Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Somalia : African's forgotten nation


Iraq had its surge. Afghanistan is poised to experience one — a deluge of American forces sent to fight extremists ostensibly followed by a wave of nation-building.

Meanwhile, in the Horn of Africa, Somalia is about to turn the calendar on its 18th year of civil war. Islamic insurgents linked to al-Qaida control most of the country. While millions of Somalis suffer, hundreds of foreign fighters from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Chechnya and other hot spots are in Somalia training rebels on how to export their terror.

U.S. holds Nigerian man in Detroit plane attack plan

By Kevin Krolicki

DETROIT (Reuters) – A Nigerian man with possible links to al Qaeda militants was in custody on Saturday after he tried to ignite an explosive device on a U.S. passenger plane as it approached Detroit, U.S. officials said.

Somaliland Opposition to Government Education: R. E. Ellison and the Berbera School Affair, 1938-1940


By : R. E. Ellison
Abstract :
British Somaliland, a protectorate from which Christian missionaries were excluded, opened its first government-run school in 1938. The intention of the new director of education, Randall Ellison, was to use written Somali in preference to Arabic. This drew intense criticism from local religious leaders, and had to be abandoned. Accused of being a missionary in disguise, Ellison's work led to a riot in the town of Burao in 1939 in which three people were killed.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Becoming Somaliland (African Issues - Paperback)

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Indian vessel with 13 crew hijacked off Somalia

IANS , Mumbai
An Indian vessel with 13 Indian crew members was hijacked - for the second time in six months — December 16 by a gang of 8 to 9 pirates off Somalia, maritime officials said here Thursday.
The vessel, MSV Nefaya, was on a voyage from Kismaayo in Somalia to Sharjah carrying a cargo of over 26,000 bags of charcoal, the Directorate-General of Shipping (DGS) said here.

Nine killed in northern Somalia clashes: Elders


MOGADISHU: Security forces clashed with clan militias in Somalia’s semi-autonomous state of Puntland yesterday in a battle that left at least nine people dead and dozens wounded, elders said. The fighting took place in Galkayo, a large city straddling the border between the northern state and the territory of Galmudug, which officially falls under the administration of the transitional federal government.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Record exodus from Horn

NAIROBI, 23 December 2009 (IRIN) - More people made the journey from the Horn of Africa to Yemen in 2009 than ever before, despite the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden being one of the most dangerous migration routes in the world, where the perils include drowning, sharks and unscrupulous people smugglers. According to the UN Refugee Agency, 74,000 people crossed the Red Sea from the Horn of Africa to Yemen in 2009, 50 percent more than the number who made the journey in 2008;

Bolloré May Sign $700 Million Port Agreement With Somaliland

By Jason McLure

Dec. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Bolloré Africa Logistics, a unit of Bollore SA, may sign an agreement to manage the port of Berbera and oversee $700 million of upgrades to the facility in Somalia’s breakaway northern Somaliland region, Abdillahi Duale, the foreign minister, said.

UN slams sanctions on Eritrea over aid to Somali insurgents


AFP - The UN Security Council slapped an arms embargo on Eritrea Wednesday and targeted sanctions on its leaders for aiding Somali rebels and refusing to withdraw troops from its disputed border with Djibouti.
Thirteen of the council's 15 members voted in favor of Resolution 1907. Veto-wielding China abstained, while Libya, the lone Arab council member and the current African Union chair, voted against.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Ethiopia death sentences for plot


An Ethiopian court has sentenced five people to death and 33 others to life in prison for planning to assassinate government officials.
Prosecutors had said the convicted were part of the Ginbot 7 (15 May) group led by Berhanu Nega, a US-based dissident.
He was among those sentenced to death, as was opposition leader Melaku Tefera.
Mr Melaku was present in the Addis Ababa courtroom with 27 other accused. Some of the defendants have said they were tortured into confessing.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Europe shivers under heavy snowfall

Plunging temperatures and heavy snows have caused the deaths of at least 80 people across Europe.
Thousands of other people have found their holiday travel plans left in tatters as air, road and rail links have been brought to standstill.
Poland, where temperatures have dropped to -20C, was worst affected with 42 people having died over the past three days.

Guantanamo 'hell on Earth', says Somaliland detainee

HARGEISA, Somaliland — A Somalilander just home from eight years in the US jail at Guantanamo Bay told AFP Monday the prison was "hell on Earth", and alleged torture there had scarred some of his fellow inmates.
Mohamed Saleban Bare, who arrived in his hometown of Hargeisa on Saturday, said he was innocent of any charges that would have caused security forces to arrest him in Pakistan in 2001 and transfer him to the US jail via Afghanistan.

