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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Minister Saitoti says Somali militia joined Muslims riots


NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The Kenyan government said on Saturday that armed Somalia militia, Al-Shabaab, were involved in Friday demonstrations which was called by the Muslims to press for the release of the controversial Jamaican cleric.
Internal Security Minister George Saitoti said there were people waving placards belonging to the group and they may have taken advantage of the situation to cause mayhem.

Obama, Bush and Clinton launch Haiti aid appeal


By Alister Bull Alister Bull

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by his predecessors George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, on Saturday said the two former presidents would lead a national drive to raise money for Haiti's earthquake survivors.
"By coming together in this way, these two leaders send an unmistakable message to the people of Haiti and to the people of the world. In these difficult hours, America stands united. We stand united with the people of Haiti," Obama said.

Haiti: Up to 200,000 feared dead


Up to 200,000 people are feared dead as a result of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that has destroyed much of the Haitian capital Port-au-Prince, officials in the Caribbean country say.

Lorries piled with corpses have been trying to collect the bodies that have been visible on the streets across Port-au-Prince for burial in mass graves outside the city.

Kenya riots over race-hate cleric

At least five people have died after Kenyan police opened fire at supporters of a Jamaican-born Muslim cleric notorious for preaching racial hatred.
Police also fired tear gas at hundreds of stone-throwing protesters calling for Abdullah al-Faisal to be freed.
Faisal is in detention in Nairobi after Kenya failed to deport him.
Kenya wants to expel him citing his "terrorist history". He was jailed for four years in the UK for soliciting the murder of Jews and Hindus.

Blackwater-Xe in Somalia?


by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey
Reuters reports a spokesperson from the Islamist Al-Shabaab group in Somalia claiming that the US mercenary group Blackwater/Xe Services is in Somalia, is recruiting and is planning a series of spectacular terrorist attacks against civilians to discredit his movement in Mogadishu.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Ethiopia completes 420 MW hydropower plant


 (ADDIS ABABA) – Ethiopia will officially inaugurate a newly constructed hydro power plant, Gillgel Gibe II, sister project of Gibe I, next week, said the Ethiopian Electric Power Corporation (EEPCo).
Constructed at a cost of 373 million Euros, the 420 MW electric power generating Gibe II will be the biggest power plants ever constructed by Ethiopia.
The new power plant, which is a continuation of Gibe I uses water from Gibe I to the Omo river to exploit the large altitude difference between the two Gibes.

Gunmen Attack Police Station In Somaliland

HARGEISA (Reuters) - Unidentified attackers hurled hand grenades and opened fire at a police station in Somalia's northern breakaway enclave of Somaliland, wounding three officers, police sources said Wednesday.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ethiopia's "Silently" Creeping Famine

By: Alemayehu G. Mariam - Professor of political science, CSU San Bernardino
"Oh! What a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive," said Sir Walter Scott, the novelist and poet. Is there "famine" in Ethiopia, or not? Are large numbers of people "starving" there, or not? Is convulsive hunger a daily reality for the majority of Ethiopians, or not?

Somaliland: time of trial

EJ Hogendoorn
A relatively stable statelet in the Horn of Africa needs wise international intervention to bolster its nascent democracy, says EJ Hogendoorn.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Obama says no plan for U.S. troops in Yemen, Somalia

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States does not plan to send U.S. troops into Yemen or Somalia as those countries struggle to contain Islamic militants, President Barack Obama said in remarks published on Sunday.

"I have no intention of sending U.S. boots on the ground in these regions," Obama told People magazine, referring to Yemen and Somalia.

Somalilanders are good followers but not good leaders

With the exception of the late president Egal, Somaliland failed to produce good leaders but instead followed the historical common pattern of its people being good followers.

Somaliland forces help free Yemeni-flagged ship

SANAA, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- Somaliland forces have helped in releasing a Yemeni-flagged container ship held by Somali pirates for nearly three weeks, Yemeni Interior Ministry said on Sunday.

Italy: a country united by racism

From top politicians to organised crime and business, the persecution of migrants is big business in Silvio Berlusconi's land

( Mafia  :Sicilian connection)
Vittorio Longhi , guardian.co.uk
"The main danger is when they walk along the streets, simply because they are the only ones without a car in Rosarno. Africans cannot report to the police because most of them have no documents and no relatives prepared to vindicate them. Therefore, they are the ideal targets".

Upside to Somali piracy: Better fishing


MALINDI, Kenya–Kenyan fisherman are perhaps the only people in the world who have reason to be grateful to Somali pirates – they keep away illegal fishing boats.

In past years, illegal commercial trawlers parked off Somalia's coast and scooped up the ocean's contents. Now, fishermen on the northern coast of neighboring Kenya say, the trawlers are not coming because of pirates.

UAE sheikh acquitted of torture


Sheikh Issa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, the brother of UAE president and Abu Dhabi emir Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan, has been acquitted of charges of torture, his lawyer has said.
An Emirati court on Sunday acquitted Shiekh Issa despite a video tape of the 2004 incident showing him torturing an Afghan man with whips, electric cattle prods and wooden planks with protruding nails.
"The court acquitted Sheikh Issa after establishing he was not responsible," for the torture, lawyer Habib al-Mulla said on Sunday. (  Photo: Sheikh Issa was in a drugged state when the incident occurred, his lawyer claimed [AFP)

Addis Ababa : City to inaugurate biggest condo site today


Saturday, 09 January 2010
By Hayal Alemayehu
The Addis Ababa City Administration will today inaugurate the biggest condominium site built in the city in the presence of ministers, high-ranking government officials and Ambassadors, it was learnt.
The site, named Jemo Condominium Site, is a cluster of 10, 064 condominium houses expected to accommodate over 50,000 dwellers, the size of a population that outnumber many towns in the country, according to the city officials.