I am not sure exactly. What do you think Midday. AcidSnow (talk) 17:20, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
It depends. How common is the ethnonym "Arameans"? Or is it a WP:NEOLOGISM? More importantly, do most Maronites and Assyrians/Syriacs/Chaldeans in Israel identify as "Aramean"? Or does a substantial proportion instead regard the ethnonym as pejorative or otherwise unrepresentative? If the latter, the disamb page should be avoided altogether per Wikipedia:Naming conventions (ethnicities and tribes) ("How the group self-identifies should be considered. If their autonym is commonly used in English, it would be the best article title. Any terms regarded as derogatory by members of the ethnic group in question should be avoided."). The important thing here is to respect each group's traditional self-designation and not try to impose anything on them. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:43, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

A girl of that age (prepubescent) wearing hijab is not normal nor representative of Somali girls of that age nor of Muslim girls of that age in general.[edit]

A girl of that age (prepubescent) wearing hijab is not normal nor representative of Somali girls of that age nor of Muslim girls of that age in general. A pubescent Somali girl or woman wearing a hijab is representative of Somali females in general, and that is why must be put instead. The Holy Quran requires that only girls who reach puberty wear the hijab. The prophet Muhammad PBUH said "After a young woman reaches the age of puberty, nothing should be seen of her except her face and hands". — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:03, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Talk:Israeli Jews[edit]

I hope you don't mind, but I did a little archiving on that talk page. Thanks, Drmies (talk) 20:39, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Thanks! AcidSnow (talk) 20:12, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Erigavo clans[edit]

Why did you deleted my contributions to Erigavo talk page.

Hold your horses next time. (talk) 09:03, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Aynabo clans[edit]

Again user AcidSnow, please refer from the continues vandalism on the contributions coming from my side and come to the talk page. (talk) 12:37, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Somali Script[edit]

It seems that the Kaddre Script was the most accurate script for the Somali language. It also am seems that the the Latin script was being developed in the 1890's by the Italians but they opted to use Latin pronunciation for some reason o.0? Source[79]. AcidSnow (talk) 02:00, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes, of the +18 writing scripts that were developed at the time to transcribe Somali, the Kaddare script was the most phonetically accurate. Its inventor originally used the Osmanya script, but later established his own orthography. With regard to Reverend Larajasse's orthography, there were actually a couple of earlier attempts to use the Latin script to transcribe Somali. Among these orthographies was Frederick Mercer Hunter's grammar treatise from 1880 [80]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:24, 16 February 2015 (UTC)