Yemen Rebels Accuse Saudi Forces of Killing 54 People

Edward Yeranian ,Cairo .
Amid an ongoing insurgency in Saada Province in northern Yemen, rebel forces are accusing neighboring Saudi Arabia of killing 54 civilians in airstrikes.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Eritrea funding Somali American jihadists recruitment - US Congressman

US Representative ED Royce, 40th District of California
"We are a black hole. We are the North Korea of Africa." Those words of an Eritrean-American, who I spoke with earlier this year, echoed in my head as I read an account in the Washington Post documenting the dire conditions in Eritrea, a strategically located Rea Sea state ("As thousands flee regime, Eritrea goes it alone.")

Yemen: proxy war between the United States , Saudi Arabia and Iran

by Rick Rozoff
Global Research
Yemen will become a battleground for a proxy war between the United States and Saudi Arabia - whose state-to-state relations are among the strongest and most durable of the entire post-World War II era - on one hand and Iran on the other.

Somalia is greatest victim of President Bush’s War on Terror

Martin Fletcher , Times Online
Afghanistan and Iraq have monopolised the headlines but Somalia is arguably an even greater victim of George W. Bush’s ill-conceived and lamentably executed War on Terror. America’s interventions have proved so catastrophic that its best hope of salvaging something from the wreckage is a president it chased from power three years ago, who controls a few square miles of a country three times the size of Britain.

Somaliland elections: Who is the lesser of the evils: Kulmiye , UDUB or UCID?

With Somaliland elections expected to take place on April 2010 after being delayed for 5 times, the ruling party ( UDUB ) seems to be losing power grip and public confidence after revelations of mishandling public funds and wide spread fraud within the presidential palace.
Unlike the former president , Egal , who used to hold monies at the palace  to create peace among the conflicting Somaliland clans by bribing  Sultans and clan elders , the current ruling party  has resorted to mishandling revenues and government funds for personal gains.

Insurgents fire mortars on Somali police, 13 dead

MOGADISHU, Somalia — Islamic militants fired mortars into Mogadishu's police compound as the force was celebrating its 66th anniversary Sunday, sparking a battle that killed at least 12 civilians and a police officer, officials said.
One police officer was killed and three others were wounded in the fighting, which began after the mortar landed near the compound during the ceremony, police official Aden Ahmed said.

Photo: Mogadishu petrol station erupts in fire

A ball of fire erupts within a thick cloud of smoke in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu, after a petrol station caught fire on Saturday. African Union peacekeepers and Somalia government forces rallied to secure the area and, assisted by locals, attempted to extinguish the blaze. The cause of the fire is reportedly linked to insurgents.
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Somali Rapist jailed for attacking girl


A 39-year-old man who raped a 17-year-old girl in Milton Keynes has been jailed for at least seven years.
Omar Omar, of Conniburrow Boulevard, Milton Keynes, attacked the girl at a house in Towan Avenue, Fishermead, on 3 May 2008.
He will be put on the sex offenders register for life and will be deported to Somalia on his release.
Omar has also been banned from having any unsupervised contact with women under the age of 18 in the UK.

Somalia Inquiry Committee


Sophia Tesfamariam
24 December 2009 will mark three years since the aggressive US-backed Ethiopia war of invasion and occupation of Somalia began. Despite what the media and some ill advised analysts say, the Ethiopian intervention in Somalia has not ended and Ethiopian troops have not left Somalia. The presence of Ethiopian, Burundi and Ugandan forces in Somalia have angered Somalis and fueled the tensions there. The Ethiopian invasion and occupation of Somalia has caused the greatest humanitarian disaster in the history of Somalia:
 Over 20000 Somalis have been killed
 Thousands more have been injured and maimed
 1.2 million have been displaced from Mogadishu alone
 3.5 million have been displaced in the country
 3.5 million are now dependent on international food aid
 Etc. etc.

Somalia entrapped in another year of deadly insurgency

The outgoing year of 2009 saw by far the most deadly and numerous violent attacks by radical Islamist insurgents in Somalia against the Somali government and the African Union peacekeepers in Mogadishu, capital of the war-torn country, showing growing level of sophistication of insurgents' tactics.

UK fails to halt female genital mutilation

By Nina Lakhani , Independent
Girls are still at risk this Christmas as 'cutters' are flown in from abroad to perform the illegal procedure here
Hundreds of British schoolgirls are facing the terrifying prospect of female genital mutilation (FGM) over the Christmas holidays as experts warn the practice continues to flourish across the country. Parents typically take their daughters back to their country of origin for FGM during school holidays, but The Independent on Sunday has been told that "cutters" are being flown to the UK to carry out the mutilation at "parties" involving up to 20 girls to save money.