Friday, May 26, 2017

Somaliland Says UAE Can Launch Attacks From New Base

(VOA)- A top official said Friday that forces from the United Arab Emirates could soon be flying fighter jets from a new base in the breakaway republic of Somaliland.

Djibouti opens new port as part of $7bn/y free-trade zone plan

Djibouti has formally opened one of four new ports designed to cement the tiny Horn of Africa nation's position as a continental hub, a statement from the ports authority said on Wednesday.

Djibouti opens most advanced port in Africa

(Ship Management) - Djibouti has today (Wednesday) opened the country’s latest mega project – the Doraleh Multipurpose Port (DMP).

Somali fishermen complain about illegal vessels - Video

(Al Jazeera)- Some fishermen in Somalia are being pushed towards piracy, because illegal fishing off the Somali coast is damaging their livelihood.

U.S. intelligence specialist donates 5 drones to Somali police

(Vanguard)- A former U.S. intelligence specialist Brett Velicovich has donated five surveillance drones to police in Somalia, aiming to help combat a jump in deadly bombings by al Qaeda-linked Islamist insurgents.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Somaliland frees Journalist Coldoon

Mogadishu, 25 May 2017 – The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) welcomes the release of Somali journalist by the Somaliland authority on Thursday 25 May, 2017 from Hargeisa prison.

Ports in Puntland & Somaliland to compete

African Business - Puntland and Somaliland have managed to isolate themselves to some extent from the quarter century of chaos that has engulfed rump-Somalia. Yet their lack of sovereign status has deterred investment and more rapid economic development.

Roundtable with Somaliland Foreign Minister

Africa Center - On Tuesday, May 23, the Atlantic Council’s Africa Center hosted Dr. Saad Ali Shire, minister of foreign affairs and international cooperation of the Republic of Somaliland.

Somalia - The sex slaves of al-Shabab

BBC - When Salama Ali started investigating the disappearance of two younger brothers last year she made an awful discovery - not only were radicalised young Kenyan men leaving to join the al-Shabab militants in neighbouring Somalia, but women were being seized and trafficked by the group as sex slaves.

U.A.E. May Fly Warplanes From Somaliland as Africa Reach Grows

(Bloomberg) - A proposed United Arab Emirates base in semi-autonomous northern Somalia may add a naval facility to a military airport, extending the Arab nation’s reach on the Horn of Africa coastline, a Somali official said

The time has come to recognize Somaliland

(By Mikael Torstensson )- The Swedish national newspaper "The World Today" asked me to write their editorial about Somaliland. Here comes the translation.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Three Kenyan police killed in landmine attack claimed by al Shabaab

MOMBASA, Kenya, May 24 (Reuters) - Three police officers were killed in eastern Kenya on Wednesday when their vehicle hit a landmine, a senior official said, in an attack claimed by Somali jihadist group al Shabaab.

Somaliland's hunger crisis: ‘The world doesn't respond until children are dying'

The Guardian - Somaliland’s foreign minister has said that the international community’s refusal to recognise the republic 26 years after it declared independence means aid is taking far longer to reach people on the brink of famine.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Somali suicide bomber kills 4 at Puntland checkpoint in Bassaso

(abc/AP)- A suicide bomber blew himself up at a military checkpoint in northern Somalia's semiautonomous state of Puntland, killing at least four people, a Somali police officer said Tuesday.

Tanzania - New regional network calls for a fair deal for Pastoralists

Press Release -Arusha, Tanzania; 23rd May 2017
In the wake of the impacts of the drought in East Africa, pastoralists call for a paradigm shift from the narrative of calamity and despair to one of a vibrant and viable sector.