Hey, I am currently on the German Wikikpefia and they are saying some messed up things about the Rahanweyn clan. Such as calling them "fake Somalis". I have changed the text and stated that's far from reality as they are just ethnic Somalis like the other clans. However, I was reverted. I plan now to clearly explain how that completely wrong. But first, what exactly does "Sab" mean? Isn't that the "father" of the Rahanweyne clan? They list it as "outcast" on the German page. Please help me as this highly insulting to all Somalis! AcidSnow (talk) 17:04, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Interesting, but not really surprising tbh. As already pointed out, there's a Tutsi-Hima guy there (Rwanda and Burundi were part of German East Africa) who believes that he is related to the Afro-Asiatic groups in the Horn rather than to other Bantu populations in the Great Lakes region. So one will come aross weird, fabricated things to that effect. At any rate, can you please specify the actual passage at hand? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:36, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
For insulting the Rahanweyne, they say this: "Als eigentliche Somali gelten allgemein die Samaal, wohingegen die Rahanweyn bisweilen als „unechte Somali“ betrachtet werden" which translates to "As actual Somali are generally the Samaal, whereas the Rahanweyn are sometimes considered "fake Somali"". For Sab, they claim this: "Sab bezeichnet eine Kaste von Ausgestoßenen in der somalischen Gesellschaft" which translates into "Sab denotes a caste of outcasts in Somali society". I think I might be dealing with this exact guy Midday. What is his user name? AcidSnow (talk) 17:55, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
I see; What is the user's handle? The truth is actually more complicated than that. The Rahanweyn are a confederation of clans of differing origins ("Rahanweyn" is a Somali malapropism of "Reewing" in the Maay language; it roughly means "large crowd"). A portion of the clan consists of the first Rahanweyn, who originally spoke separate languages from Somali, albeit closely related Cushitic languages like Maay, Jiddo, etc.; another portion originally belonged to other major Somali clans (Ogaden, Hawiye, etc.), and they were gradually assimilated into the confederation after they first settled in Rahanweyn territory; a final portion of clan membears are indeed non-Somali, assimilated Bantu/Nilotic peoples. So it depends on which tier within the confederation one is referring to. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:29, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
Also they claim minority clans such as Yibir and Midgam are not Somali o.0. Though I am not surprised since the whole Sab page is unsourced. What does Sab mean exactly? AcidSnow (talk) 18:05, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
Those are a separate group of Sab [81]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:29, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
No Somali clan including any of the Rahanweyn sub-clans are descendants of the Bantu, let alone the Nilotics. The Rahanweyn had already been formed into eight and nine clans before the 1800's. Since the Bantus slaves arrived after the 1800's it's clear that none of the Digil and Milif clans have any thing to do with the Bantu, let alone the Nilotics (LOL Somalis don't even live near them so how is that possible anyways?) It seems that you are confusing "protection" that some Bantua are given with being part of the clan. It's already well known that Somalis refuses to interact with them and doing so leads to exile the few times it occurs.[82] Even this map makes it clear, see here. It shows that even though some Bantu are given "protection" they will always be Bantu. But as you states yourself, the Rahanweyne themselves are ethnic Somalis.
It's also most certainly true that some Rahanweyne individuals are previously identified with the Hawiye, Dir, and Darood. This occurs in all Somali clans, be it Isaaq, Dir, Darrod, etc. This is not odd since this whole clan BS is freaking fake. Clan is not "descent" it's "protection". Once you leave you sub-clan who will protect you? What about your whole clan? Nobody. Then what shall you do? Seek protection. For example, the Sheekalh clan state that they aren't Hawiye while others say they are. It's because now they don't need protection from the largely Hawiye clan which they identify when conflict arises. They are actually descendants from the Somalis whom use to live in Harar.[83]
But back to the real question, what on earth does "Sab" mean? Is it "patriarch" or "outcaste"? I need to poop on this guy with facts. AcidSnow (talk) 20:38, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I meant shegad status. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 02:08, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Good, I have put you into a corner that you couldn't escape! You have been avoid one of my oldest question, "do you foolishly belive that the Rahanwybe aren't Somalis"? Good too see that you don't foolishly believe in this highly insulting claim! AcidSnow (talk)
Don't worry, I drowned him in facts! AcidSnow (talk) 02:21, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
WTF, he linked me to a Clanist website to prove his point. These people are even insulting sub-clans smh. AcidSnow (talk) 15:58, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Was it the abtirsi repository? Middayexpress (talk) 19:49, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
No it was SomaliNet. As of now he has accused me of vandalism and won't speak to me. AcidSnow (talk) 21:09, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

School clothes[edit]

Do they plan to go back to this or has that ship sailed? AcidSnow (talk) 01:31, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Hahahaha, I put it on my own page Midday! AcidSnow (talk) 01:37, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Not sure. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 02:08, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Geledi Sultanate[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Do you know what was the state flag of the Geledi Sultanate? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 02:08, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

I don't know but I will do some research. AcidSnow (talk) 02:28, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
I think it may have been similar to the Ajuran one, as the first Geledi Sultan was originally a soldier of the Ajuran Sultanate. Best regards Middayexpress (talk) 18:56, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Wow, it's basicly a coup! AcidSnow (talk) 20:30, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, and the Ajuran Sultanate for a while there controlled the entire region. It was also known for its cisterns and other similar infrastructure. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:43, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
THEY MADE AQUEDUCTS?!?! AcidSnow (talk) 21:24, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Pretty cool, right? lol That's the Ajuran period. I think the Geledi Sultanate may have used either Ajuran Sultanate coins, or late period Sultanate of Mogadishu mints. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 22:38, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
It definitely is cool! Do you know where some are located? Anyways, it seems that the Geledi used the same flag as the Ajuran.[84] Also, do you know why Majeerteen Sultanates used red flags like the Zanzibaris? AcidSnow (talk) 16:24, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Interesting, thanks. The Majeerteen Sultanate and Sultanate of Hobyo flags weren't actually red. Here's the Sultanate of Hobyo's one in the background; it has at least one stripe [85]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:14, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Yah, Midday I can see a strip in half a pixel. I think you mean that it wasn't only red though. Because of this: "Verso le 10 ant. del 7 febbraio, venne scoperto il paese di Obbia su di un altura sabbiosa con una grossa casa oubica, senza finestre, che al nostro avvicinarsi alzò la bandiera rossa, comune a tutti questi piccoli sultani", meaning: "Around 10 on February 7, was discovered the country of Obbia on a hill sandy with a big house oubica, without windows, which at our approach raised the red flag, common to all these little sultans". AcidSnow (talk) 18:18, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, that's what I meant. The plain red flag should have at least one stripe motif in it. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:31, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
My apologize Midday, I shall add them tomorrow. I was wondering if you have any maps of Somalia similar to this map of the UK or anything similar really. I plan to make a map for this Sultanate that includes all other Somali states as well. AcidSnow (talk) 00:34, 19 April 2015 (UTC)


