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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Guantánamo detention census drops to 198


The United States freed a dozen men from Guantánamo this week -- including one of the last captives sent there by the Bush administration -- in a mission that dropped detainees off in Yemen, Afghanistan and the Horn of Africa.
The dozen included six Yemenis, four Afghans and two Somali citizens. Their departure left the prison camp census at 198 on Saturday -- the first time the detention center dropped below 200 captives since February 2002.

Former Guantanamo prisoners handed over to Somaliland

APA- (Somaliland) Reports from the slef-proclaimed Republic of Somaliland indicate that two former Guantanamo Bay prisoners of Somali origin have been handed over to the Somaliland administration by the International Committee of the Red Cross on Saturday.

Somaliland Building its Navy to combat pirates : Video

Somaliland Building its Navy to combat pirates in the GULF of ADEN, Somalia is behind piracy in the region.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Somaliland's Nomadic Lifestyle at Risk

Louis Belanger
Oxfam International Spokesman in New York
I went to Somaliland, the north western part of Somalia, back in November this year. Going across this arrid region, I witnessed the droughts that are now destroying a centuries-old way of life, that of semi-nomadic herders.

OIC to assist in Somalia’s rebuilding

Laura Bashraheel
Arab News
JEDDAH: The 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) announced Thursday its plan to open an office in Mogadishu next month to support reconstruction of Somalia.
“The humanitarian department at the OIC in association with NGOs in member countries will carry out humanitarian projects worth $50 million in Somalia," said OIC Secretary-General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

Dutch release Somalia 'pirates'


A group of suspected Somali pirates detained on a Dutch warship has been released because no country has agreed to prosecute them.
A Dutch defence ministry statement said the European Union had decided that the 13 detainees had to be freed because it was impossible to bring charges.
The suspects were seized in the Indian Ocean two weeks ago after allegedly attempting to attack a cargo ship.
They were put back on their own speedboat with some food and fuel.
(The suspected pirates were removed from a skiff by Dutch sailors)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Shaky Somalian Transitional Federal Government Hangs On


Many analysts predict Somalia in the coming year will continue to be engulfed in violent power struggles that could determine whether Somalia unites under a central government or breaks up into competing regions.
Somalia's United Nations-backed Transitional Federal Government, under former Islamist opposition leader Sharif Sheik Ahmed, took office in January - raising hopes the country's Islamist-led insurgency against the government would end. But Mr. Sharif's ascension to power further intensified the conflict and, nearly one year later, the government remains weak and unable to unite the country.

UN Council to put sanctions on Eritrea: diplomats

United Nations

UNITED NATIONS - U.N. Security Council members have agreed to impose an arms embargo on Eritrea this month, as well as travel bans and asset freezes for government and military leaders aiding Somali insurgents, diplomats said.

East Africa : Millions facing death as rains fail

Millions of people could die as life-giving rains in East Africa failed for the sixth time, Oxfam has said.
Tribesmen in rural areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Sudan and Somalia are being driven to the brink of starvation by the worst drought to hit the region for 20 years.
Oxfam, which in September launched an emergency appeal for funds to combat the crisis, warned that malnutrition rates are up, livestock are dying, and cholera has claimed the lives of women and children where clean water supplies have run out.

POLITICS OF CAIN : One Hundred Years of Crises in Somali Politics

Book launch with Prof Bulhan: POLITICS OF CAIN - One Hundred Years of Crises in Somali PoliticsThursday, December 17, 2009 3:57 PM
Monday 21 December 2009
6.30pm - 8.30pm
UCL, Roberts G08 Sir David Davies Lecture Theatre
Roberts Building, London WC1E 7JE

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Crises multiply for divided Yemen


By Owen Bennett-Jones
BBC News, Sanaa
Faced with a civil war in the north, pro-independence protests in the south and al-Qaeda attacks throughout the country Yemen's government has its work cut out. But ministers insist the country has survived worse crises in the past and that the central authority will prevail.
"We have one Yemen and one state. The government has not yet used all the forces at its disposal," said Deputy Planning Minister Hisham Sharaf.
(Yemeni southerners hold regular anti-government protests)

Somalis 'forced into Yemen war'

Hundreds of Somali refugees are being forced at gunpoint to join rebels fighting in northern Yemen, a Somali diplomat in Aden has told the BBC.
Hussein Haji Ahmed said they were being intercepted in mountainous territory crossing into Saudi Arabia.
"The refugees have told me that those who refused to join the rebellion were executed," he said.
Both the authorities in Yemen and Saudi Arabia have alleged that Somalis have been fighting with Houthi rebels.

