Pontus Marine LTD- Leader of fishing industry in Somaliland

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Somaliland forces say attack on mosque foiled

By Hussein Ali Noor
HARGEISA, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Security forces in Somalia's northern breakaway enclave of Somaliland said on Saturday they had foiled an attack on a mosque in Hargeisa where the imam had spoken out against militant suicide bombings.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Concern over deteriorating food security in Somaliland

ALLAYBADAY, 8 January 2010 (IRIN) – Low agricultural production, caused by poor rainfall last year in Somalia’s self-declared republic of Somaliland, has put at least half of its three million people at risk of food insecurity, agricultural officials warn. (Killed by the drought – agropastoralists can no longer depend on their animals for meat and milk : file photo)

Beardless men held in Somalia

Mogadishu - Religious police from Somalia's al-Qaeda-inspired al-Shabab group arrested and jailed dozens of men in the southern city of Kismayo for shaving their beards, officials said on Friday.

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AU to Ask UN to Focus on Somalia's Global Terrorism Role



African Union tanks patrol the streets in Mogadishu, (File)

Frozen Britain (Satellite Image)

Frozen Britain seen from above

This striking image taken by Nasa’s Terra satellite on 7 January shows the UK deep in the clutches of the current cold snap.

The Great Hargeisa Goat Bubble

(Medeshi) - Satire
A story Of Economics In Africa
by Julian Gough
The snow had stopped. The world lay paralysed beneath it. We would be here for some time.
"Ibrahim Bihi," he said, extending his right hand. "Dr. Ibrahim Bihi. I am Somali. Oh, it is a long story."
"Jude O'Reilly," I said, extending mine. We shook. "Please, tell the story. I like stories."
"Very well, if you are sure..."
He cleared his throat, and began.
"I eked a meagre living, exploiting a fundamental structural discrepancy in the price of Goats." He looked me in the eye.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Somalia's pirates : A long war of the waters


From The Economist print edition
Thanks to greater vigilance and naval patrols, the seas off Somalia may be a bit less dangerous than they were. But they are still the riskiest in the world
TWO years ago Somalia’s weak transitional government agreed to let foreign navies chase pirates into its territorial waters.

South Sudan cattle raid kills 140


At least 140 people have been killed in ethnic clashes in Southern Sudan, officials say, as aid agencies warn that the country faces a return to war.
Deputy governor of Warrap state Sabino Makana said members of the Nuer group attacked Dinka cattle herders and seized thousands of animals.

British oil firm to prospect oil in Ethiopia

(LONDON) — The London based Tullow Oil, is expected to prospect oil in Ethiopia after a deal signed with the US SouthWest Energy which holds acreage in the Horn of Africa country.
According to the HIS International Oil Letter, a weekly news letter on oil industry, Tullow will explore oil in Ogaden basin in blocks 9a, 9, and 13. SouthWest Energy’s blocks cover a total area of approximately 29,000 sq. km in the north-east part of the Ogaden Basin.

Danish Prime Minister Announces Invasion of Somalia

by Tom Gallagher
In a move that caught the world by surprise, Denmark's Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen today announced his country's deployment of 5,000 troops to Somalia in an effort to restructure the government of that troubled African nation and dry up a wellspring of terrorism. The stunning move comes in response to a 28-year-old Somali man's attempted assassination of 74-year-old Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard. Westergaard had angered many in the Muslim world with his 2005 depiction of the Prophet Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban with a lit fuse.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Why the US Needs to be Concerned about East Africa

By Scott A Morgan

While the eyes of most pundits and spies are on the current Military Action in Yemen. The Situation on the other side of the Gulf of Aden needs just as must focus as there is currently towards Yemen.

Water and sanitation upgrades improve life for Somaliland children and women

By Iman Morooka
Jamilah, 11, fills up jerrycans at the new water kiosk near her house in Dheenta Village, Somalia.
DHEENTA VILLAGE, Somaliland, 06 January 2010 - The people of Dheenta village didn’t have safe water until two months ago. But now, thanks to the UNICEF-supported new water system, about 300 families are benefiting from a regular supply of clean and safe water.
The solar-powered system in Dheenta village - located about 35 kilometres east of the city of Hargeisa - is one of the new systems established with funding from the Government of Japan.

Frozen Britain


Freezing weather keeps grip on UK
Much of the UK remains in the grip of freezing conditions as snow and ice continue to severely hamper travel.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Gunman kills legislator in Somalia's Puntland

BOSASSO, Somalia, Jan 5 (Reuters) - An unidentified gunman killed a member of the local parliament in Puntland on Tuesday, witnesses said, the latest political murder to rock Somalia's semi-autonomous northern region.

UN stops food aid to 1 million people in southern Somalia after threats, attacks

By Mohamed Olad Hassan
HARGEISA, Somaliland — The U.N. food agency on Tuesday suspended the distribution of desperately needed aid in southern Somalia because of attacks on its staff, a decision affecting up to 1 million people that highlights the dangers of humanitarian work there.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Yemen, the joke is on you ...

By Marwan Bishara
Marginalised by regional developments and intimidated by Washington's Cold War and Gulf War victories, two Yemenis - so goes the joke - wondered if their country should declare war on the US, force it to occupy Yemen and care for it.
"But what if we won?" wondered one. "We would have to care for America!"

Ethiopia firm recycling tyres into shoes does big business via internet

Old truck tyres never die, they just turn into sandals. For decades that has been the tradition in Ethiopia, where everyone from farmers to guerrilla fighters has fashioned worn-out road rubber into cheap, long-lasting footwear.
(Ethiopian entrepreneur Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu checks a pair of sandals at her workshop in Addis Ababa. Photograph: Aaron Maasho/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudan, Nigeria and Somalia in new US traveller screening list

Air travellers from Nigeria, Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and nine other countries will face full-body pat downs before boarding airliners under new security screening procedures targeting foreign passengers announced by the United States on Sunday.

Limbo World


On my most recent visit to the Republic of Abkhazia, a country that does not exist, I interviewed the deputy foreign minister, Maxim Gundjia, about the foreign trade his country doesn't have with the real countries that surround it on the Black Sea. Near the end of our chat, he paused, looked down at my leg, and asked why I was bleeding on his floor. I told him I had slipped a few hours before and ripped a hole in my shin, down to the bone, about the size of a one-ruble coin. Blood had soaked through the gauze, and I needed stitches. "You can go to our hospital, but you will be shocked by the conditions," Gundjia said.

Somaliland gets thousands more children into school


Tens of thousands more children are going to school in Somaliland, pushing up the literacy rate from 20 per cent to 45 per cent, in the last 10 years.
 In Somaliland, the number of children enrolled in primary and secondary schools has risen massively since 19991, when the territory self-declared itself independent from the rest of Somalia.The semi-desert territory on the coast of the Gulf of Aden declared independence after the overthrow of Somali military dictator Siad Barre in 1991.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Yemen and Somalia

By : Craig Murray
I was interested to see that I have probably met Farouk Murtallab. He was a pupil at the British School in Lome when I used to visit it quite frequently from 1998 to 2001, because I had consular responsibility in Togo for most of the staff and some of the pupils.
Farouk's "Training" in Yemen has immediately focused US and UK military attention further on the country. Yemen, like Somalia across the strait, does urgently need more attention - but not of the military kind. They require a major international effort to end crippling poverty, in support of a conflict resolution drive that must shun political, religious and ideological preconception. It would have to be a genuienly UN led affair.