Hi AcidSnow. Please have a look here. An apparent sock has attempted to readd the disputed material; note the convenient timing [86] (also [87]). Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:47, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Lol he already admitted to being a sock. AcidSnow (talk) 19:29, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
I know. lol He's also now literally reverting for the other party. I'm at three reverts, so could you please have a look? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:38, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Done. The odds are against him anyways. You can't simply push something to happen. AcidSnow (talk) 20:28, 18 February 2015 (UTC)


Article claims that Ethiopids are "Negriod" mix. AcidSnow (talk) 02:45, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Nonsense. It also asserts that the foundation of the stock was perhaps Oriental. Daniel Stiles' fossil excavations debunk both claims [88][89]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:49, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Should something be done Midday? AcidSnow (talk) 23:41, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
The second section should be removed, as it's not on Ethiopids but rather a few Bantu/Nilotic populations whose respective ruling classes are believed to have been influenced by Ethiopids. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:53, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

ANI notice[edit]

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Vandalism to our user talk pages[edit]

Hey AcidSnow. Do you have any idea what this was all about? The vandalism seemed to target editors with an interest in Somalis and Somalia, including the two of us. It was a new account so I wonder if some sockpuppetry was going on? They've been blocked now anyway, but I was just curious if you knew anything about where it all stemmed from. Cordless Larry (talk) 12:54, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

I thought someone was being nice at first :/. I don't know who it was but we were defiantly targeted. I saw his activities yesterday and he immediately jumps to us. AcidSnow (talk) 14:03, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Me too. I though, I don't think I've ever been given a "barnstar" before, and then I saw it was named after Jimmy Saville. It might well be about this discussion, given the nature of this comment aimed at Middayexpress. Cordless Larry (talk) 14:14, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
It's not the first time some random person did it to me. AcidSnow (talk) 15:06, 19 February 2015 (UTC)


Do the Isaaq really think they can just force the Darood and Dir clans to join them? What exactly is "Somaliland" anyways? It quite clear that none of the Dir and Darod clans want to joint them. So when the nothern regions are "captured", give up separatism, or whatever happens, will the regions still stay as "Somaliland" or will they return to pre 1991? AcidSnow (talk) 18:53, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

The separatist movement isn't neatly aligned by clan. Although most supporters are indeed Isaaq, there are also a number of Isaaq who are unionist like the former Foreign Minister. Somaliland need never be captured, as it is already legally an autonomous region, like Puntland, Jubaland and Central State. The Hargeisa administration will instead probably be won over through diplomacy. Specifically, via the assignment of key positions in the next federal government. To this end, the new federal Deputy Prime Minister is himself a unionist Isaaq. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:10, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Lol I am well aware not all Isaaqs support separatism. I meant that pretty much every single person that supports separatism is from the Isaaq clan. I don't think the Isaaq clan should be given any form of autonomousy or anything greater than that of another clan. Especially after the crimes the separatist adminstration have committed, such as persecuting/killing those who don't support their goals. Nor should any clan be given any of the former to begin with. At the end of the talks, will any key agreement give the Isaaq greater autonomousy? AcidSnow (talk) 19:22, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
I don't think that will happen because the secessionists claim several areas that aren't their traditional constituency. What is already happening is that many former separatists are instead joining the federal government, and often in senior offices. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:59, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
What won't happen? Great/autonomousy or pre 1991? AcidSnow (talk) 20:02, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Per the constitution, the nation is a federation. The federalization process is also part of Vision 2016. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:53, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
What? AcidSnow (talk) 20:56, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
A federation rather than a unitary state. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 21:31, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Ohhhh, you're talking about autonomousy right? AcidSnow (talk) 21:33, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
A federation is composed of autonomous subnational units while a unitary state is centralized. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:31, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Will they seek greater autonomy then? Also check this out: [90]. AcidSnow (talk) 18:42, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, saw it. The constitution governs the degree of autonomy; there's also the Boundaries Commission that determines the borders. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:07, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
By the way, the trade bloc passed again on membership, as sort of expected [91]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:07, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Good. But it states "preparations with the government of Somalia have not been finalised". On the other, hand "South Sudan’s bid to join the community suffered a setback following the break out of a civil war ". It seems that no official government delegation even asked to join. Lol, Pres. Hassan didn't even go since he had more important things to do. Such as meet the Djibouti President. Though, I don't think they should use the Kenyan and Ethiopian flags, but rather the Somali regional flags. AcidSnow (talk) 19:15, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, it was actually one particular official who applied during the transitional period, not parliament. There's no regional flag for the NFD, so the Kenyan flag is used there. The NFD is one of the five points in the Somali flag itself. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:44, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Oh ok. AcidSnow (talk) 17:16, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
They don't want to let others know that many don't desire separatism. That's simply Qabilism.[92] AcidSnow (talk) 16:13, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Also Midday, please take a look at this. AcidSnow (talk) 16:37, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
The plebiscite wasn't held in most of SSC, but instead mainly in separatist strongholds in the Togdheer and Woqooyi Galbeed provinces. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:06, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
I see but I doubt the results were legit since 2/3 of 3 million is not 1 million which of the start indicts fraud. More importantly, they only checked less than 10% of polling stations. 17:27, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Indeed. Middayexpress (talk) 18:05, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Shall I redirect the State of Somaliland to British Somaliland? I am unable to find any book before the 1990's that mention the "State of Somaliland". I found a few that mention it in 1900's but that's it. So it seems like nothing changed at all and that this whole "indepence" thing is just a made up thing. Have you found anything on this Middayexpress? AcidSnow (talk) 23:53, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Indeed, I'm not sure whether it was an actual polity let alone a state. You should first, though, paste this on the talk page. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:39, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
While you're at it, can you please also proofread Embassy of the United States, Mogadishu? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:39, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
Done, also why does "Somaliland" take me to the separatist region? "Somaliland" as well as "Somali Country" refers to all the areas inhabited by ethnic Somalis. AcidSnow (talk) 22:29, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
Ok. While Somaliland did indeed historically refer to the entire Somali territory, "Somaliland" today is the common name for the northwestern autonomous region of Somalia. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:21, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