Ethiopia - Meles Zenawi Nicolas Sarkozy News Conference - Video


Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy hold press conference at at the Elysee Palace in Paris December 15, 2009. Ethiopia's Prime Minister is in Paris to solicit France's support for African nations in the Climate Summit being held in Copenhagen. Meles is expected to make a stop in London as well.
France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (R) shakes hands with Ethiopia's Prime Minister Meles Zenawi as he arrives at the Elysee Palace in Paris December 15, 2009.
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SOMALIA: Rape "a major problem” for Bosasso IDPs


NAIROBI, 16 December 2009 (IRIN) - The number of reported rapes in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Bosasso, in Somalia's self-declared autonomous region of Puntland, is increasing and rape has become "a major problem", says a civil society source.
"We are seeing more and more women who have been raped in the displaced camps," said Hawa Ali Jama, of We Are Women Activists (WAWA), an NGO.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Roadside bomb kills 3 troops in Somalia's Puntland

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A roadside bomb killed three soldiers and injured nine others in Somalia's semi-autonomous Puntland region, an eyewitness said on Tuesday.
The bomb hit a vehicle carrying troops on a routine patrol on Monday night on the main street of Bossaso, a port in the northern region.
"The vehicle was totally destroyed ... blood was on the ground. Three soldiers died on the spot," eyewitness Abdiqadir Farah told Reuters.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Pictured: Islamic militants stone man to death for adultery in Somalia as villagers are forced to watch


Begging for his life: Mohamed Ibrahim appeals to Islamic militants not to carry out the execution as he is buried in the ground as his villagers are forced to watch
By Mail Foreign Service
This barbaric scene belongs in the Dark Ages, but pictures emerged today of a group of Islamic militants who forced villagers to watch as they stoned a man to death for adultery.
Mohamed Abukar Ibrahim, a 48-year-old, was buried in a hole up to his chest and pelted with rocks until he died.

Could there be a clear winner in the upcoming Somaliland Elections?


Current speculation in Somaliland is that  UCID party could win the upcoming elections. UDUB party, which has ruled the country since its  inception  , has failed to define a clear political and economical direction for the country. Furthermore, its dictatorial rule and the imprisonment of journalists and political opponents means that UDUB’s image has declined and it is increasingly unpopular with the public.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

UK freezes Kenya school funding


The UK government has frozen funding for free primary education in Kenya until an investigation into fraud allegations has been carried out.
The Department for International Development said no more money would be released until $1m (£615,000) thought to be missing had been accounted for.
Kenyan media suggest the total of the alleged missing funds may be larger.

Berlusconi is bloodied by attack


Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been hit in the face and knocked to the ground after a political rally in Milan.
Pictures showed Mr Berlusconi, 73, with blood around his mouth and on his face. Reports suggested he had either been punched or hit with an object.

Somalia Islamist militants execute 2 men


(AP) – MOGADISHU, Somalia — Witnesses say Islamist militants have executed two men accused by the fighters of murder and adultery.
Witnesses in the town of Afgoye southwest of the capital say the Hizbul Islam militants on Sunday stoned to death the man accused of adultery and shot the man accused of murder. They say the militants summoned the town's residents to watch the executions.

Kidnapped British yacht couple plead for Christmas release

Paul and Rachel Chandler, the British couple kidnapped by Somali pirates, have pleaded with the government to “get us out by Christmas, by whatever means”.
The pair, taken captive from their yacht more than seven weeks ago, accused British officials of refusing to help secure their release.
Three weeks ago, in a video appearance, they begged for the government to intervene, saying that they feared they might be killed within a matter of days.