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To AcidSnow: Do you know why Somalia is messed up? Its because of people like you. You have a very sharp tongue I advise you to watch what you say on here. You may have grown up in a very harsh environment but it shouldn't be an excuse for you to act the way you do. Dont be reckless! Respect others regardless of their clan ethnicity or race. KaiseDis (talk) 23:40, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

What exactly have I done? AcidSnow (talk) 23:41, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Just take my advice brother. KaiseDis (talk) 23:44, 26 February 2015 (UTC)
Ok. AcidSnow (talk) 23:50, 26 February 2015 (UTC)


Hello! How are you? Anyways, I would like to know why you keep editing maps with edit summaries such as "added South Sudan" but also slip in "Somaliland"? The former is a nation while the other is an autonomous region of Somalia. I tried to correct this but Wikipedia won't let me upload .SVG files. Do you mind fixing this? AcidSnow (talk) 01:36, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello, I'm fine thank you. :) Can you show me some examples please? I don't get it: what's the problem? All I know is that I had edited several former Sudan maps to add the 2011 border, thus the edit summary "Added South Sudan". --Flappiefh (talk) 18:29, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Sorry for the late reply Flappiefh. Anyways, here are some maps done by you: Turkey's map, Saudi Arabia's map, Zambia's map, Iran's map, Iraq's map, Mongolia's map, Afghanistan's map, Kazakhstan's map, Kyrgyzstan's map, Tajikistan's map, Cape Verde's map, Burkina Faso's map, Senegal's map, Nigeria's map, Lesotho's map, Gambia's map, Benin's map, India's map, Arab Maghreb Union's map, Blank map of Asia, Blank map of the north pole, Middle East Map, Map of the Arctic Ocean, and Central Asia's map. Prior to your edit it did not list the region of Somalia. However, now they do. I don't believe this was intentional as it is only done with orthographic maps. Are you using a template for this? I think that might be the reason. AcidSnow (talk) 18:24, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
Oh, I see now! Thank you. I didn't know those maps were showing an 'unofficial' country. The Shapefiles used come from Natural Earth. I'm afraid I'm unable to edit the Shapefiles. But I suppose one can easily edit those orthographic views to merge Somaliland with the rest of the Somalia territory. I don't have time to do so, as I've been away from Wikipedia for more than 8 month now. You can ask a Graphic lab to edit them. --Flappiefh (talk) 23:04, 10 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi, I'm about to look for better data than Natural Point's, to be able to redo all of those orthographic maps. I'll keep in touch. --Flappiefh (talk) 09:56, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
I was able to edit the Natural Earth Shapefile in order to merge Somaliland and Somalia territory. I'm ready to replace all the faulty maps, but I'd like to be sure there won't be any other border errors. Can you please check the rest of the countries showing on these orthographic maps, please? What about Morroco for instance? --Flappiefh (talk) 19:15, 15 March 2015 (UTC)
My apologies for not replying sooner. Yes, countries like Morocco are fixed. Thank you, I greatly appreciate your help! AcidSnow (talk) 10:57, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Trees and grass[edit]

How is the Tree planting doing in Somalia? Did they reach 25,000 yet? It seems that simply planting tress helps make it rain more.[93] "in areas in Europe where there have previously been no trees can reduce the effect of climate change by cooling temperate regions", forget about 25,000 they need to plant a couple million trees in Mogadishu asap 0_0. AcidSnow (talk) 20:43, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

25K was in the northeast, asfaik. Tree planting does, though, apparently invigorate ecosystem. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:54, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Hey Midday. They need to stop cutting down trees in Somalia as it's already a serous. As of 2013, only 65,934 sq. km of Somalia is covered in forest, or 10.3% of the whole country.[94] This is a significant drop from when they 82,820 sq. km in 1990, or 12.9% of the whole country.[95] So basically it went from the size of Austria to that of Georgia in the span of 23 years! They need to act fast and plant more trees to cover the loss. Do you know why they cut down trees? Is it for power? That's just stupid. AcidSnow (talk) 03:26, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Ok. Middayexpress (talk) 12:16, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Finnaly someone got the memo. AcidSnow (talk) 01:43, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Beja sultanates[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Do you perhaps know which currency the various medieval Beja sultanates used? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:39, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

I don't know but I will search. AcidSnow (talk) 16:36, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
It was perhaps the same currency as that used by the adjacent sultanates in Egypt, ca. 9th century. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk)

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A Somali kitten for you[edit]

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In appreciation of you maintaining a sense of humour. Cordless Larry (talk) 22:13, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! AcidSnow (talk) 22:18, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Big Smoke Burger[edit]

Hello AcidSnow,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged Big Smoke Burger for deletion, because the article doesn't clearly say why the subject is important enough to be included in an encyclopedia.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

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ANI Notice[edit]

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Deletion discussion about Big Smoke Burger[edit]

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I vote Eat. Too bad there is not one in San Diego. :o( Jim1138 (talk) 17:50, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
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Go ahead with the Ban[edit]

Go ahead with the ban proposal... If he's really trying to claim they're Argobba (not one text on this, that I have ever seen. Nor any evidence) and act like the very clearly known fact that the Adal and Ifat's soldiers were largely Somali (acting like the Futuh is nothing...) and then uses imbeciles like Braukamper to make his points while ignoring the clear evidence in those genealogies-> then yeah, he should be banned. He's just here to spread an agenda and war it out. Awale-Abdi (talk) 10:47, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

I See, thank you. There's also another user by the name Harari234 whom poses the same problem but isn't as harsh about it. AcidSnow (talk) 13:32, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
I don't think it's necessary, AcidSnow; I think you should withdraw that post. The editor clearly doesn't know anything about the Adal Sultanate and the Futuh, or he wouldn't be making these farcical claims. He seems more intent on riling you up than anything. It may be just for kicks. As he has already been blocked over the Adalite stuff, all you have to do is maintain communication with the blocking admin; point out any subsequent disruption, and he or she will take it from there. I'll keep an eye on the page as well. Cheers, Middayexpress (talk) 14:09, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
I've removed the post for you; it's unnecessary escalation in this instance. Besides communicating with the blocking admin, please see WP:DFTT on how best to handle such situations. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:06, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
Ok. What should I do about this:[96], the person that vandalized mine, yours, and others talk page, that single purpose account, the threats that were made against Larry, etc? AcidSnow (talk) 18:10, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
I suggest you let it go, AcidSnow. There are other priorities and bigger, actual vandals out there. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:19, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
It finally all makes sense now......all the pieces have now fallen into place. There's a conspiracy to overthrow me! Don't you see it? Are you one of them o.0? AcidSnow (talk) 18:22, 16 March 2015 (UTC)


It would superficially appear that you support your own ban? WP:ANI#Ban proposal Shouldn't you start a new section w/diffs? Cheers Jim1138 (talk) 16:45, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Hahaha, I did not notice that. I think I will just change the title to make it clear as to whom I am talking about. This way everyone can see why I and other desire him gone. AcidSnow (talk) 16:48, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Ajuran Sultans[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Could you please enumerate the Sultans of the Ajuran Sultanate that you know of? Several of the rulers' names are engraved on the Ajuran currency. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:15, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Wait did the Ajuran annex Mogadishu before 1300? If so was Abu Bakr Ajuran? In conclusion, I know nothing. AcidSnow (talk) 18:17, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm trying to ascertain what was the Ajuran Sultanate's rulership succession, as with the Sultans of Mogadishu. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:21, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
I know. It just that I don't know. I will research right now a see what I find. AcidSnow (talk)
I believe some of the old numismatic (coin) collections may contain a few of the Sultans. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 18:47, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

On Christianity in the Ottoman Empire[edit]

My book-rental has expired so I cannot find the page number now, so I cited a different source for the same material concerning trial testimony. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Astrohoundy (talkcontribs) 16:17, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

You deletions[edit]

Please explain your edits on Islam and antisemitism on the talk page. Thank you. RebSmith (talk) 20:40, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Your edits have broken numerous policies, so hence they were removed. Despite it already being clearly explained to you, you still don't recognize the problem. AcidSnow (talk) 20:50, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Islam and antisemitism edit warring[edit]

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stop what you are doing there two diffrent sourecs on the supject of the independance of Somaliland thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hadraa (talkcontribs) 02:24, 18 March 2015 (UTC)


NO to all aspects of this supposed new capital for Somalia. Mogadishu most remain the capital as it has allways been. AcidSnow (talk) 17:09, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

I don't think it's a bad idea, actually. Although the city has already been largely rebuilt, whether it should remain the national capital or instead be a capital of a Benadir based Federal Member State is still undecided. This new constructed capital would solve this impasse; it would serve as a national administrative center. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:36, 18 March 2015 (UTC)
I think it's terrible. They should leave Mogadishu as the capial of Somalia. Mogadishu is a symbolic peice of Somali history, culture, politics, etc. To remove it from such is like taking Rome out of Italy, what's left? The city is already clan diverse and as more people become urban it will continue to be so. Moving the capital will create a ton more problem. Such as, where in Somalia well it be? This will only fuel clan tensions and nothing more. Do you see and understand why I object? I would sincerily would like your full input on this so we can continue the discussion. Also, Egypt can't keep a secret at all. I saw the constructions for the new capital months ago lol. AcidSnow (talk) 01:35, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
Also, I think this might be fake or a missatrubtaion. I don't see anyone else claiming tha there's a new or possibly a new capital. It's been almost a week since the meeting (it was Saturday right?) so it should all be over the news. But it's not. AcidSnow (talk) 01:42, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

3RR warning[edit]

Hey AcidSnow. I just noticed you actually violated WP:3RR yourself. This normally results in a block by default. Given your extensive attempts to discuss the issue, request administrator intervention, and the fact that you're an established editor in good standing with a clean block log and no apparent overarching behavioral issues with edit warring, I'll give you a break this time, but I'm obliged to remind you to keep an eye out for this in the future. Doesn't even matter if you're "in the right", you cannot breach 3RR. Please be more mindful of this, we don't normally let people off with a warning. Swarm... —X— 04:16, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

  • I just saw your reply over there, am I mistaken? Swarm... —X— 04:19, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
Yah (not trying to sound mad, trying to correct you In a rude way or anything). Originally I restored "Somali" but instead I just reverted myself along with his fringe source. AcidSnow (talk) 04:22, 19 March 2015 (UTC)
I appreciate your guidance and your warning. I will definitely use it. Nonetheless, goodnight :). AcidSnow (talk) 04:30, 19 March 2015 (UTC)


Instead of giving it to forgein in waters, why don't they just nationalize it? They can get assistance from countries that already have theirs nationalized like Saudi Arabia. AcidSnow (talk) 01:23, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

That's what the Petroleum Ministry is working towards. As of 2014, it aims to begin offshore oil production in six years and onshore oil production in nine years [97]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:44, 19 March 2015 (UTC)


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Do weigh in[edit]

Do weigh in at the Walashma talk page. Awale-Abdi (talk) 14:01, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

stop reverting[edit]

there is no source that says abubaker is a somali. Zekenyan (talk) 23:02, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

He was and please stop restoring the work of a disruptive sock. Please see WP:SOCK. AcidSnow (talk) 23:03, 26 March 2015 (UTC)
you dont have a source so dont revert articles. I can careless if he is a sock or not that is not the point. Zekenyan (talk) 23:04, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Notice of No Original Research Noticeboard discussion[edit]

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if you continue to hound me ill have to report you again. Zekenyan (talk) 04:53, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Um, you're the ones who keeps spreading false accusations against me and other users. AcidSnow (talk) 04:56, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
The noticeboard will determine if its false or not. Zekenyan (talk) 05:12, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Ok, let see how this works out for you again. AcidSnow (talk) 05:13, 28 March 2015 (UTC)


The book is a wikipedia mirror its not reliable. Zekenyan (talk) 03:09, 30 March 2015 (UTC)


An individual had made many peculator edits to the Macrobians article. He has directly attributed them as a "legendary tribe of Aethiopia" and that they were possibly situated "deep south of the Atlas mountains in the area of modern day Senegal". AcidSnow (talk) 02:27, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Pausanias wrote that the Macrobians inhabited landlocked Meroe and adjacent areas [98]. This may be uncertain, though, because he was writing after Herodotus, and Herodotus appears to have provided an erroneous description of Macrobia's location. Herodotus apparently believed that the Nile flowed from the west, which may have led to the geographical confusion [99]. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 22:56, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Silktork admin[edit]

^ Please go to that admin's talk page and add whatever grievances you may have with Zekenyan (at the bottom) and explain how he's been hounding you and warring on the Walashma page, you're honestly more familiar with him. Take care, Awale-Abdi (talk) 21:11, 2 April 2015 (UTC)


if you truly believe my sources are fringe, why dont you take it to the fringe board or should I? [100] Zekenyan (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 00:58, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

We're already at Wikipedia:No original research/Noticeboard so there's no need to. But by all means be my guest and open a new one. I have already warned you of WP:FORUMSHOPPING so there's not much I can do at this point. AcidSnow (talk) 01:04, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

Silk Road[edit]

The Silk Road article is missing a lot on Somalia. Do you mind assisting me in improving it? AcidSnow (talk) 01:27, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

It's basically the Periplus era city-states, such as Nikon, Mosylon and Sarapion. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:00, 4 April 2015 (UTC)
Ok. I have many projects that are currently in the works but I would like to get the original ones done first. Do you mind meeting me at Mogadishu article? If you're busy I understand. AcidSnow (talk) 23:39, 4 April 2015 (UTC)

This guy[edit]

Have you seen this guy before? Oddly enough he reads off Wikipedia lol. AcidSnow (talk) 04:35, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

No, I haven't. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 20:00, 4 April 2015 (UTC)


So I found this World article on "Somali Traditional States" which provides names and sometimes dates for various early modern and colonial sultanates. I noticed that it got a few dates wrong for Sultans that I am aware of, eg. it states that the Geledi Sultan Osman Ahmed abdicated in 3 Sep 1908. Although he didn't I nonetheless took the time to cross referencing the names and dates. I can say as of now that the names may be real but I can't say the same about the dates. This book seems to confirm two Sultans of the Majeerteen named "Othman" (probably a different spelling of Osman) and "Yusuf" both which indirectly preceded Osman Mahamud. This World article states that "Othman II" ruled from 1815-1842 and that "Yusuf IV" briefly ruled from 1842-1844. Are you wondering why Yusuf ruled for so shortly? Are you Midday? As I stated earlier this books author tries to explain what happened by stating that his "eldest son Yusuf, who after a turbulent reign of two years, was treacherously slain by an individual of the Ali Seliman branch of the Mijjertheyn, inhabiting Bunder Khor". I should warn you though that this man speaks negativity on Somalis or maybe he just went on a rant or something. But I must say it does gives us great information if its actual info. It even drew a chart for us explaining the relationship of each family on Page 335. So do to this we can confirm the line of section that is provided on World Othman/Osman II -> Yusuf IV -> Mahmud V (this may be the child of Yusuf?). The book does, however, mention three more individuals before Othman/Osman II which aren't mentioned in World Their names are in line of succession: Yusuf -> Mohamed -> Othman/Osman -> Yusuf. Do you notice anything about these names Midday? Do you Midday? There are two more Yusufs, one more Othman/Osman and Mohamed! This backs up the numbers of World and why it claims that the that the sultanate was founded in c.1600. So this book and website accounts for 3 out of the 4 Yusufs, all 3 Othmans/Osmans, and 3 out of the 4 Mohameds. All though these are the same three names, this other book states this: The Mijjertain Sultans use only four names, viz., Osman, Mohammed, Yusuf, or Ali. So this all checks out and backs the possibility that sultanate was established c. 1600. So do you know what all this means when you put it to gather? Nothing since I can't find any other book to confirm this at this moment..................... By the way, Robert L. Hess states that Yusuf Ali Kenadid "finally died on September 281911" and a bunch of other stuff that I think is highly mouth watering info that I am sadly unable to add since I cant find another book to confirm this at this moment.... AcidSnow (talk) 05:03, 5 April 2015 (UTC)

World backs up Hess on this. AcidSnow (talk) 05:06, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Never mind, the books and Webiste only account for 3 out of the 5 Mohameds. AcidSnow (talk) 17:39, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Fascinating stuff! Note the early 1600 date it has for the establishment of the Majeerteen Sultanate. This is indeed likely more accurate than the mid-1800s one, which actually post-dates Sultan Mahmud IV's reign. The older foundation date makes more sense, as there was probably a Sultan Mahmud I, Sultan `Uthman I and Sultan Yusuf I at some point as well. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:48, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Do you think if I emailed them they will tell me how they know this? This will make everything so much easier. AcidSnow (talk) 18:17, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Perhaps. I think may be based on abtirsi/genealogical tradition. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:16, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
Note, though, that the Bari kingdom was apparently in existence as early as the 1300s. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:08, 7 April 2015 (UTC)


Isn't Somalia's weather affected by monsoons? Do you know the exact name for it? Sorry if I am bugging you. AcidSnow (talk)

There are traditionally four different seasons. Musa Haji Ismail Galal published two major works on the Somali meteorological, astrological and calendrical systems. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:03, 6 April 2015 (UTC)


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State of Somaliland Dispute again[edit]

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It just boggels my mind how little some people think of human lives. Amongst the many things that people in Kenya are suggesting including shut down camps. Not only is that crazy it appears that not everyone there is from Somalia nor are they ethnic Somalis. They have people Burundi, the Congo, Uganda, etc as well. Do you know why the brought Nilotics from South Sudan? But back to the subject matter, this is simply crazy. Not send these people away. If you don't want Somalis to go to Kenya, then simply return the land back. It's not like Somalis want to go deep into Kenya. I apologize once again if I am bugging you. AcidSnow (talk) 14:02, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

Ok. Middayexpress (talk) 16:19, 9 April 2015 (UTC)
I can't belive this Midday. They shouldn't bring the non-Somalis to Somalia. AcidSnow (talk) 16:41, 11 April 2015 (UTC)
My bad, that sounds highly offensive. What I am trying to say is that non-Somalis should not be forced into, let alone ethnic Somalis. AcidSnow (talk) 17:14, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Pillar tombs[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Do you know what is the oldest of the pillar tombs in Somalia? Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 17:14, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

No. AcidSnow (talk) 17:14, 12 April 2015 (UTC)

Somalia italiana[edit]

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Geedi Babo[edit]

Hi AcidSnow. Are you familiar with the Oromo ruler Geedi Babo? Some traditions hold that he was aparrently a viceroy within the Ajuran Sultanate. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 15:28, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

I haven't heard of him till know. Though, I did find one sources on him from Lewis: "The three are credited with having outwitted the tyrannical (Oromo) local ruler, 'Geedi Babo', whose infamous deeds and final overthrow figures so prominently in Bay oral tradition. The latter appears in some traditional accounts as the local agent of the Ajuran sultan. This is pretty much what you said though. So it seems that this individual, if they were real, were hired by the Ajuran and simply went bad and then killed. AcidSnow (talk) 17:08, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes, it seems so. The Ajuran Sultanate had suzerainty over various polities, and Babo was apparently within that matrix. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:52, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

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Hi AcidSnow. The founder of the Sultanate of Geledi, Omar Dine, was apparently a brother of Fakr ad-Din. This means that the Sultanate of Geledi's founding dynasty and the Sultanate of Mogadishu's first dynasty belonged to the same ruling family. The Geledi Sultanate was thus perhaps established as early as the 13th century, like the Sultanate of Mogadishu, rather than in the 17th century. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 16:52, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

I don't know much about this specifically. AcidSnow (talk) 02:12, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Something very odd going on[edit]

Hi again, AcidSnow. I don't know why, but this edit of yours seems to have removed all of the letter Ts from a section! I would revert it, but since you're an experienced editor and it included a comment that you made at the end, I'll leave it to you to sort out. Cordless Larry (talk) 17:46, 25 April 2015 (UTC)

Yah I noticed. It's never happend before. AcidSnow (talk) 17:50, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
The text box kept ejecting me, so I had to revert my own edit as well. Nonetheless it's back to normal. AcidSnow (talk) 17:54, 25 April 2015 (UTC)
Strange. Anyway, glad you got it fixed. Cordless Larry (talk) 18:23, 25 April 2015 (UTC)


Still Original research I warned you. Zekenyan (talk) 15:25, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Their not, so try something new. AcidSnow (talk) 21:26, 4 May 2015 (UTC)


Did they give full/limited citizenship to Somalis like they did in Libya? I believe we discussed something similar before. Looking back now I understand your "frustration" you had with me then. AcidSnow (talk) 19:38, 5 May 2015 (UTC)

I'm not sure; possibly. The Majeerteen Sultanate and Sultanate of Hobyo had signed treaties, so they ruled in their areas until the 20s. Best regards, Middayexpress (talk) 19:51, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
Probably. Since it was voluntary sign up and sometimes rewards if one was in the military, it's possible that few Somalis took the option anyways, as did few Libyans and Algerians. I found something's about "missinoni" (yes it's a word, but I can't remember the actual spelling so no sources yet for the word) that the father must recognize the child to obtain citizenship. But as you said, this and other laws probably didn't exist. Plus I found several sources that actually state that their was little to no persecution against ethnic Somalis (sadly I can't say the same for the Bantu). AcidSnow (talk) 20:06, 5 May 2015 (UTC)
  1. ^ Raymond G. Gordon, Jr, ed. 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World. 15th edition. Dallas: Summer Institute of Linguistics.
  2. ^ Tosco, Mauro (1994). "The Historical Reconstruction of a Southern Somali Dialect: Proto-Karre-Boni". Sprache und Geschichte in Afrika 15: 153–209. 
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  5. ^ Maroon, Habib (31 March 2013). "A geneticist with a unifying message". Nature. Retrieved 3 October 2013.